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  • A message to the Yoga community and abortion

    03/07/2016 8:32:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies ^ | March 3, 2016 | Sarah Terzo
    Jeannine Parvati Baker talks about New Age yogis and abortion: “Allow me first to first turn my attention to the yoga community wherein it is all too common for women yogis (yoginis) to abort their babies … I have watched many of my yogini sisters procure abortions knowing that it was breaking the primary vow of ahimsa (harmlessness) that yogis make. They justified their actions with the confused philosophy of reincarnation and “free will.” In other words, they said that the soul knew “on some level’” what it was getting by choosing incarnation into a woman who did not want...
  • Yoga Class Canceled over ‘Cultural Issues’ Brought Back with Politically Correct Instructor

    01/27/2016 11:29:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    MRC TV ^ | January 26, 2016 9:06am ET | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    The University of Ottawa yoga class that was canceled due to concerns of cultural appropriation will be returning with an Indian instructor. In November, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa informed yoga instructor Jennifer Scharf that her class catering to students with disabilities would be canceled because of the "cultural issues and implications" involved with a white woman teaching a yoga class. [...] Now, CBC News reports the yoga class is returning to the University of Ottawa with an Indian instructor named Priya Shah. Unlike Scharf, who had been teaching the yoga class for seven years, Shah became...
  • Three Cheers for Cultural Appropriation

    12/02/2015 12:00:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | December 2, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    FOR SEVEN YEARS, the Center for Students with Disabilities at the University of Ottawa has sponsored free on-campus yoga classes, a popular program taught by a professional yoga teacher from the city's Rama Lotus Yoga Centre. To the reasonable among us, free yoga for special-needs students may sound innocuous and gentle. But not to the vigilantes of political correctness, who successfully pressured the university's student government to suspend the classes as an intolerable instance of "cultural appropriation." According to the Ottawa Sun, the disabilities center confessed its thoughtcrime in a public statement. While yoga may be "accessible and great for...
  • The Oddest Yoga Position of All

    11/29/2015 7:31:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | November 29, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    "There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad," Winston Smith clandestinely wrote in his diary. Smith, the protagonist in George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984, fought against a totalitarian state, against Big Brother. In our own maddening, modern, non-fiction world, you are not insane if you cling to truth. But you might feel awfully alone. Even if you practice yoga. What? Yes, yoga. The stretching exercise/meditation practice that is said to help bring spiritual peace to its practitioners is under assault, at least in Canada....
  • From Marxism/Communism to Post-Modern Liberal Fascism

    11/07/2015 12:54:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 7, 2015 | Mark Musser
    ".......It is here where the modern Left made its transition away from communism into a postmodern existentialism. Dr. Hicks strongly argues that postmodernism is rooted in the Counter Enlightenment movement featuring German superstars such as Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. According to Hicks, postmodernism favors subjectivity over objectivity, the inadequacy of language to communicate over reason and truth, various collective multicultural groupings over individual identity and autonomy, willpower over realistic experience rooted in rational analysis, communalism and solidarity over individualism in values, markets and politics, and finally, suspicion, if not hostility, toward science and technology. As such, the postmodern critique...
  • University's free yoga class is shut down over 'cultural appropriation' fears of SJW

    11/22/2015 2:23:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2015 | unattributed
    University's free yoga class is shut down over 'cultural appropriation' fears after complaints from 'social justice warriors'A free yoga class has been suspended after student leaders at a Canadian university are concerned the practice of it could be seen as 'cultural appropriation'.Jennifer Scharf, who has been offering the weekly yoga class at the University of Ottawa campus for seven years, said she was notified in September that the program was being ended.In an email from the Center for Students with Disabilities, staff wrote that while yoga is 'accessible and great for students', there are 'cultural issues of implication involved in...
  • Free Ottawa yoga class scrapped over 'cultural issues'

    11/21/2015 3:40:18 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 12 replies
    Ottawa Sun ^ | November 21, 2015 | Aedan Helmer
    The concept of cultural appropriation is normally applied when a dominant culture borrows symbols of a marginalized culture for dubious reasons -- such as the fad of hipsters donning indigenous headdresses as a fashion statement, without any regard to cultural significance or stereotype. But Scharf, a yoga teacher with the downtown Rama Lotus Centre, said the concept does not apply in this case, arguing the complaint that killed the program came instead from a "social justice warrior" with "fainting heart ideologies" in search of a cause celebre.
  • Racist yoga hits Seattle, no whites allowed! ‘Obama’s America’

    10/11/2015 10:54:22 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | October 9, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    A yoga studio in Seattle is bringing back segregation with a new class where white people are not allowed, and one local disc jockey is fighting mad. Radio host, Dori Monson of KIRO, blasted the class at Rainier Beach Yoga in Seattle which sent an email recently soliciting students for a class titled “Yoga For People Of Color.” The class is described in the email as being for all genders and sexual identities, but specifically targets “lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer and trans-friendly/affirming,” and people who identify as “African American/black/of the African Diaspora, Asian, South Asian, West Asian/Arab/Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander,...
  • Dori has a problem with 'yoga for people of color' class

    10/09/2015 10:35:10 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 31 replies
    MY Northwest ^ | October 7, 2015 @ 10:30 pm
    If it's illegal and considered racist for a white, straight business owner to deny service to a gay person or person of color, shouldn't the same be true for a yoga class that bars white people from attending? KIRO Radio's Dori Monson thinks so. Rainier Beach Yoga in Seattle has a class called "yoga for people of color." It started last week and runs once a month. Teresa Wang, co-founder of the specialized class, said it was started by five queer people of color who came together to create a safe space for people of color who might otherwise be...
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • Greek Holy Synod: Yoga Incompatible with Christianity

    06/17/2015 2:49:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 68 replies
    The Greek Reporter ^ | 06-16-2015 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    “The practice of yoga has no place in the lives of Christians,” was the announcement made by the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece in response to the International Day of Yoga, which was established by the United Nations in 2014. The Holy Synod argues that since yoga is a fundamental aspect of Hinduism, it cannot be practiced by Christians because it is contrary to the Christian faith. And because of that it cannot be considered as just a “form of exercise.” The official announcement further states that the Church of Greece respects the freedom of religious belief but...
  • Bikram yoga founder, 69, breaks his silence over rape claims and says women love him

    04/01/2015 11:21:01 AM PDT · by dennisw · 5 replies
    dailymail ^ | 1 April 2015 | By Lydia Warren
    Bikram yoga founder claims and says women love him so much he wouldn't need to attack them to have sex 'Bikram yoga' - practicing yoga in a room heated to 105F - and has a huge following, including celebrities He has been accused of unwanted sexual advances in six civil lawsuits Speaking out about the accusations for the first time, he has denied ever assaulting the women and said he feels sorry for them He became emotional when asked how his wife of 30 years has reacted to the claims, saying: 'She never looks at me anymore' The founder of...
  • SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur's Inspirational Transformation!

    03/15/2015 5:26:34 PM PDT · by Baynative · 10 replies
    DDP Yoga ^ | 4/2012 | Diamond Dallas Page
    This inspirational video just came to me. It has my eyes welling up and I'm smiling at the same time.
  • Laura Ingraham accurately impersonates Hillary Clinton’s yoga instructor

    03/14/2015 3:47:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 21 replies
    Laura Ingraham on Hillary Clinton’s totally believable excuse for deleting trivial emails…
  • Hillary, the Yoga Queen

    03/12/2015 8:47:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/12/15 | Judi McLeod
    Meanwhile, there are those who hope that no matter by what method, Hillary Clinton just flies straight off the public radar screen ...”OHM…”. That’s the sound of Hillary Clinton sending a mass message that included in her erased records of email communications about private matters were her yoga routines. “UNITED NATIONS — Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed on Tuesday that she had deleted about half her emails from her years as secretary of state, saying she had turned over to the Obama administration all correspondence about government business but had erased records of communications about private matters, like yoga routines, her...
  • @YogabyHillary The inevitable Twitter Handle

    03/10/2015 3:03:41 PM PDT · by tellw · 11 replies
    Twitter ^ | 3/10/15 | Yoga by Hillary
    Yoga by Hillary (@yogabyhillary) 3/10/15, 5:40 PM Cleansing your spiritual inbox requires inner strength, your own private offsite server #yogabyhillary #ClintonEmails #yogaroutines #namaste
  • Hindus Ask Pope Francis To Punish Priest Who Said Yoga Leads To Satanism, 'Kingdom Of Darkness'

    02/24/2015 8:03:21 AM PST · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    IBTimes ^ | February 25, 2015 | Bruce Wright
    Hindus Ask Pope Francis To Punish Priest Who Said Yoga Leads To Satanism, 'Kingdom Of Darkness' By Bruce Wright @bctw on February 23 2015 The pope has been asked by some Hindus to discipline a Catholic priest who equated yoga and the devil. Reuters/Max Rossi A group of Hindus is appealing to Pope Francis to intervene after a Catholic priest from Northern Ireland insinuated that the ancient discipline of yoga is tantamount to Satanism and paganism. Rev. Roland Colhoun from Glendermott parish was delivering a sermon in the village of Drumsurn on Feb. 8 dealing with the devil and exorcism...
  • Christmas is Over in Rome: Papal Insults Resume

    01/10/2015 12:06:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    “You can follow thousands of catechism courses, thousands of spirituality courses, thousands of yoga or zen courses and all these things. But none of this will be able to give you the freedom as a child (of God). Only the Holy Spirit can prompt your heart to say ‘Father.’ - Pope Francis, 9 January 2015 As we move closer to the Schimod on the Family 2015, I expect more homilies like this. Before the vine is planted the ground needs to be prepared. Papal homilies seem to be the rotavator. The placement of the Catechism of the Catholic Church -...
  • Austrian school bans yoga for 'religious reasons'

    10/10/2014 8:34:00 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/09/2014 | Ben Hooper
    DECHANTSKIRCHEN, Austria, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Officials at an Austrian elementary school said yoga lessons were stricken from the curriculum due to a complaint from a parent who cited "religious reasons." Ingrid Karner, who taught yoga to students once a month during gym classes at the school in Dechantskirchen, told the Kleine Zeitung newspaper the classes had been popular with students and their parents until one parent's complaint led to yoga being banned from the curriculum. "All I heard was that according to the Bible yoga should not be allowed and it would lead the children in the wrong direction,"...
  • Want to Start an Argument (among Catholics)? Just Say “Yoga”

    07/01/2014 4:20:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 95 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | January 19, 2014 | Patti Maguire Armstrong
    Yelling “fire” in a crowded theater can get you into trouble. So can saying “yoga” in a group of Catholics.I just do it for the stretches, I don’t do anything religious.It’s evil…the work of the devil.Oh please! The next thing you’ll be telling me is the number 13 brings bad luck. Practicing yoga breaks the First Commandment; it’s pagan worship.And so it goes. And goes. And goes.Three years ago, I did an article titled “To Yoga or Not to Yoga.” Initially, I wrote it then put it aside for around a year. I was not sure I was up...
  • Obama to free Gitmo terrorist ‘because he took up yoga’

    06/08/2014 9:38:24 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 7 2014 | Paul Sperry
    If you thought President Obama’s release of five top Taliban commanders in exchange for POW Bowe Bergdahl was bad, wait until you see what his Gitmo parole board plans. Desperate to empty the Guantanamo Bay prison by the end of his term, Obama quietly is giving “get out of jail free” cards for the flimsiest of excuses. One al Qaeda suspect captured in Afghanistan is considered reformed because he took up yoga and read a biography of the Dalai Lama. Another is eligible for release because of his “positive attitude.”
  • Yoga, Gym Sales Tax Likely to go Forward in DC

    06/04/2014 1:19:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he doesn’t expect the council to scale back or undo a proposal to apply sales taxes to yoga classes and gym memberships. Mendelson said Monday that the tax increase is part of a package of reforms that will reduce the tax burden of the average District of Columbia resident.
  • 12 Year Old California Girl Teaches Yoga

    05/02/2014 1:26:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Gulf News ^ | May 2, 2014 | Nathaniel Lacsina
    Jaysea DeVoe, 12, is one of the youngest certified yoga instructors in the US and has joined the staff at Bergamot Spa in her hometown.
  • Russian minister's advice to US over Crimea: do yoga and chill out

    04/03/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 45 replies
    Guardian ^ | 04/03/2014 | Shaun Walker
    A top Russian official has accused the US of "childish tantrums" in its response to the annexation of Crimea, and suggested that American politicians practise yoga and watch sitcoms to help chill out. "Clearly, the US leadership is really annoyed, and cannot come to terms with the new situation, which has arisen in large part due to the deliberate line taken by the US and its allies in Europe to prepare anti-Russian forces to take power in Ukraine," said deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, in an interview with Interfax. "Trying to demonstrate how unhappy it is with the exercise of...

    02/04/2014 11:08:23 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 166 replies
    BlogHer ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Jen Caron
    IT HAPPENED TO ME: THERE ARE NO BLACK PEOPLE IN MY YOGA CLASSES AND I'M SUDDENLY FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE WITH ITI was completely unable to focus on my practice, instead feeling hyper-aware of my skinny white girl body. January is always a funny month in yoga studios: they are inevitably flooded with last year’s repentant exercise sinners who have sworn to turn over a new leaf, a new year, and a new workout regime. A lot of January patrons are atypical to the studio’s regular crowd and, for the most part, stop attending classes before February rolls around. A few weeks...
  • Dominican Priest Exposes The Spiritual Dangers Of Yoga

    02/02/2014 7:40:50 AM PST · by Epistolizer
    An analysis pointing out the intersection of transhumanism and the occult.
  • Yoga fanatic drowned trying to achieve ‘enlightenment’ through near-death experience

    10/30/2013 10:42:42 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 43 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | October 30, 2013 | Lizzie Parry
    An extreme yoga fanatic drowned in a quarry after an experiment to achieve enlightenment through a 'near-death experience' went tragically wrong, an inquest has heard. Spiritualist Luke Monrose believed that by pushing his body to its limits and catching hypothermia he could 'unlock the secrets of the afterlife'. [snip] But his risky experiment went tragically wrong and a coroner today ruled Mr Monrose 'died as a consequence of a near-death experience which resulted in physical death'.
  • Judge Rules Yoga Not Tied To Religion, Allowed To Remain In Public Schools

    07/01/2013 12:48:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ap ^ | July 1, 2013 12:18 PM
    A judge is allowing a San Diego-area school district to teach yoga, rejecting the claims of disgruntled parents who called it an effort to promote Eastern religion. Yoga is a religious practice, but not the way that it is taught by the Encinitas Union School District at its nine campuses, San Diego Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer said in Monday’s ruling. Meyer said the school district stripped classes of all cultural references including the Sanskrit language. He noted that the lotus position was renamed the “crisscross applesauce” pose.
  • Virginia yoga enthusiasts be warned about the GOP’s Lt. Gov candidate (o rly?)

    06/05/2013 11:00:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 7:28 PM on 06/05/2013 | John Flowers
    Our favorite new GOP bomb-thrower, E.W. Jackson, is anti-yoga and anti-evolution, but he believes in trickle-up—yes, up—economics. National Review’s Betsy Woodruff reports that The Man Who Would Be VA Lt. Gov. says yoga puts you at risk of Satanic possession. … Jackson also doesn’t belive in evolution. Why? Because monkeys can’t talk. Defeat that with your so-called “logic.” …
  • Is yoga the work of the devil?

    06/01/2013 12:58:39 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 102 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 1, 2013 | JP
    Father Gabriele Amorth is an old school priest. The octogenarian told The London Times this week that, since he was ordained way back in 1954, he has cast out some 160,000 demons. I believe that gives Father Gabriele some authority on the devil. So when he told the Times, “Practicing yoga brings evil,” he got my attention. I’ve long considered yoga a benign form of exercise, no more harmful than, say, aerobics or Pilates or, the apparent latest craze, Zumba. But after doing some research, I’m inclined to agree with Father Gabriele, the exorcist. While yoga indeed has a physical...
  • Obama White House Embraces Yoga Amid Conservative Contortions [White House "Yoga Garden For Easter"]

    03/31/2013 3:29:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    Times of India ^ | April 01, 2013 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    Obama White House Embraces Yoga Amid Conservative Contortions Chidanand Rajghatta Apr 1, 2013, It is not the first time that Obama's residence has hosted a yoga garden for Easter, but this year's event is significant because of an ongoing lawsuit in California challenging the teaching of yoga in schools. The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will include a 'yoga garden' for children and their parents who attend the traditional Easter Egg Roll festivities on Monday. "Come enjoy a session of yoga from professional instructors," the White House exhorted thousands of workaday...
  • White House Easter Egg Roll party to include a "Yoga Garden"

    03/29/2013 9:57:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/29/13 | Charlie Spiering
    The White House announces that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will include a “Yoga Garden” for children and their parents who attend the traditional Easter Egg Roll festivities on Monday. “Come enjoy a session of yoga from professional instructors,” reads the announcement reminding participants that the event’s theme is “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” Professional athletes will join the president for the “Eggtivity Zone” including NFL stars Anquan Boldin and Adrian Peterson as well as NASCAR’s Danica Patrick According to the White House, more than 30,000 people from
  • "The Om School Movement" By Dr. Peter Jones

    11/08/2012 6:28:20 PM PST · by truthxchange · 10 replies ^ | Nov. 6, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Do you believe the claim Newsweek made in 2009 that “We are all Hindus now”? Phillip Goldberg does. In his book American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Has Changed the West (2010) he makes the compelling case that many Americans have adopted the spiritual Hindu principle of Advaita, meaning “not two,” and now believe that all is “one.” So Bill Clinton uses Eastern meditation, we speak freely of mantras, avatars, karma, mandalas, and…we practice yoga. Yoga is big in Southern California, even among Christians, and even in the schools. Is yoga just exercise, or is it part of the Hinduization of...
  • Occupy Albany Insists Movement Isn't Dead, Proves It By Holding 5-Person Yoga Class in a McDonald's

    10/24/2012 4:30:50 PM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 10 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 10/24/2012
    This past Sunday, remnants of what is left of the Occupy Albany movement celebrated their one-month Anniversary by tying up traffic and insisting that they were "taking it to the man". Who that man is, is anybody's guess. A report from WNYT-Albany showed protesters insisting that despite a meager number of participants in the historic one-year march, the movement was far from dead. “As the capacity of an organizer, it never left. It’s not dead. It’s alive and well. It’s just that most of the organizers like myself, had school to do,” said Eddie Alkubari. It's not dead. It's alive...
  • Yoga? It's too Hindu for church: Priest bans exercise class because it's 'not Catholic'

    09/26/2012 9:17:56 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 110 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    -Yoga instructor Cori Withell was told activity was part of Hindu religion -37-year-old banned from using Catholic church hall despite paying up beforehand -She said the class was just for exercise and did not feature meditation -Ban not Catholic church policy - decision left to discretion of individual priests Banned: Fitness instructor Cori Withell was told she could not hold her yoga class at a Catholic church as it was a Hindu religious activity She meant her yoga classes to be a calming and relaxing experience for all those concerned. Instead, Cori Withell has ended up flustered and frustrated after...
  • Yoga Teacher Fired Over Cell Phone Ban at Facebook

    07/10/2012 10:02:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | Casey Newton
    For years, yoga instructor Alice Van Ness has started her classes with a simple request - that students turn their cell phones off. She brought that policy with her to Facebook, where she began teaching a weekly class at the company's Menlo Park campus in March. But it proved to be a hard policy to follow for at least one employee, who began tapping away on her phone in the middle of class. And after Van Ness shot her a disapproving look, the instructor found herself out of a job. The 35-year-old San Carlos resident was fired last month after...
  • Doga: Yoga for Dogs

    05/14/2012 9:44:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    KVUE ^ | May 14, 2012
    Yoga can increase the physical, psychological and spiritual health of those who practice it. But more and more research shows animals may benefit too. Doga started growing in popularity a couple of years ago, and a clinic in Austin is now offering it as a way for dogs and humans to bond while practicing yoga. Owner of total wellness in Austin and doga instructor Lori Massad-Koska and her client Ariana Gum spoke to KVUE about doga.
  • Never, ever give up: Arthur's inspirational transformation.

    05/06/2012 10:00:47 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies ^ | Unknown | Arthur
    An inspirational video for a Sunday morning...
  • Controversial Baby Dynamics Yoga (Baby Tossing)

    03/03/2012 10:33:38 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/2/2012 | Youtube
    Video Linky Here
  • Ashram Encounter with Jesus Led to Salvation

    02/21/2012 8:35:55 PM PST · by sreastman · 10 replies
    FaithIssues ^ | 2/21/2012 | FaithIssues
    Ashram Encounter with Jesus Led to Salvation Godreports My years after high school centered upon work during the week and partying on Balboa Island on the weekends. A weekend party began early Friday night and ended sometime late Sunday. My house became one of the hot spots in Newport Beach for some five years. But one day I grew tired of all the drinking and one night stands and thought it was about time I got married. Maybe that would bring a little more satisfaction and fulfillment into my life. So I ended up marrying a pretty girl from Newport...
  • How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

    01/07/2012 11:04:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 5, 2012 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    On a cold Saturday in early 2009, Glenn Black, a yoga teacher of nearly four decades, whose devoted clientele includes a number of celebrities and prominent gurus, was giving a master class at Sankalpah Yoga in Manhattan. Black is, in many ways, a classic yogi: he studied in Pune, India, at the institute founded by the legendary B. K. S. Iyengar, and spent years in solitude and meditation. He now lives in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and often teaches at the nearby Omega Institute, a New Age emporium spread over nearly 200 acres of woods and gardens. He is known for his...
  • Obama is Selling Yoga Pants and Soy Candles

    11/25/2011 12:29:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/25/11 | Todd Starnes
    Having trouble deciding what to get the family for Christmas? Well, fear not, my fellow Americans — because President Obama has a full online catalog of goodies that are certain to bring happiness and joy to your loved ones. FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK President Obama’s campaign team has put together a website to remind us what the Yuletide season is truly all about — getting him re-elected. So they’ve decided to offer Americans a collection of special decorations for the “holiday” season. was careful to use the word “holiday” — but I suspect these decorations are meant for “Christmas”...
  • Off The Mat Into The World at Occupy Wall St

    10/17/2011 10:38:52 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | 11 Oct 2011 | shinglightproductsns
    Yogis support Occupy Wall Street. Not opposed to anyone - just want unity and opportunity. They appear to be a little more well-groomed than the average OWS protester.
  • ACORN's Wade Rathke will practice what he preaches at New Orleans coffeehouse

    08/28/2011 8:01:27 PM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 14 replies
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | August 28, 2011 | John Pope
    As Wade Rathke, the New Orleans-born community organizer who founded ACORN, prepared to turn 63 this month, he was at a crossroads. The U.S. branch of the activist organization he turned into a powerhouse and a punching bag for the political right was dead, a victim of internal and external strife. Although Rathke has kept busy traveling to the 12 countries that are partners in ACORN International, he wanted something that would let him do some organizing in New Orleans. So he bought a coffee shop. It isn't just any coffee shop. It is the Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, a two-story...
  • Now ‘Catholic Yoga’ in America

    01/24/2011 9:14:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Nevada, Jan 24 (IBNS) Famous Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago (USA) is now offering ‘Catholic Yoga’ classes. Website of this Cathedral, which is both a parish and the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, says: “Join us as we explore the multiple spiritual and physical benefits of yoga practice while explicitly integrating prayers and spiritual themes of our Catholic faith.” “Typical sessions will include an opening prayer, inspired movement & strengthening, and contemplative prayer to close. The program will be focused around various themes to coincide with the liturgical calendar and progression of our faith life across the seasons”,...
  • Sri Daya Mata, Guiding Light for U.S. Hindus, Dies at 96

    12/05/2010 12:31:09 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 3-Dec-2010 | Dennis Hevesi
    Sri Daya Mata, who for more than five decades was the leader of one of the most influential Hindu groups in the United States and an ardent advocate of the healing power of meditation, died on Tuesday at the group’s retreat for nuns in Los Angeles. She was 96. The society, whose monks and nuns adopt Indian names, teaches that there is a unifying truth behind all religious experience, and the group encourages its members to honor their roots in other faiths. Most members follow a vegetarian diet, practice yoga, chant and meditate Sri Daya Mata, who was born Faye...
  • Does Yoga Go Against Christianity?

    10/09/2010 5:03:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 65 replies
    CBN ^ | Saturday, October 09, 2010
    Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says yoga is not a Christian practice. In an online essay, Dr. Mohler wrote that he's surprised at the number of Christians who embrace it and is asking Christians to avoid it. He says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God. Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine." "That's just not Christianity," Mohler told The Associated Press. CBN News spoke with psychologist and author Dr. Linda Mintle about yoga and whether its emphasis...
  • The Subtle Body: Should Christians Practice Yoga? (can Yoga be extricated from its spiritual roots?)

    09/24/2010 6:46:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 185 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 09/24/2010 | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
    Some questions we ask today would simply baffle our ancestors. When Christians ask whether believers should practice yoga, they are asking a question that betrays the strangeness of our current cultural moment - a time in which yoga seems almost mainstream in America. It was not always so. No one tells the story of yoga in America better than Stefanie Syman, whose recent book, The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, is a masterpiece of cultural history. Syman, an engaging author who is also a fifteen-year devotee of yoga, tells this story well. Her book actually opens with...
  • Is Yoga An Anti-Christian Practice?

    09/22/2010 3:03:50 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 140 replies
    NewsFeed ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Allie Townsend
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    05/30/2010 9:37:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 556+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | May 30, 2010 | Meredith May
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