YOGA IN SCHOOLS: CONTROVERSY AND PRAISE

As yogis most of us probably agree that offering yoga in schools is a great idea. Unfortunately, not everyone shares that same level of enthusiasm. Recently, parents in California raised opposition to the high cost of a yoga program offered in the Encinitas Unified School District, suggesting that the twice weekly yoga classes should be…

LETTING GO OF ATTACHMENTS THROUGH YOGA

  Addiction, greed, resistance, fear, suspicion—much of the inner and outer conflict we experience in life is rooted in attachment. The yogic concept of attachment or raga, however, is often misunderstood. According to the Yoga Sutras (2.3), raga is one of five kleshas or afflictions that cause suffering. But releasing attachments doesn’t require withdrawing from…

YOGA OF SOCIAL MEDIA NAVIGATING WITH INTEGRITY

  If ever we were tempted to forget the world’s pain, these days it’s undeniable. From Africa’s Ebola outbreak to deep unrest and bloodshed in the Middle East, to ongoing racial tension in the USfollowing the deaths of black Americans by whites, the world is crying. Yet rather than tears, an outpouring of opinions and…

Barbara Hicks obituary

My wife, Barbara Hicks, who has died of cancer aged 64, was a yoga teacher who brought the benefits of this ancient philosophy to students for more than 40 years. Her knowledge and experience attracted devoted students of all ages and fitness levels, who followed her from school and church halls to adult education at…

Striking a pose with Instayoga

Anne-Marie Newland’s students wouldn’t dare use their mobile phones in her yoga class, let alone take a surreptitious snap of their sphinx pose. However Newland, founder of the Sun Power Yoga School, is reluctant to criticise the growing presence of yoga selfies on the internet. The Insta yoga trend now extends far beyond the usual…

Environmental and safety fears cloud start of huge Delhi festival

A massive cultural festival has opened on the banks of the Yamuna river in Delhi despite concerns that the sprawling construction of roads, ramps and pontoon bridges will irreparably damage the river floodplain. Defying environmental regulations, a massive arena has been constructed on the vast floodplain of the Yamuna, which flows through India’s congested national…

Why Justin Trudeau and other world leaders love a yoga pose

Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, famed feminist and man with a very nice face, can seemingly do no wrong. He appears to have the world’s media in rapture daily, with the latest burst of Trudeaumania coming from his apparent prowess at yoga. A picture of Trudeau balancing on his wrists on a conference table…

Parents get ‘namaste’ banned from yoga lessons at Georgia elementary school

Administrators at an elementary school in Georgia are making changes to yoga practices for students, after parents complained such practices encouraged non-Christian beliefs. Bullard elementary, in Cobb County, is one of a number of schools across the US and in Georgia to offer yoga and other mindfulness practices rooted in Hinduism and Buddhism as stress…

Yoga pants maker Lululemon reports annual sales of more than $2bn

There’s a lot of money in yoga pants – even ones that not too long ago were found to be a little too revealing. Lululemon, the upmarket “athleisure” brand favoured by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Cameron Diaz, on Wednesday reported annual sales of more than $2bn (£1.4bn). The surge in sales, up…