Why yoga isn’t cultural appropriation and when you can catch ‘Yoga Hosers’

I’ll just encourage you to read this piece at Slate by Michelle Goldberg, who wrote the recent biography of Indra Devi. She discounts the recent cancellation of a yoga class at the University of Ottawa over cries of cultural appropriation. The key idea: In the case of yoga, it completely ignores the agency of Indians … Continue reading Why yoga isn’t cultural appropriation and when you can catch ‘Yoga Hosers’

Modi goes high tech here in California

Quick little side note. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in California this weekend — Silicon Valley, to be precise. It is the first time in decades an Indian PM has been to the state, so we’ll make some note of it. From the San Francisco Chronicle: “People are now saying that the 21st century … Continue reading Modi goes high tech here in California

What’s that? India takes step to thwart trademarking of yoga poses

We may not have to worry about U.S.-based yoga trademark battles (hi to all our Bikram readers!) much longer. We may have to pay attention to what the Indian government is doing, though. According to this story at the Economic Times, the Indian government has taken steps that would keep what it refers to as MNCs, … Continue reading What’s that? India takes step to thwart trademarking of yoga poses

Thoughts on Samadhi, crazy Russian yoga bans and Big Wednesday

Back from our first blog Moon Day, and not that we found Samadhi there, but maybe this can help you get there: The very opposite of that, I think, is this story, which as these stories always do is getting a ton of coverage because… crazy: Officials in the central Russian city of Nizhnevartovsk have … Continue reading Thoughts on Samadhi, crazy Russian yoga bans and Big Wednesday

Millions twist and bend on International Day of Yoga

I think this will be our last post on IDY. First, your basic roundup. Up first, NPR’s coverage: You don’t expect to see world leaders getting down on all fours to perform yoga in public, let alone in a mass yoga class that draws observers from Guinness World Records. But India’s Narendra Modi did just … Continue reading Millions twist and bend on International Day of Yoga

Before International Day of Yoga there were yoga stamps

If you haven’t gotten the various messages, let’s repeat them: Sunday is the first International Day of Yoga, pushed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Lots of people are seeing it as a way for India to tighten its claim on yoga Lots of other people are seeing it as an effort to turn India … Continue reading Before International Day of Yoga there were yoga stamps

International Yoga Day offers chance for people to say: WTH?

I will give Narendra Modi this much: Getting a day set aside for yoga has provided a lot of opportunities for media coverage and other focuses on yoga. At least some of it is along the lines of this from the Wall St. Journal’s blog about India: But as yoga’s popularity grows worldwide, its definition … Continue reading International Yoga Day offers chance for people to say: WTH?

Let’s round up International Yoga Day news, shall we?

Heading into Sunday’s first International Yoga Day, there’s more and more news focused on this Narendra Modi-inspired event. A quick roundup (and, yes, pure Ashtanga news seems a little quiet; I’m nudging Bobbie to write about something, though) is below. Here’s NPR covering the religious issues that have come up in India: “What does yoga … Continue reading Let’s round up International Yoga Day news, shall we?

National yoga certification could be coming to India

The Indian government might piggyback on an effort to standardize the teaching of yoga and establish a certification program — and it might unveil details on International Yoga Day, reports say. One of those reports, from the Times of India, says the goal is to instill some quality control: “In the absence of a regulatory … Continue reading National yoga certification could be coming to India

International Day of Yoga isn’t without its controversy — in India

As we get closer to June 21, the first International Day of Yoga, it seems like a chorus of concern is growing in India. I’ve seen bits and pieces here and there, but this two-fer Wall St. Journal combo brings it all into focus, with some familiar themes: India unveiled ambitious plans to celebrate the … Continue reading International Day of Yoga isn’t without its controversy — in India