If you can’t get to New York City — and we all can’t — there is a new way you can connect and take classes from Eddie Stern.
It’s called One World Yogis, which Eddie is involved in with Deepak Chopra. This is from a HuffPo piece about the endeavor:
Eddie also just launched a series of yoga sessions with Deepak Chopra titled ONE WORLD YOGIS with original music produced by his friend and well-known music producer MOBY. Recent advances in the field of neuroplasticity and epigenetics have revealed that the regular practice of yoga can literally change the structure of the brain to optimize physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. These ancient practices upgrade genes that involve self-regulation and healing, and have been shown to delay aging and inflammation. In ONE WORLD YOGIS Deepak and Eddie merge the wisdom of yoga with the findings of Western research to create a rich and subtle experience for the whole being.
Check around there and you can see how to sign up. There also is a whole One World YouTube channel with tons of short video interviews.
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YogaGlo has dropped its patent application for the way it films online yoga classes, according to this post at Yoga International. It cites another post, this one at YogaGlo from a few days ago:
In an effort to remove confusion and concern within the yoga community and beyond, we have decided to focus our efforts on narrowing our protections. To begin this process in earnest, we have decided to forfeit the issued patent. We still believe the look and feel of our classes are unique to YogaGlo and have become associated with high quality teaching. We will continue to protect that just as we would protect our logo or our name.
In the year since our patent was awarded, there have been several new entrants to the online yoga space and we’ve been thrilled to see that. We have not enforced our patent and we firmly stand by our belief that encouraging all companies to be creative and develop their own unique look and feel (rather than copying from others) is a vital way that online yoga customers will have the best available choices for their practice and that online yoga communities will thrive.
Our coverage of the issue is here. YogaGlo at one point send a cease and desist order to Yoga International over the issue (thus the interest on YI’s part).
A key thing about this was that it wasn’t about “copyrighting” yoga. It was about the specific filming perspective YogaGlo uses, meant to give viewers the sense they are part of the online class.
This seems to have ended with an actual “namaste.”
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For all our Los Angeles-adjacent readers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor will be back teaching free Ashtanga classes next weekend at YogaGlo. Here’s the details:
Richard’s Class Schedule:
- Friday, May 2nd: 10:00am-11:30am, Ashtanga – Level 2
- Saturday, May 3rd: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Ashtanga – Level 2
- Saturday, May 3rd: 5:30pm-7:00pm, Ashtanga – Level 2/3
- Sunday, May 4th: 10:00am-11:30am, Ashtanga – Level 1/2
Mary’s Class Schedule:
- Friday, May 2nd: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Ashtanga – Level 1/2
- Saturday, May 3rd: 10:00am-11:30am, Ashtanga – Level 2
- Sunday, May 4th: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Ashtanga – Level 2/3
- Sunday, May 4th: 5:30pm-7:00pm, Ashtanga – Level 2
Co-Taught Class with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor:
- Friday, May 2nd: 5:30pm-7:00pm, Ashtanga – Level 2
Someone told me that — and this is no real surprise — you do have to sign a waiver for the filmed classes. I don’t know if that’s a catch for anyone, and I’m not 100% that it is right. But just a heads up.
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A straight-up news post.
First, Eddie Stern is featured this week on the Going Off Track podcast. What’s that? Here’s your answer:
Each week, your disarmingly charming hosts chat with musicians, celebs, industry insiders, whoever, allowing the conversation to derail wherever it takes them.
And here’s how it describes the derailed conversation with Eddie:
Eddie Stern is a yoga rockstar who has operated Ashtanga Yoga New York in the Lower East side for nearly 20 years. He is also a lifelong New Yorker and on this episode of Going Off Track he describes the way the city has changed in terms of everything from rents to the Ramones, how to tap into your creative impulses and what it was like studying with his guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in India. Eddie also talks about his latest passion Urban Yogis and how bringing yoga and meditation into schools can affect students’ lives in tangible ways. Inspiring all around.
It’s just over an hour long.
Second, not surprisingly given he was at YogaGlo recently, but Richard Freeman has been announced as an official YogaGlo teacher:
You can begin practicing Ashtanga with Richard today as several classes have been added to YogaGlo:
- Reaching to Infinity – Basic, but elusive, scapula rotation allows integrated arm and breath movement.
- Deconstructing Sun Salutations – A step by step deconstruction of the forms used in Sun Salutations. This allows one to adapt the postures and movements to avoid discomfort and to reap the full benefit of this rhythmic practice.
- The Foundation of Alignment – Prana governs inhaling. Apana governs exhaling. This class explores how these two primary patterns of Internal Shakti are the foundation of alignment and how they need and love each other.
- Pattnerns & Principles of Pranayama – After finding a correct sitting posture, we will explore core principles and patterns of this basic pranayama.
- Training the Pelvic Floor – Training the pelvic floor to remain integrated keeps the spreading cobra pattern at the back of the diaphragm. This prevents compression and improper hyper-extension of the spine in full back bends.
- Optimal Positioning in Shoulder Stands & Plough Poses – This class explores the optimal positioning and action used in Shoulder Stands, Plough Poses and the closely related Jalandhara Bandha.
You might remember YogaGlo has been caught up in an online patent issue.
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If you’re in the Los Angeles area and need a Richard Freeman/Mary Taylor fix, you’re in luck. They’ll be out here in a few days, teaching a series of classes at YogaGlo. (Yes, that YogaGlo.) Here’s the full schedule:
February 7th – 10:00 – 11:30am – Richard Freeman, Ashtanga Level 2
February 7th – 12:00 – 1:00pm – Mary Taylor, Ashtanga Level 1/2
February 7th – 5:30 – 7:00pm – Richard & Mary, Ashtanga Level 2
February 8th – 10:00 – 11:30am – Mary Taylor, Ashtanga Level 2
February 8th – 12:00 – 1:00pm – Richard Freeman, Ashtanga Level 2
February 8th – 5:30 – 7:00pm – Richard Freeman, Ashtanga Level 2/3
February 9th – 10:00 – 11:30am – Richard Freeman, Ashtanga Level 1/2
February 9th – 12:00 – 1:00pm – Mary Taylor, Ashtanga Level 2/3
February 9th – 5:30 – 7:00pm – Mary Taylor, Ashtanga Level 2
YogaGlo is located at 1800 Berkeley St. in Santa Monica, CA 90404. The classes are free. I don’t know anything about whether it’ll fill up, etc., and don’t see anything explicitly addressing that online.
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We’ve been watching the story unfold around YogaGlo’s decision to patent the particular (or not so particular) way it films its online yoga classes. It got the patent earlier this month, although it seems that the general consensus is: What?
Well, YogaGlo has now responded to all the criticism:
As you may have heard, YogaGlo recently received a patent for one very specific way to create yoga class videos for online streaming. Although we issued a statement containing the facts about this patent a few months ago, many yoga organizations, publications, blogs, teachers and students continue to share false and misleading information about what it all means. The misplaced disdain that has been directed toward us, our teachers, and parts of the yoga community is extremely unfortunate and has created fear within the yoga community.
I’m going to break in here for a second. I think there’s been less fear than disbelief or outrage. But that’s me. On with the show:
The patent covers only one of many ways an online yoga-related company or individual teacher might create a class for online streaming. In fact, several elements need to be present in the same video for a class to be in conflict with our patent. Meaning, for the overwhelming majority of you, the patent will be completely irrelevant. Only a handful of companies in some of their classes have copied all of the critical elements in our patent.
The critical elements of the patent include:
- a line of sight corridor between the rear area of a class and the instructor in the front of the class;
- an image capturing device located in the rear area with an unobstructed view of the instructor, to provide a participatory view through the line of sight corridor;
- students in a class, facing the instructor, distributed across the classroom between the instructor position and the image capturing device wherein the students do not block the corridor.
Again, all of these elements must be present in the same video for our patent to be relevant.
The post then showcases what YogaGlo video classes look like versus all the other options under the sun. And it hones in on all the false statements YogaGlo folks think have been out there. And it moves through a whole section titled “Spreading the Fear” before finishing with a section “Moving Forward.”
Not sure this will be enough to get to that point. But it is the holidays, so who knows?
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For those interested in the whole YogaGlo video patent kerfuffle, here’s a take on things that doesn’t involve karma, the yamas or anything else yogic.
It’s a Washington Post blog:
But the fact that opponents of the patent had to look for prior art is a sign of just how dysfunctional the rules for approving patents have become. Finding prior art is how you prove that a patent fails the law’s novelty requirement: If others were practicing the invention long before you came up with it, it’s not patentable. But novelty isn’t the only criterion for patent protection. A patent must also claim something that is non-obvious and a “process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter.” YogaGlo seems defective on both counts.
People have been setting up video cameras at the back of rooms for decades, and realizing that you could set up a camera at the back of a yoga studio is hardly a major breakthrough. But the courts have tended to interpret the obviousness requirement narrowly, requiring fairly specific evidence that the idea would have been obvious at the time it was invented. So a concept that would have seemed obvious to most yoga instructors (or, for that matter, most people who own a video camera) was ruled non-obvious by the patent office.
It concludes with this:
But the culture of the patent office, shaped by decisions of the patent-friendly appeals court that governs patent law, tends to give applicants the benefit of the doubt. The Patent Office is steeped in the culture of the patent bar, which generally sees more patenting as a good thing. And rejecting patents can get examiners bogged down in never-ending arguments with applicants, who have a virtually unlimited opportunity to refile rejected applications.
As a result, the Patent Office routinely grants patents that most people who aren’t patent lawyers think are obvious —or not really an “invention” at all. Like setting a video camera up at the back of a yoga studio and pushing “record.”
So it isn’t just you if you think the YogaGlo patent seems pretty dang silly.
I’m going to spend the weekend patenting yoga blogging, I think. Await my lawyer’s letter, fellow bloggers.
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