Posts from ‘pop culture’
Every now and then, a photo of Marilyn Monroe in Halasana (Plow Pose) or Marilyn Monroe doing Shalamba Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) in a cute red sweater circulates on Facebook and everyone is all, Whoa Marilyn Monroe did yoga before yoga was cool!
But other than these captivating pics, we don’t really know a lot about her practice. Scholar Eric Shaw has tried to remedy that, compiling all 21 of the known Monroe yoga images in one blog post, along with a text orienting her practice in American yoga history. Shaw positions the photos (circa 1948) with the arrival of Indra Devi in California, the publication of BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga, and Bikram Choudhury’s landing on American shores.
It’s the freakin’ weekend, baby! If you’re snowed in somewhere, you can pass the time by checking out the livestream of the Wisdom 2.0 Summit, taking place this weekend in San Francisco. Leaders in business, tech, wisdom and society – including mindfulness teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn, author Marianne Williamson, Congressman Tim Ryan, and Buddhist teacher Roshi Joan Halifax – will share their insights.
The entire conference is available via livestream, for those of us who can’t get out of town or spare $750 for tickets for the four-day event, which runs until Sunday, February 24.
Valentine’s Day is on the horizon – and you know what that means? My inbox and Facebook feed have been full of invitations to partner yoga classes, acro yoga workshops and introduction to tantra sessions, along with recipes for vegan chocolate pomegranate sauces, five poses to “fire up your sex life” and hearty soups that “support your sex organs.“
My Yoga Online, however, is leading the way with their “Yoga for Better Sex” series running from February 1 – 14. Every day during this two week period, subscribers to the online yoga service get an article, informative video or yoga practice intended to “elevate yourself to a place of intimacy, creativity and healing, just in time for Valentine’s Day.” In the introductory video for the series, MYO identifies the perceived duality in the sex + yoga equation:
Sex = naughty.
Yoga = good.
Together they’re taboo!
In this intimate and revealing conversation, we learn the secrets behind Stiles’ YouTube business, which has resulted in 400+ videos, 14,000,000+ views and 76,700+ subscribers (and probably a whole lotta money, but they didn’t talk about that). In short, Stiles’ astounding success can be boiled down to an easy three-step process:
1. Be a Ford Model.
2. Make some goofy videos of yourself.
3. Post them on YouTube!
There’s no need to talk about teacher training credentials, yoga practice, business consultants or any of that nasty realistic stuff. Just be yourself and show people what’s in your fridge, and YouTube success can be yours.