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Provoking thought & shining a critical light on yoga culture ~ while celebrating community, service, creativity, the independent spirit and good ol’ fun.

activism, media, politics, yoga

race & yoga conference: possibilities, practices & politics

 in activism, media, politics, yoga
Even the most casual observer of yoga sees it as a practice associated with white people in the West. The dominant image of the North American yoga practitioner is a white, slender, able-bodied woman. But there a rising groundswell of practitioners who are thinking critically about this image, and confronting the implicit racism within modern yoga culture.… Read more
interviews, media, news, yoga

indie documentary, who owns yoga? crowdfunds for feature-length film

 in interviews, media, news, yoga
Last fall, Al Jeezera quietly launched a short documentary, Who Owns Yoga? Produced by Bhanu Bhatnagar, a yoga teacher and journalist, with filmmakers Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton, the 48-minute film explored the modern obsession with yoga and asked difficult questions about ownership, cultural appropriation and commercialization.… Read more
reviews, yoga

connection & community: 2015 victoria yoga conference review

 in reviews, yoga
I’ve been living in Victoria for six months, but still haven’t had much of a chance to get to know the local yoga community. I’ve also been deeply homesick for the beautiful yoga community I left in Montreal. As a newbie to the city, I have been looking for a way to feel connected with other practitioners – and this is exactly what the Victoria Yoga Conference offered.… Read more
news, politics, pop culture, yoga

2014: the year in yoga

 in news, politics, pop culture, yoga
For the past five years, IAYB has enthusiastically rounded up the “best” (quotation marks because it’s highly subjective) posts of the yoga blogosphere. This year, however, it’s a little more difficult. One of the reasons is that there is less emphasis on individual posts.… Read more

practice: body scan & deep relaxation with jeanne dillion

 in yoga
Jeanne Dillion guides us through a 20-minute body scan and breath sensing audio practice, perfect for relieving the stress and pressure of the holiday season. Lay down, make yourself comfortable and let Jeanne’s voice take you into the deeper layers of your being.… Read more
body image, news, yoga

body politics & positivity: yoga body jamming with erica mather, dec 14

 in body image, news, yoga
I’m looking forward to jamming about body politics, the mythical yoga body and body image with Erica Mather on Dec 14. Erica is a NYC-based Forrest Yoga teacher, body image activist and founder of Adore Your Body Signature System. She’s been conducting these teleclasses with thought leaders in the body image movement, and I’m honoured to be next on her list.… Read more
art & creativity, yoga

giveaway: watch me do yoga by bobby clennell

 in art & creativity, yoga
There’s something about December that invokes the spirit of giving. Obviously, the societal enforced holiday season has something to do with it. But it also might have something to do with the shorter days, increased darkness and cooler temperatures – giving warms the heart, and at this time of year, we need as much warmth as we can get.… Read more