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THE GREAT DEBATE UPDATE

Back in August we leaked the news about the Great Debate between the meat-eating Sadie Nardini and the veggie-loving Sharon Gannon. After a delay in plans, our sources now tell us that theses yoginis will take their corners on October 8th at 12 noon (EDT) via The Huffington Post. More details to follow soon…

-Freebean

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Back-to-(Yoga) School

This September, Boomerang Yoga, a non-profit organization geared towards raising mullah for children, is hosting a Sun Salute-a-thon, 108 sun salutations over a 3-hour asana, with the concept of sponsored mats for participating yogis. Stephanie Culen, the founder and executive director of the organization is hoping to raise $500 per mat.  All donations made will go to the continuation of Bent on Learning, an ah-mazing non-profit who has been the forerunner in getting yoga classes into NYC’s public school curriculum.

The event will be held on Sunday, September 20th from 3-6pm at NYC’s SoHo Equinox, visit the Boomerang Yoga Events page to learn how you can participate yourself.  (Attendees are also said to get some goodies for showing up too!)

Or if you prefer, freebean is offering to be your surrogate yogini on that mat day – so donate here – a little or lot – all is much appreciated.

THE GREAT DEBATE – Are Yoga and Meat-Eating Mutually Exclusive?

Back in June, Sadie Nardini, the edgy NYC core strength yogini, served up some food for thought on yoga and what’s on your plate in her Huffington Post flesh-eating confessional, in which many shared their ops.  Among the comments, there were some lovers and some haters, and now word on the street has it that Nardini and Gannon (of the animal-loving Jivamukti school) are laying down their mats for a duke ’em out debate  (in that peaceful yoga way, of course) via live video on the Huffington Post this Wednesday, 8/19.   Stay tuned for the official time to watch it live…

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THE FAB FIVE of Summer Yoga Deals

Recent finds to make your ‘beans’ go further this summer (courtesy of  freebean from yogadeals):

1.  Humpday Yoga in NYC with Laughing Lotus (FREE)

2. The Cure for the Common Asannoyance (only 2.7o beans/Hband)

3. The Sham Wow of Yoga Towels – can your curiosity resist?  (10.95 beans)

4. Cheap Fix For Sticker-Loving Yogis (0.75 beans)

5.  Go Ask Alice.com – Forgo the lines at Duane Reade/CVS/Walgreens & shop at home (free shipping beans)

Yoga Agents? Yoga Goes Hollywood

Yoga is now going beyond just clothes, props and trademarked styles, now there appears to be a new chapter where yoga and business are uniting to bring the often flighty community of free-loving do-gooders who just want to share yoga bliss with their students with a paycheck. Some may think this is a way that yogis are selling out, but if yoga is your career and you are not so business-savvy, it really is in your best interest to find someone who can network and market your talents for you – because hey, let’s be realistic, everyone has to eat and in order to eat you need to make some mullah.

After a recent press release about the Gap’s attempt to gain market share with its new line of pure body layering apparel that targets yogis, we did some investigating to find out a little bit more about YAMA, the PR rep for A-list instructors like Sadie Nardini and Ashley Turner.

Straight from Ava Taylor, one of the founders of YAMA, the Yoga Artist Management Agency, the company is  “a joint venture with Velour Music Group – producers of the groundbreaking Wanderlust Festival.  YAMA is the premier yoga talent agency in the world exclusively representing a diverse portfolio of distinguished instructors.”

YAMA seems to be the forerunner of yogic agencies,  hooking up athletes with legitimate endorsements, sponsorships and advertising gigs.  So be on the lookout for more brand integration of yoga instructors in unconventional placements like corporate events and festivals.  As a firm believer that everyone could use a little yoga in their world, I am interested to see how this new type of agency will pan out.

For more info on YAMA, try emailing yoga.artist.management@gmail.com (no website as of yet, that I know of, which I do encourage them to launch sooner than later if they are looking to gain momentum and keep ahead as other players enter ‘the game.’)

designer yoga props

yoga, meaning ‘union’, is truly emerging as a viable industry offering countless schools of asana & now innovative props to help yogis everywhere make that connection with mind, body, soul – & now design. just as asana has evolved from the two original poses, tadasana (mountain) & svasana (corpse), so too have the props. after attending the yoga journal conference in nyc, i stumbled upon two of the most practical & perhaps most effective new asana helpers, where form & function have joined for their own sort of yoga, including the evolved block (aka egg) created by a ‘recovering’ furniture maker with a bad back & an all-in-one eco-mat which began as an f.i.t. professor’s vision.

for full reviews, visit yogadeals…

yj acknowledges the yoga (internet) connection


elephantbeans, yogadork and yogadeals have all been featured in the glossy august issue of yj (page 85) along with other fellow bloggers!

“start reading the latest gossip from yogadork….. & you’ll soon see a mention of budget-friendly classes from yogadeals… which links to a fun story from elephantbeans… about yogis behaving badly.”