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Om Yoga Book: Ashtanga Interviews

Om Yoga: A book about yoga by Kia Naddermier, Lisa Ljungh Strömberg & Magnus Naddermier

Featuring interviews with

John Scott, David Swenson, Danny Paradise, Chuck Miller, Dena Kingsberg, Dona Holleman, Shandor Remete & Maria Boox

Read more + pics

Colo. cops hunting man who hid in portable toilet at yoga festival (animation)

 

Colo. cops hunting man who hid in portable toilet at yoga festival; ‘Sky’ the bum suspected peeper

BY Philip Caulfield
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Wednesday, June 22nd 2011, 1:21 PM

Colorado cops have a Porta-Pervert on their hands.

Police in Boulder, Colo., are hunting for a Peeping Tom who hid in the basin of a portable toilet at a weekend yoga festival before being spotted and taking off “covered in feces.”

A woman at the Hanuman Festival, a yoga and music festival, was using the toilet Friday when she suspected someone was hiding in the bowl under a tarp, Boulder’s Daily Camera reported.

The spooked yogi told a pal, who saw the tarp move and went to grab a security guard.

When the friend left the toilet, he heard it lock from the inside, the Camera reported.

The guard waited outside until a lanky white man with no shoes or shirt came out, covered in poop.

The suspect made a run for it and got away, cops said.

Witnesses said the man was between 6-feet-4 and 6-feet-8 with short dark hair and leather cuffs on both wrists.

He fits the description of a well-known Boulder bum known as “Sky,” cops said.

Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel told the Camera that cops are baffled as to how he squeezed his big frame into the tank.

If found, he’ll face charges of criminal attempt to make unlawful sexual contact.  Read more

 

and from Next Media Animation via Fox 31 Denver:

Ashtanga online, on the shelves, and on your iblank

Vote Ashtanga at the Yoga Journal Talent Search and practice along with the New York Jois Yoga attendees at the April 2011 tour streaming “live”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A YogaDawg Quiz – Who Said It (Bikram Choudhury or Charlie Sheen)?

Somewhere in a parallel universe a pair of twins were spewed out from the loins of the Great Cosmic Mother with such force that it ruptured the firmament and caused the twins to be born to two different earth mothers in different countries at different times and eventually both ended up in La La Land.

 

INSTRUCTIONS: Place a B or a C in each set of quotes. When completed click on the link below to find out how you did.


1. They lay down with their ugly wives in front of their ugly children and just look at their loser lives, and then they look at me and they say, ‘I can’t process it.’ Well, no, and you never will, stop trying. ____

What happens when they say they will commit suicide unless you sleep with them? What am I supposed to do? Sometimes having an affair is the only way to save someone’s life. ____

continue quiz at YogaDawg

Broome Street Temple – More Ashtanga TV

Broome St. Temple from Picture Farm on Vimeo.

msnbc: Flexibility & Migraines

Ultra flexible? You’re at triple risk for migraines

Joint hypermobility syndrome, migraines both rooted in same cause: too-elastic collagen

updated 3/2/2011 4:17:11 PM ET

NEW YORK — People with severe forms of double jointedness have a greater risk of suffering from migraine headaches, a new study finds. They also tend to have more severe and more frequent migraines.

Researchers say that the two conditions — “joint hypermobility syndrome” and migraines — may have causes rooted in the same problem.

People who fit the profile for having joint hypermobility have contortionist-like flexibility. They are able to bend their thumbs back to their forearms, overextend their elbows, and place their palms on the floor without bending their knees, for instance.

“It’s a disease of collagen, basically,” study author Dr. Vincent Martin, a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio, told Reuters Health.

Collagen is one of the body’s basic building blocks, helping to form myriad structures, including the joints and blood vessels.

Martin’s hypothesis is that if the collagen is too elastic, it leads to both flexible joints and stretchy blood vessels — problems involved in joint hypermobility syndrome and migraine, respectively.

Martin had noticed in his clinical practice that double-jointed patients seemed to suffer from migraines, too. He also pulled from his own experience, having both hypermobility and migraine headaches.

read full article at msnbc

Yoga TV: Beyond Youtube

Kino Macgregor’s newest project:  The Yoga Girls of Miami

From the Dakrasheta Productions Website:

The Yoga Girls of Miami takes us inside the day-to-day drama of a world-class yoga studio run by five dynamic women with a passion to transform lives through empowerment, self-discovery and peace.

Watch trailer

The Lululemon Manifesto

via yogadork

Product Reviews: Travel

We receive a lot of “yoga related” products to review here at Elephantbeans and just when we think we have seen everything, ten new things pop up.  While there is a lot of useless junk made by companies seeking to bank on the yoga trend (translucent white yoga shorts?), there is also an exciting momentum around engineering more sustainable, durable, and convenient mats, clothes, and more.

While the extra seven plus pounds of mat plus awkward rolled appendage is a small price to pay considering the incredibly unhygenic state of many studio mat rentals, it is nice to have an alternative.

Gaiam Reversible Travel Yoga Mat

At first glance, the Gaiam Reversible Travel Yoga Mat is unconvincing.  It is a super thin cloth similar to a yoga towel or rug but with a slight stickiness so you know it is meant to be used as a mat/towel alternative.  Very skeptical, our review team threw down a mean primary series and even with the bone cracking rolls of garbha pindasana and neck ouching sarvangasana, the mat provided enough padding for an Ashtangi that appreciates a firm surface.

NOTES:
-Great for travel, folds up and is very light
-Absorbs moisture and is easy to clean
-Ideal surface for someone interested in practicing on a firm surface (you can really feel the floor
-Not good for anything that requires extra padding such as the exit vinyasas at the end of intermediate series
-Not sure this would be the right surface if placed on a carpet

The Ashtangites on our team are mostly traditionalists (or maybe just orientalists?) that take an unhealthy pride in their “authentic” cotton Mysore rug usage.  That being said, even the main shala in Mysore is carrying their own rendition of the yoga towel.

 

Manduka’s eQua Plus Towel

Manduka’s eQua Plus Towel reminded us of a pack towel and when we checked their website, indeed this was listed as an alternative use.  Mat towels are placed on top of your mat or your mat rental.  This towel is lighter and packs up smaller than a cotton Mysore rug, but it is also thinner.  If you want the extra cushioning that a rug provides, look elsewhere.

NOTES:
-Great for travel, folds up and is very light
-Absorbs moisture and is easy to clean
-Possibly not good for anything that requires extra padding such as the exit vinyasas at the end of intermediate series unless you pair it with the classic Black Mat® PRO
-Comes in bright vibrant colors
-The suede-like surface claims to be slip-resistant when moist, however, our reviewer isn’t the super slippy whining type so we can’t varify this
-New coconut technology claims to “spread and evaporate moisture and provide superior odor management by eliminating bacteria”

 

3rd Annual Valentine’s Day Gooey NYC Yoga Classes for Couples and Stuff

 

  • Exploration of Love, Intimacy and Relationships
    Party, Workshop, Dance, Yoga, and More
    With Anton Diaz and Paula Tursi
    Feb 11, 12, and 13 at Reflections Yoga
    couples $299, singles $175
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  • Restorative OM yoga for Couples
    with Brian Liem with Adam Gwosdof
    Feb 12, 4 – 6 pm or Feb 13, 12:30 – 2:30 pm at Om Yoga
    $50 per couple
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  • Foods of Love:  A Menu for Valentines
    with T. I. Williams
    Feb 12, 4 – 7 PM at Integral Yoga
    $54
    sign up
  • AntiGravity Yoga: Valentine’s Workshop for Couples
    with Emilia Conradson
    Feb 13, 5 -7 pm at Om Factory
    $85 per couple
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  • Couples Partner Yoga and Thai Massage Workshop
    with Kathryn Ulrich, Chris Loebsack, & Adam Rinder
    Feb 12, 4:30-6:30pm or Feb 13,  7-9pm at Om Factory
    $75 per couple
    Sign Up