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NYC Remembers Guruji

from the SKPJ Charitable Trust

from the SKPJ Charitable Trust

Ashtanga Yoga New York
Prayer services Tuesday, May 19th at 8 am and Friday, May 22 at 6:30 pm.
“Please come if you can, and spend time among friends and fellow practitioners sharing memories of Guruji.”

Yoga Sutra
Held prayers, mediation, and recollections honoring Pattabhi Jois on Monday, May 18th from 7:30 P.M.

Jivamukti
Fire Ceremony & Special Sanskrit Mantras / A Talk on the Guru
Tues May 19th, 2009
7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Join Jivamukti Yoga School in honoring the life of the great yogi, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ruth-ji will speak on the Guru, and Manorama-ji will lead the chanting of Sanskrit mantras combined with a sacred fire ceremony.

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Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Charitable Trust
“The Trust is organized for the promotion of spiritual, physical, mental, educational development and upliftment of adults and children of all ages without any distinction of caste, creed or religion and in the interest of mankind in general…The registered Trust was set up in honor of Guruji’s 90th birthday and was inaugurated at an event in July 2005 where more than 800 students and friends from around the world gathered to pay respect to their guru. It is a charitable organization exempt under Section 12A and 80(G) of the Income Tax Act (1961) in India, with 100% of its contributions going to charitable projects in the local community.”
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Who wears short shorts?

[updated 6/26/10]

trainingScroll about halfway down:

“WHAT TO WEAR: Tight-fitting shorts and a sleeveless top. You will not be allowed to take the exam without proper attire.”

Are they going Iyengar?  Do they want to see anatomy?  Do they want to make jumping to bakasana on sweaty arms that more challenging?  Or maybe they just want to see more legs?  Who doesn’t?…

So, what to wear?  If you like roll-down pants, try Hard Tail’s roll-down shorts.  Same thick material (won’t show your booty), same stretchy material (won’t show your booty), same roll-down (you will love).  The pair on the left looks a bit short…if you want longer, try the east-coast version.  For a list of stores click here.

Phat Buddha is a NYC based yoga clothing company that makes high quality, yet affordable wear.  Everything is that stretchy swimsuit material in vibrant colors and patterns.  Try the drawstring shorts.  For a little extra length, go east-coast.  The material is clingy, yet flexible, and thick, yet lightweight.  You’ll find Phat Buddha in many Bikram studios in NYC.

Prana, perhaps the most ethical of the bunch, makes the simple “Eve Shorts”.  I’ve never tried them, but they look pretty straight forward…Hey Prana, send us a pair and we’ll try ’em out!

Got a pair that you swear by?  Let us know!

Update 6/26/10: We’re still waiting to try a pair of the Prana shorts and really dig this Iyengar bloomer company:  Malaika Padma (especially their Puna Chic Yoga Shorts).   American Apparel is currently stocking their version (the Pique Bloomer), albeit probably not exclusively for yoga so who knows how functional they are on the mat.

Yogis Behaving Badly

Originally published Business2 Magazine/September 2002 by Paul Keegan

Yogis Behaving Badly
“Be successful” is the new mantra of the yoga universe, which has become so competitive that trying to crack the big leagues is far more difficult than it was even a few years ago. But how do yogis in our covetous culture separate themselves from the pack without violating asteya, the yama that strictly forbids stealing? For millennia, the intricate techniques of yoga were passed down freely from teacher to student. Today they form a collection of highly marketable intellectual properties — a phenomenon that has only encouraged some rather unenlightened behavior.

Bikram says there has been so much stealing of his “hot yoga” techniques during the last few years that he had to spend $500,000 in January for a lawyer to trademark his sequence of 26 asanas, or yoga poses, as well as his word-for-word monologues describing how to do them. Thus yoga, the franchise, was born. “People were doing illegal things,” Bikram growls. “I had to stop them.”

At Jivamukti in New York City — the downtown studio with 2,000 students per week and a website that lists 51 celebrity clients, from Steve Martin to Monica Lewinsky — owner David Life complains that several former teachers have set up shop nearby, offering the same method he painstakingly developed with co-owner Sharon Gannon during the last 17 years. “They’re not calling themselves Jivamukti, but the staff is almost 100 percent certified through our training program,” Life says, adding that he might consider taking action if they start using the word Jivamukti — which, naturally, the couple has trademarked.

Yoga teachers respond that big schools like Jivamukti and Yoga Works in Los Angeles don’t pay them nearly enough — $25 per class with 10 students, plus $2.50 for each additional student the teacher attracts, is not unusual — despite having revenue of well over $1 million per year. Such schools make the situation worse, they say, by requiring teachers to sign contracts that prohibit them from teaching at other schools within a wide geographical radius. “Most teachers simply want to share it, to give the gift of yoga,” says Mark Stephens, who recently opened the L.A. Yoga Center in Westwood. “Schools shouldn’t have contracts preventing them from doing that.”

Yoga scholars say these clashes are the inevitable result of trying to sell a spiritual experience that shouldn’t be marketed in the first place. But that hasn’t slowed the mad dash to own a slice of divinity: When Stephens started his business, he was amazed to find that nearly every sacred yoga word or phrase had been trademarked. The latest: A New York company selling “perfumes and colognes and essential oils for personal use” has applied for a trademark for “shanti,” the ancient Sanskrit word for peace. read more

Day Retreat from New York

posted by ebean

Can’t afford a yoga retreat to Tulum?  Why not opt for a “daytreat”?

From a recent Jivamukti Yoga newsletter:

SECOND ANNUAL – JIVAMUKTI BHAKTI YOGA RETREAT
With Jivamukti Co-Founder Sharon Gannon & Hoftra Professor Joshua Greene

AT HISTORIC OLD WESTBURY GARDENS
Saturday, April 4, 2009, 9AM – 5PM

Immerse yourself in a restorative day of yoga and devotion at the exquisite 200-acre Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island-only 40 minutes from Penn Station via LIRR. For advanced and beginning practitioners alike, this rejuvenating retreat includes yoga asana classes with renowned Jivamukti co-founder Sharon Gannon, dialogues with popular author-teacher Joshua Greene, a live kirtan group, poetry, nature walks, and delicious vegetarian meals. To see photos of Old Westbury Gardens, visit
www.oldwestburygardens.org – the perfect location for this exhilarating excursion into the ecstasies of the soul.

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Comments from last year’s retreat:
“Simply amazing-beautiful, loving, can’t say enough about this marvelous day.”
“Much more than I expected. It was wonderful to have such an experience so close to New York!”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for this memorable day.”

$150 all inclusive or $120 if you register before March 1.
Call (212) 353-0214 ext. 0. to reserve your place or visit our website for online reservation- www.jivamuktiyoga.com

*Please bring your own mat; we also suggest you bring your own blanket or sitting pillow. If you require blocks and or belts feel free to bring those as well.

A Place to Call Your “OM” : Yoga in Union Square, New York

[Posted by Freebean]

A Place to Call Your “Om”
Yoga neighborhood treasures:

Union Square, New York City

Yoga is said to mean union, usually referring to the mind-body connection, but in our case it will mean a united location! Union Square is easily accessed by public transportation, offers a plethora of yoga programs, features an abundance of post-yoga healthy eats and treats, and is a great spot to start our yoga treasure hunts for deals, whether you are new to yoga or just looking for a new place to lay your mat!union-square-yoga1

Subway:
union square/14th st: 4,5,6,L, N,Q, R, W
when in doubt: hopstop it – for door-to-door directions

get your yoga on – a shoestring budget:

  • Lululemon (Union Square)
    15 union square west (bet. 14th & 15th st)
    deal: FREE classes
    saturday mornings at 9am – just bring yourself; they supply the mats
  • Ishta Yoga
    56 e 11th st (bet. broadway & university)
    deal: $40 for 1 month or free class
    free classes & spa treatments on feb. 28th &/or $40 for 1 month unlimited (new students only)

  • Jivamukti Yoga School
    841 broadway, 2nd fl (bet. 13th & 14th st)
    deal: $10 class
    $10 for their new ‘busy people’ 45 minute class

  • East West Yoga
    78 5th ave, 2nd fl (bet. 13th & 14th st)
    deal: $25 for 1 week
    $25 for 1 week unlimited (new students only)

  • The Shala
    815 broadway, 2nd fl (bet. 11th & 12 st)
    deal: $10 class
    $30 for 3 classes (new students only; valid for 1 month)

Post-Yoga Treats:

  • East West Cafe (veggie)
    78 5th ave (upstairs in the bookstore) (bet. 13th & 14th st)
    sip & nibble: hand-made chai & a ‘bad bad bad’ bakery item (homemade cookes, bars & cakes)

  • Whole Foods
    4 union square (bet. broadway & university)
    sip & nibble: coconut juice & a homemade granola bar (in the bakery section)

  • Le Pain Quotidien
    801 broadway (@ 11th st)
    sip & nibble: mint lemonade or iced green tea & a spicy hummus to-go baguette sandwich

let us know your neighborhood and it might just be our next yoga treasure hunt!