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Yoga in America

Is Yoga A Sport -- Or A Spiritual Practice?

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living

A new "yoga tax" on yoga studios in Washington D.C. has raised an important question for politicians and yogis alike: What is the definition of yoga? ...

Huffington Magazine This Week: Yoga, Inc.

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

In this week's issue, Carolyn Gregoire follows yoga's progression in America from an obscure spiritual practice to a $27 billion industry.

Huffington Issue 80: The Yoga Story, Selfie-Help Apps And More

Posted 12.16.2013 | Healthy Living

In this week's issue of Huffington magazine, we explore yoga's unusual journey in the U.S., as it traveled far from its roots, exploded into a $27 bil...

YogaQuirks: The 4 Rules of Yogi Etiquette

Christie Carmelle Lopez | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Christie Carmelle Lopez

I love yoga and I've been doing it for about 10 years, but it's the practitioners, not the practice itself, I find most challenging.

Stunning Images Of Yoga Over The Last 2,000 Years

Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion

The 'Yoga: The Art of Transformation' exhibition at the Smithsonian Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. will run from October 19th to January 26th. Its...

Are Yoga and Capitalism Fundamentally Incompatible?

Ira Israel | Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

I fear that the yoga community's laissez-faire attitude of "It's all good!" may ultimately become its undoing - because if we don't decide what yoga is and what yoga isn't, then someone is going to decide for us.

Yoga Gives Back Fights Poverty in India, One Woman at a Time

Jill Lawson | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Jill Lawson

It is of grave importance that we do not use yoga to perpetuate our freedom to self indulge. We could consider taking our newfound inspiration we've gained via yoga, and use it to empower other women, who may be less fortunate.

Brian Leaf's Yoga Journey: "Becoming Real" on the Rocky Road to Enlightenment

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 03.19.2013 | Books
Stewart J. Lawrence

In Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, Brian Leaf manages to take the yoga memoir -- or "yogoir," for short --in a promising new direction.

The 12 Weirdest Places To Try Yoga

Posted 01.10.2013 | Healthy Living

Even the most advanced yogi can fall into the rut of a boring routine. Since yoga is such a flexible sport -- you can even do it from home in your pjs...

Chariots of Fire: A Conflict on the Battlefield of American Yoga Culture

Jill Lawson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Jill Lawson

If we want to keep the American yoga chariot we're riding from crashing and burning in its own funeral pyre, we must respect the spiritual wisdom from which it was born. Perhaps it's time to put our desires aside and allow Arjuna, with the help of Krishna, take back the reins.

Romancing The Om: A Look Into Yoga In America

Jill Lawson | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Jill Lawson

Modern day yoga in America is an interesting phenomenon. In the traditional sense, what most of us do on the yoga mat is not yoga. Although the health benefits are greater than anything else we've ever tried, many still do not consider it yoga.

The Future of Yoga in America

Ira Israel | Posted 03.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Of course it's wonderful that anyone comes for exercise and leaves with a little spiritual stuff. The problem is that 90 percent of what's being called yoga in America has nothing to do with the original purpose of yoga.

The History Of Yoga And Religion In America

Leigh E. Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Leigh E. Schmidt

Yoga used to make a Christian nation writhe; now it has become an embodiment of the country's religious and social elasticity.

Should Christians Do Yoga?

Sally Kempton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sally Kempton

What is yoga? Is it a system of physical culture? Is it part of a Hindu religious tradition? Is it a practice, like meditation, that is doctrinally neutral and therefore adaptable to any religious culture?