As summer comes to a close we’ve seen the buzz of yoga news slow down a bit, but that doesn’t mean that what has been circulating hasn’t been interesting! In this week’s YogaBasics Link Roundup we present a short but sweet list of some of the most intriguing yoga articles to help you finish up your summer reading.
• Arlington yoga studio offers 9/11 discount, then a Ray Rice comparison – A Bikram Yoga studio gets some serious heat for their epic “yoga brain” blunder (amongst others). Hopefully we won’t see the “yoga made me stupid” excuse used again.
• Awake: The Life of Yogananda – I’m excited to see this new film about the author of the Autobiography of a Yogi. “Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.”
• 96-year-old Tao Porchon Lynch is world’s oldest yoga teacher– Tao Porchon Lynch has held the title of the Guinness Book of World Records oldest yoga teacher since 2012 and does not seem to be passing the torch anytime soon. (Check out the video to see how absolutely amazing, adorable and inspiring she is!)
• Yoga Journal’s “Body Issue” Rebranding: Encouraging, Disturbing, Contradictory – A critical look at the world’s largest yoga media platform finds a confusing juxtaposition of body image articles with ads promoting the thin young white yogini stereotype. “While the “Body Issue” frankly acknowledges that there’s a huge shadow side to yoga today, it does so in a context that in many ways perpetuates the very same problems it’s critiquing.”
• Funny Gatorade commercial featuring yoga – “Enough to get a back sweat?”