Posts Tagged: yoga
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The Best Time I Got Sent to "Pray-Away-the-Gay" Bible Yoga Camp

The yoga class was being hosted in Chinatown, something that seemed fitting; the universe has a sense of humor like that. I walked past my favorite dumpling place and zipped and unzipped my leather jacket as I walked. It was 10am and Chinatown was pretty much deserted. I had a lot of space to think. Yoga. Me. Again. I wonder if I’m going to cry in the middle of Downward Dog.

I have nothing against yoga. It's just that I was introduced to it in a punishing way by my mother. In high school—I guess I was about 14 at the time—she was slowly beginning to catch on [...]

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Hannah and Nigel Do Doga

Comedian Hannah Ballou (our friend hoo:ha) and her patient pug Nigel did dog yoga—doga—recently. It went really well, Or, like, about as well as you'd expect. Says Hannah: "Oh lord. He was not having it." Could've been weirder? [via]

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Poetry: A Love Story

I’m going to talk about loving myself. But don’t be scared. I’m not going to hug myself. I am not going to look in the mirror and tell myself I am a beautiful woman. I am definitely not going to take a smaller mirror and look at my vagina, though if you want to give me 50 bucks, I totally will. What I am going to do is discuss loving myself in terms of not loving poetry.

I am a person of extreme likes and dislikes, but the visceral nature of my response to poetry has always surprised even me. Let’s skip over the childhood experiences because there’s not much [...]

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Yoga Is 104.3 Percent Ruined

Here is a surprisingly comprehensive list documenting the degree to which certain fans ruin their respective obsessions. Yoga, for example, gets an 8.0 on the "average fan awfulness scale," resulting in 104.3 percent "degree of ruin" ("the percentage of the thing's innate quality that its awful fans knock off"), which only adds up to a 43.09 on the "level of tragedy" scale ("the numerical amount, from one to 100, from which a thing's fans detract from our perception of it"). With a 241.96 degree of ruin, Family Guy is seemingly beyond repair. [Via Digg]

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Better Yoga Poses: A Daily Routine

Smelly Dog

Go to a public park and get in Downward Facing Dog. Rip a fart directly at each park-goer who passes behind you.

Toddler Pose

Assume the Child's Pose, then start sobbing loudly. Pound your fists on the floor while wailing. The louder you cry, the more you're working your core. Demand cheddar Goldfish and a sippy cup of chocolate milk to replenish your energy when you’re finished.

The Vengeful Lotus

Sit cross-legged in front of your computer at 2 a.m. with your browser open to your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend's healthy living blog. Scroll down, seething at every "creative, delicious, and totally satisfying" raw food recipe you [...]

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Thoughts I Had at Naked Yoga

Who is going to be naked first.

Oh that lady’s naked, that was fast.

And now that guy’s naked too.

If I don’t get naked fast I’ll be the only one not naked. OK I’m naked. OK now I’m sitting and I’m naked.

Stop thinking so much.

But I’m naked.

It’s OK, just stop thinking, focus on your breath.

Oh you mean my naked breath.

Yes, fine, your naked breath.

Why are there mirrors.

Don’t worry about it.

There really shouldn’t be mirrors.

Sure, but there are.

Wow late to class, really? Really? With your clothes on and everything you’re gonna walk into a room full of naked people—

Shhh. [...]

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Lululemon's Selling of "Ostentatious Wellness"

Famously, the CEO of Whole Foods, another company much beloved by liberals, is also a Rand devotee and staunch libertarian. It’s easy to dismiss these men as flukes, or to categorize them as savvy capitalists who were able to spot which way the cultural winds were blowing and create a set of products that would serve the wants of the continent’s upperclass. But that hard-right Galtian spirit hasn’t seemed to turn anyone off. In fact, Lululemon has been so successful because, not in spite of, its founder’s combination of woo-woo New Age-iness with a sharply competitive spirit. It’s the same approach many American women (and men) bring to buying [...]

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The Yoga-Juice Continuum

Previously: The Smear-Passion Index

Tricia Louvar is a writer and visual artist living in a log cabin with her family. Visit her at tricialouvar.com.

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Four Unfunny Truths About Laughter Yoga

I went to laughter yoga the other night, I guess because I live in a big city and sometimes wear stretchy pants in the street and pretty regularly force-feed myself kale.

Regular yoga is no longer the cure-all for your out-of-balance, toxins-infested mind-body; the cure-all is laughter yoga. Basically, laughter yoga is the new method for scrubbing out our dirty bodies and changing our brain chemistry and banishing sadness and stress from everyone. Forever.

The idea is that laughing is good for you (science says so, after all), and that pretending to laugh can be just as good for your health and wellbeing as actual laughing. So that’s what you [...]

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Recycling

In case you'd like to read more about some of the stuff I've been up to recently, I wrote about trying to get rid of clothes and toiletries for Into the Gloss. The Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar woman comes up, and in light of the new Katy Perry video and the Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar woman/Katy Perry everlasting bond, maybe there's some kind of spectral internet alignment between Katy Perry, apple cider vinegar, and … transcendence? Maybe = definitely. Anyway, Friday!