For yoga teachers and serious students, “Best Yoga on the Web” is your hand-picked guide to this week’s best of the best yoga from around the world…
Bryan Kest, the teacher’s teacher, the guy who almost single-handedly kickstarted the popularity of yoga in the west, and the guy who gave so many of today’s popular teachers a start – has launched a major website makeover at poweryoga.com. Bryan’s new website shifts the focus from his every popular Santa Monica Power Yoga studios to a focus on his worldwide fans. Now, rather than catching Bryan once or twice a year when he stops by your city (or country), you can participate in his classes and his online community directly on his website. Love it!
From over at Scientific American, a well researched, in-depth article about the latest research confirming that meditation, nature walks, and mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories, and encourage creativity. Be prepared for a long read from a scientific perspective, but definitely will help you understand why mediation and mindfulness should be at the core of your yoga practice.
If you look around the web, people are so proud of having studied with Iyengar, or Jois, or Bikram that you might be forgiven for thinking those people invented yoga. Some people go a step further back for coolness, mentioning the guy who inspired those teachers – Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (b. 1888 – d. 1989). As a reminder that yoga is not 20 years old, not a hundred years old, but thousands of years old, the Smithsonian brings us Yoga: The Art of Transformation, opening tomorrow at the Smithsonian, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. But remember, the practice of yoga is not important because it is old, rather it is old because people continue to find that yoga is practical and that it works.
Andi MacDonald at Moonlitmoth is a wonderful advocate for social justice within the yoga community. I related to this article, because it took me 6 months of home practice before I got up the courage to go to my first yoga class at a studio (luckily, it was a very welcoming experience). In this article, Andi recommends for studios many of the thing that can go a long way towards truly making everyone feel welcome. Simple stuff like:
- offer donation based classes
- make your studio an LGBTQ safe space
- celebrate fat bodies and diversity
- offer meditation classes
- and many more simple tips
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