News in Asia
We’ve got a bunch to cover, so let’s go.
There is a tub of coconut oil sitting on the kitchen table that I eye with suspicion whenever I pass, as if it might spontaneously start singing the virtues of a paleo diet or its virgin status. Why spontaneously, I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to deny the bananas nearby their chance as a warm-up […]
The Five Stages of a Hot Yoga Class
I’ve started attending a yoga studio not too far from my house, and I kind of love it for several reasons. The first and biggest reason is the fact that all their classes are $5. All of them. Since it’s so cheap to take a class, the studio tends to draw a wide array of […]
Welcome to the first in what I hope will be a regular feature here on Persesphone, KICKSTARTABLEs. What’s a Kickstartable? Why I’m so glad you asked. It’s a Kickstarter project that’s caught my eye, or another editor’s eye, and we want to show it to the world. Sound good?
We Try It! AntiGravity Yoga
I’m a sucker for a good Groupon.
The title Beat Fatigue with Yoga sounds like something one would see on an infomercial, I know. To be honest, I don’t think I’d have even considered the book had it not been recommended by someone with similar health issues. Once I was done rolling my eyes at the title, I found quite a bit of […]
People who practice yoga have become one of those groups of people, along with marathon runners, Diva Cup users, and vegans, who can be so evangelical about their passion that they shoehorn it into every conversation. As a result, many people who don’t practice yoga are sick of hearing about it. I get it, I […]
Continuing in our effort to internalize positivity, this week I’m going to tackle a somewhat contentious topic: Exercise. In fact, I’m going to try and use the word exercise as little as possible. How about we call it “Movement”? Getting up and moving can be one of the hardest things to actually start doing, but […]
The Sin of Competitive Yoga
Oh hey. Competitive yoga, you say? Well, that’s a bizarre bastardization of everything yoga is supposed to be about, isn’t it? Well that depends who you ask and, perhaps even more broadly, how you define the terms.
Every morning, I get an email from Groupon announcing its latest deals. Inevitably, I find myself wondering how they select the images that will go along with the offer. Sometimes, it’s clearly an image of the restaurant or business being advertised. Often, though, it’s very obviously a stock photo. It’s those instances that really make me […]
This Yoga Will Destroy Us All
A few days ago, an article was published in The New York Times Magazine about yoga. Surprising, right? Actually, for many people it’s been a total shock, and judging by the posts in my Facebook feed, the world of yoga as we know it may be coming to an end. Yes, dear friends, we’ve hit […]
We Try It: GaiamTV
Having ordered from the popular yoga and eco-friendly goods company Gaiam before, I received a special extended trial invitation to their new service, GaiamTV. I didn’t think much about it at first, but after discovering some Gaiam Wake Up Workouts that I really liked on Hulu+, but wouldn’t be able to continue on a week long visit to the UK, I decided to check GaiamTV out. I checked that their videos weren’t region-locked, which they aren’t, and signed up. Spoiler alert: I didn’t cancel after the trial period was over.
Today was the first day of one of my favorite things: lunchtime yoga at work! I signed up for it last year and it was the best. I’m so happy that my office decided to bring it back again this year, with the same instructor. I love her as much as I love the class.
In Defense of Bikram Yoga
Full disclosure: I am both a Bikram yoga instructor and an active participant in yoga competition. That doesn’t make me a fanatic, and that doesn’t make me an automatic asshole, as some would have you believe. But it does mean I love Bikram yoga in spite of all the baggage that comes along with it – […]