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People Are 'Losing Their Minds' for Goat Yoga

Somehow this isn't a 'Portlandia' sketch

(Newser) - A farm in Albany, Oregon, is offering yoga classes with goats. Portland is probably mad it didn't think of it first. The Oregonian reports it all started when a yoga instructor asked if she could host a class on Lainey Morse's No Regrets Farm. Morse's six goats... More »

'Rage Yoga' Is Now a Thing

It pairs beer, heavy metal, and cussing with yoga

(Newser) - Looking to get "Zen as (f-bomb deleted)"? Then Rage Yoga might be right up your alley, SF Gate reports. But—at least until online expansion plans take hold—if you want to partake in the class that pairs yoga poses with pints of beer, screamed profanity, and Metallica... More »

Yoga Class Nixed for Being 'Offensive'

University of Ottawa student group cites 'cultural appropriation'

(Newser) - For the past seven years, Jennifer Scharf has been teaching a yoga class for disabled students at the University of Ottawa, and she was all set to start it up again in September, the CBC reports. But an email from the school's Center for Students With Disabilities, part of... More »

Court Says Bikram Founder Doesn't Own Yoga Poses

He was trying to copyright a sequence of ancient ones

(Newser) - It turns out, you can't legally stop people from performing ancient yoga poses in a particular order. On Thursday, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled against Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, who was attempting to copyright his sequence of 26 yoga poses, NBC News... More »

Yoga 3 Times a Week Pays Big Dividends

Arthritis sufferers saw substantial improvement

(Newser) - "There's kind of a myth that says if you have arthritis, the good thing to do is to rest your joints," says a John Hopkins professor who co-authored a study that might bust the myth wide open. In the study of 75 sedentary adults with rheumatoid arthritis... More »

6 People Have Now Accused Yoga Guru of Rape, Assault

Bikram Choudhury facing 6 civil lawsuits

(Newser) - Bikram Choudhury, founder of the Bikram style of yoga practiced in sweltering heat, has been a controversial figure for years —but there are now six civil lawsuits that accuse him of rape or assault, the most recent one filed earlier this month, and his yoga empire is divided as... More »

Missing US Yoga Teacher Found Dead in Mexico

Hari Simran Singh Khalsa apparently got lost on hike

(Newser) - A 25-year-old American yoga teacher who apparently got lost while hiking has been found dead in the rugged mountains near Tepoztlan in central Mexico, reports NBC News . Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, a Brooklyn native who lived in Virginia, had been missing since Dec. 30. He and his wife were in... More »

Judge: Yoga Not a Threat to Church-State Separation

He sides with San Diego County district, says yoga not always religious

(Newser) - San Diego County parents are just going to have to live with their kids being taught yoga in school , thanks to a Superior Court judge's ruling yesterday. The California parents were suing the Encinitas Union School District to stop the practice, arguing that yoga is inherently religious and thus... More »

Suit: Yoga in Schools Violates Church-State Rule

Parents in California district sue to stop program

(Newser) - Yes, this lawsuit is taking place in Southern California. In Encinitas, to be exact, where parents have sued to stop the school district from having kids perform yoga as part of gym class, reports NBC San Diego . The parents are worried that yoga has too many religious connotations from the... More »

Yoga's Millionaire 'Bad Boy' Sued by His Student

Not the kind of 'hot yoga' Sarah Baughn signed up for

(Newser) - The yoga world is facing a far bigger scandal than see-through pants : The founder of Bikram yoga is being sued for sexual harassment and discrimination. A former student says Bikram Choudhury—the 67-year-old millionaire behind the eponymous "hot yoga" empire whose fans include Jennifer Aniston and Madonna—made sexual... More »

See-Through Pants Failed Lululemon 'Bend Over' Test

CEO Christine Day says problematic pants looked fine at factory

(Newser) - Lululemon CEO Christine Day defended her company's see-though yoga pants yesterday, telling Wall Street analysts that the pants looked and felt fine at the factory and even seemed fine when they were put on. The problem only revealed itself when someone started stretching. "The truth of the matter... More »

Lululemon, Supplier War Over See-Through Pants

Manufacturer hits back after company blames it for issue

(Newser) - Lululemon's see-through yoga pants sound scandalous, and a scandal is what the company appears to have on its hands. The Taiwanese supplier of the pants is hitting back after the yogawear chain blamed its massive pants recall on the manufacturer. "All shipments to Lululemon went through a certification... More »

Lululemon's Big Headache: See-Through Yoga Pants

There will be a shortage, so brace yourself

(Newser) - Before you walk out the door wearing those Lululemon yoga pants, better check to make sure they're not see-through. The athletic wear company has pulled some of its black yoga pants from stores because the chain's signature fabric, Luon, came out too sheer, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Alec Baldwin's Wife Hit With 'Yoga Injury' Suit

Student: I was hurt in Hilaria Thomas' class

(Newser) - A Yale student is suing Alec Baldwin's wife over a (possibly horrific) injury he claims to have sustained in one of her yoga classes. Gawker initially pokes fun at Spencer Wolff for his lawsuit against Hilaria Thomas, which alleges he was hurt while performing "a dangerous activity at... More »

US Marines Meditate, Practice 'Mindfulness'

New study could overcome stress and suicide rates

(Newser) - The US Marine Corps, known for turning out some of the military's toughest warriors, is studying how to make its troops even tougher through meditative practices, yoga-type stretching, and exercises based on mindfulness. Marine Corps officials say they will build a curriculum that would integrate mindfulness-based techniques into their... More »

20M Americans Do Yoga

29% increase from 2008

(Newser) - America must be getting really flexible. Some 20.4 million people practice yoga here, a study says, up from 15.8 million in 2008. That's a 29% increase, and it represents 8.7% of the adult population. What's more, some 44.4% of people who don't currently... More »

Facebook Sacks Yoga Teacher for Banning Phones

Ommmmm ... ring, ring ... ommmmm

(Newser) - A lesson for prospective Facebook employees: Don't get between Mark Zuckerberg's minions and their technology. Alice Van Ness learned that the hard way, after instituting a no-cellphone policy in the weekly yoga class she started teaching at the company's Menlo Park campus in March. Van Ness tells... More »

Fidel's Epic Editorials Now ... 35 Words Long

His latest reflection is on yoga

(Newser) - Fidel Castro might not like running-dog capitalists, but he's apparently a huge fan of the downward-facing dog . The aging Cuban icon waxed rhapsodic about yoga in his latest newspaper editorial. "Yoga does things with the human body that defy the imagination," said his front-page "Reflection from... More »

Yoga Room in ... an Airport?

Travelers can breathe deeply in San Francisco

(Newser) - Air travelers in San Francisco, rejoice: You can now relax between the dreaded security pat-down and the slow shuffle onboard your flight. San Francisco International Airport has set up a yoga room that includes a soothing blue light and loaner floor mats, MSNBC reports. “The room gives modern travelers... More »

Yoga Can Hurt You, Too

Injuries are on the rise as more novices embrace it: NYT Magazine

(Newser) - Yoga is acclaimed as a healing, relaxing, and generally safe pursuit, but the exploding number of practitioners in the US should know that injuries are fairly common and that the problem is growing, reports the New York Times Magazine . Sprains, dislocations, broken backbones, and even strokes are suffered by yoga... More »

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