The number of men practising yoga is growing. According to the 2016 Yoga in America Study by Yoga Journal and the Yoga Alliance, of those practising yoga in America, 28 percent are men. Though that may not sound very high, it’s up significantly from the mere 17.8 percentage of men identified in the 2012 edition of the same study. (more…)
Yoga teacher Maria Odugba is challenging stereotypes surrounding who can practise yoga.
Described by the media as ‘plus-size’, Odugba is determined to embody her belief that yoga is for all body shapes and sizes. Her instagram account has 74.7k followers and counting, and is full of inspiring yoga selfies, workouts and posts describing her body-positive attitude. She advocates self-acceptance and love for all body types, having overcome her own initial fear of taking up yoga on account of the common misconception that yoga is only for slim and toned people. (more…)
On June 21, Indian yogis made international headlines when 54,101 of them practiced together on Mysuru’s Race Course to celebrate International Yoga Day for the third time. Whilst it didn’t quite make a world record, it has put Mysuru on the yoga map for more yogis than ever before. (more…)
Despite their superficial differences, yoga and rap are proving a great partnership. For a music genre that stylistically prizes comfort while addressing themes beyond the comfortable, what could offer more sthiram sukham than gear that lends itself to the odd spiritual gangster vrschikasana? (more…)
Yoga may be about as good as physiotherapy for treating lower back pain, according to a new study published in a major medical journal. The results of the long-term study, which involved a large and racially diverse group of participants, come as welcome scientific support for using yoga as a therapy for back pain. (more…)