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Suspiciously seeking yoga teachers online?

It seems the world of yoga is not immune to hoax emails, scams, or dodgy dealings. In December I received an email asking if I offered yoga lessons online, either through Skype or Google Hangouts. I don’t even know what the latter one is, and have not used Skype in that way. Something about the…

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Review and refresh

Familiarity and comfort are very nice: we know what to expect, we like it, and it’s often easy or simple to stick with what we know. But, as all the best self-help articles and books will tell you, sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone, take stock, and review what we’re doing…

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The Mindful Nation UK report

It can take years, decades even, for ideas to become accepted widely in society, and it seems that meditation in the Western world has taken about 40 years to go from relative obscurity (‘hippy’) to mainstream, and even to McMindfulness and a backlash. The evidence for this acceptance is the recently published Mindful Nation UK report produced by…

A minister for yoga and an international yoga day

Two recent news stories caught my eye, not only because they’re about yoga but because they are examples of positive news and of potential positive changes in society. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has created a new position of minister responsible for “Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy”. Shripad Naik, the new…