Yoga Roundup Take Seven: Nov. 10 – Nov. 16, 2013

All the Week’s Best Yoga News, According to the People at Tula Software

Apology Accepted?
After Lululemon founder Chip Wilson’s remark on women’s bodies, it was just a matter of time before an apology would be issued. Well that apology has come and gone, and many are still not satisfied. Whether Wilson’s apology video is a good enough one, is to be decided by the viewer. But we will note, he never actually said sorry for making the comments.

Yogi in the Mirror
Heidi Michelle of Kindness Yoga in Denver is taking her partner Vinyasa classes to a new level. By making her pairs of students face each other during practice, she hopes to bring a higher sense of awareness. “With mats facing each other, we flow in unison, remaining aware of each other’s breath and movement. This added element of connection brings greater awareness to our own bodies. We can begin to sense and feel the energetic connection that is beyond the physical body, getting to the heart of yoga, which is unity.”

Viva Las Yoga
Meet Eileen Lorraine: mother, professional, yogi. She’s living in Las Vegas, working hard to send her daughter to college and on the side, teaching yoga to homeless youth during the city’s hottest summer nights. She sometimes plays 2-Pac during her class; she sometimes sits still and watches in awe of her students. She is the epitome of yoga, and we are grateful there are people out there like her. 

Ginger Ale, Peanuts and Empathy Please
Author Neal Pollack blogged for Yoga Journal about a recent experience he had meeting a fellow yogi while on a commercial flight. The yogi was his flight attendant and she wasn’t the first one he’d met. For flight attendants, as well as a slew of other professionals, yoga helps them “engage” rather than “shut down” with their customers. Most yogis already know yoga makes them better at interaction, but Pollack’s tale is nonetheless an enjoyable affirmation of this fact.  

Take it Outside!
Yoga instructor and blogger for Elephant Journal Erica Leibrandt writes about the importance of a gulp of fresh air. After spending time living in New York City, she realized she had learned to breathe solely through her mouth to avoid the toxic city air. And while we all can’t live in the countryside, or even like she notes, get away there for the weekend, we need to utilize the outdoors to the best of our abilities to not only get the best from your yoga practice, but out of life as a whole.