Those marketing rascals at Lululemon (cited in last weekend’s New York Times as being part of the rampant commercialization of yoga with their $100 yoga pants) have done it again. This time the athletic apparel company is not claiming their clothes are made of healing seaweed or making weird cracks about child labor, but their latest ad, launched in June’s…

On my iPod, I have a small playlist called “Meditation.”  It contains various and sundry chants, affirmations, and soothing sounds I’ve collected over the years.  Lately, though, I’ve returned again and again to one particular piece. It’s called “Om with Harmonies” (you can find it here), and it’s basically “om” chanted in harmony for 30…

Last night, the substitute teacher in my yoga class–usually the class assistant–said that last time she taught us, she was nervous because she had such big shoes to fill.  But this time, she said, she was far less nervous.  “I brought my own shoes,” she said. Have you put on your own shoes this morning? …

Hee. I just mentioned this in a meeting yesterday, and then, there it was today on the Yoga Dork blog: Irish Yoga! Careful doing that head-on-the-porcelain-god-asana tonight! (If you do end up over-indulging, check out these natural hangover cures.) And Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Like what you see? Click here to subscribe and get Fresh…

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Valerie Reiss

Valerie Reiss is Holistic Living Editor at Beliefnet. She was a founding editor at Breathe magazine, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Women's Health, Natural Health, Yoga Journal, Lime.com, Vegetarian Times, and ABCNEWS.com. A native New Yorker, Valerie holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Beloit College in Creative Writing with a minor in Women's Studies. She also lived in Maui for a while where she drank green papaya juice and taught some creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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