by elephantjournal.com on May 11, 2013
She came into my life completely by surprise—if, in fact, you believe there are any surprises in life—but our initial interactions were from a distance and it would take quite a bit of time for us to meet face-to-face. Little did I realize how that span of time would come to feel like a lifetime [...]
by Jennifer S. White on Apr 20, 2013
Motherhood can be wonderful for your feminine self-esteem—and it can also be very challenging. I consider myself to be a stay-at-home yogi. It’s the term that I made up to define my status as a yoga teacher who works around the schedule of my child. Initially I taught quite a bit after becoming a mother. [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 7, 2013
Once you’re pregnant, your belly is the center of everyone’s attention, in and out of the Mysore room.
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 26, 2013
Once upon a time, there were people dedicated to studying the ancient art and science of yoga as an intelligent path to liberating the mind and cultivating a sense of Oneness with All Things (aka Enlightenment). But that was before yoga was introduced to the West, around 1893 by Swami Vivekananda. And much like the [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 16, 2013
Source: marvelouskiddo.blogspot.com via Mary on Pinterest In the middle of the night I awaken, slick with sweat. My mind is hazed with the mild confusion of unfamiliar sensations in a familiar surrounding. I curl into my blankets, suddenly cold from being so drenched when I feel the movement of his body and hear his soft [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 3, 2013
We’ve all seen the influx of yoga pose photos flooding Instagram, Facebook, the pages of Yoga Journal, Pinterest. People perfectly posed on the beach, on urban structures, woods, snow falling in the background, balancing on each other perhaps. I admit it, I’m guilty of it too. I’ve got a few I used for my bio [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 16, 2013
When people tell me, “I can’t believe you have had three kids,” I say, “It is because I have had three kids, that I look so good.”
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 12, 2013
It is amazing to live life recognizing that there is a sage inside of all us, and that we are able to communicate with this wisdom. I now viscerally feel an internal guidance that helps me make decisions, both big and small. I
by Kate Bartolotta on Jan 9, 2013
P.S. Instagram and Savasana don’t mix well!
by Rob Pollak on Jan 4, 2013
The IVF experience from a man’s perspective.
by Robert Sturman on Jan 1, 2013
It took me many years to return to the study of the nude figure in art. I was trained as a painter and it was customary to have nude models in the studio eight hours a day.
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 31, 2012
The pregnant female body is nothing short of amazing. Showing our love for one another and our new addition coming soon was the best photo experience we’ve ever had because we were able to shed our clothes and reveal ourselves in our birthday suits.
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 31, 2012
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 3, 2012
The following post is part of the 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice book club exclusive to elephant journal. It’s based on Frank Jude Boccio’s essay, where he uses the buddhist practice of satipatthana to deconstruct the very notions of “the body” and “beauty.” This post looks to explain the notion of “transparency” and [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on Nov 13, 2012
Myth of the Perfect Ass(ana), Getting sh*t done, Mysore Virgin, Rape Through Yoga Colored Glasses, and much more…
by Tanya Lee Markul on Nov 6, 2012
Yoga & Politics, 2 Year Old Yoga Teacher, Yoga of Bycyclining, Ashtanga Yoga, and more…
by elephantjournal.com on Nov 4, 2012
I have a dirty secret about yoga. I used to hate it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I liked the idea of it—the way those who made time for the practice became long and lean. Or, how the yogis I came into contact with had a peacefulness about them. Yet, what I didn’t like [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on Oct 28, 2012
Seane Corn, Anger, Confessions, Dance, Unsafe Principles, Tiffany Cruikshank, and more…
by Donna Freeman on Oct 25, 2012
Author interview – Humorous and poignant, Brian Leaf offers life insights gained through pain, embarrassment, effort and eventually peace and retold with dry wit.
by elephantjournal.com on Oct 22, 2012
**NSFW** This video may not be suitable for work. Several of the models are wearing underwear (and/or pajamas). Equinox has contacted me in advance to produce the fifteenth installment of their Briohny Smyth yoga series as a way to celebrate the launch of my new book, Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi. This video is [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on Oct 22, 2012
Briohny is Back, Tantra of the Heart, Bruce Springsteen, Naked Ayurveda, Music in Yoga Class?, and much more…
by elephantjournal.com on Oct 15, 2012
CAUTION: Acro Yoga can lead to baby making…at least in our case. That’s not to say that you have to be lovers or in a relationship to fly or base with another human being. Most definitely not! Acro yoga is just another way to open the lines of communication via the voice and body, learn [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jul 11, 2012
Yoga + Hunky Yogi + Ocean + Paddleboard – Yoga Mat – Earth + the good Viral Yoga Video folks at Equinox + Instagramesque editing = … Paddle Board Yoga Video by Equinox – SUP YOGA Briohny herself sent us heads up on this video of her other half, Dice Iida-Klein, doing yoga with a [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 11, 2012
There are days when I walk into class with a well planned, purposeful sequence of asanas. Then there are days when I walk into class with no plan but I feel tuned in—completely connected—and a sequence comes through me as if Divine Light is pouring through me and I am merely a channel for something [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on May 6, 2012
Murder with Yogasms, Loving When Angry, Bikram Torture Chamber, Four Desires, Ballet & Yoga, and much more…
by Tanya Lee Markul on Apr 29, 2012
Yoga Models, Yoga Vices, Yoga Crises, 91-year Old Yoga Teacher, Yoga & Cancer, Yoga in the Schools, and much more…
by Tanya Lee Markul on Apr 22, 2012
Are You an Introverted Yoga Teacher?, John Friend Scandal, Yoga Police, Winning the Spiritual Battle, Letting go of “Me”, and much more…
by Walk The Talk Show on Apr 18, 2012
Update. Talk Show canceled. Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis is excited to announce our first On the Road interview of the season live from the beaches of Santa Monica, California during the yoga + music festival, Tadasana. Among the big names we’re honored to host on the Walk the Talk Show are Mallika [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on Apr 15, 2012
Yoga for a Broken Heart, The Lingerie-clad Yogi Behind the Equinox Video, Yoga Teacher Stereotypes, This is What I Look Like, Ashtanga to Become a Science, and much more…
by Jennifer Kass on Apr 14, 2012
Adapted from Kass Health. Meet the awe-inspiring yogi in lingerie, from the Equinox video, Briohny Kate Smyth. The beautiful and controversial video, that went viral in two days, with two million views, made me want to know the real woman in the glass-walled apartment, practicing asanas with the sleeping guy in bed. Inspiring and empowering, [...]
by Michelle Marchildon on Mar 26, 2012
Competition, Wanderlust and porn: Here are a few of my not-so-favorite things about yoga.
by Yesica Pineda on Mar 25, 2012
La claridad es lo que cuenta. Cuando hay claridad, no hay capas de comportamiento disfuncional que dominen y mi realidad se hace verdadera; y “la verdad dura cien años”.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 23, 2012
I find it helpful to make the analogy between sex and food. Both are appetites—natural urges for survival. While sex is not a life and death issue for the individual, as is food, it is necessary for the survival of the species. That puts sex on a subtler plane than food. Also, while the food you choose to put into your body affects only you, your sexual choices have a larger sphere of influence. Our sexual behavior can affect the health of our society.
by Rina Jakubowicz on Mar 16, 2012
Mi propósito en compartir estas historias es ayudarlos a reflexionar como la opinión de otro de hace muchos años puede marcar su comportamiento y sus sentimientos hasta el día de hoy. ¿Además, qué ha dicho usted a otras personas que puede haber afectado negativamente?
by Robert Sturman on Mar 4, 2012
When things get too serious, sad and tragic — it’s usually a good idea to bring in the clowns, realize it’s just a show and that no matter what, it’s gonna go on. A photographic essay by Robert Sturman.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 1, 2012
As I sat there bleeding, bloated, blemished and burned (are you turned on yet?), that nagging little voice popped up and told me to cancel. But I resisted the urge to slip back into old patterns. Shooting nude suddenly became a powerful opportunity to silence my inner critic for good.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 1, 2012
Think back to the time in your childhood when you were taught how to ride a bike – beginning a yoga practice is no different. The most important piece to be aware of when starting a yoga practice is to be flexible in the mind and heart – meaning, start with an open mind and open heart.
by Walk The Talk Show on Feb 25, 2012
Yoga’s New Star: an Ambassador to the Masses: Briohny Kate Smyth. ~ Editor’s Introduction. A few months ago, a yoga video was released. Patrolling the internet, as I do, for relephant articles and videos of interest to our readers, I happened across it on one of my most-frequented sites, the blackhole-of-time known as Reddit. It [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on Feb 19, 2012
John Friend, Yoga Therapy, Pineal Gland, Yoga Sutras, NY Yoga Journal, What Wrecks Your Body, Amy Ippoliti, Power of the Heart, Weathering Anusara Storm, Food & Yoga Sutras.
by Waylon Lewis on Feb 15, 2012
In the Studio: Briohny Smyth. She’s no mere “model.” She’s a teacher. “No matter the length of your practice, try to close with savasana or seated meditation. You might use this time to set an intention for the rest of your day, recite a mantra, or even affirmations that inspire you. Ultimately…searching…for a quiet mind.” [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on Feb 12, 2012
Yogic Sleep? (Chanti Taconte-Perez), Yoga Revolution (James Rohan), Life in Maximum Security (Anneke Lucas), John Friend Interview (Waylon Lewis), Sex, Bliss, Tantra (Ramesh Bjonnes), Triangle Pose (Yasodhara Ashram), Sabotaged Yoga (Simon Hollington), Art of Friendship (Marthe Weyandt), Yoga & the Sun (Catherine Ghosh), Scarred for Life (Braja Sorensen).
by Donna Freeman on Feb 8, 2012
Briohny Smyth caused a ruckus, Michael A. Stusser made us laugh. Hear from each of them on the impact of the 2012 Equinox video.
by Tanya Lee Markul on Feb 5, 2012
Prison Yoga (Robert Sturman), How Do You Know (Amy Dolan), Bliss (Stacey Rosenberg/Jeannie Page), Questioning Your Practice (Valerie Carruthers), Overcoming Pain (Kino MacGregor), Summoning the Snake (Catherine Ghosh), Yogas of the Heart (Josh Schrei), Fat Chainsmoker (Greg Eckard), Yoga Sutra Cooking (Camella Nair), Codependent Yogi (Stephanie Pappas).
by Jeannie Page on Feb 3, 2012
Como alguien quien ha superado sus propias luchas con bulimia y anorexia, Briohny Smyth no es ajena a la adversidad y las luchas. Fue la superación de estos tiempos difíciles, con el cultivo de una fuerte práctica de yoga, que ayudó a Briohny para convertirse en el alma fuerte y segura de sí misma que es hoy, cómoda en su mente, cuerpo y espíritu.
by Tanya Lee Markul on Jan 29, 2012
Ashtanga Over 40, How Bad Do You Want It?, Youth with Mental Health Issues, Bikram Inner-Dialogue, No Thanks to Kids Yoga, Man in Red Underpants, Amy Ippoliti, Yoga World Gets Judgmental, From Ritual Sex to Yogic Hypersexuality, Smiles Hugs & Chanting.
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 25, 2012
editor’s letter: Love is Selfish. “But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” ~ Khalil Gibran The Problem: “I’ve had a few good [...]
by Jeremy McCarthy on Jan 24, 2012
Yogis everywhere get defensive in response to recent controversies on the internet.