Lululemon, Ayn Rand, and Yoga.

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Michael is “far too buddhist” discussing yoga, Lululemon, and Ayn Rand on CTV.

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Centre of Gravity is a thriving community of Yoga and Buddhist practitioners integrating committed formal practice and modern urban life. We offer weekly sits, text studies, yoga practice and dharma talks. Retreats, guest speakers, online courses and audio talks deepen the feel. Each week Michael Stone dishes a talk, often on primary texts by Dogen, Patanjali, and the Buddha, that are collaged with today's headlines and psychological insights to produce an engaged shape shifting dharma, at once historical, personal and political. Notes on these talks by Mike Hoolboom form the heart of this blog. Michael Stone is a yoga teacher and Buddhist teacher. He travels internationally teaching about the intersection of Yoga, Buddhism and mental health. He has written four books with Shambhala Publications on ethics, yoga's subtle body, inner/outer pilgrimmages, and the sometimes uneasy blend of social engagement and Buddhism. Please check out the website at .


10 Responses to “Lululemon, Ayn Rand, and Yoga.”

  1. Valerie Carruthers says:

    Michael, how wonderful that you were able to offer your views as a Buddhist and Yoga teacher on your local news channel.Such quiet strength, clarity and intelligence are rarely seen on the commercial airwaves. About your comment that you would like to see more separation between Yoga and Lululemon: I'm reminded that Yoga is like an ocean. There are waves of all sizes that ebb and flow. During storms those waves may swell vastly, even dangerously, only to subside as the sun returns. Yet the ocean remains. Yoga in all eight of its limbs was there millennia before Lululemon and its controversial—publicity generating—John Galt/Ayn Rand campaign. It will be there long after the controversy and hype are gone.

  2. D says:

    i like how the guy at the end describes yoga as "almost a spiritual practice"


  3. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Ele: Michael is “far too buddhist” discussing yoga, Lululemon, and Ayn Rand on CTV.

    Mark L: Really? Ok, Ele's half joking, I assume, but only half. I thought Michael was excellent. He is personifying peace. However, it's not only "our side" that can personify peace. The Ayn Rand lady interviewing him was just as peaceful. Good lesson there!

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  5. James says:

    Very interesting. A Lululemon just opened in Shadyside (Pittsburgh) and I stopped in just yesterday and had a look around. Nice product and store, but didn't know much about them or their marketing/branding. This short interview has prompted me to investigate further…thanks again for the post.

  6. Jean LeBlanc says:

    Random aside, I like how us Canadians are slowly taking over Ele.

  7. YogaForLiberty says:

    Yoga is all about self-realization as a path to liberation. Upanishads all about union with SELF. How is this not Ayn Rand's philosophy? I get the idea of not conflating a corporation with yoga, but doesn't Ayn Rand have some striking similarities with yoga?

  8. Able says:

    A healthy "community" is nothing more than a collection of healthy individuals. Remember– pure capitalism is actually what created a "middle class" and lifted MILLIONS out of poverty. Let's PLEASE not confuse the win-win exchanges of free market interaction with expanding crony corporatism.

    I practice yoga daily, am a Libertarian, and see ZERO conflict between the two. If I empower myself, I am then equipped to help others. Freedom for the individual is freedom for all.

    "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." — Ayn Rand

  9. elephantjournal says:

    it's kinda accurate, for most. πŸ™‚

  10. elephantjournal says:

    That's his title, Mark. πŸ™‚