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Spring Yoga Mala 2010

 

Spring Yoga Mala once again!  Join us on March 21, Sunday from 3:00 6 :00 p.m. at the Hammons Tower Club for 108 sun salutes!  We will move through 4 sets of 27 sun salutations with a short break between each set.  Instead of hangin’ out and snackin’ on the breaks, hydrate and join us as we break out in a Kirtan (call and response style).  Beth and friends will be chanting the Sanskrit mantras and Eric will accompany her on the drums. 

Curious?  Come check it out.  Do a sun salute, do 50, or just sit and meditate on the vibration.  Event is free with a suggested donation of $15.  All proceeds collected will be sent to Ramana’s Garden in India where a couple of yoga students are working right now!  Event is family-friendly and babysitting will be provided free of charge if you’re in need. 

This may be the only chance you ever have to wear your “day pajamas” in the Tower Club.  Physical address is 901 St. Louis Street, Springfield, MO.  

See you on the 22nd floor on Sunday! 

Sat Nam 


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Own It

Recently a good yogini friend of mine,  sent me a link to an article about the possible ownership of yoga.  India has set up a huge team of people to identify and register all yoga asanas to stop folks from stealing their traditional knowledge.  Whoa.  So far they’ve traced around 130 patents on postures, yoga tools or trademarks linked to the U.S.

Does this mean no more Jivamukti yoga?  No more  Jade Harmony Mats, no more Lululemon, Prana or Shiva Shakti yogawear?

I have apparently been mislead.  Though yoga may’ve been born in India, does that mean that they own it?  I have been under the impression that yoga does not belong to anyone.  I see perhaps they are upset that some people here in the U.S. are making scads of cash from sharing yoga.  Just for the record most of us yoga teachers aren’t doing this for big bucks.  In fact, if this were the only income I had I would not be able to make it.  Period.  And I teach quite a bit!

Apparently this move is meant to possibly put a halt on those that are perhaps franchising or patenting a particular style of yoga as their own.   Though Bikram is the only one with a franchise that I’m aware of, these yoga styles, Pure Yoga, Purna Yoga, Para Yoga seem to just have a copyright on their business name.  But does that mean they have a patent on their style as well? 

How will this effect AshtangaSadhana Yoga Chi, Anusura, Dharma Mittra and Rodney Yee?  What about Lilias and Judith, Ana and Shiva?

What about the Yoga Slackersyoga-signage-1ygoa-signage-21?

 

 

 

 

 I guess what I’m really wondering is what could happen to yoga, in general here in the U.S.? 

What could this mean for me, as a yoga instructor?

What could this mean for other local teachers here in Missouri and elsewhere?