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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?

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Shrug Your Shoulders

tti-shoulders-4I had a total blast leading this Shoulder Workshop last Saturday at Teach to Inspire.  There were 6 or so from the training program, then another 6 or so from other places like the studio or the YMCA.  Beth’s new place is warm and inviting and I love being there.  The floor is soft bamboo and the walls are bran muffin with wine colored accent walls at either end.  It’s just the right size and glows with warm energy!  I must make it there this Sunday, to take a class, just for me!

I was worried I wouldn’t have enough stuff to fill three hours.  Think again.  I could’ve went on and on.  I left one whole idea out (it was using therabands for strengthening the shoulders) and I do not regret that one bit.  I did think of several other things we could’ve put to good use afterwards of course.  So we put them to good use today in my noon class.  I had someone show up with a tight neck and shoulders, so the class turned out to be “pretty workshoppy” and it was fun!

The next class I’ll be doing over there is the Psoas Muscle Workshop.  I really like that muscle, it’s cool and has a lot going on.  I did this class once before and was extremely well attended, so I’m excited to put it together once again.  I can’t believe this is work, it’s so much fun!!!

tti-shoulders-3Thanks to everyone that showed up and made this class so much fun.  I really had a blast!

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It’s Rough Out There

kids-yoga-1119Despite the economic slump, yoga classes are growing.  Why is that?  I feel perhaps it’s due to the fact that people are stressed out and if they do have less money to spend, maybe they’re choosing to spend it on self care.  Not a bad idea, economic slump or not.  Spending some cash on yoga or other bodywork will long out last the latest fashion craze or the other material fix of the moment.  And of course, if that’s even too much for your pocketbook right now taking a long walk or a bike ride is rather uplifting.  Especially the last couple of days as the temps soared into the high 60’s!   

Moderate exercise will also keep your spirits and your immune system up which in turn, will keep you from having to spend your hard earned dough at the walk-in clinic.  More companies should offer this opportunity of preventative medicine, to help keep production as well as employees strong.  MSU is one of those places that offers perks for those that participate in health and wellness programs.  Not just yoga, but other classes that involve health and wellness as well.  I feel very fortunate to be part of a place that gives such offerings to its employees.  I shall pray that it doesn’t get cut.  Not at a time when people are really jumping in and seem to need it much more now!

Part of my family lives in Florida, a state that’s been hit extremely hard with foreclosures.  My sister lost her job November before last and has since lost another job here recently.  She has finally received help in the way of a modification with their mortgage.  This was a horrible situation but at least now, they will not lose their home.  She spent hours on the phone and talked to her share of mean people and cried an awful lot.   One guy told her, “That she just needed to come to the conclusion that they could no longer afford the property.”  I really cannot imagine having to talk to people on the verge of losing their home all day long every day!  She was able to connect with this wonderful lady that would sit on hold, for five hours (not kidding) to talk to her mortgage company.  She was the best of help and if any one needs her name, I’ve got it!doug1

It’s also easier to digest all of this when you’re not affected by it so much.  It’s in the news and you talk to someone who knows someone who’s going through something.  We’ve been lucky and I believe we still are.  My husband’s workplace is scaling way back, but of course they want the same if not more output.  His company is going way green, changing light bulbs and focusing on turning off stuff at night to show the utility company they’re serious.  This is the first year ever, that there has not been a holiday party.  I got a call last week from the YMCA.  “We need to cut back even more and the way this will affect you is your one and a half hour yoga class on Tuesday night will now be one hour.”  Bummer.  It’s a big class.  It makes more sense to cut smaller groups, but maybe they have.  I don’t know as of yet what other classes will be affected.

I am thankful that both of our vehicles are paid for.  Our house payment is way low and yoga, might just cover it if something was to happen to Frank’s job!  We don’t really have any debt, no loans or anything like that but we are (were) interested in building on a very large space above our garage.  It would raise our house payment, not a ton, but anything extra right now the way things are going makes it seem stupid to take a chance.  My mutual funds, bad story.  I usually don’t pay that much attention to those pesky statements I get in the mail all the time.  But this last one I got I thought I’d take a look.  Ewwww.  Lost around $900 on that!  Wish I could’ve seen this coming, I could’ve moved that into a CD.  But of course if we could always “see what was coming” where would the thrill of being alive come from?1y1

(Ok so the YMCA room lacks in atmosphere, but it really makes up for it with the great crowd that brings their awesome personalities to the space!)


A Full Week of Yoga

kirstenboundangleI’m excited for this week!  This is the week we will not have ice and snow and classes will not be canceled.  This is the week I can start my new class for MSU downtown, since it was canceled last week due to weather.  I will have 10 classes a week now, with a wonderful schedule of 9:00 to 1:00 every day (with the exception of mornings only on Fridays) and only one evening class per week.  Perfect when you have kids in school, out in time to pick them up!

Last Tuesday night, I didn’t teach at the Y, classes were canceled.  But none the less I heard some yogis showed up, those that were close enough to walk over.  Turns out, someone that’s interested in teaching took over and led the class!  I love to see that happen.  I’d just loaned him a bunch of great books and hooked him up with some resources so I’m glad he jumped in.

We really worked our legs today in some strong standing postures.  Lots of us had been inactive last week due to the weather, so I cranked up the heat with warrior I and II.  Instead of flowing today, we took longer holds.  We used our heels, pressing against the wall, felt the power of the legs, the stretching of the upper body and the firing of the hamstrings.  Needless to say, internal dialogue became not so internal with moans and groans coming to the surface.  I will say my legs are feeling it, even from the little that I did when I wasn’t walking and talking.  I’m sure that trekking up and down 38 stairs (twice) carrying a backpack and yoga mat had nothing to do with it all after walking a mile from a parking lot.  I shall not complain as I love what I do.

Today was also the beginning of a new month and I realized I had not sent out an e-newsletter to the yoga community since the New Year’s Day Mala.  February is heart month, so I did a quick search for info, made up something pink and pretty with plugs for the workshops at Teach to Inspire and hit send.  I’m doing a Freeing of the Shoulder Girdle this Saturday from 3:00-6:00.  I need to whip out my anatomy books, brush up on what moves what in what position and make some great handouts.  I love these classes and I’m always afraid I won’t have enough material, but low and behold, I can usually go on for hours.

Today was also a day where I would find out if an article I submitted for a yoga book would be chosen or not.  There were to be 25 articles picked from out of a couple hundred or so.   My article was not chosen, but I am really excited to see the ones that were.  This was the first time I’d submitted something that I’ve written.  I’ve never really considered myself a writer, but I do enjoy it very much so I’m sure I’ll try again at another time.

Speaking of writing, I need to check on my child and make sure she has those thank you notes written for her party gifts!  It’s getting close to bed time, hers and mine.

“Wake up and realize, you are surrounded my amazing friends” – not sure who said it, but I like it!

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The Sub

It rained.  All day long.  We are going to float away here.  I feel for the people who have basements.  We don’t have one.  I did a little shopping for a birthday gift.  Ended up at one of my favorite new age bookstores.  The place is awesome, as they have new and used books.  They have all sorts of other cool stuff too, and whenever you buy a book there, it smells really, really good.  They say they don’t pump anything in, it’s just all the incense and stuff.  Wow.  It’s amazing.  I love to come home and fan through all the books I just bought and take in the scent.  Long story short, I got the birthday gift, and ended up spending $70 total.  It’s nice to have a $40 gift card when you walk in places like that!  I was grateful as today, I hit the jackpot on books!  Last minute, my yoga teacher called.  She was feeling icky and asked if I could sub for her.  Of course, I wasn’t doing anything else this evening.  I headed to the studio, in the rain.  Had 3 regulars and one from out of town on business.  Fun group, great little class.  Glad she asked me to do it, I feel better from just setting foot in the studio.  It has a way of doing that, and  like it!  When I got home, my husband and son had gone fishing.  My daughter, was playing spy.  She had a little suitcase loaded up with a notepad, some highlighters, a compass, a watch, 2 flashlights and anything that Nancy Drew might need.  Just imagine, if all we needed was a spy kit and the Disney channel for total satisfaction.  Oh, to be 10 years old again.