-Elephant Journal

Now Miley Cyrus is a Racist? By Michelle Marchildon.

From the department of, “I can’t make this stuff up,” comes the accusation that as a result of her clearly bizarre performance at the MTV VMA awards, Miley Cyrus is a racist. Yup. You heard it here first, or um, second. This accusation has been leveled at her from people who apparently know a racist…

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Yoga Will Make You Better, But First It Will Piss You Off.

They say that beginners and advanced yoga students are easy to teach because they both know, they know nothing. But intermediates are the most difficult because they know everything. My classes are filled with intermediate students, and in their defense, I was once an intermediate too. Now I am a beginner. The more I teach,…

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Why I’m Not Teaching Advanced Yoga Anymore

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois once said, “The first series (of Ashtanga yoga) is very important. The second series is only a little important. And the third through fifth series are just for show.” In my own yoga journey I realized early on I was chasing the advanced poses so hard and fast that I was…

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Why I Don’t Hate Lululemon, By Michelle Marchildon.

It’s popular right now to pile on Lululemon Athletica, the successful sportswear manufacturer who uses bright little aphorisms, like “Just write a book,” to sell their clothes. Well, I did just write a book, in fact I’ve written two, and in neither case did my sports bra help in any way. However, Lululemon did help…

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When it Comes to Wasting Time, I Win.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 16% of women report that they feel tired. Are you surprised? Because I’m thinking it should be closer to 98%. In fact, I haven’t met many people in the past ten years who didn’t say they were tired or exhausted, or ready for a vacation. I’m so tired…

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The Devil is in the Dogma, by Michelle Marchildon

 In yoga news this week there was a lot of hubbub about yoga causing satanic possession, and I’m here to tell you my official reaction: Duh. For 2,000 years, or pretty much since yoga was brought to the attention of the west, it has been confused with being a spiritual practice. I’m not going to…

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Bernadette Birney on Trials by Fire, Yoga Judgment, and How Being Hated is Freaking Awesome!

The second in a series of “Finding More” interviews of interesting people who have moved through something life-changing, and how it looks from the other side. Bernadette Birney was a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher and a nationally-known writer who became controversial when she began writing about the ugly skeletons in the yoga cupboard. Michelle Marchildon…

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