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Strike a (yoga) pose

Jul 22, 2010

These days, yoga's everywhere – from studios and gyms to schools and prisons. There are almost as many styles of yoga as asanas (poses), including Hatha, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikrim, Kundalini and the list goes on. In her new book The Subtle Body, author Stefanie Syman traces yoga's influence from the 19th century hucksterism of Pierre Bernard, the man who first championed yoga in America, to downward dogs at the White House Easter Egg Roll. In the last ten years, the industry has experienced phenomenal growth, becoming a nearly 6 billion dollar industry today. Syman, a yogini herself, writes, "Yoga is both an indulgence and a penance. It will tone your thighs, and it might crack open your reality." What's your yogic experience – spiritual, physical, cynical or comical? Pull up your yoga mat and whisper Namaste.

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