Category: yamas

yoga artist management agency: props to supporting yoga teachers

There’s been a lot of talk lately about this new, supposed “yoga talent agency”–the Yoga Artist Management Agency. Some critics voiced off about the “sickening” nature of yogis “seeking fame.” Others called it the “dumbing down of America yoga.” I call it brilliant. And I’m thrilled I got to talk with Ava Taylor, founder of…

Oct 14, 2009 · Read More · Comment (4)

Philosophy: Aparigraha

Yoga and Shopping: Enemies or BFFs? Man, it’s hard to tell sometimes. Do we want the Ice Silver necklace from Lemon Park’s The Rocks collection because it’s simply the accessory of our dreams? Is it because PR maven Samantha Geer keeps wearing their pieces to mega media events? Or is it because we’re just plain…

Nov 4, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Philosophy: Brahmacharya

or….The Relevance of Celibacy Full disclosure: I’ve been avoiding this one. It’s a touchy topic, one that can drive even the most serene people to use near screetching tones. “You think what?!”Because Brahmacharya, another yoga yama, or best-life behaviour tip, refers to celibacy, or avoiding all sense pleasures: mental, vocal, or physical. Are you already…

Oct 9, 2008 · Read More · Comment (1)

Philosophy: Asteya at BCFW

Lights! Camera! Act like you’re confident! It’s not easy to stay cool when under the heat of the spotlight–even if the spotlight is actually just a revolving mini one at a nightclub-turned-fashion show stage. Last night, at Vancouver’s newest night spot, Pop Opera, local designer Jason Matlo debuted his Spring 09 collection. While Matlo didn’t…

Sep 25, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Philosophy: Asteya

It comes on slowly, unnoticably. At first, it’s just a tiny shift in our thought process, so small we don’t register it. There’s fewer, “I need a new shirt”s. Less “I definitely need a new car”s. And not as many “I wish I had her boots”. Friends might be the first to notice: “She’s not…

Sep 12, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Philosophy: Asteya

Dreams. Wish-I-coulds. If onlys. “But I can’t leave my job. I could never [insert your dream here]. I’m not good enough to do it professionally. It’s better as a hobby. My family wouldn’t approve.” The list goes on. How many times do we push our heart aside, and let our head tell us what’s right…

Sep 10, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Philosophy: Asteya

Green is the new black. Eco-chic is the haute flavour du jour and makers of everything from iPod cases and clothing lines to bags and SUVs are jumping on the band wagon. Yogic philosophy powerhouse Patanjali would be proud. (Okay, he’d probably first say we don’t actually need all this stuff, but I think he’d…

Sep 4, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Philosophy: Satya

“No, I don’t mind at all. I’d love to help out at your daughter’s bake sale.”“Of course I can have that to you in an hour.”“Sure, I can lend you the money.”And, in the words of SJP, “Stilettos are comfortable.” (No disrespect to the queen of Manolos intended.) The fibs we tell others and ourselves…

Aug 19, 2008 · Read More · Comment

Philosophy: Ahimsa

Damn it feels great to go easy on yourself! These days, if it’s a toss-up between beating myself up, or realizing I’m simply human, I’m all for treating myself with compassion. And I’ve got yoga philosophy powerhouse Patanjali to thank. He lists ahimsa, or non-violence, as one of the yamas, or best-life behavioral tips. When…

Aug 5, 2008 · Read More · Comment