Sunday, January 31, 2010

Extra, Extra, Read All About It: A Naked Rainbeau

Stuff like this might just bring me out of yoga blogging retirement. Besides, I get to scoop YogaDork for once...

From Rainbeau's blog

What's Out, What's In for Yoga, 2010

The Annual YogaDawg What's Out, What's In Yoga List

Yoga Star Hot Scale

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The YogaDawg Yoga Star Marketing Research Division of the non-profit YogadDawg Foundation tracks how yoga stars have been gaining or receding in influence in the yoga world over the last 12 months (October through October). This highly influential study has become invaluable in the yoga community to plot the yoga stars rise and fall in popularity and their current position relative to each other on an easy to understand color-coded scale.


The Yoga Star Scoville Scale registered movement during this period with the dividing line between the top and bottom halves of star popularity continuing to widen. The top spot is now occupied by Swami Ramdev with his “cure for everything” yoga and the purchase of a yoga island off the coast of Scotland. His legions of new followers have propelled him to “Top Yoga Dawg”. The former “Top Yoga Dawg”, Bikram Choudhury meanwhile has slipped down to second place due to a lack of memorable quotes from him or a major scandal during this period. He did however cushion his fall somewhat by snubbing Madonna in her request to him to become her personal yoga trainer.

Most surprising during this period were the actions of three B-list yogis, Tara Stiles, Sadie Nardini and Rainbeau Mars. In a breakout gambit to enter A-list territory, these three yogis decided to take on yoga blogger malcontents by commenting on their posts. Slogging their way into the snarky yoga blogosphere, we found Rainbeau Mars to be a brawler as she duked her way back into the the fray, time and time again, even after seemingly being pummeled by whiny yoga practitioners (quite frankly we thought she would have “floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee”).

Meanwhile Sadie Nardini fought off the bloggers with an intellectual game as she sidestepped and deflected their pointed cynical barbs with mental manipulations, occasional flights of fancy and bouts of ego. Tara Stiles on the other hand seemed content to take on the bloggers by simply shaking her booty at them.

We feel confident that Rainbeau has now entered solid Yoga Star A-List territory while Sadie straddles the A-line/B-line and is too close to call for us. Our bets though are that Sadie will be the break out yogi, joining the A-list sometime next year (along with Saul David Raye who now has a serious dot thing going on and Kathryn Budig who is…well, HOT).

Aligned perfectly in the middle of the Yoga Star Scoville Scale, as has been the case for the last 5 years, is BKS Iyengar, holding solid as a mountain while Shiva Rae continues to move up with her ubiquitous presence in yoga ads, videos and her Yoga Mala strategy (we thought this was brilliant for her brand recognition). The always cheerful Rodney Yee on the other hand has be sinking down the scale due to lack of activity in his video enterprises. What is not clear is if Colleen Saidman is dragging down ‘The Rod’ at this point . We are glad to report that he did manage to slow some of his downward slide with his brilliantly commercial, Gaiam Yoga Club.

The always lovely Seane Corn continues to rise like a purified lotus blossom as she pursues her good works of yoga causes along with her ever present, effervescent personality and the refusal to cut her hair. We are looking forward to all the swag that Seane’s publisher will be sending us with this spot-on analysis of Seane… (hint, hint)…

Sadly, Baron Baptiste continues to sink on the scale and is getting perilously close to the B-listers. We don’t quite understand why this has been happening but think the bandana thing has been played out and continues to be a drag on his inability to rise in rank. With no fresh ideas on the radar from Baron, our bet is that he will slip off the scale altogether sometime towards the end of next year or early 2011.

In contrast, Ana Brett has been shooting up the scale like a rocket, buoyed by her change of hair color (blond), introduction of ‘yoga boots’, the happy enthusiasm of male yoga practitioners and one obsessed fan in rural Georgia.

This study was funded by the non-profit YogaDawg Foundation with a grant from Doga Magazine and money stuffed in brown paper bags delivered by special yogic couriers to YogaDawg Headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria

You too can be an artist

Here's a dude who shows his tripod stand in a gallery as art. See, you too can be an artist (make sure you turn the photo upside down before declaring yourself an artist :)

Richard Jochum

The Video

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

American yoga, custom-made for all

You don't think they are making reference to stuff like this...:) Woof, Woof

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Art Buddhas

A collection of Art Buddhas that I found. Too lazy to name the artists but they are kind of fun in a YogaDawg kind of way.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What Really Happens In Savasana

This is really funny because I did a bit on it awhile ago. We were thinking the same thing. Here is their bit:

PS I guess my site is too popular because you all exceeded my bandwidth!!! I will be back up in February. Look for a surprise!!!

And here is mine:

What the Teacher is doing while you are in Savasana

Monday, January 25, 2010

Yoga for Dudes

The video has been kicking around the web for awhile but I never saw the actual product.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Yoga, Inc.Online

"Greed, lust, ego and the search for enlightenment all come together in this original, irreverent portrait of spiritualism and capitalism colliding head on."

Thanks to Elephantbeans

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hide the Children


Another example of f-list people trying to make money from yoga (from their website).

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Vintage Bikram Week - 3

This is not Bikram but the same crazy yoga stuff...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Vintage Bikram Week - 2

Dig the black outfit yoga lady with Merv Griffin - Yikes

Monday, January 18, 2010

Vintage Bikram Week - 1

Vintage Bikram - What happens when you put a bad of nail, a motorcycle and Bikram together?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sub Prime Yoga

From my good, good friend Edward Clark of Tripsichore Yoga Funny and political; something we yogis have a hard time with....

Friday, January 15, 2010

Only real men do yoga

"Claiming to have already pulled heavy vehicles, including mini-trucks and buses with his genitals, the sadhu also said realisation of the potential came from Bajrangiri Maharaj, his guru, who had taught him Hatha Yoga."

Naga Baba pulls heavy stones with genitals

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Zackary Rabbit's Yoga for Stuffed Animals

Puppets always kind of freaked me out. This kind of freaks me out.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Yoga Fashion

Our favorite yoga stars pimping yoga fashion.


And speaking of yoga fashion. I think this will be the trend if Lululemon gets wind of this.

Which is not too far from what they are doing. Nice butts!! As explained: "In this video, Michelle explains why lululemon pants make your butt look so good. The reason is that the seem and on many models of pant a colored band visually break the butt into two sections. The eye is naturally drawn to the color or seem and tricked into beleiving that it is the top of the pant thus making the butt look smaller and tighter."

Of course you will want to check out the YogaDawg collection

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cuckoo Yoga

Has great video that show some of the 'yoga'.

But then Zombie Yoga sounds a lot like this kind of yoga...hummm....

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Ha ha ha!!!

“Buddhism is inferior to Christianity when it comes to forgiveness of sins, according to Fox News pundit Brit Hume. Tiger Woods should turn his back on Buddhism and become a Christian to be forgiven for cheating on his wife, Hume told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday.” via Shambhala

Be sure to take the quiz at Sweep the Dust Pretty funny!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Monday, January 04, 2010

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year with Resolution

Escaping from spreadsheet hell. Visit the new YogaDawg brother site, My Third Eye Scratched, The World of Art Trip, Artist