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Sales of Pricey Yoga Mats Soar in Recession - True to Word or Smart Marketing?

(You can check out my original post on my personal blog too)

"The Taj Mahal of Yoga Mats" - Rod Stryker

At a time when I was just considering dropping my yoga classes altogether, the Times comes out with an interesting article about the soaring sales of $100+ Manduka Yoga Mats and the spike in yoga class attendance during the recession. Hmm, I must be the oddball out on this one... perhaps it's time to find something other than yoga… Continue

Added by Jiggaroo on May 29, 2009 at 8:36am — 1 Comment

Yoga with a Cause: Help YogaBear Win $3k!!

Thanks YogaDork (a funny, witty yoga blog for those who’ve never checked them out!) for bringing to my attention the opportunity YogaBear has to win $3000 for their nonprofit work!

Who is YogaBear? Yogabear is a non-profit organization committed to bringing free yoga to those with cancer through partnerships with yoga studios from around the nation. This is a cause dear to my heart because my own dad passed away from lung cancer exactly 10 years… Continue

Added by Jiggaroo on May 29, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

OM yoga for Women Cancer Survivors Teacher Training

OM yoga for Women Cancer Survivors Teacher Training

June 8 - 12

OM yoga center, Mon - Thu 9 - 5pm, Fri 9 - 1pm

This unique program offers certified yoga teachers the opportunity to learn about the limitations imposed by breast cancer surgeries, the many lifelong side-effects, the vulnerabilities of cancer treatments and reconstruction. You will learn which asanas help or harm, how to modify poses using props and how to integrate specific healing movements for common… Continue

Added by Michelle on May 28, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Breast Cancer - today is a good day.

I am feeling really good today. This past week I celebrated one year cancer-free. My oncologist told me my blood work came back great. I feel re-born. I don't go back for four more months to see her. I feel like I can conquer the world today. OK... well, I still have some physical 'issues' from some surgeries but even still there is something to be said for kick-ass ATTITUDE. I took my doggie for a walk and now I am back to work as a life coach. Today I celebrate all of us survivors; we're all… Continue

Added by Beth Griffith on May 28, 2009 at 9:54am — No Comments

$100 Yoga Mats in time of recession?

I wouldn't buy a $100 mat during an economic boom, let alone the current recession.

But Time reports that sales of designer mats, which are in the ballpark of $100, are surging. One leading company, Manduka, has seen sales increase 87% on Amazon in the last 4 months. It's now teaming up with the national Dick's chain to take advantage.

What gives? Yes, the mats are good quality and offer traction and joint support. But a series of other factors are at play. More stressed… Continue

Added by Halle T on May 28, 2009 at 9:16am — No Comments

Can a company own the breast cancer gene?

The answer is NO. But one $47 million dollar for-profit company, Myriad Genetic, has put a patent on two human genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2. You may know of these genes as the Breast Cancer Genes.

Myriad's patents give it the exclusive rights to all testing and research on the BRCA genes. Women who can't afford the $3,000+ cost can't get tested; women seeking second opinions can't get them; and women of African, Hispanic, or Asian decent are at a significant disadvantage because they… Continue

Added by Halle T on May 27, 2009 at 8:53am — 1 Comment

Global Liver Cancer Symposium, Chicago, May 16th through May 18th 2009

Not long ago, liver cancer was among the most dreaded and hopeless of diagnosis. The first annual, Global Liver Cancer Symposium brought hope and state-of-the-art treatments to the forefront. Physicians, healthcare workers, patients, advocates and caregivers came together to exchange this life-giving information and those thinking about the treatment options got to meet with thrivers who have had some of these amazing procedures. Coordinator, Suzanne Lindley (, a ten… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on May 26, 2009 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

News Bites

Hospitals are using Twitter from operating rooms, showing surgery on YouTube and having patients blog about their procedures (via NY Times)

Children battling cancer at Children's Hospital are turning to yoga (via

One in four African American women diagnosed with late stage breast cancer refuse… Continue

Added by Yoga Bear on May 25, 2009 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

'12 Months of Goodness' Calendar Fundraiser

Yoga Bear is looking for studios and yogis alike to collaborate with us on the upcoming Calendar Fundraiser Project! As Yoga Bear truly values the bonds we have with our surrounding community, we feel the need to benefit us all in our attempts to reach out and ensure the long-term sustainability of our cause. So how exactly are all of us going to benefit from this? Here’s a simple breakdown of the project:

1. Studios and yogis can… Continue

Added by Chad DesMarteau on May 25, 2009 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

Hello everyone!

I am the intern at Dhatri this summer and I will be working tirelessly to bring you lots of information, classes and events which may be of your interest throughout the summer!

One of our many goals this summer is to create an online face for The Dhatri Foundation. We hope to reach the cyber-community, bringing you information, updates, and greater access to complementary medicine.

Keep an eye out for great events and ever-increasing tidbits of… Continue

Added by The Dhatri Foundation on May 23, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments


If you plan on participating in Yogapalooza ( and don't want to get in the car all sweaty and stinky, please consider using Action Wipes (, an all natural wet wipe for when you can't shower. I've set up a 15% discount code for you - use "yogabear" at checkout. Wholesale is available for participating studios. The code is available to all YogaBear members!

Added by Martha on May 20, 2009 at 7:32pm — 2 Comments

This is your century. Take it and run as if your life depends on it.

This is a bit off topic from our usual yoga and healing focus. But I can't resist sharing, as this is one of the most moving commencement addresses I've ever heard (err-read).

Commencement Address to the Class of 2009

University of Portland, May 3rd, 2009

Paul Hawken

When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that was “direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.” Boy, no… Continue

Added by Halle T on May 20, 2009 at 4:16pm — No Comments

The Last Lecture

Hi there,

I just wish to share this wonderful book that I am reading now.

It's called "The Last Lecture", by Randy Pausch. It is a real life story of Carnegie Mellon professor, who gave his last lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” while fighting pancreatic cancer.

For those of you who are fighting hard, may you find inspiration and courage from Randy's story.

For the rest of us, read the… Continue

Added by Yanz on May 20, 2009 at 7:03am — 1 Comment

New Cancer Survivor Class for Women starting in Brooklyn

Hi Everyone,

There's a great class - OM Yoga Women Cancer Survivor class at OM in Manhattan - that's been going on for years. I'm starting one at a lovely little neighborhood studio in Brooklyn, called Jaya Yoga Center (

Here are the details:

Om Yoga Women Cancer Survivor Class

Taught By Stacey Sperling

Every Wednesday 11:15 - 12:45

Begins May 27th

Class will include gentle movements, healing yoga sequences, restorative… Continue

Added by Stacey sperling on May 19, 2009 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Tailored Yoga Classes or One Sized Fits All?

By Pha Lo

Ever thought you had to be an Olympian with epic fitness standards to get really serious about yoga? Whether brand new to it, or returning from a big change in life, getting into the studio and the accompanying varied body-twisting poses can be intimidating. Even more so if you have particular needs for modification that a class, no matter how inclusive it promises to be, can't fully accommodate.

Though yoga, as a practice, is open to people of all shapes and…


Added by Yoga Bear on May 16, 2009 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

Reese Witherspoon, Breast Cancer, and Cake

On Monday, I attended the 5th anniversary of the Avon Comprehensive Breast Center at San Francisco General Hospital. Since opening their doors five years ago, the center has performed more than 34,000 mammograms, exams that have dramatically affected the survival rate of these women.

The event hosted many notable speakers, such as Reese Witherspoon, honorary chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women;… Continue

Added by Halle T on May 15, 2009 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Helpful articles on Share Yoga

I wanted to write my first blog post for my profile on YogaBear. Thought I'd share some helpful articles from the Share Yoga blog.

Halle Tecco founder of YogaBear shares about her inspiration for YogaBear

Overcoming Lupus Through a Daily Yoga Practice…


Added by Darla Brown on May 14, 2009 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

May is Melanoma Awareness Month


- Melanoma is the sixth most common cancer in men and women in the United States

- Nearly 50 percent of melanoma deaths in the United States are in white men 50 years and older

- There have been no significant advances in the medical treatment or survival rate in the last 30 years

- Melanoma cases are increasing at an epidemic rate of 3% a year

- If caught in the earliest stages, melanoma is entirely treatable with a… Continue

Added by Halle T on May 12, 2009 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Just joined

Happy to be here.

Added by Mark on May 6, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

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