Striking a pose with Instayoga

Anne-Marie Newland’s students wouldn’t dare use their mobile phones in her yoga class, let alone take a surreptitious snap of their sphinx pose. However Newland, founder of the Sun Power Yoga School, is reluctant to criticise the growing presence of yoga selfies on the internet. The Insta yoga trend now extends far beyond the usual…

Environmental and safety fears cloud start of huge Delhi festival

A massive cultural festival has opened on the banks of the Yamuna river in Delhi despite concerns that the sprawling construction of roads, ramps and pontoon bridges will irreparably damage the river floodplain. Defying environmental regulations, a massive arena has been constructed on the vast floodplain of the Yamuna, which flows through India’s congested national…

Why Justin Trudeau and other world leaders love a yoga pose

Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, famed feminist and man with a very nice face, can seemingly do no wrong. He appears to have the world’s media in rapture daily, with the latest burst of Trudeaumania coming from his apparent prowess at yoga. A picture of Trudeau balancing on his wrists on a conference table…

Parents get ‘namaste’ banned from yoga lessons at Georgia elementary school

Administrators at an elementary school in Georgia are making changes to yoga practices for students, after parents complained such practices encouraged non-Christian beliefs. Bullard elementary, in Cobb County, is one of a number of schools across the US and in Georgia to offer yoga and other mindfulness practices rooted in Hinduism and Buddhism as stress…

Yoga pants maker Lululemon reports annual sales of more than $2bn

There’s a lot of money in yoga pants – even ones that not too long ago were found to be a little too revealing. Lululemon, the upmarket “athleisure” brand favoured by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Cameron Diaz, on Wednesday reported annual sales of more than $2bn (£1.4bn). The surge in sales, up…

From swim watches to yoga apps, seven fitness gadgets to get you going

1 Swimovate PoolMate 2 watch This new device measures all the essentials such as strokes, laps, speed, distance, calories and swim duration, allowing you to enjoy the relaxing, meditative nature of swimming. Also taps into the wild swimming trend with an open-water function, so you’ll know how far and fast you’ve swum in a lake,…

Should yoga be part of NHS care?

ome patients at The Docs city-centre surgery in Manchester emerge from the consulting room, minus a prescription, but clutching a voucher for a free yoga class courtesy of staff at the practice who are convinced that yoga deserves a more prominent part in NHS care. The tickets entitling the bearers to a 45-minute class at…