Swami in a Loincloth Lunges Into Indian Politics: Fights Corruption and “Cures” Gays with Yoga

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Swami Ramdev is India’s version of Richard Simmons. Instead of an afro and bedazzled red short shorts, Baba Ramdev sports a bushy beard and a saffron loincloth on his Sweatin’ to the Oldies (ancient Indian yoga asanas) campaign to “whip India into shape.” Ramdev’s believes that yoga and pranayama can cure an array of diseases, homosexuality (Richard Simmons would never say that about gays!) and now political corruption. The New York Times reported earlier this week that Ramdev is launching a political party “that would field candidates for each of the 543 parliamentary seats in India’s next general election in 2014.”

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Yoga Anywhere, Anytime: Peeing in Public Restrooms

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Instead of popping a squat over the nasty public restroom bowl, go into Chair Pose. Keep your tushy pristine from pee on the seat and strengthen your ankles, thighs, calves and spine while emptying your bladder in Utkatasana. For shy pee-ers, turning public potty time into a mini yoga practice will allow them to relax and feel balanced so they can let the flow go.

Don’t forget to flush — if it’s gross come into Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana I (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose) and hit the toilet lever with your foot as you lower it to the floor with an exhale.

If you sprinkle when you tinkle, please be neat and wipe the seat.

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Hot and Sweaty Links

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The Return of Master Celebutard Brandon Davis (Agent Bedhead)

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“Face Down, Ass Up:” American Apparel Gets in Downward Dog

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American Apparel understands that flaunting a tight ass in a yoga pose is the way to sell spandex to the masses. If only AA grasped the importance of alignment in asanas. The Yoga Doctor and I desperately want to step into the photo and roll the model’s shoulders back in upward dog to open her chest. The poor thing may be beautiful, but her hamstrings are too tight to do a good downward dog. Oh American Apparel details matter. Luckily, improper yoga alignment won’t cost you like using Woody Allen’s image, without his permission, on a billboard.

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Yoga is the Fountain of Youth, Unless You’re Jennifer Aniston

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After the flop of the romantic comedy, The Bounty Hunter, Hollywood’s hyenas are ripping into Jennifer Aniston’s career. One film critic who didn’t want to be named told Page Six,”Aniston just can’t play the good friend anymore. She’s aged out, no matter the yoga and the highlights. She just can’t do America’s sweetheart next door. She needs a big wake-up call.” Ouch! Hopefully Aniston’s practice has made her so flexible that she doesn’t get bent out of shape from the harsh truth.


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Yoga on a Segway  (Yoga Dork)

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Miley Cyrus Career Assessment (Agent Bedhead)

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Yoga Anywhere, Anytime: Getting Arrested

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Something to ponder if you’re headed to the clink . . .

The most profound benefit of yoga and meditation for me has been a natural relaxing into my life. Obstacles are not so scary. I am more fluid, more curious, and at the same time more patient. I have more options for happiness because I don’t require specific conditions. It is a relief to discover that I can be happy even if the world doesn’t revolve around me or my agenda. – Cyndi Lee, founder OM Yoga Center

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