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OMB Conversation: it’s all in the Details

by Barbora Simek


The February 2011 issue of Details Magazine featured a full article on Bikram Yoga under a gasp-inducing title. The Overheated, Oversexed Cult of Bikram Choudhury, was undoubtably sold to an editor as a racy behind the scenes expose into the culture and sexlives of teacher trainees. Understandably, many of the yogis in the Bikram community have stood up to declare their disappointment and outrage at the content. At OMB we want to know what you think of Bikram’s latest press scandal.

Here is what I think…

The article describes the routine of teacher training from the perspective of an outsider, while exploring the sex lives of male trainees. And to be honest, for any guy going to training in hopes of finding a mate, the odds are stacked in their favor. I know few men who go to training and DON’T take advantage of these odds. Relationships, flings, marriages and more start at training and it is no secret. While the drastic majority of teacher trainees take to heart Bikrams “no kissy kissy…” instructions, the majority of male trainees indulge in the opportunity before them.

Some people on the Details page call for the writer to be barred from his profession as a professor while others lecture that he has missed the point of yoga. I would argue, that many of these people have missed the point of journalism.

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Vote for the next OMB logo

With the help of designer Lee Travaglini OMB is coming up with a new logo. We’ve narrowed it down to one design but now we need your help to make the final call. Tell us which one you like best!

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Toronto News and Events

The city of Toronto took an important step toward decreasing our use of plastics by charging for plastic bags, a year later, Bikram Yoga Toronto is following suit. As of Monday purchasing water will be $5 at the Beaches and Bloor Bikram Yoga locations. This is a move to discourage the purchase of plastic bottles and encourage students to use re-usable water bottles.

Don’t worry about being left high and dry, the studio has also installed new water filtration systems that filters water 4 times before it hits your bottle. You can purchase a liter of water for $1 and to fill styling new Klean Kanteens with the BYT logo available for $21.

Don’t forget Bikram Yoga Centre’s charity event this Sunday at 6:30 for the Toronto People with AIDS society, it is bound to be a lot of fun! Details here.

Fabulous Toronto yogi Andrew Moniz has announced the opening of Bikram Yoga East York! Follow the growth of the studio on Facebook and on Twitter.

Other studios now online are Bikram Yoga Mississauga also on Facebook, Bikram Yoga Hamilton Dundas on Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, join Bikram Yoga Forest Hill June 19th -20th to celebrate their two-year anniversary. All weekend there will be fruit and fabulous prizes to be won including a dinner for two at Il Mulino, all you have to do to be eligible is take class! As a part of the celebration, BYFH is offering a yearly membership for the low price of $888, get em’ while they are hot! More info here.

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Media Mix-Up

“My mother used to do yoga regularly, and once she tried Bikram, the kind of yoga where they dress in hot pants and heat up the room until your eyes melt,” so opens Lee Schneider’s consideration of whether we need to be cleansed to be spiritual.

Image by Jason Schneider courtesy of New York Times

“An Indian government body tasked with protecting the country’s rich heritage of medicinal and medical philosophy and practice has started filming hundreds of asanas – yoga poses – in an attempt to make a rigid system out of this most flexible of meditative practices,” reports Jason Burke for the Guardian.

Daily Global asks, “Are you cool enough for competitive yoga?” in their article about yoga competition.

Find of the week:

“The class has barely begun and it is not going well for Long Pants.  Bikram watches him while the rest of us continue with the posture, staring straight ahead, hoping that Long Pants will get it together. He doesn’t,” writes Kristina Chandler of her experience joining, struggling and surviving a teacher training class as a beginning student.

New York Times tells us the most ridiculous yoga behavior in their list of the worst yoga etiquette violations and in response, Social Workout facilitates a hilarious comment thread (filled with many Bikram nightmares) on the same topic. Everything from soda drinking, to shattered glass, to poor clothing choices and in-between.

Best of Bikram Blogs…

“What also surprised me was that first class back felt like home,” writes Eat the Yolk blogger about her return to Bikram Yoga after a 10 year hiatus.

“Even when you are feeling like you can’t possibly get up and walk out of the class at this point because you are physically and emotionally exhausted, when the teacher says something positive to you, you get a tiny bit of energy and you are able to pick yourself up. Amazing what you can do with just a tiny bit of energy!” reflects Marcia McGonagle upon week seven of teacher training.

Training updates come to us from Juliana at KeepItLocking, and from ThatsMyTri.

“Let’s get dirty… Just so you know, there are 2 types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber (oatmeal, oranges, apples, carrots, nuts) is good for absorbing toxins and regulating blood sugar. Insoluble fiber (whole wheat, leafy green veggies) prevents constipation and regulates pH levels,” writes Lori Givens on YoGotta Eat in a post all about fiber.

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News and Events: June

There are some great things cooking in hot rooms around Toronto  this summer, and we’ve got a list of this month’s hottest events.

In Toronto…

Sunday July 13th 6:30pm

Bikram Yoga Centre in partnership with Tim Ledger is doing a fundraiser class for the Friends for Life Bike Rally for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.

$30 gets you a week of unlimited yoga ($20 going to charity).

Click here for more info.

30 Day Challenges…

Bikram Red Tree

continues its challenge with challengers completing their 30 days on the 15th of June.

Bikram Yoga Toronto

kicked off their 30 Day challenge June 1st and is offering a special on the one month membership at $125 (tax in), it’s not too late to sign up!

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Media Monday: Best of Bikram blogs and news

In the news…

Bikram Choudhury photo Dave Hill for Forbes

Yoga Champion Brandy Winfield talks competition with the Examiner.

Bikram Yoga Teacher, Allison Berkley reflects on her amazing experiences on a Synergy Yoga Retreat in Talum, Mexico.

Practitioner Jim Chatlas reflects how Bikram Yoga has changed his life for the better.

Forbes explores Bikram’s plans to franchise Bikram Yoga.

The Mayo Clinic breaks down why any yoga practice is good for you.

The Yoga Lunchbox says governments should make Bikram Yoga mandatory and asks if Bikram Yoga is a victim of yoga snobbery.

The Washington Post asks a nutritionist if coconut water really is “nature’s sports drink.”

“I didn’t want to be a part of it. I want to improve people’s health, not be connected to one individual who is worshiped,” said Dr.King Rollins in an interview The Examiner about why he steered his studio away from the Bikram method.

In blogs…

‘Word is a funny Word’ blogger Lexington makes a case against all those who say Bikram Yoga is not “real yoga.”

“Jesus himself would probably say, ‘What the hell? It’s hot.'” writes ‘Eat the Yolk’ blogger in a post about loving and hating the heat.

“Thing is, I fight with myself all the time,” admits ‘Hannah, just breathe’ blogger in this beautiful post on being a little too hard on yourself.

Juliana Olmstead and ThatsMyTri keep us up-to-date on their experiences in teacher training.


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Otto Cedeno teaching class Photo: J.C. Rice for the New York Post


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