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Really worth a listen! A controversial conversation between some really great minds. Topics range from intellectual property to competitive yoga to gentrification and celebrity yogis…

Talk of the Nation, December 26, 2006 · Guests explore yoga’s path from the margins to the mainstream, and its transformation along the way from spiritual meditation to a mass-marketed workout.

Guests:

Hanna Rosin, staff writer for The Washington Post and author of “Striking a Pose,” an article in Harper’s magazine that examines yoga’s potency as both exercise and market force.

Robert Love, contributing editor at the Columbia Journalism Review. Love’s recent article “Fear of Yoga” traces yoga’s origins in the United States and its rocky rise to popularity.

Miriam Nelson, director of the John Hancock Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Tufts University

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Cut-throat, competitive yoga?  No, it can’t be.  April Baer covers a story on an Oregon-based competitive league of yoga. To compete, each practitioner enters a silent hall and performs 7 Asanas.  While, competitions have been around for some time in India, in India and the US alike, many are strongly opposed to the idea.

Organizers with the competitive yoga movement are trying to win over the Olympic committee in time to join the 2020 Summer Olympic games.

Listen to the coverage:NPR

-Eliza

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