Monthly Archives: October 2013

Is yoga a religion?

Is yoga a religion?
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on October 29, 2013.  Posted with permission.

The answer is no.

But I’d like to know why it matters.

Yoga’s benefits to health and happiness are amply documented. Madeline Ebelini, director of Integrated Mindfulness in Bonita Springs, describes yoga as a means for quieting the fluctuations of the mind and strengthening the innate connection between mind and body. It has been shown to benefit many including people with cancer, anxiety and chronic pain.

“Why would anyone be adverse to that?” Ebelini asked.

Apparently, some California Christians were. They were so agitated by yoga being offered in the Encinitas Union School District that they filed a lawsuit. Why? Because teaching yoga was teaching religion. (These concerned parents weren’t as interested in the Pledge’s “under God,” but we’ll let that go for now.) The parents lost. Yoga won. This summer, the judge didn’t say yoga wasn’t religious, but he claimed that the yoga the school offered was secular. You know, like Christmas trees.

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The Gift of the Government Shutdown (2013)

The gift of the shutdown
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on October 22, 2013.  Posted with permission.

There have been 17 government shutdowns since 1977.   This latest is estimated to have cost the US economy $24 billion.

I’m grateful for the Shutdown Yoga Class.

Never has it been clearer that our national representatives care so little about our neighbors’ daily lives and survival. How else can they furlough thousands of workers who have bills to pay and mouths to feed?

This yoga-off-the-mat is exposing the fraud of duality. The lie is that there are two sides in this game: Republicans and Democrats. Stalemate means no one is budging, and the dualities go on: Obama vs. Boehner, Tea Partiers vs. Moderates and American Citizenry vs. Government.

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Yoga helps special needs children find comfort in their own skins

Yoga helps special needs children find comfort in their skins
By Nancy B. Loughlin

Back to back breathing

Back-to-back breathing. Ed Zeiss Images, used with permission.

Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, day-to-day interaction with a special needs child is perplexing.

Regardless of a diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder, physical disability or impulse-control disorder/conduct disorder, the goal is to help the child have a better awareness of and handle on his or her own body.

Enter yoga as a therapeutic device.

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World Peace Day

It makes all the difference
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published by News Press on October 1, 2013.  Posted with permission.

World peace. Isn’t it the dream of every Miss America finalist?

And it’s 100% possible.

But. There are terrorists, thieves, crooked politicians, murderers and nasty people. Guns. Drugs. Danger. But.


Yogis begins 108 sun salutations in Miami with Yoga Gangsters


Aja Reeser


You could Howard Beale it. Throw open the window and scream at the world for misbehaving, for not being the world you expect, the world that makes you comfortable and happy. March in the streets, pass laws, and demand that people change their ways. Kill the terrorists, execute the murderers, vote out the bums and Clockwork Orange convert everyone to your way of thinking.

There. Then, you’ll have world peace.

That’s 100% impossible.

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