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Los Angeles yoga teacher Briohny Smyth and other "fitness muses" motivate us to hit the mat

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

We came across this slide show on Shape.com called 15 Fitness Muses to Inspire Your Workout, and just had to share it with y’all. It’s a roundup of fitness and diet tips from a slew of famous yoginis, dancers, models, actors and athletes. From yoga fanatic Jennifer Aniston to model-turned-yogini Tara Stiles – they each dish on how they stay in shape and what they eat.

Isla Fisher credits yoga and hiking in Los Angeles for her toned body

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

In the May 2013 issue of Fitness Magazine, Isla Fisher dishes about how she got her body back after both pregnancies, as well as how she currently stays fit. As of late, the 5’ 3” actress (married to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, BTW) does yoga five days a week and hikes Runyon Canyon regularly in Los Angeles.

Elena Brower On Meditation

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Below is an excerpt from a letter Elena Brower wrote to fellow parents of children at her son’s school. In it, she talks about the weekly class she teaches (lucky kids) and a project that’s dear to her heart, On Meditation.

Cameron Diaz rocks yoga pants to workout in Los Angeles

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

Cameron Diaz was caught leaving Tracy Anderson’s Los Angeles gym last week. As you can see, the 40-year-old actress rocks yoga pants and a white hoodie as she dashes past paparazzi. Anderson’s Method (a unique style of fitness that targets the accessory muscles, or small muscle groups) has also helped sculpt the body of A-listers like Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow – although Gwen has been digging antigravity yoga as of late.

Yoga with weights - totally dangerous or awesome workout?

What’s Hot by Blair Atkins

Yoga is the workout of choice for many of us. Just by using our body weight, we are able to build strength, tone the body, and increase our flexibility. Practicing yoga with weights can give us even better physical results, as it requires greater strength to hold poses with extra weight in hand. But some yogis worry about the safety of practicing yoga with weights. Is yoga meant to be practiced this way? 

Russell Brand and Demi Moore bond over Los Angeles yoga

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Earlier this year we reported that Demi Moore did yoga at Russell Brand’s Los Angeles home. They have become friends, well, maybe more than friends, since then. Last Friday they were spotted leaving a yoga class in Hollywood together looking sweaty and blissed out. Brand credits yoga and meditation to helping him after his marriage ended with Katy Perry, so he feels it will help Moore too. To boot, Brand recently told radio DJ Howard Stern, “I really like her [Moore]. She's a beautiful person.

Nutrition made simple - Vitamix

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We like to take the guesswork out of the equation for our alignyo community by providing you with a first-hand account of what's new and exciting in the yoga world. This week, it's all about the Vitamix. While, we know every yogi out there knows their way around a smoothie – a little chia, greens, juice and blend - we wanted to go deep with the Vitamix to understand why it's so different from everything else out there.

Update on San Diego lawsuit against yoga in schools

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A few months ago, a San Diego school district made headlines when it was reported that parents opposed an ashtanga yoga program because they believed that yoga promoted Hinduism as a religion. 

LA schools go meatless on Mondays

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The country’s second largest school district has gone meatless on Mondays. Back in November, the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution that urges people to observe Mondays without meat, bolstering the profile of the Meatless Monday movement. The Los Angeles Unified School District has taken the recommendation seriously and no longer serves meat in its cafeterias on the first day of the school week.

Minnesota dad wants to ban yoga pants

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Yoga pants are having the worst week ever.

Before the lululemon recall put yoga pants in the spotlight, a Minnesota father made headlines for trying to have yoga pants banned at his child’s high school.

His reasoning? Yoga pants are a distraction to students. In a letter to the school principal, the father called for a school-wide yoga pants ban saying they “serve exactly one purpose—to draw boys' attention to areas fathers would rather not talk about or mention by name…"