Archive for February, 2008

Did the Beatles bring yoga to the West?

The answer is no, but they were cool about it. How Stuff Works  website hosts two short articles on  the Beatles and the Maharishi as well as the influence of Indian gurus like BKS Iyengar on the development of yoga in the west.

Read the articles here

“Most Revealing Downward Dog in Yoga History”

Jeannette Catsoulis reviews film The Hottie & The Nottie,  a Paris Hilton expose-a-thon. Wherein the shockable audience discovers said “most revealing downward dog in yoga history.”


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Passes

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the controversial Indian guru–briefly adopted by the Beatles–who introduced Transcendental Meditation to the West, died Feb 6, 2008 in the Netherlands. He was in his 90s.

“The Maharishi was both an entrepreneur and a monk, a spiritual man who sought a world stage from which to espouse the joys of inner happiness. His critics called his organization a cult business enterprise. And in the press, in the 1960s and ’70s, he was often dismissed as a hippie mystic, the “Giggling Guru,” recognizable in the familiar image of him laughing, sitting cross-legged in a lotus position on a deerskin, wearing a white silk dhoti with a garland of flowers around his neck beneath an oily, scraggly beard.”

Read the full obituary in the NYTimes.