The Daily Word in Mouth-Breathers, Ghost Thieves and Goat Yoga
A Chinese artist, Lu Pingyuan, claims he stole a ghost from an English pub after the ghost agreed to be a piece of art and go on tour. The pub owner is not so happy with this arrangement and is asking the artist to return the ghost immediately.
A Trump supporter warns that if we let the Big Man lose the race, there could be "taco trucks on every corner." That actually sounds pretty awesome.
Stop. You had me at "yoga with goats." I'm moving to Oregon.
The very first confirmed case of identical twin puppies has happened. They're Irish wolfhounds, known to rate somewhere around 8.6 on the Cute-o-meter, and threaten to rend the very fabric of existence with their sweetness.
Here's another animal first: A mouth-breathing dolphin was discovered in New Zealand. Marine biologists aren't sure how or why the little bugger is doing it, but until now it was believed to be impossible.
Experience virtual terror with Björk Digital, a virtual reality exhibition that lets the audience experience a one-on-one concert with Björk. I don't know if my heart could handle such a fright.
You Say “Purple,” I Say “Poiple”
Saturday, Jul 16: Lavender in the Village
Monday, Mar 7: Metal Yoga Mondays
Books are Sexy
Friday, Oct 23: Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love Book Launch
Last-Minute Gift Guide
Shopping for the Awful People in Your Life
Checking off the last of your list
Hater's Guide to Yoga
Skeptically embracing your inner yogi
The Daily Word in a 1,000 year old Native American, a 160 year old tortoise and a million jars of peanut butter
Justifying the use of tear gas during Sunday's anti-police-violence demonstration, APD chief Eden points to a man allegedly wielding an AK-47.
The dialogue concerning APD's pattern of employing lethal force is taking place on some interesting social media pages.
Media outlets across the nation are picking up the story of James Boyd's death and the resultant public outrage.
A boy in Utah found the remains of an ancient Native American.
Kelly's Brewpub is canning their beer using a mobile cannery.
Defunct peanut butter manufacturer Sunland ended up dumping all their left-over jars of peanut butter.
Glenn Beck is the subject of a defamation suit related to the Boston Marathon bombings.
This guy is going to sleep inside a bear for two weeks.
Attention: Lego is a tool of Satan.
The Daily Word in fiery semi, unchicken, stripper database
Minority births are the majority in the U.S.
A semi truck carrying lighter fluid just combusted on I-40.
If you're wondering why there are throngs of people in Albuquerque on Sunday, it's the eclipse.
Will drones spy on us?
Council plans for a stripper database delayed.
Tape dress. Neat.
The world's oldest yoga teacher is 93. And she's a badass.
Republican Super Pac plotting extreme attack ads about President Obama.
Limbless man attempting to swim between five continents.
Coffee drinkers live longer, says my new favorite study.
Fake chicken meat-maker promises new nonflesh will be even better than the real thing.
Gale-force wind in yo face.
The Daily Word in Urban Outfitters, marshmallow vodka and BofA’s sneaky fees
Navajo Nation suing Urban Outfitters for titling some products “Navajo.”
Arizona public schools ban Bless Me Ultima, the landmark novel by local literary legend Rudolfo Anaya.
Image of Jesus appears in a tortilla in Española.
Request your FBI file.
HuffPo article on the owner of Effex, an LGBT rights activist and a Christian Republican.
Farewell, heartthrob Davy Jones.
Recycling photos from around the world.
Understanding fluffed marshmallow vodka.
The Aquabats have a TV show.
Track down criminals with Twitter.
Bank of America rolls out even sneakier fees.
Yoga championships. It’s a thing.
The life of the robot.
The Daily Word in heavy baby, Icelandic incest and yoga
Belen police chief: "It always raises a red flag for us when we see a sex offender trying to get into the girls bathroom."
Some APD officers make more than the mayor.
Have you seen this missing girl?
JFK mistress speaks out in book form.
15.5 pound baby born in China.
Mickey D's minty green Shamrock Shake goes nationwide.
R.I.P. Florence Green, the last WWI
Can porn be copyrighted?
A website in Iceland helps residents avoid accidental incest.
Maps of stereotypes.
Some yoga is dangerous, but it's mostly awesome, says some guy in his new book.
It’s a crazy, mixed-up world. Here’s how to be a better person in it.
After exiting the holiday season and getting back to the regular course of your life, you’re likely looking around and thinking: Things could be better. It’s OK. You’re normal.
On the hunt for cheap yoga in Albuquerque
Two of my (and likely your) 2012 resolutions are to get in better shape and be more frugal. I’m hoping to make a dent in both by taking advantage of new-student specials and cheap drop-in classes at local yoga studios. This is what I’ve found from cruising around online ... if you know of any others, do tell!
Bhava Yoga Studio: $35 / first two weeks. $6 ongoing drop-in classes.
Bikram Hot Yoga: $25 / first two weeks
Blissful Spirits Hot Yoga: $35 / first month
Body Balance Yoga: $5 ongoing drop-in classes
Body Language (yoga, Pilates and Barre classes): $45 / first month, but sign up is only through 1/31
Grassroots Yoga: $35 / first month. $5 ongoing drop-in classes
Hot Yoga Downtown: $29 / first month
Sani Yoga: $5 ongoing drop-in classes
Om My Guru
Two authors trace the roots of yoga in the West
It “turned husbands into adulterers, it turned scholars into swindlers, it turned women into lunatics or shut-ins,” writes author Stefanie Syman. It sounds dangerous. It sounds exciting. It certainly doesn’t sound like something you can do at home on your Wii.
That thing is yoga, and Syman’s new book, The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, traces its path from esoteric to exercise.
American Posers: The Yoga Interviews
The Alibi’s Patricia Sauthoff speaks with authors Stephanie Syman and Mark Singelton about the cultural history of yoga in America
Yoga-junkies, wrap your mind around asanas and more with the Alibi’s interviews with authors Stefanie Syman and Mark Singleton. We spoke with Syman over the phone during the first leg of her book tour and sat down with Singleton at Santa Fe’s Body Café (which explains the clinking in the background). Both interviews have been edited slightly for time and to take out the bits where we wandered off topic. Now, pardon us, all this yoga research reminds us we’ve got a pose to perfect…
Is Yoga American?
Today there is no longer an argument. Yoga is a cultural force and a booming industry. But is it American? Stefanie Syman, author of the compelling and exhaustive cultural history of yoga in America, The Subtle Body: The Story Of Yoga In America, says yes. She’ll be in New Mexico on Friday, July 30 (details below) to make the case and field questions. Until that times, here’s a few teasers from the depths of yoga-Americana—
• Ralph Waldo Emerson was a fan of yoga and wrote a poem called “Brahma” in the first issue of the Atlantic Monthly, but he didn't practice.
• Elvis did yoga (and sang about it) in a movie.
• In 1948, Life featured a photo essay of Marilyn Monroe doing yoga poses.
• President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Margaret became so captivated with yoga that she moved to India and spent the rest of her life on an ashram.
• And let’s not forget the 60’s electric fascination with yoga & sitar. Media darlings like the Beatles, Mia Farrow, Timothy Leary, and Ram Dass helped to popularize the discipline.
• Nowadays, the Obamas feature yoga on the White House lawn.
Syman will be joined by Mark Singelton from St. John's College in Santa Fe, whose book Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice traces how postures, traditionally a relatively obscure aspect of yoga, came to define it.
Spiros Antonopoulos (Ashtanga Yoga Albuquerque | Souljerky) will be your host and guide down these rivers of yogic adventure. Local yoga teacher and entrepreneur Meta Hirschl (Yoga Now), author of Vital Yoga: A Sourcebook for Students and Teachers is scheduled to give a brief introduction.
You can hear Stefanie Syman on NPR (To the Best of Our Knowledge, On Point), or on Expanding Mind (with Erik Davis). And you can read her latest post on the Wall Street Journal's blog (about Tantra, Sting, & Lady Gaga).