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Amy Goalen Explores Male-Practised Yoga In Future Book 'Inside the Warrior'

My Modern Met shares an extensive feature and interview with LA photographer Amy Goalen’s project exploring male yoga warriors.

To show the mindful beauty of male-practised yoga, Goalen is creating a book titled Inside the Warrior - The Masculine Side of Yoga with writer Julian DeVoe. “One of the reasons we practice yoga is to embrace our present moment and to practice patience and self acceptance,” she reminds us. “Getting to interview and photograph as many different men as possible will allow us to create a book that will speak to all men.” 

Framing each yogic pose as a heroic stance, Goalen shoots from floor-level. Her photography technique, she says, has strengthened with her own personal yoga practice.



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Spanx Founder Sara Blakely Is World's Youngest Woman Billionaire | Mike Huckabee Radio Challenges Rush Limbaugh

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Meet Sara Blakely of Spanx Image: Ben Baker/ReduxSpanx Cool Billion

Sara Blakely has been getting half-naked in public for the last decade, writes Forbes. Today her Spanx empire is valued at $1 billion by four Wall Street investment banks, making her the youngest woman at 41 to create a billion dollar business with no inheritance or help from a husband.

Blakely owns 100% of her company and she has no debt. Spanx is to slimming undergarments, writes Forbes, as Kleenex is to tissues. Spanx nets annually an estimated 20% of revenue on sales of $250 million and has never spent a dollar on advertising.

The entrepreneur has three serious phobias — fear of heights, fear of flying and stage fright — and now has the upper hand in all of them. Listening to Sara Blakely talk in her Forbes interview, she also shares the reality that she flunked her law boards twice.

The result was a new career and outstanding success for America’s specialist in smooth butts.

Sara Blakely Forbes Interview

Yoga Lovers Tiff

Sonia Jones with Pattabhi Jois by Michael Halsband/Landov.Sonia Jones, the lithe blonde married to hedge-fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, has a new business relationship with the family of the late Ashtanga-yoga master Krishna Pattabhi Jois. A chain of yoga studios and boutiques are on the horizon, writes Vanity Fair. ” That’s got many of Jois’s devotees in a distinctly un-yogic twist.”


Rebekah Brooks and Husband Are Arrested in Hacking Inquiry NYTimes

More Trans Fat Consumption Linked to Greater Aggression, Researchers Find Science Daily

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War on Women

Mike Huckabee, Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesOn April 2, Rush Limbaugh gets some serious competition in the new Mike Huckabee show, launching in Rush’s noon-3 time slot. Huckabee would be a concern under any circumstances, writes David Frum for The Daily Beast, but the recent furor over Limbaugh’s attacks against Sandra Fluke make Huckabee — who promises to run a much more civilized program — even more attractive to many.

At a time when the talk radio audience is dropping, Rush Limbaugh’s business model may be crashing around him.

He (Limbaugh) actually charges radio stations for his content: up to $1 million a year in a major market. Plus, he charges the highest ad rates in the business. Those two revenue streams—multiplied by more radio outlets than anybody else in the industry has—have made Limbaugh a very rich man. But those revenue streams always depended on Limbaugh upholding his end of the bargain: delivering the audiences. And on that count, Limbaugh has been notably failing.

Industry estimates are that Rush Limbaugh’s audience has dropped in half over three years. The listeners still engaged are the most ideological and right-wing. Rush says his advertisers — now on a two-week national time out from the show — have nowhere to go.

Enter Mike Huckabee with a slogan of “more conversation; less confrontation.” Rush Limbaugh’s audience was 72 percent male in 2009, more male than almost any other program or radio or TV.

Girl’s Club Says ‘Ban Rush’

We agree with Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, co-founders of the Women’s Media Center, comparing Rush Limbaugh to Josef Goebbels, the man who promoted Hitler’s racist, genocidal policies in Nazi Germany.

We can’t support their call to ban Limbaugh from the people’s airways, because it makes him a martyr. There is every reason to believe that Limbaugh’s influence will be waning soon, with Mike Huckabee going head-to-head in the same time slot.

We do support the statement by female vets, including Katherine Scheirman, former chief of medical operations in the US Air Forces, demanding that Limbaugh’s bile be dropped from the American Forces Network.

Women serving in the military shouldn’t be working with men who spend their time off listening to Rush Limbaugh calling them feminazis. Increased rapes and assaults are up in the military.

Esquire weighs in with an in-depth, supportive piece on behalf of women: It Is a War on Women, and It is Not Stopping. The problem goes  far beyond Rush Limbaugh’s big mouth, writes Charles Piece. Women’s rights and bodies are being brutalized.

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Oxytocin-Dosed Monkeys More Compassionate | Yoga Injuries Dark Side | Key Vitamins for Aging Brains

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(Credit: © David Cloud / Fotolia)Oxytocin, often called the ‘love hormone’ for building bonds between mother and baby, and couples after lovemaking, can also impact the behavior of baby monkeys.

Duke University neuroscientist Michael Platt showed that when administered oxytocin nasally, thesus macaques pay more attention to each other, even giving another monkey a squirt of fruit juice without getting one themselves.

Note that delayed oxytocin response is a factor. For the first 30 minutes of oxytocin exposure, the macaques would reward themselves over a buddy monkey. Then the emphasis on self shifted.

The researchers were also able to determine for the first time that nasally administered oxytocin actually travels into the brain. “Understanding how oxytocin works in the brain, where the site of action is, and the long-term consequences of treatment can’t be done in humans,” Platt said. “And rodent models are too distant behaviorally and neurologically to provide much insight.” via Science Daily

Also: Hormone Study Gives Scientists a Sense of How Animals Bond

Scientists have pinpointed the hormone vasopressin helps the brain distinguish differentiate between familiar and new scents.

Gender Personality Differences

(Credit: iStockphoto/David Marchal)Researcher Marco Del Giudice of the University of Turin in Italy, describes a new method for measuring and analyzing gender-based personality differences that is more accurate than previous methods. The study used personality measurements from more than 10,000 people to review 15 personality scales, including traits like warmth, sensitivity and perfectionism.

When looking at the ‘big picture’ of men’s and women’s personality profiles by taking multiple traits into account, very large differences between the sexes became apparent, even though differences look much smaller when each trait is considered individually. via Science Daily

Pelosi in Action

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Assistant Leader James Clyburn (S.C.) led seven Democrats into the chamber just after 10 a.m last Friday, in an attempt to blast GOP leaders for remaining on vacation amid an unemployment crisis.

The move accomplished another objective, as Republicans deemed the Democrats to be out of order, since the House wasn’t in session. Republicans protesting President Obama’s recess appointments have argued that they were illegal because Congress is technically in session. The latter was always known to be a ruse from Republicans, and now they are on record contradicting themselves. via The Hill

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FBI Redefines Rape

The FBI has revised the definition of rape to include male victims and acts such as forcible anal or oral sex. States have long written their own rape definitions and prosecuted these crimes. But the statistics weren’t reported to the federal government.

The old definition of rape, one unchanged since 1929, defined the crime as “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” Only a sexual assault in which a man forcibly penetrated a woman with his penis were counted in crime statistics.

4 Vitamins for Aging Brains

In a small study of 104 men and women with an average age of 87, scientists scanned brains to determine brain volume and mental functioning. After controlling for age, sex, blood pressure, BMI and other factors known to impact brain volume, the researchers found individuals with the highest cognitive test scores and larger brain volume had higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D and E.

Higher levels of omega-3 were linked to better cognitive functioning and blood vessel performance, but not to higher brain vollume. As expected — and critically-important to America’s high fat diet — higher levels of trans fats, were significantly associated with impaired mental health and smaller brain volume. via NYTimes

Yoga Injuries

Danielle Levitt for The New York Times

Glenn Black, a yoga teacher of nearly four decades, says in his New York Times magazine in-depth read that most people whould give up yoga altogether, because they are more likely to cause harm to themselves.

Many come to yoga as a gentle alternative to vigorous sports or for rehabilitation for injuries. But yoga’s exploding popularity — the number of Americans doing yoga has risen from about 4 million in 2001 to what some estimate to be as many as 20 million in 2011 — means that there is now an abundance of studios where many teachers lack the deeper training necessary to recognize when students are headed toward injury. “Today many schools of yoga are just about pushing people,” Black said. “You can’t believe what’s going on — teachers jumping on people, pushing and pulling and saying, ‘You should be able to do this by now.’ It has to do with their egos.”

Given that the whole point of yoga is to get rid of ego, the American approach to the discipline may be self-defeating. It’s true that yoga can lower your blood pressure, make chemicals that act as antidepressants, even improve your sex life. Few talk about yoga’s dark side.

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