Year in Review: Top 10 Yoga News Stories of 2014

The new year is upon us. 2014 is panting to the finish line and 2015 is waiting on the starting blocks, ready to race. Before we look ahead to all of the possibilities the next year holds, lets travel back in time to revisit some of the top 10 noteworthy yoga-news stories of 2014.  

10. NYC Took Off Its Clothes for YogaTop 10 Yoga News Stories 2014

… and Naked Yoga took off in NYC. Read more about the mission and idea behind yoga in the buff here.

9. Yogis Are Everywhere in the United StatesTop 10 Yoga News Stories 2014

In 2014 the numbers were crunched and it was determined that twenty million people practice yoga in the US, making it a $27 billion industry.

8. John Friend Returned to YogaTop 10 Yoga News Stories 2014

The disgraced creator of Anusara yoga has made his comeback, this time opening a yoga school in Denver, CO.

7. The Washington D.C. Yoga Tax CaseTop 10 Yoga News Stories 2014

This issue circles around the question “Is yoga a physical or spiritual practice?” Washington D.C. has implemented a tax on gyms, health clubs, and fitness centers, which may or may not include yoga studios. The studios argue that physical benefits are secondary in yoga, and the main focus is spiritual and mental well-being, which would exempt them from the taxes. Read more about the debate here.

6. Yoga Joes Melted Our HeartsTop 10 Yoga News Stories 2014

Dan Abramson created these action figures as a non-violent alternative for kids (and adults) to play with. Learn about his reasons and his invention process here.

5. Yoga Journal Got a New Editor, and It May Not be GoodTop 10 Yoga News Stories 2014

Loads of bloggers unleashed their disappointment at the new direction (seemingly caused by the new editor) of Yoga Journal Magazine. What is this new direction? The magazine seems to be leaving it’s yogic roots behind in favor of pop culture, and articles about how to hide your curves.

4. Yoga Won GoldTop 10 Yoga News Stories 2014

At this year’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, snowboarder Jamie Anderson credited her gold medal performance to her yoga practice. About yoga she said “My favorite poses are variations on the handstand and the scorpion," she said. "You have to use your whole body, it's physically and mentally challenging. You have to find your balance in this uncomfortable position, so when you do it, you feel like you're really overcoming an obstacle.”

3. Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar Passed AwayTop 10 Yoga News Stories 2014

In October of 2014, B.K.S. Iyengar, founder of Iyengar Yoga and world-renowned guru passed away. He helped bring yoga to the masses, and he touched the lives of millions with his teachings. Check out YTT’s tribute to the yoga master here.

2. Science Says Yoga Can Help in the Fight Against CancerTop 10 Yoga News Stories 2014

While there’s still no scientific proof it can prevent the disease, researchers at Ohio State did a study and found that regular yoga practitioners have more energy, and less inflammation (among other things) during chemotherapy than their less-bendy counterparts.

1. The UN Declared International Yoga Day to be June 21stTop 10 Yoga News Stories 2014

And Narendra Modi did a little dance. In September, Modi appealed to the United Nations to implement an International Day of Yoga and said “Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.” The declaration happened on December 12th, and was passed with the support of 177 of the 193 United Nations Member States

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What do you think were the biggest moments in Yoga in 2014?

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