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Behind the Scenes of Yoga Culture & Where It’s Heading

August 26, 2014 by  

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Propelled by the vagaries of the Time Compression Ubertrend — the acceleration of life, yoga is now practiced by 200 million people worldwide, including over 100 million in India and 20 million in the U.S. In a time-compressed world, the meditative powers of yoga are now celebrated by an estimated 20 million Americans who practice this 5,000-year-old art, nearly triple the 6 million identified by a 1994 Roper poll. lululemonVancouver-based lululemon athletica, whose wares have been featured on “Desperate Housewives,” opened its first store in Vancouver in 2000, Today, the chain has 120 stores in North America, 75 of them in the U.S., and 10 stores in Australia. Shown above are the company’s popular “Groove Pants.” Here are some yoga market facts:
  • Market size – The economy has impacted the yoga market. A 2008 poll commissioned by Yoga Journal magazine found that the number of people practicing yoga had declined from 16.5 million in 2004 to 15.8 million almost four years later.
  • Expenditures – Yoga’s mainstreaming has fueled demand for fashionable apparel, similar in character to the “athleisure” trend identified with the hip-hop set. Women are realizing that yoga apparel, known for sleek design and comfortable


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The All Things Culture Guide to Buenos Aires

August 25, 2014 by  

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empanadas Empanadas. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Thompson. Interested in visiting Buenos Aires, Argentina? I caught up with city expert and the blogger behind Indecisive Traveler, Rease Kirchner — who lived in Buenos Aires for two years — to get the scoop on the local culture, food, nightlife and lesser-known experiences — not to mention essential solo travel tips. Continue reading for everything you need to plan the ultimate trip itinerary to Buenos Aires. 1. For those wanting to experience local culture in Buenos Aires, you should have a two-hour lunch. Meet up with friends over medialunas (crescent-shaped croissants) and café con leche (coffee with milk). Have dinner at 11pm and go dancing until 5am. Ride the subte (subway/metro) from one side of the city to another. Have picadas (cured meats and cheeses) in the park. Go to an all you can eat parrilla and try meats you’ve never heard of then drink Malbec until your teeth turn purple. I don’t really think that there are specific places or activities that give you the “Buenos Aires experience.” To me, Buenos Aires is a feeling. I often compared Buenos Aires to a boyfriend that I loved…

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Prince Edward Island For Oysers & Awe Inspiring Skies

August 25, 2014 by  

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I continued my seafood-a-palooza this week on Prince Edward Island in Canada.  What’s that?  You haven’t heard of PEI?  Well – if you are a foodie I’ll tell you a secret – get here now…it’s an island full of food that will tantalize your taste buds and warm your heart thanks to all of the local love going on.  The island’s top 3  industries are fishing, farming, and tourism – mix that together in a geographically beautiful landscape and you’ve got a culinary destination! My parents and I continued to satisfy our seafood itch and not only enjoyed eating seafood on PEI, but we also did some great hands on experiences.   – We went out on a lobster boat and pulled traps as well as visited an Oyster farm and learned about aquafarming.  Much more to come on that in future writing – but just know that many days I had oysters for breakfast…nuff said. We also got dirty in the local farms of PEI and then cooked up a feast at a cooking class.  But mostly we just drove around the island on the various scenic routes stopping at fishing villages along the way talking to fisherman, and…

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The Baijnath Temple in the Heart of the Himalayas

August 25, 2014 by  

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My travel experiences have made me conclude one thing- nothing goes as planned. Last night I determined to leave Kausani and head to the next Himalayan halt on the first bus in the morning. But all the planning went in vain. I did wake up early to gaze the snow-capped Himalayas; however, the recent fires in the jungles again disrupted my view and I went to sleep again with disappointment. Then I woke up at around 8 a.m. and rambled on the terrace facing the valley for some time. Finally I headed to the small bunch of ancient temples known as Baijnath Mandir, near Garur on the Bageshwar route. I waited for around 30 min at the local bus stand for the next bus. As I waited in anticipation, I could hear the loud voices emanating from the speakers on the private jeeps campaigning for the Gram Panchayat elections.  The discussion on the candidates, the prevailing corruptions and future expectation appears to have taken leap over all other discussion at every tea joint in the town. Amidst these burning political debates, I found the transport to take me to my destination – Baijnath Temples. After swirling through the turns of…

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Eating Your Way Through the Jungles of Guatemala

August 21, 2014 by  

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tikal Tikal. Photo courtesy of mtsrs. On a recent trip to Guatemala, I met a woman who left her urban life as a fitness guru in Guatemala City to tease out the secret ingredients of the jungle in order to nourish guests in a forest retreat. She went on a weekend holiday, fell in love with her surroundings, and crafted a new life running an eco-lodge where she feeds world travelers exotic food, and provides them with a haven of tranquility.

The Pull Of Petén

Lorena Castillo runs Ni’tun, an eco-lodge perched above the shores of Lago Petén Itza in Guatemala’s northern Department of Petén. In 1992, Castillo’s boyfriend planned a romantic weekend getaway visit to the area. Her beau was working in tourism at the time, while Lorena was multitasking as a fitness instructor, working in a law office, and administrating the family coffee farm. That was soon to change, as Lorena arrived in Petén and never left. Instead of spending a long weekend in the area, Castillo and her boyfriend ended up camping for three weeks. She couldn’t shake the feeling that she had to live in Petén — that something was pulling her to stay. She was head-over-heels in…

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Taking in the Best Sites of Mexico City

August 20, 2014 by  

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From 15,000 feet up in the air, as we approach the airport, the first word comes to mind when I first gaze upon this city is,  heavy. Heavy, because I can’t imagine what all of this development along with 22 million people weighs. Weird thought, right? The second word that comes to mind is, shit. Oddly enough, I thought about where all the shit that these millions of people extract from their bodies goes everyday? Another weird thought, right?  Yes. But think about it. A third thought. More of a question. More normal. How am I going to navigate through this blob and see the 3 major sites on my itinerary? After all, many friends who had been to Mexico City before told me to avoid public transit. That the best (and safest) way to get around was by taxi. And to make sure that the taxi was reputable. Ok. I know that adventures can be had with cabs but I wanted to see how a wider population lives and breathes in this city….and to prove to my concerned friends that traveling within Mexico City, by public transit, was another way to go. Heads up – A taxi won’t cost much. Even in glamorous…

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Hit Australia in January for a (Second) Summer of Sport

August 20, 2014 by  

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With the FIFA World Cup underway and two major sporting events – the Tour de France and Wimbledon – set to kick off soon in the UK, Brits are in for an exciting sporting summer. However, if you just can’t get enough sunshine and sport, why not take a trip Down Under in January 2015 and take in their Australian equivalents? January sees two of the biggest events on the southern hemisphere’s sporting calendar – the Tour Down Under in Adelaide and South Australia, and the Australian Open in Melbourne. Even if sport’s not your cup of tea, don’t forget the three-week Sydney Festival takes place in January too. Here, we’ll take a look at all these events in a bit more detail – and if you find yourself tempted to book a trip, this handy Cost of Living tool can help you compare the costs of transport, nights out and shopping in Australia to those of your home city.  Tour Down Under, January 17th – 25th As the first event of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s Pro Tour – which also includes the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia – the Tour Down Under is a huge…

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I Think His Name Was Remi…

August 17, 2014 by  

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Or it was something like that. He was nearly bald although i think on purpose yet he couldn’t have been more than 24. He had a navy blazer on with those black capped dance like shoes that serious performers wear and yet I learned that he doesn’t dance at all.   He rattled on in French until he realized mine was more than rusty. A boyish face with a twinkle in his eye he held up his joint, close to the end of its use. He continues to speak in french because frankly he had no other choice. Somehow he thought I might be a good choice to access another joint. How wrong was his “read” and yet that was so not why the universe threw is together for that 20 minutes in time at the Bonne nouveau subway stop in Paris at close to 1 am in the morning on a Tuesday night in June. We began to decipher language, why he chose the words he did and why such am emphasis on his joint. I asked him why he smoked, how often and what it brought him. The latter took three attempts

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