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Vote in the 2012 Presidential Elections. It is your dharma.

Vote in the 2012 Presidential Elections. It is your dharma.

The yoga community in America has historically looked towards India and learnt from the teachers and wisdom traditions that originated there. It can draw some wisdom for the upcoming Presidential elections from the same source. India is the world’s largest democracy. It has a population of 1.1 billion people and a voting age population of […]

About the Author

Gopi Kallayil is the Chief Evangelist of Google Social. Earlier he worked on marketing the Company's flagship advertising product, AdWords, in the Americas and Asia Pacific. Gopi also led the marketing team for AdSense, Google's publisher-facing product. Before joining Google, Gopi was on the management teams of two Silicon Valley venture funded startups and a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He has also led large Information Technology projects for global corporations in India, China, and the US. Gopi earned his Bachelors degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. He received his Masters in Business Administration degrees from the Indian Institute of Management and The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, public speaker, global traveler and Burning Man devotee. He hosts a TV channel on cable and YouTube called Change Makers. He founded and still leads a weekly yoga practice for Googlers called Yoglers. He has spoken many times at TEDx, Wanderlust, Wisdom 2.0, Yoga Journal conference and Burning Man on how to live a life centered on yoga and wisdom traditions in the midst of a fast paced career in hi-tech.

Mindful on the Mat & at the Polls

Mindful on the Mat & at the Polls

As a yogi and advocate of community outreach I have always been inspired by fellow yogis joining movements to improve their community, and strengthen the ties that bind us together as a tribe. When I first heard about YogaVotes, the qualities of activism etched in my mind from hours of nonprofit public health canvassing came […]

Sondra Bloxam is the founder of YogaGrow, Outreach Director for Yogi Roots, Ambassador for the Yoga Health Foundation, and Leader for OTM's YogaVotes in Portland. Sondra is strengthening the yoga community in the Northwest by connecting yogis with local festivals, conferences, and events to grow their practice through YogaGrow. Learn more at: http://yogagrow.wordpress.com/

Announcing: YogaVotes Telesummit weekly call series

Announcing: YogaVotes Telesummit weekly call series

Join Tal Rachleff and incredible yogis from around the US for the FREE weekly YogaVotes Telesummit. During these calls we will bring together powerful voices from around the yoga community and engage in a dialogue that drives this incredible community forward in it’s understanding of the intersection between yoga and voting. Calls are each Monday […]

Is voting an important part of being a yogi?

Is voting an important part of being a yogi?

About the Author

Hala Khouri, M.A., E-RYT, has been teaching the movement arts for over 20 years. Her roots are in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, dance, Somatic Psychology, and the juicy mystery of Life itself. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Columbia University and has a Master's degree Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Hala is one of the creators of Off the Mat, Into the World, along with Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling. This is a yoga and activism initiative that aims to get yogis to take their practice outside of the yoga studio and to touch the lives of others.

Hala has taught yoga and the movement arts to a wide variety of people and places ranging from juvenile detention centers, mental health hospital and police stations, to yoga studios, conference halls and jungles. Teaching is her absolute favorite thing to do! She currently lives in Venice, California with her husband Paul and their two sons.

Of triathlons, yoga, and politics

Of triathlons, yoga, and politics

It was the Fall of 2005, the end of triathlon season. “What are you going to do now?” my friend Alix asked. “Not sure. Back to basketball, I suppose. Winter’s coming, so maybe some skiing.” “Yoga,” she said. “Huh? Lie in some dark room for a couple of hours and ohm? I would be bored […]

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Donnie Fowler has achieved a leading role in both political and high technology circles through his work in Silicon Valley, in Washington as part of the Clinton Administration, and on the ground helping Democratic campaigns in more than a dozen states over the last twenty years including helping to achieve a once-in-44-years victory for Barack Obama in Indiana. He has advised dozens of companies, policymakers, public advocacy groups, and political campaigns on how to successfully manage their media, policy, business development, and technology agendas. And he has made frequent appearances in local and national media on political and technology issues.

Donnie's political campaign background includes work for seven presidential candidates since 1987 -- Dick Gephardt, Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Wes Clark, John Kerry, and President Obama. He was Al Gore's national field director from 1999-2000 where he managed the in-state political operations in all 50 states, the delegate selection team for the Democratic National Convention, and was the first national staffer on the ground in Palm Beach County as the Florida recount began. After the disheartening 2004 presidential campaign, where he was state director in the winning battleground state of Michigan, Donnie ran for national Democratic Party chairman, becoming the only candidate other than Howard Dean to gain any measurable and substantial support. This was because, like Dean, he advocated changes in the national party that focused on rebuilding in all 50 states and getting the strategy-making outside of Washington, DC.

Donnie is a South Carolina native and currently lives in San Francisco.