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Election Day Mantra: Do yoga + vote

Election Day Mantra: Do yoga + vote

Election Day Yoga

Election Day Yoga

Photo credit: Christopher Gindlesperger what is election day yoga? On Nov. 6, yoga studios across the country will be offering complimentary yoga classes all day. Unite with your community and join us at any of the participating studios below. are you a studio interested in offering free yoga on election day? Email us at studios@yogavotes.org […]

Why local offices matter

Why local offices matter

I work in politics, but in the hours after Sandy struck New York, the only elected officials on my mind were those in my neighborhood. I admit it. There are times I don’t think much about my local elected officials. Until disaster strikes. I’ve been moved by the response of our Mayor, Governor, and President, […]

About the Author

Jessica’s expertise is in expanding the electorate to include youth, union members, people of color, and low income voters. Jessica directed New York State’s largest legislative advocacy organization, the SEIU-backed Healthcare Education Project (HEP), and managed the nine top priority states for the historic election of Barack Obama.

Flip Your Pic!

Flip Your Pic!

Let everyone know that your voice will be heard on November 6th (or before) by changing your profile picture on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and anywhere else that you connect with people! Choose your pic below. Research shows that social media is a major influence on voter turnout. A new study by researchers at UCSD offers […]

Democracy is a demanding form of government

Democracy is a demanding form of government

This is a transcript of Max Strom’s speech during the Vote Your Heart DC event on October 21,2012 Each and every time you watch the news you can always find many reasons to become angry. From basic lack of kindness, to fanaticism, to complete brutality, the news can break a person’s heart. Additionally, when we […]

About the Author

Teacher, speaker, and author Max Strom is known for inspiring and impacting the lives of his students and readers and has become a new voice of personal transformation worldwide. Due to an ever-increasing demand for his teachings, Max travels extensively teaching and lecturing on personal transformation, spirituality, and yoga. His system guides us to live the daily experience of a meaningful life and includes a philosophy for living, self-enquiry, breath-work, yoga postures, and meditation. His teachings are a culmination of his life experience and decades of study and application. He has taught tens of thousands of students and trained several hundred teachers across the globe. Max's book, A Life Worth Breathing, (Skyhorse Publishing 2010), is now available in four languages. You can also experience his work with his home practice DVDs. Max Strom has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences and forums. Among his 2011 and 2012 speaking appearances were two TEDx events, and a keynote speech on ethics in business at the Lululemon management conference.

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 […]

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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?

<img src="http://yogavotes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Screen-shot-2012-07-17-at-4.32.33-PM.png" alt="YogaVotes Hands over Heart" title="YogaVotes Hands over Heart" width="600" height="453" Is voting an important part of being a yogi? It depends on how you define yoga, and why you practice yoga. If you do yoga to try to get away from your problems, the daily grind and the world’s suffering, then you might […]

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.