YogaAnywhere Studio Initiative

We at YogaAnywhere are excited to announce the launch of our Studio Initiative today. As part of our commitment to increase awareness and accessibility to yoga we are sponsoring free classes in yoga studios. And we kick start this initiative today with Makara Studio, which is also organizing its opening night today. The studio has been founded by Jonathon Borin and Hannah Harpole, both of whom are absolutely dedicated to bringing Yoga to as many people as possible, particularly those in underserved communities. A big shout out to Makara for launching today and to its founders.

YogaAnywhere has partnered with Makara studio to offer free classes every week (more details soon). The classes will be open to all. So if you have been wondering what yoga is like but never got to take a class, then here you go. Or if you just want to check out the studio before you signup for regular classes, feel free to drop by. We will be posting instructions on how to avail your free class coupon.

This is just a start. We will be announcing more such partnerships every few weeks. Our goal is to get a million people into yoga classes for free over the next five years. We will be posting more on how you can involve in helping us achieve this goal together!

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  • Pedro

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    How exactly do you take something like yoga and make it exciting? I suspected that the concept would be fairly shallow and that there would be too much dead weight and/or uninteresting filler material to make it an entertaining film. In addition, I had reservations about what kind of horror sequences could possibly be implemented. Needless to say, I skipped out on a blind buy for a while but eventually took the plunge when curiosity got the best of me. Most fortunately, Yoga Institute (2009) turned out to be an enjoyable horror film. The way it does this is to implement a very interesting main theme: vanity and the striving for perfect beauty. In some ways Yoga is similar to films like Dumplings (2004) and Time (2006) because of their shared amalgamation of vanity and horror, as well as their common focus on communicating the lengths to which some will go to obtain beauty. Of course, the protagonists in Yoga are not quite as crazy as the characters in the aforementioned films, but they do have their moments of instability within the confines of the privately owned institute that they visit to perform their week-long series of intense yoga training. While none of these characters are especially complex, they are sufficiently developed to earn the viewer's interest. Another important scriptwriting decision that makes Yoga more interesting than it should be is the introduction of a form of witchcraft. This witchcraft element is shown in more of a subtle manner than one might expect because it's not explicitly referenced at any point, yet is clearly the cause behind the beautification process as well as the nasty ramifications that befall those characters who do not follow the strict guidelines and rules laid forth by the institute's madam. This, of course, leads to some cool horror sequences that completely avoid most genre cliche9s like ghost girls, human-inflicted torture, and loud jump scares. There's ample use of creepy sound effects (like snake noises) and chanting to give a sinister vibe. The witchcraft angle just seems like a great decision by the filmmakers because it allows the film to breath life into the whole yoga premise. With regards to the production quality, Yoga is what we've come to expect from the South Korean film industry. The yoga institute itself is a private mansion with very elegant architecture and spooky interior designs that add a lot to the visuals and atmosphere. The acting is solid for the most part and the camera-work is first-class (especially those close shots of hot girls twisting their bodies in all kinds of dubious positions). The ending is a bit of a mind-boggler, but those looking for something different and fun might want to check Yoga out.

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