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If you aren’t familiar with Bollywood films, you might not immediately recognize Esha Deol.  But if you’ve seen such films as Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe, which was the unofficial Hindi remake of Sleeping with the Enemy, you know this face.  And gracing the shoulders of this Bollywood beauty are two yoga-inspired tattoos.  Check them out:

As you can see, Esha has an “om” tattooed inside of a sun on one shoulder and the Gayatri mantra tattooed on the other shoulder.  The Gayatri mantra is a highly revered mantra found in many sacred Hindu texts, including the Bhagavad Gita.  Swami Vivekenanda has translated the Gayatri mantra as meaning: “We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.”

Esha, who’s name is rooted in sanskrit and apparently derived from the Upanishads and means “the divine beloved”, is the daughter of two Bollywood actors. In fact, Esha’s mother is a devout yoga practitioner, and Esha, a self-proclaimed “yoga freak” was profiled in a Yogadork blog post in 2009.

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It has been a weird and wild week in yoga, friendlies. We started with Halloween on Sunday, which I commemorated by begging my fellow yogis – a community riddled with conflict over various and sundry issues – to wave the white flag and throw a yoga-themed Halloween party. Some people thought my post was ridiculous, and they weren’t afraid to say it right there on The Facebooks. It was my first experience with “snark,” what the Urban Dictionary defines as a mix between “snide” and “remark”, and which I say is frequently bandied about on social media sites. But, in the words of one reader, the post was meant to be cheeky!  If you haven’t read it, check it out and start thinking about your yoga-inspired Halloween party next year.

The Halloween theme dominated other yoga sites. My friend YogaDork had an awesome contest to see who could come up with the best yoga-inspired costume. Check out the finalists…Dork will be posting the winner today!

And, despite the fact that Halloween was nearly a week ago…Lady Gaga chose to wear the following get-up to attend a Bikram yoga class two days ago:

Now, I love a good pair of heels as much as the next girl, but I can attest that I have never, ever worn heels that high. Wonder if she kept ’em on during class. Namaste, you little monsters!

In other news, Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely delayed sentencing of Steven Roger, the Aspen yoga teacher convicted of groping his students, until November 12 in hopes that he will admit to his crime and help his victims heal as well as avoid a harsher penalty. My guess is he probably won’t and that his lawyers will likely appeal the conviction. You can read more about this story at the Aspen Daily News.

Wanna go to the January 2011 Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco but struggling to afford the hefty entrance fee?  How’s about a work-study program?  The following was advertised on the San Francisco Examiner website:

Are you interested in attending this January’s Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference, but find the price tag as challenging as an afternoon ofVrschikasana? Depending on your motivation for attending, there are a few “work-study” positions available that bring down the price considerably, offering an annotated but powerful version of the dynamic weekend. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then act fast: selections for these prized packages will be made soon, and the application requires attention and thoughtfulness.

Becoming a part of the yoga community by serving at the conference can provide a deep and rewarding insight into your practice, as well as provide revelations that come from being a part of a team. The work is real, but so are the benefits. The opportunity to mingle with some of modern yoga’s experts might not come cheap, but for those with focus and a giving spirit can make the most of it for a fraction of the price.

For more information, write to Kourtney Betts at yoga@horizonconferences.com.

Finally, never read the Bhagavad Gita, and too afraid to admit it to all your yogi friends? Well, join us! November 10th begins Bob Weisenberg’s new weekly Gita Talk Discussion…You cannot miss it!  Check out Gita Talk on Elephant Journal, or on Facebook.

Have a wonderful weekend! If you’re hoping to get back into your yoga groove after being out of practice lately due to back pain (like me), a crazy schedule, or just plain laziness, enjoy your Yoga Walk of Shame/Bliss this weekend! Rrrrawrr!

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