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A New Yoga Manifesto: Just A Stretch To Free Your Soul, Or Occupy Wall Street

Essay: Channeling her “citizen yogi,” Swiss columnist Anna Lietti takes a couple of deep breaths before launching into a passionate defense of why yoga matters more than ever.

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Anna Lietti

GENEVA - "Stand straight!" my elementary school teacher would shout, pursing her lips. "Find your verticality," my yoga teacher now whispers in her velvety voice. In both cases it's something about aligning the vertebrae. Yet these are two very, very different worlds.

Yes, I practice yoga – like so many people these days. But of course there are still some out there who find all of this funny, who laugh at the exotic Indian-inspired trend that has Western bohemian-bourgeoisie types folding like pretzels. As if a good old-fashioned gym wasn't cool enough anymore, they had to dip it in curry…

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