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Surfin' Bird

Thanks for the beautiful article byjaimal Yogis, "Riding the Waves" (June '10). For me, yoga and surfing arc intertwined and dear to my heart. As a Rolfer who works with surfers, I see firsthand how yoga practice helps to prepare people for the demands of surfing and, afterward, to unwind the physical strain of paddling, riding, and the inevitable hug of ocean. Taking pause at the water's edge to move through a series of postures not only prepares the body but also allows you to feel deeply the experience of stepping off land and into the energy of the ocean. Like yoga practice, no two surfing sessions are the same. You meet yourself in full splendor, touch your edge, and get to feel truly alive. At the risk of sounding cliched, thanks for stoking the surf and yoga fires.

Adam Mentzell Boulder, Colorado, and Rincón, Puerto Rico

Your story about yoga and surfing included Peggy Hall's sequence of poses for surfers, but it didn't mention her Toga for Surfers, vol. i, the first DVD to present a surf-specific yoga series. Eugene Tkachenko Westlake Village, California

Sun Worship

I wish there had been more points ofvicw explored in Katharine Mieszkowski's article on vitamin D ("Sun Kissed," Om, June '10). It is impossible to get the same benefits and absorption from supplements as you do from the sun. And supplements' effectiveness is canceled out if taken with many foods. A few minutes in the sun won't harm your skin. It will help

you more than any supplement ever could. Nina Semczuk Boston, Massachusetts

Early Start

My six-year-old son, Orion Goodman, has been taking ayoga class at school this year. I came home last week to find that he'd brought in the mail and discovered my June copy of Toga Journal. He was on our deck attempting the Master Class sequence, very grateful for the photos, since he can't read yet, but struggling a little with the poses. I suggested the Home Practice hip openers, which he proceeded to try with more success.

I would love to read articles about parents practicing with kids or about retreats for adults and children. Thanks! Elena Aguilar Oakland, California

Celebrity Downplay

I am concerned about howTrudie Styler's DVD, WarriorToga, was reviewed (Media, June '10). She was described as someone who was merely modeling for celebrity trainerjamcs D'Silva. It was not as though she just hired an instructor so that she could be showcased in a yoga DVD. Her humility motivates her to place the spotlight on others and to do all she can to uplift the lives of others, so it was natural for her to want to include James D'Silva, one of her teachers, in her yoga DVD

debut. She has humbly studied with the most renowned yoga gurus alive in the world today.

Her full holistic physical and spiritual practice, including all aspects of yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation, devotion, Sanskrit study, and karma yoga), has been a consistent daily practice for almost 25 years. It would be to Toga Journal's credit if you could recognize that all sincere seekers, regardless of economic or social status, can embrace yoga as a way of life. Sharon Gannon, Co-founder, Jivamukti Yoga New York City

Love the Videos

Thank you so much for making the sequences in your magazine available to watch online (yogajournal .com/livemag). I've been in a slump regarding my home practice, but when I saw that I can watch an online video of the June issue's Home Practice sequence, "Hip Enough?" it was just what I needed to get back into the swing of things. I always read this section and think, "I should do this," but I never do. Now that I can watch a video demonstration, I'm more inclined to try.

Erin Largent Happy Camp, California

Need to Be Naked?

Toga Journal was born in my living room in Berkeley in 1975, where I was one of five yoga practitioner-teachers who gathered to create the magazine. I have loved the magazine ever since. But I'm concerned about ads that have stimulated both confusion and sadness in me about where the magazine is now and where it is headed.

I am confused because I do not understand how photos of naked or half-naked

The exercise instructions and advice presented in this magazine are designed for people who are in good health and physically fit. They are not intended to substitute for medical counseling. The creators, producers, participants, and distributors of Yoga Journal disclaim any liability for loss or injury in connection with the exercises shown or the instruction and advice expressed herein.

women are connected with the sale of practice products for asana, an important part of yoga. These pictures do not teach the viewer about yoga practice or themselves. They aren't even about the celebration of the beauty of the human body or the beauty of the poses, which I support. These ads arc just about selling a product. This approach is something I thought belonged (unfortunately) to the larger culture, but not in Toga Journal.

Finally, I feel sad because it seems that Toga Journal has become just another voice for the status quo and not for elevating us to the higher values of yoga: spiritual integration, compassion, and selfless service. My request is that Toga Journal doesn't run ads with photos that exploit the sexuality of young women in order to sell products or more magazines. Thank you for your attention and willingness to hear another point of view. Judith Hanson Lasater San Francisco, California

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What motivates your home practice?

My home practice is my yoga foundation. My sanctuary. My refuge. I like practicing after everyone else has gone to sleep. Kara Rodriguez Reese

My home practice is so well established, my (very enthusiastic) dog waits at the top of the stairs until I finish 45 to 60 minutes of yoga, followed by 20 minutes of meditation every morning. As soon as she hears the mat rolled up, she comes skipping down to do her own Downward Dogs! Wendy Parker

I take my mat outside to the patio and LOVE IT!! I feel so connected and full of gratitude. :) Marisol Martinez

Being able to practice at home enables me to fit It into even the busiest day. I also find it easier to have a special area in my home for yoga that nurtures me. DeeAnn Davidson

Love the YJ podcasts! So convenient to have them on my iPod so I can do yoga whenever, wherever. Erin Burt

After reading all these comments, I'm definitely going to get back to my home practice! I've been slacking lately by not going to classes, and then end up doing nothing at all at home! I feel so guilty! Kay Tailor

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