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Jennifer Lane Yoga

When covcr model Jennifer Lane discovered yoga as a 15-year-old ballerina, it was "love at the first Down Dog," she says. 'ITiis passion followed her to Stanford University and eventually led her to train in Forrest and Anusara yoga and make a career teaching vinyasa classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now 28, Lane-has joined her husband, Mike, in building a bodywork business, and plans to attend chiropractic school. In the process, she's rediscovered the joy of learning on the mat. "I had lost touch with the studentship of yoga when I was teaching," she says. "When I pressed that Pause button, I had more time to do my practice, and I fell in love with yoga at a deeper level."

anna thomas

With the publication of The Vegetarian Epicure in 1972 and its 1978 sequel, The Vegetarian Epicure, Book 2, screenwriter, filmmaker, and cookbook author Anna Thomas changed the way a generation ofvege-tarians cooked. Her latest book, Love Soup, is a celebration of heartfelt meals for loved ones, with too new vegetarian soup recipes. (See Thomas's essay, ".Kitchen Soup," about the joy of sharing food, on page jf.) "I've always associated soup with sharing," she says. "I never make a single serving of soup. When I make a pot of soup, there's always enough for 8 or 10 people. It makes it so easy to say, 'Would you like to stay for a bowl?'"

maren caruso

Looking at the sumptuous photographs taken by Maren Caruso (fee "Taste the Love, "page 62), it's hard to believe this accomplished food photographer really doesn't care to cook. "My husband is a really good cook—so I clean," she says with a laugh. But for the past 10 years, food has been the main subject and inspiration of Caruso's work, leading to some 65-plus cookbooks and numerous editorial spreads in magazines like BonAppe'tit and Sunset. She credits her culinary vision to growing up in food-obsessed San Francisco, where she lives with her husband, Arnu, and their son, Brown, nearly four.

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I appreciate the historical perspective of Sun Salutations that Kelly McGonigal presents in "Shine on Me" (March '10), but I would've liked a fuller picture. The articlc doesn't mention Swami Sivananda, and yet he taught his own version of Surya Namaskar. Should we assume that he first went to Mysore to study withT. Krishna-macharya and learn British gymnastic exercises? And what about the mantras that Swami Satyananda (of the Bihar School) attributes to the practice in Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha? Kristine Kaoverii Weber Asheville, North Carolina

EDITORS' RESPONSE Good questions. We asked them of Mark Singleton, yoga scholar and the author of Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. Here's what he says:

While worship of the sun has been practiced in India since the time of the Vedas, and postural practices long predate the modern asana revival, the creation of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) as a health and fitness regimen occurred in the early 20th century and was later incorporated into yoga practice. The person who promoted modern Surya Namaskar practicc was Pant Pratinidhi, the raja (king) of the state of Aundh. He was incredibly successful in propagating his system, which was explicitly conceived by him as an Indian version of the Western keep-fit and bodybuilding regimen that he had been practicing. Surya Namaskars are fully naturalized within yoga today, but they were not originally considered part of yoga, even by Pratinidhi himself. The Mysore style of Surya Namaskar is Krishnamacharya's adaptation of this form —the Sivananda and Satyananda Surya Namaskars are actually closer to those in Pratinidhi's system (Satyananda was Sivananda's student).

The problem with speaking about the modern origins of practice is that the continued on page 17

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.

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