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Must one have reason?

When I was twenty years old I watched the movie, based on a true story called 7 Years in Tibet with Brad Pitt. This was a far cry from my usual blood n guts shoot em up flicks tended to favor back then. But, what the heck, eh?!

There is a scene in the movie when that really impacted my life. The main character Heinrich (Pitt) and his traveling companion of many months had snuck into the off-limits and sacred city of Lasa, the spiritual capital of Tibet and home of the 14th Dalai Lama- Yes, the Dali Lama- after escaping a P.O.W. camp in India.

Once in the city the almost fully exhausted, totally destitute and starving men were stumbled upon an elderly gentlemen who took them in, bathed them, clothed them and gave them shelter after he found them scrounging from his dog’s eating bowl on the back porch. Some days later the elderly gentleman sought permission from the local governmental officials for the two foreigners to stay in the city as his guests. The officials asked him why he had taken in the two outsiders.  He simply replied “Must one have reason to help those in need?”.

BAM! No, one does not need reason to help those in need.

Humanity at large is kinda like those two wanderers. Tired, hungry, needing refuge and solace. Love above all else.

That sort of nurturing, loving-kindness and service to humanity through acts of compassion is part of the Tibetan culture. Yippee! It is something, too, that is rapidly becoming a part of the American, or, Western culture as well. In our world of busy, surviving lives where stress and anxiety often rule and consumerism concerns our well-being we all need a little heart here and there. All over the country now, and even in the world there are companies and products  that are springing up all over the place that exist, at least in part to support this rising global vision of, essentially, all beings being free from suffering.

People are starting to get that they win when everybody wins. Though There is not necessarily a solid, unifying religious connotation, cultural synchronization or structure to fulfill on this vision we’ve got our Yoga and the entire, alternate sub-culture. Combined with the essential and basic assumption of peace on all sides that has been created out of what it implies: Freedom for all!

You’ve got your Yoga accessories & Yoga apparel; sarongs, headbands and Yoga pants , yoga mats, (I favor the Organic cotton) and a whole bunch of other products. I slang Namaste like it was going out of style. Heck, I even got the Namaste shirt.

Whether you’re the business Yogi or the closet practitioner practicing Asthanga Yoga or Kundalini Yoga, or someone involved in the Africa Yoga project, there are products and companies out there that when you purchase their products you not only get something great for yourself nd your life, you are making a  contribution to humanity.


Yoga Pants

Since their popularization in the 6th century (BC) by Iranian horse riders trousers, commonly referred to today as pants, have made their way over from Iran to Greece, from Central Asia & India to Europe and finally to the Americas and beyond. Once a privilege and symbol of status, wealth and even power to the noblemen and women of the day, pants have evolved from a useful luxury to a need. They are now a global phenomena, available to almost every man, woman and child of any socio-economic status on the planet.

Whether to serve a utilitarian purpose or to make a fashion statement every pair of slacks has a point, purpose and place in our world, and, in our hearts. Some have been designed to withstand specific elements, others to adapt to particular environments. The bottoms you wear at the office are different than the ones you would wear out to the club. Your pants can make or break your day. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but what about a person by their pants?

Every pair has had their moments in history, their times of glory and others have epically failed. Some have reached a novelty status. Remember bell bottoms? What were they thinking? Nonetheless many have tried, few have survived, even fewer shall endure the test of time. It’s really and quite literally a survival of the fittest.

Corduroy, capris, chaps, boot cut, slim fit, khaki, business, casual, business-casual, wool, cotton, skin tight, rayon, leg warmers, sequence, jogger, and, let us never forget MC. Hammer pants. That was a man of magnificent pants!

There is one, however, a hidden gem, or, diamond in the rough if you will in this world of the seemingly infinite leg coverings that has perhaps survived the longest and may outlive all the rest.  Combining the best of all three worlds; comfort, fashion and usefulness what may have been the worlds best kept secret has managed to slip under the radar, until now. For many years these britches were worn in private and seldom ever saw the light day.

Now they’re coming out in a big way thanks to I Love Yoga!

I’m talking about the Yoga pants. Yoga pants are the new sex. They’ve been in the corner of everybody’s mind since time immemorial. Now everybody’s been talking about them, thinking about them, wanting them, living their lives if just to get one little fitting, just one leg slipped down slowly into a nice, soothing cottony, spandexy or blended pair of deliciously comfortable Yoga pants or other Yoga apparel.

Duncan Wong pants

Duncan Wong pants

Now with the I love Yoga brand, Yoga apparel and lifestyle clothing (including Yoga pants) you can say C’est la vie to the secrecy. Strip off your jeans or your skirt and be proud about your Yoga pants, maybe even flaunt them, be flashy, be bold, daring., take a risk. Walk around in style, with purposeful Yoga pants. Parade around the streets in style, loud and proud shouting “I love Yoga, and I love my Yoga Pants”!

Or you could just wear your Yoga clothing and accessories to class or whatever and, you know, continue on as you have been. That works too.

To purchase such awesome Yoga pants and Yoga accessories and clothing check out: www.iloveyoga.com