India hosts first world championships of 'yoga on a pole'

Asia Pacific / Offbeat Feb 17, 2019

India hosts first world championships of 'yoga on a pole'

Wearing only underpants, Pavel Kalina twisted his body up a wooden pole before performing a handstand at the top in the first world championships of an ancient Indian sport. The 55-year-old Czech practices Mallakhamb, a gymnastics-like discipline that originated in western India in the 12th ...

Straddling East and West in art

Art Jul 25, 2017

Straddling East and West in art

by Jeff Michael Hammond

Hybridity and eclecticism may be key concepts in much contemporary art, yet they are not new phenomena. In the Taisho Era (1912-1926), Tetsugoro Yorozu virtually personified the idea of hybrid art: As Japan rushed toward modernization, he not only experimented with the very latest ...

Nihonga didn't ignore the West

Art Feb 26, 2015

Nihonga didn't ignore the West

by Matthew Larking

From the early 1880s, painting in Japan became bisected. Yōga was used to categorize works in oils that were inspired by European painting movements and nihonga became the umbrella term for a whole array of earlier Japanese painting traditions that were later modernized. The division ...

Yoga practitioners moving to the next level

National Nov 27, 2013

Yoga practitioners moving to the next level

by Takeshi Nishide

There is a "natural" convergence among yoga practitioners in Japan: Those who have practiced it primarily for slimming or health are becoming more interested in its spiritual aspects, while those who have approached it as a philosophy are more actively engaging in physical exercise, ...