The week in photos: June 17-23, 2017

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:18 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Afghan refugee women wait to scan their eyes at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 19, 2017 ahead of the World Refugee Day. Photo by Abdul Majeed/AFP

Gameplan: Anti-gravity yoga for newbies

May 29, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Yogi and triathlete Bubbles Paraiso shares how wholesome food and regular exercise can help us deal with everyday stress

California judge issues arrest warrant for yoga guru Bikram Choudhury

May 25, 2017 - 12:50 PM

The founder of the Bikram Yoga empire is ordered arrested after failing to pay nearly 6 5 million in damages for a 2013 sexual harassment case

A sign outside the building housing the Worldwide headquarters of Bikram Yoga is seen in Santa Monica, California on January 27, 2016. Bikram Choudhury, the man behind the Bikram yoga empire, was sued by a lawyer who worked for him, complaining that she suffered damaging consequences after she spoke out against his alleged sexual harassment of other women. A jury in Los Angeles Superior Court deliberated for two hours before ordering the 69-year-old guru to pay a massive $6.47 million fine in punitive damages. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston

Millions stretch and bend as Indian PM leads world yoga day

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:38 PM

Across India schoolchildren sailors soldiers and bureaucrats bent and twisted their bodies from early morning at mass outdoor sessions to mark the second International Yoga Day

YOGA DAY. Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi (C-in white clothes), participates in the mass yoga demonstration at the Capitol Complex on the occasion of the second International Day of Yoga in Chandigarh, India, June 21, 2016. EPA/STR

Mewujudkan ‘birthday trip' impian kamu

Feb 24, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Ulang tahun dirayakan dengan jalan jalan bersama sahabat kenapa tidak?

BIRTHDAY TRIP. Penulis bersama temannya, Ayee Macaraig, saat berkunjung di Antonio Blanco Museum di Ubud Bali, Senin, 22 Februari 2016. Foto oleh Febriana Firdaus

Yoga for Life: An HIV positive story

Dec 05, 2015 - 5:00 PM

How does yoga help people affected with HIV?

INFOGRAPHIC: Treating modern body pains with yoga

Sep 17, 2015 - 12:21 PM

Here’s how you can reverse the effects of sitting on a chair all day

What you need to know about yoga during pregnancy

Jul 22, 2015 - 9:59 AM

Breaking down the preconceptions and myths of a pre natal yoga class

India bends it like Modi on first World Yoga Day

Jun 21, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Yoga loving Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi led more than 35 000 people in performing poses such as the half camel and cobra in a mass outdoor yoga session in New Delhi India

YOGA DAY. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) participates in a mass yoga session along with other Indian yoga practitioners to mark the International Yoga Day on Rajpath in New Delhi on June 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH

India all set to celebrate International Yoga Day

Jun 21, 2015 - 9:25 AM

Some 35 000 people – including students and Bollywood actors – will participate in a 35 minute yoga class in New Delhi an event championed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

YOGA LOVE. In this photograph taken on June 14, 2015, Indian acid attack survivors, 20 year-old, Rupa (L), 26 year-old, Laxmi (C) and 30 year-old, Sonia attend a yoga class ahead of International Yoga Day in New Delhi. AFP PHOTO/Chandan KHANNA

Off the mat: What you need to know about yoga

Jun 15, 2015 - 11:08 PM

If you think yoga is just another exercise think again

Anjasmara ‘goes international’ jadi guru yoga

Apr 02, 2015 - 6:03 PM

Bagi Anjasmara yoga adalah sebuah perjalanan untuk bisa menyikapi hidup jadi lebih baik

Anjasmara menjadi pembicara dalam sesi seminar Yoga Ala-Ala di Bali Spirit Festival, April 2015. Foto oleh Johana Purba/Rappler

Free yoga classes for Indian government employees

Mar 20, 2015 - 10:38 PM

India s national government which employs around 3 million people gives no reason for the move

Menagih janji anggota DPR bersama Temui Wakilmu

Dec 02, 2014 - 5:19 PM

Pertemuan pertama acara Temui Wakilmu ini akan diadakan pada Kamis 4 Desember di gedung DPR RI Jakarta

Rizki Aljupri (kiri) dan Yoga Dirga Cahya menggagas Temui Wakilmu, sebuah wadah bagi anak-anak muda Indonesia untuk menyalurkan aspirasi mereka secara langsung kepada anggota DPR.

#PugadBaboy: Evil Yoga punchline 3

Nov 17, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Evil Yoga punchline 2

Nov 17, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Evil Yoga

Nov 17, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Yoga for a climate-resilient Philippines

Nov 13, 2014 - 1:49 PM

Join a series of yoga workshops led by experts Mark and Joanne Darby All proceeds go towards building a more climate resilent Philippines

OMG! Did you say OM?

Nov 03, 2014 - 9:30 AM

A Catholic priest cautions us that the devil may be in yoga practice I suggest that the Devil has always been in our capacity to demonize people whose spiritual practice does not conform to our own

Yoga bersama Patrick Beach: Melihat dunia jungkir balik

Oct 09, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Beberapa manfaat teknik yoga inversion adalah menghilangkan stres membuat rileks dan menambah awet muda

Praktisi yoga asal Amerika Serikat, Patrick Beach, melakukan teknik inversion dengan Monas sebagai latar belakangnya. Foto oleh @PatrickBeach/Instagram

Iyengar yoga founder dies aged 95

Aug 21, 2014 - 3:57 PM

Followers fans and yoga practitioners mourn the loss of the man who played a great part in bringing yoga to the Western world

INFOGRAPHIC: Office yoga to get you through your red days

Jul 01, 2014 - 2:43 PM

Fight dysmenorrhea with a little stretching Inhale exhale and try some office friendly yoga poses

Graphic by Mara Elize Mercado

Lenovo announces souped-up Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

Feb 27, 2014 - 12:10 PM

Despite lukewarm response to the Yoga Tablet 8 Lenovo unveils the Yoga Tablet 10 HD a tablet that can hold tilt and stand

Gear up for the week! 5 easy yoga moves to help you relax

Feb 02, 2014 - 6:01 PM

With the help of yoga teacher Lisa Marie Nilsson two beginners demonstrate easy yoga moves to help you prepare for the stress of the coming week

RELAX. Use these poses to help you recharge for the upcoming week

Global Mala: More than just yoga classes

Sep 29, 2013 - 3:18 PM

Fostering communal harmony through serenity and balance in body and spirit

HEALERS. Tata Mapa, Analiya Ancajas, and Jinky Canoy giving one on one reiki chakra balancing sessions to the Global Mala Participants. Photos by Michelle Ressa-Aventajado

Global Mala: Wrapping the world in peace

Sep 14, 2013 - 4:13 PM

Spread the gift of service peace and yoga on September 21

UNITED THROUGH YOGA. Promoting global harmony. Photos from the GMP 2012 Facebook page

AntiGravity Yoga: Defying gravity

Sep 04, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Have fun while flying and doing yoga

DEFYING GRAVITY. AntiGravity Yoga involves suspensions, inversions and more poses with the help of a silk hammock. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Make the most of your flooded holiday

Aug 20, 2013 - 4:32 PM

Stranded? Here are suggestions on how to make the most of your [wet] idle time

STRANDED? Worry not: here are ways for you to enjoy the wait

Post-pregnancy weight: Baby bulge, be gone!

Aug 09, 2013 - 12:36 PM

The Sexy Chef shares tips and a recipe for slimming down after pregnancy

SEXY MOM, SEXY CHEF. The author and her baby Arya today. All images courtesy of Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck

7 reasons to love Bikram Yoga

Jun 30, 2013 - 1:20 PM

Releasing toxins relaxing the muscles and other benefits of heat and sweat in meditation

BALANCING ACT. In Bikram Yoga, you are asked to engage your core. Photo from Bikram Yoga Alabang

'Never lose your happiness'

May 11, 2013 - 4:57 PM

Whatever is happening is good whatever has happened is good what is to happen will be good

REAL HAPPINESS. The author in front of Om Shanti Bhawan at Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India. Photo by Agnes Roque

Manila and motherhood: I have learned so much

May 09, 2013 - 8:15 AM

As I discover all the beautiful people and places I m discovering parts of my mother as well

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER. The author (right) with eldest child Gia. Photo by Nino Aventajado

Are you ready? Shake that Buti!

May 08, 2013 - 8:14 PM

Buti yoga is a sexier bootylicious form of exercise that promises to slim you down fast

BUTI-LICIOUS. Buti Yoga will have you shaking your behind and banishing your shyness. Photo courtesy of Eileen Tupaz and White Space Wellness Studios

Earth Day and the ecology of consciousness

Apr 22, 2013 - 2:57 PM

Our capacity to change ecosystems is proportional to our capacity to change our own consciousness

IT STARTS IN YOU. The wellness of ecology begins within each of us. Photo from the Inner Space Manila Facebook page

Teaching your children to meditate

Apr 10, 2013 - 12:04 PM

With Instagram Twitter Facebook and a plethora of gaming apps to choose from it is inevitable that our children s minds will be overstimulated

MEANING AND MINDFULNESS. How can we help our children to disconnect from FB, Twitter, and Instagram while teaching them to be more mindful? Teach them to meditate. All photos by Michelle Aventajado

Think right and feel great, no matter what

Mar 20, 2013 - 10:56 PM

When you ve almost lost hope breathe and think: What do I want my life to be?

LAUGH AGAIN. Brahma Kumaris's Sr Shivani has practical advice. Photo from the Brahma Kumaris Facebook page

Welcome silence: Enter Inner Space

Mar 06, 2013 - 1:56 PM

Looking for a refuge and a place of quiet in the city? Here s a place to chill out

TIME OUT. 'For a stable connection with yourself, you need to enter silence with lightness and easiness. Introversion and solitude will facilitate this gentle approach to silence.' Photo from the Inner Space Manila Facebook page

#WellnessWed: How Raja Yoga rocks my world

Jan 23, 2013 - 4:30 PM

A writer teacher and Raja yogi tells us about her Raja Yoga journey

INNER PEACE, TRUE JOY. Brahma Kumaris cites Marvin Gaye in a post on their Facebook page: 'If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.' Photo from the Brahma Kumaris Facebook page

VIDEO: Arthur Boorman: The man who never gave up

Jan 16, 2013 - 12:54 PM

It s WellnessWed at Rappler and we thought this story might inspire you to go for wellness now

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Arthur Boorman's story shows that nothing can stand in the way of determination and persistence. Screen grab from YouTube (Diamond Dallas Page)

Want to get fit? Use these apps

Nov 11, 2012 - 12:04 PM

Train yourself and feel healthier with these fitness apps

WELLNESS, TECHIE STYLE. Here are apps that can help you get fit and feel better. Screen shot from

Zen: Stillness and nothing else

Sep 19, 2012 - 10:13 PM

Is Zen a religion a philosophy a movement? How does it fit into our daily lives? Here is firsthand information from a practitioner

SITTING STILL, FACING THE wall on a cushion, in deep silence, just following the breath, emptying the mind and the body. All photos by Rudi Tabora

From the heart: The calligraphy of Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Aug 21, 2012 - 10:05 AM

The 100 piece exhibit is on display at the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Manila

SOME OF THE 100-PIECE calligraphy artworks by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. All photos by Ime Morales

Zen and wellness with butterflies

Aug 21, 2012 - 9:22 AM

Paruparong Bukid is a heaven for those looking to retreat and zone out

(Left) PART OF THE BUTTERFLY sanctuary. (Right) A butterfly sips it morning nectar. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

A sanctum for wellness

Aug 19, 2012 - 1:29 PM

People looking for a place to cultivate their wellness have a new home in White Space

REIKI AT WHITE SPACE. All photo by Jonas Asistio

India bans yoga gigglers

Jun 19, 2012 - 9:06 PM

The Bombay High Court told police to clamp down on the laughing yoga group

GIGGLING NOT ALLOWED just because it is getting too loud. Screen grab from a feature on YouTube

The house of happiness

Apr 17, 2012 - 9:45 PM

Somewhere along Hagedorn Road in Puerto Princesa Palawan is a sanctuary

THIS IS HOME. Bahay Kalipay brought together different people with different stories into oneness. One heart, one love.

Laughter clubs catch on in stressed-out HK

Apr 01, 2012 - 11:09 AM

Hong Kong people don t laugh because they are under constant pressure to make more money