Yogic "trickle-down effect"

Pamela Newton wrote an article for the September 30 Huffington Post entitled Do Yoga, Get Rich?: High Rollers Are Hitting The Mat. She explains that "a surprising number of moguls and high rollers" now do yoga. Perhaps this isn't news,...
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Pamela Newton wrote an article for the September 30 Huffington Post entitled Do Yoga, Get Rich?: High Rollers Are Hitting The Mat. She explains that "a surprising number of moguls and high rollers" now do yoga. Perhaps this isn't news,...

Pamela Newton wrote an article for the September 30 Huffington Post entitled Do Yoga, Get Rich?: High Rollers Are Hitting The Mat. She explains that "a surprising number of moguls and high rollers" now do yoga. Perhaps this isn't news, but I thought her closing paragraph was interesting: "Perhaps you're a yoga purist and you feel disheartened to learn that some yogis are straying so far from the principles that a yogic life is rooted in: humility, service, selflessness. Since when is it selfless to make millions of dollars on the stock market? Or humble to build a private yoga studio in your own multi-million-dollar home? Who are you serving by charging $50 for a tank top? But don't get too down. What all this really says is that yoga is a powerful practice and that it is able to touch all kinds of lives. In particular, its many positive effects - including reduction of stress and increased focus and energy - are natural draws for those who are under a lot of pressure at work. And, lastly, isn't there a glimmer of hope in the idea that yogic principles might infuse the lives of people in positions of power, and that the trickle-down effect would be that the world might actually become a kinder, gentler place? Now with that in mind, let's all inhale deeply together and say OM." Do you believe in the possibility of a yogic "trickle-down effect?"