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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, 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?”