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Bikram Choudhury
Bikram at a yoga competition with his wife and competitors. (Photo:

We recap everything earth shattering that happened in health and wellness this week: March 16–22, 2013.


Lululemon was forced to pull accidentally see-through yoga pants from its shelves, causing its stock prices to plummet, lots of online chatter, and ingenious anti-Lulu marketing promotions among the company’s competitors.

Bikram Choudhury was served with his most damning lawsuit to date, with a former student and yoga champ accusing the hot-yoga guru of sexually harassing her for years and sabotaging her Bikram career after she refused to sleep with him.


New, fashion-forward female triathlete apparel brand Moo Motion officially launched its first collection, with all items now available online.

Moo Motion
Moo Motion’s triathlon apparel is now available online.

Performance apparel shop City Sports announced it will open a third New York City location, in the Financial District, next Tuesday, March 26.

Net-a-Porter added a brand-new category to its product offerings—beauty. So far, the site is offering high-end, but no natural, options.

The Mirbeau Inn & Spa just debuted vinotheraphy skin-care treatments by Caudalie, meaning you can slather yourself in anti-aging resveratrol and sip it at the Wine Bar and restaurant of this New York Finger Lakes area inn.


Women’s health expert and founder Alisa Vitti just launched her first book, Woman Code, that tells you how to use food to end hormonal nightmares like irregular periods, PMS, PCOS, and infertility.

Coca Cola announced it will debut a new product called Fruitwater on April 1. The carbonated beverage will be sweetened with Splenda and will not contain any…fruit juice.

New York City vegetarian hotspot, the Butcher’s Daughter, added dinner service. Highlights include a raw zucchini “linguine” with cashew ricotta, and a bangers and mash with how-did-they-do-it white bean and fennel sausage.


A new fitness studio, Pharaohs Army Fitness, opened in Forest Hills, Queens. The studio is boasting a back-to-basics approach that involves monkey bars and kettlebells rather than treadmills and dumbbells.

Barry’s Bootcamp will shake up its schedule soon, with new TRX classes launching at its Tribeca location.

Mary Helen Bowers’ online workout program, Ballet Beautiful, introduced a new heart-pumping class, Cardio Body Blast.

Elena Brower’s Soho studio, Virayoga, launched a prenatal program that includes group classes and semi-private sessions.


Run on the Runway announced that its annual 5K race on the runways of JFK airport is cleared for takeoff on April 14 of this year. If your run time is terrible, you can hop a flight to somewhere remote.

Pop Up Yoga and the Rockaway Beach Surf Club will wrap up a month of fundraising to rebuild the Rockaway beaches with a giant yoga class and after-party on Wednesday, March 27 in Williamsburg.

The Merrithew Mindful Movement World Tour is coming to Baryshnikov Arts Center from April 26–28, offering a chance for fitness instructors to take high-level courses with the founders of Stott Pilates, Zenga, and Total Barre.

Chaise 23 is marking its one-year anniversary with a celebration class caught by mother-daughter co-owners Lauren and Rachel Piskin on April 6, with a live DJ, champagne, and snacks.