Yoga
by Janelle Monáe (featuring Jidenna)

Album: Wondaland Presents: The Eephus (2015)
Charted: 79

Songfacts®:

  • This bump-and-grind cut finds Janelle Monae collaborating with Jidenna, who was signed by the singer to her Wondaland Records label. The song was released as the second single from Wondaland Presents: The Eephus an EP by the artists signed to Wondaland Records. The disc's lead single was Jidenna's breakthrough tune "Classic Man."
  • Jidenna is a founding member of Fear & Fancy, a Californian group of activists, artists, engineers, and scientists who host soirees, dinner parties, and demonstrations with the intention of making their part of the world a better place to live. Jidenna told Spin that around 2007 it was he who brought Janelle Monaé to California with Fear and Fancy, a fact that discredits the commonly held impression that he's her protegé. "We built a masquerade ball that eventually attracted Wondaland, and we flew Janelle for her first show outside of Georgia," he said. "She was who she was, and I was who I was, and we both had our crews. If anything, I think our crews found each other."
  • Yoga is a practice of Hindu philosophy, involving the withdrawal of the physical senses from eternal objects. Its origins are unclear, but it is known it was practiced in India at least 5000 years ago. Here are some yoga fun facts:

    Yoga means "devotion" or "union" in Sanskrit and uses physical, mental and spiritual elements.

    The discipline of yoga was first laid out in writing in the Yoga Sutras a little over 2,000 years ago.

    15 million Americans practice yoga; 72% of them are female.

    Hatha Yoga, a system of physical techniques supplementary to a broad conception of yoga is the most widely practiced in the West. Slow paced classes combine physical exercises and postures, with meditation.

    Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques. Popularized in the early 1970s, it is popular with celebrities from George Clooney and David Beckham to Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Lady Gaga,

    Bikram Yoga is done in 40°C heat to cleanse the body of toxins and loosen muscles.

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