Blog Posts by Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine

  • Fat Yoga Aims to Help Fat People Get Fit, Not Thin

    Anna Ipox (center) teaches a class at her Fat Yoga studio in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Fat Yoga via Flickr)A yoga studio in Portland, Oregon, is busting stereotypes by catering to people who are pretty much the opposite of the typical, lululemon-and-lycra-wearing crowd.

    Anna Ipox named her studio Fat Yoga, and she's not shy about why.

    “I say I’m fat cause, guess what, I know I’m fat,” Ipox told KPTV. “Our American script says, ‘No, you’re not fat, just some other euphemism, thick, fluffy, big-boned, portly, whatever.’”

    "Fat is simply a descriptive word," she explained on her company's website. "We believe that a person should not be judged by the amount of fat they have, and that there is no “right” amount of fat.  A person’s physical health cannot be determined from simply looking at their shape or weight."

    Ipox, who has practiced yoga since 2011, said that some traditional poses are too difficult for fat people to manage.

    “Child’s pose is impossible of you have belly fat or thick thighs,” she said. But most yoga instructors "just have no idea what it is to have a big body."

    "I remember

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  • New Yorkers Shocked to Find They're Subjects of Neighbor's Photo Exhibit

    New York photographer Arne Svenson found inspiration for his latest work right outside his windows. "The neighbors don't know they are being photographed," he explained in an essay that goes with the exhibit, currently on display at the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea. "I carefully shoot from the shadows of my home into theirs." But the subjects of his photos, who live in a luxury apartment across the street from Svenson, were furious to find out that they had been photographed in their own homes without their knowledge. "A grown man should not be able to photograph kids in their rooms with a telephoto lens," Clifford Finn told the New York Post. "You can argue artistic license all you want, but that's really the issue here. I'm sorry, but I'm really bothered by this." The artist disagrees. "They are performing behind a transparent scrim on a stage of their own creation with the curtain raised high," Svenson said in a statement. Take a look for yourself and weigh in: Are these images

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  • Kitchen Nightmare Comes True for Arizona Restaurant Owners

    Gordon Ramsay, right, with Samy and Amy Bouzaglo during last week's episode of Kitchen Nightmares. (Photo: YouTube)It was a  "Kitchen Nightmares" first. In the latest episode, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay got so fed up he refused to help a pair of restaurant owners, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, salvage their business.

    In spite of the episode's predictable "trainwreck" outcome, the couple proudly promoted it on their company's Facebook page in April before it was shown on television. When the episode aired on Friday, a storm of social media criticism ensued—and the feisty Bouzaglos fought back.

    After finding a freezer filled with packaged ravioli and a bakery case displaying "homemade desserts" that were actually bought elsewhere, Ramsay struggled to stop the combative couple from cursing out the customers and taking away their servers' tips. Finally, he got up and walked away, saying, "I can't help people who can't help themselves."

    The couple jumped on Facebook to defend themselves.

    "We do not feel the need to make any excuses for our behavior on tonight’s

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  • Bacon Dogs Are Here! Thanks, Oscar Mayer

    Believe your eyes: Oscar Mayer is now offering a bacon hot dog. (Photo: Kraft Foods)It's as if they read the minds of bacon lovers everywhere: Oscar Mayer on Monday introduced five new hot dogs, one of which has bacon cooked right into it.

    "No one knows bacon like Oscar Mayer," Jared Baker, director of Oscar Mayer hot dogs, said in a statement. "We know Americans love bacon, and we know they love hot dogs, so it seemed like the perfect time for us to introduce our first hot dog made with bacon."

    "It is hitting store shelves this week in time for Memorial Day," Sydney S. Lindner, associate director of corporate affairs at Kraft Foods, told Yahoo! Shine on Tuesday. They will be available throughout the United States.

    Bacon lovers were overjoyed.

    "Most everything is better with bacon on it!!" exclaimed David Ware on the company's Facebook page. "Sounds yummy need to go look for it."

    "Oh noes! I'm trying to avoid processed meats and they invent this!?" Jennifer Bourne commented. "Well played, Oscar Meyer, well played…"

    Others were simply thankful.

    "I knew there was a God,"

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  • N.Y. Apartment Complex Residents Clash Over Bikinis

    Some residents of Stuyvesant Town in New York are up in arms over scenes like this. (Photo: Getty Images)Residents of a private New York City housing development are annoyed that bikini-wearing sunbathers have taken over a play area reserved for kids.

    Last weekend, security guards kicked sun-loving college students out of Playground 10 in Peter Cooper Village-Stuyvesant Town after a kids' soccer league complained. One New York University student in a leopard-print string bikini watched as guards told people to sit up and stop sunbathing.

    “This is so ridiculous,” Melissa DeBlasio, 21, told the New York Post. “The sun’s out. It’s summer. People are going to be tanning.”

    “There’s just a lot of rules here, and they enforce them randomly,” Marymount Manhattan College student Kaya Gieniusz, 21, agreed. “We pay outrageous money to live here. Let us sunbathe for a few hours.”

    The housing complex is made up of 91 buildings on 80 acres on the East side of Manhattan, where one-bedroom units rent for up to $3,555. It has recently started courting college-age tenants, a move that has irked many longtime

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  • Kids of Tiger Moms Are Worse Off

    Author Kim Wong Keltner writes about why she won't be a Tiger Mom to her daughter, Lucy. (Photo: Kim Wong Keltner)In her controversial memoir, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," Yale law professor Amy Chua defended her draconian parenting methods, explaining how being a controlling "Chinese-style" parent drives Asian-American children to succeed in ways that permissive "Western-style" parenting does not. But a recently released decade-long study of 444 Chinese-American families shows that the effect tiger parents have on their kids is almost exactly the opposite.

    When Chua's book came out in 2011, Su Yeong Kim, an associate professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas, had already been studying the effects of tiger parenting on hundreds of Chinese-American families for more than a decade. Her report, "Does Tiger Parenting Exist? Parenting Profiles of Chinese Americans and Adolescent Developmental Outcomes," was recently published in the Asian American Journal of Psychology.

    "Compared with the supportive parenting profile, a tiger parenting profile was associated with

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  • Twinsies! Mind-Blowing, Matching, Mother-Daughter Fashion

    After you've given birth to your very own mini-me, it's hard to resist the urge to dress her like a tiny version of yourself. But fashion doesn't cross the generation gap very easily, and what may look great -- or at least acceptable -- on a child often just looks bizarre on a grown woman. And vice versa. Take a look.

  • These Mother's Day Cards Speak the Truth (and Support a Great Cause)

    "I always thought that mother's day was great, but it always felt like something was missing," Julianna W. Miner, who blogs at Rants from Mommyland, told Yahoo! Shine. Presents are great, but what she really wanted wasn't something that her husband and three kids could give her -- it was something that could only come from other moms. "Other moms understand that motherhood is a tough and wonderful job," Miner explained. "I wanted someone to see me and tell me that it was enough. That even though I was not doing everything right, that my efforts counted." Figuring that plenty of women might feel the same way, Miner teamed up with e-card and gift company Naughty Betty to create Mother's Day cards to honor all moms and say what they really want for Mother's Day. The cards are more than just clever -- they also support a good cause: If people share the free e-cards in time for Mother's Day, SweetRelish.com will donate up to $10,000 to Shelter House, a safe haven for homeless families and

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  • 14-Year-Old Girl Forced to Have Mother's Baby by Sperm Donor

    We can't even imagine. (Photo: Getty Images)In a move that makes "Mommy Dearest" Joan Crawford look positively saintly, a woman in the United Kingdom has been charged with forcing her 14-year-old daughter to go through artificial insemination so that the mom could have another child.

    British High Court judge Peter Jackson said that the mother, a divorced American woman with three adopted children, had a health condition and opted years before not to give birth herself. She tried to adopt a fourth child and was denied, so she came up with "a wicked and selfish" plan to get another baby to raise, the judge said.

    The mother, who was not identified, bought sperm from a Denmark-based company over the Internet, and ordered her oldest adopted daughter, then just 14 and a virgin, to inseminate herself with a syringe. One time, she had a man come by the house to provide a donation, the court documents reveal.

    According to court papers released on Monday, the teen, identified only as "A," was shocked by her mother's plan but felt obligated

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  • Swaddling: A Common Parenting Practice Under Fire

    Swaddling can be beneficial for babies -- as long as you do it correctly. (Photo: Getty Images)Two California caregivers were arraigned last week on child abuse charges for swaddling seven babies so tightly that the children had trouble breathing. Now parents around the country are wondering whether they could be harming their own children by trying the age-old calming technique.

    Nazila Sharaf, 35, and Lida Sharaf, 33, are facing three counts of felony child abuse and neglect and four counts of misdemeanor child abuse and neglect. The babies they had swaddled were 7 months to 1 year old -- well beyond the age for which swaddling is recommended. They also tied the blankets with what the police described as "heavy-duty knots" rather than simply tucking and folding the cloth around the babies, making it nearly impossible for the children to move their arms and legs. And they occasionally threw blankets over the children's faces after they were were swaddled, increasing their risk of suffocation, police said.

    Social services discovered the inappropriate swaddling, along with "multiple

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