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Yogi Lauren Imparato Is Here and Answering Your Enlightenment-Related Questions

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Sometimes in this crazy world, it's hard to find a little inner peace (or outer peace, or any peace, really), which probably explains the proliferation of yoga in recent years. It seems as if just about everyone has a mat shoved in their closet, is practicing their pranayama, or has a very vocal opinion on the perfect temperature for Bikram.

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With so many varying thoughts on the ancient practice, it can be hard to get reliable information — which is why we've brought in yoga teacher Lauren Imparato to answer all of your questions live, right now (for example, what in the name of Krishna does "om" actually mean?).

Lauren is the founder of I.AM.YOU., a yoga-centric lifestyle brand & yoga studio in NYC. (Tumblr here and Twitter here.) She holds an Advanced Certification from Kula Yoga School and Certificate in Advanced Studies Yoga Anatomy. Lauren is a graduate of the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

In addition to participating in today's chat, Lauren was kind enough to host a very special rooftop yoga session here at the Jezebel HQ. Hydrated by smartwater, limber participants saluted the sun with all of New York City as their backdrop.

Scroll through the gallery above to catch a glimpse of the class, then wander down below to ask Lauren all your yoga-related queries.

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And don't forget to head here to find out how to stay hydrated while practicing yoga — or anytime — with smartwater.

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DISCUSSION

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Hey Lauren,

To my understanding, yogic culture is about losing your ego and becoming more connected to a higher power as well as cultivating body awareness. In the last five or so years, the phenomenon of the hundred dollar pants have come into the mix and created an interesting hierarchy within the community. Can you comment on the lululemon phenomenon/comodification of yoga?