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Gulnara Karimova's Hot Yoga

Is there anything she can't do?
Is there anything she can't do?
Gulnara Karimova is a poser.

The eldest daughter of authoritarian Uzbek President Islam Karimov is also a fashion designer, a jewelry maker, a pop singer, a diplomat, a UN envoy, and a screenwriter.

But in her latest effort at self-promotion, Karimova took to Twitter (@gulnarakarimova) to tout the benefits of yoga and to personally demonstrate some of its more common positions -- the Downward-Facing Dog, the Plow, the Cobra, and the Angry Cat, among others.

But while yoga certainly seems to agree with the 40-year-old Karimova, who looks quite fit in a pair of short black shorts and a pink T-shirt, her outreach efforts are receiving mixed reviews inside Uzbekistan, according to RFE/RL's Uzbek Service.


While some reactions on Twitter welcomed her advocacy of the ancient discipline, which is credited with improving strength, flexibility, and spiritual well-being, many said they were offended by her skimpy workout clothes and the prurient nature of some of the yoga poses, which they said overstepped the boundaries of propriety in her conservative Muslim country.

Cynics say the staggering scope of Karimova's extracurricular activities of late is a public-relations onslaught aimed at repairing an image tarnished by links to money-laundering in Switzerland and a scandal involving mobile-phone operator Uzdunrobita, as well as other alleged improprieties. Not to mention widespread reports of gross human rights violations routinely perpetrated inside the country by the Karimov regime.

There is even speculation that Karimova may be gearing up to run for president herself once her 74-year-old father, who's led the country since 1989, finally steps down.

"Big Papa" leaving anytime soon? Now that's a stretch.

-- Grant Podelco

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by: Mahmud from: London
November 22, 2012 13:17
Since when Uzbekistan is a conservative Muslim country?
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by: Anonymous
November 23, 2012 10:45
exactly :)

by: Nayeema Akter from: Costa Rica
November 22, 2012 14:26
Gulnara Karimova is an example. I think many women will be inspired to work hard and gain an identity like her. Hot Yoga is now getting popularity day by day. At this time Karimova is doing a great job by establishing Hot Yoga.

Nayeema Akter
www.anamayaresort.com
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by: John Goss from: UK
December 15, 2012 20:46
Nayeema Akter, Hot Yoga might be very good for you in a physical sense, but Gulnara Karimova never had to work in her life, let alone work hard. The riches of the Karimovs were made from child labour, torture and extermination of opponents, and the exploitation of the Uzbekistan populace. Surely you do not condone that!

by: Ivan from: California
November 22, 2012 18:40
I'm not mad at her.

by: Douglas from: Timer
November 22, 2012 19:43
Isnt she very beautiful and sexy?
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by: Abaza from: Turkey
November 23, 2012 12:45
yes you are right. I saw her once in Tashkent. She is very attractive girl. She is very wild and sex looking for a tiger.

by: Frank from: London
November 22, 2012 22:27
"Is there anything she can't do?"

Yes, she can't stop stealing businesses. Now the Russians have grabbed one her apartments in revenge for her $50m (?) UzdunRobita mobile phone business theft. I won't be surprised if she ends up having to do her yoga hanging from a public gallows to whoops of joy from a few of those remaining conservative muslims in the region. Her thefts of businesses are an addiction. Remember what happened to Ben Ali's wife, the "zero to hundreds of millions of dollars in no time" from being the presidential hairdresser?

by: American Troll
November 22, 2012 23:36
Great job, Goog. Now we can add add yoga instructors to the growing list of people who will vanish after Daddy or his successor has his inevitable Mohammad Reza Shah moment.

by: Bob from: DC
November 23, 2012 00:43
gulnara karimova is sexy as hell
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by: peter from: ottawa
November 24, 2012 17:26
Cava

by: Annonymous from: USA
November 23, 2012 05:12
Considering the fact that over 90% of Uzbek population are muslim, one may assume Uzbekistan to be a conservative Muslim state. However, majority of Uzbeks are more liberal in practicing Islam, and there are a lot of other nationalities who live in Uzbekistan. Gulnara Karimova have a right to practice whatever extra curricular activities she wants, but promoting healthy lifestyle won't excuse her involvement in all those scandals stated in the article.

by: Uluqbek from: Tashkent
November 24, 2012 05:03
All her luxuries in life are financed by the property belonging to the Uzbek people, these types of tyrannical systems treat public treasury as private bank accounts. Look what happened to Seif Qhaddafi and learn if you are humans. All those praising her hear should be ashamed of their lack of basic morals.
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by: Frank
November 26, 2012 16:44
Like the tax paying dollars which have been used for the purpose of continuing RFE/RL.
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by: Frank from: London
November 27, 2012 01:29
Ulluqbek, thanks for your support.

The sexy images are probably not a good guide to how she currently looks. Comparing them with photos of her caught off guard by the Financial Times when attending a recent conference suggests these are old photos (more than 10 years old perhaps). The cleverness of Gulnara's corporate scams is that they require a degree in corporate finance to comprehend (and of course are massively more profitable than bank robberies) while the "charity work" and sexy pictures to cover up the former require only pea-sized brain to understand. It is funny how the Uzbek judiciary has changed its mind on seizing the assets of Uzdonrobita just after Gulnara's $10m apartment in Russia was seized. I think RFERL does a great job, and it is worth every dollar of tax payer's money undermining people like Gulnara. Just my view. I am looking forward to more revelations about Telesonora's bribe allegedly paid to Gulnara.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 29, 2012 18:16
By the way, talking about the various projects of Gulnara Karimova: Today's Spanish media is informing that Gulnara is currently writing a script of a new movie, entitled The Theft of the White Cocoon, and that the movie itself will tell the story of the "origins of the famous Central-Asian silk". And it's more: the famous French actor Gérard Depardieu agreed to play one of the major roles in this movie. Here you can find the complete article and a nice picture of Gulnara and Gérard :-): http://elpais.com/elpais/2012/11/29/gente/1354203492_069306.html

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