Eddie Stern chats with Moby regarding his transformative yoga practice for the Urban Yogis Series. I've been listening to Moby's music ever since he released "GO " back in the day. I thought of him this week as my iPod randomly played his cut " Honey " , which led me to finding this inspiring video. 2012 turned out to be a great year. I am looking forward to 2013. Based on my travel schedule for this coming January , it is going to be MAHA !
Air Canada has the best in-flight entertainment system in terms of viewing options. I was able to catch this documentary of a taxi driver , Hari , from Dharamsala who is gearing up for his marriage to a girl he has never met. Namaste , which is used frequently , is translated simply as " Hello " , which is pretty apropos considering the New Agey permutations the greeting has taken on here in the US.
I was reading the NY Times in the car on the way to JFK last Friday & was intrigued by this review of the movie " First Winter ".
"When winter begins, life is serene for a group of new-age Brooklynites living in a remote country farmhouse. Sex, drugs, yoga, and organic cooking absorb their days, safely tucked away from the stresses of urban life. But when a blackout of apocalyptic proportions strands them with no heat and no electricity during the coldest winter on record, their utopian commune is breached by anxiety and their idyllic harmony begins to lose its tune.
As time wears on and the food supply dwindles, power struggles, jealousy, and desire threaten the group's ability to work together in order to survive.
In this extraordinary debut feature, filmmaker Benjamin Dickinson explores the fundamental instincts of human nature that arise when perseverance and beliefs are not only tested, but taken to their limits. Nuanced, authentic performances escalate with heightened emotion, while ethereal landscapes intimate that the poetic world of First Winter exists in an undefined time and space, perhaps not so far apart from our own."
--Genna Terranova, Tribeca Film Festival
Via AshtangaYogaMexico is this recent vdo " en Espanol " documenting their stay in Mysore. This post is for Lila Padma Devi Dasi , who is manifesting our conversation from several months back of devoting more time to " Temples & Yoga " in the upcoming months ; specifically with visits to KPJAYI in Mysore & the ISKCON dhams in Vrindavan. Thank you for all the bhakti , association & adjusts. See you soon. Haribol & jaya !
Thank you Janeal Bernhart for the email regarding the upcoming release on Sept. 15th of filmmaker Suzanna Bryant's DVD : " Yoga Is : A Transformational Journey ".
The primary reason why I started blogging several years back was to document & communicate the transformative aspects the spiritual & physical practice of Yoga ( both bhakti & ashtanga vinyasa ) has had on my current incarnation.
Suzanna Bryant's journey towards a deeper practice of yoga started with a crisis & led her to India where she studied various disciplines of yoga & met with respected gurus.
Christy Turlington - Burns & Russell Simmons , who have also released their inspiring books on their respective yogic journeys , also make appearances in this film.
This one is really funny. You've probably been a fly on the wall before Led Class or on the way out of a yogashala to catch ( & hear ) these gems of " Chatterranga ". That's what happens when you think ( & talk ) too much & over analyze what is supposed to transform you via "99 % Practice , 1 % Theory" , hehe.
JYS now has an official channel on YouTube.The quality of the videos are great. Check out this one showing the 1st week of the Greenwich yogashala earlier this year. I had a chance to stop by one morning then prior to my meetings in Greenwich & New Canaan.As Sharath says , " Yoga is transformation. "
Lino Miele is the direcctor of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Rome . I am looking forward to practicing there this coming October. This meditative & detailed video was filmed in Kovalam , South India. In the meantime , I will be flying out to Seattle tom. AM ; hoping to practice with Troy Lucero on Tuesday.
21 June 2012 (First day of Ratha Yatra). Usually by sunset, the three chariots of Baladeva, Subhadra and Jagannath would reach Gundica Temple on the first day. This year however, none of the chariots reach Gundica Temple on this day. So our sankirtan party led the crowd in front of Baladeva's chariot to a blissful 6-hour dancing and singing of the Lord's names and glories. Baladeva almost reached Gundica Temple while Subhadra and Jagannath are just about to reach midway. This video is just a little fraction of today's ecstatic sankirtan