Dalai Lama: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver, always smart and funny, journeys to Dharamsala to tell jokes with His Holiness the Dalai Lama:

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Yoga & Science

Please join us for an exciting one-day pop-up Yoga + Science conference that will bring together the brightest minds doing scientific research on yoga and meditation’s effects on cellular regeneration, longevity, consciousness and health. Internationally recognized speakers will describe their own groundbreaking research, demonstrate models integrating eastern and western perspectives, and provide practical guidance for ways in which research evidence supports specific yoga practices. What can the yogis learn from science, and what can science learn from the yogis? Find out during this one day event!

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts @ LIU Brooklyn, One University Plaza 11201

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International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, March 8th, women will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.

Women are encouraged to take the day off from work, and we are all encouraged to avoid spending money, and wear the color red as a symbol of revolutionary love and sacrifice. Our school will be open, but Lindsay, (who is covering for me while I am out of town) will have the day off from teaching (she’ll still get paid). Please come for self-practice, and here’s why…

On Wednesday, March 8th, all of our classes will be free, and we will donate $22, the full price of a single class, for every person who signs in, to Planned Parenthood. For everyone who currently has a class package and attends class, you’ll have an extra day added to your package.

So, here is your chance to get a free morning of Mysore practice, and at the same time, help participate in A Day Without Women, and support an organization that stands for women’s rights, health, and education. Please come!

With love,
Eddie and Jocelyne

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The Moral Leader of Our Nation: Martin Luther King

When I started this blog (as oft-neglected as it may be), the first post was done on Martin Luther King’s birthday, his “I Have a Dream” speech. It is a speech that, year after year, I never tiring of listening to, that is always moving, and now as much as ever, completely relevant.

It’s seventeen minutes long, and worth every minute of our lives to listen to it again, on the day when we remember MLK, who devoted his life to freedom, righteousness, and equality.

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Sun in Capricorn

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This week, Margaret Mahan, who is a 25 year student of Jyotisha, Vaastu and Ayurveda, has written a guest post for BKYC on the important solar transition that occurs this weekend, called Makara Sankranti. She travels throughout North America teaching and consulting for individuals, couples and businesses. When at her home in Lillooet, students visit her for intense individual study. She lives a quiet life, and is always sharing her fruit with bears and vegetables with deer. You can find out more information about her here: www.vedictools.com

Read it here

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Dave Chappelle on SNL

Dave Chappelle returns to SNL with a spot-on political commentary which is infused by his humor and intelligence. The last 2 minutes are particularly moving – watch till the end!

And in reference to his Portland, OR. comment at 2 minutes, there’s this…

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Even Minded in Success and Failure

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At least 50% of our country put their hearts and votes behind something that a lot of people never expected: that Donald Trump could win the presidency. I, for one, was among those who completely got it wrong. But that’s ok – it’s not always about being right, it’s about trying to do what is right. For many, Hilary Clinton did not represent what their issues are about. We have to accept the electoral college count, and move on. When a team loses a football game, it’s not good sportsmanship to argue the score. But it is good sportsmanship to train like a motherfucker, pull the team back together, and fight harder for the next win.

So, what to do next? What will Trump be able, and not be able, to accomplish? The second week of December (date to be announced), we’ll be having an evening event at BKYC with some political activists who can help guide us on how to be proactive about the rights of our citizens, and the health of our land, that may need to be defended or supported. We should be proactive not just during the times of Trump, but during all times.

We’ll announce the dates and program in the next week or so – but for now, keep your eye on your calendar for December 10th-15th.

In the meantime, you can read this, if you like: link

And we can also remember this, from the Bhagavad Gita:

Having made your mind even in regards to pain and pleasure, gain and loss, conquest and defeat, engage in the battles that are righteous, unavoidable, and in defense of the wellbeing of all. You shall incur no stains upon your field of consciousness. II.38

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Louis C.K. Is All In For Hillary

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Bigly and Braggadocious

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As Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed at their first debate on Monday over which one has the “stamina” and “temperament” to be president, more than a few viewers turned to the internet to understand exactly what those words meant.

They turned to the website of Merriam-Webster, a dictionary founded in 1828 that now has a thoroughly modern social media presence. The dictionary is wry and sometimes outright snarky on Twitter, such as the time it told a Slate editor this month that “no one cares how you feel” (and got more than 18,000 retweets in the process.) read more here…

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Podcast with J. Brown; Pump Up the Yoga?

I had the pleasure of speaking with J. Brown last month for his weekly podcast on yoga and related topics. J is a super nice guy. His podcast, if you haven’t heard it, is thoroughly enjoyable, largely because of his sincerity, honesty, and unfiltered approach to examining his life and the world of yoga. He’s easy to talk to you, and about as good as a human being that you’ll meet.

Every time I listen to J’s podcast I can’t help remembering Christian Slater in the 1990’s movie “Pump Up the Volume”; Slater’s character, Mark, a high school student, sits alone in his basement bedroom with his pirate radio set up, smoking a cigarette, broadcasting his outsider views on life, school, and what’s wrong with the world. Mark voices the frustration and distress that his fellow students feel, and causes a revolution of sorts – inspiring his listeners to speak up against injustice and malaise, and giving them freedom of expression, to break the chains of the bondage that school, parents and society has on the voices of the young.

Anyway, I think J wants to shake things up a little by giving a voice to people who interest him who give an alternative view to the impressions that the popular media, and thereby the popular yoga culture, is propagating. He’s not sitting in a basement smoking cigarettes, but the podcast is definitely the millennia’s take on pirate radio.

Here’s the link to our talk, and here’s a little Christian Slater for everyone who didn’t get to see Pump Up the Volume the first time around:

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