As far as TED talks go, I am not too sure if this one is particularly good – like, there isn’t much of a beginning, middle or end. Of course, the fault is mine alone, for departing from script and just speaking my heart and mind. My solace: of unbounded consciousness, where is there a beginning, middle or end to be found, anyway? There is just pure expression taking an infinite, myriad of forms. And, so is this talk
In any case, I am super, amazingly proud of the Urban Yogis – their dedication, bravery, and spirit of inquiry are truly praiseworthy and beautiful. Please watch if you would. They deserve the time. And a very big thank you to Todd Gailun, for inviting us to be a part of his conference.
I am very excited to announce that Robert Moses and I will be teaching a weekend workshop together over Martin Luther King Day Weekend at AYNY. Robert and I have been friends since 1988; we met while he was a Swami at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. Many years later, after he had left the organization, we ended up starting Namarupa Magazine together, which we very happily still publish. Robert is one of the clearest speakers on Vedanta and yoga philosophy that I know, and his lectures and insights continue to be a source of inspiration for me. I am thrilled and looking forward to a weekend devoted to yoga, puja, chanting, and a few hours each day of talks on yoga philosophy and sacred India. Registration info and schedule are below:
Ashtanga Yoga New York and the Broome Street Temple run two yoga outreach projects – Ashtanga Yoga Outreach, which currently is conducting classes for adults in Staten Island with Down’s Syndrome and severe Autism, and the awesome Urban Yogis project in South Side Queens, bringing tools of transformation to an area of NYC terribly affected by violence and economic disparity. To support these two endeavors, we are making some t-shirts! Cause who doesn’t love a great t-shirt… expect them to be ready for purchase in the next two weeks, perfect for holiday gifts. EVERY penny of the funds raised from these shirts goes to support the teaching of these two projects. More details on the programs will follow over the next few days, and a link to purchase the shirts will go up when they are ready. Designs are below, thank you Barry Silver.
Ashtanga Yoga Outreach, RUN DMC we love you
Urban Yogis #FACTS
“This recently released photograph from the Hubble Telescope captures the spectacular glory of Messier 15 located about 35,000 light-years away. It might be hard to believe, but if you were to look up in the sky and locate the constellation Pegasus, this entire cluster of stars is located inside of it. It is one of the densest clusters of stars ever discovered.”
via This Is Colossal
I am long overdue in posting this trailer for Alex Medin’s documentary, in which he embarks on a journey to help twelve recovering heroin addicts through yoga and selfless service:
The journey so far – Preview from Back in the Ring on Vimeo.
I had the chance to spend some time with his group, who are all in the documentary, while they were in India this past September. Their courage was absolutely tremendous, as was the ease they displayed at practicing in the shala. The documentary shows a unique and dedicated to approach to addiction recovery, and for this first group of Alex’s, is having a very powerful and positive effect.