Benjaman Zander will change how you experience classical music in this must-see TED video. More than well-worth the 20 minutes. How many eyes have you made shine today? Be sure to check out the Yoga Workshops page to see what's happening this fall.
Here's a nice chart that summarizes the effects of a focused Pranayama practice and various breathing ratios.
Happy Halloween! Only By Popular demand... I'm posting the Zombie Yoga video. I sent it to a few Yogis, and now everyone wants to see it. To publicize a new book, an invite to "Dress like a zombie and bring a Yoga mat to Central park in NY." was sent out. A bunch of NYC Zombies showed up. They filmed the zombie practice and posted it on Utube. Might be a bit squeamish for some, think Michael Jackson Thriller video gone bad... P.S. There's some room left in the November Yoga workshop on the 22′nd in W. Concord. There's live Kirtan music starting at 2:30. Maria is hosting a potluck dinner afterwards, and then I'll be screening a movie 6'ish. I'm zeroing in on just the right film, and this will kick off movie nights at YNFL. Send in suggetsions for films you'd like to see! P.S.S Yes, I think it was a new record at Lumina on Tuesday night!
Namaste! Just posted this must-see youtube video to the blog. Stunning footage of our home planet, with a nice Ommmm... soundtrack. Tread lightly, John P.S. Still a few spaces left in the November Yoga workshop on the 22'nd in W. Concord. We'll have live Kirtan Music, a potluck, and movie night afterwards.
The Etiquette of Yoga Class Yoga is a very solitary practice, done in a group setting. Try not to distract your neighbor in class. Here are some basic guidelines for a peaceful practice for all. Remove your shoes, leave them outside the studio. Choose an appropriate-level class, if you are new to Yoga, introduce yourself to the teacher and let them know. Ask if this class is right for you. Let the instructor know if you have any injuries. Turn your cell phone off. If someone forgets, send them compassion, not scowls. Arrive a few minutes early, use the time to calm yourself, get in tune with your breathing, and prepare for class. Many arrive early to meditate before practice. Be fair, be quiet. Enter and create your space quietly. Don’t snap your mat open. Set it down and roll it open. Don’t drop your blanket, the dust raised sticks to contact lenses. If you arrive late, sit and wait till after the opening meditation to unroll your mat. In the fuller classes, be generous with your space. You may need to move over. If you need to leave early, please tell the instructor before class. Take a few minutes for your Shavasana, and then quietly depart. [...]
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Namaste! Everyone wants to know how the retreat went! Thanks for all the encouraging notes. From the amazing feedback, I would say that our Fall retreat at SpiritFire was a great success. The weather was perfect, each day the foliage turned more vibrant. Meals were astounding, and the rooms very comfortable. I really like how every detail was watched over and cared for by the staff. This allowed us to really focus on the depth of our practice. Having our morning Yoga practice and meals in total silence (Mauna) added a richness and texture to our presence at SpiritFire. The hikes were breathtaking, our Mantra practice cathedral-like, and our celebratory fire circle warmed us inside and out. The act of spiritual retreat is ancient, and even more applicable in our times, To retreat is to step back and gain perspective, a clearer view of how we've been living. Through practices of awareness we measure that against how we'd like to be living, and resolve to create the appropriate changes. Leaving behind the old, we reintegrate back into our lives, holding space for practice, for presence, and to bring the essence of our retreat back home. We're already planning next years retreat, same place, same weekend! And we're looking at a Spring Retreat to Ananda Ashram, Where I've [...]
Namaste! Thanks so much to all of you who attended the Yoga and Meditation Workshop over the weekend. Your presence at these events makes them possible. It was so nice to see Ani Desal so well recieved. I've been getting great feedback and we're looking forward to the next workshop on November 22'nd at Yoga and Nia for Life, 12:30pm. Following Meditation and Yoga class will be live music/Kirtan featuring Prajna and guests. I'm very excited to co teach with these very talented people. I'm heading out soon to our Fall Retreat, a great group of people getting together for a weekend of practice and renewal. After retreat, I'll be spending a few days at Ananda Ashram. I've arranged some excellent substitue teachers to cover my classes next week. I've heard good things about this film, thanks to Danielle for the pointer: I'll see you in class soon, Om Shanti John
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Namaste! Danielle sent me this link to my new friend Mike's Website. He glides from Downward dog to Handstand in the Dharma Mitra tradition: http://www.dharmamittrayogacolorado.com/ If you're an early bird, I'm sub-teaching the 6:30am Yoga class at Lumina this coming Friday. Get your day off to good start! An opportunity to heckle: I'll be practicing in the window of Lulu Lemon in the Natick Collection Mall this coming Saturday at noon. Mom and Dad had such hopes for me and I've become a living mannequin... Kirtans with Prajna! Saturday, September 13 Kirtan with Prajna in Lincoln 7:30 pm St. Anne's in the Fields Episcopal Church 147 Concord Rd. Lincoln, MA Sunday, September 14 Hanuman Chalisa 11am-12 noon The home of Ted and Prajna Hallstrom 207 Concord Rd. Lincoln, MA I'll be sub-teaching a class called Yoga for the Second Half of Life, at The Arlington Center on Thursday Sept. 18 from 10-11:30. Remember the new Yoga and Nia for Life Yoga class Thursdays at 4pm, and the Heart opening Yoga and Meditation workshop with myself and Ani Desal, Tibetan Buddhist Nun, on September 27th. It's coming up pretty soon. Take care, I'll see you in class. John