we raised a half of ton of food from one yoga class.. . A new record at the Acton Pantry. 8)
Daan Yoga, or Recession proofing your life Two fellow Yoga teachers and I are hosting a benefit for the food pantry Today. Coming off this cycle of abundance and frivilous spending by much of the country, I think we need to re-learn how to give, how to really experience generosity. Two ways to experince the gift of giving: 1, Root through your shelves and find the box of pasta, and can of soup bought so long ago, and bring them along to class. Yes, that will feed somebody, and we will very-much appreciate your contribution. 2, Search your cabinets and find the favorite item amongst your stores. Hold it to your heart; imagine the person who will receive it. Beam your prayer into the container, infusing the food with this light. Do this until your eyes well-up. Bring it to class and place it in the bin. Don't tell anybody. It's not a story; it's a sacred act of compassion between you and the recipient. It's important to notice even a slight hesitation in your giving. Is it an expensive item, does it activate a sense of 'I don't have enough?' Our lower chakras blindly grasp the material world, and keep us in a feeling of fear and lack. Our [...]
Thanks to all who Joined us for the full-house Yoga of Sound workshop on Saturday. I'm getting lots of great feedback along with requsts for more Kirtan and Movie nights. Your presence makes these events possible. The Namesake is one of my favorite films and the soundtrack is just stunning, it was a pleasure to watch it again with all of you. Our next event is a Free Yoga Class with three teachers at Yoga and Nia for Life, December 6'th 12-2pm. Bring a donation of food for the Food Pantry and get a great Yoga class! I'll be warming us up with breathwork and gentle twists. Kate will take over for a nice flow. Natalie will then lead us through an amazing restorative series of postures, and ease us all into a nice long Shavasana. Join us in helping to feed people. You'll be doing good, and feeling great. find out more at the Yoga Events page We'll end just in time for the Polar Bear Plunge at Walden Pond. Yes, they go swimming to encourage education about global warming. There's a video of last years plunge on the page. I wish you all a healthy, happy and compassionate holiday, I'll be in retreat at the Ashram for the next five days, Susan Chorman is sub-teaching our classes on Monday. Om [...]
Click to see the Newsreel video of B.K.S. Iyengar 1938 Yoga Asana demonstration:
A beautiful poem to visualize our interconnectedness.
This Bhagavan Das video will stir your soul, He's been practicing Yoga and Meditation longer than I've been alive! Her he shares his journey of awakening, Alan Watts, Travelling to India, Neem Karoli Baba, and Ram Das. Be sure to watch till the end. Jai Ma! Join us for the Yoga and Meditation Workshop this weekend, and Free movie night!
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.