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Real Life is Real Yoga
Thank you for the wonderful enthusiasm for 3×5: The Real Life Practice Index which launched in March. Many of you commented on the fresh inspiration to bring your intentional practice into your daily, busy world. Light hearted, gently reflective and often mischievously eye-opening, 3×5 will continue to focus on the rituals of work and home that honor life and cultivate gratitude.
April is National Poetry Month. In celebration, we’ll be adding new literary content you’ll enjoy for centering yoga classes or your own practice. (Or, yes, reading with a cup of green tea or black coffee!) Don’t miss our own poet-in-residence, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, whose recent “Your Heart Has No Gate” resonated with many readers.
Also this month we’re welcoming two new columnists. First, in our new feature Happy in Your Skin Dr. Elizabeth Goldberg shares vitality tips about the largest organ of your body: your skin.
Medical journalist Dr. Bernardine Healy once observed,
The skin is a powerful interface between the mind, the body, and the external world. The emerging concept of a neuro-immuno-cutaneous-endocrine network recognizes the skin as an almost independent, untamable intelligence.
The skin also has a rich life as an endocrine organ, manufacturing hormones like vitamin D for the rest of the body, and steroids and thyroid hormone for its own use. The skin makes many of the neurotransmitters and hormones found in the brain.
~US News and World Report 11.06.05
We’re excited to bring Dr. Goldberg’s skin care expertise and friendly advice into our Really Healthy series, to help keep you happy, healthy and comfortable in your own skin.
Our other new columnist observes yogic principles in the style of Flannery O’Connor. Ruth Farmer will be along later this month with an inquiry of angels that may shake up sweet picture book visions of heavenly hosts.
My favorite review this month came from a new reader who pleasantly wrote, “I thought yoga had nothing to do with my life,” until someone shared a TMOY Conversation column with a link in an email. Her perspective on yoga has changed as a result, “and now I’m hooked.”
We couldn’t be happier to hear that! Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who share Real Life is Real Yoga with friends and enlarge the community of practice.
Coming up: a passionate and personal interview with force of nature Cora Wen, founder of Yoga Bloom, and three generations of Really Healthy Real Life yoga with elegant and energetic Rainbeau Mars.
March Table of Contents
Editor Susan Maier-Moul
Drinking the Kool-Aid
I find myself asking, is it really
ok to take something seriously besides
my duty above all else to be trim?
Mantra in Your Native Tongue
Speak to yourself
Is Anybody Else Hot?
I just completed the three stages of
colonoscopy screening: panic, fear,
panic, acceptance…and more panic.
Me, Myself and Us-Ness
I see how stagnant my practice was–even
if I was making surface improvements in poses,
everything basically stayed the same.
Our story continues.
Written in Pencil
Time to pay more attention
to today’s stuff and
let go of yesterday’s.
Mom Battles Demons, Wins
We don’t always need to be woken up
as much as we need to be validated.
Music Matters: Music Without Music
Really listen to the sound you
make as you move, to the pattern
and rhythm that suddenly emerge.
Is Anybody Else Hot?
Seasonal nest fluffing:
Victoria Hagen, Houdini
and no plastic hangers.
Conversation: Ava Taylor
It’s exciting and beautiful that there IS
a yoga industry because it means we
as consumers are desiring wellbeing.
Ava Taylor, Part Two
Five years from now, being
healthy is cool, and yoga as an
activity is a household name.
Sadie Nardini Talks About YAMA Talent
Since I’ve partnered with,
YAMA, both my prosperity and
prospects have skyrocketed.
Ashleigh Sergeant Altman Talks About YAMA Talent
Being a yoga teacher is about
service, making an impact and
Conversation: Rodney Yee
Western medical care is amazing when it
comes to acute care, but taking care of
the patient, unfortunately seems like a lost art.
Rodney Yee, Part Two
That’s the beauty of long term practice-
you start learning where to put your
energy and where to put the emphasis.
Urban Zen Integrative Therapy
The Director of the Urban Zen Integrative
Therapy Program invites you to the program
open house on April 5th in NYC.
Conversation: Hari Kirin and Thomas Moore
Yoga is not practicing postures.
Yoga is encountering who you
are and being that human.
Hari Kirin and Thomas Moore, Part Two
It’s an amazing time to be alive
but the trick is not to overload.
Critical Culture: The Body in Tantric Ritual
What is union about when mind
and body are not conceived of
as separate in the first place?
Book Review: Cult -ure
Hughes is neat-handed in his manipulation of color
and line, but even more skilled in the movement
of ideas with and through the forms he creates.
Book Review: Decoded
Jay-Z is a 21st century Hafiz;
Decoded is a high stakes
engagement of being here, now.
Book Review: American Veda
American Veda is a pocket primer
of all things “counter culture” and
“spiritual but not religious.”
Critical Culture: Walter Benjamin
Does it matter that
we learn asana from
photographs and videos?
Really Healthy: Recipe Box
Coconut Cinnamon Crepes,
Vegetarian Pho and
Peanut Butter Kisses.
Really Healthy: Spinach Artichoke Risotto
Try this Italian favorite
for a romantic dinner or
Really Healthy: Kale to the Rescue!
I have more faith in an organic
garden than I do in a pill laboratory
with wondrous financial incentives.
Really Healthy: Spring Vegetable Couscous
Savor clean seasonal
produce, like fresh green
peas and crisp asparagus.
Really Healthy: Recipe Box
Vegetable Barley Soup,
Chili-Lime Coleslaw and
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Really Healthy: Bengali Salmon
Madhur Jaffrey’s Bengali
yet uncomplicated to prepare.
Practices: Joanna Smith Rakoff
I get out of bed and write before my kids
get up, with a cup of tea, a legal pad, and
an old afghan crocheted by my mom.
Practices: Karen Fabian
What we ALL share is tremendous
stress in our lives and a struggle
to manage its effects.
Practices: Ada Limón
Making time is a huge
part of the discipline.
Practices: Jonathan Caplan
Coffee (black) in the morning,
Perrier at the studio,
Oban 14 after hours.
Practices: Peter Beers
My goal: riding my bike
10,000 miles a year and driving
my car less than 1000.
Practices: Josh Pollock
We need radical change to curb green
house gas emissions, so “green” can’t
be a separate category of things.
Practices: Tiffany Beard
Can there be commercial gain
in entertainment that has
integrity? I believe so.
Practices: Bridgette P. LaVictoire
I was born female with a male body.
I could not cope with that,
so ‘I’ went underground.
Practices: Joanna Tebbs Young
I love working with others;
showing how powerful deep,
personal writing can be.
Practices: Eric Dalke
Transdisciplinary study means paying
close attention every second
you’re alive and learning from it.
Practices: Sed Dickerson
Ghost culture is not about ghosts.
They tend to be a metaphor
for something else.
Bodies and Voices
Bodies and Voices 2 28
But what is healing, and
what does it dream of when
sleeping beside you?
Bodies and Voices 3 7
a long walk not yet taken,
sing us home, our long wings spreading,
our deep bones breathing harih om.
Curse the first downward
dog and do it anyway.
Bodies and Voices
Your Heart Has No Gate
Cultivating Space for Spaciousness
A loosely-packed life helps me
escape the push to push, and the
call to do more with less time.
Performances: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Flow: David Bowie
meets Frank Sinatra
Natalie 2 28
Natalie 3 7
Within You and Without You
Natalie 3 28
Three Little Birds
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