Enjoy the richly layered abundance of the season
Real Life is Real Yoga
A quarter of a century ago I had the privilege of becoming a mother, and this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8th) I gotta go with the Mommy Truth: everything I gave my son, life gave me a hundred fold in return. That richly layered abundance is a wonderful theme for this time of year. The trees in the streets and parks of New York fairly burst with fresh green leaves and pink blossoms, and the sidewalks are crowded from every side with exultant flowers showing off their color.
We’re showing off, too, with the launch of our redesigned website! A clean new layout and easier navigation mean you will easily find the writers you follow regularly and quickly locate the features you want to come back to. (Check out the redesigned sidebars!) There are also more interviews, videos and recipes, all chosen to support your energy to expand and apply your practice in everyday life.
Drop by to see what’s new or use the April table of contents below to enjoy our planet-loving Earth Day edition, Spring playlist and step-by-step guide to creating your own Personal Retreat. Our beloved writers are cheering you on, too, with essays on body image, transformative living, and soft and steady self-observation. Susan Blood’s Be Do Have and Rainbeau Mars’ practice for sexual energy are just two of the columns that are drawing readers from all over the world!
In closing, there’s good news for those of you nearby the city. Saturday May 21st, Mark Singleton is presenting Are Yoga Poses Ancient History? at YogaWorks, SoHo at 5 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. YogaWorks (646) 442-6203.
April Table of Contents
She Got Herself Up and Walked Out
97% of young women confess “I hate my body.”
Why, then, do I need to hear “it’s almost
swimsuit season!” before I begin a yoga practice?
Really Healthy: Happy in Your Skin
Pranayama and lots of water, yes.
But here’s a surprise: a little less moisturizer, too.
Be. Do. Have.
So often we look at people who have
successful careers and we want what they have.
But do we really want to do what they do?
The Question of Angels
This has nothing to do with scholarship or claims
of theological or biblical knowledge. It’s about the gut
reaction a certain type of Being instills in me.
The Question of Angels, Redux
I’m just a woman who thinks
that Angels exist but who is not
comfortable with this thought.
Studio Life: My Already Mind
I build up scenarios and responses in my mind.
I’m always waiting for someone to complain.
Music Matters: Isvara Pop, Game Geek and Gaga
Lovely Boyfriend is closing the door between the
two rooms. That can only mean one thing: he is going
to rummage in his stack of CDs and put some music on.
Written In Pencil: April
An artesian well with a long handled pump
for water, a rain barrel for outdoor showers.
No electricity. We lived with the hours of sun.
Class Consciousness: Jivamukti
David Life walks the talk.
Flight Check: Is This Class For You?
Postures, practices and philosophy:
what you can expect to encounter in a master
class with Jivamukti founder David Life.
Conversation: Rainbeau Mars
The CEO of Rainbeau Mars Lifestyles
talks about improving sexual energy and
stamina through yoga and breath.
Rainbeau Mars: Part Two
How to create and access more energy on a daily
basis. Practical advice on vitality from mother, actress,
yogini Rainbeau Mars, founder of ra’yoKa.
Conversation: Rian Hughes
When I’m deeply involved in a project my
sense of “me” evaporates – it’s the work and
the ideas, and you forget your self.
Book Review: The Genius in All of Us
Encouragement for committed personal engagement
in your own development and an informed faith
that we can rise to the challenge of saving the planet.
Book Review: Fasting for Ramadan
Kazim Ali gives us so beautiful and
quiet a book, we turn its pages with a willing
hush, at once meditative and philosophic.
Book Review: Radical Healing
Not only has medical care become impossibly expensive
in monetary terms, it routinely fails to deliver genuine
healing or to address the root causes of illness.
Book Review: Poem in Your Pocket for Young Adults
Sharing a poem communicates beauty
and changes perceptions.
Chef Chat: Natalie Lewis
If you learn one great recipe, you can cook
one great dish, but if you learn one great
technique you can cook a multitude of great dishes.
Really Healthy: Mango Madness!
The smell of a ripe mango in high season
will release an amazing fruity aroma from the
stem that will put you into a meditative trance.
Really Healthy: Recipe Box
Tofu with Spicy Garlic Sauce,
Corn Amaranth Griddlecakes, and
Chocolate Banana Bread.
Really Healthy: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch
The gentle flavor of asparagus doesn’t take well
to spices, but a little cinnamon or cardamom used
in a buttery pilaf offers a mild, warmly seasoned base.
The Real Life is Real Yoga Practices Index
3×5: Bee Bosnak
We moved to London when I was six. I was
thrown into a new country that came with a new
culture, a new school and a new language.
3×5: David Gessner
Last summer, at a friend’s urging I traveled
down to the Gulf during the BP oil spill, and
covered the spill, though blogs and articles.
3×5: Noushin Bayat
My own contradictions shamelessly look me in the
eye and demand to be acknowledged. I’m letting go of
my tyrannous “shoulds” – one breath at a time.
3×5: Robert Kirzinger
The sound I want—it might be pie pans, or a
box of glass, something attached to a car, or my
own voice, or a sound I stumble across in the wild.
Practices: Walking a Labyrinth
Disorient your habitual wayfinding and perception
neurology – a catalyst for change, a physical
meditation, and chance to look into your heart.
Practices: Allison Argo
Whatever it is, that’s all you have to work with.
To me, this is the most creative part of the process.
Finding a way to tell the story with the pieces you’ve got.
Practices: Michael Wolff
Designer Michael Wolff describes
himself as a “highly tuned appreciator.”
On The Lit Mat
On The Lit Mat: Marcy Dermansky
I don’t believe in inspiration. Like a bell
dinging. I believe in sitting in front of my
computer and forcing myself to work.
On The Lit Mat: Alan Heathcock
Do not look beyond yourself for validation.
Be brave enough to take yourself seriously. I think
the act of writing is fundamentally an act of meditation.
Bodies and Voices
The Yoga of Raising Young Adults
I transfer money. I worry that the depression might
not pass easily, and what if I’ve done the wrong thing
in encouraging them to pursue their dreams?
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There is a song
made of wind and forest.
There is a body, my body,
fragile as music or time.
Yoga at the Gym
It takes a little time, struggling to be free of distractions,
the right music and motion, and the sudden realization
that although I forget sometimes, my body loves this.
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lays itself down beside me,
says, I am a gift too and always.
Earth Day Features
108 Everyday Ways to Love the Earth
Turn your good intentions into action.
Celebrate Earth Day every day with these
simple ways of caring for our planet.
Earth Day: Terje Sorgjerd
“A passionate landscape photographer from
Norway,” shares the delirious beauty of the
Universe with a time lapse of the Milky Way.
Earth Day: Ingredients Producer Brian Kimmel
Ingredients is a powerful, warm and
simply gorgeous film about our relationship
with growing, cooking and eating food.
ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS
Earth Day: W.S. Merwin and the Hawaiian Rainforest
Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin’s rigorous practice of
Buddhism and passionate dedication to environmentalism
led to an inspired defense of Wao Kele o Puna.
Earth Day: Alchemy Initiative
Earth Day in style: Up-cycled Fashion Show,
Silent Auction, Dance Party, and Clothes Swap
from women who know how to make it happen!
How To Create A Personal Retreat
Spring Break! You don’t need a lot of cash
or kumbaya. Enjoy perfect rest & renewal
designed just for you, or someone you love.
Spring Buzz Playlist
Wake up from Winter hibernation.
A few songs we’ve been humming, in
case you’re feeling as feisty as we are.
TGIF: (notes on) biology
A Friday state of mind is pure creativity, and
all it needs is a weekend. Literally or figuratively.
In Praise of Orchids
Visual elation will refresh your winter-weary
spirit and send you on your way with
creative energy humming in every step.
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A New Season in New York City
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Dancin’ In the Moonlight
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