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How Does Vivekananda Hold Up 121 Years Later?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Swami Vivekananda’s 1893 speech at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago is often cited as the widespread introduction of Hinduism to the United States. Of course there were pockets of influence before that time. In the 1840s, Ralph Waldon Emerson was one of the publishers of transcendentalist magazine The Dial, which published one of the first English translations of the Bhagavad Gita. But it was Vivekananda’s incredible speech that brought Indian spirituality to the States. Credit the man’s... 

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The Yoga of Martin Luther King, Jr

Friday, March 28, 2014

In 1959, after being inspired by the writings of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to India to learn the principles of nonviolent social protest directly from the great thinker’s disciples. Invited personally by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956, a series of obligations held up the great African-American orator and leader. It was not until he nearly died in an assassination attempt in 1958 that he decided the time to travel abroad had arrived. He was interested in how Gandhi’s vision of... 

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Why Variety in Yoga is Important

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Recently I was in a yoga class when we reached the backbending sequence. The instructor then stated, ‘We’re going to do three backbends now. My teacher always does three, so that’s just the way it is.’ Visions of my initiation arose: the mandatory three bridges or wheels that marked the beginning of the ending of class. Somewhere along the line ‘three’ became the rule; many Hatha and Vinyasa teachers have stuck with it, as if mandated in the Sutras. There’s nothing wrong with... 

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Spiritual Value Within Embodied Concentration

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Maya Devi Georg makes some good general points here about the value of a relaxed mind in practice, and the folly of alignment instructions that don’t allow for anatomical difference, and the disempowerment of authoritarian attitudes in dogmatic instruction. But I don’t think this article will help to stem the tide of chronic injuries that are only now becoming visible amongst yoga practitioners who have focused upon asana over the last 30 years or so. Georg’s main thesis is that concentrating on the... 

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What Do We Mean When We Say ‘At Risk?’

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Last month I participated in an interview recorded for a talk radio show on WHTZ. I was there representing the two nonprofit arts education organizations that I am affiliated with: Dreamyard, where I work as a poet in the schools, and GlobalWrites, where I am a Board Member. Dreamyard works to enrich the learning and social experiences of Bronx youth by bringing professional artists from all artistic disciplines into the public schools and into Bronx neighborhoods to build communities and create educational opportunities... 

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21st Century Spirituality

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The Jagged Paradoxes of Aghori Babarazzi

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In both form and content, the work curated by Aghori Babarrazi presents a jagged paradox, true to his pseudonym, that defibrillates the limping heart of yoga philosophy. His crew consistently speaks for yoga-as-egoic-dissolution—through the most singular and eccentric voice of modern yoga literature. They repeatedly invoke the austerity of complete personal responsibility, while delighting in trash-talk from behind the scrim of anonymity. Aghori’s editorial paradox mirrors... Read More

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Philosophy

How Does Vivekananda Hold Up 121 Years Later?

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The moral tales Vivekananda spins are as relevant today as when he first spoke them. The metaphysics of his presentation…an entirely different case.

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Our Brain

Why Variety in Yoga is Important

Marc Coronel - Open Mind Fitness

Recently I was in a yoga class when we reached the backbending sequence. The instructor then stated, ‘We’re going to do three backbends now. My teacher always does three, so that’s just the way it is.’ Visions of my initiation arose: the mandatory three bridges or wheels that marked the beginning of the ending of […]

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Society

Origins of the Yoga Practice

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‘The yogin had to undergo a long period of preparation. He was not allowed to perform a single yogic exercise until he had completed an extensive moral training. The aspirant began by observing the yamas (“prohibitions”). At the top of the list was ahimsa, ‘harmlessness.’ The yogin must not kill or injure other creatures; he […]

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Politics

The Yoga of Martin Luther King, Jr

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In 1959, after being inspired by the writings of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to India to learn the principles of nonviolent social protest directly from the great thinker’s disciples. Invited personally by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956, a series of obligations held up the great African-American orator and leader. It […]