A.U.M…(Almighty Universal Magnetic)…by MC Yogi…definitely going on repeat

aum - mc yogi - 2Time to turn up the volume! MC Yogi just released a sweet new music video that has me pumped about his new album, Mantras, Beats & Meditations, set to release on April 1. His videos always have great visuals, but A.U.M. may be my new favorite. It’s tough to beat the combination of great lyrics, thumping beat, and some impressive yoga poses.

Happy weekend!

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Krishnamacharya: The Father of Modern Yoga

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For lovers of yoga history, this is a great little presentation by A.G. Mohan sharing his thoughts on the legacy and teachings of yoga luminary Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989). “Let the message not be lost…”

Transcript

Krishnamacharya was unique in many ways — as a master of yoga, as a teacher, as an Ayurvedic physician and as a scholar.

In the West, Krishnamacharya is mostly known for his contribution to the revival of the more physically oriented disciplines and practices of hatha yoga.  Therefore, he is often referred to as “the father of modern yoga.”

The notion that Krishnamacharya practiced and taught yoga that was somehow “new” or “modern” is primarily due to the many distortions or misunderstandings about the link between the physical practices of hatha yoga and the meditational practices of raja yoga.   He was the conservator of the ancient teachings of raja yoga.

As a master of yoga and a great scholar, he practiced and linked the physical practices of hatha yoga with the mental states of samadhi described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.    Let us listen to the great master on what is yoga.

View the rest of the transcript at Krishnamacharya.net.

Unraveling The Science Behind Yoga’s Benefits

“If there was a drug that could mimic the effects of yoga, it would probably be the world’s best-selling drug.” ~Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D.

Thought this was a pretty interesting interview with John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, who led a five-year study that revealed how yoga and meditation practice affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. It’s science, people!

Halloween + Pumpkin Props + Spooky Places + Yoga = Goofy Halloween Yoga Video

Find a spooky place…the more I watch this goofy Halloween yoga video the funnier it becomes–had to share cause I thought you might enjoy it too. Happy Halloween!

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Guru To Go…A Portrait of R. Sharath Jois

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If you water the roots of the plant, then you get good fruits from that tree… The inhalation and exhalation has to go deep and touch of the root of your nervous system.  When that happens, your own body becomes healthy. — R. Sharath Jois

I really enjoyed the wisdom and spirit of this short film of R. Sharath Jois, living master of Ashtanga Yoga and director of KPJAYI in Mysore.  This mini documentary was filmed in August 2013 during a workshop Jois taught in Copenhagen.  Hope you enjoy it too!

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The One Sun Salute Video You’re Gonna Love

Loving this sun salutation composition by the good folks of Wanderlust Festival!

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” — Ani DiFranco

Crowdfunding Meditation Across the World: See & Do Together Could Use a Little Spare Change

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[UPDATE: Check out this new video describing the project...]

How cool would it be to meditate with millions of people across the world at the same time?  It would be totally awesome!

Well, we’re big fans of the mindfulness-based tech company, Saagara, which recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to aid in the development of a new meditation app that will hopefully stretch the limits of global meditation.  The new campaign platform, See & Do Together, will work in tandem with their upcoming app, Universal Meditation, to allow users to engage in group meditation without actually sharing a physical space. Saagara hopes to use this platform to attain one of their ultimate goals: one million people meditating in unison regardless of location.

Saagara’s goal is to raise $150,000 to fund the completion of this project and I’m sure they’d be happy for any spare change you can grub out of the couch to help the cause of bringing millions together in meditation.

Here’s a little video about the project:

If nothing else, you should check out the See & Do Together Facebook page for some inspiring meditation quotes and graphics.  These are a few of my favorites.

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saagara--conquer the mindIf you’re interested in donating, I also found this video that lays out the awards for the different donation levels.

Have a great weekend and namaste!

10 Minutes of Mindfulness Can Change the World

Most of us would love to make meditation a part of our lives.  Unfortunately, when we actually get around to trying it (rather than just reading or thinking about it), we feel distracted, think we’re doing it wrong, or feel like we just can’t spare the time.  It’s a real mental battle just to push the distractions away for a few minutes of silence.

Mindfulness expert, Andy Puddicombe, has a simple message about how we approach meditation.  In the short video below he shares his belief that meditation—even just a little bit!—is critical to a healthy mind and life, and thinks everyone has the ability and time to do it.  He explains how, with just 10 minutes of mindfulness a day, we can change the way we see the world.

How can you argue with 10 minutes?  I think you’ll find his message inspiring enough that you’ll want to take a few extra minutes for a little meditation at the beginning or end of your next yoga practice.

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Photo credit: Camillia Lee

Breath Control: MC Yogi Shares the Secret Sauce of Yoga

Breathe.  A simple reminder to change your life.  One breath at a time.  It’s the secret sauce of yoga.

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MC Yogi nails it in his latest music video: “Breath Control.” It’s a fun, playful reminder to take a deep breath every now an then.  Enjoy.

Here’s more insight from MC Yogi on his inspiration for the video:

“I co-wrote Breath Control with my buddy Livingston when I was on Pilgrimage in South India. I wanted to create an anthem that invoked my love of nineties era hip hop combined with the essential yogic teaching of deep steady conscious breath. My wife Amanda and my good friend Michael Rosen of Samplistic Media helped me hand paint all the effects and animations. It was so much fun breathing love into the footage! I decided to dedicate the song and video to Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys because his style was like a breath of fresh air. He breathed a lot of love into hip hop culture, and helped my generation to become more enlightened and aware, for that I am truly grateful. Special thanks to all the good folks at Spiritual Gangster and all the yogis out there. With Love and Respect.”

Also, if you’re in the mood for a pep talk on how to change the world, look no further than MC Yogi’s TEDx presentation from  last year where he shared his “Be the Change” music video.  It’s pretty sweet too.

Peace & Namaste.

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Lululemon’s Yoga for (SeaWheeze) Runners = Match Made in Heaven

I’ve always been a big believer that

yoga + running = a match made in heaven.

This smooth 30 minute yoga practice, led by official lululemon SeaWheeze ambassador Kerri Kelly, is perfect for runners who need to get a little bendy after pounding the pavement.

mzl.uzxncxao.320x480-75I won’t be able to run SeaWheeze this year, but I was really impressed by lulu’s new SeaWheeze half-marathon training app for iOS. The SeaWheeze app [iTunes link] is

one part pocket sized personal trainer, one part DJ and one part Vancouver city guide. Beginner and intermediate training programs include cross training, yoga and running options designed to help you reach your running goals, regardless if you’re training for SeaWheeze or another half marathon. The app lets you track your training, share your progress and listen to incredible music to keep you motivated.

I don’t really need the Vancouver city guide (right now), but I can definitely use the personal training and DJ features. It would be an especially awesome tool if they eventually allowed users to select their own training start dates so it can be effectively used for other races. But, for what it is–the SeaWheeze Half-Marathon app–it does a pretty amazing job. Check out all the details on lululemon’s blog.

Happy running and stretchy yoga goodness, friends:)

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