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November 2007
Volume 6/Number 9

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Karma Yoga: Emerging Paradigms — A growing global movement to change the world.
By Sam Slovick

Pachamama, Mother Earth, the Incan fertility goddess, has woken from a long sleep. Nature herself is re-organizing and reconfiguring the planet from its roots. Born of need for a large-scale purification she emerges, sprouting to reclaim herself. Read article...

 

Karma Yoga: The Gita on Skid Row — Three seekers make sense of service with Krishna’s teachings.
By Sam Slovick

IN MANY CLASSES AND STUDIOS, DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IS PRISTINE after a day of rain. The buildings in the historic corridor, pregnant with moisture, are dense with color. The usual garbage-strewn, urine-drenched streets have been washed clean. With the air now clear, the skyscrapers in the financial district, the symbols of money and power, are gleaming in the morning sun. It seems like you could get a good burn from the reflected light on the sidewalk a few blocks away from the procession of homeless despair on skid row. Read article...

 

Las Hormonas Sexuales y el Yoga — Sex Hormones and Yogag
por Julie Carmen

El sistema endocrino es una afinada sinfonía que regula una serie de funciones, como el sueño, la digestión y hasta la motivación sexual a través de delicadas interrelaciones entre sus hormonas. Las hormonas regulan la función diaria como así también el crecimiento y el desarrollo del cuerpo humano. Estas incluyen el dúo de la insulina y el glucagón que regulan el azúcar, las hormonas del stress (la adrenalina y el cortisol), las hormonas producidas por la tiroides (T3 y T4), la melatonina, la hormona del crecimiento y las hormonas sexuales (el estrógeno, la progesterona, la testosterona y la DHEA).

The endocrine system is a balanced symphony which regulates everything from sleep to digestion to sex drive with delicate interrelationships among its hormones. Hormones regulate daily function as well as our growth and development. These include the sugar regulating-duo insulin and glucagon, stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, hormones produced by the thyroid such as T3 and T4, melatonin, human growth hormone and the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. Read article...

 

Ancient Chants, Modern Voices: Song as sacred.
By Felicia M. Tomasko

“We’re not presenting something, we’re facilitating an event for everyone to experience themselves,” as Miten describes the work of chant artists Deva Premal and Miten. The two sing, record and tour the world constantly, they’ve done so together for the past 16 years. “We fly around the world on the wings of mantra,” Miten says. Deva Premal describes the mantra, the prayers in ancient languages they chant as being: “like a telegram, it tells you in very few words, a very poignant message.” Read article...

 

Zen and the Art of Cooking
Feature Film: How to Cook Your Life
Directed by Doris Dorrie
Opens November in select cities nationwide
Cookyourlifemovie.com

By Janice Cook Knight

“Our food memories are some of our most precious. Food is personal and intimate. Unlike other activities, it becomes us - although you might say we ‘take in’ a dance or theater performance - food is something from outside that literally becomes us,” says Edward Espe Brown, author, cook, Zen master and teacher—and the subject of the new feature film: How to Cook Your Life. Preparing food is thus a metaphor for how to live your life, as is explained in this Zen food documentary.
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Sitting Down With: India Supera
By Felicia M. Tomasko

I first traveled to the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana in 2004 to take a workshop with Seane Corn. Getting there felt like a pilgrimage, to reach a hidden location outside of Helena, surrounded by expansive National Forest, bordered by a tranquil pond and thousands of miles of fragrant pine. While there, the founder and director India Supera would lead morning hikes at dawn, wander the grounds with her dog, sing and pray in the sweat lodge, and tell us stories around the fireplace in the evening. India talked about her meanderings around the world, finding her spiritual teacher Sai Baba and her commitment to seva, selfless service and right livelihood.

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Teacher Profile: Anthony Benenati — Commitment to Serve. Giving the best of himself.
By Yvonne Pesquera

Anthony Benenati’s first experience with yoga was courtesy of an early ’80s TV show, “That’s Incredible,” on which contestants performed amazing stunts. Yogi Kunda was one participant.

This six-foot guy would fold himself into a 2x2-foot box. I thought, ‘That’s yoga? Screw that,’” says Anthony. But now, as a Senior Certified Anusara Yoga teacher and founder of City Yoga in Los Angeles, Anthony knows that yoga is about more than party tricks.

Anthony’s journey began with the strong sense of self-discipline he acquired serving in the Air Force for six years.

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Yoga on the 405 — Practice on and off the mat.
By Laura S. Marcove

My favorite yoga class will always be the one I took when I lived briefly in Lang’ata, Kenya. It was held at the teacher’s house in the lush suburb of Karen, inspiration for much of the film Out of Africa. Two nights a week, he opened up his home to all the local yogis. There was no studio, no hardwood floors, and no CDs, clothes or candles for sale. Instead, the class was held in the back of his house. As the sun set we practiced yoga to the voices of hyenas, baboons and the occasional deep-throated roar of a simba.

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Standing Tall in Tadasana — Good posture versus bad alignment.
By Katy Santiago, M.S.

Tadasana (mountain posture) is fundamental to any yoga practice as both a stand alone pose and a preparatory positioning tool for future asana (posture). It is also the stance most likely to come off the mat into your daily practice of life. With both feet on or off the mat, standing up straight, you may or may not be truly aligned and thus supporting health biomechanically and energetically.

Most yogis are startled to see that although their tadasana may be aesthetically excellent, the alignment of the skeleton beneath is not. Because posture is subjective, guidelines are usually passed teacher to student or mother to child. We know the basics: hunching over is bad and keeping the abdomen in is good, but there are many other things that your mother didn’t know, particularly when considering chronic physical issues.

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