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So here’s the best yoga practice in the world

September 2, 2014

According to the USA Today, it’s boxer Floyd Mayweather. Link to the story (with pics) is right here.

The reasons are pretty straight-forward:

  • He comes to class in a Bugatti.
  • Before class, he orders a member of his entourage to get him some grub from McD’s.
  • He surrounds his yoga mat with $100 bills.
  • He eats a couple Big Macs mid-class and then goes back and finishes.

You can also watch the fun, beginning about 15:50, via Showtime:

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Take a look at this summer’s Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri

September 1, 2014

An early highlight of this summer’s Namarupa Yatra Divine was witnessing the Rath Yatra — or chariot festival — of Lord Jagannath in Puri, with its million-or-so participants.

It was particularly a highlight for the Krishna bhaktis among us.

Robert Moses, our intrepid guide and co-publisher of Namarupa along with Eddie Stern, has put together a wonderful video of the rath. He premiered it on Saturday night as part of the Broome St. Temple Ganesh Chaturthi festivities.

It’s a good preview before Monday’s chariot festival around SoHo. Enjoy. Jai Jagannath.

A few highlights:

  • About 1:20 is our other intrepid and bhakti-filled guide, Radhakunda Dasji. You can tell he’s excited to be there.
  • Over the next 20 or so seconds, you’ll catch glimpses of some of of the Krishna bhaktis with us.
  • 4:57: Hanumanji!
  • About 7:20 you get a good look at Lord Balarama “dancing” his way out of the temple.
  • About 10:45 you get a good sense of just how much effort it takes to get Jagannath up on his chariot. He isn’t going if he doesn’t want to.

The prasad shown at the end was delicious.

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On Ganesh Chaturthi, how to make his favorite sweet

August 31, 2014

I’ve always heard that gulab jamun is a favorite of Lord Ganesh.

Here’s a recipe for you. Or here’s an instructional video to help you celebrate — and maybe get some obstacles removed:

Yum.

And, yes, we’re taking it a little easy this weekend — although a few looks around suggest the yoga/Ashtanga world is fairly quiet. Tim Miller’s website got updated, if you haven’t looked.

If we find any video or photos from the celebration at Broome St. Temple, we’ll post ‘em.

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Happy Ganesha Chaturthi

August 30, 2014

Jai Ganesha!

Om Gam Ganapataye Namah.

This is the most popular Ganesh Chaturthi video from today. Parts of it seem sweet, which Ganesha would like.

The night program video also has a fair number of views:

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Friday asana aid: Mayurasana

August 29, 2014

For those keeping track, we did highlight this pose, nearly two years ago. But here are some new and different approaches:

A good one, if views are a measure:

Here’s a different variation:

One with a dog:

And I kind of like this one for its description of the pose, per the HYP:

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Chuck Miller: What’s more profound than practicing Ashtanga — studying it

August 28, 2014

This post seems new, although I think the workshop with Chuck Miller it refers to happened earlier in the summer.

Still, it includes some quotes from one of the early Western students for you to absorb. Link is right here, and just two of the quotes:

“A lot of us practice Ashtanga but there is something more profound, which is actually to study Ashtanga. Ashtanga is a truly profound method and there is a lot of teachings contained into Ashtanga. I think our practice should help us unfold that.”

And:

“It may sound self-indulgent, but when you practice Yoga you are not only doing something for yourself,  but you are also doing something for everyone else—for your family, for your community, for the planet. The power of personal practice is huge—probably the most powerful thing anyone of us can do.”

I’m tempted to contrast the second one with one from Guruji, which I’ve heard as: “You take care of your anus, the universe will take care of itself.” Rather than that being an abdication of responsibility, I think of it more as minding what we really can control. And, again rather than a contrast — I think at the most surface level that seems to be there — the combo may be a reminder that if we do mind what we can control, including tilling our fertile soil via a consistent sadhana, then the universe would be able to take care of itself.

I guess that’s pretty powerful.

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Wednesday reads: Congressman Moonbeam and Ganesha Chaturthi

August 27, 2014

Kind of a busy day here, so just a matter of a couple of quick links for you.

First up, if you aren’t paying attention, this weekend is Ganesha Chaturthi. Are you in or around New York? Well, you’re very much in luck. The Broome St. Temple is running a weekend-long celebration, ending with a cart festival on Monday. We’ve helped sponsor on of the pujas. Details are available here.

And that’s not the only celebration happening in New York. The New York Times has a nice piece on the Ganesha temple in Flushing, Queens:

At the Hindu Temple Society of North America, in Flushing, Queens, this week is time to worship Ganesh, the elephant-headed, many-armed deity who is believed to remove obstacles. Here, as at temples in over a dozen countries, Hindus are celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi, which marks the god’s birth (and rebirth).

“The coconut shell is like the human ego,” said Mohan Ramaswamy, who teaches at the temple on Bowne Street. “You have to crack it open before you can let in the lord.”

In Queens, which has perhaps the largest Hindu population in New York, more than 10,000 people will pay homage during the jubilee, which started on Friday and ends on Sunday. More than 400 gallons of milk, 100 boxes of apples, 50 crates of bananas and five kilograms of sandalwood paste will be used. And each day, dozens of liters of ghee, clarified butter, will be ladled into the fire pit for the homam, or fire ritual, which is believed to carry offerings to the lord. Visitors will consume some 50,000 prepared meals, according to the organizers.

At the Ganesh Temple, ancient traditions are carried out with a relentless, New York-style efficiency. On Saturday, volunteers and staff members wearing laminated “May I help you” name tags and white T-shirts bearing the temple’s logo used iPads to check the schedule, which was detailed on the temple’s website. In the courtyard, rows of devotees repeated hypnotic hymns asking the lord for his protection as they faced a large fire pit. A bare-chested man with a clipboard and a counter was on hand to ensure that the requisite 400,000 mantras were offered.

Last piece is at The Atlantic; it’s about Rep. Tim Ryan, the Mindful Congressman (we’ve run a few mentions of him). Link and tease:

Ryan, who is now 41 and in his sixth term representing northeastern Ohio, is that guy you know who’s just started meditating and can’t stop talking about it, only with the ability to propose legislation. “I came out of it”—the 2008 retreat—“with a whole new way of relating with what was going on in the world,” Ryan tells me. “And like any good thing that a congressman finds—a new technology, a new policy idea—immediately I said, ‘How do we get this out?’ ”

Ever since, he has busily worked to make himself meditation’s man in Washington. He has appeared with Deepak Chopra and Goldie Hawn. He has sponsored a bill to increase the holistic-medicine offerings of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has secured a $1 million earmark for relaxation training for elementary-schoolers in his district. He has written a book, A Mindful Nation, that—according to its foreword, by Bill Clinton—purports to “explain how the simple act of self-reflection can help us build a better America.”

The piece does note the inevitable: He’s earned the nickname “Congressman Moonbeam” from his opponents.

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