Eddie Stern, Siouxsie, the Banshees and yogis doing good work

The first full video — which we previewed via Eddie Stern last week — is up documenting the good work of Urban Yogis; the work is backed by Deepak Chopra  and his family, and the first video features Eddie and outreach he’s done via Ashtanga Yoga Outreach. This particular work is with Erica Ford’s Peace Is A Lifestyle program, which works with youths affected by gun violence.

Here it is:

And here’s a little description of the documentary project:

What happens when yoga goes to work in the lives of young people living in neighborhoods known for severe violence?* The premiere episode of URBAN YOGIS documents just how powerful the practice can be on people like Juquille Johnston, who lives in a housing project in South Jamaica Queens, New York. Recognized for his talents as a musician and athlete, Juquille has dealt with tremendous hurdles including the loss of his father due to gun violence. Ashtanga yoga teacher Eddie Stern shows these teenagers how to slow down, breathe, and find peace in the face of enormous challenges.

We have to admit, though, that we’re kind of with Eddie when it comes to a post he snuck up on Wednesday. Here’s what Eddie had to say about remembering Siouxsie & the Banshee’s “Kiss Them For Me”:

How did you ever think to add North Indian vocal and tabla to ‘Kiss Them For Me”, Ms Sioux? We all remember Jimi, and how the Beatles infused Hindu culture into their music… but I had forgotten about Siouxsie, my Danceteria days Goddess of everything, and this Goth inspired piece of wonderfulness.

You’ll have to click on the above link to re-live all the glory.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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