Coffee, preschool and Yogananada

Quick little round-up of things for you.

First, you caught the latest study on coffee, yes? Link here and a friendly breakdown here:

Spearheaded by Marilyn Cornelis, a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, the team investigated the link between genetics and coffee consumption. By analyzing DNA as well as data on 120,000 adults of European and African-American heritage, the researchers identified eight genetic variants that predispose individuals to seek out and drink caffeine.

“Our results show that people are naturally consuming the amount of coffee that allows them to maintain their optimal level of caffeine” to get that good caffeine feeling without becoming jittery, Cornelis told me. “If we need more, we’re reaching for it.”


So what is it about coffee that may protect individuals from such major harms? And if coffee consumption is in part genetically determined, do certain people stand to benefit more from it?

“We need to understand why so many people like and drink coffee, and if we use that understanding to investigate coffee drinking in better detail, we might begin to understand the major illnesses that affect mankind,” said Peter Martin, director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies. “Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, obesity, depression, coronary artery disease—you name it.”

We all need to keep our optimal prana.

Next up: Yoga for preschoolers. It is coming.

And finally, a review of the Yogananda film we mentioned shortly ago. Link here:

Less consistent are the re-enactments from Yogananda’s life, as well as stylized mystical images accompanied by narrated readings of his work. At times, these segments are distracting, as we hunger for more information about who this man was. In the end, we don’t get a three-dimensional portrait as much as an affirmation of his beliefs.

Nevertheless, this is a film that works both for followers and for those interested in knowing what yoga is truly about. Hint: It’s not about six-pack abs.

It isn’t?!

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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