<>As Weblogging software becomes increasingly accessible and user-friendly, a growing number of yogis are creating blogs to share their thoughts on yoga, insights from their practice, and yoga news from around the world. Here are a few yoga blogs you may enjoy:
The following is excerpted from a story that appeared in The News Virginain on 12-6-06.
"Food Pantries Struggle" by Alicia Petska
A drought in federal food supplies has hit local food pantries hard, leaving them with a dwindling inventory at a time when their clients most need their help.
"It's a really bad time, out of all times, for this to hit right at winter," said Hunter Fauber, director of one of the Shenandoah Valley's largest pantries. "This has really been a blow. In all my years doing this, it's never gotten [as low] as it has now."
The idea of "monkeys building a bridge" comes from the Ramayana, one of India's two epic poems and one of its most loved stories. It tells of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, and his wife, Sita, who is kidnapped by the demon king, Ravana, and carried across the ocean to his fortress city on the island of Lanka. The storyline then centers on Rama's efforts to find and rescue Sita. He is aided by his loyal brother, Lakshman, and an army of monkeys; foremost among them is Hanuman, a monkey with not only amazing powers and unbelievable strength but an intense devotion and love for Rama.
iHanuman has now officially launched! I feel very good about the vision behind this site and what it's about. I am also very excited about the excellent group of teachers who have agreed to be a part of this, and look forward to that community growing. I think iHanuman has a lot to offer students, teaches, and the yoga community as a whole. I think its contributions will ripple out in both subtle and direct ways to make a positive difference in the world.
This holiday season, more and more people are turning to charitable gift giving as a way to find deeper meaning in the experience of gifts and giving, as well as a way to share this perspective with their children. Here are just a few charitable organizations with gift catalogs to consider:
BKS Iyengar, or Guruji, as he is affectionately called, has begun a generous rehabilitation project of his childhood village in Bellur, India. Guruji turns 88 this year and both he and his daughter, Geeta, celebrate birthdays this month, December. In honor of their birthdays and the generous contributions they have made to the development of yoga in both India and the West, they are asking for help with raising funds for their Rehabilitation Project in Bellur. The project consists of four main fundraising areas: Education, Social, Health, and Cultural.
Kira Ryder and friends at Lulu Bandha's have launched Channel Yoga, a video search site akin to YouTube but devoted solely to yoga. The staff there have scoured the internet and compiled a collection of hundreds of streamable video clips including teacher interviews, asana demonstrations, yoga video clips, and much, much more!
was created by Lara Cestone as a "place online where yogis and yoginis can listen to their peeps (people)." Lara interviews some of the best yoga teachers on the planet and, with help from her partner, Erick Hedin, turns these into free podcasts for the yoga community to download and subscribe to. Check the archive for past episodes with your favorite teachers, see who Lara is going to interview next, listen to meaningful and insightful conversations on how yoga practice can to make a lasting difference in your lives and a positive impact on our world.
hatha yoga teacher foundation course
chiang mai, thailand
nov 20 - dec 17, 2006
This course will give you an opportunity to acquire the skills and confidence necessary to teach yoga. By the end of the 28 days you will be able to incorporate postures, breath awareness, meditation, chanting, scriptural and self-studies, safe biomechanics and an attitude of service into creative and adaptive teachings. This foundational training will emphasize deepening your personal practice, as getting to know yourself better is the source of inspiring teachings.
The first time I met Richard Freeman, director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, was during the overture to the Primary Series (Ashtanga's classic postures): Sun Salutation number seven out of 10 on my first visit to his studio. Heeding the warnings about the crowds at his Sunday 3pm mysore class, I arrived cautiously early to claim a space. A good thing: By 2:55 the room buzzed with breath. At 2:59, Richard had not yet arrived. Uncertain of the protocol, I stood, pulse quickening, toes gripping my mat. I followed the cue of my classmates and began to practice.