Eoin Finn on Yoga

Just watched this funny & interesting interview with Eoin Finn of Blissology.com. If you haven’t seen his “hammock enlightenment” TEDx talk, it’s a lovely thing.

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News: New column over at the Daily Muse!

  • I am taking over Molly Donovan’s weekly column at the Daily Muse. It’s called “What to Read on the Subway This Week.” Check out my first week of suggestions here.
  • I’m so stretched out from yoga last night. Pigeon pose totally kicked my {always-tight} right hip around, especially since I’ve been avoiding that pose lately. Gotta keep at it.
  • I’ve been painting a lot lately and was accepted into a local art show. I’m trying to decide whether or not to say yes. In the words of Brene Brown, this is one of my vulnerability moments. Manning a booth in front of the public is a scary proposition. Here is one of my new paintings. If I get brave, I’ll probably try to sell this one:

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21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics & Practice

I received my copy of 21st Century Yoga in the mail this week. Edited by Rosanne Harvey of the blog, It’s All Yoga, Baby, and academic writer/professor Carol Horton, I found it first via Melanie Klein’s essay on yoga & body image at AdiosBarbie. Here’s Horton in the introduction, talking about their approach to the essays:

“Asking big questions while remaining open to a variety of answers supports creative thought and exchange by holding space for wondering, exploring, and not knowing.”

Looking forward to reading more! You can discover more about the book here. 
 

Exciting Things in my Mailbox & an Update

Last week, I bought Christina Sell’s new book My Body is a Temple: Yoga as a Path to Wholeness and Shiva Rea’s Daily Energy Yoga DVD, two works I’m really excited to explore.

However, I’ve been a bit preoccupied of late with non-blog writing.

I’m graduating from an MFA program this fall and finishing/defending my thesis soon. Which is exciting and scary and interesting all at once.

So, I apologize for the slowdown in postings and promise that I’ll get back up to speed soon here. There are some new posts of mine over at the Polycultural.

In the meantime, smile at Shiny Yoga’s Monday Manifesto and rent Fully Awake if you can:

Fun resources for yogis and yoginis

I wrote last week about how my home-based practice has been shaped by the availability of DVDs and home instruction. This week, I’d like to share some web resources for anyone who might want to learn about yoga.

There are lots of interesting resources available out there for you. Yoga Journal has lots of information for beginners via their website. There is a great yoga community on Twitter; this week, I participated in @omchat’s monthly sangha discussion session for yoga practitioners.

This week, I’ve been trying a new thing: a 28-day Blissology Challenge through Eoin Finn’s website. It involves pledging to integrate yoga, meditation, nature awareness and mindful eating into your daily life. There are great video segments and resources available, too. I’m finding that it’s easier for me to incorporate yoga and meditation, even in small amounts, than spending time outdoors. Mindful eating is probably the most difficult! Too, too easy, to eat junk food because I don’t plan ahead  and frankly, have a weakness for pasta and popcorn. This is something I’m trying to work on. I’ve also given up meat, except for shellfish, as part of a gradual move towards a plant-based diet. It’s easier than it sounds, as I’ve never liked beef, and only eat chicken sparingly. I’m thinking of it as a slow process. Getting more in touch with nature is a goal, too.

Other yoga sites that I read regularly:

I’d also encourage people to explore YouTube interviews with yoga teachers, interact with other yogis and yoginis on Twitter and utilize their local library resources–DVDs, books, CDs and audiobooks–as high-quality information and instruction may be available for you. I’d particularly like to note Shiva Rea’s master’s thesis from UCLA as an interesting mediation on yoga’s potential for mind-body connection, as well as this podcast  interview, part of Sounds True podcast series. Another fun thing: Do Nothing For Two Minutes.