15-year-olds aren’t supposed to have strokes. At least that’s what I thought. I try not to think about it too much. Even now, I only have bits and pieces; shards of memories that somehow remained intact even through the trauma my brain endured that day.
When I arrived at Children’s Medical […]
More than 60 million people around the globe are displaced from their homes due to war, conflict, and persecution. That’s the highest number ever on record— one in every 122 humans on this planet. Many refugees board overcrowded dinghies to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe. If they make it safely […]
A few years ago, in the midst of what might be called a “spiritual crisis,” I found myself writing a lot of poetry. I was depressed, disheartened, questioning everything I’d been taught about life, death, and all my esoteric notions of spirituality. I needed to articulate the whirlwind running through […]
What do you get when you cross a young religious skeptic from New Jersey with a titular Indian spiritual leader? Well, apparently this guy:
Part Borat-style prankumentary and part cultural analysis of Americans’ relationship with Eastern religion, Vikram Gandhi’s Kumaré provoked laughter as well as a lively dialogue at our in-house YogaBrains screening of the […]
Well they’re at it again. Two NYC based companies known for “creating projects that have a positive effect on the world” want to turn Central Park’s Great Lawn in to the largest yoga studio ever. Picture this: 15,000 people doing upward facing together, led by well-known yoga instructors Elena Brower, […]
In 2011, the yoga blogosphere witnessed an explosion of substantial conversation about body image, eating disorders, and the portrayal of women in the media. From the release of Tara Stiles’ book, Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga to the new Curvy Yoga movement, there is no doubt that bodies weigh heavy—no pun […]
A new study reported on in the journal Pediatrics reveals that even though it’s legal for 17-year-olds to get the so-called morning-after pill, many pharmacy employees often tell teens they’re not allowed to have the drug anyway.
Whether she is under the age of 18 or not, all women should have agency over their own bodies. […]
Dolphins are being killed in mass quantities in Peru, and this time the culprit isn’t the Japanese taste dolphin meat… it’s our collective hunger for oil.
Since the beginning of the summer, nearly 3000 dolphin carcasses have washed up on shore, and last week 615 were found on a single 135km coastline. With no external […]
Sticks and Stones May Break Some Bones But Words Are Breaking Bodies
The conversations that really affect us — the ones that erode marriages, instigate wars, change the reality we know indefinitely and irrevocably — do not happen in the realm of the concrete, the explicit. They take place beneath and […]
This is the second in a two-part series on discovering the Sacred in the Sutras. You can read part one here.
“By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.” – Yoga Sutra […]
Disclaimer: This article is NOT directed at John Friend, Anusara Yoga, or any one group in particular. It is my honest and heartfelt reflection on trends I see in the yoga community in general.
John Friend has been called a celebriyogi. So you better believe I was oh-so-relieved when a very down […]
God, Allah, Krishna, Universe… I’ve long been fascinated by the many words we use to describe that oh-so-elusive category of our experience many refer to as “spiritual”. Ask a priest, he’ll call it Christ. Ask a scientist, she’ll call it nature. Ask a yogi… well, you tell me. Our names […]
As physically embodied creatures, our minds and bodies are intricately interdependent. Thoughts give way to actions, actions meld into habits, and over time our mental activities literally sculpt the bodies we inhabit.
Sometimes I wonder if the body, in many ways, is our deepest form of creative expression– a stage upon […]
Part 2: Seeking Balance in a World Without
I’ve been thinking, talking, and writing quite a lot about bodies these days. Apparently, I’m not the only one– yogis responded en masse to our recent question to the yoga community, What Does a Yoga Body Look Like? I’ve been so inspired thecomments– […]
The church says the body is a sin.
Science says the body is a machine.
Advertising says the body is a business.
My yoga practice says the body is ____________.
There’s been an explosion of commentary in the yoga blogosphere as of late about yoga bodies— Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga, A Plea from Curvy Yogis, Judith Laster’s Shellacking of Naked […]
Continued from Part 1, here are 2 more things all yogis should know about science:
4. Brain imaging doesn’t measure your thoughts.
Contrary to popular opinion, brain imaging technologies are not a direct measure of your thoughts or feelings. You know those pretty pictures of brains “lighting up” all kinds of pretty […]
Has someone ever said to you, “Oh, you just need to let go of that story,” or something to that effect?
Often times, stories are dismissed by the new-age, self-help movement as negative. They are referred to as webs of untruth, excuses, or meaningless narratives that prevent us from experiencing true happiness […]
The findings of modern brain science utterly enthrall most people. And today’s journalists have gotten quite adept at trumpeting scientific findings in ways that captivate and simultaneously mislead the masses. Search the word “yoga” and “neuroscience” on Google and you’ll find an amalgam of sexy-sounding articles… everything from “Researchers find […]
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote what became a very hotly-debated article about what it means to be of service. Funny howthe writing that challenges us most personally seems to strike the strongest chord with others, because I can’t tell you how emotionally tinged that piece was for me […]
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” — Maya Angelou
15-year-olds aren’t supposed to have strokes. At least that’s what I thought. I try not to think about it too much. Even now, I only have bits and pieces; shards of memories that somehow remained […]
In California, detoxes are all the rage. I should know — I just moved to the sunny city of Santa Monica, California a few weeks ago — and it’s been a bit of a culture shock to say the least. It seems like everyone I meet is on a five-day […]
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand the last few weeks, you’ve heard about #Occupywallstreet. Last I checked, there are currently Occupy events in over 1400 cities across the globe, and in approximately 400 cities in 48 states across America.
The movement has not gone unnoticed by the yoga […]
Yogis love to do good. We’re seeing it everywhere; service — selfless or not — is all the buzz. We’ve got Yoga Gives Back. Off the Mat Into the World. YogaAid. No doubt about it. This majority white, affluent, college-educated population is aware of its privilege and apparently wants to […]
There are some thoughts that do not readily squeeze themselves into the tight-fitting corsets of coherent sentences. Instead, they seep out and linger in the silent blank spaces of the page.
I scrawled the above sentences in a torn and tattered notebook as I sat aboard a late night American Airlines […]
Michelle was ten years old when she met her soulmate.
His name was John, but she only knew him by the “pet name” he asked her to call him: Daddy. Michelle and John met in an online chat room. They instant messaged one another everyday when Michelle got home from school, […]
Originally posted on Huffington Post
Earlier this week, my friend and fellow YogaBrains contributor Derek Beres shared a shocking statistic on my Facebook wall: Over half of Americans do not believe in evolution. According to a recent Gallup Poll, approximately 46 percent of Americans believe in creationism, 32 percent in “theistic evolution” and only 15 percent […]
The Science of the Female Orgasm: Do Relationships Matter?
I have a confession to make. I’m tired of writing about yoga. I’ve been trying — really I have — but every time I sit down to write an article about yoga and politics, or modern spirituality, or how yogis could be […]
Losing a Parent… and How Empty Spiritual Teachings Make It Worse
There is a ghost where my mother used to be. She looks like my mother, sounds like my mother… but she is not my mother.
She calls everyday. Every. Single. Day. Sometimes five – but more often ten, eleven, twelve times. […]
“Esalen is a state of consciousness as much as it is a physical place. It is a pagan monastery, a school of the mysteries, where seekers of every description come to find light. Breaking out of the crumbling structures of their past, they come to find themselves…For many, Esalen is […]