by Ramesh Bjonnes
It’s easy to understand why John Friend highly recommends the book Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Yoga “for all sincere students of yoga.” Because, Mark Singleton’s thesis is a well researched expose of how modern hatha yoga, or “posture practice,” as he terms it, has changed within and after the practice left India...
by Brenda Plakans
I had my YIP class on Saturday. Lovely weather (I challenged the gray skies and they turned to blue...yoga power), devoted students; a delightful practice, all in all. As I was setting up--which involved picking up a few cigarette butts, tossing out a beer can and unrolling my mat--a couple was letting their dog chase a few ducks and take a swim. The woman looked over, saw my mat, and gathered her crew, "Oh look, I'm sure the ladies don't want to watch you and a wet dog while they do yoga." They hustled off...
It’s no secret that students all around the world are dreading the fact that it is already a week into August and the back to school era is just around the corner. What they may not know, is that the planet’s forests are dreading their return as well!
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Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: Attention all yoga enthusiasts, teachers and students. Check out this awesome yoga girls of the world music video. Written, Performed, and Produced by: Jocelyn Kay Levy & Jacquelyn Richey.
by Geron Countess
Here is an opportunity for art students in a community to paint something lasting for a city while completing service hours for college admission department requirements! This opportunity is the Bumper Art Initiative! Bumper Art is art painted on parking lot bumper blocks to beautify and jazz up a city. It is the first program of its kind anywhere in the world and isasimple project to duplicate in any community...
Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Many cities have an untapped reservoir of volunteers. Young people want and need to be meaningful contributors in their communities. This article describes one way to get young people involved in urban revitalization efforts. It is a fun and simple way to engage suburban students and their families with their city.
Arts & Art Therapy
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: A documentary following the first ever Bay Area Unified District Poetry Slam where over 25 high schools created slam teams and competed over two weeks in an amazing display of youth voice, community and explosive poetry! Shot and edited by Jamie DeWolf, additional shooting by Michelantony "Micah" Dunston and Gabriel Hurley. If you don't know about slam poetry or understand it, this video will introduce you to the power of the spoken word. Youth Speaks programs are giving students a voice - and an alternative to violence as a vehicle for self-expression. Watch this and be amazed at the talent and insight.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Deborah Adele, MA
I recently heard a story about a teacher who was instructing on laziness. He proceeded to tell his students that there are 2 kinds of lazy. One is the kind where a person just sits around doing nothing...
Editor's Note: This piece is short, but meaningful. In yoga one tries to be present and practice mindfulness. The author, Deborah Adele, tells an anecdote that leaves you reflecting on your own ability to be present.
by Atava Garcia-Swiecicki
I am an herbalist and a dreamer. It has been thrilling to discover the ways in which the world of plants and the world of dreams intersect. I have trained myself and my students and clients to pay close attention to a plant that shows up in a dream. Plants that appear in dreams can be prescriptive, instructive or even direct transmitters of healing energy...
Editor's Note: Learn how plants communicate in dreams to bring healing information and even direct transmission of healing on many levels in this article by dreamer and herbalist, Atava Garcia Swiecicki MA, RH (AHG).
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