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Mixed Bag Monday: Indian Myth, Compassion, Kirtan, Yoga Sharing, Eco-Friendly Searching, and Up2Yoga

Posted Jan 18 2010 11:56am

Happy Monday! I'm not sure why, but my yoga practice felt particularly nourishing and blissful this morning. There's just something about the simplicity of moving to the rhythm of the breath. It wakes the body up and enlivens the body and the mind. May you experience the same -- or something even better -- during your yoga practice.

Today is all about fun links and yoga resources. I've got a little something for everyone today. Hope you enjoy:

  • I just love hearing Indian myths and stories. I find them fascinating and I love getting a deeper look into the history and psyche of the country that brought us one of my favorite things -- yoga. This fabulous TED Talk discusses Indian myths and their differences to ones in the West. If you're a mythology fan, you'll enjoy this 18-minute talk.
  • If there's one good thing that's come about as a result of the tragedy in Haiti, it's the outpouring of compassion. Unfortunately, this compassion can wane after the fervor fades. Click here for an excellent TED Talk from Robert Thurman on expanding your circle of compassion. The 7-step meditation practice Robert offers is just wonderful.
  • Kirtanist Krishna Das is about to release yet another CD of goodness. If you'd like to hear a sneak peak of the upcoming release, click here (scroll down the left hand side of the page and you'll see a music player).
  • Yoga Sharing is the latest addition to the yoga community. It's the yoga community's version of Facebook and Twitter. You can learn more and join here.
  • You've heard of Google but have you heard of Ecosia? Ecosia is an eco-friendly search engine that supports the environment rather than line the pockets of a private company. Ecosia donates money from the sponsored links to save the rainforests (so far over 16 million yards have been saved through Ecosia usage). If you'd like to do good while you search the Internet, click here
  • If you want to deepen your understanding of yoga, there's a new site that offers a "continuous conversation" through teleworkshops and online courses. Up2yoga is affordable -- it's a dollar for the first month and then only $10/month thereafter (the entire year costs less than one weekend yoga workshop). Courses are offered by qualified teachers such as Scott Blossom, John Friend, Sally Kempton, and Ann Dyer (you can see a calendar of upcoming events here). Deepen your practice, learn, and cultivate health and happiness -- all without leaving the comfort of your own home. 
Namaste!
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