Loscil's New Continuous Play App: Adrift - An Amazing Backdrop for Asana

Loscil's New Continuous Play App: Adrift - An Amazing Backdrop for Asana

Loscil has long been one of my favorite artists to "pop in" and press play during practice, due to the super subtle and ethereal nature of his work; a perfect backdrop of open sound in which to practice asana (or meditation perhaps, though I haven't tried that). Last month, Scott Morgan (Loscil's real name) released Adrift, an app for iPhone and Android that offers four "tracks" of continuous play. This is my review as a yoga teacher and lover of music.

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How do we generate the energy of compassion? Compassion is born from understanding, and understanding is born from looking deeply. We need to take time to look deeply into our situation, and the situation of the other person or other people. Let us learn to look at our suffering, and the suffering of our world, as a kind of compost. From that compost, from that mud, we can create beautiful lotuses of understanding and compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Peace of Wild Things - by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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Be Good To Yourself

Be Good To Yourself

Contained in over a hundred files were many messages of my dearest lifelong friend Zoe that I had saved in the last two years of her bright and inspired life. Yesterday was my birthday and I spent an hour going through those voicemails on my computer, searching for one she left me on my birthday two years ago. Today I finally found it. 

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Working With Fear, Difference, Other

Working With Fear, Difference, Other

Could our minds and our hearts be big enough just to hang out in that space where we're not entirely certain about who's right and who's wrong? Could we have no agenda when we walk into a room with another person, not know what to say, not make that person wrong or right? Could we see, hear, feel other people as they really are? It is powerful to practice this way, because we'll find ourselves continually rushing around to try to feel secure again - to make ourselves or them either right or wrong. But true communication can only happen in that open space. 

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about tonglen - by pema chodron

about tonglen - by pema chodron

Tonglen reverses the usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure. In the process we become liberated from very ancient patterns of selfishness. We begin to feel love for both ourselves and others; we begin to take care of ourselves and others. Tonglen awakens our compassion and introduces us to a far bigger view of reality.

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Happy Birthday, Otis Redding. Your life was cut way too short but you made some amazing music and inspire millions to this day. I have deep RESPECT for you!! 

The Summer Day

The Summer Day

-Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Home is where the Kula is

Home is where the Kula is

 

It's good to be back here at @kulayoga tribeca- feels like coming home. 

If you feel like joining for padmasana approaches (or just working on opening the hips and side bodies) tonight I'll be here at 6:30 to share in practice. My last class in NYC for a while!! #nyc #yoga #practice #kula #home #backtozurichsoon

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