Monthly Archives: October 2011

Kumare changed my life

Sri Kumaré is a revered Yoga Master, often known to his contemporaries as Adarsha or “The Mirror.” He is the current torchbearer of the Kumaré lineage and a respected, charismatic teacher of Yogic Science. Sri Kumaré is known for his youthful energy, transformative philosophy, and divine blessing.

But Kumaré is not real. He is an American filmmaker named Vikram Gandhi, who has transformed himself into Kumaré as the centerpiece of a social experiment designed to explore and test one of the world’s most sacred taboos. Concealing his true identity from all he meets, Kumaré forges profound, spiritual connections with real people from all walks of life. At the same time, in the absurdity of living as an entirely different person, Vikram the filmmaker is forced to confront difficult questions about his own identity. At the height of his popularity he reveals his greatest teaching: his true self. A playful yet genuine and insightful look at belief and spirituality, the film crosses a line few have dared to cross, all to discover: from illusion comes truth.

 

How to be a yoga blogger (just fill in the blanks)

Friday, May 26, 2006 via Leaping Lanka

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3. It was so _____ at the yoga studio this morning!
1. nipple-hardeningly cold
2. heat-rash inducingly hot

4. My body felt so _____.
1. stiff
2. open
3. sore
4. achey
5. strong
6. weak

5. The _____ practicing next to me was so _____.

Noun
1. guy
2. girl

Adjective
1. stiff
2. flexible
3. bendy
4. floaty

6. Their _____ looked very _____.

Asana name
1. jump-backs
2. janu sirsasana C
3. marichyasana D
4. supta kurmasana

Adjective
1. floaty
2. bendy
3. stiff

7. I did _____ and it was so _____.

Asana name
1. jump-backs
2. janu sirsasana C
3. marichyasana D
4. supta kurmasana

Adjective
1. floaty
2. bendy
3. stiff

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The Men Who Stop Traffic

Oct 22, 2011 via The National by Helena Frith Powell

Parashu ML, left, and Stanly KV started rescuing victims of trafficking more than 20 years ago.
Sitting across a table from these two softly-spoken, unassuming middle-aged men it’s hard to imagine them picking fights with pimps or collecting court summonses with a shrug of the shoulders; but Stanly KV and Parashu ML have been raiding brothels and private homes to rescue girls, boys and women for the past 20 years. Sometimes with the aid of the police, sometimes in spite of the police, these two quiet men of Mysore have kicked in doors and traded blows with traffickers to help free more than 2,000 victims across southern India.

The pair run Odanadi – meaning “soul mate” – an organisation that provides refuge, counselling, education and rehabilitation for up to 85 victims of trafficking at a time. They have taken in scores of domestic slaves and bonded labourers. They’ve raided 60 brothels and secured the convictions of 137 sex traffickers.

Impressive figures. But then the problem is on a massive scale. The Indian government’s own figures put the amount of people in some way involved in human trafficking – the illegal trade in people for the purposes of slavery, commercial sexual exploitation or forced labour – at around 100 million. Of those, 1.2 million are children.

But this fight did not start as a crusade against seemingly insurmountable odds; instead, they were shamed into it.

In the late 1980s, the two young friends worked together as newspaper journalists so closely their byline read simply ‘Stanly Parashu’. It was while conducting interviews for a piece on Dalits – members of India’s strict hierarchical system born below even the lowest caste – that they were challenged by a woman in the street.

 

“Her name was Radhamma,” Stanly says. “She was a prostitute, lower in social standing than even Dalits.

“She asked us: ‘What do you do with the story of these poor people? You write about them, get yourselves a good name, but these people get nothing in return. They think you are a saviour but you don’t come back.’ That really pricked our egos,” says Stanly.

Stung by the criticism, the men turned their attention towards one of India’s greatest taboos – prostitution – starting with Radhamma herself.

“Radhamma had been a housewife,” Stanly says. “But her husband took her to Bombay and sold her to a brothel. When he returned home without her he explained to her family she had run off with another man. He then married his wife’s sister.”

After two years Radhamma managed to escape the brothel and return to her village, now with a child fathered by a client. But her family believed her husband’s story and she was cast out, ending up living on the street working as a prostitute, depending on 10 clients a day to earn enough money to live on and send her son to school.

 

Radhamma had been working the streets for 10 years when Stanly and Parashu met her.

“We wanted to help, to give her financial support, and look after the boy’s education,” says Stanly.

Although they gave her a little cash and arranged for local restaurants to feed her son, Nanjumda, Radhamma found resistance to her change in circumstances too much to bear.

“When we returned a fortnight later, we found her again on the street in the same filthy condition,” Stanly says. “She said: ‘You gave me money but money is not changing my life. No one is accepting me, people are bothering me, police are harassing me.’ “

Prostitutes coming under the police spotlight are treated with little sympathy.

“Women were dragged by their hair; there were no policewomen in those days,” Parashu says. “The male officers would drag them to the police station half-nude. “No one would ask the authorities about this violation of their human rights. We told the police that these ladies are citizens, human beings. We asked them to treat them humanely.

“We started questioning this ill-treatment and dragged chairs into the offices for the women to sit on instead of being forced to stand in the corner of the police station,” says Parashu. “This started the gap to open between the police and us.” Next page

 

Toms, Tic-Tacs and Pop Tarts – Haiti Doesn’t Need Your Yoga Mat

Foreignpolicy.com’s “A visual history of the West’s misguided attempts to send its hand-me-downs to the developing world.”

Ashtanga Blogs – Live from Mysore

’tis the season.

India Outside My Window
http://www.indiaoutsidemywindow.com/

The Unruly Ascetic
http://unrulyascetic.blogspot.com/

Livin Ashtanga Yoga
http://livin-ashtanga-yoga.blogspot.com/

Ashtanga and other things – Paul Gold’s Blog
http://paulmitchellgold.wordpress.com/

Yoga Mama
http://yogamamalondon.blogspot.com/

Yoga by Emma
http://emmaoneillyoga.blogspot.com/

Sadhana for One
http://thisismysadhana.wordpress.com/

Journey to Mysore
http://journeytomysore.wordpress.com/

Susananda
http://susananda.blogspot.com/

Marian Writes
http://marianwrites.wordpress.com/

voyages d’iles, voyage d’elle

http://voyagesdilesvoyagedelle.blogspot.com/

My Journey to Mysore, India
http://lornatobin.blogspot.com/

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Ashtanga Yogini
http://www.ashtangayogini.blogspot.com/

Waking Up Slowly
http://audraduran.blogspot.com/

Inside Owl
http://www.insideowl.com/index.php

Kino Yoga Blog
http://kinoyoga.com/category/blog/

Ashley.Von.Arx.
http://ashleyvonarx.blogspot.com/

Spark’s Diaries
http://sparksdiaries.blogspot.com/

YogaMorgan
http://yogamorgan.wordpress.com/

Jangalikayamane
http://jangalikayamane.com/

Bird in the Tree
http://deborahcrooks.blogspot.com/

Open Your Feet
http://openyourfeet.tumblr.com/

Suzy’s Mysore Blog 2011-12
http://suzanneelsafty.com/

My Yoga Journey
http://deniseyogajourney.blogspot.com/

The Yogi Kitchen / Keen on Food
http://www.theyogikitchen.com/

http://www.keenonfood.com/

Magnolia’s Blog
http://blog.mysoresf.com/

Realizing Mysore
http://realizingmysore.blogspot.com/

Mysore 2011
http://mysore2011.wordpress.com/

Operation Shanti
http://operationshanti.blogspot.com/

Satya Dharma
http://satyayogastudio.com/Blog/Blog.html

Blue Lotus Ashtanga
http://bluelotusashtanga.blogspot.com/

The Journey of My Practice
http://globie.wordpress.com/

My Mid Life Crisis
http://lauramccormack.wordpress.com/

Opening Hidden Doors
http://www.openinghiddendoors.com/?page_id=386

Ashtanga Yoga Richmond
http://www.ashtangarichmond.blogspot.com/

Dirgha Kala
http://dirghakala.wordpress.com/

Ashtanga Yoga Mother Earth
http://earthyogi.blogspot.com/

Peace Love Yoga
http://peaceloveyoga.blogspot.com/view/classic

Yoga helps addicts, homeless find peace

via Ashtanga Yoga New York

link to video