Daily Archives: April 5, 2009

15th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death

In Utero cover by Alex Grey

Today is the 15th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Elephantbeans celebrates his life because if it wasn’t for the teenage angst, we wouldn’t be here looking for some hope.

After all, the band’s name was Nirvana, whereas the cover of their latest studio album In Utero was created by visionary artist and vajrayana practitioner Alex Grey (AKA the guy behind Sacred Mirrors, who’s also done tons of artwork for Tool).

Here’s a little clip of a great interview with Kurt, on how it all seems to be about looking for a purpose in life:




In the news: Those pesky samskaras

Though studies have shown ingrained habits can’t be completely unlearned, training the mind to control ingrained behavior is within our reach.
By Karen Ravn > > >
April 6, 2009, LA TIMES

Maybe you chew your fingernails when you’re nervous. Or scarf down chocolate when you’re sad. Or take home a stray kitty whenever you see one, until the SPCA has to come rescue them all and have you arrested for being a hoarder.

Chances are, you have a few habits you wish you didn’t have, and quite possibly you’ve tried (and tried and tried) to break them. Scientists are learning why you may have failed (and failed and failed). In fact, they now know that once you have a habit, you can never really unlearn it. more

yoga outreach

the true test of yoga is what you chose to do with the lessons you learn off the mat. so in an age when ‘we pick ourselves us, and dust ourselves off‘ perhaps helping others who can’t, is really the answer we can all provide. here are some amazing ways yogis are doing just that.

  • karma krew – join their nationwide peace by peace yogaathon this may. simply get sponsored by your friends & fam every time you attend a yoga class in may, then donate the funds or simply join the krew near you!
  • off the mat, into the world – tap into you to make a difference in your global community through group projects.
  • sprout yoga – help this non-prof blossom across the nation and provide free yoga for people overcoming eating disorders and surviving post traumatic stress disorder
  • yogabear – become part of the community of giving yogis who match cancer survivors with yoga classes in their community free of charge

think you’re too busy? start small. perhaps you can aid through a little stimulus funding flow [read: $ or $$ or $$$], or even purchase some yoga gear that donates on your behalf like manduka (for when you know you will buy it anyway).