Monthly Archives: February 2010

Yoga Stops Traffick

[from the Odanadi website]

Over the past 20 years Odanadi Seva Trust has rescued and rehabilitated more than 1850 children, carried out 57 brothel raids and brought 137 traffickers to justice. With your help, compassion and cooperation, Odanadi will continue to provide a place of sanctuary for the survivors of human trafficking and offer them a chance to rebuild their lives.

From the grand entrance gates of Mysore Palace, YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK INDIA will be led by a group of young people from Odanadi, many of whom are survivors of slavery, domestic abuse and forced prostitution. Over the years Astanga Yoga has come to play a vital role in their rehabilitation program: building their physical and mental strength, restoring a sense of peace, confidence and self-worth.

Odanadi residents will be accompanied by 200 visiting yoga practitioners, politicians, parliamentarians, social activists, members of the press, local and international supporters.

You can join Odanadi on March 13th by organising your own YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK event at your local yoga centres, living rooms, parks or any other public spaces – just use your imaginations!

Click here to find out more about this organization and how you can get involved

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Ongoing Reading List: India + Yoga + Hippies

Just got finished reading the latest in the Indiafile genre, which surprisingly, was not chick-lit.  It was a bit boring though.  Sorry. Magic Bus

And the list begins:

The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters by various

Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe

Asia On My Mind by Sally Hovey Wriggins

Dork Whore: My Travels through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin by Iris Bahr

Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Fear and Loathing in New Jersey by Debra Galant

First There Is a Mountain: A Yoga Romance by Elizabeth Kadetsky

A girls’ guide to India – a survivor’s handbook by Louise Wates

The God of Small Things: A Novel by Arundhati Roy

Holy Cow:  An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald

Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East by Gita Mehta

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta

Midnight’s Children: A Novel by Salman Rushdie

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America by Stefanie Syman

Wanderlust and Lipstick: For Women Traveling to India by Beth Whitman, Amy Scott, and Elizabeth Haidle

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton

Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives by Mark Singleton, Jean Marie Byrne

Yoga School Drop Out by Lucy Edge

The Yoga Teacher by Alexandra Gray

NB!! Yoga Visa

Planning to study yoga in India? From now on you will need a yoga visa. Check out the latest news from the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore:

# From March 2010, all students coming to study at KPJAYI must enter India on a yoga visa, as required by Indian law. You may email shala@kpjayi.org for admission letters from our Institute to include with your visa application form to the Indian Embassy in your country. Upon arrival, students should follow the relevant registration formalities with the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) in Mysore.

# Please note, according to Indian law: There should be gap of at least 2 months between two visits to India on tourist and other visas.

# For more information on visa and registration requirements, please refer to the Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of Home Affairs, India. They have published clear rules and instructions for foreigners coming to India.

Our Yoga Reading List: 2010

The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America
by Stefanie Syman
Pub. Date: June 08, 2010

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice
by Mark Singleton
Pub. Date: February 2010

Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives
by Mark Singleton, Jean Marie Byrne
Pub. Date: February 2010

The Love Police

“This is The Love Police and I will be checking your smiles in a second”

LoL…