So great. Thanks to Lodro Rinzler for the morning laugh.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
New article out today!
Did you know old-school yogis used to expel their semen and then recall it? Um, yeah. This, and more, in the 11 Things You Didn't Know About the History of Yoga.
"If you’ve ever heard your teacher wax poetic about how early yogis were doing sun salutations on the banks of the Ganges River 5000 years ago, now you know: they’re full of crap. Nobody was doing Surya Namaskara A 5000 years ago."
Sunday, November 20, 2016
I wrote this new article on Colin Kaepernick, football, and yoga. It will no doubt piss some people off. (That's ok.) Thanks to YogaDork for publishing.
Why Colin Kaepernick Is The Yoga Teacher We Need Right Now
So Donald J. Trump is our President-elect.
In the week since Trump won the Electoral College, we’ve witnessed an uptick in hate crimes across America. Monday night, Trump appointed Steve Bannon, alt-right head of Breitbart News and a known white supremacist, as chief White House strategist. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has celebrated Trump’s win as a victory for his white nationalist movement. And swastikas are appearing all over churches, schools, and bathrooms walls across the country.
It’s already been hard to talk about the results of the election with our children. Now, with white supremacists at the helm, civil rights are in a bad way. As parents, we’re wondering: where can we look for progressive activist role models for our children?
The first thing I’m gonna do is buy my son a Colin Kaepernick jersey.
Kaepernick is a stealth yoga teacher. And it’s got nothing to do with his tight pants.
Kaepernick first declined to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the 49ers’ August 26th preseason game against the Green Bay Packers because, as he put it, he couldn’t “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Kaepernick’s move has sparked outrage across the country, eliciting nationalist critiques, burned jerseys, and even death threats. Earlier this month, just prior to the election, Kaepernick quietly launched a Black Panthers-inspired “Know Your Rights” camp empowering black and Latino students in Oakland, CA to combat oppression.
A few weeks after Kaepernick kicked off his peaceful protest, I led a yoga philosophy training for current teachers. We covered philosophy basics from old school yoga texts like the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, and revisited the often-murky history of yoga. Then we dragged yoga philosophy into the 21st century, brainstorming about where to find alternative texts—the kind of postmodern yoga teachers that hide out in unexpected places, like Ferdinand The Bull or Fight Club or (gasp) even Donald Trump.
One student raised her hand. She brought up Colin Kaepernick.
Brilliant, I thought. Yes; this is what yoga looks like in the real world....
Full article is here. Thanks for reading.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
One of the many reasons that people are freaked out is that the new administration denies climate change. So here's a way you can protest peacefully with your body, right now: GO VEG. Stop eating meat.
A vegan diet is literally the most powerful thing you can do to help save the planet. And it doesn't require passing any bills or protesting any elections. So if the new EPA director is going to call climate change a hoax, you can counteract that in this very breath.
Start today. Watch the documentary FORKS OVER KNIVES. Check out their website. Get their app (hundreds of delicious plant-based recipes!) and then start cooking for yourself and your family. Listen to Rich Roll's podcasts. Read his books. Look up Neal Barnard and Dean Ornish. Google "John Robbins " and learn how the Baskin-Robbins heir left a fortune behind because he realized eating vegan was the only healthy, ethical way. Read Carol J. Adams's book "The Sexual Politics Of Meat." See the ways in which Trump's pussy-grabbing attitudes toward women and his obsession with valuing beauty queens for their looks are ingrained in American culture, and how they're related to the way we objectify animals as meat, and how you can resist (and show solidarity for the poor and the vulnerable and the underprivileged) by simply choosing to eat differently. Look up "ahimsa" and think about the ways in which your eating habits might create less suffering.
PETA says: "If you’re serious about protecting the environment, the most important thing that you can do is stop eating meat, eggs, and dairy. The fastest way to address climate change would be to dramatically reduce the amount of meat people eat.” Quitting meat can reduce your carbon footprint more quickly than quitting driving.
We cannot put this off 4 more years. We can't wait for someone else to do it. So start now. Here. RESIST. For your kids' and your grandkids' sake. Put your money where your mouth is — and stop eating meat.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Things That Give Me Hope #1:
Finding this beautiful children's book in the mail from Oakland author and badass illustrator Robert Liu-Trujillo last week amidst vast disappointment about the state of the world. Reading it to my boy as he sits on my lap and remembering how his little open mind is such a sponge for goodness right now. Recommitting to raising him aware that his reality is only one of many in the world and that the hard important holy work of his life as a human being is to see the divinity in every single fucking living creature and, knowing that, to celebrate and fight for and lift one another up. 💪
Read it, buy it, gift it for the holidays instead of some plastic shit.
Children's books are one of the few things giving me hope in this bleak moment.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Hey, yogis? This is not the time for spiritual bypassing. Feel your shit. Be in it all the way. Anger can be holy, too. Anger can be fierce and righteous and sacred and life-giving, of its own accord. And it might just be what gets us through the next four years.
I dunno about you, but I've been living in Revolved Triangle for about the last 18 months. And as much as I was hoping to wake up feeling light and celebratory today, flowing through that much-needed vinyasa to rinse out all the knots and the pain, to move the prana and reset, it looks like we're gonna be staying here for several more years. So buckle in and take a deep breath. Our job is to stay calm, raise hell, make art, and maintain some kind of equanimity. I was ready to let go of this teacher. But he's apparently sticking around until we learn a much-bigger lesson about compassion and unity and all that gooey yoga shit.
If you feel heavy/somber/furious today, dammit, let yourself FEEL it, all the way. Yoga and meditation are not about denying ugly emotions. They're about noticing them, staying with them, realizing they're not us, and that eventually they'll pass. Grief takes time. So be gentle with yours.
Stay in the fire. Refuse to succumb. MAKE ART. Get your IUD today so Mike Pence can't make your reproductive decisions for the next four years. And, by god, set up a monthly auto-donation to progressive non-profits who will fight for equality.
Atha Yoga Anusasanam. FUCK. Now it really is the time for the yoga to begin.
May all beings be peaceful and free from suffering. Yup. Even him. And them. And us.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Wearing my white today. Voted two weeks ago. 'Bout to bake me an election cake.
I don't think I've worn white since my wedding day. Busted out this old jacket that I bought back in college. I remember seeing Hillary speak in Philly in 1998. She wore a pantsuit. Back then I vowed that I'd never get married til my gay brother and friends could get married, too. Well, guess what? Here we are. Marriage equality, one beautiful son, and one thoughtful husband who's also #withher. We've got progressives and Democrats to thank for that. So vote BLUE up and down ballot. Cuz nasty women get shit done.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a cake to bake.
#election2016 #imwithher #nastywomenvote 🎂