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Mindful Monday Recap: A Whirlwind Week of John Friend & Anusara Yoga (a.k.a. Whew!)

Wow, it's been a heavy-hitting, conversation-sparking, yoga-in-the-media kind of week (actually, it's been a couple of weeks), maybe the biggest coverage of yoga ever and it all started with the lengthy NY Times Magazine article which profiled John Friend, creator of Anusara Yoga. The article was titled The Yoga Mogul.

I shared it last week's Mindful Monday Recap but I had noooo idea of the events that were to follow (cue dramatic music here).

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So, here's the run down:

July 19, 2010 NY Times Magazine publishes an extensive article about John Friend and Anusara Yoga and the yoga community immediately responds with mostly positive things to say and only a few hey-wait-just-a-gosh-darn-minute's.

July 25, 2010 One of my favorite yoga bloggers, it's all yoga baby, responds.

July 27, 2010 YogaDork (another rockin', scoopin' yoga blogger) posts and attracts a beautiful, eloquent comment from none other than Elena Brower.

July 28, 2010 John Friend's response on Anusara.com spreads like wildfire through Facebook and Twitter networks. I watched it happen. It was an awesome sight to behold.

July 30, 2010 elephantjournal.com columnist, Jimmy Gleacher, responds to John Friend's response.

July 30, 2010 Huffington Post blogger, Ethan Nichtern, writes about the whole event in his post The Commodification of Yoga: The Perfect, the Good and the Spiritual.

July 31, 2010 Waylon Lewis interviews John Friend for elephantjournal.com. A must read. Some really cool pictures included.

Whew!

And for some non-John-Friend-related reading (there was quite a bit as well last week!) I will recommend the following:

Yoga Adjustments or Yoga Assists on (where else?) elephantjournal.com.

On The Everything Yoga Blog, I loved this post The Most Powerful Weapon in Our Yoga Arsenal. Can you guess what it is?

And last but not least, from the YogaEarth Blog, Stress, that Sneaky Scoundrel.

That's a wrap folks! Please share any thoughts or reactions you may have below. I would love to continue the John Friend conversation with you (I just didn't want to color this post too much with my opinion … yet).

Lots of Love,

Lindsay

P.S. Check out my Yoga-Facebook-Music Giveaway!

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Mindful Monday Recap: for the JOY of it.

Whew another Monday is here already!

Still, there is no limit to the amazing writers and bloggers out there. So, without further ado … here is what I have been reading that I thought worthy of sharing. Well, not all of it or this post would be a bazillion pages long. Basically, a bunch of stuff I wish I had written. By the way, I am constantly sharing posts via my Facebook Page so you can meet me there for more mindful reading and yoga tips.

Thanks and love to all of you (yes, that means you) for your continued love and support.

Love, love, love this post. It is so easy to get caught up in the pet peaves, or the things that bug you about certain classes or teachers. This post celebrates those more scrumptious moments in yoga class. True, it seems like a given. Of course we like yoga class. That's why we keep coming back. Just trust me here and take a moment to acknowledge those pet perks. Now if I could do this with driving …

On the other hand, and just like life, a yoga class can also include some less-than-scrumptious, even downright unpleasant moments. You know what I'm talking about. Bodily fluids, the interrupting cell phone, coughing or sneezing fits. Here is The Yoga Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook … bring your sense of humor please.

And because I am such a cat person and a frequenter of the LOLCATS (a.k.a. I Can Haz Cheezburger) blog, I was giddy to see this post from Yoga Dork Kitty Tested, Science Approved: Cats Relax (Even More) With Yoga Meditation Music Yes, we can haz inner peace. Yoga Cats FTW!

Another post via elephantjournal.com (I could probably do a whole MM Recap post with only elephant journal articles – seriously). Boiler Room Yoga (not a post about Hot Yoga by the way) discusses the experience of yoga classes outside of the realm of the "perfect" yoga studio. I teach in gyms and fitness centers so this post really hit home. Thoughts?

White Hot Truth, Because Self-Realization Rocks … now if this blog's title isn't enough to make you want to read it, please take my word for it and read "comparison is a killer: cut it out"… beautiful insights, practical applications. Go. Now. Read.

The 50 Best Yoga Books for Your Mind, Body & Spirit Yay! I love lists! There are so many fabulous yoga-related books out there but how on earth do you chose? Here is a great place to start via the prAna blog.

Here is a lengthy and interesting NY Times article about yoga rock star, John Friend, creator of Anusara Yoga and unifying force in the yoga (heck, the entire) world. The Yoga Mogul.

Okay, I've got one more for you. I tend to giggle at our results-oriented society. Not just results-oriented but the "quick fix" mentality. Why the heck would I want a quick fix when I could savor every juicy bit of life with a slow, focused intention to do so. David Nichtern sums it up beautifully in this post titled, "Slow Enlightenment" In a Quick Fix Culture.

My Monday Matra: Practice (yoga and life) for the joy of it, let go of results.

Thanks for stopping by! If you missed last week's post or if you just want to read some more of the web's best, here it is: Mindful Monday Recap: Do No Harm

Lots of love,

Lindsay

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Mindful Monday Recap: Do No Harm

You may or may not have noticed a new addition to my sidebar on the right.

That little Do No Harm logo is my reminder (to myself more than anything) to continue my practice of ahimsa and in all my actions, thoughts, and intentions, to do no harm. The Do No Harm website and bumperstickers have been around for a while but I just found out about them recently through Feed The Yogi (thank you!) … and I am sure glad I did. Also, I thought it is a great intention for a Mindful Monday!

The “Do No Harm” Rules

DO NO HARM is a non-profit non-organization.

If you think you’re a member,

You’re a member.

If you think you’re not a member,

You’re an honorary member.

There are no dues or fees.

There are no donations.

There is no official language or terminology.

There are no approved or disapproved concepts.

There is nothing special that you must believe.

There is nothing special that you must do or not do.

But . . . do no harm.

Find out more about Do No Harm.

So, here is what else I have been reading lately.

We (as in we people) are continuing to learn that the quality of our lives is directly connected to our level of health and well-being. But it is not just our physical condition that makes a difference, our thoughts and emotions matter, too. Love this post by Stacey Lawson titled Yoga One, Xanax Zero.

Are you an Arm Balance Fanatic? Check out the Photo Extravaganza over at YogaJournal.com commemorating their 35th Anniversary. Lots of Flying Yogis!

The title of this post sure grabbed me. Turns out it is REALLY good info. Drowning – if you read nothing else this week. Read this.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Yep, Gandhi said that. And look what we have here: Cat amputee fitted with 'bionic' feet. Of course, they had me at "bionic." Very touching article and there is a video, too.

If this doesn't make you smile, well, perhaps there is no hope for you. Just kidding. You'll probably only smile if you are a complete Dorky Yogaholic …. you know, like me. 10 Characters You May Encounter in Yoga Class. Which one are you?

Last but certainly not least The Asheville Yoga Center has two semi-related posts. First is With Regard to the Mention of Intention and the second, Karma Burning Yoga and Blissful Living, includes a wonderful intro to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and a brief discussion of intentions. Yay!

Thanks for tuning in! Please share your favorite recent article or blog post (can even be your own!) in the comments below. And in case you missed last week's Mindful Monday post and you are just itching for some more blog reading, here it is: Mindful Monday Recap: The Internet is So NOT Over

Lots of Love,

Lindsay

P.S. Tomorrow July 20th, 2010 is the LAST DAY to enter my Yoga DVD Giveaway!! I am announcing the winner on Wednesday July 21st. Stay tuned for next month's giveaway!

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Mindful Monday Recap: The Internet is So NOT Over

Before I started this post today I asked myself: Should I even bother? And why blog in general? Because according to Prince, this internet thing is soooo over. The answer: Yes I should bother. Blogging is totally worth it. I completely disagree with Mr. Prince.

And I have proof. This internet thing is so NOT over. Thanks to all (including those I have not mentioned below) for keeping it alive with such thoughtful and inspired posts.

 

Love this post from Krystina McIntyre on elephantournal.com. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." How to have compassion for ALL … even if they piss you off. Seriously though, this is well worth your time.

In your day to day life, it is easy to notice, and even get caught up in, the things that well, suck. These sucky things reveal to you a clear contrast of what it is that you do want to live, see, do, or be. And while those contrasts are wonderful teachers, this article takes a different approach. Cultivate an abundance of positive aspects with 50 Things to Love About Life That Are Free.

Have you heard of positive picketing? Love demonstrations? This post and video made me smile. The message I received: What if we could love our jobs as much as these lululemon devotees do?

Another beautifully written post from the ever-lovely Kathryn Budig: When in Doubt – Breathe. She had me at "I have the best job in the world."

This posted piqued my interest as a hot yogi and mommy. From the momlogic blog: No Joke: Mom Brings 4-Year-Old to Hot Yoga Class. I really appreciate this thoughtful post as well as the included safety tips. Thanks to Yoga Dork for turning my on to it.

Please leave your comments below and feel free to share a link to your blog or a favorite article you read recently.

**If you haven't already, there is still plenty of time to enter my giveaway for The Barkan Method Hot Yoga DVD. Click here for details.

Lots of Love,

Lindsay

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My First Award!

The Versatile Blogger Award

I love blogs (duh). I love how supportive bloggers are to their fellow blogophiles. I love how the nature of blog communities promotes an attitude of abundance. There is no "Us vs. Them." There is no "I have to push everyone else down so that I can be on top." There is a general attitude that there is plenty to go around, plenty for all of us and that the better we all do … well, the better we all do!

I am extremely excited and humbled by this, my very first blog award. *sniff* I promised myself I wouldn't cry *sniff*

Thank you Carrisa at Yoga Untwisted for thinking of me as a Versatile Blogger. Your positivity and enthusiasm for life is infectious. I am incredibly honored and thrilled to have connected with you here in the wonderful world of yoga blogs, or as it is often called, the cyber-sangha. Namaste, my friend, and thank you.

The guidelines for accepting this award require the recipient to (1) thank the person who gave it to you; (2) tell 7 things about yourself; and (3) pass the award on to 05 bloggers, whom you have recently discovered and think are fantastic.

7 things, huh?

1. I compulsively collect beer bottle caps. I intend to someday re-purpose them as art or jewelry or something. For now it is just weird. I don't do it with anything else.

2. My favorite movies are comedies and animations … least favorite, horror.

3. I check, double-check, triple-check emails before I send them. Same thing with blog posts. What might take someone 15 minutes, takes me an hour. I am working on it.

4. I am currently reading (for the first time) the Bhagavad Gita. I am taking my sweet time a savoring every bit of it. The discussion over at elephantjournal.com is helping tremendously.

5. I moved to Asheville, NC 8 years ago and right now I am falling in love with it all over again. The mountains, the people, the yoga …. oh yeah.

6. However … I miss the ocean … a LOT. I grew up in South Florida and, of course, took it for granted. Fortunately, it is not far from me, we even have a coast in North Carolina. Whew.

7. I cry often. Sappy movies, yummy hugs from my kids, yoga class … you name it. Like sweating, I find it to be very therapeutic, cleansing even.

So, without further ado … I hereby present the following bloggers, who I have recently discovered and think are absolutely FANTASTIC, with the "Most Versatile Award" (in no particular order). Y'all rock. Thanks for your continual inspiration and support.

Bob Weisenberg – Yoga Demystified

Brooks Hall – Yogic Muse

The Everything Yoga Blog

Yoga for Cynics

Joy For Life – Lindsey Lewis

There ya have it, folks. There are so many more and I think I will just have to mention them at another time, in another post. You can always check out my blogroll for more (I am always adding to it). For now, please stop by these 5 blogs and leave a comment while you're there (show some love).  Here are some sample posts to check out:

What if Every Breath You Took Was Like Eating A Bite of Chocolate Cake

Picture Me as an Empty House designed by Rumi, or Something …

Is Your Yoga Working?

Do You Have to Do Something Wrong to be Forgiven?

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Happy Reading and Hugs All Around,

Lindsay

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Mindful Monday Recap: Poetry, Mortars, Saying No, and Baby Yogis

Happy Mindful Monday!

Wow, so many inspiring yogis and writers out there. There will never be a shortage of content for this weekly post o' mine.

Oh, before I forget … please check out my very first giveaway. You could win a yoga DVD and as of right now, your odds are pretty darn good!

So, here is what I have been reading (and loving) of late … enjoy!

Love this so much. Written by Jason Wachob, who admits, he is not your typical yoga person – he's a dude, he's 6'7", worked on Wall St. – and includes inspiration from 5 big-name yoga teachers (Elena Brower, Tara Stiles, Kathryn Budig for example!). Read "5 Things I Learned About Yoga from the Pros."

Some days are just, well, bleh. Feeling off? Or know someone who is having a bad day? Here are some really excellent tips to help you re-connect: 9 Ways to Turn a Bad Day Around.

Must read: Chris Courtney shares how he "learned to find peace and serenity in meditation while under mortar and rocket barrages in Baghdad." Meditation Among the Mortars via elephantournal.com. Beautifully gets to the heart of what meditation is all about.

For the yogi poet (or yogi cynic) in all of us … this is Divine … I especial love Jay's use of ellipsis … the space between … words, thoughts, breaths.  Another must read: Walking With Waves

I am a big fan of Sadie Nardini's writing. She has a way of relating a message or a lesson that is incredibly down to earth. Like, Real World Yoga. I also love how she takes the lesson a little further through asana with specific tips and poses. In this post she writes about finding the balance and awareness to know when to say no. Read Hugging in – and saying no via the Yoga Journal blog.

Okay, the last gem of the week (and I am so happy to have found this post) is on Joy for Life blog. It is titled satya, truth, yoga union: lessons from a a baby I have often noticed that babies and children have a lot to teach us if we pay attention (read what I have to say about it) and that sometimes it seems that all of adulthood is a matter of remembering what we already knew as babies. Anyway, read it. It's good stuff.

So, thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment with a link to your blog or maybe an article that you read and loved recently.

Lots of Love,

Lindsay

 

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Mindful Monday Recap: Yoga, Kombucha, Summer, Sex, Party Tricks and More!

My Top 108 yoga and (maybe) related blog finds of last week

Just kidding … more like Top 10 (whew!)

Enjoy!

Photo taken near River Arts District - Asheville, NC

 

Definitely not in the "light reading" category but does pose some important questions. "If only I had teeth down there," A South African doctor invents a female condom with "teeth" to prevent rape. Is this perpetuating the the fear and expectation that rape is just a reality …. or can we move beyond it? And how?

Thoughtful and thought provoking post via Brooks Hall – Yogic Muse. Yoga teachers must read: Not My Yoga!

Great post about trying Bikram Yoga for the first time and mind over hot-humid-sweaty-stinky matter via Wholly Yoga. If you can't stand the heat – be present.

Questioning the Kombucha Kraze. So, Whole Foods has pulled all kombucha from their shelves because the alcohol content is a tad on the illegal side (no wonder it makes us feel so goooood). Read The Non_Kombucha Drinker's Guide to Kombucha Tea. I found out about this post through, who else, elephantjournal.com.

It's all about the title – Nauli: Gross your friends out, improve digestion, find your bandhas … all in one party trick.

Ignorance and misinformation is frustrating, yes, but we can have a sense of humor about it, right? In fact, I believe it is a requirement before you read Yoga: A Religion for Sex Addicts

The ever-fabulous, often upside down, Cora Wen shares some HOT tips and Traditional Chinese Medicine's Prescription for Health This Summer.

I tuned in for YogaDork's coverage of Namaste NYC: Times Square Solstice Yoga and Yoga at the Great Lawn …. links and really great photo's included. Even a little rain couldn't stop thousands of yogis from gathering and sharing their collective focus in Central Park with Elena Brower leading them through "10 minutes of pure heart."

Here is the video of the amazing  10 minute, record breaking yoga class with Elena Brower at the Yoga at the Great Lawn event … via YogaGlo.

Have you checked out the Asheville Yoga Center's blog yet? Well, what are you waiting for? Wonderful articles from many, many talented teachers and students including Meditation: Making Friends with the Minotaur and the science behind Better Sex through Yoga.

Have a great week everybody and please feel free to share a favorite blog or article that you read recently.

It can even be one of your own. Just leave a link in the comments below!

Yours in mindful media,

Lindsay

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Mindful Monday Recap: Best of Yoga Blogs

This is a brand new feature on my blog (yay!). Since I read so many wonderful yoga-related blogs, I thought I might as well compile them in a weekly posting of my favorites. Check in below and share a link to your blog and/or a favorite post you read last week.

"Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life." -George Herbert

The ever-present conversation and always hot topic: yoga as a commodity. Is yoga in the West just another method of mass consumption? Join the discussion at elephantjournal.com

And a somewhat related post … if you do succumb to the consumer machine, what yogi stuff do you find yourself indulging in? Think Carrie Bradshaw, but with yoga. Includes a bonus giveaway on The Everything Yoga Blog.

A poetic moment via Brooks Hall, Yogic Muse: Today I Forgive

Yoga classes too touchy-feely for you? Yeah Dave discusses the power of touch in this entertaining and insightful post entitled Cuddle Puddle.

Real Men Love Jesus, er, I mean, Do Yoga … via Yoga Untwisted.

With no A/C in my house or car (pant, pant, pant), I really enjoyed this post. Ayuervedic tips to keep cool and stay balanced during the summer months via Daily Cup of Yoga.

"Grant me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference." Sadie Nardini explores asana as a way to move through addiction and co-dependence and into your personal power.

What do Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith and 1980's movie remakes have to teach us about living a mindful life? Deborah Shoeberlein shares on The Huffinton Post blog … still think I'm going to wait for the dvd. 🙂

Another one in the "It's All Yoga" category: So You Think You Can Break Dance and Yoga? via YogaDork

Don't forget to leave a comment and a link below.

Happy Mindful Monday!

Lindsay

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The Blog and The Beautiful

I am gearing up for some changes here on my blog. I am adding some fun new features and I will be posting waaaay more frequently.

I created this site as a way for me to extend my reach and share the benefits of yoga. For me, writing is an extension of my yoga practice and my teaching. Still, the whole blog thing was terribly ambiguous at the start. I knew of a few things I definitely wanted to incorporate (and still do), yoga pose tips and benefits for example, but between my slight (ahem – okay slightly large) learning curve and fuzzy, vague ideas of what I wanted to create, my baby blog and I lacked some serious focus.  Sure, I had visions of YouTube tutorials and the "valuable" content yoga niche readers like myself enjoy. The overall clarity of "Hi. I'm Lindsay Fields and this is what I'm all about," well, I suppose I just hadn't found my way there quite yet.

So, what am I all about?

I'll admit, it is a wee bit scary putting myself out there like this. I am not historically the conversation-starting type. But here I am and you know what? I'm doing it. I'm starting conversations and I'm having fun. It's really not that scary after all (silly, silly Lindsay). The plain & simple of it: I LOVE YOGA. I feel most connected, most like myself, when I am either practicing, reading or talking about yoga. And I am driven to share with others my message: that this connection I am talking about, that manifests as joy and abundance, is possible for everyone – whether through yoga practice, snowboarding, writing, parenting or cooking.

It's all yoga.

A further expression of this blog, or another world that I've opened myself up to with my blog' inception … my love affair with Facebook and Twitter. One thing I love to do while social networking it up is noticing how these microcosms reflect the characteristics of the whole (and oh, does this make me all buzzy with dorky delight). Tonight on both networks people were posting pictures of the rainbows they were seeing here in Asheville, NC. It was great. People stopped what they were doing to admire one of nature's little miracles (and by miracle, I simply mean something that inspires wonder and awe) and to soak up some joy and beauty. What I find interesting and, dare I say, of some importance to notice is how these people were driven by the desire to share with their "friends" – not unlike my desire to share my experience with yoga. Hmmm.

This realization brought about an epiphany for me today. One of the most beautiful characteristics of this human experience is that the best things in life are made even greater when you share them with someone else. And that we humans are driven to do just that when we are feeling connected, for example when a rainbow inspires awareness of the joy and amazement inherent in all of us.

And it is so freakin' beautiful I want to cry.

So, after 9 months gestation, my little blog here is beginning to mature. I am a proud mama indeed to see how far we've both come. The really super-duper-cool part is knowing that tons more exciting stuff is yet to come. I can feel it.

And it's made even better because I'm sharing it with you.

Things to look forward to:

With lots of love from me to you,

Lindsay

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