|Welcome to the first ever edition of Yoga Paparazzi, a place where we embrace good gossip, encourage corny jokes and bow down to to white light warriors around the world for the work they are doing. |
Take a long breath.
Moses, Zeina and Bella
Founders Yoga Paparazzi
Featured Yogi in Action:
Yoga Paparazzi talk to Scott Feinberg of Karma Krew
How did Karma Krew come about?
"Karma Krew was birthed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. After watching endless stories of the tragedies on both the human and environmental levels it seemed insufficient to simply make a donation. So myself and a friend/fellow yoga teacher Amy Lombardo, decided to organize a karma yoga service retreat to the Gulf Coast. The week of service opened our hearts and our eyes to the powerful practice of seva and awakened the call to be of service in our own backyards. Amy and I decided to formally create a nonprofit to educate and empower yogis to be of action in their own neighborhoods. We now support a growing network of studios committed to social activism as well as teachers committed to teaching in at-risk populations across the United States."
How can people get involved and become part of your movement?
"We gave careful consideration to opening avenues of participation for all people. Teachers can form a local community krew to facilitate regular service projects in their community. They can also join our Peace by Peace Project, which is a corps of yoga teachers bringing yoga into the most marginalized sections of society on a weekly basis. Students can participate in the service projects and help support the Peace by Peace Project through innovative events like our upcoming Peace by Peace Yogathon, a national 30 day yoga challenge during the month of June. Studios and Karma oriented companies can adopt a specific peace by peace teacher for one year and they can also serve as powerful community hubs for the community krew program. So lots of ways! As we move forward our vision is to form powerful collaborations with other yoga-based nonprofits so that we can work interdependently on avenues such as fundraising, awareness building, and education. I think it is important that we learn to communicate and share knowledge with each other. "
Do you have a favorite moment experienced with Karma Krew that you would like to share?
"Hmmm. I have experienced so many moving moments that have truly shifted me over these past few years. If I had to pick one it would be about two years ago during a local project by home in Jupiter, FL. Our community krew was helping a local family in need by completely transforming their home. We spent the weekend building, painting, cleaning, landscaping, and just pouring our hearts into helping this beautiful family that was truly struggling to get by. I remember pausing for a moment to take it all in. I looked around the house at our volunteers sweating and smiling and I realized when I looked at them the stories of their own lives. Three of them had homes in foreclosure. One had his son living in a residential treatment facility. Two were unemployed and the list goes on and on. And here they were giving so freely, not worried about how their needs were met because they trusted in the power of giving and staying open. When the project ended, they each thanked me for the opportunity to serve. It was in that moment that I knew we were a part of something special. "
We LOVE your "Do Good Things Cards!" How did this come about?
"The Do Good Things cards are business card size "reminders" to be of service. The way it works is you do a good deed for someone and secretly leave the card behind. When they see the card it asks them to pay it forward by doing a good deed for someone else. This has created this subtle chain of kindness threading itself all over. One person's good deed may inspire a thousand others that we'll never know about. So it is a great practice of karma yoga, simply giving without attachment to the result. All of this work is really about the recognition of the oneness that is our deepest nature simply expressing itself out into the world to be shared and celebrated. I'm not sure how the actual idea of the dgt cards came about other then wanting to create something, set it in motion, and step back to see what would happen :)"
Learn more at www.karmakrew.org
Q & A with Featured Yoga Teacher: Jan Atkins
|Meet Jan Atkins: a successful businesswoman, yogini, mother, and wife who's got amazing stories and loads of wisdom to share. Jan is a diamond hidden in the woods of Pensacola. Although Fish Tree Yoga is surely off the beaten path, it's worth the trek since Jan's classes will surely leave you inspired and re-ignited with what is possible for you in your life.|
*What is your favorite Yoga Pose of the moment?
"Tree......grounding and relaxing"
*What is the last book you read?"The Great Ones" by Ridgely Goldsborough"
*What is the last movie you watched?
"Field of Dreams"
*TV, Tivo, Netflix or Youtube?"I am not into TV, Tivo (don't even know what that is LOL), or Netflix. I check out Youtube occasionally. I'm from the old school. I still like to open the mail box and find a handwritten letter or note."
*Open knee or closed knee childs pose?"Open knee variation of child's pose except after backbending or headstanding, then I use my knees under my armpits and my arms along side of my body."
*What are your thoughts for 2012? "We must all work together to find a way to solve the energy crisis. Think about it: BP oil spill in the Gulf last year, problems with the nuclear reactors in Japan;both are directly related to energy."
*HOT on your Playlist* at the moment:"Hot on my play list would be "Baba Hanuman" by Steve Gold."
Featured Musical Yogi
These groovy peeps out of Miami are leading their local conscious music movement by beautifully blending yoga, dance, and sacred sounds. Meet the Sol Temple Artists: Michelle (Michy) Hurtado: Vocals, Percussion, Keyboard, Harmonium; Marcus Thomson, aka DEVA: Lyricist, Percussion; Ganesha Michael Shapiro: Guitar. Check out their website and be prepared to be transformed through their wisdom surrounding the Kundalini Yoga mantras. Sol Temple is currently selling their "Seed Card," which is super groovy! You buy the card, go to the website, enter a special code so you can download their album, "Seeds of the Soul," and then plant the card back into Mother Earth. That's super COOL! We are sure that you will LOVE them as much as we do!
With spring fast upon us we wanted to share a great recipe that can be used as a main dish or as a great side. This is the perfect time of year to start your herb garden. If your weather is still a little chilly plant your herbs in a pot and keep indoors until the warmth of the sun finds you. If your climate has already began to warm, place your herbs right in the ground with your favorite organic soil. Start with three of my favorites that all grow great in our family garden. Mint, parsley and rosemary are super easy and hearty herbs! ENJOY!
3 Tbs. olive oil
3 Tbs. butter
1 bulb fennel, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint leaves
3 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 1/2 C. uncooked Arborio rice
1/2 C. dry white wine
3 1/2 C. vegetable broth
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil and butter in a medium-size heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir in fennel, red pepper, onion, and garlic. In a small bowl, mix together lemon zest, mint, parsley, and rosemary. Stir half of this herb mixture into saucepan, and set the rest aside. Saut� vegetables until slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in coriander and rice. Cook, stirring frequently, until rice grains are thoroughly coated with oil and butter. Stir in wine, then reduce heat to low. Stir in about 1 C. of vegetable broth. Continue to stir while ladling in more broth as needed; rice should have a thin veil of broth over it at all times. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until all broth is used and absorbed, and rice is tender. Remove pan from heat and stir in remaining herb mixture, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover pan loosely with waxed paper and allow to stand 8 to 10 minutes before serving.
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|Q:What did the yogi say when he decided to become a vegetarian?|
Submitted by Tomasz Goetel
Teacher and Founder of Hot Yoga Phuket and Hot Yoga Evolutionwww.hotyogaevolution.com
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Through Lilou's Juicy Living Tour we are able to experience her vision and mission in bringing the possibilities of the transformations that happen when we allow the heart to open and the journey of life to unfold. Lilou is traveling, interviewing and spreading the word of leaders and spiritual teachers and sharing through her tour website. Become a part of the juiciness and check it out!hereiihere.com
This intoxicating "Conscious Pop" music group of five experienced entertainers dedicated to creating powerfully infectious mainstream songs that promote a peaceful planet. Driven by their signature rhythmic blend of tribal pop, illuminated rock, and soul-inspired R&B harmonies, HERE II HERE's music penetrates audiences straight into the heart with moving, innovative lyrics of peace, awareness, connection, laughter, and of course - divine love. Check out "I AM HOLY", a song that will undoubtedly leave you feeling... holy.
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|Green Bus Project |
|What is the Green Bus Project?
The Green Bus Project is about two things: making a difference and waking others up to how t
hey too can make a difference. Moses, Zeina and their dog Bella are aboard the waste veggie-oil fueled Green Bus (also called the Sat nam Express) until December 2011 and are visiting over 150 yoga studios, as well as yoga and holistic conferences.Visit www.greenbusproject.com to follow their journey
Check out the latest episode on Green Bus TV
|Green Bus Project visits Fish Tree Yoga in Pensacola|
|Join Moses and Zeina:|
|May 6-8 2011|
East Coast Yoga Conference
Virginia Beach, VA
May 19-22 2011
MidWest Yoga Conference
June 26-25 2011
Summer Solstice Kundalini Celebration
|Yoga Paparazzi Team|
Founder Yoga Paparazzi, Bella's dad, and founder of I LOVE YOGA.com
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