The Secret of Happiness
this is an awesome story from the awesome book The Alchemist (read it!) The Two Drops of Oil Paulo Coelho A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men. The young man wandered through the desert for forty days until he reached a beautiful castle at the top of a mountain. There lived the sage that the young man was looking for. However, instead of finding a...
Anythang — Devin the Dude and they say rap music...
Intense love does not measure. It just gives.– ~Mother Teresa
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All That Glitters is Goldin Girl Tribe
NataRani à trois ♥
regardless of your beliefs, you have to admit the story of Easter is pretty cool. according to Christian history, Jesus was resurrected from the dead. how amazing! we often get caught up in the politics of “religion,” but there’s so much to learn from so many sources. as the story goes, this man sacrificed everything—his life—for the sake of Love. and because of that, he was able to live again....
What's the Word?
being the cool lady that I am, I get the Dictionary.com Word of the Day sent to me. (I also have the Dictionary.com app on my phone). whatever I’m a writer; I love words. so today’s word is “Yin,” (of Yin/Yang…) you know, this: yin \YIN, noun: a principle in Chinese philosophy associated with negative, dark, and feminine attributes in our semantic conceptualization, “negative” and...
Others may hate you. Those who hate you don’t win, unless you hate them....– ~Richard Nixon
Happy Earth Day!
give Thanks to the Motherland, from which all is created, and by which all is sustained! to open a yoga practice, it’s customary to set an intention or to offer a dedication to a particular being or abstract entity. as you move through the yoga practice of your life, dedicate the Beauty you cultivate to fortifying the bond between our brothers and sisters across the World. let your...
this came as my Daily Om message yesterday: Spreading Your Light How You Affect Others Daily As the pace and fullness of modern life serve to isolate us from one another, the contact we do share becomes vastly more significant. We unconsciously absorb each other’s energy, adopting the temperament of those with whom we share close quarters, and find ourselves changed after the briefest...
Malcolm X Park Yoga Cypher
alright! it’s Spring! time to emerge from hibernation and let the seeds of Inspiration bloom join me in Malcolm X Park on Sunday afternoons for some yoga play to the beat of our own drums! fresh air, fresh beats, and vibes to keep you floating through the week bring a yoga mat or blanket, [coconut] water, snacks to share, and anything lovely and beautiful that makes you smile Namaste! ♥
$1 YOGA! →
for everybody who wants to try it, but says it’s too expensive, this is just the right amount to get you a good taste and get you hooked! I haven’t been here yet, but I’ve heard great things, and now I’m gonna see for myself! enjoy.
Just Let Go. Let It Flow.
often things don’t quite happen the way we imagined, and it’s natural for us to get a little bent out of shape about it. sometimes, though, it turns out, maybe way down the line, that it was the best thing for us, and as soon as we’re able to move past our upset, we can see the Blessing. Buddhism teaches that eliminating expectation eliminates disappointment. when you enter a...
it’s so important to be in the presence of motivating and inspirational energy. the people in our lives who have the things we want, both material and energetic, are our greatest teachers.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,...– ~Einstein spiritual, social, scientific genius. did you know he was a vegetarian? ;) ♥
I got the opportunity to hang out with some doggies earlier today, and it was such a lovely change of pace. we have so much to learn from our non-human friends. pets represent that pure carefree sense of contentment that we, as yogis, aim to achieve. in fact, a lot of yoga poses are actually inspired by the natural movement of animals. downward-facing dog, anyone?? whenever you get the chance,...
Showering You With Love
rainy days get everybody all down in the dumps, but they are the perfect opportunity to practice creating positive perspectives on life. think about it, without rain, there’d be no flowers! rain can be annoying, especially when you’re standing in it waiting for the bus - _ - but, it is essential, and it is beautiful. so rather than thinking and saying mean things about it, send the rain some Love....
I came across a friend practicing yoga in the park this weekend, and he was so kind as to share some insight on his experience with meditation. he said that he had been working with attempting to meditate while holding different poses (asanas). he described it as a total experience, in which the Self is able to become one with The Source—to embody pure vibration. this idea especially moved me...
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.– Unattributed
Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.– Unattributed
What IS NataRani??
the development of this idea, as an extension of my intertwined explorations of dance and yoga, started to germinate from my introduction to the “Dancer’s Pose” in yoga (“Natarajasana” in Sanskrit). having learned that “Nata” is the Sanskrit for “Dancer,” and “Raja” the Sanskrit for “King,” I looked up the Sanskrit for...
Pranayama is one of the limbs of the Ashtanga (ashta: eight, anga: limb) yoga system from which our modern conceptualization of the tradition stems. it means “restraint of the breath.” the prana is that elusive life force that floats us along on the current of the breath. observing and exercising the breath is a profound element of meditation, as it encourages the attention to move...
caressing your eardrums like brushstrokes down the spine ;) Nate G[enius] (aka Nathaniel Benneton Grey) does it again Summer 2011 anthem. can’t wait for Sunshine and Summer Love!
Vegan-made Sandwiches →
a good sandwich is so hard to find! I appreciate you, Tom.
Gluten Free? for me?? →
things like this really light up my life. so thoughtful. I appreciate you, Kaleb.
blog + yoga = bloga. ♥
When Life Gives You Lululemons...
yoga is all about community. individually, we develop the tools to make ourselves most harmonious with others. and together, we combine our energies to support and encourage each other’s Journeys. on Saturday, Lululemon Athletica hosted a beautiful flow on the National Mall, led by the fabulous Faith Hunter, in honor of Jayna Murray, whose most recent tour on Earth ended unexpectedly last...
“You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state.” during a yoga practice, what we are doing is not as important as what we becoming—our actions only serve to cultivate the qualities we aim to embody. we seek Peace, Patience, Truth, Beauty, Happiness, Inspiration, Creativity. we’re seeking to perfect ourselves and become human masterpieces—magnificent works of Art. whenever masculine energy is...
for just one day a month, the last Thursday, we get the chance to just vibe. no judgment, just joy. how yoga :) Christine. (of Lunchbox Theory Productions) aka the orchestrating magician :) there was facepainting! and cupcakes!! Happy 2nd Anniversary, Afrobeat! see everybody next time
The Fabulous 9 →
more exciting details about this fascinating figure
4 (the) 1(st post of) 2011
well I didn’t want to just haphazardly start a blog on any random day. and I needed some time to organize my thoughts and try to build a little hype. why today? today’s date 4/1/2011 reduces to 9 4 + 1 + 2011 = 2016 => 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9 follow me? the number 9 is very significant in the Numerology of lots of cultures all over the world all throughout history. some of the awesome qualities...
welcome to OUR blog! I invite you to contribute even further by donating content in the form of inspirational anecdotes, articles, quotes, poetry, photography, art, recipes, tips for promoting Peace, and anything else you want to share! the purpose of this forum is to share the beauty of yoga, in all of its many facets, as it applies to everyday life. this blog will BE yoga, in that it will...