Exploring Yoga: It Doesn’t Matter How We Get Here


WHEN I FIRST went to a yoga class 17 years ago, I thought I was going to stretch, to supplement my crazy aerobic schedule. Back then, I taught high-intensity aerobics and when a yoga studio opened across the street, I figured a bit of stretching would help soothe my muscles so I’d teach better. Boy […]

Beryl Bender Birch Discusses Boomer Yoga


Beryl Bender Birch is well known as an Ashtanga yoga devotee and as one of the major innovators of Power Yoga, which served to popularize an athletic, flowing style of asana practice in the west. She has now written Boomer Yoga, a guide to how to begin and adapt a yoga practice in one’s later […]

A Historical Romance of 20th Century India – Book Review


In fictional love triangles, the heroine is often presented with two options: the dashing bad boy or the nice, dependable dud. Just such a triangle appears in “Tiger Hills,” the first novel by Sarita Mandanna, which opens in the South Indian district of Coorg (where Mandanna was born) at the turn of the 20th century. […]

Indian Wisdom, Vedic Teaching Fuse In ‘Avatar’


This is, indeed, a story about the James Cameron film “Avatar”–because this interview with author Jeffrey Armstrong makes an important and inspirational connection with the ancient Indian wisdom, the Vedic teachings, that form the basis for the film’s powerful mythology. Journalist and author Lynne Meredith Schreiber occasionally writes about Vedanta (the ongoing path of spiritual […]