Four teenagers unroll yoga mats in the common area of the East Coast drug rehabilitation center they currently call home. They’re ready for their Sunday afternoon vinyasa flow. Today, they seem tired. One of the teens, Vicki (name changed to preserve confidentiality), requests a gentle practice. She emphasizes: “No downward dogs!” I tell them I’ll happily oblige. Working with recovering addicts, you quickly learn to meet them where they’re at. They can be cooperative on some days and challenging, if not downright defiant, on others. Patience is tested. […]
While undergoing an intensive yoga training in Minneapolis over the summer, I learned the Sanskrit term svadyaya, or “self-study.” Much to my surprise, I discovered that reading Tarot cards or other types of divination decks (something I’ve been doing since high school) falls under the svadyaya category. Rather than seeing this activity as “occult,” one can simply see it as a method of getting acquainted with oneself in a deep and meaningful manner. During the training, we would often be invited […]
The day after I flew back from my 200-hour Teacher Training & Intensive program at Devanadi School for Yoga and Wellness in Minneapolis, I began orientation with Root to Rise NJ, a non-profit organization whose mission is: “to break the stigma associated with addiction by pushing the limits of what is physically and mentally possible.” In the three weeks since, I have gone from metaphorically dipping my toes into the organization’s warm, oceanic waters to diving in waist-deep. Some of […]
What a gift to have found an activity that makes you feel strong enough to fly, and to have a community that will be there for you in case you slip and fall. I am one grateful yogi who is, by the way, now certified to teach! And I have the feeling my journey has only just begun . . .
Model: Emily Golomb of Studio 1831 Time: Photos below were captured in mid-August of 2014 (Emily’s next class in the cemetery will take place on September 7, 2014) Place: Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA, USA Camera: Nikon D3100 with 55-200mm Zoom Lens Photographer: Gina Marie
Title: Vajrayogini Created: 17th to 18th century Composition: Gilded copper alloy with polychrome Origin: Tibet or China Gift of: Natacha Rambova Photos: © 2013 by Gina Marie Info courtesy of: The Philadelphia Museum of Art “The extremely profound and secret yogic practice related to Vajrayogini, handed down through the Sakya lineage, produces swift realizations that move a seeker speedily along the path to enlightenment. Here Vajrayogini tramples two figures as she lunges to the left, an act that symbolizes the […]
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This is one of the murals commissioned by the Philadelphia Mural Arts program, the largest public art organization in the U.S., linking artists with neighborhoods to beautify public spaces. The mural transforms an otherwise drab brick facade into a veritable masterpiece. The Birth of Venus sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A few feet to the left of “The Birth of Venus,” one finds Venus and Cupid. Jupiter and Callisto painting (detail). Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” […]