November 4, 2011

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Booming—and, broke.

I interviewed John Friend, the famous yoga teacher, last night. For three hours. It was his first response to some recent…developments in his Anusara yoga community that pertain directly, and in a fascinating manner, to our mission: being a sane, fun, irreverent yet caring part of the evolution of mindful culture in the West. Oh, and everywhere.

Things at elephant are booming. Lindsey and I have a few (we need more) great volunteers, Bob Weisenberg, Tanya Lee Markul, Ben Riggs, Tobye Hillier and Lynn Hasselberger…and the recently departed Colin Wiseman first among them. Our readership numbers are close to 30,000 unique visitors a day, now, according to Google Analytics…we passed both our local hometown paper, the Camera, and yogajournal.com in August.

And yet—without staff, or investment, our popularity means nothing. Sure, it’s service, I hope, to the greater good. There’s so much suffering and inequity in the world—having some mindful independent media is no less than vital. And yet—without you—we’re, literally, nothing.

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PS: Click here for John’s poem to his three departed teachers.

Yours in working (and playing) to create enlightened society,


Waylon Lewis
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Top Ten of the Week

A Letter to the Yoga Community about the “Anusara Situation.” ~ Amy Ippoliti

Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell and Elena Brower resign their formal certification with Anusara Yoga…our friend Amy weighs in.

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Buddhist Wedding. ~ Linda Lewis

And then, as still continues, the couple would make six offerings symbolic of the paramitas or transcendent virtues

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Occupy vs. Tea Party: the Diagram. ~ Waylon Lewis

“Teabaggers” vs. “Fleabaggers”?
We can do better…

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The Path to Understanding Carbohydrates. ~ Kate Leinweber

How brown rice changed my life…

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Yoga Fight Club. ~ Julia Clarke

The competitive nature of yoga studio hiring…

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Start a Naked Revolution. ~ Kate Bartolotta

You do this. You don’t do that. You have this. You don’t have that. But who are you?

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Noam Chomsky & the Ecstasy of the Occupy Movement.  ~ Shyam Dodge

This is what is unique about the Occupy Movement…

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The Real Cost of Taking Up Yoga ~ Lucy Edge

A start-up year of yoga would cost a 37 year old New Yorker $XXXX…

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Watch: Jon Stewart, Walter Isaacson, 60 Minutes on Steve Jobs’ Buddhism. ~ Waylon Lewis

The Zen of Steve Jobs..? Maybe.

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5 Ways to Beat Cancer While Creating Inner Vitality.  ~ Jessica Stone Baker

After a mastectomy, axillary lymph dissection, six rounds of chemotherapy and currently in process of 33 radiation treatment, I am cancer “free.”

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Funny of the Week

Why Men Go to their First Yoga Class. {Video}

Wow of the Week

Man reunites with Gorilla he raised as son. {Video}

Quote of the Week

“…feminism, urbanism, protest and disarmament, personal individuation cannot alone save the world from the catastrophe…”

James Hillman

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