Friday, October 30, 2009
First and foremost, my god-son, to whom you might recall I wrote a letter about spirituality not long ago, turns 2 this weekend. So raise a glass of kombucha, and salute this precious yoga baby! (Mom is my BFF from the recent post about Biggest Loser-caliber workouts).
Next, I'll be setting up shop, literally, at lululemon on Sunday morning to teach a FREE yoga class in celebration of the Prudential store's 1st birthday. As a lululemon ambassador, I am blessed to feel quite a bit of love from the yoga-inspired brand. I hope you'll join me and the lovely crew of lulu heads at the Boston store for class this weekend, proving true the old adage that, indeed, the best things in life are free.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Don't get it twisted though; I'm rooting for the Phillies in the World Series.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
So you’re always talking about The Yoga Sutras, and it made me realize that I am long overdue in reading it. I searched “The Yoga Sutras” on Amazon.com, but it pulled up like a million (OK, not really a million) hits. Is there a particular version that you recommend? It seems like some have forewords or commentaries by other yogis... Is one more enlightening than the other? Help. I’m confused.
confusion is justified! Like many ancient texts, there are several translations of The Yoga Sutras from which to choose. The version that I have and to which I often refer is this one, with a foreword by Sri Swami Satchidananda.
I perused some of the others listed on Amazon and a few more piqued my interest:
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The Essential Yoga Texts for Spiritual Enlightenment, by Swami Vivekananda. I don't want to judge the proverbial book by its cover, here, but I couldn't help noticing that this one is beautiful! More importantly, though, is its credible author, Swami Vivekananda, a prominent yogi of the 19th century whose teachings influenced Gandhi and Tagore, among others.
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary, from Shambhala Classics. Shambhala consistently publishes some of the best spirituality resources on the market, and I suspect that this work is no different. The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga is among one of the most handy texts in my personal library. (In case, you're looking to fill your Amazon cart with additional goodies).
- Finally, I always consider yoga resources by B.K.S. Iyengar to be trustworthy, thorough, and clear. His version would likely be a sure bet as well.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
What I didn't know was how much I'd receive in return, for my toiling in cyber space. Because of you, dear reader, this blog transformed from a lark to a labor of love.
I simply didn't expect the level of interaction with an audience that a blog affords. Readers send friendly emails to share their yoga experiences and epiphanies, ask insightful questions that inevitably inspire future posts, post astute comments directly to the blog, and further spread the love by linking, following, re-tweeting, and pledging their official approval of OmGal.com by becoming a fan on Facebook. Former yoga students and childhood friends have tracked me down through the blog-- along with one ex-boyfriend, which was slightly less enjoyable (there's a reason we're exes), but I digress . . .
People cozy up in this corner of the blogosphere to read, relax, and as one om gal put it "counterbalance all the polluting of my brain that I do on Perez." Recently, I learned that this occurs even in the far reaches of the globe, as in, Australia. Yup, it's true; Hugh Jackman wrote me an email this week to say that he loooooooves the blog. He reads it every morning, while eating a batch of my pancakes before his workout.
OK, that's a lie. To my knowledge, Wolverine is not a follower of Om Gal. [Sigh].
However, a fabulous yoga apparel designer is, which to a lycra-loving clotheshorse, like me, is a close second. This designer inquired whether I might accept some samples from her line. After taking a quick looksy at the Abi and Joseph website, I agreed to test-drive new duds from Down Under. By the time my air mail package arrived in Boston, I was overjoyed.
And, who could blame me? The proud owner of a luxe, new pair of yoga pants (that come in "LONG!") and two elegant camisoles, I can't decide if I'm more thrilled about the clothes or the discovery that OmGal.com's readership includes Aussies.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Whether you're a fitness buff, weekend warrior, or armchair athlete, Sunday is the perfect day to stretch out-- on a cushy yoga mat or a comfy couch, for example. For those of you who practice yoga to support other athletic pursuits, I'm curious to know what's your sport, and what yoga pose do you do to limber up for it?