Book & Film

Emerson, the Dream of America and Vedanta – Book review, Interview

Emerson, the Dream of America and Vedanta - Book review, Interview

Emerson on Consciousness: “We are in it. It is not in us.” Truth is not subjective. Modern science seeks to observe and understand our world and it’s truths, investigating our perceptions, inferences and assumptions about the world. Truth is not culturally specific, nor time dependent; laws of nature are not cultural, nor subjective. We don’t [...]


‘Queen of the Sun’ a film about bees, crisis and hope

'Queen of the Sun' a film about bees, crisis and hope

Update April 18, 2011 Queen of the Sun opened last weekend in the Bay Area and Nationwide, look for a showing near you, organize a house party, order the DVD… pass it on. Help the bees save us! Taggart Siegel, an old yoga buddy, has a new film about the current bee collapse, beekeepers and [...]


Beyond Tribal: On Empathy, Wholeness, Yoga & Vedanta [books, J. Rifkin, video]

Beyond Tribal: On Empathy, Wholeness, Yoga & Vedanta [books, J. Rifkin, video]

For some years now I have been pondering ‘identity’ as I study and seek to practice Yoga and Vedanta. Identity meaning sense of self – in community, in society, in relation to spirit and divinity, in relation to our apparent tribal nature.

Yoga and Vedanta teach the nature of Wholeness, brahma vidya, knowledge of Brahman, and the practice of karma yoga…
Recent studies in neuroscience, psychology and behavior point to empathy and compassion being strong biological drivers[...]


Keep squeezing the belt! Resources for Pelvic Floor practice, or Mula Bandha (books, tips)

Keep squeezing the belt! Resources for Pelvic Floor practice, or Mula Bandha (books, tips)

As you know, unused muscle loses tone and strength. The mind is powerful, however thinking about doing pelvic floor exercises, and nodding ‘I know, I know’ will not a strong pelvic core make. Consistent, daily practice, “with no gaps” as Friday the Tibetan girl says in “How Yoga Works” will make for a rewarding practice. [...]


Emerson, Vedanta & Serendipity (Karl’s musings, book, conference)

So I’m reading a book on Emerson by Richard G. Geldard I saw reviewed in an old issue of Parabola (a magazine on world mythology and spirituality I’ve been into since high school). I have always been a fan of Emerson since high school or earlier, and Thoreau, Whitman… I realize now much of Emerson [...]


book: strong recommend. Good Story, Yoga Sutras and Great Teachings – “How Yoga Works”

book: strong recommend. Good Story, Yoga Sutras and Great Teachings - "How Yoga Works"

I am reading a wonderful book a friend brought to me when I was in the hospital. The book, “How Yoga Works” has inspired me greatly in practice and kept students in mind as well. This book is perhaps the best I have ever read on Yoga, due to its genuine accuracy and truth of [...]