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May 2006
Volume 5/Number 3

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FEATURE
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Special Section: Ecology

Peak Oil
By Jason Keehn  

Al Gore said “Doing the right thing moves things forward.”  The articles in our annual ecology issue support the idea of opening up to the truh in order to health the earth, our relationship to it and in doing so, ourselves

If you’re like me, you wish you could get rid of your car. But you can’t. This is L.A., “after all.” The last time you filled your tank, it probably cost at least $40. That hurts, but maybe not unbearably. More price increases at the pump, however, might induce those of us who haven’t already done so to make some dramatic changes in the way we live and the way we get around.

 

 

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A Sea Ethic
By Carl Safina 

The ocean displays to us a dismissive, inscrutable exterior, all motion and mood, all mask and disguise, seemingly rolling on as always, the extent of her wrinkles never varying over time. But don’t underestimate her. Because 99 percent of Earth’s living space is in the seas, this planet would likely bear abundant life if no land existed. But without an ocean, this planet would merely spin unnamed, three orbits from a star, its browned-out face its own sterile moonscape. How do we begin to acknowledge a debt of such magnitude?

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Off the Mat, Onto the Road:
By Julie Deife

Bikes haven’t become a mainstream form of transportation - yet, and there are several reasons why. Our obsession with road building, our love affair with the automobile, denial that fossil fuels have been depleted, lack of will and discipline to make changes on an individual level all contribute - and last but not least - the transportation options our children are learning do not begin to break the anti-
bicycle cycle. 

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Keeping It Green:
By Robin and Michael Mastro

Green building is not a new concept. Thousands of years ago, the ancient seers of India spent entire lifetimes observing how man-made structures impacted the environment. Their findings were compiled into a body of knowledge called Vastu Shastra and it is from this environmental science that some of the world’s most enduring structures were created.

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South Central's Farm:
By K. Vera Brink

Ranging from timid ornamentals to radical subsistence, very few community gardens are officially tracked, much less protected. One reason is that, like fennel squeezing through cracks in the sidewalk and thriving, these green spaces often sprout in gaps of property ownership and use. In South Central Los Angeles at 41st and Alameda, 350 families grow over 150 varieties of medicinal and edible crops on a once-transitory 14 acre spot.

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AYURVEDA Q&A:
By Dr. Jay Apte

Ayurveda has been practiced in the U.S. only about 25 years, yet it is the 5000 year old Indian system of medicine and yoga's sister science. Readers are invited to submit questions for "Ayurveda Q & A" to ayurveda@layogamagazine.com

Q: I’m 56, primarily pitta constitution. I have been in menopause for five years without much intervention of any kind, so I have had my share of hot flashes. I have been a lacto-vegetarian for over 20 years and eat pretty consciously and exercise regularly so I believe that helps everything.

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The Eight Limbs of Yoga:
By Sydney and Kevin Light

Patanjali's 2300-year-old Yoga Sutra contains a progressive series of disciplines, which chart a roadmap to the highest possible state of human potential, God-Realization. The following eight sections discuss the Eight Limbs of Yoga"

Yamas
Niyamas
Asana
Pranayama
Pratyahara
Dharana
Dhyana
Samadhi




 


Sitting Down With:
John Friend

By Julie Deife

When a new yoga method called Anusara hit the scene in the mid 90’s controversy around the increase in branding of yoga overshadowed Anusara founder John Friend’s story. Today, in California alone, there are 90 Anusara affiliated or certified teachers. John has trained them all while working almost non-stop for ten years building a kula, or community to hold the dream. On a recent visit to Los Angeles he took time out to share the history and vision for Anusara yoga, clearly inseparable from John as a person.

Julie: You made a big decision in 1986 to walk away from a successful career. Why?

John: I had been doing financial analysis for an international Swedish company. I was good at it, the company was successful, and everything was really swift, but I just hit a level of un-fulfillment. It was a life crisis that prompted me to say: “I really need to seize the day about what I really truly value and what my heart’s longing is.”

Julie: Were you already practicing yoga?

John: In ’86, in my mid-twenties, I had been teaching yoga for six years and practicing for thirteen. Yoga was a big, yet auxiliary, part of my life; it was like a hobby or the spiritual aspect of my life which I kept more private. I had my outer life of business as a normal middle-class guy in Texas making a living.

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Teacher Profile:
Rajashree Choudhury

By Bob Belinoff


Behind the long counter in the Bikram Yoga College of India front lobby there are two glass doors, one engraved with a big frosted B for the man most associated with the yoga that bears his name. The other with a big frosted R, for his wife, the woman who seems to be its soul.

Rajashree Choudhury is Bikram Yoga’s chief trainer of teachers and, it’s been said, though not by her, the person largely responsible for the distinct system and sequencing of the 26 postures that comprise Bikram Yoga. Much of this work, the story goes, was based on her extensive background in yoga therapy and physiology. She is a past Mrs. India and Mrs. World Photogenic, 1985 and has been practicing yoga since the age of three.


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