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The passing away of the legendary master hatha yogi B.K.S. Iyengar may be the ending of an era. He brought the light of hath yoga to the West and it came back to reflect in India. He was 95 and his loss is felt throughout the yoga world, regardless of style and school.

With the passing of so many “gurus” in the last decade and the democratization through successful mass yoga, the role of a guru has been greatly diminished–some may say it has been eliminated. Many have been deeply flawed with inappropriate behaviors. Gurus are still important in India and within the global Indian diaspora, especially with regard to the teaching of the scriptures/texts and meditation. How will yoga, particularly hatha yoga, evolve without the gurus who brought it to almost every country, from shore to shore? Perhaps the time has come for a more organic, scientific evolution.

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Meena Modi | Being in Flow  Meena Modi | Breathe Fully Live Free
Both CDs are now at the Ridgewood Library and can be checked out through BCCLs in Bergen County.

 

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When a sixth grader in the three-part teen meditation series I recently did at the library said I had to read Buddha at Bedtime, it just had to be done. Em (not his name) told me he meditated every single day because meditation recharged his batteries–he had also developed various strategies that he ought to write down.

Buddha at Bedtime is suggested for three to six-year olds but some older children may enjoy and benefit from the book, like Em. The vividly illustrated book with thick, glossy paper to withstand multiple readings, has 20 stories based on the Jataka tales (part of Buddhist literature). The Scottish author, Dharmachari Nagaraja, a guest presenter on BBC Radio 2 and ordained into the Western Buddhist Order, starts with a short introduction to Buddha and Buddhism. He suggests ways to use the book–each story ends with a short insight (many might see it as a moral).

The book is an invitation to relax at the end of the day, snuggle up, and enjoy a good story that deals with multiple issues in children’s lives in a positive way. The stories have a universal message and can help open up conversations about what may be happening in a child’s life. There are three age-appropriate meditations at the end–two of which, the Rainbow and Breathing Meditations, are remarkably similar to two meditations in Swami Satyananda’s book Yoga Education for Children (first edition 1985).

 

 

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