Monday, March 26, 2012

Om Sweet Om - The Videos - Part II

If you can get through the credits, this pretty good....

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Om Sweet Om - The Videos

If you can get past the credits, this is pretty good. Why does this remind me of John Friend?

Friday, March 23, 2012

What if God was one of us...

More at Shockblast

And of course the soundtrack from Joan Osborne

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

On Meditation And Taking A Sh*t . . . .

Meditation is like taking a sh*t; it’s personal.

Meditation is like taking a sh*t; no one else can do it for you.

Meditating is like taking a sh*t; though it’s natural, you may have to train yourself to get the urge.

Meditation is like taking a sh*t; people who like to talk about how they do it all the time are often annoying to others.

Meditation is like taking a sh*t; some people like to light incense while they do it.

Meditating is like taking a sh*t; you can do it anywhere but some places are better than others.

Meditation is like taking a sh*t; you can force it, but it’s more effective when you relax and let go.

Meditation is like taking a sh*t; no matter how much you do it, you’re never really done.

Mediation is like taking a sh*t; if you take it too seriously, you’ve missed the whole point.

~ by Nicholas Payton

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bikram Quotes - Updated

He doesn't get better than this. New quotes from his visit to Dublin. From the Mail Online

In the meantime read his older zingers below:

I drive my car down Highway 10, to Palm Springs, then I take a left turn, onto Highway 15, towards Las Vegas, and when I am past Death Valley, in sixth gear, and the engine is producing 750hp and the speed­ometer is going from 380 to 400kph, then you are driving a Lamborghini! That’s called life, you idiot!

Reagan was so stupid. It was amazing this man could ever be president. He said to me, “What’s wrong, Bikram: 33 years and she never listens to me, my Patti? She hates her father so much she doesn’t call herself Patti Reagan but Patti Davis, her mother’s name?” I said, “Mr President, you raised her a bitch. I’m a guru, I make her a human being, I make her a woman, I make her a daughter, I make her a girl, I make her a lady.”

I’m not dressed like a guru am I? I dress like a gangster. Like Robert De Niro. I am more westernised than any western man you have ever met.

Don't get married. Don’t even take a chance. If you make water like this and get married, your marriage will not last three weeks. You should not learn yoga, learn how to cook! You know why women get divorced in America? Why you guys get divorced in the western world and, in India, no divorce? From 10 years old, mothers teach their daughters how to cook. You are the lousiest cooks in the world.

Did you pay to come here and listen to me? Wow! I am lucky. I go shopping tomorrow!

An Iyengar class looks like a Santa Monica sex shop with all those props.

They make so many stupid things in America.

I'm in show biz. I entertain people. Why do you want to pay money to go to a hot room and torture yourself?

We are a totally fucked up society.

What happens when they say they will commit suicide unless you sleep with them? What am I supposed to do? Sometimes having an affair is the only way to save someone’s life.

What are they eating for breakfast on Jupiter?

The whole Bikram class is one big brainwashing session.

I have balls like atom bombs, two of them, 100 megatons each.

Nobody fucks with me.

‎Nothing bothers me,I'm bullet proof, waterproof, wind proof, money proof, sex proof, emotion proof, stress proof, strength proof.

Indian yogi's are old-fashioned, conservative, prejudicial people. You have to look like yogi, talk like yogi, have a beard like yogi.

America’s biggest problem is too much freedom.

Western people can’t meditate. In India people really can’t meditate either.

When in Rome, I must do as the Romans do. When in America, copyright and trademark.

I'm feeling sleepy, because I haven't gone shopping for a long time.... I haven't bought a car for two years—no, I bought a car last month, the fancy new Chrysler.

I should be the most honored man in your country.

Don't throw up on the carpet. It's new.

Why are your legs spread? Women should not spread their legs any time, anywhere! Only in emergencies.

Downward Facing Dog? That’s not yoga. That’s American circus.

I control my kingdom like a gangster. It’s the only way it works. In America your biggest problem is you have a second choice. So you have an abuse of choices and too much freedom. It’s like a loaded gun in a kid’s hand

How many Rolls-Royce do I own? I don’t know. 35? I give every staff member of mine a car, something like a Jeep Cherokee. I have 17 vans.

I'm a product of Beverly Hills

American Yoga teachers are clowns. Circus clowns. They completely fucked yoga. They crucified hatha yoga in America. There is no yoga called kundalini, power, vinyasa, dog yoga.

Who the fuck is this YogaDawg? He's the only guru in America besides me who is not a joke.

White Hat Don: I should be the most honored man in your country.

Black Hat Don: Nobody fucks with me.

YogaDawg Don: Hi

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics - Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art’s Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics is presenting over 50 comics related to Tibet dating back to the 1940s.

Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics is showing at the Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, Mahattan) through June 11, 2012.

Reviewed at Hyperallergic

Friday, March 09, 2012

Color, Color Everywhere....

Indian villagers smear themselves with colours during the Lathmar Holi festival at the Nandji Temple in Nandgaon, some 120 kms from New Delhi, on March 3, 2012.

More at HuffPost

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Yoga Madness - The Video

"The new owner of this studio is not a kindred spirit"!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

When Miles Met YogaDawg - A Conversation

Miles Davis with Guru YogaDawg - circa 1960-61 - Found in box 365 of the Thaddeus “Dig Dat" Hornsworth Jazz Archives housed in the Smithsonian Institution.

Photograph courtesy of the Non-profit YogaDawg Foundation with research funding from the Jazz is American Kirtan Charitable Trust.

The following is a transcript of an overheard conversation between Miles Davis and YogaDawg Howls.

Miles - "Bop"
YogaDawg - "Om"

Miles - "Be bop a do"
YogaDawg - "Om man padi hum"

Miles - "Hot mama"
YogaDawg - "Jai ma"

Miles - "Cool"
YogaDawg - "Far out"

Miles - "Gotcha"
YogaDawg - "Damn, you're good!"

Miles - "Yeah, but Dawg, couldn't you have said that in 16 down dogs instead of 32?" (Note: a jazz joke....)

Music from Miles From India And yes, this is what you should be playing in American yoga classes; music by master American jazz masters and Indian master musicians.

Artists: Taufiq Qureshi, Selva Ganesh, Louiz Banks, Ron Carter, Ndugu Chancler, Sridhar Parthasarthy, Chick Corea

Sunday, March 04, 2012

12 Steps to Yoga Stardom - From the YogaDawg Archives

Step 1 - Begin by seeking out trendy yoga studios in gentrified areas in either LA or NYC (sorry, but you’ll need to move if you are anywhere else. It’s just not going to happen in Iowa or Kansas). This is where all the rich and beautiful yogis are and who will become your yoga allies. They are the yogis you must befriend and socialize with as you start your ascent to yoga stardom. Of these, you’ll need to figure out who the power yogis are (look for the ones wearing high-end yoga clothes and sporting a Black Manduka yoga mat) and who are new to the game (They are the ones wearing K-Mart crap and practice on pastel colored mats). Most important though, you must figure out who the yoga nut-jobs are (ie they’re the ones spouting crackpot yoga theories and think yoga is all spiritual and everything). Unfortunately there are vast amounts of them in the yoga world. Befriend the former, unless one of the latter can get you introduced to one of the latter. Remember that nut-cases will always lead you astray in your rise to yoga fame.

Step 2
– You will now actually need to learn something about yoga. Have no fear though, as all yoga studios will have books and magazines that you can spy while waiting for a class to begin. No need to invest money for this (in fact your first few classes at most yoga studios will usually be free or nominal in their quest to ‘hook’ you on yoga). Concentrate on books and articles about Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga in particular. The reason for this will become clear in the next step.

Step 3 – With a bit of yoga knowledge under your belt it is now time to chat up the other yogis around you. Always mention Iyengar or Ashtanga to them at every chance possible. Use a nebulous and tired tone when doing so to suggest you know all about these styles and have practiced them for much longer than you care to remember. Almost all yogis you encounter can relate to one of these as they are the basis of all the other styles out there. Look for their knowing nod of acceptance.

Important Note: Don’t try and add your own opinion of which style is better at this stage; you’ll only confuse things. The important thing to remember for now is that you are trying to win friends, not influence people.

Step 4 – Now is the time to perfect your Yogatude. This is a crucial step in breaking out from the crowd of ordinary yogis. In addition, it is important that you always stay positive and smiling. Even though this yoga star stuff is hard work, it is important to remember that in the yoga world you are always yes, never no.

Step 5 - At this point you should decide what kind of yoga star path you’ll want to take. The two basic avenues are yoga studio owner player or yoga magazine/yoga video player. If you choose the studio owner path, simply go out and buy one. Don’t worry if you’re not certified to teach. You can always hire teachers who are. No one will be the wiser and the beauty is that you won’t have to pay them much anyway. If you have followed the previous steps to satisfaction thus far, you should now be able to ‘steal’ all the cool, tight and trendy yogis from the other studios you hung out with as these yogis will now follow you to your new studio. Your studio will suddenly be THE yoga studio that everyone will want to be seen in.

Note: If you have decided to take the yoga magazine/video path we trust that you have befriended the publisher or editor of a hot yoga magazine that has offered you opportunities to appear in articles and on the cover. Strive to get into as many articles and covers as possible. Don’t waste too much time actually doing yoga. There are yogis who have built their whole careers doing this. In any event save the yoga for the videos.

Step 6 – Needless to say, you will need to develop and protect your public image (this is not the time to be caught catching a smoke in the back of your studio or being drunk while checking in your marks, umm, I mean students). Always remember that your image is what you will live off of going forward. Guard it like a yoga warrior!

Step 7 – You are now at the crucial stage in your rise to yoga stardom; the picking of your brand. Bandanas, speedos and hot pants have all been successfully used in the past. A perennial favorite is to appear somewhat exotic. People in the yoga scene love things they don’t understand (keep things mysterious) and we’re not just talking Sanskrit. On the other hand, if you have great hair and/or a great body, you will stand out from the gaggle of other wanna-be yoga stars. Use this to your advantage. Most important though is to make a point of saying that you think yoga transcends the outward appearances of great hair and great bodies while driving home that in fact, you have great hair and a great body.

Step 8 - Cultivate extensive yoga buzz about yourself. It’s impossible for everyone to be everywhere at once so use yoga blogs to your advantage. Comment on those run by snarky yoga bloggers and drop hints about your connections to past yoga stars (and hopefully dead ones so it will be hard to follow up on your claims) and yoga greatness. Banter with these yoga malcontents as you watch your yoga star shoot up proportionately as each of your comments get posted from blog to blog like wildfire.

Special note: Be extremely cautious about doing this on YogaDawg’s blog. Extreme bouts of schizophrenia and uncontrolled laughter have been reported from pretentious uptight yoga stars who have visited it. There is no exit here for the cunning.

Step 9 - You are now in low yoga star orbit and need to cultivate one additional trait to solidify your yoga image of those around you. Your goal now is to learn to act spacey (giving you an air of authenticity as it will show that you are have transcended your ties to ordinary daily living). Ideally, you will act this way around yoga students, yoga magazine publishers and sport cloths manufacturers who you will be vying to get endorsements from (you are trying to get endorsements at this point, aren’t you?) Be assured that after a while you’ll become so spacey that you won’t need to act any more..

Step 10 – Create your own special “thing”. Be assured that there is always an angle to be worked, a yoga style to be invented. As much as yoga people like to think they are practicing ancient yoga methods tied to past yoga gurus, a cult of yoga newness flourishes among them (they are all suckers for the latest yoga trend). Invention counts.

Step 11 - Now is the time to take things a step further by having an impact on the yoga movement itself. Claim your yoga territory by creating a cause or a mission that can easily be used to further your brand with the right PR slant. Use your new found fame strategically. If it brings you riches, with, say, a rise in endorsements or ads in magazines, start a new trendy yoga foundation with a hip yoga sounding name.

Step 12 – That’s it! You did it!! Congrats! You are a yoga star. You can now om comfortably in your Malibu beach home or Park Avenue apartment. Om Shanti and don’t forget to send in a monthly donation to the non-profit YogaDawg Foundation.