The Brooklyn Yoga School Blog is for ALL THINGS YOGA! Featuring recipes we love, yoga posture breakdowns each month, fun surveys from our teachers, recommended reading lists, music we love, as well as details articles on the philosophy of yoga and the broader yogic lifestyle. Posts are put up at least once a week, so visit often!
We were thrilled to host Sharon Salzberg last month for her interview with CBS Religion Department. Sharon was filmed teaching at BYS for a 30 minutes segment that CBS produced that aired nationwide. show looks at the spiritual roots of the practice and how it can be used to transform society.
Krishna Das is generously giving away a brand new live recording of his latest Hanuman Chalisa entitled "Sundara Chalisa". We've been hearing this new version of the Hanuman Chalisa at KD's event since this past summer and it is one of our current favorites, especially the extended call and response ending after the prayer!
Impress your friends and family with super simply recipe that is delicious and extremely healthy. This recipe uses sprouted almonds, substantially increasing the protein and enzyme levels in the nuts as well as increasing the digestibility! The actual prep time only takes about 15 minutes, but be warned: once you taste this almond milk, it will forever change you!
With the weather now getting warming, it's a great time to start returning some raw foods back into your kitchen and belly! One of our favorite recipes right now is a raw cashew pesto sauce. It's delicious on just about anything: pasta, veggie dip, toast, you name it! This pesto is not only a delicious snack, but also a healthy, full of protein, and takes about 10 minutes to make!
The Yama Series is an ongoing series on the BYS blog featuring articles written by BYS Founder, Lily Cushman. The Yama Series explores the first step of Classical Yoga and it's relevance to practice and life. Each week Lily will be posting in-depth articles on the five different Yamas, both how they present in ancient texts, and how to work with them as practical tools for today. This first stage of yoga is often overlooked or misunderstood, however it can be a extremely helpful to understand the nature of our own suffering - not only the role we play in this suffering, but also a pathway to find freedom from it. We invite you to take part in this blog series by joining the discussion: commenting on the articles, and sharing your own experiences as you explore these particular elements of your yoga practice.
This reading list is full of some phenomenal heavy hitters -- must reads for anyone who is getting serious about understanding yoga in their lives. The Sutras and Gita are like the manuals for Classical Yoga, and there are LOTS of different translations of these two texts. The others books on the list are full of essential wisdom and light on the path and the huge variety of ways that manifests!
Here is a variety of books about the life of Neem Karoli Baba, better known as Maharaj-ji, as well as stories of those who spent time with him. Includes the autobiography by Krishna Das, as well as a collection of stories about Maharaj-ji put together by Ram Dass, Miracle of Love.
If you are looking to expand your asana practice, there are lots of resources out there. This is a list of a few of our favorites, many of which focus on yoga postures within the context of the broader path of Yoga.