Yogis on the Economy

November 26th, 2008 — 2:56pm

I just finished interviewing six renowned yogis for a piece that will run in Yoga Journal, on how handle this economic shakeout with some modicum of equanimity.

Here’s  a preview of what they had to say:

Brent Kessel: “Many people have a worst case scenario in the back of their minds that they run away from. It’s healthier to acknowledge those feelings and confront your imagined scenario directly. If you do,  you’d see that you would cope, you would bring all your resourcefulness to that situation. You’d make a plan and deal with it.”

Scott Blossom: “The actual poses you do are less important than the energy and spirit you bring to them. Ground the feet. And take deep inhales. Now is the time to bring a sense of generosity to your practice, and do those poses that most nourish you.”

Carlos Pomeda: “Nothing last forever. Crises have an end. What meditation gives you in times of trouble is agility, and the ability to respond to what is, with clarity and calm.”

Ann Dyer: “Being well-rested helps us ride the surf of change. Because that’s what life is. It lets us  respond to what is with clarity and courage.”

Swami Ramananda: “We all are teachers to each other and inspire each other.  Karma yoga keeps us stable during anxious times by helping us reconnects us to the true source of our own of strength and stability — the unchanging spirit within us.”

Gurmukh: “Learn to enjoy something without having to own it. If you can enjoy beauty for its own sake, you change the way you relate to the world.  And with that, comes freedom, and the power to change your destiny.”

The piece will run in the March 2009 issue.

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