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A Holiday Gift from Lola Astanova, New York December 21, 2011

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Jingle bells, jingle all the way.. How much do we love the Holidays? It depends. If our Holidays are filled with the thoughtful and heartfelt greetings of our true friends, soul mates, immediate or distant relatives, as well as happy surprises, sweets, music and creativity then we cling to the Holidays, and we are attached to them just like we attached to any other Goodness in our life. Enjoy this “Gift” from Lola Astanova who recently starred in the $1.6 Million Classical Superstar Fantasy Concert along with Valery Gergiev, the Kirov Orchestra and hosted by ABC’s Regis Philbin.

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How someone got arrested for making the world a better place.. December 19, 2011

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Igor Stravinsky was a composer, pianist, and conductor. “He is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of 20th century music. Time Magazine named Stravinsky as one of the 100 most influential people of the century. He first achieved international fame with three ballets: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911/1947), and The Rite of Spring (1913). The Rite, whose première provoked a riot, transformed the way in which later composers thought about rhythmic structure, and was largely responsible for Stravinsky’s enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary, pushing the boundaries of musical design as a pianist and a conductor, often at the premieres of his works.” (via Wikipedia).



Yoga and Meditation, Part 1. Prevent Injury. Part 2. Cultivate Compassion December 16, 2011

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Yoga can be beautiful and beneficial unless your yoga “teacher” did not bother to tell you about the importance of postural alignment and did not warn you about how yoga can damage your body and your mind.  The lack of proper instruction during your yoga practice can contribute to injury and it can lead you in the wrong direction. Below are some basic tips on how to structure your daily yoga practice so that you can avoid damage and find joy in practicing yoga.

The first organizing principle underlying human movement and postures is our existence in a gravitational field”-  (H.D.  Coulter). Therefore, it is useful to keep recalling how the force of gravity dominates our daily yoga practices.  D. Coulter teaches that every movement we make is influenced by the gravitational field, and that we have to pay attention to our musculoskeletal system and its “mechanisms” that make movements and postures possible. “The musculoskeletal system does more than move the body; it also serves as a movable container for the internal organs. Just as a robot houses and protects its hidden supporting elements (power plant, integrated circuits, programmable computers, self-repairing components and enough fuel to function for a reasonable length of time) so does the musculoskeletal system house and protect the delicate internal organs.”- (H. D. Coulter “Anatomy of Hatha Yoga”).



Sound and Music in our life December 12, 2011

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By E. Shlychkov.

For centuries, sound and music have been used as tools to create harmony and balance within the body. This might include the sound of a human voice and the power of words that we use during our conversations, meditation or the words that we choose to listen to. Sound and music  are a valuable source of energy and  a tool for anyone’s personal development.
How does Music  “work”? The answer requires the understanding and acceptance of different styles of music. For instance: any chants use the rhythms of our breathing to create a sense of calmness and relaxed spaciousness during meditation. In Buddhism, chants in some ways are analogous to Hindu, Christian or Jewish religious recitations. Classical music (Mozart, Beethoven) has clarity and elegance, and it helps  improve concentration. Jazz, soul, reggae, and any music that is derived from the African tradition releases joy, while rhythms of  (non –violent) heavy metal, techno, hip hop, and rock & roll can excite the nervous system and release stress.



“His Name is Luka”, Suzanne Vega’s Lesson on Compassion

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By E. Shlychkov.

Every once in a while, a new music star comes along whose work resonates with the hearts and minds of a generation. Benny Goodman created his luminous jazz style in the midst of the Great Depression. Frank Sinatra’s tones were a favorite of America’s greatest generation and the prosperity of the post-war boom. Bob Dylan became synonymous with the rebellious ‘60s movement, while the sophisticated lyrics of the Beatles were associated with idealism during the cultural revolutions of this time period. What was the “message in the bottle” that was so captivating about these stars? Will the era of Michael Jackson be replaced with the era of Adele?