- Helping Your ‘Good Old Dog’ Navigate Aging: Really informative Fresh Air interview, featuring Veterinary behaviorist Nicholas Dodman, co-author of Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Healthy, Happy and Comfortable. Earlier this year, we had a scary few weeks with our 14-year old cat. She pulled through and is now fine, but I wish I had knew more about the pet health care industry going in.
- Eco-asceticism: Heart and Soul explores how members of different religious traditions use voluntary simplicity as a key tenet of their spiritual life.
- Walking Tours as Karma Yoga: FACETS is a Fairfax, VA organization that assists “.. men, women, and children who are homeless or are otherwise precariously housed”.
… On Nov. 7, FACETS hosted a walking tour around Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax,where each stop taught participants about the nonprofit. FACETS offers programs and services at locations in Fairfax County, including Centreville, to those who are homeless.UUCF serves as a hypothermia shelter for two weeks every winter. The free hypothermia program had 236 participants in 2009. About 100 of those participants signed up for case management. Of those, FACETS has been able to move 18 to permanent housing.
… After the walk, participants volunteered to put together emergency kits and design scarves for homeless people. Other activities included frisbee and yoga provided by Sun & Moon Yoga Studio. “It’s Karma yoga,” said Cynthia Maltenfort, who taught the yoga session. “[Yoga] helps all of us. We all get more grounded and are happier. … And it’s for everyone. We want people to know that. No matter what age or abilities, it’s for everyone. It’s about being aware and being in the moment.”
- Hindu Group Stirs a Debate Over Yoga’s Soul: From the NY Times
… a group of Indian-Americans has ignited a surprisingly fierce debate in the gentle world of yoga by mounting a campaign to acquaint Westerners with the faith that it says underlies every single yoga style followed in gyms, ashrams and spas: Hinduism.
The campaign, labeled “Take Back Yoga,” does not ask yoga devotees to become Hindu, or instructors to teach more about Hinduism. The small but increasingly influential group behind it, the Hindu American Foundation, suggests only that people become more aware of yoga’s debt to the faith’s ancient traditions.