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Paralyzed By FEAR


ORIGIN COLUMNIST Chinook Gnome Wusdhu


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ost articles in yoga magazines are written for


those who already have a yoga practice. Today, I write these words and thoughts for those who have never practiced yoga—those who are teetering on the edge of breaking through their own fears and entering this new and amazing world of yoga.


Why are people afraid of yoga? The yoga tribe is the one of the safest on the


planet. I’ve never heard of a yoga terrorist. I’ve never heard of a drive-by yogi shooting. Why? Because a major principle of yoga is ahimsa (nonviolence) to yourself and other creatures.


Most major religions have fought and killed in the name of God. Religions preach nonviolence, but not all people practice it. Yogis do not promote war.


A sacred yoga studio is one of the safest places to be. The risk of danger and injury through yoga when compared to many other activities is miniscule.


So why is there such a fear of yoga? How did we go from being brave enough to climb Mount Everest to now being afraid of a yoga studio or a tree pose? Is it possible that we are afraid of healing? Is it a mind trap of the id to make us quit before we even start the healing process?


Stop making excuses and explore a yoga studio. As my Coach Thompson used to say: “If you are afraid to make a mistake, you will never win at anything.” Participating may be the best thing you ever did for yourself, others, and the planet—mentally, physically, and spiritually. Don’t be paralyzed by your fear!


Namaste. www.TsadaYogaDallas.com Russell Simmons and Seane Corn, NYC


We all deserve peace, we all deserve freedom, we all deserve justice; and together, we are stronger.


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e had the pleasure of joining forces with Seane Corn, Off The Mat, Into The World, and hundreds of other NYC yoga community members for our own contri-


bution to the budding revolution taking place at Occupy Wall Street in NYC, deemed “Off The Mat, and into the Street.” We went there to give the protestors our support, our compassion, and a little bit of yoga. It was not about us, or what we were doing, or how we could do fancy yoga poses—it was about the protestors, showing them that we were with them, showing them our love, showing the world that we are all one.


We marched, we danced, and we chanted the sound of Om with the freedom fighters down on Wall Street. I feel grateful every day for the practice of yoga—it is a blessing, it is a privilege—and it was so powerful to share it with the crowd (and even a couple of police officers) down at Occupy Wall Street. Let’s all remember to do our part: a kind hello, a smile, a thank you, to take our yoga practice off the mat, and into the street, and to share it. We all deserve peace, we all deserve freedom, and we all deserve justice; and together, we are stronger.


Knowledge is power.


Visit www.OccupyWallStreet.com for more information


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Namaste Wall Street


by Dan Wilf for YOGANONYMOUS


NYC Yogis invade OccupyWallStreet for Off The Mat, and Into The Street


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