Arts/Culture Category

YEM-Yoga as Energy Medicine by Parvati
The following is an excerpt from Parvati’s anticipated book to be released in 2018 on her unique and transformative practice of yoga, “YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine”. YEM™ provides you with a means to reconnect with life force energy, yoga’s forgotten treasure, and cultivate radiant health on all levels. It masterfully blends classical yoga with chi-energy work to develop life-force awareness through each physical posture. Discover new focus and depth to abundantly increase the potency of your practice and realize your true magnificence. The meaning of yoga as “union”, the weavingRead More
Marcus & Jean Baylor - Jazz and R&B musicians
This month Parvati Magazine spoke with husband and wife jazz duo Marcus and Jean Baylor of The Baylor Project, about their Grammy nominated album “The Journey”, and their life together. Parvati Magazine: I love the name of your record label, Be A Light, which is fitting because this month’s issue is called The Light Within. What does Be A Light mean to you and your work? Jean Baylor: We are people of faith. A big part of who we are and what we try to put out in the worldRead More
LIVARI-sustainable fashion-lysia Reiner
Last winter, celebrity stylist Claudine DeSola introduced actress Alysia Reiner, and designer and Women’s March organizer Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs. Together, they formed the zero waste womenswear label LIVARI. Parvati Magazine: How did LIVARI come to be and how do eco-fashion and the Women’s March complement each other? Alysia Reiner: Claudine knew [Tabitha and I] both had a deep passion for the environment and women’s rights. I like to say women and the environment have become endangered species. We collaborated to use the art of fashion as a form of activism.Read More
Ferdinand the bull-Ferdinand movie poster
After a few months of more serious movie-going fare, I thought it would be enjoyable to try something on a more lighthearted note. To add to the fun, I brought along my five-year old son and one of his friends for their candid reviews to add to my perspective on the new movie about Ferdinand the bull.  This animated offering is inspired by the 1936 children’s classic (and possible political statement) by Munro Leaf. The plot was simple enough and stayed mostly true to the source material. Ferdinand the bullRead More
Oprah Winfrey, The Wisdom of Sundays
By now, Oprah Winfrey is more than a household name. She is a bona fide legend, truly the stuff that American dreams are made of: an entirely self-made media mogul, actress, producer, philanthropist and one of most influential people in the world. After ending a 25-year run as the matriarch of the Oprah Winfrey talk show in 2011, Oprah turned her focus to different formats to teach and inspire. Super Soul Sundays was born later that year as an hour-long program on her self-titled television network (Oprah Winfrey Network, orRead More
Hailing from Manchester in the United Kingdom, the organic women’s clothing line Beaumont Organic began in 2008 with eight t-shirts made of organic cotton. They saw rapid growth in 2009 after winning the Best Organic Textile Award, and soon started to sell their line in Japan. In the following years, they launched an online shop and expanded their collection from t-shirts to a 60-piece collection. Customers can choose from an all-natural textile line, including organic cotton, chemical-free processed bamboo, linen, wool, silk, and natural vegetable-tanned leather. Production is close toRead More
Wonder film poster
After a couple of months exploring some movies on the fringes of the mainstream, I headed back to the local mega-screen cineplex for some family-friendly fare to kick off the holiday season. With Wonder, I feel like I won the jackpot. In it, we meet Auggie, who was born with Treacher-Collins syndrome which presents as deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones, and chin. Auggie has had over 20 surgeries in his young life to overcome this disadvantage. Expertly played by young Jacob Tremblay (who, beneath the prosthetic makeup, you mayRead More
In 1955 a movie called Blackboard Jungle used Bill Haley’s song Rock Around The Clock and music spread like wildfire through car radios into the ears and souls of the teen population. In 2017, the landscape is radically different. The teenagers of the rock n’ roll era are aging boomers today. There is so much on offer that today’s young consumers take it for granted. Spotify alone boasts about 10,000 to 30,000 new songs per day. Gaining the mass cultural influence wielded by Rock Around the Clock is a farRead More
I had the good fortune of seeing Human Flow this month courtesy of our local film festival. The theatre was packed on a nondescript Wednesday night and the film did not disappoint. In it, filmmaker and artist Ai Weiwei paints a very dramatic and very human picture of the insane scale of the current refugee crisis. Despite the fact that stories of refugees regularly appear in my news feed, I had no idea of the true magnitude of the crisis. Over 65 million people around the world have been forcedRead More
The Book of Separation is a detailed and gripping autopsy of what happens when you feel your inner consciousness calling you away from the religious path you have known your whole life. In the case of author Tova Mirvis, she needed to come to terms with the reality that she no longer resonated with Orthodox Judaism. Mirvis was your typical Orthodox Jew… until she wasn’t. She followed the rules of her family and faith. She studied dutifully. She married another Orthodox Jew and became the attentive mother who cooked kosherRead More