February 2017 – Devotion Category

Through practicing and teaching YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine, I have come to know that any form of movement that arises from wanting is one that perpetuates or creates karma. Whether we push into a pose and reach for some elusive sense of externalized perfection, or move out of a pose feeling uneasy or even repulsed by what we felt in it, we are acting from an unyogic, that is, non-unified, divisive, or ego-driven state of mind. This will only generate suffering for ourselves and others. Yoga’s physical exercises areRead More
Parvati Magazine interviewed Nia Shanks of “Lift Like A Girl” and “Train To Be Awesome”, about her approach to fitness as a way to empower people without guilt, excessive effort or compulsion. Parvati Magazine: What has your journey been like? What called to you about pursuing a career in fitness and what keeps you doing it every day? Nia Shanks: Helping women break free from obsessive workout and disordered eating habits has been one of my greatest accomplishments. Showing women that fitness is an empowering, rewarding endeavor that should buildRead More
Welcome to the February 2017 edition of Parvati Magazine. I love words. Maybe that is why I compose and sing songs, write books, and founded this magazine. Words can be a way to share what we are passionate about, even if it is just savouring words themselves. As a word-lover, I enjoy etymology, that is, the history of words. It was not just my childhood study of Latin and my first language being French that inspired this. Seeing how words evolve helps me appreciate more levels of their meaning. So IRead More
With the growing interest in yoga and meditation over the last few decades, there has been an explosion of popular literature on these subjects, and a resurgence of classic yoga texts updated for a contemporary audience. At the same time, biomedical research has started delving into the scientific basis for the benefits of yoga and meditation, in order to explain the physiological underpinnings. Undoubtedly, these will form a body of knowledge that will further our understanding. But most uniquely, in Parvati Devi’s YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine, you will findRead More
Let’s face it… not everyone is a huge Star Wars fan. However, with media headlines and Facebook posts touting Rogue One as “The Best Star Wars Film Ever”, my curiosity was piqued. For the Star Wars super fans out there, the truth is that you don’t need a review to help you decide if it’s worth spending your hard-earned money on. But what about, well, the rest of us? Those of us who didn’t grow up watching the original trilogy every weekend with their friends at sleepovers? Could the movieRead More

Posted On January 17, 2017By Parvati MagazineIn February 2017 - Devotion, Music

Music: Temple at Midnight, with Miten

Parvati Magazine Music Editor Rishi Deva spoke with bhakti musician Miten about his new album “Temple at Midnight”. This conversation has been abridged. Miten: I came from a songwriter tradition. I was born in England and I was around in the folk time in the 60s. When I came to India and got into meditation, I dropped the whole thing for a good long while, so I could heal and get some kind of perspective on life. It took me a while before the music came back, and then theRead More

Posted On January 17, 2017By Parvati MagazineIn Business, February 2017 - Devotion

Business: Just Listen, with Mark Goulston

Dr. Mark Goulston is the author of seven books including the international best seller Just Listen which became the top book on listening worldwide. Parvati Magazine sat down with him to learn how he weaves his enduring personal mission to heal the world into his work as a business coach and trainer. Parvati Magazine: How does your enduring personal mission of “healing the world, one conversation at a time” translate into your coaching work for business? Mark Goulston: I have to sneak it into my business relationships. Why? Because youRead More
This month, in the space of our regular books feature, we are happy to share a special TV review for a new series that we feel is resonant in the positive possibilities. NBC’s This Is Us, now wrapping up its inaugural season, is a wise and compassionate gem of a show. It’s no wonder it has been nominated for a host of awards including the Golden Globe for Best Television Drama, and has been named to the American Film Institute Award’s TV Top 10. In a television market loaded withRead More
“At the root of all power and motion, there is music and rhythm, the play of patterned frequencies against the matrix of time. We know that every particle in the physical universe takes its characteristics from the pitch and pattern and overtones of its particular frequencies, its singing. Before we make music, music makes us.” – Joachim-Ernst Berendt, The World Is Sound The notion of art as a means to express our relationship with the divine is as ancient as the first people that walked the Earth. From cave paintingsRead More
This month we spoke with Joanne Starkman, co-founder of Innersense Organic Beauty. Based in California, their company features a comprehensive line of certified organic and biodynamic, cruelty-free, hair care products. Parvati Magazine: Unique to Innersense are “Hair Ceremonies.” What are they, and what inspired them? Joanne Starkman, Innersense Organic Beauty: I have been a hairstylist for over 25 years. I understand the challenges people face in loving themselves and their hair. Health and vibrancy make us beautiful; we should celebrate ourselves with daily beauty routines that utilize the highest qualityRead More