August 2015 – Dance Category

Posted On July 26, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn August 2015 - Dance, Yoga

Yoga: SmartFlow, with Annie Carpenter

Ella Isakov, Yoga Editor: It’s a pleasure to interview Annie Carpenter, a yoga teacher based in California who has dedicated her life to the study, practice and sharing of her love of yoga, meditation and living one’s truth. Inspiring words on the path to freedom, seeking your authenticity and cultivating gratitude through a dedicated practice. Parvati Magazine: You discovered dance and yoga in your teens, how did they complement each other? How did they each encompass the “expression of the soul” for you? Annie Carpenter: Yoga and dance are inherentlyRead More
Parvati Magazine August 2015 Dance Movement Action
Welcome to the August 2015 issue of Parvati Magazine. As this issue goes to print, I and several parvati.org colleagues have just completed the Climate Reality Leadership training with Al Gore. Over the course of the training, Al Gore emphasized repeatedly the need to act in recognition that our planet is overheated, our climate out of balance and our cultural habits the cause. No one is immune from the effects of global warming. As such, each of us is called both practically and morally to take responsibility for our actions. ItRead More
Image credit: IFRC We may perceive items on our to-do list like objects outside ourselves to be conquered and cleared so that we may eventually find freedom and ease. We may lose sight of gratitude for the grace this moment brings, and succumb to feeling that life is happening to us. Ancient yogis and enlightened masters speak of the shimmering veil of illusions, called Maya in Sanskrit, that makes up our phenomenal world. We think that objects, including our thoughts and perceptions, are solid and fixed, when in fact theyRead More
Image credit: Alice Popkorn Breathe in. Feel the aliveness in that breath. Exhale and feel how, through your breath, you are vastly interconnected to all of life. Through your breath, you quickly can feel profoundly interconnected with the dance of life. Every breath we take is in harmony with a breathing universe that pulses and flows just as our in and out breaths do. It is as if everything that is exists within one giant lung. The pumping of our hearts and the shifts in the tissue that makes upRead More
Image credit: Paul Dunleavy The classic fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” is a personal favorite. The story is about a hare that mocks the slow-moving tortoise and challenges him to a race. With cocky confidence, the hare quickly leaves the hare behind. Then, with a strong lead in the race, the hare decides to take a nap. He awakens to find the tortoise crawling slowly and steadily across the finish line before him. Our minds are like the hare, jumping around, racing ahead in spurts and starts, yet asleepRead More
Dancing with Parkinson’s is a Toronto dance class for people living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It was founded by Sarah Robichaud and now holds multiple classes per week. Parvati Magazine spoke with Sarah about the work she’s doing. Parvati Magazine: What is your background in dance? Sarah Robichaud: I am a classically trained dancer who has studied and performed extensively throughout Canada, Europe and Moscow where I studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School. I have performed and choreographed for many theatre, film and television projects over the last 15 years.Read More

Posted On July 25, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn August 2015 - Dance, Fitness

Fitness: Butoh Dance, with Robyn Rubenstein

This month Parvati Magazine spoke with Robyn Rubenstein, an artist and butoh dancer based in Brooklyn. Parvati Magazine: What is the significance of butoh as an art form? Robyn Rubenstein: Butoh was created as a response to the devastation Japan experienced in WWII – ghostly, haunting costumes and movement that show humanity trying to stagger through violence. It has evolved into a kind of meditative practice that explores themes of impermanence, animism, balance and the embracing of light and dark as necessary forces. So we use this reimagining of older forms ofRead More
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By any standard, Disney Pixar bit off a hugely complex chunk of subject matter to convey in the film, Inside Out, written by Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley, as inspired from a story by Ronnie del Carmen and Pete Docter. The film was directed by Docter, whose previous directorial films include Monsters and Up. I sat in the darkened theatre alone, no sidekick under age ten making my presence more legit – and also on the plus side, no bathroom runs mid-film, or popcorn costing the same as a chestRead More
Western medicine, existing outside of an Eastern context that includes a more holistic understanding of health through Ayurveda, has a unique position when it comes to understanding the value and power of meditation for human health. Because meditation was relatively unknown to the West before the 1960s, its power in a medical setting has needed to be proven, studied and documented in accordance with today’s scientific method. Now that meditation has been mainstream for a generation, there are ample test cases to study its effects. The Transcendental Meditation method, introducedRead More
July 3, 4 and 5, 2015 marked the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary and Fare Thee Well concerts at Soldier Field, Chicago. The set of shows were an intimate goodbye jamboree for 70,000 fans each night with many more tuning in online through pay per view. Most may think that a venue of 70,000 people would be anything but intimate. That is one of the most endearing things about this band. Their identity as a musical group exists because of the interwoven tapestry of its fans, affectionately known as Dead Heads.Read More