February/March 2016 – Return Category

Welcome to the February/March 2016 edition of Parvati Magazine. Winter, such as it has been in Toronto, Canada, has come to an end. This year, the coldest days have seemed fewer and the snow has been less. We live in a changing, overheated climate, and we must take steps to protect the planet that sustains us. Yet, the natural rhythm of transition from winter to spring remains. The days have steadily lengthened since the winter solstice. Light is returning. If you have been feeling snowed under, stuck or hidden in theRead More

Posted On March 27, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn February/March 2016 - Return, News

Community: The Compassion Collective

“Today’s refugee crisis is the worst humanitarian emergency the world has seen since World War II,” says the introduction on the Compassion Collective website. “Just as the Greatest Generation’s response to the holocaust defined them, so will our response define us.” Five influential self-help authors known for their emphasis on authenticity, bravery and presence, have come together to form the Compassion Collective, self-help’s answer to a supergroup, all to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Brene Brown is best known for her bestselling books “The Gifts of Imperfection” andRead More
In Hong Kong, the epicentre of Asia’s fashion industry, the environmental NGO Redress has named the winners of the world’s largest sustainable design competition for emerging designers, The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16. Ten finalists from Asia and Europe united to command Hong Kong Fashion Week’s runway, and the influential industry onlookers, with their textile-waste-reducing collections, having already out-designed an unprecedented level of competition entries from designers living in 40 countries across Asia and Europe. Two winners, from Poland and Spain, were crowned winners. Christina Dean, Founder of Redress, said, “WeRead More
Joseph Campbell’s influence on the original Star Wars trilogy was palpable. George Lucas brought forward a cohesive and compelling narrative informed by Campbell’s archetypal hero’s journey. The wisdom exemplified in the Jedi teachings resonates at a soul level. As such, the original trilogy wasn’t just an amazing space adventure with daring chase scenes and hugely impressive puppetry for its era. It was soul food. It helped the reader believe in deeper meaning and power. Fans put off by the cheap dialogue, questionable plot, and excessive use of Jar-Jar Binks inRead More
At 97, the woman recently recognized as the World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher is vital, limber, energetic and wise. She wins dance competitions against people half her age with a partner half their age. She leads yoga classes and retreats, still easily lifting herself up into inverted poses and happily traveling with groups of students to her native India. In her younger days, she enjoyed a career as a model and actress and participated in the French resistance during World War II. Tao Porchon-Lynch has lived fully and has no intentionRead More

Posted On March 27, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn February/March 2016 - Return, Yoga

Blissology, with Eoin Finn

Eoin Finn: There is a deeper wisdom inside of us that is not based in rationality. It is the source of profound Joy, Love and Bliss. However, stress, fear, anger and worry all interfere with our ability to connect to this place. We can learn skills to free our bodies, minds and hearts from these blocks.Read More

Posted On February 6, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn February/March 2016 - Return, Music

Music: Asia Beauty, with Ron Korb

Canadian flutist and composer Ron Korb has travelled the world with a unique fusion of Celtic, Asian, classical, jazz and Latin influences in his music. His latest album, “Asia Beauty”, has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age Album category. We spoke with him about his work. Parvati Magazine: You have studied classical, jazz and Celtic music before seeming to find your musical home within evocative Asian melodies, playing the bamboo flute. What is it about these sounds that calls to you? Ron Korb: I really loveRead More
Parvati Magazine interviewed Dr. Neha Sangwan, the author of TalkRx, on the power of communication to support health. Parvati Magazine: You seem to have a strong background in science and engineering before you moved into medicine and what now seems to be a holistic approach. How did you get from there to here? Dr. Neha Sangwan: I grew up believing there were only two career choices: engineering or medicine. When I figured out they weren’t mutually exclusive, I pursued them both. I worked as a manufacturing engineer before attending medicalRead More
Fresh off Climate Reality Leadership trading with the former Vice President of the United States Al Gore, I take my role as a climate leader very seriously. When I was doing my MBA at Schulich School of Business in Toronto, there was no environmental science and business school integration. I had to convince my professors that the electives that I wanted to take were relevant to my future as an MBA. I needed to demonstrate that courses in the School of Environmental Sciences should count as credit towards my mastersRead More
Image credit: Total Immersion Parvati Magazine spoke with Terry Laughlin, a swim coach renowned for his method of guiding swimmers to a natural and efficient stroke. Parvati Magazine: What is the inspiration behind Total Immersion? Terry Laughlin: I was a hard-working but unsuccessful competitive swimmer in high school and college, but discovered I had a knack for helping others achieve their potential when I began coaching. After coaching young competitive swimmers for 17 years, I began working with adults, most of them new swimmers, in 1989. They taught me that swimmingRead More