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Eric Paskel sees life as “one hell of an adventure” and believes that “if we have the right attitude, we can have fun with everything – even a yoga class.” And you’ll no doubt have fun with Eric. He’s refreshingly real in his asana-kicking flow class, complete with a killer soundtrack.

Warning: This interview contains content that may not be suitable for those under 18 years old, those with a Victorian sensibility or those lacking a sense of humor:

What makes your style unique and fun?

Strip away dogma, rigidity, control, hierarchy, Sanskrit and “posing,” then add amazing music, play, poking fun at ourselves, a bit of 12 stepping, psychotherapy, camp and Vedanta, and you have an Eric Paskel/Yoga Shelter class.

What’s the most FAQ you get being a yoga teacher?

Honestly, I don’t get a ton of questions; however people like to “report” random and very intimate information to me. The other day I went to a student’s party. Instead of getting hellos I got, “Hey man look I am eating vegan;” “Hey EP, I am having wine, but only a little and I haven’t had a drink in months;” “Eric, I feel like a need to tell you this – I slept with my husbands BFF;” and my favorite, “I am getting breast implants, do you think that is OK?” No, I am not telling you my answer…

What’s the strangest thing a student of yours did, said or wore in class?

I could share about how a woman challenged me to a fight in front of 60 people; I could share about a “bubby” (Jewish grandmother) whom tried to help me teach class; or tell you about the student who came to class many times with an all white leotard with no underwear or bra only to get hot and sweaty with in minutes and expose to me and the class every part of her; or maybe a should tell you about the woman who would masturbate in Savasana whom I finally had to ask to refrain from “adjusting herself while in corpse.” You tell me, which one is the strangest?

What is the yogically incorrect or stereotypical thing you do as a yoga teacher?

I am a full disclosure guy so here it goes… I have been known to cut lines (won’t tell you where and when) and crash sporting events and movies. Go ahead judge me…

Which profession would my alter ego choose?

Which alter ego? I know that one of them would like to pimp.

Who or what inspires your practice of yoga?

What inspires my yoga practice is how sick my head is. For me it’s life or death. I simply must use my body as a vehicle of service. My emotions have to be all directed towards loving one and all, and my intellect must chew on the universal principles of living – if not, I am dead!

Swami Parthasarathy inspires me. He is in the world, but not really here. I know that sounds like some real edifying BS, but the man is a living saint – check him out.

Source: http://www.alignyo.com/interviews/los-angeles/eric-paskel-jul-12

Yoga Journal Conference: San Diego 2012

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July 12-16, 2012 in San Diego


Yoga Journal Magazine started producing conferences in 1995 as a way for readers and yoga enthusiasts to practice with the renowned teachers they were reading about. The first conference was held in San Francisco, and then moved to Estes Park, Colorado where it has been for 16 years. In 2003, it expanded to other locations across the country and have brought world-class yoga to San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Boston, Florida, the Midwest, Los Angeles and even the Caribbean.



Celebrating Mom all month long at Yoga Shelter

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Celebrating Mom
In the month of May one month of unlimited yoga and one jade harmony mat for $150

Offer begins with first class and is valid for 30 consecutive days. Expires December 2012. Available only at Birmingham, Royal Oak and West Bloomfield locations. May not pause current membership.

Five Reasons to Perform Yoga on the Beach

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For those attending the Retreat in Costa Rica, and for those who would like to come next time, here’s some fun information regarding yoga and the beach.

Yoga in an excellent workout to perform indoors on a mat, but practicing yoga poses (asanas) on the beach is also appealing and has many benefits. So, why try yoga on the beach? I will offer five good reasons to give it a try if you live near any type of beach.

#1 Performing yoga in the sand strengthens secondary muscles

Sara Ivanhoe says, “Practicing on an uneven surface like sand builds the secondary muscles in your feet, hips, knees and shoulder joints.” Ivanhoe is a yoga instructor in Santa Monica, California.

#2 It is relaxing to perform yoga on the beach

What better way to get the ultimate mind, body experience than by performing yoga on the beach? Imagine listening to the sound of waves, smelling saltwater (for those near the ocean) and feeling the gentle touch of sand. No music is necessary because nature provides it own unique sounds, allowing one to relax while practicing asanas.

#3 Fresh air helps the body

The body needs fresh air to receive a stable supply of oxygen. Negative ions are found in fresh air that is near plants and trees, around flowing water and after thunderstorms. Crisp air has many benefits such as building the immune system, improving metabolism and giving one a sense of satisfaction by changing the serotonin levels in the brain.

#4 Sunlight is beneficial to the body

Being in the sunlight is beneficial to the body. Sunlight helps decrease the chances of one obtaining cancer because it helps the body make vitamin D. The light from the sun is also helpful to those with SAD (seasonal affective disorder). There are also studies that prove high levels of vitamin D can decrease the risk of one getting multiple sclerosis (MS).

#5 Matthew McConaughey and Russell Simmons practices yoga on the beach

The stars set many trends, and both Matthew McConaughey and Russell Simmons enjoy performing yoga on the beach. Actor and hip hop singer, Simmons enjoyed yoga at South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla., while McConaughey was spotted performing yoga barefooted on a beach in Malibu, Fla.

Whatever your reason for wanting to try yoga on the beach, give it a try. There are many health benefits to performing yoga and even more to doing so outdoors, especially on the beach. So, build your secondary muscles, relax, get sunlight and fresh air and workout like the stars by practicing yoga on the beach.

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Prenatal Yoga at Yoga Shelter

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Lead By Jodi Silverman, Certified Yoga Shelter Teacher, Specializing in Prenatal Yoga

  • Beginning Thursday, April 26th
  • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • West Bloomfield Yoga Shelter

The practice of yoga during pregnancy is perhaps the most powerful tool a woman with child can undertake. In Prenatal Yoga, the mother-to-be will further develop mastery of breath, focus, and awareness. These three factors are imperative to help ease the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth.

NO YOGA EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!!

Whether this is your first child or your fifth, this is a special time devoted entirely to you and your pregnancy. Specific yoga exercises will be used to help you increase flexibility, decrease swelling and anxiety, and divert the pain of labor. Deep breathing exercises will help guide you through the pressures and stress of everyday life. A mindful physical practice will help you better adapt to the many changes your body will go through and to feel a sense of appreciation for your body as an expecting mother. In this open community you will be able to share your experience with other mothers-to-be and create a network of new friends.

The Highest Pass – Seven Riders. One Guru. The Adventure of A Lifetime

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Seven Riders. One Guru. The Adventure of A Lifetime up to the Highest Pass in the Himalayas on Motorcycles

With Original Music by Jon Anderson of YES Premiering in Los Angeles on April 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2012) – Part heart‐pounding adventure, part spiritual quest, THE HIGHEST PASS, a feature length documentary directed by Jon Fitzgerald, will premiere in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s in Santa Monica starting April 27, 2012. The award‐winning film shares the journey of seven seekers who follow a guru with a Vedic death prophecy on a motorcycle trip up to the highest pass of the Indian Himalayas. Jon Anderson, lead vocal for YES, wrote two original songs for the film including the title song, “The Highest Pass.” A young guru, Anand Mehrotra, asks his followers to join him in India on a motorcycle journey that will begin in Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, and will end in the high mountain region of Ladakh. Adam Schomer accepts the challenge, even though he’s never ridden a motorcycle and joins Mehrotra, who at twenty‐seven bears a prophecy that he will die in an accident before the age of thirty. They are joined by five men including: Paul Greene (entrepreneur), Mike Owen (stuntman), Eric Braff (graphic designer), Brooks Hale (Broadway producer), Rich Parkerson (technology entrepreneur) and one woman, Ariana de Bonvoisin (author). Their expedition will take them 2000 km over some of the most dangerous roads in the world where they ultimately climb over the highest motorable mountain pass on Earth meet a Tibetan oracle. Each rider will face his or her own form of
‘death.’ Says Schomer, “I don’t ride motorcycles, I think they are dangerous. So I just said ‘yes.’” ‐More2

Schomer, who has his worst fears exposed in the film, is also the writer and producer. He has been a student of Mehrotra’s Sattva yoga for three years. This is his first feature documentary production with a second documentary, WHEN THE DUST SETTLES, which takes a deep look into the effects of nuclear testing on the children of Kazakhstan, currently in post‐production. This is the second documentary for Fitzgerald (THE BACK NINE/Magnolia), the former festival director
of the American Film Institute, Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival. He is also one of the original founders of the Slamdance Film Festival. Fitzgerald, who recently launched Cinecause.com, a web platform that connects socially relevant films to related causes, says of the experience, “I recognized how many obstacles we would face, challenges on every level, particularly from a production standpoint. Yet, I also knew, selfishly, that I would grow as a person through the experience of being led by a modern yogi in the most spiritual places of India.“ Anderson, leader singer of YES, wrote two songs for the film (“The Highest Pass” and “Waking Up”) with composer Michael Mollura. Mollura’s work has been heard in HBO’s HOT COFFEE and CLIMATE REFUGEES.

The film won the Spotlight Award at Topanga and has also received the Audience Award at San Diego Film Festival and the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Naples International Film Festival.

Synopsis:

Adam Schomer meets a modern guru, Anand Mehrotra, and they plan a motorcycle expedition on some of the most dangerous roads in the world ‐‐ the highest passes of the Himalayas in Northern India. They convince a team of seven intrepid souls to join them and share in what will surely become a journey of a lifetime. These riders are guided by the inspired teachings of Anand, who himself bears the burden of a Vedic prophecy that predicts he will die in his late twenties in an accident. He is that age when he leads the group with fearlessness and wisdom reminding them that, “Only the ones who dies, truly lives.” Over 21 days and up to an elevation of 18,000 feet along a winding road, they never let low oxygen, altitude sickness, river‐flooded roads, icy edges, snow and loaded trucks dampen their spirits or, ultimately, their deeper selves.

ABOUT CINEMA LIBRE: Cinema Libre Studio is a leader in distributing social‐issue documentaries and features by passionate filmmakers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Cinema Libre team has released over one hundred films including the Sundance Audience Award‐Winning FUEL, THE END OF POVERTY?, Rachid Bouchareb’s LONDON RIVER and Oliver Stone’s SOUTH OF THE BORDER. The studio is developing John Perkins’ best‐selling memoirs, CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN, into a major motion picture.

David Stringer Concert

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Spring in Michigan seems synonymous with a visit from Dave Stringer, this spring is no exception! Dave and his musical talent will be in Detroit for one of his world class Kirtan concerts! Join us at 8:00PM and the Birmingham Unitarian Church.

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The Yoga for Everyone Fund

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For some of us, coming to the Yoga Shelter might mean that we are making sacrifices elsewhere in our lives to keep up our practice.  For others, yoga might just be the sacrifice that is made.  More often than not, it seems like we hear about the negative facts of life.  Layoffs, cuts and ‘rocky economy’ have become words we hear so often that they come as no surprise.  When I speak with students who I haven’t seen in a while, their number one reason for not coming is that they can’t afford it.

The idea behind the creation of the Yoga for Everyone fund is exactly what it sounds like:  everyone who wants to have yoga in their life should be allowed that opportunity, no matter what their current status is in life.  Sanga yoga is all about community!

The fund is available to those who express interest and need.  Students must complete an application process and determination will be based on the information given and amount of funds available.  It is a scholarship program meant to supplement memberships for individuals who cannot afford them on their own, and it is funded entirely on student and organization donations.  In order for the fund to be successful we NEED YOUR HELP!

Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, April 23rd to kick-off fundraising for the Yoga for Everyone fund for a raffle to be held on Sunday, May 20th.  There will be one raffle each at the Birmingham, Royal Oak and West Bloomfield studios where we will give away one 10-class pass and one 20-class pass.  There will be donation drop-boxes available in studio and the opportunity to add a donation to your purchase at the front desk.

This raffle is just the beginning; the Yoga for Everyone fund is going to be so big we can’t contain it in just one event!  Linda Marchione will be holding a workshop benefiting the fund this weekend and look for community donation classes to be taught by Yoga Shelter teachers coming soon!

The Yoga Shelter means something special to all of us, whether we practice once a month or seven times a week.  Everyone deserves to share in our community. There is already something wonderful here- let’s share it and make it even bigger!

I invite you to buy a raffle ticket (or ten!) to contribute to the Yoga for Everyone fund.  If you have any ideas you would like to share or have an organization that would like to sponsor an event here in the future please let me know.  I look forward to seeing our community grow!



Yoga Shelter Retreat: Love and Fun!

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Yoga Shelter Retreat
  • Vacation with like-minded people in an exotic and tropical location
  • Daily yoga practices, group activities and fun in the sun
  • Connect with friends, both new and old, while connecting with yourself
  • Enjoy a vegetarian cuisine from the freshest local growers
  • Venture out to both the jungle and the ocean and experience the local adventures

Yoga Shelter Training: Live the Life You Want to Live!
  • RYT 200 Certified Program
  • Nine days all inclusive of room, vegetarian cuisine, excursions, and Training curriculum
  • Designed to give students a focus, a path to follow and a philosophy to guide their every move
  • Learn to think, decipher, contemplate, reflect and develop an intellect
  • Learn the tools to drop the past demons and stop projecting fears about the future.  Learn to live in the present!

For more information please contact us by calling 818-691-3000 or sending an email tosara@yogashelter.com



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