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Recession boosts ashram attendance

Posted in meditation, seva, spirituality, yoga on July 19, 2009 by ewakening

kirtan1smA New York Times story recently described how yoga retreats and meditation programs across the United States are experiencing, in some cases, greatly increased numbers of short and long term visitors who come seeking refuge from the troubled economy or who have found that signing up for a work-exchange program is a cost effective way to spend some time between jobs while also building up their spiritual energies.

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Photo: Devotees join in kirtan signing at New Vrindaban ashram in Pennsylvania.


Jeremy Irons connects with Prison Yoga program

Posted in celebrities, seva, yoga on June 4, 2007 by ewakening

Actor Jeremy Irons says his work as an actor has enabled him to connect with the prisoners he wants to help as part of a program that encourages inmates to meditate and practice yoga.
The actor is involved in Freeing the Human Spirit, a program that helps prisoners deal with their anger and stay out of jail through the practice of yoga and meditation.

“When you’re banged up in prison, as Paris Hilton will find out, I suppose, you’re stuck in a cell on your own, a very negative experience,” Irons says. “But if you can turn that cell into an ashram, if you can learn to meditate and do yoga, exercise your mind and exercise your body — then it becomes a positive experience.”