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Hilaria Baldwin also takes pictures of doing yoga with her baby — OOPS, THAT’S HER HUSBAND, ALEX BALDWIN!

Hilaria Baldwin also takes pictures of doing yoga with her baby — OOPS, THAT’S HER HUSBAND, ALEX BALDWIN!


I’m thinking of replicating these photos with my kids. What do you think?

Stay tuned. I am definitely going to have some fun with this — because I don’t have a yoga body like this mother, and my kids are silly and wiggly when it comes to doing yoga poses with me. LOL.

Trapped: a memory of 9/11

On the morning of 9/11/2001 I was awaiting the start of a computer training class for email administrators that I was attending. One of my classmates, a network engineer, got a cell phone call and informed us that a plane had hit one of the towers. His coworker in the tower was responsible for the company’s data transmissions from the roof of the tower. He tried to reassure his coworker and advised him to stay calm.

We scoffed in disbelief. At first we assumed it was a small private plane that had flown off course. I also recalled that a plane had once struck the Empire State Building and had only caused minimal damage. These buildings are built to sustain the accidental impact of a passenger jet.

While we assembled around a television set with the live coverage, our classmate announced that he would go down to see if he could help his coworker. When the second building was hit, we knew we were dealing with terrorism.

Later, weeks after the towers came down, we learned that nobody in the upper floors had any escape route out of the building and thus while no one knew it for certain at the time, they had no possibility of  survival. I realized that this employee was working on one of the top floors.

It was a sobering thought that so many were trapped and alive and had only minutes to live that day.

I don’t have anything yogic to say about this today. I am still numb from that day, I avoid watching any coverage or documentaries about 9/11 and I find it difficult to visit the neighborhood unless I must. I’m not saying I have PTSD, but their is still a raw scar and it doesn’t take much for the wound to open.

God bless their souls.

Promising news. Early intervention has been effective. And yoga with babies helps settle them down and keep them limber. It is fun to do with any baby, and special needs babies derive many healthy benefits. See the work of Sonia Sumar who pioneered yoga for special needs children. An inspiration.

Health & Family

Researchers say they may soon be able to identify babies at high risk of autism as early as 6 months old.

Currently, clinicians can’t diagnose autism until toddlers are about 2, when the first behavioral and language symptoms of the developmental disorder become noticeable. There is a push to identify at-risk babies earlier, though, since early intervention may be critical for halting abnormal development and preventing the most troublesome behavioral outcomes associated with autism. But while scientists are developing more sophisticated screening tests that rely on brain-imaging techniques or eye-tracking technologies that monitor an infant’s gaze to pick up early autistic signs, there is still no reliable way to diagnose the condition in younger infants.

Now, reporting in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers say that they may finally have a tool that will select out the highest-risk infants at just 6 months old. The innovative test, known as fractional…

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Why Yoga Is So Misunderstood: How it Has Gone From the Sane to the Bizarre

You do not mention by name the current hoopla over John Friend and Anusara Yoga. Clearly, as an American businessman, as a yogi trained in a lineage in India, and as a member of Yoga Alliance, Friend knows about business ethics, yamas and niyamas (I have heard him chant Patanjali’s yoga sutras in Sanskrit from memory), and professional ethics.

The reports that Friend depended on staffers and senior teachers to stay mute about his whereabouts during sexual dalliances, and to receive drug deliveries at their studios on his behalf *proves* that he (and they) knew that what he was doing was wrong, unethical and illegal. He compromised his organization, his confidants and his followers, who made significant financial, professional and emotional commitments to Anusara.

On the other hand, yoga centers and ashrams are not the only places where adherents look away from unethical or illegal behavior as we have seen with JFK and others at the White House, Herman Cain at the National Restaurant Association, and “Godfather” knows where else, and in your Catholic diocese, to name only a few.
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Why Yoga Is So Misunderstood: How it Has Gone From the Sane to the Bizarre

I don’t understand what you mean by “you can’t blame yoga.” I don’t think you have acknowledged Wendyness’ point: your article clearly singles out the dilution of yoga in the West and implies that the yoga taught in a pure tradition in Mysore is superior.

Ethics are ethics and humans are humans. I take the point of your article that yoga is more than asana. I frequently make the same point myself, as that was part of the certified yoga training I received. I believe Wendyness would agree that she is not offended by yoga, but that where and how yogis receive their training has no correlation with ethical or sincere behavior.

Yoga schools and yoga teachers like myself who are registered with Yoga Alliance sign ethics agreements when they are certified. That is the acknowledged modern Western version of the yamas and niyamas. All professionals sign them and many professional certification organizations require yearly ethics CEUs — see lawyers, teachers, therapists, doctors, etc. (alas, not yoga teachers, though many centers require them when they hire or contract a teacher).

Wendyness’ post demonstrates (anecdotaly, of course) that direct transmission of yoga, East or West, does not assume ethical behavior, which seems to me an accurate criticism of your otherwise informative and factual post.
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An epiphany on the bathroom floor

This is a great place to learn how behavior science can help you become a better parent and person. Enjoy!

An epiphany on the bathroom floor.