Whither Voting Gap? Why We Need to Talk About Income More

The mainstream media is overlooking quite a bit about this election, but nothing is more outstanding than the lack of discussion regarding income of voters in the party primaries. “The voting gap” is the idea that wealthier voters turn out in higher numbers than poor ones. It is a fact, but one that everyone ignores. … More Whither Voting Gap? Why We Need to Talk About Income More

A Word on “Bernie Bros” – What Berners Are Actually Doing

Over the weekend Bernie played along with the “Bernie Bros” narrative insofar as he said anti-woman behavior will not be tolerated in his campaign. This is admirable and a perfect response to the mudslinging, but while there have been some cases, the “Bernie Bro” narrative has been thoroughly refuted as an Internet flame war, and … More A Word on “Bernie Bros” – What Berners Are Actually Doing

Classical All-American Progressivism: A Brief History

Developing after the Civil War as a byproduct of the economic constraints of the post-Reconstruction era, Progressivism was both a widespread social movement and a historical era in American thought, society, and politics, that laid the cornerstone for the development of a burgeoning democratic practice at the height of modernity in the United States. It was … More Classical All-American Progressivism: A Brief History

“Happy and Free” YOGA TEACHER PROFILE: SHARON GANNON

“If the word people asks the question “Who?” and if presence raises the question “What?” then the word practice asks “How?” –Mike Mason, MD Practicing the Presence of People: How We Learn to Love Introduction Moving in the spaces between the individual woman’s practice and her community relationships, one of my central questions has been … More “Happy and Free” YOGA TEACHER PROFILE: SHARON GANNON

Free Grace: Anne Hutchinson and the Antinomian Controversy

Originally born the daughter of a minister in England, Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643) became the prototypical American feminist, known as a spiritual advisor who revolutionized religious thought in the New World. In her later years, she developed into a deeply devout and highly outspoken woman who stood up for her personal religious beliefs and the emancipation … More Free Grace: Anne Hutchinson and the Antinomian Controversy

Report from UC Davis: Celebration of the UCD Cross Cultural Center and the New Police Accountability Board

Last night I attended a gala to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cross Cultural Center at UC Davis. The program had cultural performances, speeches, dinner, and  keynote presentations by the powerhouse goddess Kim Katrin Milan and Dr. Cornel West. Both of these speeches were memorable. Look up Kim Katrin Milan, watch her videos, tweet her, … More Report from UC Davis: Celebration of the UCD Cross Cultural Center and the New Police Accountability Board

Between Archive and Repertoire: Modern Yoga as Creative Inspiration

“Performance is not about going back, but about keeping alive.” – Diana Taylor Yoga in antiquity was fluid, decentralized, and transmitted live from teacher to student. An important factor influencing Yoga’s transference to the West is that there was also no system of central authority for it within India, making it more easily transferable and … More Between Archive and Repertoire: Modern Yoga as Creative Inspiration

It’s about access to knowledge: Some thoughts on the Dyson-West feud

In so many ways, this feud is really about how we do scholarship, and also access to knowledge production. We could take some time to consider how Dyson’s evaluation of West’s scholarly style has further ramifications outside the confines of the current debate. One thing that has become apparent fairly quickly is that Dyson consistently reaffirms … More It’s about access to knowledge: Some thoughts on the Dyson-West feud

Selflessness is better than meditation: How renunciation can help with the quality of action

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna admonishes: “A karma yogi performs action by body, mind, intellect, and senses, without attachment (or ego), only for self-purification” (2003, 5.11). The Yoga practitioner must care for herself first, before she can care for others. Raja and Hatha Yoga are a two-edged sword of both self-acceptance and self-discipline. The energy and … More Selflessness is better than meditation: How renunciation can help with the quality of action

Indian Guru Jam: The International Yoga Festival Turns 16

Retreats are an absolutely critical part of every modern day Yoga practice. While today’s meaning of the word ashram is hermitage or retreat center, it is etymologically related to asramah in Sanskrit, the idea of effort or tolling. An ashram is not a beach getaway, but a place to work hard on yourself. Typically in … More Indian Guru Jam: The International Yoga Festival Turns 16