It’s Spring and Everything is Coming Up Yoga

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for the wonderful enthusiasm for 3×5: The Real Life Practice Index which launched in March. Many of you commented on the fresh inspiration to bring your intentional practice into your daily, busy world. Light hearted, gently reflective and often mischievously eye-opening, 3×5 will continue to focus on the rituals of work and home that honor life and cultivate gratitude.

April is National Poetry Month. In celebration, we’ll be adding new literary content you’ll enjoy for centering yoga classes or your own practice. (Or, yes, reading with a cup of green tea or black coffee!) Don’t miss our own poet-in-residence, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, whose recent “Your Heart Has No Gate” resonated with many readers.

Real Life is Real Yoga

Also this month we’re welcoming two new columnists. First, in our new feature Happy in Your Skin Dr. Elizabeth Goldberg shares vitality tips about the largest organ of your body: your skin.

Medical journalist Dr. Bernardine Healy once observed,

The skin is a powerful interface between the mind, the body, and the external world. The emerging concept of a neuro-immuno-cutaneous-endocrine network recognizes the skin as an almost independent, untamable intelligence.

The skin also has a rich life as an endocrine organ, manufacturing hormones like vitamin D for the rest of the body, and steroids and thyroid hormone for its own use. The skin makes many of the neurotransmitters and hormones found in the brain.
~US News and World Report 11.06.05

We’re excited to bring Dr. Goldberg’s skin care expertise and friendly advice into our Really Healthy series, to help keep you happy, healthy and comfortable in your own skin.

Our other new columnist observes yogic principles in the style of Flannery O’Connor. Ruth Farmer will be along later this month with an inquiry of angels that may shake up sweet picture book visions of heavenly hosts.

My favorite review this month came from a new reader who pleasantly wrote, “I thought yoga had nothing to do with my life,” until someone shared a TMOY Conversation column with a link in an email. Her perspective on yoga has changed as a result, “and now I’m hooked.”

We couldn’t be happier to hear that! Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who share Real Life is Real Yoga with friends and enlarge the community of practice.

Coming up: a passionate and personal interview with force of nature Cora Wen, founder of Yoga Bloom, and three generations of Really Healthy Real Life yoga with elegant and energetic Rainbeau Mars.

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