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Highly recommended book

August 17, 2019

“Utopia For Realists” by Dutch historian Rutger Bregman on basic universal income and more.

Bend+Bloom summer subs

July 27, 2019

Upcoming classes at Bend + Bloom:

Monday 8/19, 7-8am
Monday 9/2, 6:30-7:45pm

Restorative Sound Bath 7/20

July 5, 2019

Join Marsha Bentami & Nora Heilmann on Saturday, July 20th to experience a kaleidoscope of sounds guiding you into a profound meditation on listening.

Through using singing bowls, didgeridoo, rav drum, gong, chimes & more, we will usher you into a state of relaxed awareness, of yourself & your surroundings.

• Wear loose clothing
• Have something to cover your eyes
• Bring water

July 20th, 6-8pm
Brooklyn Yoga Project
185 Sackett Street
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Sign up here


June 2, 2019

I am interested in the idea of “re-wilding the city”.

This morning I got up to watch the sunrise from our rooftop. I found myself in the green tree tops and surrounded by so many birds. The world up there felt wild and peaceful, without much human interference.

I am wondering if we can tip the asphalt-plant-ratio back towards green and let trees, weeds and birds take the overhand again. I am actually always astonished at how much natural growth pushes through the concrete and still unfolds its creative beauty amongst square architecture. Green beings spiraling their way through the cracks and expressing themselves through anarchistic movements.

Time to become a guerrilla gardener.

Rainbow Warrior

June 1, 2019

We like it colorful and diverse! Encouraging all rainbow warriors to show solidarity with the LGBTQIAGNC community, celebrating inclusion and gender freedom throughout the pride month June, and beyond 24/7/365!

Thank you to Daniel Quasar for designing this beautiful Progress Pride Flag.

New stories

May 31, 2019

image: Yumi Sakugawa

We are in need of new collective narratives. Because the old ones such as unlimited growth, continuous profit and inexhaustible resources have proven dysfunctional.

We need free space and dream time to let our creative spirit unfold, so that we can think new stories into being.

Some new ideas have already sprouted: degrowth, simple living, tiny houses, plant based eating, ecocentric world viewing, local vacations, permaculture, green rooftops, rewilding, collectivities.

I would like to see humans, animals, and trees have a dance party to free their spirit, play the drums and sing, wiggle their bodies and do handstands, just to shake things up a bit.

It can’t be that we continue to stay stuck in patterns that cause suffering to each other. We can do better than that. I am so tired of a culture centered around money, power and useless stuff.

And I truly long for an environment centered around a spark of kindness, love and care. The same unconditional love animal companions know so well to share with us.

Wendell Berry

May 28, 2019

From ego-centric to eco-centric

May 26, 2019

These days I started to think of yoga practice as a shift from the ego-centric to the eco-centric. This is inspired by a book by Paul Kingsnorth I am reading.

Instead of making life all about myself and humans as the one and only important species on planet earth that the rest of life has to serve, can the objective of yoga practice be a shift towards rediscovering myself within the vast and diverse web of life.

It seems obvious, if yoga is a word that could mean connection, union, or intimacy with “other” or simply the all. Creating this shift is actually my interest in the subject of yoga. It seems that sometimes we over-obsess with physical posture practice, while completely forgetting to place asana as a tool within a larger context.

Of course, the very experience of breathing the collectively shared air and possibly breaking a sweat (= releasing the collectively shared water into the atmosphere and thus re-sharing it), is part of the shifting process. But it needs to inform the life choices I make.

Respecting animals, plants, water, and soil as living beings who have rights of their own. Living simply. Celebrating the compost toilet.

An inspiring book

May 25, 2019

Watch the Paul Kingsnorth documentary here.