“Rags” at TheatreWorks through April 30

We recommend “Rags”, the newest TheatreWorks musical which opened April 8 in Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. It is about the Eastern European Jewish immigration to the US in the early 1900s, and completely appropriate for today’s issues about immigration. The music is a wonderful mix of jazz, Klezmer, and Broadway show tunes. An energetic,  moving, and poignant production, with good character development. Go see it! Plays through April 30.  From Elaine & Ken.

Gita and Free Vegan Dinner

Henry David Thoreau wrote “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.” 

Equipped with engaging material, exercises, and practical applications  – this can be your beginning journey into the inner secrets of Yoga from the quintessential Yoga textbook – The Bhagavad Gita, exploring Yoga of Body, Mind and Heart.

Each of the five sessions in this quarter includes an hour of engaging presentation with guided mantra music meditation. Sessions include a sumptuous vegan yogi meal.

VENUE : 140 Comstock Circle, Stanford, CA (Escondido Village Center)

DATE : Friday, April 7

  • 7:30 pm – 8 pm : Sumptuous Vegan Dinner
  • 8 pm – 9 pm : GITA WISDOM, Session I – “The Yoga of Crisis”


Hat tip: Claire H. – thanks!

Yoga Content: Wednesday Meditation, Sharing Circle and Meal

I mentioned it during Philippe’s class this morning about Awakin Circle in Santa Clara. Here is the link and info to RSVP for you to check out  It is an amazing group of people, they also do service space and karma kitchen where your check for the meal is $0, and you can contribute to someone’s else meal. One is in Berkeley:

Awakin Santa Clara

In India, when we meet and greet and
we say “Namaste”, which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides, I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us. –Ram Dass

About fifteen years ago, three people decided to sit in silence for an hour, in an everyday Silicon Valley living room. No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle — when you change within, the world changes. And instead of closing the door, they left it open … open to all. The rest, as they say, is history.

Simply put, Wednesday evenings are about sharing. A typical evening flows like this …

7:00PM An hour of collective silence; its unguided, without any instructions or music. For first-timers, this primer on meditation may be helpful.
8:00PM A short reading of the weekly Awakin reading, followed by a circle of sharing of “aha” moments from everyday life.
9:00PM A vegetarian meal, offered in silence. Those who stay afterwards are invited to help ship some Smile Cards.

To join, RSVP in the right column and you’ll be emailed the details.

There is no charge and no one is expected to bring anything. We trust that people will “pay-it-forward” to the world in their own ways. In fact, over the years, people in over 40 locations around the world have inspired to host these “Wednesdays”.  Check out our location page, to join one in your neighborhood or to start your own!

Thousands of folks have attended the gatherings; some offered much, some received much, and all were present with the same heart. It is hard to say how exactly this spontaneous convergence of goodness happens each week, but as hosts, we feel fortunate to have such an opportunity to be of service, and to be home for such sincere and powerful inspiration. Thank you.

Yoga Content: A Timeless Yoga Classic

I was surprised last Friday to see that not many people had heard of Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda. It’s an uplifting classic from 1946, which is now available for free online:

Our area has many connections to Yogananda. Steve Jobs had a copy handed to all the people attending his memorial. If you visit East West Bookstore down the road from the studio, you will see his statue as one of the organizations he founded is running it. There’s the Lake Shrine in L.A. (hat tip David W.) and numerous other Self Realization Fellowship institutions throughout California.

Anyway, if you want to know more about yoga and are feeling down, that’s the book for you!

Sad News

Hi all,

I’m very sad to announce to all of you that had registered for or planned to register for Tim Feldmann’s workshop that due to the death of his father Tim has asked us to cancel the April workshop at YIY. He will be at his father’s funeral that week. Tim will reschedule with us when he is able, in the mean time Sabina will begin processing refunds tonight. If you want to send wishes to Tim you can look for him on Facebook.

Thank you for your understanding,

Anne, Sabina, Joseph, et al.

Yoga Content: Ashtanga is Bhakti

This is from a series of videos from wonderful David Garrigues from Philadelphia.

“that’s what the practice is its kind of nothing else but bhakti and it’s reflected in the dedication that that it takes, six days a week, you have to be well rested, you have to eat right and be ready each morning to go through that and it’s only it only makes sense in the context of devotion and of a quest for that inner awakening”