“A mentor of mine recommended yoga and something just really clicked for me. I dabbled with it and figured out right away that it was really good for me and I needed to do it every day.”
Change In Pace (13:00) – As a student of yoga legend, Dharma Mittra, Lily shares what it is like to move from a self-led spiritual path to one of structure that is steeped in tradition.
In 2010, Lily co-founded the donation run Brooklyn Yoga School. She talks about the struggles and rewards involved in bringing spiritual practice to the masses.
“I think you when you have a formal teacher, you’re cooking with high heat. It really accelerates the process. The beauty of having a teacher is that it gives you a bigger container to explore within.”
Bypassing Reality (29:00) – Chris and Lily talk about the phenomena of spiritual bypassing and materialism. They explore how bypassing occurs in the first place and what can be done to overcome it.
Practice and Politics (39:00) – There is an interesting crossover between internal and external transformation. Lily shares her feelings about how our practices relate to the greater world around us. She and Chris discuss the ways in which looking within informs how we view and interact with the world.
“It is very tricky to understand what do with people who do the most atrocious crimes and embody hatred. It is a very interesting thing to look at them and then looks at those aspects of ourselves that are really full of hatred.”
Chris Grosso is a public speaker, writer, recovering addict, spiritual director, and author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster) and Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening and the Mind-Blowing Truth of it All (Sounds True, Oct. 2015). He writes for ORIGIN Magazine, Huffington Post, and Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine, and has spoken and performed at Wanderlust Festival, Yoga Journal Conference, Sedona World Wisdom Days, Kripalu, and more. A self-taught musician, Chris has been writing, recording, and touring since the mid-90s. Check out more of Chris' work, including several books via his website HERE.
On January 1st, 2017, we gathered in New York, NY for an annual tradition of chanting 108 Hanuman Chalisas together. Chanting was led by myself, Krishna Das, Nina Rao, Ambika Cooper, Jeremy Frindel, Shyama Chapin and many other friends. Enjoy the livestream videos (parts one and two) below of a beautiful day of practice together.
I was happy to chat with friend and colleague, Noah Lampert on his podcast, Synchronicity! We chatted about both going to Berklee College of Music, and the intersection of creativity, music, yoga and the spiritual path. Listen to our coversation on Episode 40 above.
ABOUT THE PODCAST
Synchronicity is a term Carl Jung used to describe something he referred to as an “a causal connection of two or more psycho-physic phenomena.” Like when you think of someone and the phone immediately rings. Or that time you were reading about butterflies and suddenly a butterfly lands right next to you. Is that mere coincidence? Or is something else at play? Synchronicity (the podcast) touches on experiences and concepts that often go overlooked. The rare moments that lift the veil. Join in as we explore the unseen worlds we interact with everyday. Each guest has a unique perspective on life, reality and the mystery behind it all. Or it might be a podcast where Noah talks to some interesting people about cool stuff. You know, either way.
Kirtan!" is a live chant album featuring kirtan artists Ambika Cooper, Devadas, Jeremy Frindel, Lily Cushman, Nina Rao, and Shyama Chapin. Recorded live in 2012 at the Brooklyn Yoga School, this CD captures the beauty and power of a chant community that has been gathering each week in Brooklyn for many years. Each kirtan wallah offers their distinct sound and style to the mantras, while pulling from the traditional call and response melodies of India. "Kirtan!" is the debut release from the new record label, Vanaras Music.