Yoga Gives Back "The Rise for Women Challenge"

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YGB is invited by Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post) for
"The Rise for Women Challenge"

April 24-June6, 2013

Help YGB win this challenge by donating any amount here between April 24th and June 6th!! The Huffington Post, Skoll Foundation, and Half the Sky Movement host this challenge to help non profit organizations working for women to grow and do more!!! All donations for YGB during this period will be credited towards this Challenge and you will be profiled on the website. Thank YOU!!!

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Grey Poupon: The Lost Footage [via David Adashek]


Culture shock for Amazon chief's son who left rainforest for New York 

Nilson Tuwe Huni Kui lives a long way from New York City. In fact, the 29-year-old lives a long way from anywhere.

His village in the Amazon rainforest has a population of only 600 people and it takes five days of travelling by boat to reach the nearest town.

Yet the son of the traditional chief of the Huni Kiu Kaxinawa tribes in Brazil has swapped the rainforest for the concrete jungle, and now calls the Big Apple home.

"My father is what Obama is for you," he explains.

As a youth leader, Tuwe carries the responsibility of making his people's culture and problems known to the world.

After being sent to a summit in Rio de Janeiro last summer he was given an opportunity to study in New York thanks to Tribal Link's Indigenous Fellowship Program and the Nataasha van Kampen Foundation. The Post Factory in Manhattan has been helping him learn to edit so he can pursue his dream of becoming a documentary film-maker.

The BBC spoke to Tuwe about getting used to the city's subway and fast food as well as the challenges indigenous communities face from loggers and drug cartels.

Produced for the BBC by Anna Bressanin; images by Ilya Shnitser.

Video from the Amazon by Nilson Tuwe Huni Kui.

iDoctor: Could a smartphone be the future of medicine? [via Nina Reznick]

One of the world’s top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, has a prescription that could improve your family’s health and make medical care cheaper. The cardiologist claims that the key is the smartphone. Topol has become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine. Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Microscopic Images of Snow Crystals [via Nina Reznick]

At the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Maryland, you will find the US Department of Agriculture’s Low Temperature Scanning Electron Microscope (LT-SEM). One of the LT-SEM’s uses is for the study of snow crystals. Hydrologists study photographs of the grain sizes, shapes and associations in relation to passive microwave remote sensing in an effort to determine the water content of the winter snow pack. This information is critical to the determination of the nation’s water supply as well as protection from flooding.

Samples of snow, ice and associated life forms are collected by dislodging the crystals or biota from the face of a snow pit or the surface of the snow onto copper metal sample plates containing precooled methyl cellulose solution. Within fractions of a second these plates are plunged into a reservoir of liquid nitrogen which rapidly cools them to -196°C and attaches these pre-frozen materials to the plates. Due to the low surface tension of liquid nitrogen and the extreme hardness of materials cooled to these temperatures, very fragile samples can be shipped by aircraft, in dry shipping dewars from study sites throughout the US.



Comparative Images of Snow Crystals

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Two Stories [via David Angsten]

Edward Joseph O’Hare , aka “Easy Eddie”

Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object..

And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.

He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.

Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street ... But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

The poem read:

"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still."

LT Edward Butch O'Hare in a Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat

World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare.

He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.

He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.

The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.

Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction

Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.

Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.

A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.


Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.

New York A Century Ago ... [via Nina Reznick]

View of Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn in 1909.

Corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, 1910.

Fifth Avenue, New York, 1913.

Sleights of Mind [via Kayoko Mitsumatsu]


Jane Kalinowsky for The New York Times
Teller demonstrated Miser’s Dream at the Magic of Consciousness symposium in Las Vegas.

Some magicians have intuitively mastered some of the lessons being learned in the laboratory about the limits of cognition and attention. 

The reason he had picked me from the audience, Apollo Robbins insisted, was that I’d seemed so engaged, nodding my head and making eye contact as he and the other magicians explained the tricks of the trade. I believed him when he told me afterward, over dinner at the Venetian, that he hadn’t noticed the name tag identifying me as a science writer. But then everyone believes Apollo — as he expertly removes your wallet and car keys and unbuckles your watch.

It was Sunday night on the Las Vegas Strip, where earlier this summer the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness was holding its annual meeting at the Imperial Palace Hotel. The organization’s last gathering had been in the staid environs of Oxford, but Las Vegas — the city of illusions, where the Statue of Liberty stares past Camelot at the Sphinx — turned out to be the perfect locale. After two days of presentations by scientists and philosophers speculating on how the mind construes, and misconstrues, reality, we were hearing from the pros: James (The Amazing) Randi, Johnny Thompson (The Great Tomsoni), Mac King and Teller — magicians who had intuitively mastered some of the lessons being learned in the laboratory about the limits of cognition and attention.

“This wasn’t just a group of world-class performers,” said Susana Martinez-Conde, a scientist at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix who studies optical illusions and what they say about the brain. “They were hand-picked because of their specific interest in the cognitive principles underlying the magic.”

She and Stephen Macknik, another Barrow researcher, organized the symposium, appropriately called the Magic of Consciousness.

Apollo, with the pull of his eyes and the arc of his hand, swung around my attention like a gooseneck lamp, so that it always pointed in the wrong direction. When he appeared to be reaching for my left pocket he was swiping something from the right. At the end of the act the audience applauded as he handed me my pen, some crumpled receipts and dollar bills, and my digital audio recorder, which had been running all the while. I hadn’t noticed that my watch was gone until he unstrapped it from his own wrist.

“He’s uncanny,” Teller said to me afterward as he rushed off for his nightly show with Penn at the Rio.

A recurring theme in experimental psychology is the narrowness of perception: how very little of the sensory clamor makes its way into awareness. Earlier in the day, before the magic show, a neuroscientist had demonstrated a phenomenon called inattentional blindness with a video made at the Visual Cognition Laboratory at the University of Illinois.

In the video, six men and women — half with white shirts and half with black — are tossing around a couple of basketballs. Viewers are asked to count how many times members of, say, the white team, manage to complete a pass, keeping the ball from the opposition. I dutifully followed the instructions and was surprised when some 15 seconds into the game, laughter began to ripple through the audience. Only when I watched a second time did I see the person in the gorilla suit walking on from stage left.

Secretive as they are about specifics, the magicians were as eager as the scientists when it came to discussing the cognitive illusions that masquerade as magic: disguising one action as another, implying data that isn’t there, taking advantage of how the brain fills in gaps — making assumptions, as The Amazing Randi put it, and mistaking them for facts.

Sounding more like a professor than a comedian and magician, Teller described how a good conjuror exploits the human compulsion to find patterns, and to impose them when they aren’t really there.

“In real life if you see something done again and again, you study it and you gradually pick up a pattern,” he said as he walked onstage holding a brass bucket in his left hand. “If you do that with a magician, it’s sometimes a big mistake.”

Pulling one coin after another from the air, he dropped them, thunk, thunk, thunk, into the bucket. Just as the audience was beginning to catch on — somehow he was concealing the coins between his fingers — he flashed his empty palm and, thunk, dropped another coin, and then grabbed another from a gentlemen’s white hair. For the climax of the act, Teller deftly removed a spectator’s glasses, tipped them over the bucket and, thunk, thunk, two more coins fell.

As he ran through the trick a second time, annotating each step, we saw how we had been led to mismatch cause and effect, to form one false hypothesis after another. Sometimes the coins were coming from his right hand, and sometimes from his left, hidden beneath the fingers holding the bucket.

He left us with his definition of magic: “The theatrical linking of a cause with an effect that has no basis in physical reality, but that — in our hearts — ought to.”

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More Hunh ?? [via Mary Calhoun]

Yoga Gives Back Newsletter - March

E-Newsletter - March 2013

Yoga Gives Back
For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.

Your Donation's Impact!!
Today we have 237 Recipients in India!---YGB more than doubled the number of YGB fund recipients for 2013!! Thanks to tremendous support from the global yoga community and sponsors in 2012, we are now funding; 109 mothers and 110 daughters in West Bengal, 17 orphaned children and 1 medical/dental student in Karnataka!!! YGB is committed to fund each person for 5 years.
Yoga Flex Flyer
Your support enables so many people to positively transform their lives. Our local NGO partner, D Trust Home located in Chamarajnagar, Karnataka where 17 orphaned children are funded for good education and life with loving care sent us these updates.
Yoga Flex FlyerApana is now in 4th grade and enjoys learning dancing Bharatanatyam. She always volunteers to take up any responsibilities. She is a very truthful and honest child. She was found begging with her mother and brother in a place called Davangere. Both of the children were taken under the care of D Trust Home.

Yoga Flex FlyerThis is Padma whose parents are both HIV positive and her father is terminally ill. Considering her future, she was brought to this home as her shelter and attends primary school as 6th standard with great grades.

Yoga Flex FlyerRita is the youngest and most mischievous of all the girls. She is bright and very talkative and expressive. She enjoys dancing and has already started performing with her group on stage. She also comes from Davangere. Her father died when she was two years old. Her mother is very weak and was unable to earn for the family. She was taken care by her maternal aunty who could not take care of her financially and brought Rita to this home.

Exciting News:
Become a sponsor for the YGB Film Series!!
Sophie Herbert and kids
Put your name or brand on one or all of the films in our YGB Film Series to be screened by the yoga community around the world!! Sponsorship deadline for the first film "Sister Aid; Part 3" is March 31st. Read More

Welcome new Ambassadors and Representatives!!
Rhode Island and Massachusetts
Yoga instructor/massage therapist Michelle Pacheco teaches actively in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Brussles, Belgium
Ramona Roudhoust is a devoted yoga teacher and Shiatsu therapist Ramona hosted her first donation class for YGB on March 20th.

Local Representatives
Washington, DC
Linden Rock has a publicity and strategizing background the Nonprofit sector.
Encinitas, California
Midori Simovich is a passionate holistic wellness practitioner and a yogi, who will help with the Japanese translation of YGB contents and more.
Atlanta, Georgia
Toni is a credentialed instructor through YogaFit, who will reach out to the yoga community in Atlanta and beyond.

New Partners
Sophie Herbert and kidsAzawhistle Kids The iPad app that makes 'clean up' time simple and fun for kids and parents. 5% of global sales are donated to YGB.
Sophie Herbert and kidsKharma Khare is committed to being exponentially green: use existing materials AND prevent further waste from occupying our landfills. Our Company's launch product, Yoga Reincarnated, is made of 100% recycled car tires. The tires are melted down, the toxins are removed and the tires are rebirthed as yoga mats. 10% of sales is donated to YGB this month!!

Recent Events
Feb 28 - March 3
Ashtanga Yoga Confluence
Thank you for choosing YGB as the beneficiary of this special event and a generous donation of the proceeds!
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March 1st
"Let us Rise and Build Hope", Molton, Canada
Lorraine Fletcher engaged her new community for this first fundraiser and sent Canadian $500!!!

March 5
"Images of Yoga, Instants of Life' photo exhibit"
Great YGB debut in Milan, Italy, by YGB Representative Rosa Tagliafierro and yoga teacher Alessandra! Take a look at Rosa's stunning photos of the
March 23 - 24
Kino MacGregor's first workshop in Los Angeles, at
Omkar 108
YGB Ambassadors Jorgen and Kino are donating 5% of this 'Sold Out' workshop's proceeds to YGB. Thank you!!

Thank you also for the Yoga Place LA and Yoga with Chaz for your donation from your events.

Sophie Herbert and kidsApril 6th, Saturday; 9:30am-7:30pm @ Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda
Los Angeles, CA

"All Day Open House Festival", all day community event with great yoga classes all day long, live music, great food, massage and energy healing, and a raffle giveaways.

$1 per person is donated to YGB.

May 11; "FAB 40 FUNDRAISER & FUN",The Tanneries,
London, UK

Yoga Teacher Tanja Mickwitz is celebrating her big birthday, raising funds for YGB!!

"Yoga Gives Back Fights Poverty in India, One Woman at a Time"
Jill Lawson, Huffington Post, January 30
Read the story here.

Thank you for all the past events, making a real difference one class at a time!!

Mind Blowing Historical Doppelgangers [via David Angsten]

Charles Darwin --> George Carlin

Charles Darwin --> George Carlin

Paul Revere --> Jack Black

Paul Revere --> Jack Black

Alexander Severus --> Eminem

Alexander Severus --> Eminem

This Dude From 1860 --> Nic Cage

This Dude From 1860 --> Nic Cage

Millard Fillmore --> Alec Baldwin

Millard Fillmore --> Alec Baldwin