Please enter your new password: [via Cacciatre]


"cabbage" Sorry, the password must be more than 8 characters.

 "boiled cabbage"

 Sorry, the password must contain 1 numerical character.

 "1 boiled cabbage"

 Sorry, the password cannot have blank spaces.


 Sorry, the password must contain at least one upper case character.


 Sorry, the password cannot use more than one upper case character consecutively.


 Sorry, the password cannot contain punctuation.


 Sorry, that password is already in use.

Fifteen New Words in Dictionary [David Adashek]

Auto-Tune or auto-tune vt (verb transitive) (2003): a proprietary signal processor, to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software, especially to correct sung notes that are out of tune

cap-and-trade adj (1995): relating to or being a system that caps the amount of carbon emissions a given company may produce but allows it to buy rights to produce additional emissions from a company that does not use the equivalent amount of its own allowance

catfish n (1612): (second definition) a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes

crowdfunding n (2006): the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people, especially from the online community

dubstep n (2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns

fangirl n (1934): a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something

freegan n (2006): an activist who scavenges for free food (as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants) as a means of reducing consumption of resources

gamification n (2010): the process of adding games or gameline elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation

hashtag n (2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text, such as a tweet

selfie n (2002): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera, especially for posting on social networks

social networking n (1998): the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships, especially online

steampunk n (1987) science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology

turducken n (1982): a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey

tweep n (2008): a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets

Yooper n (1977): a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname

Happy New Year!!
"No matter how much or little money you have flowing through your life, when you direct that flow with soulful purpose, you feel wealthy. You feel vibrant and alive when you use your money in a way that represents you, not just as a response to the market economy, but also as an expression of who you are. When you let your money move to things you care about, your life lights up. That's really what money is for." --- Lynne Twist "The Soul of Money"

Your Donation's Impact

Thanks to your generous support, YGB continues to grow at about 35% per year and was able to achieve these milestones in 2015. With your generous support, we can definitely do more in 2016.
  1. Nearly 300 mothers are supported with micro loans in West Bengal, with 91.18% loans repaid, and 90% average increase in monthly income.

  2. 285 daughters of these micro loan recipients receive education funds to stay in elementary and junior schools to avoid early child marriage.

  3. 50 destitute girl high school students were funded with SHE (Scholarship for Higher Education) in rural West Bengal as well as 35 teen boy and girl students in Chamarajanagar, Karnataka with five year scholarship for them to achieve college degrees.

  4. Twenty-one orphaned children are fully supported for education and cared life at Deenabandhu Trust Home, Karnataka.

  5. One student graduated from the Dental Medical College and entered a post graduate course to become a dental surgeon in Bangalore.
Read more about these success stories at YGB's Blog.

Popular and Impactful YGB Membership!
Become a proud YGB member!! Starting with $15 a month, you can lift up many lives in India. Just register for an easy monthly recurring payment here. We will send you an original membership certificate, as well as listing you on the YGB membership list.


Honorary Member, YGB Ambassador Kathleen Kastner, Encinitas, California

Watch short YGB FILMS to learn more about YGB programs and true stories of our fund recipients in India!!

Exciting News: 

Just two more weeks to give just ONE class for the most successful Annual Global "Thank You Mother India"!!

Thanks to many events and donations from all over the world since September, our annual global campaign "Thank You Mother India," has raised over $70,000 so far. Thank you, everyone. If you have not taken part yet, this is your chance! Host just one event, donate or become a sponsor before January 31. Register your event here, which will be promoted globally by YGB's social media!! Check out many global events already happening or scheduled.

Welcome New Advisors and Ambassadors!

AdvisorsDavidMallika Chopra,
Founder of Intent and The Chopra Well,
Santa Monica, CA
 Alessandra Suzy Shelton,
Freelance Business Consultant
Santa Monica, CA
AmbassadorsStephDiane Magnette,
Santa Monica, CA
 StephDana Blonde,
Calgary, Canada
Yoga Shala Calgary

These new Ambassadors are hosting fundraiser events this month. Thank you. Diane Magnette is hosting Yoga Gives Back/Diane's Birthday Celebration @ Maha Yoga, Brentwood, California. Saturday, January 16th, 5:45pm. To register, please email Dana Blonde is donating 100% from her five karma classes every Saturday in January @ Yoga Shala Calgary.

Tank Eat well for A Great Cause!!! YGB Benefit Week by eLOVate Kitchen in Santa Monica, through January 17th!! Just show this flyer or mention Yoga Gives Back at the restaurant when placing order, and eLOVate will donate a portion to YGB and you will receive a famous coconut magic bar with home made ice-cream!!

Thank you for these recent events and upcoming events!! 



1st: 108 Hatha Surya Namaskar Charity Challenge @ Spirit Yoga, Osaka, Jpaan YGB Ambassador Haidar Ali hosted this fundraiser event.

2nd: Pay What You Wish Yoga @ Singapore YGB Ambassador Wendy Chan's special series of classes continues.

10th: Timji and Friends New Moon Kirtan @ Ashtanga Yoga Center, Carlsbad, California Tim Miller and Friends lead a special Kirtan session.

10th: YGB Thailand Launch Event @ Orion Retreat Center, Koh Samui YGB Ambassador Anouk Prop and friends host special Sunset event.

12th: Special Fundraiser Class @ Golden Bridge, Santa Monica, CA Gurumukh, Normandie and Onkar teach special 2 hour Kundanlini class with eLOVate refreshments.

16th: Fundraiser Yoga Class @ Pranava Yoga, Strathmore, Canada Owner Becky Stone hosts its first YGB event.

23rd: The Anniversary Fundraiser @ The Life Center Islington, London, UK Oasis of Sound Anne Malone and Soulful Vinyasa teacher Tanja Mickwitz (YGB Ambassador) lead a special session.


March 3-6, San Diego, California: Ashtanga Yoga Confluence YGB is honored to be the beneficiary of the globally renowned event once again, where Ashtanga Yoga Confluence, Inc. donates its proceeds to YGB as well as hosting a YGB Presentation on the 5th 1:30 - 1:45 pm. 

Yoga Gives Back Presentation with Founder/President Kayoko Mitsumatsu. This presentation will show the newest exciting short film that documents how the programs implemented by this Los Angeles based non-profit organization are making a difference in many lives in India. This session follows right after Women's Panel Discussion with Diana Christinson, Kathy Cooper, Dena Kingsberg, Leigha Nicole and Mary Taylor moderated by Shelley Washington (lecture/discussion/Q&A) 

Thank you for all the past and future events,
which make a real difference one class at a time!! 

Yoga Gives Back

Slow Life (not color enhanced) [via Nina Reznick]

Slow Life from BioQuest Studios on Vimeo.

 "Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives. These animals are actually very mobile creatures. However their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen.


This is bizarre - after you find the guy - it's so obvious.
Once you find him  you think, "Why didn't I see him immediately?"

Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in the coffee beans in 3 seconds, the right half of your brain is better developed than most people. If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1 minute, the right half of the brain is developed normally. If you find the man between 1 minute and 3 minutes, then the right half of your brain is functioning slowly and you need to eat more protein. If you have not found the man after 3 minutes, the advice is to look for more of this type of exercise to make that part of the brain stronger! And yes, the man is really there!

After you find the man in the beans forward the e-mail to your brainy friends.....

One of all time favorites: SLOMO! [via Cacciatre]

SLOMO from Josh Izenberg on Vimeo.

 Disillusioned with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

1,400-Year-Old Gingko Tree Sheds a Spectacular Ocean of Golden Leaves [via Nina Reznick]

Once a year, this towering 1,400-year-old tree showcases a transition into fall in a spectacular way—its thousands of leaves change into a radiant shade of gold. Located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple, in the Zhongnan Mountain region of China, this brilliant autumnal display attracts tourists from all over the world. As the leaves fall and create a vibrant ocean of gold, visitors leap at the opportunity to capture photos of the colourful carpet.

Thought to be planted for Emperor Li Shimin, the founding father of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), this famous tree draws in people from all over China. The gingko tree—also known as a maidenhair tree—is an ancient species that is native to China. Besides the magical yellow colour that it adopts in the fall, this particular species of tree is also wonderfully useful, serving as a source of food and equipped with various medical benefits that are recognized in traditional Eastern medicine.

This particularly impressive millennia-old Gingko tree is certainly popular, but as a species this tree is also widely respected for its wealth of benefits and ancient ties to the region.

via [Colossal]

The Earth is Poop Deprived! [via Nina Reznick]

 A diagram showing how animal poop moves nutrients around the ecosystem (numbers are in kilograms).

Whales and other deep-diving marine mammals feed deep in the ocean and poop up high, moving nutrients upward through the water column. Seabirds and spawning fish transfer nutrients from sea to shore. Megafauna such as moose move nutrients as they graze and poop, creating a natural manure fertilizer. Grey animals represent the loss of megafauna that once contributed to this nutrient cycle. (Numbers in kilograms.)  Credit: PNAS/Renate Helmiss

Earth has a problem: not enough poop.

The extinction of megafauna both at land and at sea has led to a shortage of mega manure, new research finds. As a result, the planet's composting and nutrient-recycling system is broken.
Ads by ZINC

"This broken global cycle may weaken ecosystem health, fisheries and agriculture," study researcher Joe Roman, a biologist at the University of Vermont, said in a statement.

Missing manure

Unappetizing as it may seem, poop is an effective way to spread nutrients around. Now-extinct animals such as mammoths, mastodons and giant sloths were once extremely effective at fertilizing the soil; today, though, those huge land animals are extinct. As a result, natural poop-fertilization by land animals has dropped to 8 percent of what it was at the end of the last ice age, Roman and his colleagues report today (Oct. 26) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The situation is even worse in the ocean, where nutrient transport via pooping is estimated at a mere 5 percent of historic values. Humans have hunted large whales down to just 34 percent of the animals' former populations (some estimates put current whale numbers as low as 1 percent of their pre-whaling levels), the researchers wrote.

These deep-diving animals' feces spread the nutrient phosphorous around the ocean, so declines in numbers result in a fall in nutrient transport. In particular, whales feed deep in the ocean, but defecate their nutrient-rich waste in shallower water. This means that those nutrients aren't lost to the ocean sediment. Overall, the researchers found, the ability of whales and other marine mammals to transport phosphorous is down 77 percent from before the days of widespread hunting.

These numbers are particularly dire in some regions. In the North Atlantic Ocean, for example, the nutrient-transport ability of whales is 14 percent of its historical value, the researchers found. In the North Pacific Ocean, it's 10 percent; in the Southern Ocean, it's a paltry 2 percent.

Likewise, the loss of nutrient transport from land animals is uneven. In Africa, where huge animals like elephants still live, nutrient transport from manure is at 46 percent of what it was about a million years ago. On all other continents, the number is less than 5 percent, with South America at a mere 1 percent of its original capacity.

From sea to land

Poop is also an effective way to move nutrients from sea to land. Seabirds pluck fish from the ocean, then come back to nesting sites and poop copiously (penguin poop stains can even be seen from space). Another form of nutrient transport from sea to land comes in the form of dead fish. Salmon and other species that swim upstream into rivers to spawn and then die are called anadromous fish. Their rotting bodies become part of the terrestrial ecosystem.

But both the collapse of fisheries and the fall in seabird numbers have endangered this sea-to-land pipeline. Phosphorous movement via both bird poop and dead fish is down an estimated 96 percent, Roman and his colleagues found.

The researchers made these estimates using mathematical models based on historical estimates, along with current species populations and ranges from the International Union for Conservation of Nature. However, the scientists could not prove that the missing poop has led to declines in the fertility of the land; the data to determine that simply do not exist, the researchers wrote. However, the findings suggest that a decline in fertility in some regions is likely, the scientists added.

"Previously, animals were not thought to play an important role in nutrient movement," study researchers Christopher Doughty, an ecologist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, said in the statement. However, this misunderstanding may have arisen for a good reason: By the time humans started studying nutrient transport, most of the large, important mammals that played this role were gone.

"This once was a world that had 10 times more whales; 20 times more anadromous fish, like salmon; double the number of seabirds; and 10 times more large herbivores — giant sloths and mastodons and mammoths," Roman said. Domesticated animals, like cattle, are too fenced in and concentrated to play this role, the researchers found.

Conservation measures could be put in place to restore this odiferous transport system, Roman said. Larger bison herds could be re-established on the Great Plains in the United States, for example, and marine protections strengthened for large ocean-goers, he said.

"We can imagine a world with relatively abundant whale populations again," Roman said.

Read more at Live Science

Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place [David Angsten]

Take a trip in time back to the Fifties and relive the culture, the icons and everyday life that made it a very special time. Also a brief look at the racism and McCarthyism that marked the era..

Rosemary Serluca Foster's feature article published in Natural Awakenings magazine.

I am excited to share that my feature article, "Intuitive Body Reading: Getting to the Core of Emotional and Physical Issues," was published in Natural Awakenings magazine.

Discover how this uniquely restorative method works at a deep energetic level to stimulate spontaneous and authentic healing.

Click here to read the article.

Visit to learn more about Intuitive Body Reading sessions and my other services:
  • Energy Healing
  • Craniosacral Combo
  • Couples Restorative
  • Medical Astrology
"Rosemary was able to intuitively read me as if I was a clear piece of plastic. I had been stuck for years and in just one session she was able to help me begin to shift in a way I didn't think was possible."  --Barbara F., New York, NY.

Wishing you optimum health and healing,
Rosemary Serluca Foster
Certified Healing Practioner
Intuitive Body Reading
& Energy Healing


Medical Astrology

Couples Restorative