By The Chopra Well
Screen shot from URBAN YOGIS
Yoga changes lives. We see it again and again. People suffering from illness, struggling with self-esteem or weight or imbalance, looking for purpose and avenues to change the world… Every story in its distinct way reflects the transformative power of yoga. And, of course, human beings' own capacity to change and thrive.
It is this very power we aim to capture on our new show, URBAN YOGIS, launching October 8 on The Chopra Well. Beautifully shot, inspiring, and heartfelt - the series delves into the lives of cancer survivors,Eddie Stern and Moby practicing their inner-city youth dealing with violence in their communities, recovering addicts, artists, youth in detention facilities, and more. Interspersed with these stories of yoga transformation, episodes feature interviews between yoga instructor Eddie Stern and comedian Russell Brand, Grammy-nominated musician Moby (pictured right in "happy baby pose"), and "yogi" businessman Russell Simmons. (Didn't know these guys were die-hard yogis? Yeah, they're pretty cool.)
Over 20 million people in the United States have practiced yoga. Who knows how many lives have been changed by the practice - but we expect many. Yoga has been known in the West since at least the mid 19th century, practiced widely since the 1960s. That's potentially a lot of lives changed over the years. It's hard to pinpoint, but there is something magical that happens on that mat, in the breath and flow of movement. Something softens, something opens. A little grace emerges to offset intensity, gratitude to offset pain. It's worth a try if you've never been to a yoga class. Even for the skeptics out there… You never know how an experience might change you, right?
Click here for the URBAN YOGIS trailer; we hope it inspires you. The show launches on Monday October 8, and we hope you'll be there to witness these incredible stories of transformation and share your own in the comments section below the videos!
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