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2013

When You Don’t Have Time To Go To Yoga, Go Twice

by Jeff McMahonI was in bad shape when yoga turned my life around. I was in bad mental shape from constant work, every waking hour, and from work-related stress. I was in bad physical shape from mismanaging that stress through the conventional tools…

To Be The Listener

by Jeff McMahon One of the best yoga experiences Chicago offers is Alison Lehner’s class—and you can take it twice, back to back, on Wednesdays at the Zen Garage, as I did today. I find so many reasons to love Alison’s class: her graceful sequences…

The Selfish Yogi and Eating Animals

This is the second of two posts exploring the yamas and niyamas as moral codes vs. practical steps. The object of this post is not to debate vegetarianism, but to show the dual motivations for vegetarianism offered in yogic texts. Please read the…

The Selfish Yogi (Or, Can Ayn Rand Do Yoga?)

by Jeff McMahon When I first encountered the yamas and niyamas, I took them as moral codes, a set of Thou Shalt Nots and Thou Shalts on the order of the Ten Commandments. But over the years I noticed that many teachers and texts describe the yamas…

New-Build Nuclear Is Dead: Morningstar

Nuclear reactors are not a viable source of new power in the West, Morningstar analysts conclude in a report this month to institutional investors.
Nuclear's "enormous costs, political and popular opposition, and regulatory uncertainty" render new…

DOE's Most Promising New Tech: Bioenergy

Bioenergy has shown the best results of the new energy technologies embraced by the Department of Energy in the last decade, the acting head of DOE's Office of Science said in Chicago Tuesday.
But even the most promising technologies have a long way…

England's new report on the safety of hydraulic fracturing may say more about the necessity of regulation.
In a report released today, Public Health England concludes that fracking pollution poses little risk to the public health "if the operations…

9 Reasons China Will Have Blue Skies

Chinese cities are poised for an environmental revolution like the one that transformed some rusting American industrial cities, like Pittsburgh, into "beautiful, blue skies" cities today, a leading urban economist said in Chicago Thursday.
China is…

So You’re A Yogi: What About Politics?

by Jeff McMahonRecently a lifelong friend asked me, “How did you stop fighting everything and become spiritual instead?” This friend and I had fought side by side in many great battles over the decades—as activists, as environmentalists, as…