I was interviewed for an article on MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and yoga for Brazil’s biggest fight magazine, called Tatame. Tatame has a print run of 22 thousand and is distributed all over Brazil. Because there are so many Brazilian UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) champions, including the legendary Anderson Silva, MMA has become huge in Brazil, the country’s favorite sport now after soccer.
Despite the mundane focus of the article, which was meant to show how yoga helps MMA fighters perform better, there was room to speak of yoga as a complete spiritual path, of the importance of self-realization and to include mention of our bhakti-yoga retreat, Pandavas Paradise.
The very beginning of the article, entitled “The Power of the Mind” had a quote from me in large print, saying:
“Yoga goes way beyond just physical activity or meditation. It’s a way of life, an enlightened way to deal with life, with increasing blissfulness, peace and mental clarity, to achieve the full potential of human life.”
The article ran to 4 pages with a large photo of me leading kirtan at Pandavas Paradise.
I got the interview because of an essay I’d written late last year, comparing the path of yoga to the UFC, in the sense that, in yoga spirituality, results matter, not just dogmas or religious traditions.
A full PDF of the article can be found here (in Portuguese): http://giridhari.com.br/pdf/Revista_Tatame_Giridhari.pdf.