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911 one survivors story…. SO WE NEVER FORGET

World Trade Center Sunrise

World Trade Center Sunrise

Two days after September 11, 2001, I received the following email forwarded by a friend of a friend who escaped the collapse of World Trade Center Tower 1.

After reading this amazing story I forwarded it to a bunch of people, and then left work in the middle of the day and went to a yoga class. I thought it was a good way to begin the process to regain a sense of peace and wellbeing.

The yoga helped, so I have been practicing yoga most every day since then. My intention is to share my yoga experience with anyone who is interested. Please join me as another peaceful warrior whose intention is to do my part in healing our fragile and injured planet.

The following email exchange is where my journey began and what inspired the creation of Y Yoga Movie.

I share with you my reflection of that day 7 years later.

In peace,
Arthur

Arthur@YYogaMovie.com

www.YYogaMovie.com

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–Original Message—–
From: Adam
Sent:
Wednesday, September 12, 2001 16:22 PM
To
: xxxx xxxxx

Subject: one survivors story…. SO WE NEVER FORGET.

I am sure that this is one of thousands of stories that will emerge over the next several days and weeks. I arrived as usual a little before 8am. My office was on the 87th floor of 1 World Trade Center, AKA: Tower 1, AKA: the North Tower. Most of my associates were in by 8:30m. We were standing around, joking around, eating breakfast, checking emails, and getting set for the day when the first plane hit just a few stories above us. I must stress that we did not know that it was a plane. The building lurched violently and shook as if it were an earthquake. People screamed. I watched out my window as the building seemed to move 10 to 20 feet in each direction. It rumbled and shook long enough for me to get my wits about myself and grab a co-worker and seek shelter under a doorway. Light fixtures and parts of the ceiling collapsed. The kitchen was destroyed. We were certain that it was a bomb. We looked out the windows. Reams of paper were flying everywhere, like a ticker tape parade. I looked down at the street. I could see people in Battery Park City looking up. Smoke started billowing in through the holes in the ceiling.

I believe that there were 13 of us.  We did not panic. I can only assume that we thought that the worst was over. The building was standing and we were shaken but alive. We checked the halls. The smoke was thick and white and did not smell like I imagined smoke should smell. Not like your BBQ or your fireplace or even a bonfire. The phones were working. My wife had taken our 9 month old for his check up. I called my nanny at home and told her to page my wife, tell her that a bomb went off, I was ok, and on my way out. I grabbed my laptop. Took off my tee shirt and ripped it into 3 pieces. Soaked it in water. Gave 2 pieces to my friends. Tied my piece around my face to act as an air filter. And we all started moving to the staircase.

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Anatomy of an American Yogi

Y Yoga Movie Still director Arthur Klein Reverse Namasté NYC

Y Yoga Movie Still director Arthur Klein Reverse Namasté NYC

Yoga & the original American Spirit

Y Yoga Movie frame Time Square US Flag

Y Yoga Movie frame Time Square US Flag

Practicing yoga in the United States of America today, feels like the essence of breathing life liberty and pursuing happiness.

What i hear from our president elect is very yogic, very Gandhi,  Bhakti and  Raja…. “Yes we can!” and “Change we can believe in!” sounds a great deal like “Be the change you would like to see in the world.”
– Gandhi

This is in contrast to the charge of our last 8 years of leadership… The suggestion that we consume for the good of the country and for our own happiness … The repeated suggestions of our being very afraid and how we need to invest all our money time and energy to chase after security…  I submit, security is unobtainable since it is an abstract concept based on fear … and will eventually bankrupt us as a society.

Why have these been the intentions that have been reinforced by the Bush administration.    When did government become the enemy of the people … and to the peoples’ unalienable Rights to … Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

How about we consider just these 2 shifts

  1. What if we shift our intention of Happiness through Service instead of consumption.
  2. What if we followed Benjamin Franklin’s sage advise, “if you forgo liberty for security you deserve neither.”
Y Yoga Movie Still 911 Ground Zero

Y Yoga Movie Still 911 Ground Zero

If we look back at our Declaration of Independence it has so many references to very yogic ideals to the original idea of being an American…

Standing up for what is right.  Doing well by being good.

As an American who loves his practice of yoga I want to send this message of love, light, peace and hope to all of you on this unique Thanksgiving as we focus our intention to a future where all beings are Happy.
And may our happiness come from healing our fragile and injured planet.

in peace, with love,
namasté,

Arthur

Y Yoga Movie still frame dir Arthur Klein Warrior 3 NYC

Y Yoga Movie still frame dir Arthur Klein Warrior 3 NYC

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What is Happiness and why is it worth pursuing?

Hello  world! This is my new WordPress blog In fact; it is the first post to this blog.

I awoke at 4 am on Saturday morning … booted my computer and excitedly searched to see if the URL “pursuitOf HappinessYoga.com” was available. To my surprise it was… which was perfect. As I purchased the address I checked in with my breath and felt deep gratitude, peace and grace within the moment. I knew in that breath I had committed to an intention of sharing a dialogue about happiness with all who care to engage in this investigation.

Most recently I have come to believe happiness is found by returning to the basic tenants of happiness as defined in our Declaration of Independence and in the sutras of yoga and meditation.  When reading both documents it is amazing the similarities that become obvious.

“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —” through the lens of Yoga.
…It just seems so obvious!

I invite you to join me for this journey into honoring happiness gained through service instead of consumption and liberty realized through feeling free from the inside out instead of chasing security by embracing fear and paranoia…. as our, soon to be past, leadership would have it…

I am so happy that instead of shopping or vacationing after 911 I began attending yoga classes everyday!  Which has lead to an ordinary not so happy guy having and extraordinarily happy experience of life!

Over future posts I look forward to sharing the unfolding of journey, marching with all of you to heal our fragile and injured planet.  We are the change we want to see.

May all beings be happy!

In peace with love and light,

Arthur Klein

PS.  Until the next post please enjoy my most recent offering to the meditation “May All Beings Be Happy”    this is a trailer from Y Yoga Movie… an 88 minute documentary of the last 7 years of my journey.

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