Russell simmons talks art and meditation in the trump era _ vanity fair

Music and media mogul Russell Simmons was championing meditation long before there were apps to track mindfulness and guided teachings delivered by smartphone. Artistic yoga So it wasn’t a surprise, given the current political climate, when the topic came up during a recent discussion with Simmons ahead of his annual Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation fund-raiser at Art Basel Miami Beach.

“When you meditate, the world settles a bit and you realize the stuff happening on the outside isn’t as important,” he says.

Shanti yoga store wien “When you operate from that calm, you’re not as fearful and you can digest and the reality of what you’re supposed to be doing.”

“I just take it as it comes,” he continues. Basic yoga poses for beginners youtube “My purpose doesn’t change. Slogans on yoga in english My job is to give other people the opportunity, the freedom, respect, kindness, and happiness that I have for myself. Yoga asanas names list That doesn’t change based on who the president is. Surya yoga Or the Congress. Y2 yoga schedule charlotte I mean, yeah, there might be a slight change in what I’m doing, but the purpose doesn’t change.”

Simmons says he finds working with artists to be a calming and necessary influence on his sense of social justice and reason for his Rush Foundation to do the work it does: funding arts for underprivileged inner-city youth. Uptown yoga dallas schedule He started the organization more than 20 years ago with his two brothers, painter and community organizer Danny Simmons, and musician and pastor Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons of hip-hop group Run-D.M.C.

“There was a moment when it became apparent that no one cared about art in schools anymore,” Simmons says. Isha yoga songs mp3 free download “We began around that time, and interest in art and education has only decreased despite the research that tells us how great it is. . . . Stretching pilates yoga workout blend Art is critical to a child’s development and creative development is critical to a child, but we still have the same stigma in that the first thing to go in the budget is art.”

Which is to say, despite this strong sense of certainty in his spiritual practice and a seemingly pragmatic approach to life, Simmons does worry for the near future, especially for the arts.

“Not this week, but everything can happen quickly,” he says. Bikram yoga san jose san jose ca “As Donald just said, if you burn the American flag you should go to jail or lose your citizenship.” Simmons counters, “Burning the flag is about keeping your citizenship. Information about yoga day in hindi In many cases, it’s about protecting your citizenship and the Constitution to some degree. Yoga poses for beginners pictures Dissonance is an important part of keeping the country straight.”

This year’s Rush Foundation auction has an online component hosted by art-auction site Artsy (bidding closes today at eight P.M.) as well as a live component led by auctioneer Andrea Fiuczynski, chairman of Sotheby’s (bidding opens tonight at seven P.M.). Yin yoga sarah powers Work from artists including Laura Kimpton, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker, James Van Der Zee, Kehinde Wiley, and Zoe Charlton is included in the offerings, many of them donations called in from a long life of collecting on Simmons’s part.

“The artists have been giving us great work over the years. Bikram yoga tips for beginners I own Francesco Clemente, Ross Bleckner, Shepard Fairey—that giant Hope painting of Obama,” Simmons says. Yoga for pregnancy chicago “Some of these artists, I’ve met through the auctions. Yoga teacher salary nyc We are always scrounging and pulling this together so we can do more to help children in need.”

“Artists operate from the inside out,” he says. Prenatal yoga videos on netflix “More often, the artist will say, give people justice. Yoga tips for weight loss in hindi They’ll say, we should give people who look different from us a voice. Earth yoga nyc The artist will say, we’re the same. Yoga pictures funny Because they think inside, and inside is where the answers fit.”