Violin Concerto in G by Alma Deutscher

Violin Concerto in G by Alma Deutscher (born 2005 !) – III Allegreo vivace e scherzando. She also plays the first violin. And this is her channel on YouTube.

Vegan ultrarunner Scott Jurek: Appalachian Trial in 46 days!


Nearly every sport has a professional athlete who consumes the vegan diet in order to fuel their body.  Female, UFC and Olympic Judo medalist, Rhonda Rousey, has found benefits from the vegan diet.  In wrestling, Chris Campbell; football, Adrian Foster; in tennis, Venus Williams; and in Soccer, Kara Lang.  The plant-based diet is beginning to find fans in athletes across the sports world.

Vegan protein shakes and plant-based proteins make it easier for vegan athletes to get adequate protein

Most people concern themselves with protein and wonder how a vegan athlete is able to get the protein that they need.  Protein helps build lean muscle, supports the immune system, and maintains nitrogen balance.  The protein needs in athletes are higher than the rest of society.  The good news is that there are lots of plant based and vegetable based proteins.  Numerous shake companies are also creating vegan protein shakes that can be of help to vegan athletes. Ultrarunner, Scott Jurek, is not only vegan, but runs incredibly long races.  Most recently, he ran the entire Appalachian Trial in 46 days, eight hours and seven minutes – breaking the speed record by over three hours!  On top of his incredible athletic ability, he is an accomplished cook and has shared his story and favorite recipes in his book, Eat and Run.

Vegan ultrarunner, Scott Jurek, ran Appalachian Trail in 46 days!

Jurek reports that he exercises in the morning before breakfast, unless he is doing a six to eight hour run that day.  He does not start his day out with a cup of coffee, but instead opts for tea or yerba mate.  For breakfast, he has a green drink or smoothie, using: barley grass, kale, arugula, spinach, spirulina or chlorella.  If he is preparing a smoothie, Jurek ads fruit in order to replenish his body with healthy carbohydrates. He finishes his blended drink with rice or pea protein powder, plus coconut oil or avocado. In training, Jurek claims that he needs to eat 5,000-6,000 calories a day.  He explains that as an ultrarunner, he cannot get by with using the gels, and has to eat while running.  On his long races, he gets to see the shocked faces of people seeing him eat a burrito, while keeping up a brisk seven or eight minute mile pace. When running the Appalachian Trail, Jurek was on the trail for 13 to 14 hours a day, and then towards the end of the race, he increased his running to 16 to 18 hours a day, sometimes even 20.  During this time, he was in-taking 7,000 calories per day.  Foods that he consumed on the trial were Clif products, sandwiches, toast with olive oil, hash browns or home fries from a local diner, pasta with olive oil, and vegan sausage and coconut milk ice cream.

Jurek was on the trail 13 to 20 hours a day per day and consumed 7,000 calories of vegan food in order to fuel his journey!

Jurek reported that he lost 20 lbs during his time on the trail.  Even though he consumed a lot of calories, his body was sleep deprived and his metabolism was racing.  He reported that one family brought him fresh fruit and meat substitutes while on the trail.  Another person met him on the trail with cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls from Vegan Treats.  Another individual hiked three miles up the trail to bring Jurek avocado maki and vegan pizza.

Jurek reported that he lost 20 lbs during his time on the trail.  Even though he consumed a lot of calories, his body was sleep deprived and his metabolism was racing.  He reported that one family brought him fresh fruit and meat substitutes while on the trail.  Another person met him on the trail with cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls from Vegan Treats.  Another individual hiked three miles up the trail to bring Jurek avocado maki and vegan pizza.


The teachings of Sri Chinmoy – Live Recitations on livestream


Kedar Misani, a disciple of Sri Chinmoy for more than 35 years, is inspired to share the teachings of Sri Chinmoy in a new format with interested seekers and disciples from around the world. Each Monday and Friday at 8:30 pm CET / 7:30 GMT / 2:30 pm EST he will recite texts and poems for half an hour, the first time on July 27th. The recitations can be watched LIVE on and are available for some time online on-demand if you missed a broadcast. On the same livestream channel, there are also more than 10 hours of meditation videos that can be watched in a random order or selective in the on-demand section.

June 21st: International Day of Yoga

day-of-yogaJune 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. Yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin over 6000 years ago in India aims to integrate the body and the mind. The declaration of this day came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness within yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

Nirbasha is first Irish 3100 mile race participant


Irish man Nirbhasa Magee will compete in the world’s longest certified road-race in Queens, New York, that started this morning. The Self-Transcendence 3,100 mile race is further than running the entire width of the United States of America, and ultra-runner Magee says he will use 12 pairs of shoes during the race. Nirbhasa will run 60 miles every day from 6am in the morning until midnight around the same half-mile block in Queens, for 52 days starting on Sunday.The 36-year-old is the first Irish person to attempt the race, which has only been completed by 37 people in the past 18 years since it was set up. “The main reason I’m doing it is for what happens when I run,” Nirbhasa said. “I really get into these very beautiful states of inner peace and calm, and when you experience those states of meditation it makes all the little struggles and challenges worthwhile.” Twelve ultra-runners will compete in this year’s road-race and will face many challenges including extremely high temperatures and humidity, running on concrete, and spending long periods of time by themselves without much mental stimulus. Nirbhasa says that he tries to focus on keeping his mind free of thoughts while he runs, and to focus on staying grateful. “It’s not all sweetness and light out there, and there are all kinds of issues that you’re faced with. I feel that by having that practice of staying relaxed, happy and grateful, it keeps everything in proper perspective.”

The race was founded by spiritual leader and meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy who believed that long-distance running can be a spiritual experience, and can help people overcome their preconceived limitations. “One of the things you feel when you do these races, and the reason I probably keep coming back to do them, is that you definitely have moments during the race where you realise you’re absolutely on the edge of what you can do,” the Irish runner said. “You really feel like you’re on the total peak of your potential, and it’s a really exhilarating feeling. It feels like you’re scaling the top of a mountain.” Throughout the race Nirbhasa will burn between 7,000 and 10,000 calories a day, so he will eat every hour as he runs as well as stopping for food at several points during the day. The County Meath native says he wasn’t always interested in sports, and was more studious when he was younger. He became interested in meditation when he was studying for a degree in theoretical physics in Trinity College, and started running as a method of stress relief and focus. He began to consider ultra-running several years ago, when he stumbled upon one of the 10-day races in which he later competed.

“It was late at night and I went out into the course, and the people running all seemed to be in this zone of peace and calm,” he said. “I just had this inner feeling that I had to do the race someday.” He had run marathons previously but then began to train for a 24-hour race in London, before completing two 10-day races in New York in 2013 and 2014. He began preparing for the race seriously last December, and believes that ultra-running is as much a feat of mental endurance as it is physical. “You have to be very concentrated and focused the entire time,” he said. “It’s not even so much whether your body holds up; it’s really whether you can discipline your mind.” Nirbhasa has been living in Iceland for the past year and a half, working as a care assistant for his friend with motor neuron disease, and will return there after the race finishes on August 4th.

“In our day-to-day life we’ve got so much information coming in, that our mind is in overload most of the time,” he said. “We constantly have this washing machine of thoughts going around, but when you’re out there running, that subsides a little bit and you’re able to go to a space inside yourself beyond the mind.” “Inwardly I have a very good feeling about the race; I’m looking forward to being out there. I’m just trying not to expend to much mental energy on worrying about what might happen.”

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The loop course of the 3100 mile Self-Transcendence race in Queens, New York

Selected drawings by Sri Chinmoy

Over the years of his artistic activities Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) created hundreds of drawings and millions of so-called soul-bird-drawings. For the first more than 600 of these cute artwork have been compiled in a video of 1:11 h. The music is by two Russian disciples of Sri Chinmoy, Kushali and Rageshri who performed their music under the name “Silence and Sound” in many parts of the world. Edited 2015 by Kedar Misani.

Hallgrím Magnússon on Medicine & Spirit

I interviewed Dr. Hallgrím Magnússon from Iceland who was not only a medical practicing physician for many years but also studied alternative medicine and came to the conclusion that spirit, soul and body have to be considered as a whole to achieve a successful healing. He also spoke about the importance of meditation and prayer, gave some key advice for correct nutrition and looked into the coming changes on Earth and the birth of the Golden Age.

Recorded in Reykjavik in July 2011
Filmed and produced by kedarvideo, Switzerland


I just learned that Mr. Magnússon has passed away on April 21st 2015. May this interview remain a good remembrance of his brave activities in the alternative medical world.


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