Sarah Neufeld: Yogi and Arcade Fire violinist gives us a solo album and a little serenity in NYC

I’m not mystical in any sense of the word, but I have to admit I do sometimes get tingly frissons of delight at certain coincidental cosmic alignments in my universe.  These might include nabbing the perfect parking spot, the introduction of seasonal coffee and frozen yogurt flavors, and most recently learning that Sarah Neufeld, violinist for one of my favorite bands, the Arcade Fire, is releasing a solo album this August and has a thriving yoga studio right here in New York.  Win, win, win.

I’m a recent convert to the joys of yoga, and to be perfectly honest, was pretty much dragged there more by a laundry list of aches including bad knees, lower back pain, and general soreness due to my other physical pasatiempos like Muay Thai, BJJ, and running, rather than any desire for enlightenment or peace. I tried it before and hated chanting, hated the noisy breathing, and hated being left alone with my thoughts. That was my twenties. Now that I’m slightly older and wiser (only slightly on both counts, but boy, what a difference a few well placed years make), I appreciate the Time Out a lot more, even though I’m not giving up on eating animals or switching over to an entirely organic cotton wardrobe any time soon. Basically, I need calmness and to practice mindfulness more now, and apparently so do a lot of other stressed out, button mashing New Yorkers at my yoga studio, if the constantly broken buzzer is any indication (we need serenity NOW!). However, perhaps the ultimate goal we can hope to achieve is to acknowledge that life in this city is crazy, and “you still get stressed out, but you don’t get as wrapped up in your own reactions,” as Sarah says in her interview.

Check out the rest of the excellent profile about Sarah at The Aesthete here and if you’re in NYC, you can try getting a little meditative stretch in at Moksha.

Happy Solstice!