In this episode of the podcast we talk about yoga, meditation, kirtan and the movies. The guest in the first half is Ivy Xie McIsaac of Wishingtree Yoga. Ivy is originally from Guangzhou, China and touches on life during the Cultural Revolution, how she discovered yoga in the 90s and the influence of Tibet on her life. She also discusses her book A Complete Yoga Manual, the origins of yoga and spirituality vs religion. To learn more visit https://www.wishingtreeyoga.ca/ In the second half Mark reflects on some of his favourite movies from the 2000s. These include Before Sunset, the story of second chances, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, about a robbery gone wrong, Traffic, which discusses the war on drugs from different angles, The Secret in Their Eyes, which showcases how Argentina changed over a twenty year period through the lens of a murder investigation and Lost in Translation, with two kindred spirits of different generations meeting in Tokyo. In a new segment called The Final Five Mark also reads from the book Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson.
Mark goes solo in this episode to recap some movies that made an impact on him in 2017. These include newer releases such as The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Blade Runner 2049, The Lost City of Z and Mother! as well as movies going back to the 1950s through the 2000s such as Witness For the Prosecution and Paris, Texas. He also touches on the films of Louis Malle and Hirokazu Kore-eda among others.