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Ashok Amaran
I make iPhone Apps. I also cook, drink chai, practice Yoga, and write a blog.
I make iPhone Apps. I also cook, drink chai, practice Yoga, and write a blog.

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Sábado 5 de Septiembre 2015
10:00 Hrs-14:00 horas

¡Cupos limitados para los mejores desarrolladores de Guadalajara- foro abierto con la Vicepresidente y Fundadora de una de las empresas de TI más grandes de EE.UU! 

¿Sabías que los profesionistas TI pueden estar trabajando en EEUU en una semana sin tener que pasar por el proceso engorroso de la visa de trabajo? Además, se puede auspiciar y llevar toda la familia.
¿Sabías que hay empresas que están buscando a gente para trabajar en programación, asistente virtual, diseño y desarrollo, desde casa en México, y pagan un promedio de $40.000 MXN por mes?
En este mes de agosto, tenemos 14 puestos para desarrolladores Java, + 3 puestos para .NET y PHP para EEUU, + varios puestos de SAP, para los cuales estamos buscando a los mejores profesionistas de Jalisco. Algunos podrían ser entrevistados ahí mismo en el evento.
¿Sabías que hay un formato específico para redactar un CV para una audiencia global, y hasta hay cosas que son ilegales incluir?
Debido a la necesidad de nuestros clientes de FILTRAR los cientos de candidatos que reciben a diario para estos puestos, ya nos encontramos EN PERSONA en Guadalajara para encontrarnos frente a frente con los mejores profesionistas del estado. 

El sábado 5 de septiembre es el gran evento en el cual la Vicepresidente y Fundadora de una de las empresas TI más grandes de EEUU estará personalmente en Guadalajara para un foro abierto de charlas, preguntas y respuestas, y conocer a los que más se aproximan al perfil buscado para posibles ofertas de trabajo.

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"This is how coworkers travel" - New article I wrote for the 3rd issue of the New Worker Magazine! A magazine for Coworkers written by Coworkers! A 3000+ words essay on my Coworking travels and many inspiring people I've met along the way. Mentions for AJ Leon and the Misfits, Chris Guillebeau and the WDS community, Jacob and Susan of Office Nomads, Libby of Live Work Anywhere, Eric of Copass, and of course Angel Meakins Kwiatkowski and my Coworking family back in Fort Collins at Cohere Community!  It's incredible the power of community through Coworking and what can be possible when you incorporate traveling into it. ‪#‎coworking‬

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Day 16 and 17 of 100 - My #100DaysOfYoga Challenge

This weekend (Saturday and Sunday), I decided to return to the roots and meditate on The Yoga Sutras.

I was first introduced to this through another book called “How Yoga Works”. “How Yoga Works” is a parable about a young girl who trained in the practice of Yoga in India and was heading north into the Himalayas to write down the teachings. On her way, she is stopped at a checkpoint, detained and held in jail indefinitely. Her captors don’t know what to do with her, and soon the chief of police learns she knows Yoga and has her “prove” it by teaching him. The book goes on for awhile in this way, with the reader taking on the role of the student as (the young girl who is a student herself) begins teaching you. What she teaches, chapter by chapter, is actually the Yoga Sutras. I wouldn’t read them until much later, but there were a few things from the parable that stuck with me. 

1) The pen and the cow analogy. At one point in the book, the young girl is attempting to explain the illusion of our reality. She starts by saying that cows see a blade of grass and eat it. To them, a “line which is green” equals a blade of grass which is food. Now, if we took a green pen, which looked like grass and gave it to the cow, the cow would perceive the pen as food. In the cow’s reality, the only possible thing the pen could be is food (until it realizes it’s not). 

The point being that perception is truth. What we perceive with our mind’s eye or through our senses is what our actual reality is. If we don’t have enough information, our perception is going to be “skewed” and therefor we’re going to experience a certain kind of truth, a truth with this less information. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good or bad to have a certain perception, it’s just different. 

So now if we took that same analogy to how we perceive the pen to people, we see that our truth about people comes from what we perceive. For instance, we could choose our perception to simply be of the scientific sense — our bodies, organs, heart, blood, brain, etc. is what we’re made of… or we can choose to perceive people as beings of light. Vibrating waves of energy (what we know of as our souls) which are flowing through these fleshy, physical bodies of ours. When we start seeing people this way, we see the divine within them (the divine light). This is what the basis of the greeting “Namaste” means: “The divine light in me honors the divine light within you”.

2) The Sun and Moon Channels. I’d known about Chakras and energy flowing through our body. But an interesting concept this book introduced was the concept of a Sun and Moon Channel within your spine. The Sun and Moon channel are not actual physical channels, but they exist in energy which passes through your spine. It’s possible  to sense this through feeling, but not seeing (think about how we can feel the wind, but not see it. The wind is energy flowing a certain way). Both the Sun and Moon channel criss cross each other like a snake from the base of your spine to your crown of your head. Through the middle, there’s a channel which is known as the central channel and is where “Kundalini” energy is thought to be resting latently at the bottom of the spine. Through the practice of Yoga, and especially Kundalini Yoga, you can work to bring this energy upwards through our spine and through the 7 chakras. As this Kundalini energy rises, it is known to cause spiritual awakenings, hence the term “Kundalini Awakening”. 

3) Planting seeds and taking care of the garden of your mind. I learned the powerful concept of seeds from this book. Just like an actual seed you sow into the ground and it bears fruit later, so too happens with seeds within your mind. A positive thought can be a seed to grow into more positive thoughts. Or a negative thought may dwell in your mind and bring up further negativity and manifesting physical pain/illnesses. 

One of the most advance practices of Yoga which is mentioned in the Sutras is to take care of the Garden of your mind with great care… to weed out the negative seeds and cultivate the positive ones. Over time, working towards completely pure positive thoughts which nourish your soul. You can grow it within other’s minds as well. When you plant a positive seed in someone else, that positive seed grows in their mind and your garden has now gotten larger. The more souls you touch, the more connected you feel. You feel part of these other people (and for good reason many times because you may have changed their lives with the positive perspective you gave them). By helping them, you help yourself. 

It’s not only a wonderful moral philosophy, but it’s a fascinating way of looking at interactions with everyone in your every day life… just something to ponder.

Re-reading has certainly sparked positive remembrance. That’s a great thing. Sometimes you gain a lot by simply sitting.

Another day, another lesson. :)

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Day 15 of 100 - My #100DaysOfYoga Challenge

Whew! That was one sweaty practice today.

After a few relaxing days, I decided to turn it up tonight with a blood pumping, sweat dripping practice. I was scrolling through some Vinyasa Flows but nothing seemed as intense as I wanted it to be. 

Then I remembered, on the Virtual Yoga Studio project I help build (+Joyful Breath Yoga ), we have a brand new series called “Cardio and Core” which is full of quick, active, yoga sequences you can do in 30 minutes or less! You can see it here:

Now… not all of the poses in this class are probably real “Yoga” poses, but it strikes a great balance on your mat; never too much or too little which is just what I was looking for. 

All the poses were flowing with 8 breath cycles. Enough to make you sweat, but not enough to make you collapse. 

By the end, I was sweating with a big smile on face! :)

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Day 14 of 100 - My #100DaysOfYoga Challenge

Today marks two straight weeks of Yoga! :)

My Yoga practice today was all about relaxing and stretching my muscles. I decided on a nice, restorative, deep stretch class at Darling Yoga. 

I always found it funny when people I run into (especially in the tech world) believe that those who do Yoga simply become more flexible the more Yoga they do. I've always believed this to be a myth of Yoga. Yoga in and of itself does not make you more flexible. Sure, it helps to move your body around more as opposed to being sedentary in your seat which will make you more flexible, but that's just relative. 

The reason people assume that Yoga makes you more flexible is because people see flexible people doing Yoga and assume they must do Yoga that way in order to be "doing Yoga". I remember telling a friend of mine who was new to Yoga that even if she was able to breath deeply into each Yoga pose, it wouldn't matter how flexible she was, she was going to get more out of the practice than someone who contorts themselves but holds their breath. 

The number of Yoga classes you attend doesn't have any effect on how limber you become. You may be surprised by this, but you get more flexible when you STRETCH more. Yes... when you actually stretch and hold these poses for 2-5 minutes. It also makes a difference when you target your connective tissue and fascia. 

I was turned on to a fascinating Yoga instructor, +Lucas Rockwood  a couple years ago who enlightened me to the real effects of stretching on flexibility. He can seem very sales-y... but his content is pretty high quality when it comes to flexibility training through Yoga. 

I love practices like this which can allow me to re-learn what I already know. It doesn't always help to understand these concepts intellectually, but rather continually experience their benefits through practice. That's why I return to the mat. :)

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Big news yesterday! For all my development / iOS dev / nerd friends.... this is going to change our lives! I've never been so excited about a programming language!: Does anyone know if this was based on the work of MacRuby awhile ago?
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