There are many reasons why we have a fascination with Russell Brand and deemed him our 2012 YD mascot. Here’s one. Perhaps not exactly the most likable character, that Rusty, but what loudmouthed, opinionated comedian in show biz is there to please everyone?
In this interview with the sweet-mannered Ashtanga yoga teacher Eddie Stern (who has also interviewed Moby and is kind of like his long lost yoga cousin) Russell leads us through a journey about his using drugs for relief, his mind-blowing acid trips and becoming a heroine addict looking for a solution to what he came to realize was really a spiritual problem. He calls himself an instinctually devotional person. Unfortunately, he was fully devoted, as in addicted, to drugs, sex and money…until he started practicing yoga.
The interview is broken up into 3 parts. The Dalai Lama comes first, because the Dalai Lama is always first.
Part 1: Inspiration from the Dalai Lama
Going from ‘Shagger of the Year’ to introducing the Dalai Lama.
Part 2: Overcoming Addiction through Yoga
“Addiction was a spiritual problem.”
“I recognize an authenticity through yogic practice. A moment to moment union with God, I feel an authenticity that I really dont feel in any where else in my life.”
Part 2: Transformation through Yoga
Russell: For the first time in my life I spent more time meditating and practicing yoga than I do fucking.
Eddie: How much time do you spent practicing yoga?
Russell: A LOT! I have to…