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June 9, 2021
Living in the Present at The Namaste Getaway

Many years ago, I spent time at an ashram. In one morning circle time, people shared their personal goals. Of course, we were not talking about landing a great job, buying an electric car, or finding the perfect partner. This was about growth from within. Several mentioned they wanted to be living in the present.  […]

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May 18, 2021
Yoga Anywhere Anytime: Even on a mountaintop

My motto is yoga anywhere anytime. While all the accouterments are nice perks, I don’t need yoga mats, studios, special apparel, or props to practice yoga. Often, people use those things as excuses to avoid the practice. “I forgot my mat.” “Oh, no, I don’t have a large enough space.” “These jeans are too tight.” […]

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January 17, 2021
First Love Yourself (FLY): My February Gifts to You

The American Heart Association dedicates February as a month to love and care for your heart health. I high five that. But, we need to love and care for our hearts from an emotional and spiritual aspect too. Nourish Your Heart: First Love Yourself That's why I designed my signature First Love Yourself workshops. These […]

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January 5, 2021
2020 Introspection: Find Your Blessings

It’s been nine months now, and that has brought great pain for many. But I choose to find the positive through 2020 introspection. The new Coronavirus normal has set in. In reality, it doesn't even seem like quarantine anymore. I go to the store. Once in a blue moon, I go to the drive-through of […]

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November 5, 2020
Plentiful Vegan-friendly Indulgent Delectables in Austin, Texas

Suggestions for World Vegan Day Week Soul food. Cake and cookies. Ice cream. Those are foods that seem to soothe kids and adults. Unless you need a vegan-friendly version. Then, you can be in a quandary, asking, “Is there butter in here? Eggs? Milk? Or, God-forbid, lard?” I grew up with zero options for plant-based […]

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November 5, 2020
Vegan and Vegetarian Souls Love Austin, Texas

Austin Paradise for Vegan and Vegetarian Community Austin, Texas, less than an hour away from The Namaste Getaway, is a smorgasbord of vegan and vegetarian treats. Every time I head into the city, I satisfy my taste buds with a variety of eats, and buy plenty of plant-based gluten-free items to take back home. I […]

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September 4, 2020
This is Kundalini Yoga: El Encuentro con el Yoga Kundalini

Guest blog by Sandra Gomez de la Torre, (pictured above) a Kundalini Yoga instructor in Barcelona, Spain I rarely post guest blogs. However, this first-person story about the Kundalini Yoga community struck a chord. Sandra, aka Narayan Himat Kaur, wrote in Spanish. So please (try to) read her version. However, for the Spanish-challenged, scroll down […]

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June 29, 2020
Special Moments in India: Rooftop Chats

Of course there are so many unforgettable and special moments in India. (Read my series on Men in Orange, for a few.) However, when I was traveling in India last year, I was feeling under the weather. There was a constant sense of chill, except for when tucked in bed. Plus, the dry air and […]

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June 8, 2020
We Are All One. Ek Ong Kar. #BLM

Basta Ya! We Are All One Amidst the unending racial injustices and divisiveness, there’s an outpouring of emotions and concerns. People are outraged. Yet unsure about how to make a real difference. We see protests. Acts of solidarity. And, Mea Culpas. Reading lists and movie recommendations are popping up. Most want to do the right […]

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May 6, 2020
Pratyahara: Quarantine Yoga Practice

Daily, I try to practice as many branches of yoga as possible. Many of us need to push ourselves to go beyond the most common yoga practices of breath and bodywork. Now, in my second month of quarantine, I strive to incorporate pratyahara, the fifth branch of yoga. But, it’s not as easy as the […]

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April 27, 2020
So Much Magnificence. Jai.

It’s now more than 40 days of quarantine for many. I’ve been trying to follow the words from a song on one of my yoga playlists: So Much Magnificence. And herein, I’m expounding on that refrain. I am offering this advice to you. So Many Treasures in Our World Open your eyes to appreciate the […]

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April 22, 2020
Life is a Dance aka Free Will

Life is a dance. Freestyle. Non-choreographed. Going with the flow. Modern vs. ballet. Freedom in movement. Expansive or binding. Freedom to paint your world. Your community. Friends and family. Your lifestyle — and your life view. A black box theatre, an orchestral pit, or an open-air amphitheater. Silence vs. symphony. Whereas even white noise is […]

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