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Radhanath Swami's Dream: Listen to Your Heart

A spiritual leader taught me the path of meditation, which leads to enlightenment, and opens up your intuitive abilities. For me, that means listening to my heart rather than my analytical brain. The following is an example of a brilliant, but seemingly illogical, decision of visionary, and activist, His Holiness Radhanath Swami, triggered by his […]

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Reflections on Spiritual India and Israel

I’m a wanderlust. Solo journeying is part of my DNA. I first ventured outside of the U.S., alone, at age 16. Wherever I am, I incorporate several hours a day of yogasana, breathwork, and meditation. Plus, I try to lead classes or workshops in every destination. The pandemic encouraged grounding and cocooning. Nonetheless, I bolted to […]

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Ayurvedic Dietary Tips 

Some things seem to go together like mittens on cold hands: apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and jelly, Mac and cheese, rice and beans, and South Indian dosas (vegan crepes) with coconut chutney.  The five senses impact our menu choices. The smell of coffee when we awake stimulates our desire to add […]

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About Me

As a kid, once my mom got past the TV dinners days, she baked sugar-free, bran-loaded homemade “cookies.” We had salad for dinner every night, and the only peanut butter she bought was freshly ground at the local health food store. My father’s degree was in physical education, though admittedly, he didn’t pass on much […]

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Yoga in Schools

Times have changed. When I was a kid, we had physical education (PE) daily. Boys with the boys’ teachers and girls with the girls’ teachers. Different times, different sports. Separate, and NOT equal. Despite the enactment of Title IX in 1972, I don’t recall any high school co-ed PE classes. Unless I opted for more […]

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Prema Kirtan: An Ancient and Easy Yoga Practice for Spiritual Progression

Pranada Comtois is the author of three books. Her first two, “Wise-Love” and “Bhakti Shakti,” won multiple awards. Pranada guest-authored an article for my site when “Wise-Love” was released. Her third title, “Prema Kirtan," takes a deep dive into the hows and whys of kirtan. And in particular, the super-powered benefits of the “prema” part […]

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Five Reasons to Visit Vrindavan, India

Why visit Vrindavan? Again? Linguists say people need to hear a word repeatedly before it’s secured in the brain. That’s why I’m returning to one of the holiest historical cities in India: Vrindavan. Despite all the note-taking during my first visit, I need a refresher course. I don’t want to skim the surface. I want […]

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Jahnavi Harrison: Divine Songstress 

Jahnavi on Tour I’ve always had a preference for female vocalists. Maybe because it’s easier for me to sing along. Or, because it’s easier to hear the subtle differences between my singing and that of my favorite chanteuses. When I listen to Jahnavi Harrison chant, as much as I may be right in tune with […]

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Walking: Man’s Best Medicine

Walking for Health Around 400 BC, the Greek physician Hippocrates said, “walking is man’s best medicine.”  Recently, I taught a 90-minute exercise class to high schoolers. Between the yoga stretches and core workouts, I led them in a 20-minute walk outside. One of the school staffers saw us and commented that my pace was much […]

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Como Andar: Tips from Meditation Masters

Stop Running Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book, “Como Andar,” (How to Walk) talks about how people are constantly running from one place to another. Running is a bad habit, he says. We need to stop running after things and recognize that all we need is here. Right before us. Instead of running after things […]

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Learning How to Walk: Moving Meditation

My mantras for today: Walking is my meditation. Walking Takes You Inward  My affirmations for today: My mind and soul are at ease, and thereby open to soak up the beauty inside this world. Walking is my convening with nature. Walking detaches me from any worries. It is my nature boost. And my mental rest. Mindful Walking […]

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Protect Dem Bones: Better Bone Health

Most women are aware that weight-bearing exercise is essential to build strong bones and ward off osteoporosis. While that’s true, the Standard American Diet (SAD) and other modern unhealthy habits are like Russian roulette for the bones. You can be a gym rat and lift weights like a bodybuilder. But improper diet and lifestyle habits […]

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Somehow, in the I me mine world that we live, emotional and physical well being has escaped the vast majority. The Namaste Counsel encourages simple proven practices to live a healthier and happier life. Any time. Any where. By anyone.
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