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Ahimsa in India: Wildlife Sanctuaries

Travel, to me, is about learning and sharing. Karma yoga (selfless service) has been integral to my trips over the last ten years. The yamas and niyamas also surface when I travel. No cruises or resorts. I enjoy homestays and support ethical tourism. Likewise, when I shop, I prefer to buy from artisans or non-profits. […]

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Men in Orange Part 8: ISKCON Prison Ministry

Candramauli Swami is one of the Men in Orange who sat with us at our wall-free classrooms in India. He has been wearing his orange robe for five decades. However, he spends much time with men that some of us picture wearing black and white stripes. Five decades ago he became a direct disciple of […]

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Men in Orange Part 7. Radhanath Swami Speaks about Vrindavan

  One of the many reasons why I chose to travel to India, earlier this year, was to visit the holiest of places. Vrindavan was top of the list, and my group stayed in Vrindavan for four nights. Throughout our journeys, we were accompanied by two men in orange, about whom I previously published six […]

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Travels with Men in Orange Part 6. Vrindavan & Govardhan

Part Six of Journeys with Men in Orange is the last that features two monks. My group was fortunate. We literally traveled with two men in orange for much of our trip. Shyamananda Das and Chaitanya Charan Das shared their words of wisdom, in open-air classrooms. They spoke about love, religion, karma , and more […]

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Spirituality Versus Materialism. Men in Orange Part 5

Discussing Spirituality versus Materialism Yoga teaches us to detach from the material world. Of the primary yoga tenets, two focus on releasing ourselves from the ever-present materialism surrounding us. So, it was to be expected that Men in Orange* spoke about spirituality versus materialism in my recent trip to India. Caundramauli Swami is an American […]

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Men in Orange Part 4: Man vs Ape. Spirituality.

Learning about spirituality from monks in Vrindavan If you read my last three articles, you know that I recently spent one month nurturing my spirituality in India. More than one week was spent traveling with monks. I don’t mean seeing men in orange in trains, temples, or fire ceremonies. Rather, briskly passing through airport security […]

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In India with Men in Orange Part 3: Karma

When you take your driver’s license test, or renewal, in the United States, you may be asked what the color orange means. Caution. Possible dangers ahead. Construction. For many in the spiritual world, orange can have a similar meaning. Caution, and beware of possible dangers i.e. maya (illusion) and ego. The construction, however, can equate […]

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Travels to India with Men in Orange Part 2

It’s not the color of your juice. Nor the rays of a setting sun. This muted orange is called saffron. My travels to India with men in saffron, revolved around Radhanath Swami, about whom I’ve written before. Originally from a Chicago suburb, Richard (his birth name) left the States after his freshman year in college […]

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Journeys in India with Men in Orange Part 1

Let it be known, I have a short attention span. Think 60 second sound bytes or max five-minute comedy schticks. My body needs to move frequently. I can walk for eight to ten hours and feel great. But sit me down to listen to a talking head, even as part of my journey to India, […]

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Tibetan Medicine: Eastern Sages Seek Root Causes for Dis-ease

I am a yoga therapist because I don’t believe in band-aid medicine. Why take a pain killer to mask a problem? I’d rather address what’s causing the pain. My yoga therapy is rooted in eastern medicine. Seeking to find balance in body, mind, and spirit. Hence, I attended a Tibetan Medicine workshop last month in […]

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Sharing Kirtan Practice — in Costa Rica

  Costa Rica is the go-to place for yogis. For example, there are dedicated yoga centers popping up everywhere. Every day of the year, yogis flock here to get centered and grounded. Now, bhakta yogis can find their sangha and relish their kirtan practice in Costa Rica. Set in an eco-hotel by the University of […]

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El Masaje Ayurvédico para Protejer tus Huesos

La Salud Ósea y el Masaje Ayurvédico El cuidado de los huesos, y prevención de la osteoporosis no sólo se trata de levantar pesas u otros ejercicios en los que se carga el peso del cuerpo. Hay un método ayurvédico que es sencillo, y una forma de mimarse o cuidarte de ti mismo. Se lo […]

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