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Seva Unites Yogis Worldwide for the Gift of Sight

Yoga is a very introspective practice. As such, in my personal practice, I tend to keep my eyes closed. In my group classes, when indoors, I lower the lights.  However, imagine going through life in total darkness. As a young child, I remember visiting a relative. He was completely sightless. He lived alone. Within his […]

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Embrace Spirituality: Journey to Divine India

I’ve always been enthralled with India. In 2011, I spent a month there. That wasn’t enough. In the last few years, I wrote about many tours to India, all with people I know and respect. There wasn’t a one that didn’t pull at my soul. So, how can you choose between so many wonderful options […]

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NON-VIOLENCE: FARM-TO-TABLE 

Today, most Americans are disconnected from what is a natural part of life: planting and harvesting. Farm-to-table food. People surf the internet. They stroll through unending lines of shelves in a big box store. All to find food. Unfortunately, this has a detrimental impact on our health, and the environment. We are committing himsa (violence), […]

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Plant-Based Eating: Then and Now

When Pizza Was King By the time I got to college, I was already a committed vegetarian. However, I knew nothing about nutritious plant-based eating, nor how to forage for wholesome meatless options on campus. In my entire dorm, there was just a handful of us vegetarian or kosher dairy folks. Fortunately, my dorm had […]

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Preserving Ahimsa: A Road Warrior's Guide

Ahimsa for the Warrior in You During my 15 years working for one agency, we called ourselves “road warriors.” Beginning 35 years ago, I was trained to have a bag packed and ready to go for last-minute, business trips.  At airports, and in the sky, I ate popcorn or nuts. Oftentimes, I opted for nothing. […]

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KARMA YOGA IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Karma Yoga, or Seva My Sivananda Yoga roots ingrained in me the importance of karma yoga. Some call it seva. Both expressions mean selfless service. Helping others, mankind, or nature, expecting nothing in return. It’s easy for me to perform service. What’s hard is to not expect anything in return. I’m not talking about monetary […]

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Swami Sivananda: From Contentment Comes Happiness

Swami Sivananda (1897-1963) was greatly responsible for the rise of yoga in the West. His teachings are instrumental to the way that I try to live. Speaking about one of yoga’s ten commandments, he said, “Contentment with whatsoever one obtains of its own accord without effort is Santosha. Riches and poverty are not counted by […]

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Yoga and Healthy Sleep Patterns

Surya Namaskar: My Ayurvedic Dinacharya in Belize I’m in Belize. By 6:30 at night, the sky is pitch black. There are no cars or trucks on my small island. That's because there are no paved streets, anywhere. Nor, are there bright lights or neon signs hanging from the streets to bring about an unnatural sense of time. […]

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Yoga Is Everywhere, or Is It? What Is yoga?

Yoga Is everywhere -- Yet Hardly Anywhere At All Yoga has spread so wide, that it is now very shallow.  In Hong Kong, for example, between 20,000 and 30,000 people say they practice yoga every day.  Crowded into large buildings, what they’re doing is not really yoga, says Aadil Palkhivala. So, what is yoga? Aadil […]

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Affirmations: Prayer of Love and Freedom

Rarely do I post guest blogs. Today, I do, as Fiorella Duran's "Prayer of Love and Freedom," is a beautiful outpouring of affirmations. And, I'm a strong advocate of daily affirmations.   I worked for Fiorella last year. A Costa Rican, she was living in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. I can attribute my wonderful […]

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Stories and Images of Krishna for Janmashtami

Krishna's Birth and Janmashtami Janmashtami is an important Vaishnava holiday commemorating the birth of Krishna. A two-day celebration takes place this weekend at Austin's Radha Madhav Dham temple and gardens. In San Antonio, Krishna communities host events, Sunday. In all, images of Krishna will be venerated. That's because, according to the ancient texts, Lord Krishna is […]

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Natural Healing According to a Nicaraguan Herbalist vs Ayurveda

To learn about natural healing, I choose a homestay with Dona Lucia in Nicaragua.  Call her a curandera, herbalist, or a campesina. Clearly, Lucia understands the value of nature as medicine. We relate. First, I believe in natural healing. For example, I have great respect for the Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Indigenous teachings. Plant-based Organic Foods […]

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