The Namaste Counsel


November 8, 2015
Shalom Yogis: Kabalah Yoga

Audi Gozlan, Ph.D., is a practicing attorney in Montreal, but he has another practice that took him to Houston this year. Gozlan led two Kabbalah Yoga workshops at the Texas Yoga Conference. Gozlan may be the only yoga teacher that fuses the ancient art of yoga with the equally ancient divine teachings of the Kabbalah.  […]

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October 30, 2015
Yoga for Your Brain

As a yogi, I believe that I’m giving my bones and muscles plenty of TLC.  As a yoga therapist, I also realize that I’m giving my mind plenty of care through my meditation, breathwork, chanting, and sattvic (pure) lifestyle. Yoga therapy is both an art and a science, and I relish both parts. I like […]

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October 14, 2015
Health and Spirituality

In his book American Veda, Philip Goldberg talks about many American luminaries who were influenced by the teachings of India.  Among them were Carl Jung, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau, the latter two whom Goldberg views as America’s founding SBNRs. That’s shorthand for the Spiritual But Not Religious folks, the fastest-growing segment of […]

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October 6, 2015
Spiritual India: Land to Eat, Pray, Love

I read the book, “Eat, Pray, Love” after experiencing my own culinary delight on a yoga retreat in Italy, and exploring spiritual India for a full month.  I never made it to Bali. In fact, if I were to do it again, I’d Eat, Pray and Love all in India. India is a gastronomical dream, especially for a […]

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September 30, 2015
Yoga Therapy for Healthy Bones, Part 2

In a prior post I shared my personal experience that led me on an unending exploration: Yoga Therapy for Healthy Bones, and the fountain of youth. My compass pointed me to endless books, workshops, and lectures. So, now I’m passing on the roadmap to my students via a series of Yoga Therapy workshops for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, […]

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September 7, 2015
Bhakti Yoga: Focus on Govind Das

Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Who’s Got The Fairest Dreads Of All? I vote for Govind Das. His dreadlocks are Bob Marley thick and long. Actually, longer, and sun-bleached blonde. He has an air to him that’s a cross between hang-loose California surfer boy, ascetic yogi, and Rock On! musician. He can ride the waves of […]

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September 1, 2015
Govind Das and Radha at Bhakti Fest

Bhakti Your Way to a New Beginning Govind Das and Radha are the owners of Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, the only yoga center in Southern California that’s centered around bhakti (devotion). They are a husband and wife team that infuses music, heart, and soul, into their yoga practices, and they are forever favorites […]

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August 26, 2015
Leading Kirtan From the Heart

The following are tips and comments from Kirtan leaders I’ve shared space with, across the country, over the years. Quotes from the Bhagavad Gita “I’ll give you that love.  That love is available to anyone,” said Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. I jotted that verse down during Gaura Vani’s kirtan at the last Texas Yoga Conference. […]

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August 20, 2015
What is Yoga Therapy?

“Yoga therapy is not just yoga.” I repeat this line frequently.  Coming from a marketing background, I sometimes think Yoga Therapy (YT) needs a branding campaign. However, what really needs a total brand make-over is yoga.*  Then, understanding YT would be a bit easier. What is Yoga Therapy? When it comes time to describe Yoga Therapy, […]

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August 12, 2015
Last Call for Krishna Das, the Kirtan Wallah

I recently heard two master yogis, Sara Ivanhoe and Saul David Raye, recall how they got turned on to kirtan (devotional chanting music). They were teaching in the same yoga studio in Southern California. Raye heard a Krishna Das CD. He was so excited, he told Ivanhoe she had to listen, too. Krishna Das: The […]

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August 5, 2015
Benefits of Yoga Mind-Body-Spirit.

Those who know me best, know I’m hooked. No more coffee or carbs. But give me my yoga–daily. Nightly. The more the better. It doesn’t have to be a sweaty hot power drill. I can sit still, with an empty mind.  Allow my head to fill with mantras, or better yet, belt them out with […]

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July 30, 2015
Yoga for PTSD

There are 5.2 million Americans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Of those, 2 million are vets. As if PTSD weren’t bad enough, those who live with it are very commonly facing chronic pain, health issues, and substance abuse. Yoga for PTSD is becoming more widespread as research indicates the many benefits, when under the guidance […]

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