The Namaste Counsel


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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July 22, 2015
Yoga Vacations for Mothers/Daughters

I’ve taken many a yoga vacation. In fact, pretty much every trip for me is connected to yoga or involves yoga in some way. Recently, at one of my yoga getaways, I met two mother/daughter pairs that take their mats on vacations, together.  They agreed, these adventures can be life changers. Missy Balsam’s Story Missy […]

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July 6, 2015
Yoga for Cancer Patients

More and more, doctors are prescribing yoga for people recovering from injuries, or for those that may have high blood pressure, degenerative bone loss, or arthritis. Next: yoga for cancer patients. There are more and more clinical studies to prove that Yoga Therapy can help those recovering from cancer. In Texas, MD Anderson is recognized […]

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June 30, 2015
Speaking and Breathing in Sanskrit

The sound “Om” may be a symbol of yoga. However, I was taught that Om is more of an appetizer, not to be eaten alone. It’s the first seed sound from which many a mantra can follow. In my personal practice, and in my group classes, I rarely ring in, or out, the session with […]

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June 24, 2015
Kirtan Music for my Soul: Bhakti Fest

For the last few days, I wake up with music in my head. The melody is carried by a soothing male voice. It’s followed by a powerful feminine wave of harmony. Each morning it’s a hypnotic chant. Day after day. Different words, in English and Sanskrit. Different tunes. Different vibrations. But the same end result […]

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June 19, 2015
The Benefits of Kirtan Chanting

Chanting is not just about “music to our ears.” There have been many studies pointing out the connection between the physical and the spiritual. Dr. Andrew Weil, in his book, “Spontaneous Healing” says “During my travels throughout the world, I have met many healers who believe that the primary causes of health and illness are […]

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