The Namaste Counsel


June 8, 2015
Sean Johnson at Bhakti Fest Midwest

The Namaste Counsel interviewed Sean Johnson who will be leading a Bhakti immersion at Bhakti Fest Midwest June 25-28, Madison, Wis. Johnson, who has a Master’s in Chanting and Spirituality, owns Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans, and tours the country with his Wild Lotus Band. Q. For those that have never attended one of […]

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June 3, 2015
Bhakti Yoga for Beginners --Talk with Sean Johnson

The Namaste Counsel interviewed Sean Johnson who will be a guest lecturer/featured artist/yoga instructor at Bhakti Fest Midwest June 25-28, in Madison, Wis. Q.   Tell me a short story about kirtan (chanting) for newbies or bhakti yoga (devotion) for beginners. One of the most gratifying parts of what we do is sharing kirtan with people […]

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May 28, 2015
All About Bhakti Fest Midwest

Bhakti Fest has been my vacation getaway for the last few years. I attended Bhakti Fest West 2012, 2013, and 2014. Now I’m headed to Bhakti Fest Midwest 2015 June 25-29 in Madison, Wisconsin. The following is an Interview with Sridhar Silberfein, the founder and producer of Bhakti Fest. Q.  What was your dream when you first envisioned […]

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May 23, 2015
Bhakti Fest Midwest: Heaven on Earth for Yogis

I love living out of a suitcase, duffle bag, or backpack. When I was 20 years old, I took an army duffle bag and went by land from Illinois to Mexico City, where I lived for the next year, riding the buses every weekend to explore the beauties of that country. I used to say […]

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March 18, 2015
Diet Tips: Sugar is the New Fat

“Sugar is the new fat,” says Erin Prophet, who has her master’s in public health from Boston University, while lecturing at the Texas Yoga Conference in Houston in February. During the lecture, she gave diet tips and explained the fundamental shift that has taken place in nutritional science over the past decade.  As people reduced […]

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December 10, 2014
Yoga for Men: Yoga and the Y Chromosome

One of my mantras: Yoga is for Everyone. When people who don’t fit the Lululemon mold are in my classes, my heart smiles. Many of us have ingrained images of who does yoga and what yogis look like. I never thought I fit the mold, even though yoga has been a part of my life […]

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December 2, 2014
Wanderlust: A Yogi's Block Party

As a kid in the ‘60s, I remember block parties around my neighborhood, but never on my street. I thought it was cool how the streets were closed to traffic and people seemed to have fun in the streets, even if I never was a part of one. A Yogi’s Party Just a few years […]

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November 22, 2014
Keith Mitchell, NFL Yogi, Spreads Yoga and Meditation

The website of the former NFL linebacker, Keith Mitchell, talks about his deep transformation. Unwilling to surrender to the plague of emotional depression and physical defeat he often observed in many NFL peers facing similar traumas, he channeled his energy into the practice of yoga and meditation for healing.   Keith was living his lifelong dream, […]

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October 20, 2014
Radhanath Swami at BhaktiFest

Radhanath Swami’s autobiography, “The Journey Home,” reads like a cross between “The Little Buddha” and “The Adventures of Indiana Jones.” His book has been turned into a feature film, with stunning videography and crescendos. Fact is wilder than fiction, and his life story is proof of that. It’s about a Jewish boy with long hair and […]

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October 15, 2014
Krishna Das, the Kirtan Guru

Krishna Das was a rocker who stumbled upon Kirtan (devotional chanting) in 1970. He sold all his possessions and remained in the Himalayas until 1973. Following his guru’s guidance to find his own way in the world, he returned to the states to spread his love for Kirtan. Today, he has 14 CDs under his […]

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August 30, 2014
Profile on a Yoga Studio Owner

When my daughter was a baby, I became an entrepreneur.  My husband and I opened up a tapas bar in South America. Even though it was his idea, and he had a restaurant management background, I ran the place while he kept his day job. It was tough to make the business profitable, and I […]

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August 28, 2014
Men of all Shapes and Sizes Practice Yoga

Men and Yoga. In India, this is the norm. I get a special pleasure seeing men in the States, of all ages and all shapes, doing yoga. In the U.S., we have a stereotype of who is a yogi. I never thought I fit that stereotype. It took an older (than me–lol) man living at […]

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