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March 16, 2023
Free Yourself from Fear

When I was a kid, I was afraid of the bogeyman. He apparently enjoyed floating around my bedroom—but only when the lights were off.  In college, like many suddenly independent young adults, I was fearless. I lived in foreign lands. But, I spent more time exploring my host countries than reading textbooks. There was one […]

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March 7, 2023
Love Tips: Forget Prince Charming, Find Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Born on February 14, people refer to me as a Valentine’s Day baby. That holiday doesn’t thrill me. I prefer the Latin American celebration: el día del amor y la amistad (the day of love and friendship). Not a fan of Hallmark greeting card observances, I encourage honoring loved ones, and oneself, every day through […]

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March 2, 2023
Aprende Más Acerca del Sikhismo

Como terapeuta profesional de yoga, tengo una afinidad para las enseñanzas de la práctica kundalini la cual pueda tener resultados sanadores. Por eso, cuando enseño clases de yoga me es muy común agregar elementos del yoga estilo kundalini que se hizo popular un maestro sikh (sij). Frecuentemente, guío sesiones enteras de acuerdo a las técnicas […]

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February 28, 2023
Radhanath Swami's Dream: Listen to Your Heart

A spiritual leader taught me the path of meditation, which leads to enlightenment, and opens up your intuitive abilities. For me, that means listening to my heart rather than my analytical brain. The following is an example of a brilliant, but seemingly illogical, decision of visionary, and activist, His Holiness Radhanath Swami, triggered by his […]

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November 13, 2022
Five Reasons to Visit Vrindavan, India

Why visit Vrindavan? Again? Linguists say people need to hear a word repeatedly before it’s secured in the brain. That’s why I’m returning to one of the holiest historical cities in India: Vrindavan. Despite all the note-taking during my first visit, I need a refresher course. I don’t want to skim the surface. I want […]

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June 30, 2022
Como Andar: Tips from Meditation Masters

Stop Running Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book, “Como Andar,” (How to Walk) talks about how people are constantly running from one place to another. Running is a bad habit, he says. We need to stop running after things and recognize that all we need is here. Right before us. Instead of running after things […]

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June 27, 2022
Learning How to Walk: Moving Meditation

My mantras for today: Walking is my meditation. Walking Takes You Inward  My affirmations for today: My mind and soul are at ease, and thereby open to soak up the beauty inside this world. Walking is my convening with nature. Walking detaches me from any worries. It is my nature boost. And my mental rest. Mindful Walking […]

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June 9, 2021
Living in the Present at The Namaste Getaway

Many years ago, I spent time at an ashram. In one morning circle time, people shared their personal goals. Of course, we were not talking about landing a great job, buying an electric car, or finding the perfect partner. This was about growth from within. Several mentioned they wanted to be living in the present.  […]

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May 18, 2021
Yoga Anywhere Anytime: Even on a mountaintop

My motto is yoga anywhere anytime. While all the accouterments are nice perks, I don’t need yoga mats, studios, special apparel, or props to practice yoga. Often, people use those things as excuses to avoid the practice. “I forgot my mat.” “Oh, no, I don’t have a large enough space.” “These jeans are too tight.” […]

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January 17, 2021
First Love Yourself (FLY): My February Gifts to You

The American Heart Association dedicates February as a month to love and care for your heart health. I high five that. But, we need to love and care for our hearts from an emotional and spiritual aspect too. Nourish Your Heart: First Love Yourself That's why I designed my signature First Love Yourself workshops. These […]

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January 5, 2021
2020 Introspection: Find Your Blessings

It’s been nine months now, and that has brought great pain for many. But I choose to find the positive through 2020 introspection. The new Coronavirus normal has set in. In reality, it doesn't even seem like quarantine anymore. I go to the store. Once in a blue moon, I go to the drive-through of […]

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November 5, 2020
Plentiful Vegan-friendly Indulgent Delectables in Austin, Texas

Suggestions for World Vegan Day Week Soul food. Cake and cookies. Ice cream. Those are foods that seem to soothe kids and adults. Unless you need a vegan-friendly version. Then, you can be in a quandary, asking, “Is there butter in here? Eggs? Milk? Or, God-forbid, lard?” I grew up with zero options for plant-based […]

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