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Opting Out of Suffering

I’ve just returned from our annual international yoga retreat. This year we went to Puerto Vallarta. The villa was lovely. It had an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Yoga on the beach, the sound of the waves, beautiful weather! After so many hours spent finding the villa and making all the arrangements, I was relieved that everyone was happy and no...

The American Heart Association (AHA) adds meditation to the list of strategies to reduce cardiovascular (CVD) risk

According to Dr Glenn N Levine (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX), chair of the writing group of the AHA scientific statement, told theheart.org/Medscape Cardiology, “meditation, which is becoming increasingly popular and recognized for its benefits, may be an inexpensive and widely available adjunct to standard therapies for reduction of cardiovascular risk.”[1] The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that...

The Difference Between Pain and Suffering

Originally published July 24, 2016 Recovering from shoulder surgery seemed like a perfect time to explore the difference between pain and suffering. My current sankalpa (a deep intention or promise made to myself) is to not suffer. Of all the sankalpas I’ve had over the years, this is proving to be powerful. For example, on a several hours long telephone call...

Breathing Practices to Alleviate Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Research has shown that lengthening the exhale slows the heart rate and triggers a parasympathetic nervous system response known as the relaxation response or rest and digest (Jerath et al., 2006). A study by Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Feb 2005) showed that slow rhythmic yoga breathing can “alleviate anxiety,...

Food as Medicine – Diet for environmental sustainability, human and animal health

The plain fact of the matter is, the omnivore diet is not healthy for humans, animals or the environment.  It is becoming more and more evident that meat production in the US is not environmentally sustainable. Fortune Magazine, NPR, and others have reported on Bill Gates' investment in Beyond Meat, a company creating a vegan meat substitute. The market apparently is...

Snow Day Practice

Snow day practice. Lots of time for flows, pranayama, meditation. Take the time and space to become present, quiet the thought waves, reconnect with the center of your being - Anandamaya Kosa - the body of bliss. The investment of your time will pay off with more clarity, focus, and inspiration. Off to practice! Please let us know your experience. Jaya Guru Devi ...

Yoga for Snow Shoveling

A state of emergency has just been declared and we're all hunkering down waiting for a potentially "historic blizzard" to hit.  It's safe to assume there's going to be a whole lot of shoveling going on.  And where's there's shoveling there's the potential for sore shoulders and backs.  So even though the yoga center will remain closed through the storm, it doesn't...

Samkhya Yoga – Complete Knowledge

Over 40 people from around the world tuned into Part 2 of Yogini Kaliji’s live online course on Samkhya Yoga. Samkhya was founded by Sage Kapila approximately 600 BC and contains the complete knowledge of evolution and involution of consciousness. Kaliji said that the knowledge of Samkhya can be found in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. It is...