Ambubhachi Day, June 25th

Ambubhachi Day, June 25th

On June 25th, 1959, Swami Shivananda Saraswati of Assam, in Bengal, wrote a letter to my teacher Hari about a special day. June 25th is known as Ambubachi Day. Ambubachi is a yearly gathering in Guwahati, Assam, in the Kamakhya Devi temple during monsoon season. It is...
Mantras to Welcome 2021

Mantras to Welcome 2021

Welcome 2021! This has most certainly been a year of change and adapting over and over again. I am not sure how different things will be in 2021, but in the meantime, I have continued to be inspired by many who have gracefully navigated 2020.  One inspiration came...

EMPOWERED OR OVERPOWERED

I shouldn’t be writing this article, I don’t really want to, but I need to in case it will help someone – even just one person. Over the 42 years I have been a certified yoga teacher, I have read about abuses of power from rock star yoga teachers, Swamis, and others...
Sivoham Meditation

Sivoham Meditation

My teacher Hari taught me this meditation, which is meant to help us find harmony in prakriti. Prakriti is nature, or all of the manifested Universe, which is subject to the effects of the three gunas. The gunas are the three potential qualities found in everything...
Neti pot

Neti pot

BRING OUT THE NETI POT! SPRING IS HERE! As spring arrives and the plants come into flower, pollens can begin to play havoc with allergies and sinuses. Spring colds and flus start spreading around as well. The yogic cleansing practice of “Neti” is a perfect first...
Kumbhak Pranayama with Bhavana

Kumbhak Pranayama with Bhavana

Practicing kumbhak pranayama with bhavana is a technique of loving kindness, where we develop a mental attitude that is rooted in compassion and love toward ourselves and others. Love is the ultimate expression of God, the Creator. Bhavana means “concentrated...