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What is that sound

Many people ask me what I do for a personal practice. I have to say that the majority of my practice now-a-days is centered around Vedic chant. That is not to say that I neglect other aspects of practice but it definitely has taken the main stage. I think it all began with my studies of the Yoga Sutras and solidified with my time at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India.   If you don’t know much about Vedic…

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When Will It Start Working

“When will I see the effects of meditation working?”   This is the question we would all love the answer to and, unfortunately, there is no way of knowing. Meditation is not like a prescription — 30 minutes of meditating does not equate to a full day of peace. Meditation is a method of bringing ourselves to a place of attention in which we are more receptive and responsive to the world around us. There are four stages that we…

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Expanding Perception (3 Limes)

I was standing in the grocery store queue waiting to purchase a kombucha (a recent ritual before my Wednesday night class) and in front of me was a woman standing with 3 limes. She seemed to be a very sweet lady in her early sixties and the cashier was a younger gentleman, perhaps 16 years of age. The gentleman placed the three limes on the scale and informed the woman of her $.50 debt. A few moments passed and the…

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Don’t Let Your Story Stop You

Over a decade ago, I moved from Colorado to California. This was long before my exposure to Yoga and meditation but in hindsight, I can see that I had a spiritual practice even back then. It wasn’t on the mat or in a meditation hall, instead it was on my bike. I didn’t ride a traditional road bike –  the kind you sit on for hours on end. I rode a smaller bike. Much smaller. 20” rims, no brakes, knobby…

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Start over and begin again

We are born into this world as human-beings and at some point have transformed ourselves into human-doings. We are doing-machines that pride ourselves on how much we can do and how quickly we can do it. The need for accomplishment is powerful; it can motivate, innovate and inspire. But there is a shadow side too. The need for accomplishment can also dissuade us. It can frustrate, agitate and annoy. In the moments where we feel unable to do one more…

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