Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving-kindness meditation can be brought in to support the practice of ‘bare attention’ to help keep the mind open and sweet. It is a fact of life that many people are troubled by difficult emotional states in the pressured societies we live in, but do...

The Journey of Yoga: 1st in a Series

By Judy Merritt Before I began to write this, I stopped to sit down on my front step. Facing the sun rising above my garden shed, I took a deep breath. The warmth of the sun soaked into my skin. I took another breath, following it to the muscles that were creating a...

Swami Rama, The Animals and Hansel & Gretel

My yoga journey reads a bit like the tale of Hansel & Gretel – a kid, lost in the woods, somehow with the insight and wisdom to drop trails of rocks and breadcrumbs so as to see where I’ve been and, when the moment is right, to find my way back to where I need to...

The 6 Pillars for Yogic Living

When Ann Maxwell and Teri Sanders first heard Dr. Carrie Demers from the Himalayan Institute speak on the 6 Pillars for Yogic Living, they not only found it life-changing, but made it a handout that is now covered in the first two hours of our 200 hour Teacher...

Ashram Life

By Joy Illikainen “How was your vacation?”  This is the question I get from friends and acquaintances each time I return from India. “It really isn’t a vacation,” my answer begins.  “It’s more of a pilgrimage.”  Insert strange look from...