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...

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...

Fall back into a healthy routine.

In the land of midnight sun the days are beginning to shorten. It happens gradually, just like the height of summer comes on slowly. I am starting to see one or two leaves fall from the trees as I walk our puppy, Lyle. The back to school section at Target is also...

Swa-gatam, which means welcome!

Written by Elizabeth Sullivan On my first day of Basic Yoga Therapy training with Indu Arora this summer she shared about the Sanskrit word, Swa-gatam, which means welcome. But it means more than welcome and I found I took it with me into my continued studies with...

The Voice That Calls

Some say when India calls you, it is a whisper…a little voice that you hear. That is how it seemed when deciding to go on my first trip, and yet the voice was constant.  In 2013, I traveled to India with a wonderful, large group. I felt safe and well cared for. My...