"I feel most at home out along the Ocean's edge. Where land meets sea...life reaches into me with a soothing calm." Jesse Lee Longacre "Country music isn't a guitar...it's a feeling." Waylon Jennings We spent this past winter at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center in Northern California, located three miles through the Redwoods from the … Continue reading From the Pacific Coast to Desert to Music City, Springtime USA
"I don't think I'm good enough at yoga to sign up for teacher training." I hear that comment a lot. Actually, I said it myself six years ago. I was participating in a yoga fitness class at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Some other guys were there for teacher training. … Continue reading Yoga Teacher Training in Coastal Northern California. Are you ready?
"I breathe in, I breathe out," Kenny Chesney. It has been almost six months since we left Florida with a rooftop tent as our primary residence. The plan has been to camp, hike and visit friends and family throughout the U.S. and Canada...plus practice yoga - breathe in, breathe out, be grateful for this trip - as well. … Continue reading Free in the West
What can you do with 36 hours in Rajasthan (which means, by the way, "Land of Kings"), India's largest state covering 132,000 square miles? I mean, that's plenty of space to visit and discover. Our adventure included not only a majestic wedding, but other very wonderful things fit for a king along the way. Our Shri … Continue reading 36 Hours in Rajasthan: Camels, Glamping and one very Amazing Wedding.
"Blue" will be the theme of this blog post. To start, how about hearing Miles Davis and John Coltrane perform "Kind of Blue" while walking the streets of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India? It's available at the end of this if you want to. Up high in Mehrangarh Fort one can see why Jodhpur is called … Continue reading Feeling Kind of Blue in Jodhpur, Miles Davis, Coltrane & Bill Murray
"As you eat, you produce your mind accordingly” - Rajasthan saying. At the start of an Ayurvedic wellness appointment this week my feet were soaked in warm water with rose petals. This represents the first time during my long life the words "my feet" and "rose petals" have ever been together in the same … Continue reading Food, Nature & Ayurvedic Learning in India
Mana eva manusyanam karanam bandha moksayoho (As the mind, so the person; bondage or liberation is in your own mind). The Rasjathan town of Nagaur lies about midway between the bustling cities of Jogphur and Bikaner. Therefore it is not too far from Shri Jasnath Asan, the yoga center I am now at in a 16th … Continue reading Our Neighborhood in India
"Where are you in India?" I'm asked. Well, right now I'm sitting on a camel named Shanti. Shanti and I are gently bouncing through the soft sand of the Thar Desert (also known as the "Great Indian Desert"), a section in northwest India which serves as the boundary from Pakistan. The Thar Desert takes up … Continue reading The Colors of Rajasthan!
"Of writers and poets and pirates who walked the dirt beneath this slab each carrying a pocket full of dreams. And none as unusual as yours; but all of which came true." - David L. Sloan. It's a December Key West dawn and I'm standing on a pier that's the southern most point of the … Continue reading Winter in Key West
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt. The speed limit is 75 mph on I-95 here in northern Maine and the few vehicles I see are taking that to 80+ as we approach the Island Falls exit. That's Mount Katahdin towering 5,267' above sea level to the left. … Continue reading Yoga, Lakes & Mountains in Maine…and Teddy Roosevelt, too