"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!
I don't know which is more stunning to experience, the sunsets or sunrises in South West France. Or a Beatles 50th Anniversary Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Or how 'bout all of the above. 🙂 After enjoying the month of May at the Lamothe Castle and Farm yoga retreat renovation, … Continue reading I See London, I Saw France…and The Beatles
You can easily miss the entrance to my Barcelona hostel. The train ride costs only 2.15 Euros, ends at Placa Catalunya and I march up the stairs to join the throngs marching down La Rambla, Barcelona's most famous street. It's dusk on a cooler than usual but dry Thursday in late April and there's energy in the air. A lot of people … Continue reading 3 Nights in Barcelona! Sleep Optional.
"My biggest pet peeve is when you go to a fine restaurant, and it's like a mausoleum inside. Good food should be joyful. There should be laughter and chatter." - Jim Harrison In Spain, the Friday before and the Monday after Easter are holidays off. In my U.S. you're expected to be on the job all the time, … Continue reading Ah, Spain! Cardona, Long Easter and a Karma Yoga Retreat
I'm up early at our yoga retreat castle in Spain. I teach yoga and meditation classes here, but I also cook. We have two groups for breakfast. The first, four uniformed people heading out just past dawn to race motorcycles, includes three men and a woman. She sort of looks like Kristen Stewart, if Kristen Stewart lived … Continue reading Torres de Fals, on the way from Barcelona to Cardona – lunch included!
This afternoon, after walking up streets and pathways to see recommended churches in Manresa, I stopped in a bar for an Estrella Damm and saw the Spanish version of "Wheel of Fortune." But I'm getting ahead of myself on the day's events. Better to start at the beginning. From our yoga retreat castle Anima Mundi in Canet … Continue reading Manresa on a Top Fiver
My flight to Spain went unbelievably quick. Departed in a NYC darkening spring dusk and was walking through a just waking up Barcelona-El Prat Airport before 7:00 a.m. the next morning. Now all I had to do was follow my instructions - bus, train, another bus and then a ten minute walk through vineyards - to get to the … Continue reading Welcome to Spain!
I want to give a shout out to Ford for doing something cool with yoga. In Summer 2016 I worked for Wanderlust. Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont was one stop on the tour through the U.S. and Canada. On Sunday June 19th - the last day of the Stratton festival - my job was being Section Manager for … Continue reading Yoga Helping Others