Meditating in Winter along California’s North Coast

Meditation is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time. – Paul McCartney  Why meditate? I led a meditation gathering recently at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center in a very beautiful area near the coast of northern California. Usually I include some guided contemplation at the end of a yoga class … Continue reading Meditating in Winter along California’s North Coast

The Trees of Northern California

 "Won't you keep us from all harm, wonderful redwood tree," Van Morrison. One of the greatest albums of all time has to be Van Morrison's Saint Dominic's Preview. The album was released in 1972 after he moved his family to northern California and spent some time walking through the woods near his home. Of all … Continue reading The Trees of Northern California

Yoga Teacher Training in Coastal Northern California. Are you ready?

"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?

Food, Nature & Ayurvedic Learning in India

  "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

Our Neighborhood 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

Yoga, Lakes & Mountains in Maine…and Teddy Roosevelt, too

"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

Summer in Vermont…and California and Maine

I wonder what the late George Carlin would say about the life in the USA these days? I saw him perform years ago on a summer night in a large white tent at Vermont's Stratton Mountain Resort and I'll never forget how amazingly funny his accurate thoughts on politics and other subjects were. I was … Continue reading Summer in Vermont…and California and Maine

Yoga and other fun things to do outside in South West France

"That means it will rain tomorrow." We are driving to Toulouse, about an hour and a half drive west from the Lamothe castle and farm we are renovating into a yoga retreat center here in the South West of France. The precipitation prediction comes from Michel, our driver and a Frenchman who knows about these things, … Continue reading Yoga and other fun things to do outside in South West France

Preparing for Yoga Retreats on an Important Sunday in France

One thing perhaps we all agree on: There are few things as welcoming as a French table set for a meal. This past Sunday in the south of France began beautiful and at peace, birds chirping outside this country castle the only sound in the 7:00 a.m. sunshine. A serene scene, quite the opposite of the election of the … Continue reading Preparing for Yoga Retreats on an Important Sunday in France

Ah, Spain! Cardona, Long Easter and a Karma Yoga Retreat

"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