3 Yoga Poses to Improve Posture.

3 Yoga Poses to Improve Posture.

How’s your posture? Do you spend hours a day sitting down at a desk hunched over a computer or paperwork? Most of us, at least for part of our day, do just that. Tension creeps into our muscles, tightness and knots fill our necks, shoulders and backs. Sure the idea of...
Simple Car Yoga Poses to Do While Driving.

Simple Car Yoga Poses to Do While Driving.

We all know that driving can be stressful. Whether we’re driving to work, running errands, or even embarking on a cross-country road trip, extended time in the car means lack of physical movement for our bodies, potentially shortened breath from seated in a...
Ep 73 – Shambhu Harmonics

Ep 73 – Shambhu Harmonics

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Ep 72 – Beyond the Breath

Ep 72 – Beyond the Breath

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Ep 71 – Meditation and Creativity

Ep 71 – Meditation and Creativity

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Ep 70 – Exploring Pratyahara

Ep 70 – Exploring Pratyahara

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Ep 68 – Sound is God

Ep 68 – Sound is God

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Ep 67 – Choices

Ep 67 – Choices

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Ep 66 – Beyond Duality

Ep 66 – Beyond Duality

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Ep 65 – Your Depth of Self

Ep 65 – Your Depth of Self

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
7 Benefits of Using a Yoga Wheel.

7 Benefits of Using a Yoga Wheel.

An Overview of Yoga Props & The Yoga Wheel If you’ve been to a yoga class, you’ve probably been introduced to a variety of props (such as blocks, blankets, and straps) that are strategically designed to help your body find positions that might be otherwise...
Essentials for Opening a Water Yoga Studio.

Essentials for Opening a Water Yoga Studio.

The practice of yoga is beneficial for staying in tune with your body and soothing your mind. However, that can be difficult when your joints are whining and your muscles shaking from holding sometimes complicated yoga poses for too long. When you are doing yoga in...
7 Tips for Creating a Home Yoga Space.

7 Tips for Creating a Home Yoga Space.

Don’t you just love the feeling of entering your favorite yoga studio? The smell of scented candles, the calming atmosphere, the soft colors… All of these create a sense of relaxation and well-being in people. And when you combine the ambiance with yoga practice and...
Treatments For Foot Pain: How Yoga Helps.

Treatments For Foot Pain: How Yoga Helps.

By Joe Flemming While yoga practice physically involves gentle stretching, deep breathing, and meditation, it also builds on foundational principles of positive thinking, mindfulness, truthfulness, self-discipline, and kindness. In the same way, your body requires a...
Peace

Peace

What is peace? We’re all searching for peace in some way but what does that mean? When we look around we don’t see peace offered up like a commodity. We can’t buy it in a store. There are no peace vendors, so to speak. So, how do we acquire this ethereal concept that...
Loneliness

Loneliness

By Sujantra “The reason you suffer from empty moments is because you are not playing inside the garden of your heart with your heart’s child, the soul. “ — Sri Chinmoy Loneliness  Sri Chinmoy’s essay, “Empty Moments,” is about the sensation of loneliness and those...
Ep 64 – Mantras

Ep 64 – Mantras

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Enjoying a Silence Flooded Trance

Enjoying a Silence Flooded Trance

By Sujantra McKeever Here at our yoga studio in San Diego I hear an endless stream of music designed to create a calm and peaceful environment for yoga and meditation. I listen carefully because when I find the right music for leading a yoga class or meditation class...
Ep 43 – The Mandela

Ep 43 – The Mandela

Explore the spiritual philosophy of India and see how it applies to your own life and situations. Host Sujantra McKeever of San Diego, CA, is the author of 5 books. He leads you on a journey to the East that ends up back in your own backyard. We hope you find an...
Ep 62 – Staying Organized

Ep 62 – Staying Organized

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Ep 61 – Meditation on Love

Ep 61 – Meditation on Love

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Ep 60 – Practical Mindfulness

Ep 60 – Practical Mindfulness

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Outlive Relationships

Outlive Relationships

The Life expectancy for females is 81.2 years; for males, it’s 76.4 years. Modern science has progressed such that we are able to live longer and healthier lives. We are able to function with high quality of life much further into our late years. This sounds...
These Are The Best Methods of Self-Care.

These Are The Best Methods of Self-Care.

By Breanne Fleat In a world frequently flooded with the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s so important to prioritize self-care. There are many ways to practice self-care. It can be as simple as making time for relaxation or hobbies, or we can take a more active...
Compassion

Compassion

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness “Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle...
7 Dos and Don’ts Of Juicing

7 Dos and Don’ts Of Juicing

by Or Maman Juicing can be an efficient and powerful way to get a dose of nutrients – particularly when you struggle with a demanding timeline or schedule that prevents proper meal planning. When you start the day with a glass of fresh juice and a delicious...
The Secret Universe

The Secret Universe

There is a place where our true nature resides. I’ll call it, ‘The Secret Universe.’ It’s a place of peace, tranquility and realization. We all have this place within us… veiled. What is this veil and how do we thin it, penetrate it? Heart/Ego The place where our true...
Meditation Podcast E50: Consciousness

Meditation Podcast E50: Consciousness

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Is Yoga Broken?

Is Yoga Broken?

There has been a great deal of talk and discussion about the current state and direction yoga is headed. The question asked: Is Yoga Broken? Alanna Kaivalia, who we interviewed about a year ago for pyo.yoga and two other teachers, Tara Stiles and Anna Conversano chime...
Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart

When I was a teenager I remember someone told me, ‘not to follow my heart.’ This person was talking about love relationships and how our unbridled passions can perhaps lead us down the wrong path. It struck me as funny then, and now, that we blame our hearts. I have...
Who am I?

Who am I?

I have this identity. I am this person. I have this body. I have this story… But deep down, when I slow down, I find that I have this other ‘me’ that I can’t really touch. I know it’s there. It’s very clear and yet, indefinable… ineffable, if you will. So I ask, “What...
Meditation Podcast E40 – The Mind

Meditation Podcast E40 – The Mind

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
The Yoga Poses That Relieved My Back Pain

The Yoga Poses That Relieved My Back Pain

Are you experiencing consistent pain in your lower back? What about in your upper back? Maybe even both? Trust me, you are not alone. I was one of those people. I had a bulging disc in my lower back. Which is when one of your intervertebral discs has weakened and lost...
Music and Meditation

Music and Meditation

Kirtan is a meditation practice set to music. Yoga classes usually include music, either recorded or ‘live.’ When we meditate before our shrines, we might incorporate some gentle sounds to help clear background distractions. However, we likely won’t be trying to...
Kirtan and Dance

Kirtan and Dance

Kirtan and Dance are Intertwined The Bhakti tradition in Hinduism is very clear about dance. Dance is a part of the spiritual experience. Dance is an integral part of the overall Kirtan experience. “Just as a person who is extremely happy may spontaneously sing and...
Invocation: Call it Forth

Invocation: Call it Forth

Take invocation to a higher level. If we want something in our world, our lives, we must become what we want. What is an invocation? What does it mean: to invoke? All spiritual traditions have invocation in their practices. How can the act of invocation deepen our...
Devotion and our Existence

Devotion and our Existence

When we meditate, when we chant Kirtans, one of the things we are doing is expressing our devotion to our Creator. Devotion might be the supreme aspect of our meditation practice. There’s a longing. We want to experience our existence fully. We work towards a Oneness....
Mantra, Sound and Music

Mantra, Sound and Music

Sound Life, Sound Existence Let us venture into the mysterious and beautiful world of mantra, sound and music. At every moment we are surrounded by sound. It fills our ears and vibrates against and within our bodies. It comes from other human beings; it comes from...
The Master Key

The Master Key

It’s not often that someone says, “Here is The Master Key.” In fact, ninety-nine times out of a hundred it might be regarded as a fool’s statement, akin to claiming enlightenment. It seems ridiculous that someone might have the Master Key to the ineffable. I found...
Soften and Enjoy

Soften and Enjoy

by Courtney Yezzi You have hopefully heard it said many times that when we practice for ourselves we practice for the benefit of all beings. The effort, thought and energy we put into our practice first creates a positive impact on our life force and then goes out...
Meditate on Geologic Time

Meditate on Geologic Time

When we consider the idea of time we usually think of moments. We think of short intervals. We look ahead a few minutes, an hour, a day… Seldom do we consider the idea of eternity, infinity, geologic time. Geologic time encompasses billions, perhaps trillions of...
Meditation Podcast E28: Om Tat Sat

Meditation Podcast E28: Om Tat Sat

The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of...
Karma

Karma

Karma “My own gratitude heart is all that matters.” — Sri Chinmoy When we meditate we create a surface upon which we can build a platform of stability, where gratitude and compassion can be the grounding sources of our causalities. I’ve been thinking about Karma and...
FED UP: A Movie Review by Sujantra

FED UP: A Movie Review by Sujantra

FED UP   The yamas are the foundation of the yoga practice. Ahimsa, non-violence is one of the yamas. This can be taken to mean both not performing violent acts and trying to prevent violence. In this sense you can call the people who created the movie FED UP...
A Dreamer’s Dream

A Dreamer’s Dream

‘A Dreamer’s Dream’ by Greg Steorts  I came to earth as thirsting soul, to pitch my wishing-coin into this matrix pool, offering my cellular contribution to those myriad interference-patterns and high-pitched frequencies which frustrate the crazy...
Yoga Sutras – Om

Yoga Sutras – Om

When I meditate I always begin and end my practice by chanting Om. It’s like stepping through a portal. I usually chant it several times until I really feel a strong connection/punctuation… I chant it externally. Then I chant it internally. The vibration in my throat...
Kirtan as Meditation

Kirtan as Meditation

Kirtan is a singing, chanting practice that is part of the Bhakti* (devotion to your creator) tradition in yoga. While it might appear on the surface that it is an entertainment, the reality is that Kirtan is a profound meditation practice. Meditation is often thought...
A Nudge towards Vegetarian

A Nudge towards Vegetarian

Forks Over Knives If you have been on the fence about adopting a vegetarian diet watch Forks over Knives if you want to take the plunge. I was looking for a documentary recently on Netflix and came across the 2011 film and was captivated. I like science and the film...
Finding Peace

Finding Peace

We need to find peace! So much of our time is spent being distracted from peace. We are constantly bombarded by input. We have ‘busy’ lives, or so we say, and our minds are constantly in flux. Sometimes our minds are so in flux that we mistake busy for simple, mental...
Getting Vegucated

Getting Vegucated

On Amazon and Netflix This 2011 documentary is described on Amazon as “a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it’s all about.” The follower and director is...
Embracing Surrender

Embracing Surrender

The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer “Our surrender to God’s Will Is our mightiest power.” —Sri Chinmoy   I remember being in my early 20’s, just at the embarkation point of my spiritual journey, and cringing each time I saw the word “surrender.” To me...
Pilgrimage of the Heart Philosophy Podcast E01

Pilgrimage of the Heart Philosophy Podcast E01

Explore the spiritual philosophy of India and see how it applies to your own life and situations. Host Sujantra McKeever of San Diego, CA, is the author of five books. He leads you on a journey to the East that ends up back in your own backyard. Ep 1: On this episode...
My Journey of the Heart to Weight Loss

My Journey of the Heart to Weight Loss

By Nagesh Personal Growth Through Weight Loss  Difficulty is an opportunity for a depth of growth that is not present when everything is flowing easily. Difficulties have the ability to show us our inner reserves-depths, which we have yet to tap into. Not that I go...
The Gayatri Mantra – An Ancient Mantra

The Gayatri Mantra – An Ancient Mantra

  The Gayatri Mantra is one of the most ancient and revered mantras in existence. Om bhur bhuvah svah Tat Savitur varen(i)yam Bhargo devasya dhimahi Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat   I lead a weekly Kirtan practice at Pilgrimage of the Heart yoga studio in San...
The dance of the cobra ~ Bhujangasana   

The dance of the cobra ~ Bhujangasana   

by Teresa Austin Childhood Snakes As a small child, I was often haunted by snakes. I remember running wildly through the rugged terrain near my home in the Los Angeles hills with the raw anticipation of what I might encounter in my daily adventures. In the fraction of...
POTH Offers Program at the SDBA

POTH Offers Program at the SDBA

Pilgrimage of the Heart Offers Program at the San Diego Bar Association Sujantra and Joe from Pilgrimage of the Heart were invited by the San Diego Bar Association to offer a program of meditation, mindfulness and stress reduction. The program taught participants...
Why I Practice Yoga

Why I Practice Yoga

Finding Home Stepping on my mat is coming home. And as we grow up, the idea and definition of “home” becomes amorphous. It doesn’t have clean edges anymore. Maybe it never did. Is it in San Diego, where I’ve lived for the past decade? Is it where I go for the...
Yoga at Home – Music Playlist 1

Yoga at Home – Music Playlist 1

What music are you listening to at home when you practice yoga?  The Yoga Music Playlists you hear at the Pilgrimage Yoga studios in San Diego are created by our yoga teachers to reflect their moods, and to inspire your practice with uplifting music.  Here’s a...
Falling Into Practice

Falling Into Practice

by Keith Macpherson I fell into the practice of yoga several years ago when a coupe of friends of mine had invited me to attend a Moksha Hot yoga class. I remember walking into the studio and feeling like I stepped into another planet. The culture was so different...
Find Your Female Warrior Goddess

Find Your Female Warrior Goddess

Women often put their partners, friends, family, and children before themselves. While they can move mountains to accomplish things for their loved ones, there can be an emotional emptiness left where they once held their own Warrior Goddess power. Warrior Goddess...
Ajeet Kaur…on Love and Forgiveness

Ajeet Kaur…on Love and Forgiveness

by Ajeet Kaur Art and music have served as the greatest healers, teachers, and therapists in my life. Whether it is journaling, writing music, playing music or visual art, my art brings me closer and closer to the core of my being, to the real essence of who I am. As...
21 Ways to Eat Your Water

21 Ways to Eat Your Water

Our bodies need water to survive. Water makes up more than half of our body weight. Every cell, tissue, and organ in our body needs water to function effectively. Water also helps the body maintain temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints.  That’s why...
Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon?

Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon?

Good news for vegetarians! Oregon State University (OSU) researchers have patented a new strain of a succulent red marine algae called dulse that grows extraordinarily quickly, is packed full of protein and has an unusual trait when it is cooked. This seaweed tastes...
10 Ways to Sleep Soundly

10 Ways to Sleep Soundly

Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Mental stress from life and work often makes it hard to get a good night’s sleep. Meditation, physical exercise, nutrition and yoga practice, are ideal ways to balance stress and sleep soundly. In Sleep the Mind Taps into...
Best Stretches for Tight Hips

Best Stretches for Tight Hips

If you’re working at a desk all day at an office or in a school classroom, stretching your hips is probably the last thing on your mind. Most people haven’t stretched their hips for years and decades. Stretching Releases Tension in the Hips The less you use your...
5 Tips for Improving Your Focus

5 Tips for Improving Your Focus

Technology has enabled more distractions in our lives than ever before, and it’s easy to lose focus on one’s priorities and goals. Focusing our minds is a sure way to achieving our goals and fulfilling the promise of our lives. If you’re like me, you might...
Review: Tina Malia: Bridge to Vallabha

Review: Tina Malia: Bridge to Vallabha

by Kathy Parsons Bridge to Vallabha, a collection of eleven sacred songs and mantras, is the fifth recording from singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, sound engineer, and producer Tina Malia. From the Heart Considered a visionary in the world, dream pop and sacred...
Can We Affect Aging?

Can We Affect Aging?

New age guru Deepak Chopra believes that good practices and positive intention can affect more than our health and wellness in this moment – but over our lifetime. They can affect how we age over time. He calls intentions “the triggers for transformation...
3 Yoga Poses for Children

3 Yoga Poses for Children

If you’re a stay at home parent, yoga and mindfulness can help to stretch and strengthen a child’s body while calming and focusing their mind. Yoga Reduces Stress in Kids Yoga contributes to improved concentration, more confidence and reduced level of...
Review: Doug Hammer: Haiku

Review: Doug Hammer: Haiku

by Kathy Parsons Haiku is the eighth solo release by pianist/composer Doug Hammer (not counting his 2014 duet with Amethyste, Secret World,  or his inclusion in several compilations). In the crowded field of contemporary pianists, Hammer stands out as one of the best,...
5 Healthy Ingredients, 1 Incredible Smoothie

5 Healthy Ingredients, 1 Incredible Smoothie

Here’s a Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie recipe from nutritionist Sara Vance that’s full of superfoods. It’s designed to boost your energy, reduce anxiety, and improve digestion. This smoothie includes: Matcha In Japanese, the word ma means powder and the word cha means...
Yoga: A Remedy for Sleepless Nights?

Yoga: A Remedy for Sleepless Nights?

Having trouble getting a sound sleep? Yoga might be the perfect remedy. A Harvard study on insomnia concluded people who practiced yoga consistently for eight weeks slept better and longer compared than those who did not practice. Helpful to Relax the Body...
3 Ways To Feel Your Best

3 Ways To Feel Your Best

We spend our time doing many things each day. But how many of our activities actually contribute to our own well-being or make the world a better place? Do Worthwhile Things Feeling good results when we do things that are worthwhile for ourselves and those around us....
Review: Matthew Schoening: Narrow Path

Review: Matthew Schoening: Narrow Path

by Kathy Parsons Narrow Path is the fifth solo electric cello album from Matthew Schoening (Shay-ning), a true master of his instrument. His 2011 release, Elements, was named Best Instrumental Album for that year by Zone Music Reporter. Although the music is performed...
Top 10 Yoga Pants

Top 10 Yoga Pants

Looking for the ultimate in comfy yoga pants ? We love these recommendations by Getting Balanced author Kristina Cappetta.  (Mouse over this ThingLink interactive image.) Which are your favorite yoga...
Throw a Home Yoga Party

Throw a Home Yoga Party

Want to have friends over for a really fun time? Throw a home yoga party. “Party Like a Yogi” — Go Healthy! Create an evening as a healthful experience for your guests. Forget the burgers and dogs, and”Party Like a Yogi”– go with...
Review: Shambhu: Sacred Love

Review: Shambhu: Sacred Love

by Michael Debbage According to Shambhu’s website this guitarist has previously performed with Carlos Santana, Narada Michael Walden and Whitney Houston to name a few. But let’s skip the name dropping and talk about this very impressive solo debut that contrary to its...
Review: Masako: Call of the Mountains

Review: Masako: Call of the Mountains

by Kathy Parsons Call of the Mountains is the second release from pianist/composer Masako. Equal in beauty to her debut,Masako, Call of the Mountains was also recorded at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studio in Vermont and features guest artists such as Premik, Noah...
Kale-Packed Lemonade? Summer Yummy!

Kale-Packed Lemonade? Summer Yummy!

Satisfy your summer lemonade craving with this kale-packed version. Refreshing, cleansing and delicious, this superfood-packed juice will have you feeling clean from the inside out. Who needs beauty creams and serums when you’re getting all of that vitamin K, vitamin...
Thirsty? Why Staying Hydrated Matters

Thirsty? Why Staying Hydrated Matters

Are you thirsty more than you care to admit? We need water to survive.  All of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs require water to function. Water helps the body maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Drink up – water is essential...
Review: Kelly Andrew: Journey

Review: Kelly Andrew: Journey

by Michael Debbage Released right around the same time in physical formats as the epic and bodacious Epoch Dawn, the more subdued Journey is Kelly Andrew’s most current release. Fortunately, the recording was finally made available in the cd format. Though somewhat...