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...
Singing and the Immune System

Singing and the Immune System

Did you know that singing, especially in a choral setting like Kirtan, boosts the immune system? Numerous resent studies (also: google, singing+immune) suggest that singing in a group setting reduces the body’s production of the hormone cortisol, a hormone released...
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...
Yoga and Weight Loss: Find Balance

Yoga and Weight Loss: Find Balance

The practice of even the gentlest style of yoga helps make everything in life a little easier — including weight loss. Alan Kristal, lead researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, studied 15,000 adults in their 50s. His study showed...
Tonight: Kirtan Band Streaming Live!

Tonight: Kirtan Band Streaming Live!

Join us online for an evening of KIRTAN: music, community and joyful fun! Every Thursday night the Pilgrimage of the Heart Kirtan Band streams Kirtan music live.  WATCH LIVE at 8:15pm (Pacific) using the FREE Stre.am app for iOS and Android. Download the app, sign in...
VANILLA CHAI CHIA PUDDING

VANILLA CHAI CHIA PUDDING

by Michaell Hi, I’m Michaell and I am a tea-aholic. Especially the tea that comes out piping hot and scented with the rich aromas of East India Chai. This Vanilla Chai Chia Pudding is the perfect breakfast with a small dose of caffeine to start your day! If you are...
Stressed at Work? Try Chair Yoga

Stressed at Work? Try Chair Yoga

If you’re stressed at work, one of the fastest ways to regain a sense of mindful clarity is to focus on your breath.  Practice your pranayama (breathing) in this 10 minute chair yoga video with Lena Schmidt. This includes a gentle twist and stretching of the...
Review: Kori Linae Carothers: Fire in the Rainstorm

Review: Kori Linae Carothers: Fire in the Rainstorm

by Kathy Parsons Fire in the Rainstorm is Kori Linae Carothers’ second project with Will Ackerman producing, and her first solo piano album. It is her fourth album to date and contains twelve original pieces. With one of the more dramatic album covers of the year, the...
Mario Covic – Yoga Photographer

Mario Covic – Yoga Photographer

Have you ever tried to take a photo that captures you at the height of your asana?  We recently sat down with photographer Mario Covic to explore photography and yoga.  Mario has captured the exquisite beauty of yoga and nature as the official photographer for Bhakti...
How to Bring Yoga into the Workplace

How to Bring Yoga into the Workplace

We have lots of demands on our time and allocating time for yoga and mindfulness often falls low on our priority list. Research shows, however, that investing in yoga and mindfulness programs on company grounds helps staff work more productively and reduces the number...
Review: Eric Tingstad: Mississippi

Review: Eric Tingstad: Mississippi

by Kathy Parsons Okay, before I go any farther, let me just say I LOVE THIS ALBUM! There isn’t a piano to be found on any of the eleven tracks, but there is some very tasty organ. Mississippi is primarily Eric Tingstad with some bass and percussion support from the...
Getting Into a Yoga Mindset at Home

Getting Into a Yoga Mindset at Home

OM Yoga founder Cyndi Lee is the author of five books and one of the most influential yoga teachers in the U.S. She is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. Her OM Yoga Center in NYC has...
Moby …on Love and Forgiveness

Moby …on Love and Forgiveness

by Moby One of the reasons why music in particular is so ubiquitous and so universal with love is that it reaches people on a very profound emotional level. Often times, I feel like music can reach people on an almost softer, deeper, and more vulnerable level than...
Wisdom: Prana — The Life-Force

Wisdom: Prana — The Life-Force

One of the great secrets of yoga is that breath, body, mind and emotions are all intertwined. Pranayama literally means breath-control. By controlling your breath you will strengthen your body, find peace of mind and gain clarity in your emotions. In just minutes a...
Review: Halpern and Diamond: Ambient Alchemy

Review: Halpern and Diamond: Ambient Alchemy

by Kathy Parsons Ambient Alchemy is a fourteen-piece collaboration by new age “superstar” Steven Halpern and “rising star” Michael Diamond with special guest Michael Manring who appears on six tracks. Sound Healing The Grammy-nominated Halpern has had a very long...
10 Ways to Increase Your Imagination

10 Ways to Increase Your Imagination

Imagination is a uniquely human ability to form ideas — new images and sensations in the mind that are not in our present perception through senses such as sight, hearing, or other senses.  Imagining is helpful if you’re practicing yoga or meditating at home or...
Top 10 Yoga Mats

Top 10 Yoga Mats

Whether you’re practicing yoga at home or at work, a yoga mat is essential for your practice. Hover your mouse on the image below to explore Top 10 Yoga Mats.  What’s your...
Recipe: Refreshing Hibiscus and Berry Smoothie

Recipe: Refreshing Hibiscus and Berry Smoothie

by Casey Jade A light and refreshing smoothie that’s perfect on a warm day. It’s made with a base of fresh hibiscus tea, and blended with berries and mint. As the weather starts to get warmer and you find your body craving light food, this is a perfect option. A Burst...
The Power of Daily Meditation

The Power of Daily Meditation

by Sujantra McKeever Through meditation we explore a depth of awareness concerning ourselves, our lives and the world that would otherwise be rarely accessed. The daily practice of meditation allows us time for self-reflection and contemplation. We are able to ask...
Review: Kater and DeMaria: Heart of Silence

Review: Kater and DeMaria: Heart of Silence

by Kathy Parsons Heart of Silence is the first collaboration by pianist Peter Kater and Native American flutist Michael Brant DeMaria. With fourteen Grammy nominations between them, this album seems very likely to place both artists firmly inside the Winners Circle...
Family: The 1st Step to Union

Family: The 1st Step to Union

Family is everything…? We’ve heard this before. The most important thing is family. We have probably said it ourselves. And don’t get me wrong. I agree. But let’s take a look at this idea from a philosophical perspective. In his book, Lectures on Ancient Philosophy,...
How Yoga Can Improve Your Golf Game

How Yoga Can Improve Your Golf Game

by Michael Brantl As a TPI Level 3 Fitness Instructor and long time personal trainer and yoga instructor, I have witnessed firsthand the incredible fitness benefits that yoga provides for golfers of all levels. Golf conditioning yoga is one of the easiest ways to...
80 Years: Happy Birthday Dalai Lama!

80 Years: Happy Birthday Dalai Lama!

On July 6th we celebrated the 80th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. He describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet.  The teachings of the Buddha as practiced and taught in Tibet we call Tibetan Buddhism.  We celebrate...
How To Embrace and Enjoy Running

How To Embrace and Enjoy Running

Whether you’re an experienced marathon runner or putting in the miles as part of your yoga practice to keep yourself in shape, running requires a positive attitude. Yes, some days running is a chore, and other days it’s a personal joy. Running is About Improving...
Success Starts with an Idea

Success Starts with an Idea

Every great achievement starts with an idea. Ideas come to us with a possibility of successfully bringing them to life in ways that others can share in them.  The late comic genius Robin Williams said, “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change...
The Ultimate Green Juice

The Ultimate Green Juice

Who juices? Juicing Offers Life Enhancing Benefits According to weight loss expert Joe Cross, “Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables.  It...
5 Yoga Tips for Healthy Skin

5 Yoga Tips for Healthy Skin

by Pritika Nair Admiring those glowing faces in beauty cream advertisements, we often wonder if we too could have a skin so young and beautiful. Well, it’s not a far-fetched dream anymore! Now you too can flaunt healthy, radiant skin that draws attention. And the good...
Review: Shambhu: “Dreaming of Now”

Review: Shambhu: “Dreaming of Now”

by Michael Debbage Shambhu’s impressive 2010 debut took many by surprise however a follow up album especially after a strong debut is always a difficult position to be in. Nevertheless, Dreaming Of Now not only avoids the dreaded sophomore jinx but it will put to rest...
Celebrate International Day of Yoga – June 21st

Celebrate International Day of Yoga – June 21st

The United Nations and the world are joining together on June 21st for an International Day of Yoga. This is a day to recommit to a lifetime of health and wellness through yoga practice. It’s also a great time to share the wellness that yoga brings by inviting...
Writing a Home Yoga Journal? Tips for Yoga Lovers

Writing a Home Yoga Journal? Tips for Yoga Lovers

Do you keep a yoga journal? Many of us practice yoga at home to achieve improved body tone. For some, the practice of yoga is a peaceful meditation at the beginning or end of a hectic day. Others practice Yoga at the Office, a range of yoga classes that can be done...
Review: Paul Avgerinos: “Bhakti”

Review: Paul Avgerinos: “Bhakti”

by Kathy Parsons Calming, Joyful, and Uplifting Bhakti is Grammy-nominated/ award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Avgerinos’ nineteenth album to date. Best-known for his ambient music, Avgerinos goes in a different direction with Bhakti (a Sanskrit...
Review: Fiona Joy: Signature – Solo

Review: Fiona Joy: Signature – Solo

Breathtaking Clarity Signature – Solo is Fiona Joy’s long-awaited (by me, anyway!) first solo piano album, and what a beautiful surprise it is! Produced and recorded by Cookie Marenco, founder of Blue Coast Records, Signature is being released in several...
Yoga Home Practice Room Ideas

Yoga Home Practice Room Ideas

If you’re learning yoga and meditation online, then consider setting up a special place in your home or apartment where you can practice in a clutter free, calm atmosphere. Go Minimalist If you’re recreating a room for yoga, aim at a minimalist design free...
Get Your Skin Summer Ready!

Get Your Skin Summer Ready!

by Jen Freitas Bring Your Skin and Hair Back to Life Spring is one of my favorite seasons; I can probably relate that to how much I detest winter. Finally I see buds on trees, tulips popping up, and the sweetest thing of all, is the sound of the birds singing in the...
Recipe: Gluten-Free Nutella Granola with Cashew Milk

Recipe: Gluten-Free Nutella Granola with Cashew Milk

This granola is one of my favorite breakfasts to have on hand, with its perfect level of sweetness and delightful pops of crunch from the toasted quinoa. When you eat this granola, the milk turns chocolaty and tastes exactly like the Cocoa Puffed milk of yore — so...
Review: Jeff Oster: “Next”

Review: Jeff Oster: “Next”

A Masterful Collection Jeff Oster’s Next (as in “the next big thing”) is a masterful collection of tunes that blurs the lines between jazz, chill, funk and ambient/new age as if boundaries simply didn’t exist. It is certainly one of the most...
Recipes: Chickpea, Cucumber + Avocado Salad

Recipes: Chickpea, Cucumber + Avocado Salad

by Abigail Keeso Perfect for Summer Lunches and Dinner Parties With the weather getting warmer, a delicious, cold, refreshing salad is sometimes just what the body needs. This delicious chickpea, cucumber and avocado salad does the trick. It only takes 10 minutes to...
Review: Heidi Breyer: “Letters from Far Away”

Review: Heidi Breyer: “Letters from Far Away”

Reviewed by Michael Debbage Only another two year lapse and once again we are invited to another recording from the delightful and adventurous pianist Heidi Breyer. Last time around Breyer pushed the envelope with the addition of a few vocal performances. This time...
Review: Ann Licater: “Doorway to a Dream”

Review: Ann Licater: “Doorway to a Dream”

A Healing Dream Doorway To a Dream is Native American and World flutist Ann Licater’s follow-up to her award-winning 2007 debut, Following the Call. The album is an invitation to embark on “a healing dream journey to the infinite expanses of  your imagination and the...
Kirtan and Health

Kirtan and Health

The numbers are astounding! Singing, especially choral singing is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your health and well-being. “Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It is the one...
The Wandering Yogis’ Article

The Wandering Yogis’ Article

Thank you The Wandering Yogis for posting this great article! “I recently watched a news clip about Pilgrimage Of The Heart yoga located in San Diego.  What captured my attention was the way these 2 studios have removed all barriers to accessing yoga classes....
Kirtan for Weight Loss?

Kirtan for Weight Loss?

Kirtan for Weight loss! Wait, what… Really? If we’re talking about the ‘Weight of the World.’ Kirtan can help with that! Kirtan is a place where the weight of the world is gone. It’s a place where we can shed our chains, where we can lift eyes to our maker. It’s a...
Kirtan Roots – Start here!

Kirtan Roots – Start here!

Not in a million years would I have imagined being so deeply involved in Kirtan as I am today. When I was introduced to Kirtan around 2007, I had no idea of the impact it would have on my life. Playing music as a teenager in the mid-‘70s and finding the yoga world in...
Anandamayi Ma

Anandamayi Ma

Anandamayi Ma There is no easier way to feel God than through another human being. A genuine spiritual Master resonates the energy of the Infinite through their very glance. For some seekers, the picture of Anandamayi Ma will offer an inner thrill, a feeling that the...
Gentle Flow Yoga – Take it Easy

Gentle Flow Yoga – Take it Easy

“Take it easy, take it easy – don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy”. Who would have thought The Eagles could sum up what gentle flow yoga is all about? Not all yoga classes have to be preparation for the Olympics. In fact, gentle yoga is just that,...
The Roots of Yoga of Patanjali

The Roots of Yoga of Patanjali

Ancient Philosophy Yoga is a great way to make your body and nervous system strong, balanced and flexible. Yoga is also an ancient Indian philosophical system through which you can experience uplifting and mystical states of awareness. Yoga mean ‘to yoke, to bring...
Aparigraha: Don’t be Beholden

Aparigraha: Don’t be Beholden

Freedom is the goal of yoga. This freedom is liberation from the bondage of egotism and desire. To be free is to be conscious and grateful for being part of the unconditional joy and brilliance of existence. Through our interactions with others we often ensnare...
The Source of Happiness

The Source of Happiness

Where Does Happiness Come From? I imagine everyone reading this has realized that they do not put ‘happiness’ into new cars, stereo systems and new clothes at the factories where they are made, yet we are clearly happy when we acquire these things. Where does the...
The Science of Meditation

The Science of Meditation

Based on Why God Won’t Go Away by Dr. Andrew Newberg Millions of people are learning to meditate. Stress-reduction, more happiness, and a deep sense of calm: all of these benefits are well documented by the scientific community. * Meditation is being taught...
The Ahimsa (non-violence) Dilemma, #1

The Ahimsa (non-violence) Dilemma, #1

The yogic journey begins with 5 moral injunctions—the yamas(Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha)—, which create harmony and balance in ones actions and thoughts. By bringing these ethical principles into one’s own life we create the fertile soil for...