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Finding energy through non-attachment

When comes the time to carry the load of life through death’s door, One can take neither relatives, friends, servants, nor possessions. Attached mind is instinctual mind: Abandon attachment. Seventh Dalai Lama Kelsang Gyatso (1708-1757) Dear students and friends in yoga, I always feel excited around this time of year, as the buzz of new […]

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Satsang with Swami Atmananda

“Spiritual Awakening and Non-Duality” Tuesday 26 May 19-21:00 Participation by donation to Ajatananda Ashram “Eveil et Non-Dualité” mercredi 24 juin de 19h-21h Participation par donation à l’Ajatananda Ashram Join us for an in-depth look at Spiritual Awakening in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta. It is neither an experience, nor a state of being: it is […]

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Namaste Nepal!

Join us for heart-centred yoga and loving kindness meditation in support of relief and reconstruction in Nepal, home of the birthplace of Siddharta Gautama, the Buddha. Nepal has been affected by two major earthquakes and nearly 100 lesser earthquakes since 25 April, and over 8,000 people have died with over 20,000 injured. Hundreds of thousands […]

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With our thoughts, we create the world.

It’s pretty difficult to avoid rushing in today’s world. It doesn’t leave much time for deeper reflection, yet that is precisely what would minimize all of our rushing around! Slowing down, paying attention to this moment, allows us to stay focused and highly engaged in what we are doing. Rushing means we are living full-speed-ahead […]

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Open mind, beginner’s mind

bandhur ātmātmanas tasya yenātmaivātmanā jitaḥ anātmanas tu śatrutve vartetātmaiva śatruvat “For one who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, the mind will remain the greatest enemy.” Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6, verse 6 Today is known as Akshaya Tritiya in the Vedic […]

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Never give up and always let go!

According to the ancient Yoga Sutra, a Raja Yoga text which shows the way to a calmer mind and inner peace, two of the most important concepts in yoga are practice (abhyasa in Sanskrit) and non-attachment (vairagya). As one of my early yoga teachers told me, another way of saying this is “never give up […]

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Mindful Mondays

Food for body & soul with Susan Hopkinson & Teresa Fernandez-Gil, PhD Join us one Monday each month to practice mindful consumption and healthy eating with two experts in their field. Susan begins each session with a discussion and practice of mindfulness centered on mindful eating, then Teresa guides us step-by-step through the preparation of […]

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Mindfulness of Maya

Brahma Satya Jagat Mithya ~ “pure consciousness is the only reality; the physical world is virtual reality.” On a recent visit to Bruges, it occurred to me that this charming city could be a brilliant metaphor for the ancient Indian concept of Maya. On the surface, it’s a beautiful and vibrant town that attracts hundreds […]

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Shoot for the Moon!

Many people are experiencing a restless sense of treading water without progressing as quickly as (or in the particular way) they would like to, and there can be a pent-up desire for change that is frustrated by the need (?) to balance goals and dreams with everyday life. Part of this frustration comes from not […]

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Are you sure?

There is a lot of mixing of modalities these days, often blending yogic or Buddhist concepts with new age ideas that reflect an individual’s desire for things to be as they would like them to be (coming from the mind, or ego) rather than an understanding of things as they are. Ancient teachings are based […]

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