The Guru and the Koan

Guruji – Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D. – has a booklet on how to choose a Guru.  If you can’t find it at Ananda Ashram’s store: http://www.ashramstore.com/ – you can always call the ashram and buy a copy.  It’s a good one. The key takeaway?  If you want a living Guru, you must first […]

Navaratri and the Golden Age of the Devi

I asked Amma Sri Karunamayi in my Heart – how do I truly honor the Divine Feminine? This question, of course, was inspired by the current presidential election in the United States when we finally may have a woman in the position of Commander-in-Chief.  Fact is the Divine Feminine has been quite suppressed by the patriarchy […]

San Francisco Yoga Teacher Training

Join me in a uniquely transformative and powerful experience of Yoga: Journey of I-AM -Urban Yoga Retreat Know who you are and Create a Conscious Life of Evolution and Bliss 10-day Urban Yoga Retreat at Brahmananda Ashram  July 15 – 24, price: $1200 , if paid by July 1st, after, $1500  (Non-residential option available at a reduced rate). This retreat […]

3 Yoga Steps for Achieving your Goals

If I ever feel that my goals are unachievable, difficult or just plain impossible, it is because my mind is cluttered and filled with distractions.  I now use the agitated or anxious mind as a trigger to practice more yoga, more sadhana.  The practice of Yoga sadhana is a de-cluttering of the mind.  It is a smoothing out […]

Sukhasana: The Posture of Ease & Sadhana

Yoga Illumined certified teacher Michelle Widmer suggested we add a Pose or Asana of the Month along with a Theme of the Month for www.yogaillumined.com.  And I thought this a brilliant suggestion.  I love tying them to each other.  The pose of the month is Sukhasana – “Sukha” means ease, joy, freedom, sweetness.  Our Theme of […]

Saturn Mantra and Yantra

Saturday is the planet Saturn’s day.  Saturn, as we know it from images taken by NASA, is a beautiful gaseous orb with rings around its center or equator.  It’s thought of as a very mysterious planet with all sorts of glorious secrets. Saturn’s mantra is Om Sham Shanaye Namaha.  You can chant it here: I like to think […]

Yoga Illumined Studio is Opening in Austin

Zoe Mantarakis and I are excited to announce the opening of Yoga Illumined Studio in Austin, Texas in January, 2015! ADDRESS:  3801 South Congress Street Suite 111 – near Alpine Road and next to St. Edward’s University Stay tuned for more details !!!  

How to Make Ghee

by Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza I have had a life-long relationship and passion for health, healing and medicine.  Kerry Meath-Sinkin is a great friend and Ayurvedic practitioner who has truly made Ayurveda – the ancient science of health and healing from India – accessible and useful in my everyday life.  The results of my daily Ayurvedic […]

Yoga: Tips for Beginners

by Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza I’ve been on this Yoga path for a while now but I always like to take it back to the Beginner’s mind, back to basics, back to simplicity.  I’ll never forget the first few yoga classes I took and how it all felt somehow familiar and yet, new.  So here are […]

Restorative Yoga: Rest at its Best

by Kate Smallwood I can couch potato with the best of ‘em, but that’s not the real deal. Nor is scrolling Facebook while in bed on a Sunday afternoon. I’m talking about Rest – capital R! A funny thing happens when you remind yourself that this word is actually verb. Try it. “To rest” has […]

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