no more free lunch

“Emotional labor.” What does that mean to you? On her Facebook page in August Layla Saad said that a “complete stranger just PayPal-ed me a generous amount of money as a way of saying thank you for the emotional labor I put in to writing my open letter to spiritual white women. I’m in shock. And in…

Freedom Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat, Varkala, Kerala – November 7-17, 2016

IT’S YOGA RETREAT TIME IN INDIA AGAIN!   I loved doing my first yoga retreat in India in 2013 so here we go again! $1,800 USD Double Occupancy Only $450 USD Single Supplement $1500 “Honey Rate” for those partners who want to experience India but not the Yoga (includes shared cottage with partner, Welcome Dinner,…

Temple Tour of South India/Tamil Nadu Yatra — it’s a GO!

  Details are finalized, the hotel rooms are booked for 20 travelers and this trip — SEPTEMBER 8-22, 2015 is a go even if there is only one person who wants to travel with a seasoned Indiaphile such as myself….(and one person has already signed up!)…. “Forget the travel section of The New York Times,…

Spiritual Tour of South India, September 2015: Update

This 15 day tour is continually being tweaked and the details and pricing are being finalized for September 2015.  I am looking toward having this trip start the day after Labor Day, 2015, so as to give an extra travel day.  Fifteen days is two calendar weeks.  This is going to be an amazingly awesome…

Spiritual Tour of South India: Proposed Itinerary

It is never too early to start planning and saving for a trip to India, especially if it is your first time. I am using the tour company I used for my trip to Rajasthan this year because I was so happy with their customer service and they have come up with an amazingly awesome…

I’m not dead. Or, how the yoga rubber meets the road.

Miss me? I used to be a prolific yoga blogger.  I used to be a well-known yoga blogger, once called a fierce voice in the yoga blogosphere, and was even quoted in the New York Times during the Tara Stiles controversy.  But everything has its expiration date. I got tired.  I got tired of writing…

the bottom line

I returned from India last week dazed and depressed and feeling like I had been deposited onto a different planet.  The fact that the temperature in Chicago was literally 60 degrees colder than what I had experienced for almost three months in South India did not help either.  But here I am for better or…

the Rune Inguz

“Drawing this Rune may mark a time of joyful deliverance, of new life, a new path. A Rune of great power, receiving it means that you now have the strength to achieve completion, resolution, from which comes a new beginning.” “As you resolve and clear away the old, you will experience a release from tension…

ch…ch…ch…changes

Happy belated New Year!  May you all be well and happy and peaceful in 2013! This is my first post of 2013 which is amazing to me since I started writing this blog in 2005 before my first trip to India.  But it is also my last post for a while because I will step…

the writing on the wall

Enjoy the silence. A week from today I leave for my 6th trip to Ma India, my longest trip yet, 10 weeks.   My internal alarm clock goes off and my body and mind start buzzing a week before any India trip.  If you’ve been keeping up you already know with whom I’m studying and where…

Happy New Year…to me

The title is tongue-in-cheek.  I wish all my blog readers — and haters, especially the haters — a joyFULL and metta filled New Year and indeed, the same for all of 2012. Looking back over 2011 I learned a lot this year — learned a lot in a somewhat quiet way, not so much in…

The Call

upon first seeing Gangakondacholapuram, 2008  My first OM was in 1973 with Beat Poet and Buddhist, Allen Ginsberg, and I drifted in and out of yoga during the ‘70s. It was only when I returned to a serious yoga practice in the mid-‘90s that everything clicked. I began yoga teacher training in 2002 at a…