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…

and it begins again

Have to get a new visa and back in Ma India’s arms at the end of December. Two weeks at KYM then 5 weeks until I land in Mumbai (where I have never been) for a month-long yoga therapy training in Nasik. My longest trip yet. My gut is telling me this is the icing…

my Eat Pray Love Tour of India

“Eat. Pray. Fall in Love with [our] Inspirational India Tour.Starts at $19,795 per person, based on double occupancy.” I have an idea. I’ve done four trips to India so who better to lead you to the land of yoga, spirituality, and chillums incense? extra rupees for medicinal plants Have you always dreamed of traveling to…

river of love

Photo by omtapas, 2010, Krishna River, the Lord of Love. from Piduguralla to Malkangiri (Orissa) in om’s words: “I start at 6:30am and after maybe one hour I reach the Krishna River. There is no bridge so I have to wait for the little ferry to reach my side and then the other side. My…

shanti

Photo by omtapas, 2010. Taken at Malkangiri Lake in Orissa, India. The photo says peace and serenity. In om’s words: “the picture is a nice reflection of Peace to meditate on.” A picture of shanti for Sunday. addthis_pub = ‘yogagal60510’;

the surrealistic version of Eat Pray Love

I’ve always received messages in my meditations. Some might call them visions although that is too strong a word for me because I certainly don’t consider myself any type of psychic. I do get flashes of peoples’ lives when I do energy healing — I usually don’t tell them what I see but when I…

from sadhus to zebras, part 1

Shiva was certainly testing me as I made my way to India this time, and as I later found out, also as I made my way to Africa. It literally took 80 hours for my feet to hit the ground in Chennai. Due to plane problems, instead of flying American to Brussels, then Jet Airways…