• Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece

    Connecting the Dots: How I Went from Being a San Francisco CFO to an Athens Yoga Instructor

    This is a series describing, dot by dot, how I went from being a San Francisco CFO to an Athens Yoga Instructor.  You can read individual installments below or scroll down for the entire series.   1.0-1.1:  My Boyfriend Walked Out and My Teacher Walked In (Sept 2007) 1.1-1.2: White Tantric Yoga (March 2008) 1.2-1.3: A Death in the Family (June 2008) 1.3-1.4: 40 Days and 40 Nights of the Cleanse (Winter 2009) 1.4-1.5: The Burning Man Bumblebee Incident (Spring 2009) 1.5-1.6:  A Festival in a Field in France (August 2009) 1.6-1.7:  How I Crafted My Own “Study Abroad” Program (May 2011) 1.7-1.8: How My Dog Launched My Yoga Career…

  • living in Greece,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    What I Learned From the Project 333 Fashion Challenge

    What Is It? I first learned about Project 333 when we screened the movie Minimalism on the Acropolis Roof Deck this summer. The movie is all about how simplifying your life makes you happier. One of the trends that it featured was Project 333—a fashion challenge that dares you to narrow your wardrobe down to 33 items for 3 months. The challenge is designed to raise awareness around consumerism and to illustrate how you can actually be happier with less. Most of us conceptually understand we have more than we need. This challenge sets out to prove it. The trend started in the United States, but it’s gaining momentum worldwide.…

  • Enneagram,  Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    Blog Table of Contents

    My Story Connecting the Dots: How I Went from Being a San Francisco CFO to an Athens Yoga Instructor   Kundalini Yoga I’ve Practiced Kundalini Yoga Daily For The Last 9.5 Years. Here’s What I’ve Learned… The Coronavirus: A Yogic Perspective On Gurus Why Meditate? Kundalini Yoga 101 Kundalini Yoga as the Key to Unlocking the Power of the Enneagram What is White Tantric Yoga? Is Kundalini Yoga Dangerous? 15 Benefits of Long Deep Breathing/ Τα 15 οφέλη της βαθειάς μεγάλης αναπνοής Excerpts from the Aquarian Teacher Guest Posts for 3HO Seven Misconceptions About Your Yoga Practice What Homeless Shelters and Refugee Camps Have Taught Me About Seva An Offering…

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    How Will You Get Through This? I Will Tell You.

    Everyone reading this is likely under some form of lockdown in their homes as a result of the virus. Lives have been turned upside down, and life everywhere is dramatically different than it was four weeks ago.   COVID-19, the coronavirus, became a global pandemic in March, wreaking havoc on populations and economies. Scientists estimate that 40% to 70% of our population will be affected. Many will die. The stock market had its biggest single-day sell off since Black Monday in 1987. Almost everyone has lost money in the form of lost wages, investment losses and evaporated revenue streams. People are stressed, anxious and fearful. And the chaos and uncertainty…

  • Wellness

    The Coronavirus: A Yogic Perspective

    This post was written on March 3, 2020. I’ve updated it as of April 4, 2020. The theories around the three minds remain the same, but the data has changed.   The coronavirus (CO-VID19), which originated in 2019 in Wuhan, China, has been spreading globally.  It is a serious threat with over 1,100,00  known infected cases as of April 3. The trajectory is dangerous, the spread is exponential, and the growth occurs very quickly. The virus contained would not have been that big of a deal. The virus spreading is a big deal. It is now clear the virus is rapidly spreading far and wide, and nearly half of the…

  • Kundalini Yoga

    On Gurus

    This is an open letter to my students regarding recent allegations made against Yogi Bhajan. The book “Premka: White Bird in a Golden Cage” by Pamela Saharah Dyson was released this year and offers a disturbing picture of Yogi Bhajan. The book is a personal memoir and describes her individual relationship with Yogi Bhajan.   I read the book because I wanted to understand what had been said. The book starts with her describing the aftermath of an abortion she had a result of getting pregnant with Yogi Bhajan. It’s a powerful start to a complex story.   Is her memoir accurate? I wasn’t there, but the book is well-written,…

  • Kundalini Yoga,  Wellness

    Why Meditate?

    Lots of people ask “why meditate?”  I’ll give a more scientific answer below, but I’ll start by sharing my personal experience.   I had been taking Kundalini Yoga classes for several months before I did my first 31-minute meditation. Most of the meditations in my regular Kundalini Yoga classes were three to five minutes, and I was curious what would happen if I tried to go longer.  When I saw that Akiva Satnaryan was offering a class with a 31-minute meditation at the Hayes Valley Yoga Tree near my house, I decided to sign up.   The class started in the regular sequence: we tuned in, we did a short…

  • living in Greece,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    The SuperCharged Series

    This series is inspired by the movie Supercharged. SuperCharged (you can watch it here) explores the science of bioenergetics (energy flow through living systems) and how we can increase our cellular energy beyond diet and nutrition. It explores different ways to improve our health and wellbeing through natural energy sources such as water, grounding, light, movement, environment and cold or ice water immersion.   In these posts we explore: How you can get Supercharged with a Winter Swim How you can get Supercharged through Grounding How you can get Supercharged with Light This series was written by our community member Cassie Anderson. You can learn more about Cassie here.  

  • Uncategorized,  Wellness

    What You Might Not Know About Weight Loss

    It’s that time of the year when we set out with our New Year’s resolutions and since the #1  New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, I thought we’d start there.  Last year I wrote “How to Lose Weight in Four Steps” and while it still applies, for the month of January, I’m including a tip per week of something you might not know about weight loss.   Installments #1: Understand the Math Behind Weight Loss (below) #2: What should I eat? A review of the current diet trends #3: So…what do you eat? #4: Exercise   #1: Understand the Math Behind Weight Loss While there are hundreds of diets…

  • Wellness

    Health Hacks: Simple Things to Improve Your Health

    Hack #1: Probiotics, prebiotics and microbiome: what they are and why they matter   When I started my functional medicine program a year ago, one of the things my doctor “prescribed” as part of my supplement regimen was a good probiotic. They aren’t the first to talk about this–the wellness and nutrition circles have been promoting the benefits of probiotics for many years. The general idea is that over 70% of your immune system resides in your gut, and you can fast-track your way to better health by taking good care of your gut’s microbiome.   The quick summary is that you can give your immune system a big boost…

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    How to Be Happy: Reflections on a 40+year Marriage

    “You do not know if you have lived faithfully to your wedding vows until your last breath.” ~Yogi Bhajan*   Earlier this month while I was in San Francisco, I went to my teacher Siri Vedya’s Kundalini Yoga class in the Haight Ashbury district. I’ve been taking classes from Siri Vedya since 2007, and a big part of the attraction is the small talk he always gives at the beginning of his classes. The topics vary, but they are always interesting and based in his wisdom. Last week’s talk was no different. I wish you could have been in the class with me, as his delivery is always charming, but…

  • Enneagram,  Kundalini Yoga,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    Excerpts from The Aquarian Teacher

    In this series, I’m excerpting sections from The Aquarian Teacher, by Yogi Bhajan. This is the book we used from my Kundalini Yoga teacher training. During Kundalini Yoga teacher training, we were introduced to the five stages on the path of wisdom. These stages are excerpted from page 218 of “The Aquarian Teacher” by Yoga Bhajan.   The Five Stages on the Path of Wisdom   Saram Pad The “honeymoon period” when we consciously enter a relationship with our spirit and our spiritual path. We are happy. We have left the pain of the past and feel the freshness of a new life on the spiritual path. We have found…