• living in Greece

    How YouTube decided it was time I learn Greek

      When I moved to Greece in 2012, I imagined I would be fluent in Greek within a year. I’m not sure why I thought that was possible, but this dream has proved to be one of life’s big disappointments. It’s been four years, and my Greek continues to be appalling. This is not for a lack of honest effort. I’ve attended almost every Greek school in Athens, I’ve had private tutors, I’ve read books, I’ve watched cartoons, I’ve tried nearly everything. It seems, in the end, I am not good at foreign languages—a devastating realization. But the one thing that is helping me turn the corner was the day…

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    The Enneagram in Relationships–What Types Go Well Together

    Learn about the Essential Encyclopedia of the Enneagram in Relationships “The Nine Keys” Type Compatibility: The Theory   After people learn their own Enneagram type, the next question I invariably get asked is “what types go well together?” or “who should I be with?” Everyone wants to know. The answer is that all type combinations can be happy together if both partners have high levels of self awareness. And the reverse is true. All combinations may struggle if both people have a lack of self awareness. Type compatibility is more about similar levels self awareness than it is about personality type. The basic guidelines are: Two highly self aware people…

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    Kundalini Yoga’s Role in the Health of Your Spine

    “The flexible spine holds your entire nervous system.” ~Yogi Bhajan 80-90% of the population suffers from spinal pain at some point in their life, and if you have ever had back pain, you know how debilitating it can be. While running or going to the gym can be a great workout for your body, these forms of exercise don’t focus on the health of your spine.  This is where Kundalini Yoga comes in.  With gentle, simple, repetitive movements, Kundalini Yoga focuses on getting the energy moving in your spine. But what is the spine? The spine is made up of a series of bones stacked on top of each other…

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    Lesvos Sept 2015

    I wrote this post back in 2015 when the refugee crisis was particularly extreme in Greece and specifically in Lesvos.  Like many of us, I was very shocked by the stories of refugees having to walk 70+ kilometers (40+ miles) from where they arrived by boat  to get the refugee camps in Lesvos in the summer.  At this same time, an NGO/MKO in Lesvos put out a request for help to the Athens yoga community so a Greek friend of mine and I agreed we would go. This post is a summary of that weekend. I was in Lesvos Island, Greece Sept 12-14, 2015 to try to help out with…