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    Blog Table of Contents (over 70 articles)

    My Story Connecting the Dots: How I Went from Being a San Francisco CFO to an Athens Yoga Instructor   Kundalini Yoga (18 articles) How a 5-Minute Movement Break Can Improve Your Focus  (YogaToday) If Happiness is Your Birthright, Your Energy is Your Passport (3HO) What A Daily Meditation Practice Can Do For You (YogaToday) I’ve Practiced Kundalini Yoga Daily For The Last 9.5 Years. Here’s What I’ve Learned… The Four Basics Characteristics of the Mind The Coronavirus: A Yogic Perspective How This Simple Three-Minute Practice Can Make Your Lockdown Better On Gurus Why Meditate? Kundalini Yoga 101 Kundalini Yoga as the Key to Unlocking the Power of the Enneagram…

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    How A 5-Minute Movement Break Can Improve Your Focus

    When you’re feeling overwhelmed at work or experiencing an afternoon slump, chances are your mind and body could benefit from a short break.   Ben Greenfield, a biohacker, human performance consultant, and New York Times bestselling author talks about the importance of taking “movement snack breaks” during your workday. According to Ben, movement is one of the most important aspects of aging well, staying fit, and reaching optimal levels of physical and mental performance. In its simplest terms, more movement equates to a better life, and more movement is within everyone’s reach. That’s the good news.   The bad news is that with our sedentary lifestyle and pandemic lockdowns, we’re…

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    If Happiness Is Your Birthright, Your Energy is Your Passport

    My first Kundalini Yoga teacher, Siri Vedya, would always start his classes with a brief discussion about life. He would talk about practical day-to-day issues as well as more advanced philosophical concepts. While I loved the full 90 minutes of his classes, his lecture was my favorite part.   One day he announced that we were starting a “happiness series,” and explained that there were different steps required to reach happiness. The first step, he said, was our energy.   “You need energy to be happy. Without enough energy, it will be very difficult to enjoy your life and to accomplish the things you are here on planet Earth to…

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    Why You Need to Get Out Of Your Head and Into Your Body to Get the Most Out of Your Personality System

    As published by Truity on January 12, 2021   The Big Five, DISC, Myers and Briggs, the Enneagram — all these personality systems help you understand yourself and other people better. By learning your own personality traits and those of others, you can begin to understand the inherent strengths and potential pitfalls we all possess.   But if you want to take that knowledge and turn it into wisdom, you need to go beyond the personality profiles. You need to understand what it takes to change behavior. And that answer lies in your physical body.   The word “embodiment” is making the rounds in the world of personality systems, psychology…

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    How This Simple Three-Minute Practice Can Make Your Lockdown Better

    “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao-Tzu In most of the world, we’ve been in some sort of lockdown for the last two months. It isn’t easy. Some days are better than others, but everyone I talk with describes moments of feeling overwhelmed. We are trying many different things to help stabilize ourselves during this period—journaling, healing circles, support groups, the list goes on. All these can be really valuable, but I’m going to ask for something even simpler. I am going to ask you for three minutes of your day. Because in these three minutes, I can improve your life.   How do I…

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    Zoom, Zoom Baby!

    This post is in partnership with Elephant Journal. Last week, I took my first live yoga class via Zoom. It’s a bit ironic, since I’ve been teaching yoga via Zoom since November 2019, but this was the first time I sat on the student’s mat and got the “in-class” experience. Like my students have been telling me since I began teaching online… read more.

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    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,…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Kundalini Yoga 101

    Whether you are new to Kundalini Yoga or just want to learn a bit more, here are 7 quick facts to get you started!   Kundalini Yoga is often referred to as the yoga of awareness. It is essentially a technology of energy and energy management. Unlike many forms of yoga, Kundalini Yoga places a large emphasis on the breath and the development of the nervous system. I often refer to it as the yoga for “people who think they can’t do yoga” because the starting position is always the breath. If you can breathe, you can do Kundalini Yoga.   The first known references to Kundalini Yoga date back…