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

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    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 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 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 Seven Misconceptions About Your Yoga Practice (3HO) What Homeless Shelters and Refugee Camps…

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    Beating The Coronavirus: It’s All About Endurance

    This was originally published on TinyBudda   When you’re going through hell, keep going.” ~Winston Churchill A couple weeks ago the Greek government announced that our quarantine would continue “well beyond April 6th,” the original date for which it had been set. We knew this was coming, but it was still hard to hear.  And it was this same moment that my memories as a long-distance runner came flooding back. Read more.

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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…

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    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.  

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    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…

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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…

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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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    How to (Legally) Move to Greece

    I’m not sure if it is the pandemic, or the civil unrest erupting from the Black Lives Matter movement or just the culmination of four years of a Trump presidency, but in the last two months, I have been approached over and over by US citizens asking for advice on how to move to Greece. I’ve summarized my feedback and experience below. Please bear in mind everyone’s situation is unique.     My first piece of advice is to move legally. Yes, there are lots of people who come and just overstay their visas as a way to live in Greece. I don’t recommend this. During my volunteer work at…

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    I started a functional medicine program three months ago. Here’s what I’ve learned…

    I’m on a lot of nutrition and wellness email lists so over the last few years, I’ve been hearing more and more about functional medicine. Eventually I started following Dr. Mark Hyman, the best-selling author and creator of The Broken Brain series. Since then, I’ve been hooked on functional medicine and late last year, I decided to switch from a traditional general practitioner to a functional medicine doctor.   What is functional medicine? It’s a science-based, holistic, preventative, individualized medical system. It determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. For example, if you were diagnosed with hypertension, functional…

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    I’ve Practiced Kundalini Yoga Daily For The Last 9.5 Years. Here’s What I’ve Learned…

    People sometimes ask about my personal yoga practice, and they are often surprised to hear that I‘ve been maintaining a daily Kundalini Yoga practice for 9.5 years. It’s surprising to me too when I do the math, but in 2009 when I finished Kundalini Yoga teacher training, my teachers were clear that if we planned to teach, it was important to have a daily practice. I took this advice seriously and with the exception of maybe 2 days in the last 9.5 years (roughly 3,465 days), I’ve done Kundalini Yoga every day.   What’s a daily practice? A daily practice is different things for different people. For me, it means…