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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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    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…

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    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.…

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    Last Week I Went for a Walk in Spain…

    Last week I went for a walk in Spain, hiking the last 118 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I first heard about the Camino because I’m a big fan of the writer Paulo Coelho. He wrote his book “The Pilgrimage” about his experience on the Camino. The full walk is 780 kilometers and while there are many routes, the traditional one crosses northern Spain ending at the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried here. People walk the Camino de Santiago for a variety of reasons…

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    SUP Yoga in Greece!

    Q: What is SUP Yoga? A: SUP Yoga is doing yoga in the sea on a Stand Up Paddleboard. It’s like a regular yoga lesson, but your mat is a SUP Board, and your studio is the sea. Stand Up Paddleboarding has been practiced in Hawaii since the 1940s and started getting popular worldwide in the last 20 years. And SUP Yoga has been gaining popularity over the last 10 years.   Q: How did you start doing SUP Yoga? A: I’m from the San Francisco Bay area in California and had been casually surfing there for about 10 years before moving to Greece. My favorite surfboard was a 9’6”…

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    Is Kundalini Yoga Dangerous?

    For the Greek translation, go here. Για την ελληνική μετάφραση, μετακινηθείτε εδώ.   Is Kundalini Yoga dangerous? I was just at the Kundalini Yoga festival in Athens this month, and another teacher mentioned an Athens yoga studio was hesitant to add Kundalini Yoga because they were concerned it might be dangerous. A Greek Orthodox priest I meet with asked the same thing when I mentioned I teach Kundalini Yoga. “Isn’t that dangerous?” This question comes up again and again because there’s a lot of misinformation out there about the potential dangers of Kundalini Yoga.   At the core of this misunderstanding is confusion between kundalini energy and Kundalini Yoga.  …

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    And Then We Just Move On… (excerpt from The Nine Keys)

      This is an excerpt from “The Nine Keys” Amelia, Enthusiast (7) married in a 26-year relationship with Jan, Loyalist (6)   “My husband is hilarious and playful with a razor-sharp and millisecond-quick wit. I love that he makes me laugh almost every day and that he is a good and solid man. He is  extremely loyal, dependable and thoughtful. He brings wisdom; I can come to him with a problem, and his insights are wonderful. He models hospitality and generosity, which are not effortless or easy for me. He helps keep me grounded and reigns me in when I start getting too scattered with my many activities and projects.…

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    What is White Tantric Yoga?

    For the Greek translation, scroll down. Για την ελληνική μετάφραση, μετακινηθείτε προς τα κάτω. White tantric yoga is one of the most powerful methods for breaking subconscious blocks (thoughts and thought patterns that hold you back). This yoga form clears up all elements of the subconscious mind so that the actions are based on a clear mind that understands itself.  A person achieves a personal freedom and awareness and thus experiences success.   White tantric yoga was founded by Yogi Bhajan based on the belief that people should be able lead a happy life regardless of the many thoughts and emotions that occur to us throughout the day. Yogi Bhajan…