• Kundalini Yoga

    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…

  • Kundalini Yoga,  Wellness

    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…

  • Kundalini Yoga,  Wellness

    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.

  • 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…

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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…

  • Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece

    What Homeless Shelters and Refugee Camps Have Taught Me About Seva

    As originally published by 3HO. The word “seva” means selfless service, but when I reflect on it, I think I get as much out of my acts of seva as the people I’m serving. Some of my first volunteer positions were in homeless shelters in San Francisco, and today I volunteer to support the refugee population here in Greece. The benefits I’ve gained from seva are many and long ranging. I’ve included three below with the hope you might consider doing seva yourself.   1) My Comfort Zone Expanded When I graduated from Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in 2009, I didn’t feel like a “real” teacher so I started volunteer…

  • Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece,  Uncategorized

    I’ve Practiced Kundalini Yoga Daily For The Last 12 Years. Here’s What I’ve Learned…

    Updated: April 16, 2021 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 12 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 12 years (roughly 4,380 days), I’ve done Kundalini Yoga every day.   What’s a daily practice? A daily practice is different things for different people.…

  • Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece,  Wellness

    An Open Thank You to Snatam Kaur and all the Kundalini Yoga Musicians Worldwide

    Today I want to take an  opportunity to post an open thank you to Snatam Kaur and all the Kundalini Yoga musicians worldwide. Your music has made all the difference for me and many of the people I teach.   In November, I started teaching yoga at Skaramagas, one of the biggest refugee camps in Greece. I first got involved in the refugee situation back in 2015 when I went to Lesvos for a weekend. In 2016, I briefly taught at another refugee organization in Athens, but then I got busy writing my book, and since that time, I hadn’t been involved at all. Last fall, when I saw a…

  • Wellness

    I Went On The Ketogenic Diet For 30 Days. Here Is What I Learned..

    I’m on a lot of email lists relating to nutrition and wellness so over the last 12 months, I’ve been reading more and more about the Ketogenic (Keto) diet. But the catalyst that made me decide to try it was watching “The Broken Brain” series by the Dr. Mark Hyman. He talks about how the ketogenic diet is actually good for not just your body but your brain. I was intrigued so I decided to try it for myself to see what would happen.   What is the Ketogenic diet? The Keto diet is a very low carb, high fat diet that puts your body into a state of ketosis.…