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The Vedanta Society of Santa Barbara: A Serene Retreat

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In the 1950s, a religious order rooted in ancient Indian philosophies established a center in the hills of Montecito. Half a century later, the VEDANTA SOCIETY OF SANTA BARBARA Remains a serene retreat that embraces all faiths. SHANGRI-LA By Ann […]

Who Owns Yoga? Thoughts on an Endless Question

Who Owns Yoga? Thoughts on an endless question. By Leslie Hendry “No one owns Yoga,” said Sharath Rangaswamy, the grandson of the late Ashtanga Yoga guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Sharath paused comfortably, sanguinely sitting in lotus. He looked around […]

On Gratitude

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It starts in third grade, those formal lessons in mathematics: the counting of negative numbers. -1, -2, -3, and on and on and on. The counting of things that are not there. If you’re like me – which is to […]

For This I Am Grateful

Teaching Our Children Gratitude And Contentment The Sanskrit word santosha means contentment. Contentment is a slippery idea: If we say that we are not content, or feeling discontented, there are those who will look upon us as being ungrateful, or […]

Forest Bathing ? The Therapeutic Effect Of A Walk In The Woods

One can easily enough imagine a walk in the woods as peaceful and promoting a feeling of well-being. The Japanese, having acknowledged the therapeutic benefits of such time, even have a word for it – Shinrinyoku – forest bathing. Immersing […]

Your Whole Life Is A Vinyasa

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Practice Pages: Meditation When I started coming to Yoga Works in 1993, I’d already been practicing Yoga for close to ten years, but as an athletic pursuit thrust upon me by my hippie high school teachers. I could do most the […]

Science And The Sacred: Love, Happiness And Attachment

Was the Buddha the greatest psychologist of the last three thousand years, or was he over-reacting a little? Does true happiness lie in a methodical release of our attachments in order to achieve perfect liberation, or might this be a […]

The Awkward Journey Of A Tibetan Language Student

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I had made all the excuses I could think of to not learn Tibetan – I’m entering menopause and my hormones are erasing my memory; I don’t have time; I’ve never had a propensity for languages. (I took five years […]

Alert To Relationship

Sutra 83 From The Radiance Sutras, A New Translation Of The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra Lately I have been painfully aware that every relationship in my life calls for careful tending, and I am always blowing it. Not a huge amount, […]

Doors of Perception

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The Divine Power Of The Senses “I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it,” says Shug in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. God wants to “share a good […]

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