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News from the Centre – October 2020

Dear friends, As we begin October, the month of Canadian Thanksgiving and other festivals of thanksgiving, we continue to send our heartfelt love and prayers to all those dealing with the destruction caused by wildfires and other extreme weather events, the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing hardships, and the struggles of […]


Kindness and Understanding

This is life. It includes pleasure, pain, good, bad, happiness and depression.  There can’t be day without night. So don’t expect that you or anyone else will always be happy and that nothing will go wrong. Stand in the world bravely and face good and bad equally. Life is for that.  There are external circumstances […]



News from the Centre – September 2020

When the heart gets softer by being closer to God, one begins to feel love everywhere. Animals, trees, plants, people, and a blade of grass all shower love.  ~ Baba Hari Dass Hello everyone, Summer has sped by, and suddenly it’s September.  Although it’s not officially autumn yet, kids are back in school and there’s […]


How to Live

from The Yellow Book, the sayings of Baba Hari Dass When a student asked Babaji a question about the right way to live, he said by lessening our demand, adding that demand increases desires and desire makes demand, which creates dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction makes pain. I don’t say cut your demands altogether. There are some essential […]


Gifts from the Chalkboard

“Mind creates the outer world. You can create a miserable, frightening world, or you can create a peaceful, blissful world.You have to understand the value of human life, the aim of life, and then work on yourself.” ~ Babaji My spiritual journey actually began long before I met Babaji. When I was about 8 years […]


News from the Centre – August 2020

Peace in the mind, love and compassion in the heart bring the scattered world into one reality. ~ Baba Hari Dass Dear friends, It’s Annual Community Yoga Retreat time, the first online version. If you’ve registered, I’ll see you there. If you missed the registration deadline, you can still watch the evening programs on Saturday and […]


Celebrating Life

It’s so easy to complain about life; it doesn’t take any effort at all.  There’s always something we’re critical of, irritated by, angry about. Even if things are generally going pretty well, we can usually find something. Why do we focus on what’s wrong? It turns out we humans have a predilection for negativity. The […]


A Great Project

Written by Maya and Piet Suess As the birds began to chirp at 4:07 am on June 22nd of this year, with his sons Piet and Max at his side, our dad Marc Alan Mendle Satyanand Dancing Bear Suess took his last breath. It was the end of 73 eventful years in this realm. He […]


News from the Centre – July 2020

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bra,La-la, how the life goes on.  ~ The Beatles Dear friends, I hope you are well and that you’re enjoying the summer weather (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere which is moving toward winter). Life at the Centre continues to be quiet, as it will be for many months yet. […]


Changing the Angle of the Mind

This is a test. You’ve been stuck at home for three months. You haven’t been able to go out to concerts, to the pool or to the mall (depending on where you live). You can’t travel, and you can’t visit a friend who’s in the hospital. When you do go out, you wear a mask […]


A Conversation with Amita

DISCLAIMER: The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga has no official political affiliations. The views expressed in the interview below are those of the author. The aim here is simply to inform our readership of something amazing that a longtime member of the Centre community is up to. There’s nothing like a conversation with an astrophysicist […]


News from the Centre – June 2020

If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart Dear friends, I hope you are all doing well, and finding ways to stay connected and enjoy the beauty of nature during these Covid times. Those of us here in Canada, and especially in British Columbia, are […]


Usha

Staying home, staying safe with Usha

How has this coronavirus affected your life?  Firstly – not very much change because I have been living contentedly in unintended self-isolation! But the new coronavirus has affected my life in that others have reached out to offer me help, which I have been delighted to accept and revel in. I have become intensely aware […]


Mathew Bentley’s story

Here I am, programs coordinator at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga during COVID-19. What a bizarre time to be at the Centre; well, what a bizarre time to be anywhere right now. My wife, Kris Cox, and I came back to the centre at the very beginning of February this year, not knowing what […]


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