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News from the Centre – August 2019

Everyone is God speaking. Why not be polite and listen to him? ~ Hafiz Dear friends, ACYR is happening now! Today is the first day of our 45th consecutive Annual Community Yoga Retreat! The theme of this year’s retreat is Celebrating the Teacher, Finding the Teacher within. We look forward to seeing many of you here […]

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Stand in the world bravely 

This is life. It includes pleasure, pain, good, bad, happiness, depression. There can’t be day without night. So don’t expect that you or anyone will always be happy. Stand in the world bravely and face good and bad equally. Life is for that. It takes effort and practice to accept all the faces of life. […]

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Making Space for Miracles

Interview with Alex Smith by Courtenay Cullen I’m sitting with Alex in the Nature Conservancy, in the fading golden light of a summer’s evening, at his favourite bench. He spends many quiet evenings at this place, and we all know he can often be found here after dinner, in quiet contemplation. I tell him it […]

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News from the Centre – July 2019

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. ~ Lao Tsu Dear friends, Happy Canada Day on July 1st and happy Independence Day on July 4th to our American friends. It’s a celebratory time – and it can be a busy time. If you’re planning to travel on those weekends, be prepared […]

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Guru Purnima – Honouring the Teacher

Guru Purnima is an opportunity to honour and celebrate all spiritual teachers. At the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga this is especially a time to honour Babaji and the many gifts and blessings he has given through his teachings, spiritual practices, and the inspiring example of his own life.  We have many teachers throughout our […]

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A Winter of Loss, and a Spring of Finding

The night before Babaji left his body was the first time I was ever an offerer during a yajna. It felt special, and important, because we all knew that it could be any time that he passed. My heart reached out of my chest toward his beloved, lifelong students who were present – Sharada, Kaplana, […]

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My Journey Inward

Who am I and how did I get here? These questions are always percolating with different answers arising in me all the time. My easy answer today is I am nothing and I am everything, and I got here by being here. Let’s see, there might be more to it than that.  Over fifteen years […]

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News from the Centre – June 2019

Accept yourself, accept others and accept the world. You will see everything is full of love and love is God. ~ Baba Hari Dass Dear friends, Salt Spring Island is beautiful and green, the garden is growing, and the centre community is in its expansive mode. This month we welcome a new group of karma […]

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Mistaken Identity

Who do you think you are? What are your ideas about who you are? You can probably think of many ways to answer that question, based on your age, gender,  education, profession , relationship status, religion, beliefs, etc. But who are you really? What happens if someone says something to you that you hear as […]

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Summer Stories and Satsang

I can perfectly recall the feeling I had when I found the Salt Spring Centre online. It was as though someone had slapped a neon sign on the screen in front of me, blinking “Hey you – this is the place! You MUST come.” I was sitting at the kitchen table of our tiny little […]

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Fish Pose/Matsyasana

Fish Pose is a beautiful, soothing backbend pose, starting from reclining position.  It can be done with a bolster, or a folded blanket, as a calming restorative pose.  It is a pose that can help to refresh and renew your Mind-Heart-Body-Spirit interconnection.  Fish Pose is one of my favourite Yoga postures because of its many […]

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News from the Centre – May 2019

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. ~ A. A. Milne Dear friends, We’re happy to welcome you to life at the centre in the lovely month of May. The sun is shining and the sky is blue – although by the […]

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Hanumān Jayantī

by Yogeshwar Humphrey On Thursday, April 18th a small group of intrepid Hanumān bhaktas gathered at the Centre to celebrate Hanumān Jayantī, or Hanumān’s birthday. The date traditionally falls on the full moon of the lunar month of Chaitra in the Vedic calendar, which usually winds up being sometime between late March and late April […]

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Recipes From the Centre Kitchen’s Archives

Periodically we like to share some of our popular recipes from both of the centre’s books: Salt Spring Island Cooking, published in 1989 and The Salt Spring Experience, published in 2001. Today’s focus is on sweet treats. I hope you enjoy them Janis’ Sour Cream Blackberry Pie Delicious made with either fresh or frozen blackberries. […]

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