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Yoga, Forgiveness & Ego

by Tracy Chetna Boyd “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” One thing I can say with a high degree of certainty, is that human beings are complicated. The pairs of opposites are alive and well in each of us. Yoga tells us the sensory world is characterized […]


Practices for Challenging Times

by Tanya Gita Roberts As I sit down to write out some musings for this month’s newsletter, I am filled with immense gratitude for this community and our beloved teacher, Baba Hari Dass. Many of you attended the online ACYR this year. This sweet event still inspires me weeks later. I am so grateful for […]


Coexistence

As a long-time nature lover and organic farmer, I can almost always be found a mere walk or a bike ride away from forests or protected areas that foster biodiversity. While working in the garden at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga for the past few years, I was surrounded by wooded areas which were […]


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Developing Positive Qualities

Shakespeare said, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” We may understand this as an intellectual concept, but it’s not how we usually live our lives. We have some very strong preferences (in itself not a problem), but when we react when something doesn’t go as we want – with […]


What’s love got to do with it?

What’s love got to do with it?” Tina Turner As I am sitting down to write about how upset I am this week upon hearing more people of colour being killed at the hands of the police, I have Tina Turner’s song “What’s love got to do with it” rolling around in my head. I […]


Yog’s Story

One time, I heard someone ask Babaji about the details of his past. He wrote, “I live in a room with two doors: come in and go out.” Who can say for sure what Babaji, himself a living poem, meant by that? I will try, God help me. The room is the present moment. Through […]


Letting go

Babaji teaches that surrender means letting go of our identification of being the doer –  Thy will, not mine. This is what is meant by Ishwarapranidhana, the last of the yamas and niyamas. It’s the final letting go. While we may hold surrender to God as an intention, as long as we’re still identifying as […]


Back to the Garden

by Mahāvīr I spent many weeks this winter marvelling at the beauty of the land in its quieter season.  The grasses, flattened by cold and snow, and the trees, barren of leaves, leave the contours of the land to plain viewing, and they carry a magic that whispers of adventures to come.  And so the […]


It’s not what’s happening – it’s how you respond

Babaji has written, “Accepting the present is happiness.” Although we may understand  this on some level,  some of the time, very often we want things to be different from how they are right now. If it’s unpleasant, we want it to stop or go away; if it’s pleasant, we want more of it or we […]


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Connection from a Distance

While we’re still in the midst of Covid restrictions, we continue to sing, study and practice online by zoom. There are weekly Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita study opportunities as well as morning meditation offered by the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, the Vancouver satsang, and Mount Madonna Center. These classes have brought the extended […]


Accepting our Limitations

We human beings like to think we can control what happens in our  lives, yet there is so much that is not in our control.  Each of us comes into the world with certain tendencies. We can’t change our height, our body type, the colour of our skin, our age or the family patterns we […]


Turning towards the light

by Broderick Rodell PhD, ND, E-RYT Within each us we have the potential for darkness and light, and we have the choice to pursue either. If we choose to turn towards light, we will realize that it is an ongoing, never-ending process so long as we are embodied beings on this planet.  Darkness represents ignorance, […]


The Wilderness Without, and Within

By Courtenay Cullen There is a remembering that happens outside. “Outside.” Even the word is designed from the perspective of an “inside” being. That being “in” is somehow our natural place, and being on the “outer” side of “in” is somehow the atypical state. That somehow we have always been sitting at the window, looking […]


Ode To Theota Sudha Soleil

by Greta Chandrika Happy birthday to my dear friend afarLike sisters we were and sisters we still areYour quick wit and laughter and very keen mindAlways so gentle, always so kind You liked to sing with your lovely voiceSongs of kirtan and you would rejoiceIn the spiritual oneness of all creationAnd the blessed event of […]


Unpacking Aparigraha

The practice of non-possessiveness on all levels including thoughts and deeds.  I am the queen of downsizing in our family. I actually need to downsize, declutter, get rid of things. It seems to calm my mind which quite frankly, needs all the help it can get. As a visual artist, when surrounded by excess clutter for […]