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News from the Centre – August 2021

RETREAT TIME! Break the net of your attachments & be free; Reaffirming the strong Connections of our Community “The silkworm makes a net to imprison itself. In the same way a person makes a net of attachments, desires, and possessiveness, and sits inside that net in pain and depression. As long as this net is […]


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 […]


Bhudrāsana Mountain Pose/ Scriptural or Cultural Pose

aka Adho Mukha Śhvānāsana, Downward Facing Dogby Kathryn Kusyszyn This is a standing forward bend, half inversion and balance pose.  I love this pose and practice it every day. As one of my teachers says “Another day, another dog pose.”  This pose is used as a type of transition pose and a type of eraser, […]


Jai Sita Ram! Jai Hanuman! Ramayana 1982-1999

You may have seen one of the Ramayana productions on Salt Spring over the years, or possibly one of the most recent Ramayana revivals in the Pond Dome at the Centre in 2014, 2015 or 2016. You may also have seen one of the spectacular Ramayana productions done by Mount Madonna School. The play is […]


News from the Centre – July 2021

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”― Anais Nin  Happy belated summer solstice, friends. As society at large begins to open up through the easing of pandemic restrictions, the expansive spiral of summertime energy seems to want to help […]


Meet Sarah Kemmers – our new Executive Director!

Read on to learn some of Sarah’s history, her vision for the future, and her first impressions upon landing at the Centre – in her own words.   I first stepped upon the Centre land in May of 2016 on a visit to a dear friend who was residing here. After only a few days, […]


Babaji

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 […]


Cultivating Balance

by Marion Nair Cultivating balance started for me at the age of seven, when my parents put me on a gymnastics team, and has been central to my life since then. After 12 years of gymnastics practice on a competitive team, I pursued maintaining balance through practicing slackline, rock climbing, yoga and Ayurveda. I moved […]


News from the Centre – June 2021

“You are your own little plant. Water yourself. Speak kindly to yourself. Flower.” From The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Dear friends, As we continue to bask in the fecundity of the season in our own little corners of the world, may the growth from spring into summer lift the corners of our mouths and bring sparkles […]


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 […]


The Road to Mount Madonna, Part 2

Babaji on teaching: “What are the most important elements of being a good teacher?”“Teach to learn. Don’t become a teacher to show your power.” “Are there specific skills that are important in teaching?”.“Compassion, self-less service, love and kindness.” For Part 1 of this story describing my experience with Module 1 of the 300 hour yoga teacher […]


News from the Centre – May 2021

Q-How should we show love to others?A-If you have love inside, it will spread everywhere. Love can’t be made and shown if there is no love inside our heart. If there is love inside us we don’t need to show it. It will reflect by itself around us and will light the hearts of others.~ […]


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 […]