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October Newsletter, 2021

Inhaling Deeply & Embracing the Dark “This is life. It includes pleasure, pain, good, bad, happiness, depression, etc. There can’t be day without night. So don’t expect that you or anyone else will alway be happy. Stand in the world bravely and face good and bad equally. Life is for that.” -Baba Hari Dass  Hello […]

Low and Slow for Fall

As the expansive heat and light of summer ebbs to chill golden, the Fall rhythms of family and work life resume in equal measure.  I imagine this transitional time like the opposing forces of a rising tide at a river’s mouth; there is an urge to dig in our feet and hold steady while also […]

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 […]

News from the Centre – September 2021

“Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift.” Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: […]

Stoking the Fire: Spice up your Autumn meals

Ayurveda places great emphasis on agni, the fire principle, which manifests in the body in overall warmth and in the power of digestion (physical, mental and emotional), as well as in our vision, in our blood and skin. When our digestive agni is strong and balanced, we feel energized and clear, light and centered. As […]

A Magical Weekend

The 47th Annual Community Yoga Retreat (ACYR) came to a close on August 8th this year after a magical weekend filled with as much connection, peace and play as Zoom could handle! 84 Adults and 7 kids registered and attended online, joining us from all over the world.  In Retreat Coordinator Anuradha’s words, “Once again, […]

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 […]

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 […]


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, […]


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 […]