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News from the Centre – September 2019

When real love is understood, the heart will open like a lotus when the sun rises. Let love develop inside your heart. The purer the heart becomes, the more love will come out, and one day you and love will become one. ~ Baba Hari Dass Dear friends, What a summer it’s been! I hope […]


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Staying centred in the midst of life’s turmoil

We are all familiar with stress in its many manifestations. Why do we get so caught up in the drama of life and in our habitual reactions? Sometimes life seems to flow along smoothly, and we are calm, open, loving. Then something happens – and boom – we’re right back into our old patterns, even […]


Gratitude

Over 23 years ago I discovered the centre. During those years of being a visiting student on the land Babaji was the pivotal focus of all activities and learning. Many of us would follow him around while he instructed and/or built the beautiful rock walls and temples. Babies, children and adults would gather around him […]


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 […]


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. […]


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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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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]