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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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Road to Mount Madonna, part 1

The Decision or How I Got Here I met Babaji in Ontario at a retreat in 2001. At the retreat I practiced karma yoga, learned about Sri Ram ashram, attended a fire yajna and got woken up by the angelic sounds of pad kirtan. Mount Madonna Center and The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga sounded […]


News from the Centre – April 2021

Dear friends, It is officially spring! The frogs in the pond are singing again and the daffodils are in full bloom, as are the skunk cabbages and nettles. Easter and Passover are both happening this month. This is a time of renewal and freedom in the cycle of life. Whatever you celebrate, loving wishes for […]


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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 […]


News from the Centre – March 2021

Work honestly, meditate every day, meet people without fear, and PLAY. ~ Baba Hari Dass Dear friends,  Last month I wrote that the robins were spreading the word that spring is just around the corner. That is true, but first there was time for a February winter snow storm. Here are some Valentine photos taken […]


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, […]


News from the Centre – January 2021

Faith, devotion, and right thinking are the foundation of spirituality. Contentment, compassion, and tolerance are the walls. When you have built this room for yourself, you are safe and in peace. God is already within you. ~ Baba Hari Dass Hello everyone and Happy New Year, Well, we’ve made it through 2020! While I don’t […]


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 […]


News from the Centre – December 2020

Peace in the mind, love and compassion in the heart bring the scattered world into one reality.  ~ Baba Hari Dass  Dear friends, I hope you are all well, and that you’re able to celebrate the seasonal holidays, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, or anything else you celebrate, even if you can’t get together with your family […]