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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 […]


Living a small, peaceful life

Though the term derives from the Buddhist tradition, right livelihood has evolved to refer more broadly to any meaningful, fulfilling work that makes a positive contribution to the world and expresses a compassionate or sacred intent. For some people, right livelihood takes the form of a career devoted to social change, ethical business practices, and […]


My Spiritual Journey – Anandi Heather Best

As I begin to write this I have the strong impression that I am not sure where one lifetime starts and another ends. We draw the line with a particular mind/body complex but I can see influence from previous bodies – be it genetic, family history, déjà vu type – but mostly just a sense […]


This Whole Vast Family

Dan Jason in conversation with Mahavir When I arrived at the centre, I was blessed to be able to serve with Dan Jason.  He was among my first few mentors in the life of the center, and a true living example of the power of selfless service. There are stories of Babaji teaching the importance […]


Asana: Anjaneyasana or Kneeling Lunge

An Antidote to Prolonged Sitting: Anjaneyasana or Kneeling Lunge Inevitably, my asana practice and teaching have evolved over time. These days I find I use individual yoga postures as a centre point to move in and out of, and around, a shape, in as many novel ways as possible. Anjaneyasana,or kneeling lunge, is one of […]


News from the Centre – September 2020

When the heart gets softer by being closer to God, one begins to feel love everywhere. Animals, trees, plants, people, and a blade of grass all shower love.  ~ Baba Hari Dass Hello everyone, Summer has sped by, and suddenly it’s September.  Although it’s not officially autumn yet, kids are back in school and there’s […]


Gifts from the Chalkboard

“Mind creates the outer world. You can create a miserable, frightening world, or you can create a peaceful, blissful world.You have to understand the value of human life, the aim of life, and then work on yourself.” ~ Babaji My spiritual journey actually began long before I met Babaji. When I was about 8 years […]


News from the Centre – August 2020

Peace in the mind, love and compassion in the heart bring the scattered world into one reality. ~ Baba Hari Dass Dear friends, It’s Annual Community Yoga Retreat time, the first online version. If you’ve registered, I’ll see you there. If you missed the registration deadline, you can still watch the evening programs on Saturday and […]


Connecting While Apart: The Home Yoga Retreat

It’s hard to know what to expect from an online yoga retreat. As a person who has lived and worked for some time here at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, I know the special energy, or container, that is created when like-minded spirits come together to connect and practice in earnest. It’s a kind […]