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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 […]


Changing the Angle of the Mind

This is a test. You’ve been stuck at home for three months. You haven’t been able to go out to concerts, to the pool or to the mall (depending on where you live). You can’t travel, and you can’t visit a friend who’s in the hospital. When you do go out, you wear a mask […]


A Conversation with Amita

DISCLAIMER: The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga has no official political affiliations. The views expressed in the interview below are those of the author. The aim here is simply to inform our readership of something amazing that a longtime member of the Centre community is up to. There’s nothing like a conversation with an astrophysicist […]



A message to the community

Dear community: We write to express our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, and to acknowledge the harm that black, indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) experience in our country as a result of systemic racism. This occurs at the hands of police and government officials, but also through our social structures, which prioritize […]