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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 […]


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: […]


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 […]


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, […]