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Relaxing into Life

We all want to be happy, yet things don’t always go the way we want. In fact sometimes life is downright difficult. We struggle through the hard times, and even though we enjoy good times, difficult ones keep showing up—and we don’t like them! Even a worry that arises in the mind about something upsetting […]

Kris Cox’s Centre Story

Although I like to say that I manifested being at the Centre and I chose to stay a year longer than originally planned, there was so much resistance and defiance on my part that it’s a wonder to me that I came to look back at those years as life-changing, and one of the most […]

News from the Centre – September 2017

Hello everyone, Welcome, September! August was a month of shifting energies on a number of levels. Fires in northern and eastern parts of BC (and further east) affected many people, casting a pall of smoke over much of the province, affecting everyone, particularly those with breathing difficulties. We continue to send our prayers to those […]

News from the Centre – March 2017

Hello everyone, Spring officially begins later this month. Meanwhile, these photos give you a snapshot of our snowy-rainy February and the wet not-quite-spring at the Centre. Here’s what’s been going on behind the scenes at the Centre. Along with ongoing daily tasks and Wednesday work parties, a lot is being accomplished. Milo continues to work […]

News from the Centre – February 2017

Hello everyone, I hope your winter, wherever you are, is going well. Here on Salt Spring Island, we have had some warmish days, a reminder that spring is around the corner, but it’s not quite here yet. As mentioned in last month’s update, projects are getting done while it’s still quiet here, and the program […]

News from the Centre: November 2016

Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that – it lights the whole sky. -Hafiz Hello everyone, Greetings from beautiful, wet Salt Spring Island. Although rain and cooler weather have set in, it doesn’t deter the hard-working farm team. While […]

The De-Stress Button: Health is Just a Breath Away

We all have this amazing gift that we carry with us everywhere we go: a tool that enables us to burst into a fast sprint if we come across a bear in the bush, or to instill a sense of calm, clarity, and increased immunity within us. This gift is our breath. In ancient yogic […]

News from the Centre – October 2016

Autumn Day Lord: it is time. The summer was generous. Lay your shadows onto the sundials and let loose the winds upon the fields. Command the last fruits to be full, give them yet two more southern days, urge them to perfection, and chase the last sweetness into the heavy wine. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke […]

Stay Cool, Calm and Hydrated this Summer

During the summer season the qualities of ‘pitta dosha,’ which are hot, light and dry, are clearly obvious in the weather. The sun shines more often; the hours of daylight are longer; the earth dries out more quickly. No matter which dosha is predominant in our nature, we all notice the increase of these pitta […]

News from the Centre – May 2016

Yes – the springtimes needed you. Often a star was waiting for you to notice it. A wave rolled toward you out of the distant past, or as you walked under an open window, a violin yielded itself to your hearing. All this was mission. -Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies, translated by Stephen Mitchell Greetings […]

Our Centre Community: Aaron Redford

I was born in Prince George B.C. and spent most of my life living in the Peace River area. My fondest childhood memories are of the year or so that I spent living with my grandparents at a small truck stop/trailer park in Burns Lake, British Columbia. My father has 3 brothers and 4 sisters, […]

half moon pose

Asana of the Month: Half Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana Ardha: means half, Chandra: means moon Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon) pose helps improve balance and strength. It works on stretching the hamstring muscles as well as the front of the thighs, and it increases opening of the hip joints. THE POSE Half Moon is usually sequenced somewhere in the middle of a standing pose […]

Shiva Ratri 2016

Shiva Ratri 2016 Monday, March 7 – Tuesday, March 8, Lingam ceremony begins Monday, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Evening celebration begins Monday, 6:30 pm – Tuesday, 7:00 am Join us at the Centre for an all-night vigil of chanting and prayer. Shiva Ratri is an opportunity to affirm your deepest sense of presence. Your […]

Book review: Myths of the Asana

Myths of the Asanas The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition Written by Alanna Kaivalya and Arjuna van der Kooij Book review by Kenzie Pattillo “Yogic myth has a genius to clothe the infinite in human form.” Eknath Easwaran The authors of ‘Myths of the Asanas’, Alanna Kaivalya and Arjuna van der Kooij, […]

News from the Centre, January 2016

Happy 2016, everyone – another new beginning, another opportunity to re-dedicate our lives to what matters most. So many major world events have happened in this past year, life continues to unfold, and here we are. Currently many people in our satsang family, including most of the Centre resident community, are at Mount Madonna Centre, […]