Monthly Archives: February 2013

Creativity and Your Chakras

Gazing at a piece of artwork on the wall, my friend self deprecatingly commented, “I’m not very creative.” Her statement surprised me, as I’d always thought of her as a highly creative person. So often people put the word “creativity” … Continue reading

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Concentration and Purification of the Mind

December 2012: Eight-hour Christmas meditation at Ananda Village. After 4 hours of meditation, I was inspired to recite mentally the Gayatri mantra. The Gayatri mantra is considered to be the most sacred mantra of the Vedas. It is chanted as … Continue reading

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Music as a Healing Power

In 2012 I went to visit my mother in Israel. She lives in a big city—Tel Aviv. I took my iPod with Swami Kriyananda’s music and talks. After a week in the city, I felt depleted. Living in the quietness … Continue reading

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Update on Ananda Yoga Therapist Training

Important: If you’re thinking of becoming an Ananda Yoga Therapist, we recommend that you enroll in the program by December, 2013. Why this year? Read on. Our Ananda Yoga Therapy Training is continuing to grow dynamically. We now have about … Continue reading

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Level 2 Meditation Teacher Training

As I’ve worked with meditation teachers over the years, I’ve listened closely in order to understand what tools they realize they need, now that they’re out in the field teaching. Over and over, I’ve heard that they need additional meditation-related … Continue reading

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Level 1 AYTT Changes

Here is a summary of what’s brand new in Level 1 Ananda Yoga Teacher Training for 2013:   Asanas We wanted to inject more variety into the selection of asanas. We already had 31 asanas and didn’t think that trainees … Continue reading

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Ananda Yoga Goes to the Movies

By now you may have heard about the Ananda movie, “Finding Happiness.” Filming concluded in October 2012, and post-production is nearly complete. Those who have seen the “director’s cut” say that it’s fabulous. The grand premiere is at Ananda Village … Continue reading

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Playing the Pauses

Arthur Schnabel, the famous pianist, once said: “The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes — ah, that is where the art resides.” It’s the same in Hatha Yoga: Sure, you want to … Continue reading

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