Monthly Archives: June 2015

Stay Youthful with Yogic Principles

DAYAVATI There are many healthy lifestyle choices that can help one age gracefully. The one I have practiced consistently for over forty years is Hatha yoga. In the last 25 years I have also included the Energization Exercises developed by … Continue reading

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How to Handle Spiritual Tests

People often talk about the strength that comes through spiritual tests. But the questions I have are: Who exactly is administering these tests? Who will be grading my test paper? And, what happens if I flunk! From my own experiences, … Continue reading

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A Restorative Yoga Pose for the Summer

 Supported Bridge Pose “I offer every thought as a bridge to divine grace.” This pose will give you an experience of slowing, cooling, and introspection. It is an antidote for living in an age, which manipulates our brains and nervous systems … Continue reading

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Lessons in Humility and Courage

In his book, The Holy Science, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Paramhansa Yogananda’s guru, writes that fear is one of the eight meannesses of the heart and a serious obstacle to progress on the spiritual path. Overcoming fears of any kind always … Continue reading

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What Is Spiritual Surrender?

In the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, spiritual surrender means self-offering of one’s will to God. It is not passive. It is an active surrender to the will of God. How does one do it? Swami Kriyananda said that only by … Continue reading

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No Need for Wax

  A short story about learning to meditate I was eleven years old, and my brother Jonah was thirteen when our family started attending Sunday Services at a meditation chapel based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Though we didn’t … Continue reading

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Come As You Are

There is a small, hand-painted sign in the dining room at The Expanding Light Retreat that says: “The Guest is God.” Those of you who have been here and seen that sweet little sign have probably been struck in some … Continue reading

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My Healing Experience with Ananda Yoga Therapy

I recently discovered the enormous power of Ananda Yoga Therapy to change consciousness (specifically, my consciousness!). For almost a year, I had been dealing with chronic pain in my neck and upper back. When one day my chiropractor said with … Continue reading

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