Author Articles: Badri Matlock

10 Tips for Yoga Teachers

These are principles we focus on at The Expanding Light Retreat and in our Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation for teaching yoga and training teachers. Practice what you teach. Always teach from your own experience and realized knowledge. Constantly … Continue reading

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Dharma and the Destruction of Suffering

Dharma, or right action, wrote Paramhansa Yogananda, “means those immutable principles which protect man permanently from the three-fold suffering of disease, unhappiness, and ignorance.” An embodiment of dharma himself, Yogananda explained: “Destruction of suffering involves the permanent elimination of all … Continue reading

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Why Are You Teaching?

As yoga teachers, it is wise to reflect on our passion to practice and share yoga. Practicing yoga, sharing yoga: the two are interdependent. None of us would be driven to teach if we didn’t find our own practice inspiring. … Continue reading

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Reflections on Peace

One bright summer afternoon, friends and I hiked and swam at the beautiful South Yuba River. It was a lively day at the river, with many other visitors happily calling to one another, swimming, splashing, and sunbathing nearby. After some … Continue reading

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Seclusion of the Heart

Seclusion—time to be in silence, going more deeply into your spiritual practices—is something most Ananda members try to practice annually. About a week ago, I enjoyed a five-day seclusion here at Ananda Village, where I practiced the traditional longer periods … Continue reading

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Remodel Your Life!

A couple of years ago we remodeled our house. A contractor friend and I enclosed two rooms, and converted a garage into a one-bedroom cottage. The project took a significant, steady flow of planning, effort, and of course more money … Continue reading

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The Outsider’s View

A good friend recently came to visit me here at Ananda Village. He is a spiritual seeker and world traveler, and returning to our community he made a remark that struck me. “I hope you leave here often enough that … Continue reading

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The Joy of Now

  This past week featured an annual highlight at Ananda and at The Expanding Light: Spiritual Renewal Week. A tradition established in the early years of Ananda by Swami Kriyananda, Spiritual Renewal Week (aka SRW) is packed with inspirational classes, … Continue reading

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Gita says…

    At The Expanding Light this week I am involved with an intensive spiritual study course, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita. In it, we explore the depth and application of the Bhagavad Gita, the most beloved and complete … Continue reading

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Portable Paradise

 Over the past several years I have been fortunate to find both home and family in a most unusual setting in spiritual community at Ananda Village. We tend not to think of things as being unusual here, but in fact … Continue reading

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