Author Articles: Maitri Jones

Reconnect with your Divine Nature in Costa Rica

Yoganananda once said “There are so many things here in America that I wanted for my own impoverished country.  In time, however, I found that the people here are not so happy, on average, as the peasants in India – … Continue reading

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Ananda Yoga for Tall Posture and Bone Strength

When I first started doing yoga postures, I heard that Yoga would make you taller. Being about 5 foot 2 inches in height, I always liked the idea of growing taller. And although after many years as an Ananda Yoga … Continue reading

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Yoga and Epilepsy

During my early years of nurses’ training, I took a job on Saturday mornings piercing ears at a local department store. In the early 1980’s ear piercing was a new fad and stores wanted people with medical training doing the … Continue reading

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An Ayurvedic Retreat

A few years ago,  I made a very wise decision to travel to Southern India for an Ayurvedic Retreat in Kerala with Gyandev and Diksha McCord. Adjusting to the empty nest phase of life at that time, I felt it was … Continue reading

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Why I Follow a Vegetarian Diet

I have been following a vegetarian diet for most of my life. When I was a young child, my mother couldn’t get me to eat the meat she served. She was concerned that I wasn’t getting enough iron in my … Continue reading

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Exercising in a Calm, Yogic Way

I recently ran in a 6-mile race in Santa Cruz with my husband, daughter, and son-in-law.  I usually jog more than run, so I didn’t even try to keep up with my husband, who is a marathon runner. Luckily, my … Continue reading

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Ananda CPR

CPR is a term that as a nurse I know to mean Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, used as a life-saving emergency measure if someone’s heart stops beating. At Ananda we use those same initials as a reminder of what we need … Continue reading

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Youthful Energy

Whenever I lead Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, I use his prayer which ends with the words, “Oh, eternal youth of body and mind, abide within me forever and ever.”   As the years roll by,  I ponder more deeply what “eternal youth … Continue reading

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Ananda Yoga For Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

A research study at The Expanding Light that looked at the effects of a comprehensive, 4-month Ananda Yoga program was recently published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.  Twenty-four people with MS participated in an intensive Ananda Yoga training, … Continue reading

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