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The Dance of Being and Becoming

In the yogic traditions we often talk about duality and how we experience the world through this construct. We experience me and you, us and them, inner and outer, light and dark. We experience cold and hot, feminine and masculine, moon and sun, yin and yang. This is the dance of...

How does the physical body relate to the soul?

The soul is perfect, pristine and radiant. It is that which never changes. It is the purity of the Self, of the jiva atman. But the soul gets covered over with the detritus of living and we often find ourselves struggling to connect to our innate power and beauty. And the souls e...

Six Steps of Applying the Practice of Meditation

It wasn’t until I started practicing at Kashi that I began to understand how yoga impacts my professional work as a journalist and writer. The lightbulb moment was learning meditation and the “juiciness” (as Swami Jaya Devi calls it) that rises when we sit still in body and...

6 Tips for Incorporating Silence into Your Teaching

As you plan your yoga classes think about allowing time for silence and let students experience stillness and quiet. Silence is a basic tenet of a traditional savasana and restorative yoga. Before sound, there is silence. (In fact, there is a whole school of thought around inaudi...

The Thief of Joy: What Teddy Roosevelt Taught Me About My Worth

Long long ago, in 2012, I directed a play that celebrated and critiqued the lives and legacies of the all of the Presidents of the USA.  44 Plays for 44 Presidents, written by Chicago’s beloved Neo-Futurists, was always intended to educate and entertain me but I’m not sure i...

We are changing the way we serve our homeless friends!

The way we are delivering food to our homeless friends in Atlanta through our StreetMeals program is changing. Because the Peachtree and Pine Homeless Shelter is closing, we have partnered with SafeHouse Outreach (SHO), an Atlanta based nonprofit organization that provides p...

A visit from Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal is traveling the US this summer to capture the culture and passion of yoga today. The team stopped by our ashram last week to take Swami Jaya Devi’s yoga class and did an interview with her and one of out Classical Yoga Teacher Training grads, Jaya Dasi (Chelse...

The Mystical Force of Grace

There is a mystical love force that some call shakti, some call the essence of the universe and some call the Mother. But this presence, this sacred dance of energy is also known as grace. The grace of being fully alive and using this lifetime to grow and heal and serve like neve...