Ode to Mother: RishiCulture Yoga Magazine
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In honour of Ammaji’s Bheemaratha Shanthi (pages 32-35), we dedicate this issue to Mother. I know that she would prefer to have all attention given to Swamiji, but for this … Read More

Under Her Wings
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“What past merits we must have earned to have landed into Ammaji’s nest.” During the time of training her young ones to fly, the mother-eagle nudges the eaglets out of … Read More

Krishna: RishiCulture Yoga Magazine
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This edition of the RishiCulture Yoga Magazine has received the most individual submissions to date!  Sincere thanks to all contributors. This issue is packed with the theme of Krishna: poems, … Read More

Thought or Intuition?
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The power of thought and the mind. ‘You think, therefore you are!” “You only accept the amount of love you think you deserve.’ “It is the nature of thought to … Read More

Trimurti, The Power of Three: RishiCulture Yoga Magazine
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This edition of the RishiCulture Yoga Magazine is the best one yet!  Sincere thanks to all contributors. This issue is packed with the theme of ‘three’.  Over 60 concepts are … Read More

My Top Three Yoga iPad Apps
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Pranayama by Saagara Amma would probably say that this app is an unnecessary prop, but I have found that on those days that I am not motivated to practice Pranayama … Read More

The Loreto
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My Last Day Regan left early in the morning to catch her flight back to Canada.  I had one extra day before leaving for Nairobi and it was a gorgeous … Read More

Český Krumlov and the Dancing Building
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A worthy assessment of the area by both domestic and foreign experts resulted in the acquisition of historic monument preservation status. In 1963, the town was declared a Municipal Preserve, … Read More

Not a Palace but a Palatial Collection and the Image Black Light Theatre
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This morning we went to a local cafe for breakfast.  Nice cheap food where the locals hang out.  Across the street was this church and market.  Regan loves markets as … Read More

Wencenles, King and Saint
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Wenceslas was considered a martyr and a saint immediately after his death, in Bohemia and in England.  Within a few decades of Wenceslas’s death four biographies of him were in … Read More

Medieval Night of Fun
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The evening at the restored Medieval Tavern was very entertaining.  I loved the music, especially the drummers and the ambiance was perfect. Most of the places in Old Town seem … Read More

Strahov Monastery
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Main Gate The main entrance is decorated with a Baroque gateway from the 18th century, holding a statue of St. Norbert. A statue of the same Saint is situated on … Read More

Ghost and Legends Tour in Prague
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This evening we went on a ‘Ghost and Legends Tour’ of Old Town.  We heard stories about alchemy, murder, curses, executions, the restless spirits still said to wander the narrow … Read More

Prague Old Town
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Old Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock Prague’s old Town Hall was built in 1364. The astronomical clock in the town hall’s tower is one of the city’s most popular … Read More

The Centre of the City: Charles Bridge and John Lennon Wall
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Charles Bridge is a 14th century stone bridge linking the two sides of Prague. This magnificent structure is one of the city’s finest attractions, and is the main pedestrian route … Read More

The Puppet Show: An Opera
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I discovered that Regan really loved puppets.  She really wanted to go see a puppet show.  We went to see ‘Don Giovanni’, the ‘opera of operas’ written by Mozart, at … Read More

A Day in Jewish Town
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Present at the establishment of the Jewish Museum in Prague in 1906 were the historian Dr. Hugo Lieben and Dr. Augustin Stein, the representative of the Czech Jewish movement and … Read More

Night at the Opera
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Our first day was spent figuring out the streetcar map and getting to Prague’s most famous site, the Castle.  The evening was spent at the Opera, a short walk from … Read More

Views from Prague Castle
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Prague Castle Square Castle Square was laid out in the Middle Ages right in front of Prague Castle.  A number of magnificent palaces from the 16th to the 18th century … Read More

Saint Vitus Cathedral
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St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest and the most important temple in Prague. Apart from religious services the coronations of Czech kings and queens also took place here. The cathedral … Read More

Prague Castle
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Prague Castle : Main Gate This glorious entrance gate is Rococo in style, from the period of the reign of the empress Maria Theresa. Above the main gateway, you can … Read More

Departure and First Day in Prague
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Departure, Nov. 23, 2012 I took the day off today.  I was up late preparing for the trip. This week has been hectic trying to get everything done at work … Read More

Shiva: RishiCulture Yoga Magazine
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Newsletter or Magazine?  Historically, this publication has been refered to as a newsletter but with the recent changes in its scope and design, is it still a newsletter or has … Read More

The Impact of Giving
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One of the organizations I support is Kiva.org.  It is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide … Read More

Saraswati: RishiCulture Yoga Magazine
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A while ago, Dr. Ananda suggested that the Gitananda Association Newsletter could be more international in scope.  This is our first attempt in that transition.  More changes are sure to … Read More

An Attempt at ‘Saving Face’
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Last year I had the opportunity to go to Kenya to work with our sister organization in Nairobi.  I was very excited because this was my first trip to the … Read More

Bamburi Beach Resort
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Bamburi Beach Resort is centrally located on the most lively stretch of Bamburi beach in Mombasa and is a nice destination to get away from the big city for a … Read More

Masai Tribal Village
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Like the Saburu, wealth is determined by how much cattle one owns.  The whole of tribal life evolves around cattle. Like the Samburu Tribal Village visit, there was dancing, singing, … Read More

On Safari in Masai Mara
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When I woke up this morning it was raining but it cleared up quickly.  We left at 7:30 am and didn’t return until 3pm.  I saw all the animals I … Read More

Masai Mara National Reserve and the Big Five
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Nakuru to the Mara National Reserve 365 km / 6 hours Early this morning, the birds were chirping, the sunlight was slowly moving over the acacia trees, and it was … Read More

Aberdare to Lake Nakuru
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Aberdare to Lake Nakuru, 200 km / 3 hours We arrived at Lake Nakaru Lodge in time for a late lunch but I opted to stay in my room instead, … Read More

Aberdare and Beautiful Bougainvilleas
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Samburu to Aberdare, 220 km / 3 hours After breakfast, we left Samburu and traveled south along the flanks of Mount Kenya to enter the Aberdare National Park.  I was … Read More

Views from the Ark in Aberdare
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The Ark Lodge This lodge uniquely resembles an actual Ark, having numerous balconies and lounges. These balconies and lounges provide superb views of animals visiting the salt-lick and waterhole. There … Read More

Samburu Tribal Village
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Later in the morning we went to a Samburu tribal village where I got a tour of how they live.  Purity (her English name) who speaks English very well, showed … Read More

First Lion Sighting in Samburu
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Samburu is a place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm fringed rivers.  Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the … Read More

The Samburu Special Five
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The Samburu National Reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare species.  Also referred to as the Samburu Special Five, the must-see animals are the Somali Ostrich, Gerenuk, … Read More

Nairobi to Samburu
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Nairobi to Samburu, 380 km / 5.5 hours Today is the first day of my vacation and the beginning of my safari adventure.  I am excited because I never thought … Read More

The National Museum of Kenya
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The National Museum of Kenya is famed worldwide for its unique discoveries on the origin of man.  The National Museum provides historical evidence that Kenya is the cradle of man, … Read More

Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi
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Ann and Finlay went to the Masai Market and came back with a painting and jewelry.  I did not go again, I am hoping to find one of the cloth … Read More

The IPAC Mission
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May 9th, 2011 to May 13th, 2011  The week flew by.  I met all of the Board Members, almost all were high level officials, Secretaries of State.  It was not … Read More

Arrival in Nairobi
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We left Toronto on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at 8 pm and arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 6 am. It was nice to stopover in … Read More

Semana Santa (Holy Week) Day 5
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This morning was a lazy morning as I only had class at 2pm. However my first task was going to the bank as I am out of money, and I … Read More

Semana Santa (Holy Week) Day 4
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After sleeping in and a leisurely breakfast, I sat in Central Park Square, people watching. I love watching the kids eat ice cream or mangoes on a stick. I love … Read More

Semana Santa (Holy Week) Day 3
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Disappointedly, the Maximon Tour didn´t happen. They couldn´t find my hotel, although I have Alex ocag´s business card with all the details, including the phone number. By the time I … Read More

Semana Santa (Holy Week) Day 2
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It is 7pm and I am knackered. It has been an exhilarating all be it full day. I got up at 4am to take a shower and wake me up. … Read More

Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Antigua, Guatemala (Day 1)
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I woke up early and packed all of my things before going out for the day. My first stop was a photo shop where I printed 99 photos from Copan, … Read More

Mayan Adventures
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Today is the last day of the tour.  I have been in Playa Del Carmen for the last two days.  Tomorrow I am taking the bus back to Cancun, then … Read More

Guatemala to Belize
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Friday, November 17, 2006 Today was another overcast and cool day.  It did not really matter because we left Flores to go to St. Ignacio, Belize.  The journey only took … Read More

Mayan Adventures
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The drugs worked!!  I didn´t get motion sickness yesterday.  The morning to the Guatemalan border is a bit fuzzy as the meds made me feel a bit drowsy.  The chicken … Read More

Mayan Adventure
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The Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza and Palenque were wonderful.  Our tour of Palenque included a hike in the jungle and you could see stone everywhere indicating that there are … Read More

Stresses and Traumas Experienced by Humanitarian Aid Volunteers and How Yoga Can Help
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I presented this paper at the 2nd International Seminar on Integral Yoga Psychology in Pondicherry in January 2005.  The event brought together scholars and practitioners from across the globe with … Read More

Traffic and Modes of Transport, India
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I tell the rickshaw driver where I want to go. After negotiating on a 20 rupee fee, he slaps the seat indicating for me to get in, after which he … Read More

Creepy Crawlies, Trivandrum, India
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It was my first night in Trivandrum, Kerala, at the International Center for Cultural Development. After an arduous 60 hour train journey from Delhi, I was anxious for a shower … Read More

From Agra to Jaipur, One Hell to Another
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Agra must be the filthiest city in India.  Exhaust fumes, garbage and open urinals are everywhere.  Yamuna River, which you can see from the Taj Mahal, is covered in green … Read More