Teachings of Mother India

 

India trips

 

 

 
With a one-way ticket and a lot of trust, I traveled to India for the first time in 2007. I headed there alone, in pursuit of rock climbing and the mysterious world of Yoga. Before arriving, I had visions of Yoga in the Himalayas, spiritual enlightenment, delicious curries, and dancing Goddess Princesses. The life lessons and transformation that India offered (and continues to offer me) was beyond anything I could have dreamt of.Yoga in Rajasthan Jaislamer Desert

India is a country in which the distances between yin and yang are vast and colored with spice, infinite mystery, Bollywood hits, and pure potential. These wonderful and exciting extremes offer the possibility of deeply learning about one’s self and moving more fully into the center. As we learn to deeply meditate and flow in asana in India, this practice of meditation soon begins to move into all aspects of our daily life.

With presDesert Woman of Rajasthanence, we seamlessly move through chaos and silence with the grace of a butterfly’s wings. With centered observation of India’s extreme opposites, we may expand our world and move to places within ourselves never thought possible. Mother India shakes us up and then ever so sweetly puts us back together brighter, expanded, and happier.
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Rock Climbing to Tame the Monkey Mind

 

Chris Henson Rock Climbing

 

Monkey Rishikesh Yoga Retreat

 

For most people, when we say “meditation”, we think of sitting very still, in a quiet place, cross legged, with some sort of intention in clearing our mind and observing our thoughts.  Maybe we focus on the breath or chant OM or listen to some beautiful music. Although these are imperative and wonderful practices, it can be greatly challenging for many people to sit still and find any space between that seemingly never-ending stream of thoughts.

I have often experienced this frustration of “so many thoughts”… the monkey mind dancing all over the place. I sit to meditate and that little apelike creature starts doing all kinds of flips, and pulls out a bunch of other monkey friends from its barrel to play in my head creating all kinds of a mess.  Before I know it, I have a whole family spinning thoughts through my meditation.

So what to do?

I say… “Take a breath and let this monkey mind do what monkeys do best….send it for a climb up a giant rock face!” Continue reading

Slowing Down Thailand Island Style

Beautiful View from southern thailand island paradise

Namaste World Family….
I greet you this time from the beautiful Southern Thailand Paradise of Koh Yao Noi.  It is a mostly unexplored island located between Phuket and Krabi… and my current Winter home. The ocean landscape is painted with Limestone towers sprouting from all direction, pristine abundant nature, and hidden beach paradises.

southern thailand local experienceThrough our Yoga and Outdoor Adventure (especially rock climbing), we are currently co-creating a beautiful bubble of yoga, light, and goodness! People visit from all over the world and many new connections are being created.

There really isn’t so much to “do” here other than teach/practice yoga, rock climb, read, connect with beautiful people, enjoy the ocean…and just BE. This environment gives visitors a great opportunity to reflect, make some changes in their lives, and retreat into peace.

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AHHHHHHHHH…what to do when the feeling comes

 Do you ever get the feeling that if one more thing happens you are going to explode? Or that your world is all scattered and you have lost your focus and center?  Or that you have been so busy that you feel you have been running in circles like a chicken with their head cut off, not taking time for yourself, with total exhaustion? Or life is boring , you feel disconnected, purposeless, and you are stuck in a repeating cycle with no end in sight?

YES YES YES YES……

I feel this was sometimes… and I KNOW most everyone feels this way sometimes….and usually it starts quietly and then louder and louder and louder…and then more and more and more….and then there is the “I can’t take anymore….. AHHHHHHH…. “ feeling.

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Magic At Lake Titticaca

Arriving in Lake Titticaca I was taken by the brilliant beauty of the highest navigable lake in the world. Coming from the Great Lakes region, it takes a lot for me to be impressed by a lake…but I was inspired by the incredible view that lay before me.  Snow covered mountains surrounded the crystal clear waters fading into the horizon.  We boarded a rickety boat to journey towards the floating islands of Uros.  As we exited from Puno, Peru, we were told to sit beneath the cover of the boat to abide by the local law. Ten minutes from the bay and out of sight, we were permitted to climb the ladder to the top and ride through the fresh high altitude breeze.  The sun shone brightly as we enjoyed the delicious landscape.  Continue reading