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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Maha Matrix- Tips for staying conscious in a crazy world

The question always remains…. How can we keep the openness, the presence, the connection, and the consciousness…everywhere?

After 5 months of  teaching yoga and living on the small Thailand tropical Island of Koh Yao Noi, and two weeks on the sacred Indian land of Rishikesh, I land in Toronto’s Pearson Airport.  I will continue by car for the remaining 1.5 hour distance to my hometown of Buffalo, New York.  I am jet-legged from the 17 hour direct flight from Delhi. I barely slept due to my non-reclining seat, and the fact that I was placed next to a drunk man that didn’t speak any English, who continuously woke me up from my sleep to help him open plane snacks and utensils.  He continued to speak to me in Hindi, despite my obvious inability to understand what he was saying.  A nearby woman explained that I was his daughter now… I guess better daughter than next wife.  He had so much heart, I just prayed he would stop with the whisky. Continue reading