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  1. Creating Health and Healing with Grace Van Berkum — April 14, 2014
  2. Spiritual Names — April 13, 2014
  3. Chanting Ahimsa — April 13, 2014
  4. Exploring Consciousness with Peter Russell — April 2, 2014
  5. Do not be overwhelmed by the Vedas — March 20, 2014

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Creating Health and Healing with Grace Van Berkum

Grace Van Berkum

Please share what you do in 10-15 words: I teach people about the healing powers of plant-based foods, yoga, meditation, connecting to nature, and learning to open your mind and heart. Why do you do what you do? The world needs to realize and understand where our foods are coming from and how what we …

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Spiritual Names

If you have received a spiritual name, what has been the effect for you? How do you feel about your name? Do you use it in daily life? (Please add your voice to the comments below.) I was given a spiritual name after completing the TTC in 2008. I feel a bit shy about using …

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Chanting Ahimsa

by Nicole Vahlkamp (Nirmala), karma yogi It is 6 o’clock in the morning and 200 people are sitting cross-legged on a large wooden platform surrounded by palm trees made slightly iridescent by the contrast between the slowly rising sun and the shadows of the dissolving darkness. At the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas, …

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Exploring Consciousness with Peter Russell

  Please share what you do in 10-15 words: I seek to distill the essence of the world’s spiritual wisdom and present it in terms relevant to today. Why do you do what you do? I believe humanity is in a deep spiritual crisis and needs to find ways out of the materialist mind. What …

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Do not be overwhelmed by the Vedas

Q: The Vedas, with their divisions and sections, seem confusing and overwhelming. How can we explain the Vedas in simple terms to our students, to support the premise that the Vedas are the truth? Answer: The Vedas are neither confusing nor overwhelming. In fact, before it was divided into four parts, there was only one …

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Watch: An Investment Banker-Turned Yogi Brings Healing to War Vets

—video interview and blog post by Sura (suracenter.com) Molly Birkholm was an investment banker in New York City when she nearly died in a serious taxi cab accident. After an SUV struck them sideways while running a red light, Molly experienced near-death injuries, enduring a fractured skull and a severe spinal injury. After witnessing her …

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Why did Gandhi and Jesus die by violence?

Q: In the Raja Yoga Sutras, it is said that by performing samyama – the combined, simultaneous practice of dhāraṇā (concentration), dhyāna (meditation) and samādhi (union) – on ahimsa, or non-injury, violence no longer exists in the presence of the practitioner. If that is so, why did Gandhi and Jesus die by violence? Answer: Look at the life of Mahatma …

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A Good Day for Peace

The conclusion of our February Yoga for Peace symposium on February 11 coincided with a flurry of diplomacy around the world. One of the presenters, Joshua Goldstein, an interdisciplinary scholar on war and peace, wrote to us point out the headline: ‘Big Day for International Diplomacy Around the World.’ He noted these unexpected developments: China …

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Jivana Heyman: Making Yoga Accessible to Everyone

Please share what you do in 10-15 words: My goal is to make the powerful teachings of yoga accessible to everyone. Why do you do what you do? I feel so blessed to have found these life-changing practices, which have provided me with a peace and joy that I didn’t think was possible. Teaching is …

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If You Want Peace, You Have to Create a New Movie

Q: What is the best response to world conflict, to interpersonal conflict? Answer: In the context of the law of karma, I’m going to say something very strong, which is that we are personally responsible for conflict in the world. We always say, “Bush is responsible,” or, “Obama is responsible,” but this is not true …

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