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Date registered: December 1, 2012

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  1. Can meditation help in controlling depression? : Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda — August 24, 2014
  2. Take Time to Relax — July 29, 2014
  3. Mung Dal Kitchari Recipe — July 26, 2014
  4. Yoga in the Modern World: Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda — July 26, 2014
  5. Karma Yoga Practice and Benefits: Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda — June 26, 2014

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Can meditation help in controlling depression? : Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda

Question: Can meditation help in controlling depression, anxiety and mental illnesses? Answer: I once asked Swami Visnudevananda how to heal depression because we had a student who suffered from it. The first thing he suggested was lots of karma yoga because someone with depression should be busy serving others. Some people with depression also need …

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Take Time to Relax


by Katie Papo (Ambika) Crunches and leg lifts were my go-to boredom fighter while everyone else laid in savasana (corpse pose) at the end of yoga class. I first started practicing yoga for the workout, so the last thing I wanted was to imitate a dead person. My yoga teacher later told me I had …

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Mung Dal Kitchari Recipe

Enjoy this cleansing and nourishing Ayurvedic recipe from Lalita Devi, Director of the ashram’s Well Being Center. Makes 6-8 servings Ingredients 1 cup mung dhal ¾ cup white basmati rice 4 tablespoon ghee 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (peeled and grated) 1 tablespoon each of fennel, cumin and coriander 1 small sweet potato (1/4 inch cubes) …

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Yoga in the Modern World: Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda

Question: I feel discouraged when I look out at the experience of yoga as it is called in the world today. It seems that it has become an exercise class and lost its true meaning. I am wondering if you have any words of encouragement. Answer: In my view, what is happening today in the …

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Karma Yoga Practice and Benefits: Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda

Question: How is it possible to practice Karma Yoga without truly knowing its meaning? Answer: Fundamentally, there are two main spiritual paths. One is called the yoga of action, and the other is called the yoga of knowledge. Yoga of action is called Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga means, first of all, to do our duty as …

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Picnic in the Sun Summer Recipes


These three recipes (Fruit Brochettes, Cold Sesame Noodles, Papaya Zing) from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers’ The Yoga Cookbook offer creative and nutritious additions to your summer gatherings. Fruit Brochettes 1 tablespoon maple syrup or date syrup 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 teaspoons lemon juice Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 1 1/4 to 1 …

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Chick Peas with Tomato Sauce and Coconut Milk


recipe from Etay Efrat (Iswara) The owner of a vegetarian food-delivery business in Shoham Israel, Iswara regularly includes this surprisingly easy — and delicious — dish in his menus. The recipe combines Mediterranean and asian ingredients with a vegan Italian rose sauce. Iswara recommends serving it over rice with a green salad on the side. …

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Community Voices: First Yoga Experiences


Do you remember the details of your first yoga experience? “Yoga came to me unexpected. My first yoga experience was initiated by a close friend. One rainy evening, she asked me to join her at a new studio in Vancouver, Canada. I was very hesitant and had previously made up my mind that I didn’t …

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What is love? Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda

Question: What is love, and what do we really desire when we want to love and want to be loved? Answer: Real love cannot be described. Love can be described by describing the feeling of love. Usually, when we love, together with the feeling of love comes a feeling of joy, happiness, and bliss. Love …

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Yoga and the Art of Eating

by Katie Papo (Ambika) When I think back to my teenage glory days —mindlessly shoving pizza nuggets into my face while watching TV — “art” is not the first word to come to mind. Yet, as my yoga practice evolved, so did my eating. Here’s why. When we practice yoga, we practice two key concepts …

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