Monday, 12 November 2018

Give Me Love, George Harrison



George Harrison, Give Me Love is my mantra today.  Hope it lifts your spirits too. 

Seven Practices for Peacemakers

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Are you on the lookout for practical ways to embody peace?

Psychological peace, or peace of mind, is widely considered to be a necessary precursor to peace in the world.

That was one of the main reasons Swami Vishnudevananda began the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Even if you're not currently taking a Yoga Teacher Training course, here is a link to seven practices, one for each day of the week, to encourage and support you starting now:

Seven Practices for Peace

Lest We Forget

Image Source: Canadian War Museum
It's time once again, to salute all the men and women worldwide, who have given, and are giving their hearts, minds, and bodies for peace.

May peace be their respite, may peace be their legacy, may peace be our purpose, for all beings in all worlds, always.

Om Shanti

Here's a true story of Canadian Indigenous Veterans you may not have heard before:

The Cree Code Talkers




Sunday, 28 October 2018

Two Simple Guides to Sanskrit

Need a simple guide to Sanskrit for Yoginis?

These two short documents have some very helpful hints:

Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation

Sanskrit Made Simple

Yoga Within, TTP Homework

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Namaste Hatha Yoga Teacher Trainees,

It was great spending time with you today introducing the Language and Literature of Yoga.

Next time we meet, we will be examining two of the foundational texts of Yoga in greater depth:


  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


To prepare, please select one translation of each of the aforementioned texts and answer the following twelve questions for each:

1) What type of source is it?
2) Who authored or created it?
3) What year was it written or created?
4) What historical events were taking place at the time?
5) Who was the intended audience?
6) What point of view does the author/creator represent?
7) How does the point of view shape the source?
8) What does the source contribute to Yoga as we know it?
9) Is this source historically convincing? Why or why not?
10) Why did you choose this source?
11) Would you recommend this source to others?  If so, who?
12) How did this source translate the key definition of yoga? (BG 2.50 and PYS 1.2)

This set of questions has been adapted from The Historical Thinking Project, Primary Source Evidence template.  The Historical Thinking Project is a non-profit educational initiative, funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, which promotes critical historical literacy for the 21st Century.

Om Shanti