Monday, 18 October 2021

Welcome PAC 156

Namaste 🙏 Welcome to Kali’s Kitchen!

I named this blog after Kali, the Hindu goddess of time because I recognize that while some learnings happen immediately, some need time to “stew”.

As I mentioned today, there is a Sanskrit saying that we learn 25% from our teachers, 25% from our peers, 25% we figure out ourselves and 25% we learn over time.  So in addition to reviewing today’s presentation, I invite you to come back and look around anytime as your studies and contemplations brew.

Today we discussed “The Language and Literature of Yoga”.   Click here for a full recap.

As well, here are a few additional resources for you:

The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit  is the best introductory text I have come across and is recommended for use in the Sanskrit classes at the U of A. At the link above you will find free alphabet charts, videos, worksheets and more.

Yoga Sutras in Devanagari and Transliterated Sanskrit from the Arlington Centre is a free PDF of the full Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with the diacritical marks. I’m not saying this is the “best” translation, but I do find the format and language approachable and helpful.

In addition to PAC classes, The University of Alberta offers courses related to yoga in the departments of History, Philosophy and Religion.  We have extraordinary scholars on faculty and I encourage you to explore this subject further.

Thank you for attending and sharing with me today, it was a joy to spend time with you!

Monday, 22 February 2021

Sunday, 31 January 2021


This Valentine’s, I’m in it for ALL the love!

Starting February first, I’m celebrating with a 14 day creative meditation, origami photo project. You yogis and yoginis will quickly recognize  that it’s inspired by the classic Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation.

It is an opportunity for me to share my passion for paperfolding, a timeless art of transformation and mindfulness.  It’s also a chance to reflect on and offer appreciation for all the forms of love in my life.

I hope it will inspire you too, to reflect on the presence of love in your life and express and celebrate it your way.

Hop over to or to my Facebook page, tarawoltjen, to see the whole series.

Please also feel free to share your reflections.  Together we can make this a practice in “Unity in Diversity” and a loving tribute to the most nourishing relationships in our lives.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Wishing you a beautiful, peaceful, obstacle-free day.!

In traditional yoga, malas (flower garlands) are used as offerings for revered teachers and in devotional rituals.  

Marigolds are popular as their bright color is reminiscent of the fires of transformation as well as the cheerfulness and resilience required on the path of self-realization.  

The seeds for these marigolds came from the Peace Garden at the Sivananda Ashram in Val Morin and have been empowered with decades of the mantra "Om Namo Narayanaya" and the wish for world peace.  

The perishable nature of a flower garland is a reminder of the fragility of beauty and life.  Nonetheless, the seeds can be saved, grown, and shared for generations to come.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Namaste PAC 156

Prince Arjuna and his Charioteer Krishna
Here are some links to further whet your appetite for the Language and Literature of Yoga.

There are many more resources collected here in Kali's Kitchen.  Make yourself at home.

As one of the most important symbols of yoga, Om is a whole subject in and of itself.  As a starting point, you may like to read this Kali's Kitchen post on The Meaning of Om.

The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit is the best text I've seen on the subject and is the text used in the University of Alberta's Sanskrit courses.  You can find alphabet charts, sample chapters, practice sheets, and more here.

Here you can contemplate more of the Vedantic Nyayas or metaphors about illusion (maya) and reality, like the examples I gave of "The Rope and the Snake" (Rajjusarpa-Nyaya) and "Water off a Lotus Leaf" (Padmapatra-Nyaya).

And most importantly for your studies, here is a previous post with a full and detailed recap of my lecture.

Thank you for this opportunity!  Best wishes on your path!