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!

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Thank You Edmonton

Thank you all for being such caring, respectful community members and staying home as much as possible during this pandemic.

Here are a few resources in the Edmonton area to support your physical, mental, and emotional wellness during this challenging time.

Free Online Yoga Classes by Donation from Yoga Within

Free Online Pranayama and Meditation Classes from Sun Yoga

Free meals for people who need them from Ganesh Sweets

Online Music and Sound Therapy from local Musician and Music Therapist, Tiffany of  Sparrow Harmonix

Online Grief Support from local expert Sandy Ayre