Friday, 31 May 2013

Pet Appreciation Week, June 1-8

In addition to love, sweet love, animals friends offer us some tremendous health benefits!

  • lower blood pressure
  • reduced anxiety
  • enhanced immunity
  • pain and stress management
  • longer life expectancy
  • better heart health
  • improved intelligence and reading scores

And so much more!  Check out these articles:

The Vancouver Sun, The Top 10 Benefits of Pet Ownership

WebMD Article, 5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

Lessons from the Tiger Buddhas

And this beautiful website by my Reiki Teacher, Marci Burgess:

Reiki for Pets and People, Healing for All Beings

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

We're All in This Together

Namaste, oneness, unity in diversity, compassion for all beings, seeing "others" as our Selves...

I know, some days these yogic practices may seem like lofty ideas, like intellectual exercises, like airy-fairy philosophy, like sappy slogans, like sentimentality rather than scientific fact. 

But consider this:

"Quoting geneticists, Guy Murchie says we're all family. You have at least a million relatives as close as tenth cousin, and no one on Earth is any farther removed than your 50th cousin.

Murchie also describes our kinship through an analysis of how deeply we share the air. With each breath, you take into your body 10 sextillion atoms, and--owing to the wind's ceaseless circulation--over a year's time you have intimate relations with oxygen molecules exhaled by every person alive, as well as by everyone who ever lived. Right now you may be carrying atoms that were once inside the lungs of Malcolm X, Christopher Columbus, Joan of Arc, and Cleopatra." 
- Rob Brezsny,

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Hot Kirtan from the Bahamas, Jai Uttal and Daniel Paul

Oh this is just awesome! 

Here's a great video of one of my favorite kirtan dynamic duos, Jai Uttal and Daniel Paul performing recently at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. 

Jai Uttal and Daniel Paul (The Maha Mantra and a Few Surprises)

Just in case you're wondering, they are as fun and friendly offstage as they are on! 

And hahaha - check it out!!  Jai is still using the clamp my Guru brother/Sanskrit teacher Brahmachari Shankar gave him a few years ago to hold his very well-loved harmonium bellows together! 

And if you look reeeealllly closely, there's a Ganesha sticker on it that I gave him!  Jai!! :-D

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Raja Yoga Summer Camp 2013 Begins!

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and we are going out on the town!

Watch for upcoming outings, fieldtrips and gatherings that bring the philosophy of yoga to life!

Wednesdays from 7pm- 8:30/9pm plus special evening and weekend events.

Various locations in Edmonton and Area.  Cost/Donation varies according to the event.

Do you want to receive Evite invitations to Raja Yoga Summer Camp, 2013 events?  Do you know someone who does? 

Let me know!  Email:

First event:
House Concert! Satsang and Kirtan with Sparrow, 7-9pm, Wednesday May 22, 2013.