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Aloo Ghobi, for beginners

May 15, 2017
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By Hillary Maguire

I'm writing this post five months after my month in India and I can still remember the hot hot hot sun scorching my hair, the browns and reds everywhere, the smell of dirt and cow poops and frying cumin. I can remember laying on my mattress (which was hott...


Sprouts, for The Broken Appendix

May 08, 2017
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By Shreejan Sita

The appendix has been considered a vestigial organ in modern man. It had its uses for earlier man, before the evolution of homo sapiens. Then two years ago researchers discovered that it is actually a haven where good bacteria ca...


Food from the bush

May 08, 2017
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By Dr. Estelle Fourat

Living at the Shri Jasnath Ashram as a karma yogi, I’ve been appointed to write the foreword of a first cookbook and to feed the food blog of the ashram. The subject of the article came to me naturally one day when a dish ...


Ghee, The Yummy is in The Science

April 12, 2017
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By Nicola Callan

A meal in India would not be complete without Ghee: the more the better. "What is Ghee" you may be wondering? Ghee is a saturated fat which is made from cow's milk. It is regarded as very important in India both due...


Aloe Magic In My Belly!

January 12, 2017
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By Shreejan Sita

Aloe vera has been used in Rajasthan for thousands of years to sooth digestive “inconsistencies”, regulate the ...


Bajra Sogra and Millet

October 11, 2016
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By Nicola Callan

Millet is a seed from the grass family whose origins trace back to Western Africa. Its culinary use spread to Egypt and Greece and is found as a crop source in India and China from 2300BC.

Being...


Living Karma Yoga

January 15, 2016
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Volunteers www.shrijasnathasan.orgMany of us imagine ashram life as difficult, emptied of worldly delights, a place to hide from the world by silently meditating through the day's long hours. Perhaps there are ashrams like that, but I am not at one of them. At Sri Jasnath Asan our meditation is through karma yoga...


Journey to Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

December 06, 2015
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Sarvangasana @ RHYIMy journey with Sarvangasana started years ago. It is a journey I didn’t realize I was on! As a child, my brother and I used to play, doing shoulder stands and lots of acrobats. Like most children we didn't pay attention to any of the details of this play - alignment or benefits. It was our childish fun. We laughe...


Dal Days

November 17, 2015
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By Luisa Gardin

It was on Sunday. The first time that I tasted the black dal here in Ashram, it was on Sunday. A true love was born.

I ate two cat...


India Hasn’t Enough Yoga Teachers?

November 02, 2015
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Teaching 300 visiting Boy Scouts, Shri Jasnath Asan Teaching 300 visiting Boy Scouts, Shri Jasnath Asan

“It is not the receiver that is blessed, but it is the giver.” Swami Vivek...


Just Throw the Ball

June 07, 2015
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"If Society will not admit of woman's free development, then society must be remodeled." Elizabeth Blackwell

I’m not the first idealist to arrive in Indi...


Your Environment- Your Body- Your Mind

June 06, 2015
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“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” -BKS Iyengar

The Saucha Bhartha (Clean India) campaign is designed to remove the garbage surrounding us – our homes, businesses and public places. But before we can do this we need deeper community d...


Mindfulness

February 03, 2015
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Simon-walkingMany people complain to me that they love coming to yoga classes, but they find it impossible to focus their mind enough to continue the practice alone at home. If you also feel this way, there can be no better way to overcome this temporary obstacle than cultivating mindfulness. This is a necessary prerequisite for meditation. Meditation experiences evolve along a spectrum, ranging from an arduous struggle with a...


Why Preserve Nature?

February 03, 2015
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why-preserve-natureOnce I visited Purvotar in NE India near the Nepal boarder to deliver a 10-day yoga programs in two prisons. I witnessed in the Himalayas many automatic machines cutting down enormous, ancient trees in just a few minutes. It reminded me of the Khejarli Massaacre of 1731 when Amrita Devi, a Bishnoi woman who, along with more than 363 other Bishnois, died for the protection of Khejari trees near Jodhpur, about...


Soothing Sciatica Pain With Yoga

September 10, 2014
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Sciatic Nerve Growing up my mom would tell me every day: "Sari stand up straight." I wonder if it was my asthma that made me slouch, or my lack of confidence. Whatever the cause, my poor posture eventually led to pain in my sciatic nerve. Today, it affects me the minute I lose awareness of my posture. Right now writing this, I know if I don't sit upright, my sciatic nerve will start chatting. Have you noticed how much you c...


Original Spine

July 18, 2014
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By Sari Skinnider We are all born with accurate, flexible spines. The curvatures provide an ideal foundation upon which to build an entire infrastructure of strength and flexibility, as well as mental health! But as we age, lifestyle and other decisions can degrade this infrastructure. And then our mental function changes with our posture - with a healthy spine our mind is more attentive; when we slouch our mind is dull. So when I design an asana program for my students, my focus is on maintaining the strength and flexibility of the spine, by maintaining its natu...


Whisper It and They Will Come

July 18, 2014
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Whisper it and they will come It is 6 A.M. on a Thursday morning in a suburban town of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, northwestern India. I'm on stage about to demonstrate basic Hatha Yoga asanas, looking out at a sea of faces including young children, men, women, teens, retirees, disabled - people from many socio economic backgrounds, many traditions within Hinduism and Muslims. The birds stand quiet in anticipation. Even a crowd of neighborhood stray ...


The Importance of Marriage

June 17, 2014
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WeddingsIn Western Rajasthan with Summer comes marriage season. India is an agricultural country. Farmers finish their winter harvest of wheat and mustard in February so they have no more work in the fields for awhile. And they have money for spending. That is why there are many marriages, jagrans (spiritual gatherings), house inaugurations, and other social and religious activities in the months of April, May and June. In our Hi...


Passion and Patience

March 01, 2014
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passion-patienceI have come to this blog repeatedly during this month's Yoga Jagran in Bophalgarh, trying to finish it. But like many projects in my life, more important interruptions occur and sway my attention for a time. But I always come back, because I have a passion for communicating thoughts and feelings, and bringing people closer the truths that have guided our people for many centuries. This kind of patience has rewarded me throughout my life. I ...


Karma Yoga – Stepping Into the Stream

February 15, 2014
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karma-yoga"Give yourself up – it is the best way of finding yourself." The Mother, Sri Aurobindo Ashram I arrived a little early to lead yoga class this morning so I sat in the garden enjoying the early sun for awhile. With my eyes closed I listened to Kabu’s broom as she swept the grass clean of fallen leaves and debris. She joins us at the ashram when she can, doing whatever seva is required – and is persi...


10 Days Spiritual ‘Quarantine’

February 01, 2014
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buddhaDid you ever wonder what Buddha was thinking about all those years while he sat under the Bodhi tree in India? His nose! It's true. Focusing on the tip of the nose is the first stage of the meditation method he discovered and taught to millions in northeastern India around 400 BCE. It is called Vipassana, which means insight into the true nature of reality. The method is now being taught at Vipassana centers around the world. Last...


Retreat to Meditate

February 01, 2014
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Siddh Surajnath YogiLast month I participated in a 10 day silent course at Vipassana Meditation Center in Jaipur, along with approximately 200 other students from around the world. Vipassana centers are located in many countries, seeking to teach aspirants the method that Buddha taught 2500 years ago in northeastern India. Meditation has been a part of my life sinc...


Headstands and Carrot Halva

January 15, 2014
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Headstands and Carrot HalvaFasting, in India, means missing one meal, or only eating fruit. Tonight's fast included homemade French fries and carrot halva, with red carrots from our garden in Rampura! (I can really enjoy fasting in India!) Like most Westerners, my first exposure to the Rajasthani desert left me perplexed. What do these people eat?! After a few meals at the ashram I realized there is food all around me....great food! An...


Lessons from Avi and Sheela

January 01, 2014
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AviI returned to the U.S. to visit family and friends for the holidays: New York, Michigan, and Iowa. I moved around lot, conducted a yoga program in my home town, and talked to some High School World History students about how Hinduism and Buddhism shaped India's history. It was an early honor to bring home what I've learned since living in India. When I returned to the airport for my return flight I discovered that the flight was cancelled ...


Changes

January 01, 2014
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ChangesSince Diwali ended the weather is changing - the days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Change is a universal rule, and because of it, the world is more beautiful. The cycles of the moon reminds us of the dynamism of the solar system, of which we are a part. From the seed to a mighty tree, from a small blossom becomes a flower, and in the end all are finished and b...


Namaste

November 30, 2013
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Namaste Welcome to our newly designed website www.shrijasnathasan.org. We have been working diligently on this project for several months with the goal of covering all asan projects, as well as inspiring and educating visitors and disciples. It covers the ashram's history, the status of ou...


Transitions

November 01, 2013
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sherry-at-rishikeshIndia has been on my bucket list for a long time. So finding myself between jobs, I visited Rajasthan with my yoga class in February. I hadn't done enough homework to prepare myself for life on the other side of the planet. And though I've been a creativity consultant and teacher for two decades, well adept at the change required to acclimate quickly to any new situation, stepping outside Delhi airpor...


Happy Diwali

November 01, 2013
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diwaliDiwali is only a few days away! Everyone at the ashram is very excited. We are cleaning, emptying closets and drawers, buying or making new clothes, painting every room, and planning a big meal and festival for the community. We are also putting up beautiful lights on the walls and trees because Diwali is the festival of lights and happiness. The lamps and lights we are putti...


Yogi Returns Home

March 03, 2013
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yogi-returns-home I am avoiding the 'empty next' syndrome completely. My son's bed is barely cold! I have rented my newly remodeled townhouse to a lovely nurse and her dog, stashed the job search strategy and all my belongings in a storage unit, and booked my ticket to Rajasthan. I am joining an ashram in the north west of India - I think the hottest part. Note to self: stop at pharmacy on the way to airport for sunscreen.......