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Tibet 1986

Of all the travels that I have been blessed to experience in my life, the traveling I did in Tibet in the 80’s was the most utterly magical and life altering experience I have had. I suppose the story of my travels to Tibet began in May 1984, as that is the summer I moved…

Pilgrimage to the Unknown

For over 30 years I have wanted to go to Western Tibet to walk around a holy mountain called Mount Kailash. It is a mountain sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Bonpo, and is the headwaters of the four major rivers of the Asian Continent.At the beginning of May this year, I heard about a…

Searching for Saraswati

I have long been fascinated by the lute playing goddess, Saraswati. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of learning, music, arts, and wisdom and for all these reasons strikes a chord in my being. And so, when I was in India and I read that there was a temple at the Ellora Caves with an important carving of…

A Month in India

I had the good fortune to spend the month of January 2015 in Pune, India at the Iyengar Institute known as RIMYI -the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. Before going I had the notion that I would have so much time and would spend my days reading, trying to fill the hours of the day, and…

Opening to the Vastness

 “The goal of the spiritual path is to be flexible, courageous and exploratory in the face of life’s joys and paradoxes, while never parting from a connection to its deepest meaning.” -Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche- This past summer I was blessed with a journey that connected me with the vastness of our country, and gave me…

Chopin and Savasana

Every day while I practice I am reminded of how intertwined the practice of yoga and creating music is. Lately, I have been gradually learning a piece by Chopin, or “Freddie” as one of my teachers calls him. It is one of his most beautiful and sensuous pieces called the “Barcarolle”, and it is a…

Iyengar and Menuhin

“I have always intuited that the only real ‘spirituality’ lies in our direct and personal relationship with Nature, with the Universe, and have long since backed away from asking others, including books, how I should live my life, how I should relate to Nature and the Universe… To learn from Nature, to let the body…

Rachmaninoff and Nature

“I have walked you, ancient trails,
 Along the narrow rocky ridges
 High above the mountains that
 Make up your world:
 Looking down on giant trees, silent In the purple shadow of ravines
 Along the spire-like alpine fir
 Above the high, steep slanting meadows
 Where sun-softened snowfields share the earth
 With flowers” –Gary Snyder- How wonderful…

Beethoven and Buddha

How could Beethoven and Buddha have anything in common? I hadn’t thought about it until one day  I was reading  a book, “Buddhism Without Beliefs”.  As the author Stephen Bachelor discusses the Four Noble Truths, he explains how important it is to approach Buddha’s discovery of the truth experientially. Rather than the Noble Truths being…

Bach and Yoga

I was pondering the other day how standing poses are like Bach. That is Johann Sebastian Bach, the grandfather of western classical music as we know it. So, how is yoga like Bach? The other day, I listened to an interview with Helene Grimaud which has deeply inspired me. Helene is a dynamic concert pianist, founder…