Archive for August, 2013

Photo source and credit: Swami Mahesh’s blog http://wanderingmahesh.blogspot.com/2011/11/kailash-yatra-2012.html

Swami Maheshananda, who was at The Bihar School of Yoga for 12 years and is now a “wandering yogi”, is hosting a yoga and ayurveda retreat from February 15 to March 1, 2014, in Bangalore at the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (IAIM). Swami Mahesh has led retreats in locations from the Himalayas to Machu Pichu.

This retreat will feature a fusion of various yoga disciplines. It will integrate practices from the ancient and modern tantric/ yogic traditions with ayurveda. The aim is to have a holistic approach to life in its totality for a better quality of life and longevity.

Yoga Retreat dates: February 15 to 22, 2014
  • Hatha, Raja, Bhakti, Jnana, Kriya and Kundalini yoga classes.
  • Traditional, ancient yoga practices from the Hatha traditions and Kashmir Tantra.
  • Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Prana Vidya, Hamsa Dhyana, meditation, and yogic cleansing and detox.
  • No yoga experience necessary. All levels are welcome and accommodated.
Ayurveda Retreat dates: February 23 to March 1, 2014
The seven-day yoga retreat will be followed by a seven-day Ayurveda Rejuvenation Retreat at the facilities of the IAIM. It is suggested that this part of the retreat be tailored to a personal diagnosis by the expert physicians and doctors at IAIM–they will be in a better position to recommend the appropriate ayurvedic treatment with specific oils and herbs. There is the option of getting the Master Health Check done at a subsidized rate, according to the information on Swami Mahesh’s blog.
This unique combination of Yoga and Ayurveda provides a holistic view of life and total health care. For more information as well as registration and detailed costs, readers can contact Swami Maheshananda and visit his blog at http://wanderingmahesh.blogspot.ch/2013/08/yoga-ayurveda-retreat-2014.html.
Disclosure: I have no personal, financial, or any other interest in this retreat. The post is to simply inform on what may be of interest.

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Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

Is there anyone without some fear? With the experience of fear comes a constant search for a way out of it. There is no instantaneous relief. But the enlightened Ones state there is a path to freedom from fear. First we must understand our fears and their source. Then the fear is transformed with love—love being the antidote to fear. Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh, the well-loved Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author of numerous books, offers compassionate wisdom along with numerous specific practices for insight into and release of fear.

For the full review, please refer to http://mahasriyoga.com/bookreviews/Fear.html

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With many requests for my mother-in-law’s cake recipe, Seeta’s Orange Walnut Cake, it has been added to the website www.mahasriyoga.com.

The recipe is over 60 years old and she got it sometime during their stay in New York in the late 1950s. It is a simple, moist cake with a refreshing orange flavor, and no icing–making it perfect for the summer when it can sit gracefully at the table without wilting.

After the family returned to India, the town they lived in (as most towns in India) had no bakeries. Most people did not eat eggs and cakes were not part of the cuisine. Having acquired the taste and the Western ritual of birthday cakes, she baked it at home for every family birthday. When she visited family in the US decades later, she baked the cake for her sons and grandchildren.

And in her memory it was baked for a big family birthday–hence the longing and requests for the recipe.

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