Raj Yogini

Raj Yogini

Adventures in Rajasthan deepening yoga practices and discovering my true nature.

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…

Karma Yoga – Stepping Into the Stream

“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 Kabuâ…

10 Days Spiritual Quarantine

Did 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…

Headstands and Carrot Halva

Fasting, 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! They were planted just a few months ago. Like most Westerners, my first exposure to the Rajasthani desert left me perplexed…

Lessons from Avi and Shusheela

I 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…

Transitions

India 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…