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To my great surprise, this blog has transformed from a collection of interesting stories to reveal a greater purpose. A discovery of the many amazing people who have been in my life. I am humbled by the quality, beauty, power, devotion, and divine spirit that has come through every one. Looking back, I am able to see divine spirit in each of them.

 

 

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Advice to a Fallen Yogi

Advice to a Fallen Yogi

A student wrote to me about being consumed by old addictions and destructive eating habits. They asked for guidance. Here is my response. Reply:   The courage it took to write to me, is the same...

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The Upstairs Phone

The Upstairs Phone

I appreciate riding the trains in Germany. They take me over Europe to teach and all over Frankfurt on business and pleasure. It was late summer 1996 and the air was chilly and everyone was wearing...

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Punk police & my bike lock

Punk police & my bike lock

It was 1996, not long after I arrived in Germany I went for a hike with my friend Helga. I took my bike by train to meet her with the plan to ride 25 km back to Frankfurt. Much of it was downhill so...

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Ben – the dog

Ben – the dog

Ben was a gift, in many ways, but in the most simple terms, he was given to me by a dear friend. I have always been a dog person, so this was a good fit. Ben was easy going and pretty relaxed about...

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Married for life?

Married for life?

Fourteen years, then poof. That is how long my marriage lasted. It was a great shock. I really thought I would get married once and that would be it until the end. Technically, I have been only...

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A Lesson in Humility

A Lesson in Humility

In 1999, I began teaching a yoga class 10.45 every Saturday at the Santa Fe Spa. It was a great room to do yoga at the end of the building with a padded floor and windows along one wall facing the...

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Spiritual room cleaning

Spiritual room cleaning

I learned this technique from my work with the Living School and Reshad Feild. It is a remarkable tool for energetically cleaning a room. We use this in our teacher training programs and before all...

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I broke the key!

I broke the key!

Yogi Bhajan visited Miami each year before going to the winter solstice in central Florida. This is the big gathering of kundalini yogis to come together, do lots of yoga, chop lots of veggies, and...

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Teacher training & the accordion

Teacher training & the accordion

After teaching Level 1 teacher training for ten years, many past students were ready for the next level. I had almost no idea how to manage a Level 2 teacher training but felt the students were...

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Making a Soul Greeting Card

Making a Soul Greeting Card

A simple, fun, profound, unique, appreciated and a special process that no money can buy. NOTE: This blog is more of a how-to on making a card for another person. The card can be for any occasion....

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Hotel Grandparents

Hotel Grandparents

Most people remember those special times visiting their grandparents. The smells, old photos hanging on the walls, nick-nacks of useless stuff, fresh-baked cookies, sleep-overs, and a coziness that...

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Curandera

Curandera

In 1986 I developed an annoying health issue. hemorrhoids. I did some research and discovered this was connected to a weakness in the liver. I'm a yogi, I know how to heal my liver. So I began some...

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Stories Told to Me

Stories Told to Me

On a dangerous road in Kenya, two buses were approaching the same narrow bridge from opposite sides, neither yields and they crash. Many people were killed. A man was spotted taking the mobile...

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An Amazing Family

An Amazing Family

I got a call from a young woman asking if it would be okay if she joined my class. She explained as a child, she was injured in a fire that left limited movement in one leg. I told her she would be...

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The Hopp Way

The Hopp Way

Michael Hopp showed up in my yoga class in Santa Fe around 1990. Each yoga style has a type and Michael did not look like a Kundalini Yoga type. During the class he struggled but did his best to...

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Yogi Radar

Yogi Radar

To me, this is a real thing. What is yogi radar? It has something to do with intuition, destiny, need, attraction and trust in the unlimited possibilities available in every moment. One time in a...

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Magdalena Oracle

Magdalena Oracle

The Magdalena Oracle has 45 beautiful hand-drawn cards. A small book has a description for each card. It was a gift from a student many years ago. Something like a tarot deck but for me, much better...

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“Oh, Swami”

“Oh, Swami”

Wearing a turban produced many and varied reactions over the years. I never felt offended since I understood peoples reaction was based on their own confusion or fear. Mostly I felt amused. The...

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Pride is a deep hole of mud

Pride is a deep hole of mud

The first days of my retreat in the Scottish Highlands, as I look out the window of my remote cabin, a beautiful deer was in the field eating the grass. I often see deer in the woods behind my house...

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Lorenzo Sandoval

Lorenzo Sandoval

Lorenzo Sandoval was an unlikely healer. His chiropractic practice was a room in his house. He only charged one price for everyone. Some sessions took 20 minutes, some 45 minutes and some almost an...

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Rattlesnakes like me

Rattlesnakes like me

The only place to find rattlesnakes in South Florida was at the famous Miami Serpentarium. It was famous for the work done by Bill Haast who had a thing for snakes. He had developed the anti-venom...

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Living in heaven & hell

Living in heaven & hell

Its official name was Ram Das Puri. It was the location for the annual 3HO summer gathering known simply as Summer Solstice. It was a celebration of yoga, meditation, and all things related to...

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Team sports suck (for me)

Team sports suck (for me)

I did try team sports though I had resistance. And I did find some enjoyment in the experience, but in the end, it was clear, team sports are not for me. I was not a jock (what we called people...

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I will not marry you!

I will not marry you!

“I will not marry you” was the statement Yogi Bhajan said to me in the middle of the wedding ceremony, with the family, guests, students and intended wife all gathered for this sacred event.  After...

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Destiny at Bayside Park

Destiny at Bayside Park

It was 1969-1970 and Coconut Grove was a place of alternate lifestyles and altered realities. Unlike the university community of Coral Gables and other well-known areas of Miami, the Grove was hip,...

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Gurumarka Khalsa

Kundalini Yoga trainer.

Gurumarka

Professional troublemaker.
Always ready.
Sees world as a large community of diverse people wanting to do good - some of the time.

Lives in Heppenheim, Germany



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