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Adyashanti, American-born spiritual teacher and author of The Way of Liberation, shares how silence is not separate from us. It's also not separate from noise. Curious? Find out more. More
Spiritual teacher and best-selling author of Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch, speaks at the 2012 Yoga Service Conference about why yoga isn't only about asanas and how the practice of yoga in service to others will inspire true happiness. More
Spiritual teacher and best-selling author of Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch discusses why the practice of focusing on yoga and breath changes your consciousness and cultivates lovingkindness at the Yoga Service Council Conference. More
Spiritual teacher and best-selling author of Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch speaks at the Yoga Service Council Conference about how the practice of yoga can transform your life. More
Spiritual teacher and best-selling author of Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch shares why yoga allows you to experience connectedness that leads to transformational change at the Yoga Service Council Conference at Omega Institute. More
Author of more than 40 books in the areas of creativity, meaning and mental health, Eric Maisel is known as America's creativity coach. In this sitdown interview, Dr. Maisel reveals why the search to find meaning in our lives is the primary motivator to experience creativity—but not necessarily pain-free. More
Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge, says that true power takes place when you shift from wanting power over or against another person, place, or thing, and begin to live your life from the fullness of who really you are. More
While we may be the masters of science, without a parallel transformation of the heart, we will continue to experience sorrow. Jack Kornfield, founder of Spirit Rock Center, talks about the growing movement in the West of using the ancient traditions of Buddhism to bridge this gap. More
How do you pay attention? Daniel Rechtschaffen, author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook, asserts that the mind can't take in more information when it is stressed. The remedy is mindfulness. Daniel discusses his own experience bringing mindfulness practices to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. More
World-famous kirtan singer and Grammy Award-nominee Krishna Das talks about how we perpetuate the illusion of separateness, and how we can return to oneness. More
Driving through the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, you would not expect to see a group of kids and adults doing sun salutations in a vacant lot. But these outdoor yoga classes—complete with someone standing guard for security—are one way I Grow Chicago is trying to bring hope to this battered community. More
People get so caught up in the content of their spiritual enthusiasms that they may give little thought to the emotions involved. Some adults tell me that they still follow the values taught in the church where they grew up simply because their family believed in it so firmly. It’s the family that accounts for the strong faith, not the spiritual ideas. More
Omega Institute How to Make Your Yoga Class More Trauma-Sensitive: An Interview With Hala Khouri
Omega: You have described how people can respond to trauma by being anxious and hypervigilant (stuck “on”), or by being dissociated and spacy (stuck “off"). How do you lead a class that accommodates both of these reactions to trauma? More
Omega: What instrument would you still like to learn how to play? Jimmie: I would love to play the piano. I always regret that I didn’t learn the piano. I also would like to play the electric guitar. Omega: Do you match your music to your mood or can music dictate a mood? More
Omega Institute What to Expect From Meditation: An Interview With Culadasa
Omega: What is the biggest challenge for beginning meditators? Culadasa: The biggest obstacle of all, without question, is establishing a regular daily practice of a reasonable length. The most important thing is consistency. I encourage people to meditate every day, no matter how long they can do it. Then I encourage them to work their way up to 45 minutes. And I don’t mean just sitting there and daydreaming—I mean actually meditating. More
Omega Institute Live Dirty & Eat Clean: An Interview With Robynne Chutkan
Omega: Your mantra is "live dirty and eat clean." What do you mean by that? Robynne: To “live dirty" means to restore our essential connection with nature and with the trillions of microbes that call our bodies home—and whose survival is inextricably linked to ours. To “eat clean” means to eat unprocessed food from nature (mostly plants) grown responsibly, without harmful pesticides, etc. Omega: What’s your personal recipe for feeling your best? Robynne: I feel my best when I hit this triad: More
kids doing yoga
Teaching yoga in schools is first and foremost about teaching yoga to children and youth. Being in conscious relationship with our students in this situation means being educated in youth development and able to adapt our teaching to the way children learn. All children do not react to the world in the same way, and we must educate ourselves about the many things that can affect our students’ experiences. We need to: More
Omega: Can you describe the basic principle of your yoga practice? Madan: I’ve been teaching, researching, and coming up with new insights since 1969. Yoga has much more to offer than we think. We have the finest technology available on this planet in our own body. The body writes its own prescription from moment to moment. Just think about when we go into deep sleep, there’s nothing to be done, nothing to be fixed. Everything is being done for us. More
Woman smiling in the sun with eyes closed.
Reality ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that everything you think is real is not. Physicists, for going on 100 years now, have not known what to make of the fact that Newton’s classical view of the world has absolutely no bearing on the way the world works at its core. The subatomic realm so defies all reason and logic that most scientists, scared to endanger their academic credentials, have more or less ignored the fact that life is nothing like what we pretend it is. More
Omega: Is the process of waking up to your true nature a gradual one for most people or is it sudden and spontaneous? More