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There is much focus around the equinoxes around 108 sun salutations. Many yoga teachers encourage this practice as a way to move through the change of seasons. This September 21-23, a large global event will take place, centered in Los Angeles, with the intention of spreading peace around the world like a mala or garland.

Global MalaThe Global Mala Project is a day-long event honoring the Autumnal Equinox and the UN International Day of Peace. September 21 also marks the beginning of YomKippur - the Jewish High Holiday which marks their deepest day of intimacy with the Divine. It is a powerful time on earth and a powerful time to collectively bring energies together.

I woke up Sunday morning to an email message from my friends who were visiting from California saying, "I am so sorry that your event got rained out...." It did rain for the Yogathon and Blissfest. Hard, torrential rain. In retrospect, I am so glad it did.

In quintessential west coast style, fifteen hundred people will gather together in Vancouver, BC to practice Yoga at the 5th Annual Yogathon and Blissfest on Saturday July 21, 2007 to raise money for Camp Moomba, an organization that provides Canadian children impacted by HIV/AIDS with an unforgettable summer camp experience.

5th Annual Ashtanga Yoga Sumer Immersion with David Garriques kicks off this Sunday June 17th at 9:30AM at the Yoga Barn in Ivy. The rest of the week will be early morning mysore practice led by David and all day workshops as well as the regular ashtanga yoga classes at the yoga shala in Belmont. Don't miss the pool party in Ivy on June 30th!
For more information on the specifics of the schedule visit the Asthtanga Charlottesville website.

Ramana's Garden

On May 29th & 30th, Dr. Prabhavati Dwabha, Founder and Director of Ramanaes Garden, will be in the Washington DC area sharing the story of this marvelous refuge in Northern India for abandoned orphans and children of of the poorest of the poor.

I have a new habit. It is free, simple and fills me with peace. Moon Bathing.

Try it sometime. Find a place to sit, lie or be mellow. Turn off everything electronic. Bask in moonlight.

I am lucky that the we have a huge window in our place that faces due east. Each month around the full moon when the Pacific Northwest skies are clear, you'll find me surrounded by pillows on a futon in the white light of the moon.
How many past generations have enjoyed such simple splendors?

With 70% of your being made of water, allow the tides of your soul overflow.

We just finished our Yogathon and Blissfest meeting last night. There is so much to do to make an event like this happen. Last night, I went to bed probably like all the other committee members thinking "man, there is so much to do for this event it is overwhelming. How can I possibly do all of this along with all the other millions of things I have to do in my life?"

It is good during these times to have a check in with oneself. Why are you doing what you are doing? Do you ever do that? Just stop and think about why you are doing the things you do?

This past Saturday I attended the Step It up 2007 rally here in Charlottesville, as part of the nationwide effort to raise awareness about global warming and to convince lawmakers to create legislation and policy changes to reduce greenhouse emissions 80% by 2050. Despite the rain, about 150 people showed up to hear speakers from engineers to city councilmen, from biodiesel enthusiasts to environmental lawyers.

Casa De MilagrosAnusara Yoga teacher Tanya Beilke is leading a Yoga and Seva Retreat May 10-19 to the Sacred Valley in Peru.

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