Sunday, December 20, 2020

The Problem with Meditation Apps. Do We Really Need Them?

De we need meditation apps
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I know, there is an app for everything, but do we really need an app to meditate? I've always had my reservations to use or even recommend any meditation apps, and I have very good reasons.  But nowadays I might be changing my opinion. Let me explain.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

This is Why I didn't Stay in an Ashram in Varanasi


Beginning of this year, I visited one of the most iconic cities in India: Varanasi.  One of my intentions was to stay in an ashram in the holy city, but that proved to be difficult.  In the end, I had no choice but to stay in a guesthouse.  This is what happened.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

I Visited Lahiri Mahasaya and Babaji's Cave Temple in Varanasi

If you want to experience the most authentic spiritual India and the most impressive Ganga aarti, then you have to visit Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in India. But what truly motivated me to visit this city earlier this year, is the stories of Indian yogis (such as Lahiri Mahasaya) who walked its streets more than 100 years ago.

What is Guru Purnima and How it is Celebrated

Guru Purnima
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Today is a special day in India called Guru Purnima, a day when all gurus are honored.  To understand what exactly is Guru Purnima, why it is celebrated, how it is celebrated, and what foreigners can do on this day I decided to reach out to my friend Arvind Pare, a well-known Vedanta teacher based in Mysore, India.  
Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Mindful Eating Meditation I Do to Stay Calm (Step-by-Step)

Mindful Eating Meditation

15 years ago I discovered a simple mindful eating meditation technique at a Buddhist monastery in Nepal. It's been a lifesaver.  Today, whenever I notice that I'm eating in a rush, stressed, or anxious, I try eating mindfully using this method.  By the time I finish my meal I usually feel calm, present, and clear-headed.
Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Beauty of Silence: Learning to Live Without Distractions

The Beauty of Silence

I know, this might sound like a strange question but don't you ever feel the need to switch off all distractions and just focus on what you are doing?

I mean, today's technology offers us endless options to keep ourselves busy even while doing mindless tasks.  We have education, information, and entertainment at the reach of our fingertips, and available 24/7.  

I totally love that.  But what if we just put our devices down and simply stay in silence?
Sunday, April 26, 2020

TOP 7 Things to Do in JODHPUR in Just 2 Days

Jodhpur Fort

Jodhpur, the Blue City of India, is definitely a must-visit place in Rajasthan, and in only two days, you can explore most of its top sights. So, based on my recent trip earlier this year, here are the top 7 things you can do in Jodhpur in a two-day itinerary.
Saturday, April 11, 2020

Why You Should Visit Pushkar | Travel Tips Included

Pushkar Lake

Pretty much as soon as I arrived in India on the 3rd of February I made my way to Rajasthan. This was not my first time in Rajasthan, and the only place I was willing to visit again was Pushkar. Let me tell you why.
Monday, March 23, 2020

Interview with Swami Brahmdev of Aurovalley Ashram Rishidwar

Interview with Swami Brahmdev

While I was staying at Aurovalley Ashram, an ashram near Rishikesh, I asked the founder, Swami Brahmdev, if he would give me a few minutes for an interview. I wanted to ask him a few questions about the ashram and about yoga. Luckily he said yes.
Monday, March 9, 2020

Aurovalley Ashram: a Beautiful and Quiet Ashram for Meditation

Aurovalley Ashram Rishidwar

Aurovalley Ashram Rishidwar, founded by Swami Brahmdev, is a peaceful ashram near Rishikesh. It's a great place to spend time in silence, reading or focusing on meditation.

I could easily stay several months at this ashram but at the same time, for one particular reason, I wouldn't. Let me explain.
Sunday, February 16, 2020

My Experience at Blue Indigo Yoga Retreat Siem Reap

Blue Indigo Yoga Meditation Retreat Siem Reap

After two disappointing weeks at a yoga retreat in Phnom Penh, I moved to Blue Indigo Yoga Siem Reap, a small but lovely yoga and meditation retreat in Cambodia.

I felt much more comfortable at Blue Indigo so I ended up staying there for almost four months (from Oct-2019 till Jan-2020), working as a traveling yoga teacher.

Let me tell you the whole story.
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Manduka Begin and Pro Travel Yoga Mat: 2020 Review

Manduka Begin and PRO Travel Yoga Mat

After 10 years on the road, it was finally time to get a decent travel yoga mat that I could also use for my daily practice. So I decided to try the Manduka PRO Travel Yoga Mat and the Manduka Begin Yoga Mat. Believe it or not, I chose the beginners mat. Here is why.