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Guru Purnima: Celebrating the bond between guru and shishya

posted by sheetal

Today, Hindus celebrate Guru Purnima, a festival in which one pays homage and respect to her guru, or teacher. Traditionally in India, when a child reached an appropriate age, he would move out of his parents’ home to commence his […]

The music of breathing

posted by sheetal

Over the course of the past few years, I’ve taken yoga classes at a handful of different studios taught by countless different instructors.  Naturally, each one has her own style of teaching, and with that style comes a particular type […]

Yoga: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

posted by sheetal

Over the past week, I’ve been reviewing the comments in response to my last blog which continued to bring to light the Hindu roots of yoga.  It seems like the main issue many yoga practitioners have is that “yoga is […]

Hinduism: Cows, Karma, and Yoga

posted by sheetal

Over the course of the last year, as the Hindu American Foundation’s Take Back Yoga campaign has grown in prominence, I’ve been asked many times why we felt compelled to address this issue.  Why not just appreciate the fact that […]

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India's Holy Men by Joey L.
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posted 11:54:40am Mar. 03, 2014 | read full post »

The Idea of a Constructed Hindu Identity
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posted 5:21:42pm Jan. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Coalition Against Reality: Deconstructing an Attack on the Hindu American Foundation
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posted 5:38:10pm Jan. 06, 2014 | read full post »

Advice on kindness
My yoga teacher sent me the below link to George Saunders' convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013. It's worth a read:

posted 10:24:26am Aug. 08, 2013 | read full post »

Indian State makes Yoga mandatory in grade school
Last week, the Times of India reported that the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is making yoga mandatory for school children in grades 1 - 5.   What a great idea! The article can be found online at

posted 10:46:32am Aug. 05, 2013 | read full post »

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