The Importance of Respecting Privacy
I often come across photos of seminars, lectures, and workshops posted on social media, such as at the end of a yoga session when everyone’s lying on the floor. They are having a conversation with their own inner voice or simply spending some time on…
Despite the Fears: I’m Serious Like a Squirrel
I am in the third week of training. I now spend every day definitely doing at least one thing that I have been too lazy to do or preferred to avoid. Sometimes I just want to lie down on the bed silently and do nothing….
A Point of View is a Field of Perception or a Jar of Peanut Butter
“From the point of view of someone who lives in Istanbul, it looks like a very courageous act to quit your job and shake the dust off your feet by claiming, “I want to transform my life!” before going to be trained in an ashram….
How Will YOGA & AYURVEDA Reduce Your Belly Fat?
Gastro-intestinal health and weigh-loss are the most outstanding issues pestering people in their late 40’s and onwards. For many, it is more or less a matter of good and attractive appearance, but hiding ourselves behind fleeting beauty is to miss the crux of the problem….
Have You Ever Missed Someone You Do Not Even Know?
Yes, I have. I first saw him four months ago when I started yoga. He was utterly handsome, but what I felt toward him was not a physical attraction. One day, after a yoga class, I could not leave the yoga studio because of a…
Mind Control and a Bucket of Ice
It’s just one day before training begins, and I’m sitting next to my bed conversing with the butterflies in my stomach as two shining eyes with a huge backpack appear. After a few seconds of eye contact, Kalyani starts questioning me, and I reply continuously….
I Have Not Made My Hair since that Day
On that warm, extremely sunny day in the ancient city of Ephesus near Selçuk, I was obsessively trying to take selfies while sitting on one of the highest block of seats. I was trying to show off that gorgeous and exotic girl who came from…
An Enlightened History of Humanity
There is a more positive way of looking at history than in the context of who fought which wars or invaded and became the leader of which countries. That way of regarding history tells us that humanity has remained really childish. I believe most children…
The Least Amount of Effort in Meditation
Someone emailed me with some questions about the role of effort in meditation, and about their tendency to try to hard until they felt a sense of strain while meditating. Here is my response: Your questions are very good ones. It seems to come down…
Yoga Teacher Training in Ashram
I start warming myself up in anticipation. Everyone staying in the ashram needs to follow an intense schedule starting at 5.30 am and ending at 9.30 pm. In my first week of this schedule, I realize my physical and mental limitations, but I do not…
18 Amazing Benefits of Yoga, According to Science
Yoga is becoming more mainstream in western cultures as those who practice it realize the numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits that come with the ancient art. Science has proven that yoga can have a transformative effect on the body, resulting in everything from lowered…
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