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One Thing I Learned Visiting Nagorno-Karabagh

We reached an agreement. They put their toy guns down. They were full on “shooting” us because war is a distant, but constant reality for these children.

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Being Gay & Armenian: Shame to Pride

As a gay man, I am proud. The shame that I carried for many years for being an Armenian gay man has diminished during the past decade as I decided to fully embrace this label and my culturally unaccepted identity. Even years later, during times of great pride,  there have been moments where I have caught myself regressing. Then, I quickly… Continue reading Being Gay & Armenian: Shame to Pride

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Pray for Orlando. Pray for All Suffering. 

Your lack of self-love, compassion and kindness truly reflect today the hate you were capable of bringing into this world. Your suffering, deeply rooted within the same heart we all possess, “dear” shooter, is leaving huge repercussions to a nation who is already so confused about their state of being. Our notion of violence, to… Continue reading Pray for Orlando. Pray for All Suffering. 

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Silverlake Summer Solstice Sun Salutations on International Day of Yoga

The past six years I have celebrated Summer Solstice by taking part in the Nit de Foc (Night of the Fire), which followed straight into the next morning of Dia de Sant Joan in Barcelona, Spain. This year it was spent quite differently, but with similarities in terms of great feelings of revitalization, energy and the realization that… Continue reading Silverlake Summer Solstice Sun Salutations on International Day of Yoga

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Reflections on the Charleston Shootings: Compassion Through Ahimsa

Through yoga we practice to “meet our inner darkness impartially and compassionately, so that it can be transformed without being acted out in the world. We practice how to meet our inner violence nonviolently and how to express our negativity without hurting anyone, including ourselves.