Most yoga studios which function in the U.S. are considered “for-profit” businesses. It is however refreshing to see that certain studios make yearly efforts to give back and raise awareness of issues that are vital for a safer, inclusive and diverse communities around this country.
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
Pack Your Mat and the Om Essentials by http://www.briyogi.com is giving away a 108 bead mala necklace acquired in Nepal and a hand blended essential oil. Rules: 1. FOLLOW @packyourmat and @theomessentials 2 Tag 3 or more friends 3. Like this photo (optional: share the photo and love with your friends) Must have a US mailing address;… Continue reading Instagram Giveaway: Eye of the Tiger Mala Beads and OM Essential Oil
This weekend is a time for most singles around the world, including myself, to question the following: Why don’t I have a valentine? Having been single for almost three consecutive years now, after a 7 year relationship, 5 spent married, the reality shift and adjustment to “single ready to mingle” life was difficult. Throughout the past few years… Continue reading How To Practice Self-Love Without Being Selfish?
One thing that was taught consistently at the Kopan Monastery during the 30 day retreat was the potential of the human mind. The ability to have direct control, in order to obtain joy and happiness, as well as, to cultivate positivity rather than the opposite is chosen every morning and every moment by humans. … Continue reading A Quick (First Monday of the Year) Lesson On The Potential of your Mind
I love having conversations with my friend and Ashtanga teacher about social media and yoga. Her recent response to the Huffington Post article titled “The Instagram Star Got Real About How Social Media Can Be” was great and motivated me to continue the conversation. The article is about Essena O’Neill, Instagram celebrity, who deletes account,… Continue reading The Imperfect, Fragile Lives Not Portrayed on Social Media
Last week I made my way to what I thought would be a purely yogic weekend led by my California based teacher Ducky Punch on a beautiful island in Southern Ireland in the most serene of cottages, the Island Cottage. Everything about this experience was unique and unusual. Yes, I said it, unique and unusual. Now, before these… Continue reading Unique & Unusual: Heir Island Cottage Yoga Retreat and Culinary Experience
The trail of tears began as my ex accompanied me to the airport. I was unable to stop crying as I entered the international departures. The police officers asked that I take my sunglasses off, only to discover that a grown man with a beard is sobbing (and nothing wrong with that). The flight attendants treaded lightly around me as they noticed that with each serving of wine, the saga continued.
Maya Angelou is known to have said that “life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away”. Directly contradicting this statement is yogic philosophy claiming that “we are allotted a certain number of breaths per lifetime” and that life is measured by the number of… Continue reading Birthday Post: 32 Years of Breathing, 32 Grateful Affirmations
Paris is always a good idea! Audrey Hepburn is known to have coined this phrase, and I couldn’t agree with her more. Paris has come into my life during different stages, securing a unique place in my heart each time around. The people who have shared these experiences with me on my various trips are… Continue reading Paris is Always a Good Idea