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inspiring India: smiles

October 2nd is World Smile Day.  Here on the chattra blog we’re sharing pictures of some of our favorite beaming face...

inspiring India: Ladakh

Enjoy these chattra photo memories of Ladakh, India’s high-altitude desert state. Clear blue skies and thin air, extr...

inspiring India: baolis

India’s baolis --stepwells-- are a marvel.  These functional architectural gems were built for harvesting rain and co...

have you heard of the 5 koshas? the body “sheaths”

Koshas…not doshas.  Doshas you are likely familiar with;  they are the three auyrvedic mind-body types— pitta, kapha ...

dispatch & pics from the loneliest road in America

If your car breaks down at the t-junction of Nevada 50 and 305, grab essentials and walk one mile east to Austin.  Th...

the heart wants what it wants: a poem and a prompt

When we allow for space and moments of quiet to turn inward and listen deeply, we discover the capacity to unearth a ...

pitta is upon us…tips for balancing this summer-like dosha

Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere: days are long, light is abundant, the weather is warm. In Ayurveda, th...

home sweet home: notes for a day retreat

Today’s reality is keeping us from planned wellness gatherings. While not the same as meeting with many in asana, med...

kriya yoga...three practices to offset suffering

Patanjali, the author of the yoga sutras, gave us five ways -- aka kleshas -- in which we increase our own suffering:...

floor sitting, a humbling act with physical benefits

In many cultures, sitting on the floor is a way of life. At big family gatherings when I was little, we would all sit...

the mind amuck...aka the five kleshas

yogini Nikki Estrada writes about noticing her mind during uncertainty and instability This pandemic we are living th...

meet me on the horizon, a poem

I dream of days like this - the promise of long summer nights on the horizon. To return to a time when each evening e...
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