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cooling breaths for Summer

Grab your chattra cushions and settle in for two cooling breath techniques guided by yogini Nikki Estrada: Sitail and...

Maha Shivaratri, The Great Night of Shiva

March 11th is 2021’s Maha Shivaratri, The Great Night of Shiva honoring the Hindu deity of creation, protection and t...

celebrating Losar: Tibetan New Year

The Tibetan new year, Losar, is celebrated for 15 days, beginning in 2021 on February 12th.  In Ladakh, India’s high...

inspring India: cosmic launch pad

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur.  This amazing astronomical observation site was built in the early 18th century.  Ahead-of-its...

home practice refresh

Perhaps you've been doing yoga at home these past months, continuing a commitment or beginning a practice.  Spain-bas...

five causes blocking the path to forgiveness

Forgiving should be simple, especially with a beloved.  But like many emotional actions, it is often a complicated pr...

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 ...
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