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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 ...

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...
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