The Ashram held another enlightening, inspiring, and enjoyable retreat last month! Many helped put together the week of hatha yoga, philosophy, cooking, meditation, and pranayama classes. This year we were especially honored to have Melanie Camp teaching the morning asana classes and Grammy-nominated David Young performing his beautiful melodies! Playing two different recorders at once, he enchanted us with relaxing and peaceful sounds. We introduced new topics this year as well, including an interactive session where participants discussed applications of yoga philosophy in daily life. Stay tuned for next year’s schedule!

Rishi: Sangkasuka

ॐ उद्वयं तमसस्प्रि स्वः पश्यंत उत्तरं I
देवं देवत्रा सूर्यम गम्म जयोतिरुत्तमम II

Meaning:

O God, let us attain the higher vision, beyond the Earth and the sky, where exists nothing but Brahm, the Supreme Being, and the light of Brahm which is brighter than millions of Suns put together, and which is seen only by the Brahmleen Yogis (those who have achieved oneness with the Absolute). Let us perceive that light mentally and aspire to merge in the same after this life.

Biryani is a nutritious and filling Indian dish loved by many! Vinodini, an excellent cook and student, was kind enough to share her personal recipe with us at last summer’s retreat. Enjoy! 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oil or butter
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 of a red & green pepper (1/2 of each)
1 cup green beans
1/3 head cauliflower
1 potato
1 carrot
2 medium onions
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup raw almond powder
1/2 tsp black pepper

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