A look back at the history of Ischia starting from 700BC when it was discovered by the Greeks and then through to the Roman times, attacks by pirates in the middle ages, warring republics, the Risorgimento and finally on to modern times.
Read about the mythology, the settlement by the Greeks, the Romans, and the interesting history of this island. By Dion Protani, in Ischia Review
I found myself feeling isolated, separate and alone. Had I done this? Did I withdraw as a reaction to the betrayals? How had I become so disconnected? More importantly, how could I reconnect?
Interesting trivia: in 1950, less than 10% of American households contained only one person. By 2010, nearly 27% of households had just one person.
There is an epidemic of loneliness.
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Choosing a teacher training program is an investment in yourself that yields lifelong transformation physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As such, the program you choose ultimately contributes to the direction of your growth. I encourage you to look beyond the “surface factors” and explore the depth of each program you are considering. Before choosing a yoga teacher training program, reflect upon these essential elements.
1. Mission & Vision
What are the Mission and Vision of the program? Is the heart of the program in alignment with your spirit?
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The truth is, I work a lot. I travel to fulfill my dharma to teach peace and inspire happiness. I’m in different time zones, and often lack reliable WiFi or have low bandwidth. I can’t afford an international cell phone plan, just cheap sim cards for local calls.
Even when I’m not off-grid, I meditate a lot by myself so I’m still off-grid (in a sense, living in another realm.) I’m also an introvert hiding in plain site as an extrovert, which requires time alone to recharge. I get so involved in my role of healer-teacher that I forget to leave time to stay more connected.
What has changed for me, as I get wiser, is how important sisterhood is now more than ever.
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As a result of practicing yoga, I have changed the way I think about generosity. I have learned to give without expectation and to always remain mindful of the quality of my generosity.
Generosity in yoga is an interesting learning based partly on two of the five Yamas:
1. It means the opposite of taking (Asteya) whereby we share freely with a focused quality effort.
2. Generosity implies looking at life through a prism of abundance instead of scarcity. In yoga, this is known as Aparigraha
: there is more than enough for everyone.
In yogic terms, Truth, known as Satya, can be defined on three levels: (1) that we speak the truth about what we think, (2) what we feel and (3) what we do.
When we feel out of alignment, it is usually where there is a conflict between what we think and what we feel. When we aren’t honest we feel unsteady, anxious, and uprooted—everything that happiness is not.
In the Yoga Sutras Chapter 2.36, it is presented that if we are “dedicated to the truth and integrity, our thoughts, words and actions gain the power to manifest.” (Translation from Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi).
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Have you ever noticed a low level of anxiety constantly gnawing away inside you? Do you find yourself clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, fidgeting, seeking meaningless distraction, anything just to handle the stress or get away from the tension you feel just being you? Yoga calls this Dukha. It means suffering, imbalance, despair, anguish, anxiety, irritation, uncertainty and more. You get the idea. If you feel Dukha, you are not alone. Despite the fact we have more comforts and material possessions, more freedom and more mobility than any people in modern history, Americans are awash in Dukha. As George Carlin put it, “the paradox of our time in history is we have more….” (I’ll share more about this later.)
How Dukha Impacts Us On All Levels
We all know that stress can have a huge impact on how we live day-do-day. It affects our mood, our social relationships, our sleep pattern and diet.
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