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World’s Worst Toilets: #4 The “Company Toilet” (Ladkh, India)

I was sightseeing the town of Leh, when the urge hit. I had to pee.

Don’t you just hate when the perculating pee pot hits full when you’re on the road with nowhere to go…? Well, maybe not nowhere…

June 19, 2011 11
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Five Gurus of my Yoga Teacher Training in India |Dharamsala

After a month long yoga bootcamp at Himalaya Yoga Valley in Dharamsala, I finally graduated. Woot! Muscles aching, belly battling waterborne parasites, while hurdling through two asana classes a day and intensive schedule of studies and teaching practicums… It was a lot! Along the way, you accept your body’s shape-shifting as your foreign environment molds you– injury happens, bad diets take form (carb-loading cause you can’t eat veggies), India initiates you with horrible toilet habits.

But good things come from it as well…

June 12, 2011 13
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Love Letter #12: Passion & Voice for Tibetans in Dharamsala

If a tree falls in the woods but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

What is a voice crying for help if it cannot make its way beyond the forest? A passion can be fiery but its voice must be able to spread like wildfire in order to have a bigger effect. It must spark beyond the home, beyond its small community…

June 8, 2011 2
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Eat, Pray, Love… 10 Things to Know about Staying at an Indian ashram?

At 6 AM. the morning fog was lifting off the lake. Devotional music poured joyously over the loudspeaker of a neighboring temple and echoed eerily, as fly-by birds bore life to the serene setting. Sitting in silence I felt the sun spreading it’s rays across my body with an exquisite orange and gold. I inhaled….OM.

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12 Tips for Finding Budget Accommodations in India

I’ll be honest– finding a place to crash is one of my ugh parts of traveling solo in India. It’s literally draining.
Budget cradles here spell the need for an open-mind, with a crowbar of willpower and let’s face it– India is not as cheap as it used to be and the room you get doesn’t always match the higher rupee you’re paying!

Obviously, the rules of the game and standards of house-keeping are different here.

May 29, 2011 19
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When Tibetan monks get downright passionate!

We all have this idea that Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns have very stoic , temperate and reserved personalities. Afterall, walking Buddha’s Middle Path (of compassion), doesn’t exactly lend itself to the appearance of being excitable, emotional or argumentative. Yet, monks have their moments and in their monk clan, they reveal themselves to be absolutely human when it comes to “the art of debate”!

May 26, 2011 6
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I’m visiting who?… Who is the Karmapa?

Who are we seeing? I asked

The Karmapa.

My party of yogi friends chimed in.

Who?

The name didn’t stir recognition for me.

His gaze was intense for such a young-looking face.

Piercing. Penetrating, as if he could see right into you…

May 23, 2011 7
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Finally,…Getting Sick in India

“Amoebic Dysentry”.

Sitting in Dr. Marwah’s office, a stone’s throw from the Dalai Lama’s estate I stared at the picture he drew before me This was my diagnosis. I had a parasite in me– no wonder I’d been feeling like I was eating for two people!

May 17, 2011 24
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