Ceremony, Ritual and Shrouded Sheaths – Rishikesh, India 2018

One of the things I love most about the culture here in India, is the ornate ceremony that happens daily, if not multiple times a day. The Hindus have a specific God for just about everything... health, prosperity, family, enlightenment, learning... the list goes on.  Alongside these many gods, there are specific rituals meant to … Continue reading Ceremony, Ritual and Shrouded Sheaths – Rishikesh, India 2018

Twilight and the Artistic Divine – Isha Yoga Center, India

April 3-8, 2018 There are moments when you just know youโ€™ve landed some place magical, and I am at precisely such a place. I arrive here having traveled the lush forested land through what my driver tells me is an unusually powerful thunderstorm, and I believe that natural intensity was a foreshadowing of things to … Continue reading Twilight and the Artistic Divine – Isha Yoga Center, India

Old Towns and Fire Rituals – Varanasi, India -Part 2

February 5, 2017 Old Town One of the best ways to see any city is to walk it, and my favorite way to go about that is to just set off on my own and wander, exploring off the beaten track and discovering hidden gems. Varanasi, however, is not the place for such initiative. Even … Continue reading Old Towns and Fire Rituals – Varanasi, India -Part 2

Namaste, My Friend – Rishikesh Part 2 – India

October 26 & 27, 2015 Early morning, before all the street vendors have set up, I walk through the quiet village on my way to breakfast, pausing to sit on one of the stairwells leading down to the river, smelling the subtle incense that permeates the air. At this hour, the river is a surprising … Continue reading Namaste, My Friend – Rishikesh Part 2 – India

Om Namaha Shiva – Rishikesh Part 1 – India

October 24 & 25, 2015 Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and built along either side of the sacred Ganges river near its source, Rishikesh has a beautiful intensity that is entirely unlike every other place I've been so far. While still densely populated, the chaos is severely dialed down, letting the natural beauty … Continue reading Om Namaha Shiva – Rishikesh Part 1 – India

Exquisite Ellora

Monday, Oct 5 Today, India redeemed itself to me in the form of the Ellora Caves. If I had to leave today, I would do so knowing I had the privilege of walking back through history and glimpsing something magical... and that is a very special gift indeed. Nothing can really prepare you for things … Continue reading Exquisite Ellora