YOGA FAVOURITES Being trained and certified at Yoga Vidya Dham Ashram in Nasik City, India, Carmella’s training came from the lineage of Swami Sivananda Saraswati. Swami Sivananda was born in Tamil Nadu, India, in 1887. After serving as a medical doctor, he renounced his practice and went to Rishikesh where he was initiated into Dashnami sannyasa (Hindu ascetic) in 1924 by Swami Vishwananda Saraswati. He toured extensively through India, inspiring people to practise yoga and lead a divine life. During his lifetime, he guided thousands of disciples and aspirants all over the world and authored over 200 books. Swami Satyananda was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, in 1923. In the 1943 he met Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh and adopted an ascetic way of life.  In 1955 he left his guru’s Ashram to live as a wandering mendicant and later founded the International Yoga Fellowship in 1956 and the Bihar School of Yoga in 1963. Over the next 20 years he toured internationally and authored over 80 books. In 1984 he founded Sivananda Math, a charitable institution for aiding rural development, and the Yoga Research Foundation. Swami Niranjanananda was born in Madhya Pradesh, India, in 1960. At the age of 4 he joined the Bihar School of Yoga and was initiated at the age of 10. He travelled overseas and toured many countries for the next 11 years. In 1983 he was recalled to India and appointed President of Bihar School of Yoga. He has authored over 20 books and guides national and international yoga programs. Carmella’s guru, Yogacharya Vishwas Mandlik, was initiated by Swami Niranjanananda and joined Yoga Vidya Dham in 1979. He was born in Nasik City, India, in 1944 and graduated as an electrical engineer in 1967. After a career as an engineer, he retired from the business and adopted Yogic Education as his life mission. Today, Yoga Vidya Dham is one of India’s important Ashrams, working as a not for profit institution with over 150 branches throughout India, US, Europe, and Asia.  More than 250,000 people have completed the basic Yogic Pravesh course and over 8,500 teachers all over India are now conducting classes. If you are interested in Ashram yoga training, donating to the Sivananda Math, or travel to holy India please see the following links for more info. www.yogapoint.com www.incredibleindia.com http://yogavision.com The lovely and detailed pictures dispersed throughout this site were taken by Troy Glover of Troy Glover Photography. He specializes in, but not limited to, wedding portraits and fine art wedding galleries. www.troygloverphotography.com REIKI FAVOURITES To find out more about the Canadian Reiki Association or Usui Reiki please go to the following links. www.reiki.ca www.usuireiki-ogm.com HEALTH & FITNESS FAVOURITES As an active, long-time, and healthy “complete vegetarian” (no animal products in her diet but some in her life), Carmella’s favourite links for recipes and general info can be found here. You do not need to cut out meat to be healthy, of course, but it is interesting stuff to read about and maybe even experiment with. www.goveg.com www.skinnybitch.net www.fatfreevegan.com www.happycow.net The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is over 100 years old and has been an advocate for young, old, pregnant, unemployed, and abused women everywhere. After volunteering with the YWCA as a karma yoga teacher in Calgary, Carmella is forever touched by the work they do.  Other than providing updated gyms for the public and residences for women in need, they also help to protect women from violence, aid in child care, and support women’s economic security. YWCA Canada conducts research and develops policy recommendations on emerging issues. They engage the public, media, and decision-makers on how issues and trends affect women and girls. To read more on the YWCA or to generously donate, please check out their website. www.ywcacanada.ca FUN & TRAVEL FAVOURITES Whether you’re into seeing one of the largest camel fairs in the world, scuba diving in Thailand, hiking in the Vietnamese mountains, or living it up in Costa del Sol – our favourite travel spots are found here. www.pushkarcamelfair.com www.blacktipdiving.com www.sapa-vietnam.com www.visitcostadelsol.com Our favourite online magazines are these. www.vanityfair.com www.vogue.co.uk www.ellecanada.com www.victoriassecret.com Books are always a nice change from fashion magazines, a few favourites are: Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson Light on Life – B.K.S. Iyengar Good in Bed – Jennifer Weiner To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati Here are some songs on our playlist: Milkshake – Kelis Redemption Song – Bob Marley Lily – Smashing Pumpkins Gravel Pit – Wu-Tang Clan Warwick Avenue – Duffy Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye Jai Ho – AR Rahman Santeria – Sublime Imagine – John Lennon Doo Wop (That Thing) –  Lauryn Hill Green Eyes – Coldplay Tighten Up – The Black Keys Tears Dry On Their Own – Amy Winehouse You Know You’re Right – Nirvana You’ve Got To Hide Your Love  Away – Eddie Vedder Bucky Done Gun – M.I.A. Beast of Burden – Rolling Stones Sugar – System of a Down No One – Alicia Keys Sinkin’ Soon – Norah Jones Yellow Submarine – The Beatles

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