Categorized as: Lifestyle

April Yoga Story: Julie Kendig

I am grateful for Pilgrimage of the Heart. I began coming to this studio six years ago when I moved to North Park after going through a difficult life change. I was delighted that the most affordable studio in town--a key factor since I work in the non-profit arts sector--was also the most caring, egoless studio I found.

To Laugh at Oneself

The ability to laugh at oneself is essential to a healthy sense of self, stress reduction, and overall happiness in life. Laughter as medicine is scientifically proven. A 2005 study found that laughter triggers a function key to overall health. Laughing helps facilitate the dilation of blood vessels, improving their overall function and stimulating

March Yoga Story: Sandra Needham

I try too hard. My parents were more casual about saying, “Just do your best” when I was young than I was about hearing it. ‘Doing my best’ has always involved tension. Earnest effort needs to show! My girlfriend in Brazil was trying to straighten her posture. Her personal trainer told her: “Pretend you are holding a pencil tightly betwe

On Santosha and Being Happy

One of the foundational principles of yoga is the practice of santosha. It means being content with what is. It does not mean being apathetic but instead finding satisfaction in doing your best, giving your all to any given situation or relationship and then realizing that you can't control all outcomes.

Finding Synchronicity with Meditation

My nephew recently asked me what I had learned from all my years of meditation. I answered him in one word: synchronicity. Synchronicity is the connection, the link between our psychic self: the realm of our mind, emotions and unconsciousness, and the physical world around us.

Sharing in the New Year

Written by Sujantra “We must let go of the life we planned, so as to accept the one waiting for us.” –Joseph Campbell The New Year is an opportunity to reinvigorate our commitment to personal growth and sharing that new found growth with the others and the world. Yoga is a beautiful way to learn […]

November Yoga Story: Liz Pappas

I love the Pilgrimage community and substantive, meaningful connections with my friends who are like sisters to me. I love how yoga helps me build mindfulness, nurture compassion, create health and balance physically, emotionally and mentally.

Climbing the Stairway of Emotion

“Emotion,” to quote Sri Chinmoy, “tells us that the ever-increasing life energy is constantly flowing through us.” We all know the power of emotion. It colors our view of the world and ourselves. When it comes down to my thoughts versus my feelings, I find, emotions prevail 99% of the time. Gratitude, on the scale of emotions, ranks towards

An Interconnected World

Our lives are dependent upon our environment. Awareness and actions based on an understanding of this interconnectedness, this web of life of which we are a part, will bring personal happiness and help solve the challenges that society faces.

Our New North Park Studio

Written by Sujantra We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new studio in North Park! After having been at our current North Park location for 6 years we have decided to move to a location that will offer parking, bigger yoga rooms, bike racks and a covered courtyard. The new location is 2.5 blocks north on 30th Street next to Ritual T