Posted in Asia, Pilgrim's journey, Resources, Yoga

The Best (and Cheapest) Massage in Bangkok

A dear friend showed me this place years ago and I have been a fan ever since. You may know of the famous Wat Po massage school that trains many Thai massage therapists at their main school near the river. But fewer know about their satellite location in Sukhumvit–soi 39. Simple, clean, extremely efficient, the therapists are expert at their trade–I’ve never had a bad experience. Foot massage and “scrubbing” are on the ground floor, with upper levels reserved for full 1.5 or 2 hour Traditional Thai Massage. The rooms are pleasantly dark and airy, sparkly clean and calm. I have been known to book a taxi directly here from the airport on arrival in Bangkok. I can guarantee you will not walk out of here frazzled. The place is packed on Saturday afternoons, so book ahead.

Wat Po Massage Bangkok

Mon-Thu 09:00-24:30(L.O.22:30), Fri-Sun 10:30-01:00(L.O.23:00)

2 hour traditional Thai Massage: THB 300

1 hour foot Massage: THB 250

TEL: 02-261-0567

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Posted in Asia, Pilgrim's journey, Resources, Yoga

On Becoming a Global Yogi

A while back, The Global Yogi interviewed me to ask how I found my way on the path to teaching yoga internationally.

Click here to read it on The Global Yogi.

 Be a global yogi

 

Are you ready to begin your path as a global yogi – teaching yoga internationally –  but don’t know where to start? Check out our new online course, How to Make a Fabulous Living Teaching, Traveling (and Saving) the World. Click here for details and to register.

Classes start 14 July 2014!

Posted in Asia, Dharma, Meditation, Pilgrim's journey

A visit with the 17th Karmapa

In March of this year, I went to Sarnath, India, where Shakyamuni Buddha gave teachings for the very first time. While I was there I had the incredible good fortune to have a private meeting with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. _MG_2528 My meeting was limited to 3 minutes, so I had time for one question and one photo. In answer to my question, he essentially reminded me that the best way to  use this precious human birth is to practice taming the mind through meditation, and to use that training to develop compassion for all sentient beings.

Posted in Asia, Psychology, Yoga

Luxury Pilgrims

Just finished our 3rd annual Contemplative Practice and Wellness Retreat in Phuket, and the incomparable Amanpuri Resort. We hosted a small group of graduate level psychology students in a training designed to share mindfulness practice for practical application in the clinical setting.

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It was a fabulous reminder that being a pilgrim, learning to train the mind and body to be present does NOT have to mean self-denial through  ascetic practices.

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Though we did practice yoga and meditation each day, and discussed ways to inspire compassion to arise in our hearts, we also ate fantastic Thai food, discovered the beautiful beaches Thailand is famous for.

amanpuri beach

We will repeat this program again in October 2014, so if you are interested to join send me a message in the form below, or click here for more information.   

Posted in Asia, Dharma, Pilgrim's journey

Royal Palace, Phnom Pehn

One thing I love about Cambodia is its incredibly rich spiritual heritage. It’s one of the few places where you can get a felt sense of how the Hindu and Buddhist traditions mixed, merged and eventually diverged. Outside of Nepal, I have not come across another culture that has such a vast treasure of the intertwining of these rich heritages.

I spent a day recently at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, enjoying the cultural offerings.

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