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Tibetan Monks-Sand Mandala, Closing

February 25, 2011

Yesterday was the final day of the Tibetan Monks visit to Penn State Berks Campus.

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After three days of construction, the Mandal was breathtaking.

The destruction of something so beautiful and painstakingly created is hard to watch.  The Ritualistic demolition ceremony is lovely and melancholy.

The monks conclude their creation of the mandala with a consecration ceremony.

The Beginning of the Closing Ceremony (Video Here)

During the closing ceremony, the monks dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. When requested, half of the sand is distributed to the audience as blessings for personal health and healing.



The remaining sand is carried in a procession by the monks, accompanied by guests, to a flowing body of water, where it is ceremonially poured to disperse the healing energies of the mandala throughout the world.

Amazing Chanting (Video 2 – 4:16)

Chanting (video 3 1:02)



Instruments and Chanting

(video 4 0:59)


Flower Drop

(Video 5 0:33)


Mandala Destruction (video 6 1:39)

Mandala Destruction (video 7 1:27)


Channel 69 News Story Here:
Art Made, Destroyed At Penn State Berks

Reading Eagle Story Here
Striking, and spiritual, images in sand

See Monk and Mandala Post Here

Mystic Art of Tibet Pose Here

Learn More about Mandalas Here
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Monks and Mandalas

February 23, 2011

Mandala Sand Painting:  Tibetan monks hold mandala sand painting exhibition
Penn State Berks
, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. Free and open to the public.

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“From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand ranks is one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibet, this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means “mandala of colored powders.” Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks.”

I love Mandalas.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to see “Healing the Earth: A Sacred Art by the Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery” at Penn State Berks Campus.

See a short video clip here.

The outline of the mandala is drawn on a wooden platform. Sand is held in a chak-pur (traditional metal funnel) and a metal rod is grated on its surface.  Symbolizing life’s impermanence, the mandala is ceremoniously destroyed after completion.

The 10 Monks, who live in India, have been traveling for a year in the United States.
View the tour schedule here.

Tomorrow brings an end to the llamas visit to PSU-Berks.  The Mandala will be completed around 6 PM (2.24.11).  A ceremonial dismantling of the Mandala follows.

Click HERE for Mandala Coloring Meditation Sheets.
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Meditation Workshop Agenda

October 15, 2010

Intro To Meditation/Labyrinth Workshop
October 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM ($5)
At Human Breathing Yoga Studio in Morgantown, PA (CLICK HERE for MAP)
Learn about Meditation, and try a walking a Labyrinth Meditation.

What’s on the Agenda:

About me

Metta Meditation

Why Do We Meditate

What is Meditation

Who Should Meditate

Types of Meditation

How to set up a Meditation Practice of your own

Body Posture

Yoga Mudras

Eye Gaze


Mala Meditation

What are Labyrinths

Labyrinth History

Labyrinths as Meditation Tools

Types of Labyrinths

Ways to walk the Labyrinth

Healing Meditation

Optional Labyrinth walk at PSU-Berks
Tulpehocken Road & Broadcasting Road;  Wyomissing, PA

Human Breathing Yoga Studio is located at:
3605 E Main Street (Route 23)
Morgantown, PA 19543

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Clean Your Yoga Mat!

April 13, 2010

Guerilla Yoga at the Spring Equinox Festival

Have you been participating in some Guerilla Yoga (Yoga Outside)?  Do you have a dirty yoga mat?

Sweat, mud, germs, gym floors and nature can all create a dirty yoga mat.  It’s ok to clean them.  Of course you can buy a mat cleaner, but why bother when you can make an eco-friendly cleaner at home?

There are a lot of recipes out there:

Try one of these:

Mat Cleaner 1

1 part (like 1 Cup) Vinegar with

3 parts Water (3 Cups)

1 teaspoon of Tea Tree Essential Oil*

Combine all ingredients and put in a clean, labeled spray bottle.  Spray your mat with the mixture and wipe with a clean cloth.

Mat Cleaner 2

1 part Witch Hazel (like ¼ Cup)

4 parts Water (1 Cups)

1 teaspoon of Tea Tree Essential Oil*

Combine all ingredients and put in a clean, labeled spray bottle.  Spray your mat with the mixture and wipe with a clean cloth.

*Tea Tree Oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties

In addition to the Tea Tree Oil, you can also add a few drops of another essential oil for scent.  If you practice outside and insects are a problem try adding some lavender or citronella essential oils.

You can also safely wash your Yoga Mat in the Washing Machine!

Use a Gentle Detergent

Wash your mat in Cold Water (separately from your clothes)

Remove before the Spin Cycle

Hang your mat over a clothesline or a shower rod to dry

Of course you can also use a cloth Yoga Rug or a Sticky/Cloth mat combination.

Outside Yoga Circle

I use:  Cotton Multi Shade Yoga Rug in conjunction with Extra Long 1/4” Deluxe Yoga Mat.

When my Yoga Rug gets dirty, I toss it in the washing machine (Cold Wash, Cold Rinse) and I hang it up to dry.  When my sticky mat gets dirty, I wipe it down with a damp cloth, and/or a homemade cleaning solution.

Give them a try and let me know what works for you.
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YAMS & The Get Some Show Made the Reading Eagle

March 9, 2010

Check it out on the web:

or on the Front Page of Section E….LIFE

YAMS & the "Get Some" Show

Kate & Jesi

Spring Township, PA – If you don’t click on the wrong channel or incorrectly type a Web site into your computer when you are trying to find a show produced by Penn State Berks WPSB-TV, you could “Get Some.”

Get what?

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Kate L. Donehower, a sophomore from Lansdale, Montgomery County, during a taping of the “Get Some” TV program at Penn State Berks.
A show with health information.

Is the show about what you suspect it’s about?


How’s it spelled.


What’s it mean?

Enlightenment and sexual health.

Three cheers for that.

In its second year, “Get Some” is the collaborative brainchild of Alice R. Holland, a certified nurse practitioner and supervisor of the Health Services Department at Penn State Berks, Spring Township, and several journalism and broadcasting students.

Holland also teaches courses in health and human sexuality and is a human sexuality doctoral student.

“I wanted to find a creative way to get across information on a variety of health topics,” Holland said, adding that she hosts “Get Some,” a campus television show aimed at college-aged adults to encourage learning about human sexuality and health.

The show is filmed monthly before a live interactive student audience at the Perkins Student Center.

This year, “Get Some” has already tackled such topics as yoga for sexual health and using meditation to assist with moods and relationships. Another program was dedicated to giving students tips to have a safe spring break, especially in locations far from home or abroad.

For most shows, expert guests are interviewed or answer student questions, and creative techniques also are encouraged to make a program more fun or interactive.

For example, in the program emphasizing safety on spring breaks, a multicolored beach ball was tossed around the audience.

When students caught it, their fingers touched certain colored sections of the ball, each section overlayed with written topics that could be addressed.

Among the health-oriented topics were avoiding alcohol or drug abuse, indulging in safe sex, being wary of pickpockets, securing personal property from theft, keeping the body hydrated, using sunscreen and being knowledgeable and respectful of one’s surroundings.

In addition, students were made aware of the advantages of establishing a buddy system, not undertaking an activity that could easily lead to injury and being aware of native foods and water that may cause digestive upset.

“Young people are inclined to have fun, but we stressed using common sense in that program,” Holland said. “If something doesn’t look or feel safe, students should avoid it.”

Part of spring-break program was to encourage students to take “The Safe Spring Challenge” with a “Not Tonight” theme. It offered students prizes and credit for attending a workshop if they gave up alcohol or tobacco and asked them to submit their stories and photos to Holland.

“It (‘Get Some’) is a cool show that engages students and gives them a comfortable format to tackle some sensitive topics,” said Nate Lee, 20, Palymra, Lebanon County, current WPSB-TV (Channel 5) club president, studying broadcast journalism.

“Students also are having fun while learning,” said Iman McDonnaugh, 18, Freeport, N.Y., a freshman studying communications who also served as a co-host of the spring-break program.

Holland said Dale Lefever, past president of WPSB-TV and a Penn State Berks 2009 graduate with a degree in information science and technology, was instrumental in getting the program started.

Jeff Fazio, assistant director of student affairs at Penn State Schuylkill, who formerly worked at the Berks campus, also assisted with the show’s logo design, Holland said.

“Each embraced my concept of pairing my health background with expertise in broadcasting,” she said.

Megan O’Malley, Sinking Spring, a part-time faculty member teaching a yoga class on campus, was joined by Jesi Yost, Shillington, a yoga instructor, for another “Get Some” program.

They demonstrated yoga positions designed to increase student awareness of their bodies, improve flexibility and spark human connections with others.

“Yoga is not just about stretching and breathing exercises,” O’Malley said. “It is a physical, emotional and spiritual practice that provides guidelines for behavior.

“It’s about making a connection, but it also helps in opening yourself up when it comes to building a relationship and sharing intimacy with your partner.”

She made students aware of a variety of poses, some of them outlined in an article on partner yoga that teaches couples how to deepen trust and enhance intimacy.

O’Malley debunked any student belief that yoga is only for women, noting the greatest yoga masters in Hindu culture are men. She said women were once even forbidden to practice it.

O’Malley responded to a blunt and somewhat sexist query: “Do you think men prefer their girlfriends to be familiar with yoga when it comes to bedroom activities?”

“I think women prefer men who do yoga,” she said. “Yoga is not just a woman thing. This is a practice that has mutual benefits for both sexes.”

Spring Equinox Festival at the Labyrinth, PSU-Berks

March 4, 2010

Who: The Vernal Equinox celebration is open to everyone

What: The Vernal Equinox is an important day in Yoga.  It’s the first day of Spring and a day in perfect balance.

When: Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Where: Penn State Berks Campus at the Labyrinth;   Tulpehocken Road & Broadcasting Road

Cost: Free

1:30 PM Program Portion (at the Labyrinth)

2:15 – 3:00 PM Yoga class/Demonstration (Janssen Center)

3:00 – 4:00 PM Exeter Concert Band Performs

Ongoing venders and a Drum Circle

The Labyrinth is a spiritual tool. A labyrinth is symbolic of the journey to the center of yourself.  The Labyrinth is a meditation tool that can be walked. The labyrinth path has three stages – the inward journey, the centre and the outward journey. The theme of the inward journey is letting go of things that hinder our wholeness. The centre of the Labyrinth is a place of meditation and peace. The outward journey represents relationships – with others, the planet, the universe and us.

Equinox translated literally, means “equal night.” Because the sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes.  People have been marking and celebrating the Vernal (Spring) Equinox for thousands of years. The vernal equinox is celebrated as a time of renewal and growth. Some popular features of this tradition include a green cloth, candle, soil, seed, flowers, paper and a pen. A dance is performed in a clock-wise circle. Desires are written on the paper, and then burned.  The paper ashes are then mixed with the soil.