My dedication to yoga began in 1960s. After a year long journey through many countries of Europe and North Africa, I returned home sick. Actually, I became ill in Egypt about mid-way through my trip, but my lust for seeing other cultures, archaeological sites, and museums kept me traveling, despite weakness and discomfort. When I got back to San Francisco on my birthday in 1966, the new ideas, psychedelics and cultural ferment were exhilarating. A dynamic shift had begun and I was right there where it started! My determination to regain health in all its aspects was foremost on my mind, through it all, and my mom's gift of a huge basket of fresh fruit started me toward the road of using foods as healers. I read Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi that year, enrolled in a full load of anthropology courses at San Francisco State, scoured the libraries so I could read about yoga philosophy and history, and, in January of 1967, began my life long yoga practice, learning Hatha Yoga postures from a wonderful Indian teacher, SivaRam, at the Cultural Integration Fellowship, and visiting the small storefront Krishna temple to hear lectures and chant in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga, led by A.C. Bhaktivedanta, Swami.
Because I had read that Yogananda's guru was adept at astrology, I added astrology books to my reading list. On the journey the prior year, I met people in various places who seemed to be the same "type" as people in other places. It seemed significant, but I didn't know what to make of it. The exposure to astrology, subsequent classes, and observation of people in the light of their charts gave me tools to describe those varying types. The more I learned, the more profound and deep I found the art to be. I continue to study, learn and help others by elucidating aspects of the lives in the light of their personal astrology chart..
A third art that I have been involved with for many years is glass art. I was mesmerized by the colors of beautiful art glass, created stained glass windows and lamps and now craft tiny dichroic jewels. There was a learning lesson for me in stained glass work, that was a lesson about reality. Glass breaks! And stained glass work takes time - first you have to design the picture, making sure that the "cut lines" are possible, as glass only likes to break apart in certain ways. Then you enlarge the pattern to the size of your proposed window, cut the glass to fit the pattern pieces and make sure the grain of glass is going in the right direction, put the glass together, either with lead came or by soldering applied copper foil tape and make sure that your borders or came edging have come out square. Then, before you can enjoy the window, you have to clean it. Then you have to transport it. Between the initial excitement of the artistic idea and the actual finished project is a great deal of time and effort and risk, too, as glass can break at any point in the process. So the learning lesson of stained glass was, for me, also patience and follow through. For some reason, besides that I loved working in glass, I also felt almost compelled or led to work with glass. I believe it was the answer to my soul's longing for spiritual growth.