Golden Pots: My Father’s Advice on Life

My twin sister just wrote this post on her blog about the advice our Dad gave us while growing up and I’ve chosen to re-post it here. I’ve had the chance to re-hear much of this advice while I’ve lived in Las Vegas with my parents the last couple of months. I was even around during Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, in October and was able to re-connect with some of the beautiful traditions of my Indian heritage. I’ve included photos from that evening in this post.

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Written by Neeta Jain, Photos by Neelu Jain

My Dad is a wise-guy. He likes jokes of any kind. The corny ones go over well. He’s also a very wise guy. He would get a kick out of the double meaning.

He’s taught me a lot over the years like how to make really good Indian style scrambled eggs for Sunday brunch with key ingredients of cumin, coriander, tomatoes, onions, and serrano peppers- the same stuff you can get on the street corner in Delhi without the E. coli. He also has a lot of ideas on how to lead a happy, fulfilling life.

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How I Found Yoga through Business School and Opened my Heart Chakra

My heart chakra journey began while I worked as a business school intern at Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga in the summer of 2003 in Santa Monica, CA. I was a student at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and fun. While seeking advice on a business plan for a restaurant concept, I connected with Bryan’s business partner, Chris. I had a fun summer learning how to run a start-up and started practicing yoga. I decided to work with Bryan and Chris full-time after I graduated. Unbeknownst to me, I was making the choice to step into a deep personal journey under the dis(guise) of growing a startup.

I had incentive to focus on the area in the back and front of my chest, in the area of my heart chakra. I had a ski injury back in college at Dartmouth over 12 years ago where I compressed five vertebrae in my thoracic spine; there was a lot of scar tissue to loosen up. It’s amazing how an injury really encouraged me to pay attention to a certain part of my body where not only the physical field was affected, but the energetic one as well. Continue reading “How I Found Yoga through Business School and Opened my Heart Chakra” »