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.


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” »