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Photographs from the Celebration of Life for Karl

On September 29, Karl’s friends and family gathered in Dolores Park to celebrate his life. Here are a few photos from the day. share: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend Print for later [...]


Join us in a Community Celebration for Karl Erb

Join us in a Community Celebration for Karl Erb

This Sunday, September 29th we’ll gather in the mid-east section of Dolores Park (middle of the park next to Dolores Street, near Cumberland Street). The ceremony starts 11am. Karl’s family and friends will share stories, song and creativity inspired by all the gifts Karl offered in his time on the planet.  Gather with others who were [...]


A Celebration of Life for Karl

A Celebration of Life for Karl

Dear Friends of Karl, A Celebration of Life and Memorial service will be held for Karl on Sunday, September 29th at 11:00 am in Dolores Park. The gathering will be in a grassy area at the southern end of the park. The nearest cross streets are Dolores Street and Cumberland Street. For those who have [...]


Farewell to Karl

Farewell to Karl

Karl passed peacefully in his sleep this morning at 9:45 AM. He was surrounded by family and friends until the last. His family would like to thank everyone who was there for Karl when he needed it most. Your love and support inspired and sustained him. Karl touched so many of us, in San Francisco [...]


Wed. 7/10 6:30pm (pdt) VIDEO excerpt | On Healing: Who exactly CAN listen to this body, IDAM SARIRAM? Only the Ksetrajña. How do we know this One?

Wed. 7/10 6:30pm (pdt) VIDEO excerpt | On Healing: Who exactly CAN listen to this body, IDAM SARIRAM? Only the Ksetrajña. How do we know this One?

In this segment I end up sharing more personal insight into how the teachings of this verse have colored the care for THIS BODY, IDAM SARIRAM, through the challenge of the cancer and healing. There is powerful and accessible healing in this verse that we discuss… Curious if the personal experience is accessible or relevant [...]


Wed. 7/3/13 Citta Chats™ entire 78 min. class VIDEO: Guided Meditation, Bhagavad Gita 13.1, Drg Drsya v.1, YS1.3-4

Wed. 7/3/13 Citta Chats™ entire 78 min. class VIDEO: Guided Meditation, Bhagavad Gita 13.1, Drg Drsya v.1, YS1.3-4

Every Wednesday 6:30pm, (PDT) in my home, come over if you are in SF. {Please use Contact me for Details) Free, donations. share: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend Print for later    [...]


FREE LIVE streaming Chanting Practice 7/1, 11:30am – “Om Namo Bhagavate.” watch video

FREE LIVE streaming Chanting Practice 7/1, 11:30am - "Om Namo Bhagavate." watch video

Get both video and audio file of these and all yogaNexus2013 Practice Resources on your: yogaNexus2013 MOBILE APP free, regular kirtan and chanting .mp3 for your home, in the park, let’s chant, we sing wherever, whenever. the NEW yogaNexus2013 Serving S V A D Y A Y A Desire to Inquire “tapah, svadyaya isvara pranidhanani [...]


“Attaining the already attained…” Meet Clay Pot. A lesson and tradition explain a logo and an offering.

"Attaining the already attained..." Meet Clay Pot. A lesson and tradition explain a logo and an offering.

Introducing Citta Chats and the new yogaNexus2013 Serving S V A D Y A Y A Traditional Spirit in Contemporary Relevant Forms. East Bay Citta Chat #1: An introduction to Svadyaya, self-study, the means and the desired end. This class and meditation are good introductions. At the first Orinda Citta Chat session we just held [...]


Consider the Mockingbird…

Consider the Mockingbird...

In the city tumult of Valencia street, I hear his song, clear amongst all the street sounds as though skating through them. The calls rise above all else, then fall pervasive like fireworks on all of us who would notice. Sure enough, true to his nature, on the highest rooftop pinnacle, there sits the Mockingbird [...]


Why am I staying?

Why am I staying?

Since the cancer first hit a couple of years ago, or three? Hard to believe… Since the cancer hit there have been several periods where the efforts to rid the body of the disease have dangled it on the edge of expiring, the edge of death, only to be given a chance to try again. [...]


What is Svadyaya, “self-study” and self-knowledge?

What is Svadyaya, "self-study" and self-knowledge?

What is Svadyaya: Self-Study, a key pillar of yoga? At the first Orinda Citta Chat session we just held we began by reading a quote below by my teacher through this path of svadyaya, self-study, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, as it beautifully describes and honors this kind of gathering in the tradition of self-study and what [...]


Forbes: Four Steps to Cultivate Insane Customer Loyalty | and Why Yoga is a different sort of business…

Forbes: Four Steps to Cultivate Insane Customer Loyalty | and Why Yoga is a different sort of business...

Forbes – 4 Steps to Cultivate Insane Customer Loyalty: “How can you get customers clamoring to pay more for your products or services? Dino Dogan, founder of the social network Triberr, outlines four strategies that will keep customers from defecting to your competitors.” Read Forbes article –> — — As yoga practitioner first, then yoga [...]


What is “alignment-based yoga?”

What is "alignment-based yoga?"

What is “Alignment-Based Yoga?” Frankly, I have no idea. I’m not sure when I noticed the term starting to pop up, or its variants, but it always puzzled me. Saying “alignment based yoga” is like saying “tuning based music.”Let’s explore what this means. My training for the last 30 years of yoga has been most [...]


Action & Reaction, Choice & Impulse in the Bhagavad Gita

Action & Reaction, Choice & Impulse in the Bhagavad Gita

On Action & Reaction, Desire and Anger: Includes video of Citta Chats LIVE segment on this very topic, from a student question. Watch the discussion to further explore the article and topic: you. As human beings we have a unique ability to be motivated by something other than instinct.
We can exercise choice in relation to [...]


Asti, Bhāti, Priyaṁ: All that is, is luminous and cherished.

Asti, Bhāti, Priyaṁ: All that is, is luminous and cherished.

asti bhāti priyaṁ rūpaṁ nāma cetyamśapañcakam ādyatrayam brahmarupam jagadrūpam tato dvayam. ~ DrgDṛśya Viveka v. 20 the Seer-Seen Discernment, attributed to Śankaracarya, foremost teacher of self-knowledge “All that is, is luminous and cherished…” You’re a shining star, no matter who you are, shining bright to see, what you can truly be…” ~ Earth Wind & [...]


Citta Chats 2013: ongoing discussions on Being and You.

 Citta Chats 2013: ongoing discussions on Being and You.

Citta Chata™ LIVE weekly YOGA SVADYAYA class Wednesdays 6:30pm share: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend Print for later    Send article as PDF to


The Most Glorious Side of Humanity ~ On cancer and empathy

The Most Glorious Side of Humanity ~ On cancer and empathy

Here is a piece just published in Elephant Journal I kinda started in 2010 when I first got cancer and I was the recipient of such outpouring of compassion. In many ways this is a big “Thank You” to all those who showed care and support. “Empathy, the gateway to our essential nature. When this [...]


What is Karma Yoga? Pt1: The glory of where you are.

What is Karma Yoga? Pt1: The glory of where you are.

How much mental/emotional vitality dissipates into sorrow at what we cannot change? Today, where can you rejoice in what is, steering clear of patterns of perception of loss in what is not? I often hear such frustration or sadness at what one used to be able to do in yoga, for instance; or daily despair [...]


Beyond the Divisive Power of Belief, a path towards shared values

Beyond the Divisive Power of Belief, a path towards shared values

I just published this article in the Elephant Journal. I’d love to see a dialog, please comment on the Elephant Journal page, share it, tweet it, like it… let’s discuss. This is part of an ongoing conversation across media, including a video series on YouTube, “Citta Chats.” “I see a road toward shared, universal values [...]


Citta Chats videos: Free Virtual Yoga Philosophy Course

Citta Chats videos: Free Virtual Yoga Philosophy Course

Free virtual Yoga Philosophy course Citta Chats video series is an ongoing collection of discussions with Karl Erb and guests exploring the source texts and teachings of Yoga. The idea came up as we held fun in person discussion groups that were engaging and led some to ask how else they could participate. The videos [...]


How can I practice “dispassion” when there is such suffering?

How can I practice "dispassion" when there is such suffering?

On Equanimity, Dispassion and Empathy: Everyday we experience ups and downs, things that bring a smile to our face or a knot to our hearts. For some the trials and suffering others, homeless in the streets, a child crying, an argument between lovers and so on will elicit an emotional response. Even those apparently numb [...]


Emerson, the Dream of America and Vedanta – Book review, Interview

Emerson, the Dream of America and Vedanta - Book review, Interview

Emerson on Consciousness: “We are in it. It is not in us.” Truth is not subjective. Modern science seeks to observe and understand our world and it’s truths, investigating our perceptions, inferences and assumptions about the world. Truth is not culturally specific, nor time dependent; laws of nature are not cultural, nor subjective. We don’t [...]


On Happiness, Now, and Thou…

On Happiness, Now, and Thou...

Happiness is universally cherished and sought, and yet so elusive and often associated with experience, rather than our essential nature of Being. I wrote this originally around New Year’s day, touching on the motivation we often have at that time of year to reaffirm values important to us, to invoke happiness for the year to [...]


Why Meditate? Part 1: Top 3 Reasons

Why Meditate? Part 1: Top 3 Reasons

New FREE Meditation practice Sundays, 8:20 am – 8:50am just before 9:00 am yoga class Yoga Tree Valencia San Francisco Meditation may seem like an elusive or esoteric practice, or some woo woo mumbo jumbo that other people do, but “not really for me.” So “Why meditate?” is a reasonable question. Here I offer a [...]