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Why Does the Ashtanga Yoga Tradition Observe Rest from Practice on the New and Full Moon?

Why do traditional Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga programs cancel classes during the new and full moon days? The many phases of the moon cycle are determined by the moon's position to the sun.  A full moon occurs when the sun and moon are in complete opposition to each other.  In contrast, a new moon occurs [...]

Why Does the Ashtanga Yoga Tradition Observe Rest from Practice on the New and Full Moon?2022-11-09T22:19:33+00:00

Hiking in Cappadocia

Hiking in Cappadocia Cappadocia is a breathtaking site to see, with its sculpted rocks and canyons.  Its a majestic place offering a profoundly surreal looking landscape.  It is even more incredible when you are able to hike this region to see every detail up close.  The rain and wind, over millennia, have crafted these valleys [...]

Hiking in Cappadocia2022-11-09T22:35:00+00:00

Cappadocia – Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabagi and Devrent Valley

Goreme Open Air Museum has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.  This rocky settlement area has been home to a flourishing monastery life from the 4th to the 13th centuries.  This is one of the most popular tourist spots in all of Cappadocia.  Tourists get to enjoy seeing gorgeous rock-cut churches, paintings and [...]

Cappadocia – Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabagi and Devrent Valley2022-05-25T22:11:14+00:00

Cappadocia via Konya

Cappadocia is an incredible historical region in Central Anatolia.  Cappadocia means 'the Land of Beautiful Horses’ and since 300 BC this name has been relegated to the inland province, sometimes referred to as Upper Cappadocia or Great Cappadocia.  We know from Herodotus’s writings of the Ionian Revolt in 499BC that the Cappadocians occupied an area [...]

Cappadocia via Konya2022-06-02T15:16:13+00:00

Pamukkale “Cotton Castle” Turkey

Pamukkale is a natural site in southwestern Turkey, in the Denizli Province.  Pamukkale means "cotton castle" in Turkish, named for the famous carbonate mineral left by the thermal spring that flows in the area.  This remarkable site in the River Menderes Valley, enjoys a temperate climate most of the year.  This is where the ancient [...]

Pamukkale “Cotton Castle” Turkey2022-05-22T10:43:32+00:00

Bodrum, Turkey and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved history, the past, other cultures, the unknown, far off places, and mystery! I went from wanting to be an archaeologist to an FBI agent to a Sports Medicine Physician and back to an Archaeologist by the time I started Rollins College for a BA in [...]

Bodrum, Turkey and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology2022-05-22T10:44:43+00:00

Ancient Ephesus

During the height of its power, the city of Ephesus was one of the biggest and most influential cities in the entire ancient Mediterranean world.  According to myths and legends, Amazons, great female warriors, founded the city.  Ephesus, or Ephesos is thought to have come from “Apasas” which means city of the Mother Goddess. Located [...]

Ancient Ephesus2022-04-07T14:52:22+00:00

Pergamum, Turkey

Pergamum is such a fascinating ancient city that I’ve wanted to see in person since I first started studying ancient history in the portables at Lexington middle school eons ago.  Pergamum was such a political seat of power for all of Asia Minor, reveling that of Athens in ancient times.  Its very well known for the [...]

Pergamum, Turkey2022-03-25T16:52:04+00:00

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