This talk offers a fresh approach to finding peace in the workplace, in relationships, and in our every day lives by describing how we can raise our consciousness and purify our heart through meditation and right attitude.

Recorded: August 16, 2007

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Diksha McCord

Diksha McCord (Blanche Agassy McCord) was the head chef at The Expanding Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat for seven years, where she now teaches vegetarian cooking classes. She also teaches meditation, yoga, and spiritual living classes. She grew up in Israel where she learned Kosher
cooking. She also lived in Japan for three years and was a research
student at Kyoto Art University. While living in Kyoto she studied
Temple cooking with a Buddhist monk. She has also studied Ayurvedic,
macrobiotic and Indian cooking from premier California chefs.

Diksha has been part of the Teaching staff at the Expanding Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat for over 11 years. She graduated from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts and from Bezalel National Academy of The Arts.

Diksha is the author of Vegetarian Cooking for Starters: Simple Recipes & Techniques for Health & Vitality and Global
Kitchen: Vegetarian Favorites from The Expanding Light Yoga Retreat

Gyandev McCord

Nayaswami Gyandev (Gyandev Rich McCord, Phd) is the worldwide Director of Ananda Yoga and the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training programs at The Expanding Light Yoga & Meditation Retreat. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Applied Mathematics and has taught internationally on the subjects of yoga, meditation and yoga philosophy for over 16 years. He also served as General Manager for Ananda Publications and Dawn Publications for three years and as a Management Consultant for four years in the Silicon Valley.

Nayaswami Gyandev has served on the Board of Directors of the Yoga Alliance, the group of yoga schools and traditions which has recently developed comprehensive standards for yoga teachers in the United States. He is also an accomplished storyteller, focusing on epic dramas from mystic traditions.

Nayaswami Gyandev's philosophy about yoga practice is that, "It should give valuable benefits on many levels - physical, mental, emotional - and that its highest purpose is to tune practitioners into their own body's subtle energy flows. This allows a practitioner to experience the full spiritual dimension of each posture, thus expanding the benefits of yoga beyond the body, into the mind and soul."