Join Ananda’s Yoga Day USA Service Project that Supports Haitian Disaster Relief Efforts on January 20 and 23


Greetings!  Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service!

In honor of Dr. King’s Day of Service, I am sharing information about two free online yoga classes I am teaching to celebrate Yoga Day USA (, an annual campaign created by the Yoga Alliance ( that strives to make yoga more accessible.  My class schedule is below.

The classes will focus on the practice of karuna (Sanskrit word that means compassion).  They will also honor the people of Haiti and everyone affected by the January 12th earthquake. 

If you like the classes and learn something that helps you, please consider adopting the Charter for Compassion ( in your daily life and making a donation to Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization that is working to make the lives of Haitians better.  Visit to learn more and make a donation. 

Are you participating in a Dr. King Service Day event or Haitian Disaster Relief fundraising effort?

Enjoy your week! 

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Healing Love and Light to the people of Haiti,


Ananda’s Reflection on Nia (purpose), the 5th Day of Kwanzaa

Greetings All,

Today is the fifth day of Kwanzaa. We celebrate Nia, the Swahili word for purpose.  Listen to my reflection on Nia  below.

What is your definition of purpose?

What was your purpose for 2009?

What is your purpose for 2010?

In 2009, my purpose was centered in my intention to take better care of myself.  My practice of self-care elegantly unfolded into a commitment to be kind and gentle with myself. Compassion was the elixir that fueled my kind and gentle self-care practice.  As a result, I was able to incorporate more kindness, gentleness, and compassion into my creative/yoga/Reiki healing touch/social media work, service efforts, and interactions with others.

In 2010, my purpose is to deepen my commitment to practice and promote compassion in my creative/yoga/Reiki healing touch/social media work, service efforts, and interactions with others.  I have adopted the Charter for Compassion, a global campaign created by British author Karen Armstrong (launched on November 12, 2009), as a guide for healthy, mindful, and balanced living.  In the coming months, I will mindfully weave the Charter for Compassion’s goals into my creative/yoga/Reiki healing touch/social media work, service efforts, and interactions with others.  To learn more about the Charter for Compassion, watch the video below.

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Purpose, and Compassion,


Watch Video of Diverse People Read the Charter for Compassion


I invite you to watch a very powerful video featuring a diverse group of people and children reading the Charter for Compassion which was unveiled by British author Karen Armstrong today in Washington, D.C.  See below.  Click here for more information:  My favorite part of the video is:

“We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous, and dynamic force in our polarized world.”


What are your favorite parts?


Enjoy your day!

Peace, Creativity, and Compassion,


Ananda celebrates Charter for Compassion and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.’s Founder’s Day with Art Every Day Month collages and poems




Happy Thursday!

Today I am celebrating my sorority Sigma Gamma Rho’s Founder’s Day (established in 1922 – and the Charter for Compassion ( or  When I joined Sigma in 1983, I learned firsthand that in order to practice its motto of “Greater Service, Greater Progress,” I needed to have compassion in my heart.  That’s why I am so excited about the Charter for Compassion.  It is a reminder to give myself compassion so that I can share it with others through service. 

My Art Every Day Month adventures this week have centered on collages and poems about compassion.  Check out the video below which features my two collages.  You can also hear me read two compassion poems.  Enjoy!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Service,