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Friday, Feb 01, 2019 A Message from Marydale – February 2019


Happy LOVE month to you!

For several months now, our community has been focused on making our lives ongoing labors of love. Since February is traditionally recognized as LOVE month due to Valentine’s Day, it seems appropriate for each of us to revisit what it means to be a Labor of Love Advocate. Simply stated, you are to make living in a state of perpetual love your underlying principle in all that you do. Allow your consciousness to evolve into a place of Grace that opens your mind to perpetuating thoughts of loving kindness and unbridled love for all of creation, and to avoid preconceived notions of selected loving when your processing mechanism determines that qualifiers for who, what, and how to love are missing. Instead, be willing to trust the process of our innate essence—Love—and do your best to just love anyway, all the time, gently, quietly, without ego or attached expectations. Then step back and observe how the reverberations of your integrity to BE love create in your world a steady flow of goodness, kindness, beauty, and great joy.

Let’s continue together. We can do this, and the rewards are endless and empowering for all of humanity and the planet at large, for what you do, how you behave, and how you approach this one and only life of yours matters. Your life has repercussions that you will never know, so be careful to not move through this gift of life in a comatose state, forgetting your intricate value to all. Wake up, stand up, and let the Love flow into you and through you ceaselessly. We thank you in advance for being awesome!

All Love, All the time,

Marydale Signature



“In the state of love, no matter what you do, it’s going to be good. To love those that love you is easy. To love those that love you not is not so simple. If you want to change anyone, set a better example. Show more kindness, more understanding, more love. That has a sure effect. To those who are not kind, show kindness. To those who are mean, show bigness of heart.”

— Paramahamsa Yogananda





Tuesday, Jan 01, 2019 A Message from Marydale – January 2019


The care and feeding of the human condition is complex and requires respect, honor, and vigilance. Everyone knows that food is fuel for the body and that the food choices one makes either build up the cells of this bio-sack of ours or break it down. Offering the body regular exercise designed for our specific person is a vital part of health and happiness, not only for the body, but for the mind as well. Our mental state requires constant engagement in the world with opportunities for expansion, challenge, and fulfillment. Complacency in the continuous care of body-mind affords a risk of emotional instability, vulnerability, and a higher chance of depression and/or anxiety.

Each part of who we are is interdependent, and when one part is out of whack, the repercussions begin to cause problems elsewhere. It’s an intricate balancing act, to be sure, but we are designed to maintain wellness easily by using common sense and living a life of moderation, avoiding conditions that poison us.

The all-important aspect of Soul sitting quietly as the Observer, the eternal Witness, is constantly available to guide us through the challenge of navigating through this dense, complex, material realm. Tapping into this knowing is our saving Grace, our true GPS for a happy, healthy life. We must take the time and effort to allow Soul to be our conscious, subtle companion in each and every breath. Today, through mountains of worldwide research, it has been proven that taking time to go inward, to be in stillness, to meditate, to contemplate, to reach for Oneness, works. Doing so gives tremendous benefits to us for a life that is calm, focused, and better prepared to hold the energy of a healthy experience as a multifaceted being in a challenging world.

I’m very excited to invite you to join us in February as together we embark on our first online study together—Cosmic Source, Cosmic Self—to investigate these matters deeply and to gain techniques to live the life you love. The classes will stream live on Wednesday evenings for an hour over a ten-week period of time. Classes will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live class. Click here for more information and join me for a most excellent adventure into deeper knowing.

With the arrival of 2019 we are being offered the opportunity to up our game as the creator of our own reality, for this is a “3” year in the study of numerology, which indicates: creative self-expression, social interaction, optimism, tolerance, and inspiration. A wonderful platform for self-study and the continued commitment to make your life an on-going Labor of Love.

May 2019 be blessed with all good things for you and yours.

See you on the mat!

All Love, All the time,

Marydale Signature



“Let us begin this new year with a new light of love and compassion, with a new understanding of seeing good and doing good. Let this new year be a turning point in our lives. Let us all use our precious time to make ourselves divine and ultimately make this beautiful world a real paradise. Wishing you all a prosperous and spiritual New Year.”

— Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, December 23, 2016





Saturday, Dec 01, 2018 A Message from Marydale – December 2018


On behalf of the Param Yoga staff: Kirsten, Sabrina, Stephanie, and Julie; our wonderful subs Cherise, Jo, Cindy, and Josh; our Kriya Los Angeles Center leaders Richard and Judy Peterson; and, of course, Yoda; I THANK YOU for your ongoing love, attendance, and support of our sacred space. We were established eight years ago through Grace to be a bright Light and offer the Chatsworth community true Yoga in a way that can be incorporated into daily life for your highest good. It’s always been—and continues to be—all about YOU!

As we approach our ninth year, we do so humbly, mindfully, and openly, offering a space for you to grow, to rest, to rejuvenate, and to gain peace from the inside out. Through the day-to-day challenges of a small business in suburban America, we are only as strong as our customers, clients, students, and friends. Therefore, we beseech you to contact us and assist our future by offering your requests, ideas, and desires to make the studio more well-rounded, accessible, and fulfilling for you and your circle of influence.

May this culminating month of December hold a promise of all good things for all of us, as we see with clarity, listen more, speak less, embody peace, and stay awake, living through endless gratitude and consciously breathing the essence of eternal Love, Love, Love.

This holiday season, remember who you are and share that Truth by offering your life as a Labor of Love in all that you do. Standing with feet firmly planted on this beloved planet of ours, with head reaching for the eternal goodness that created all things and heart wide open, I bow to you.

All Love, All the time,

Marydale Signature


“Let these festive days create a spirit of joy, peace, and love, not only at this time, but during every breath, for all time to come. Remember that success in life is possible due to sincere effort and divine grace. The grace of the Divine is more available to those who dedicate their lives to hard work with a positive and prayerful attitude. Gurudev (Paramahamsa Hariharananda) often reminded us that life is not an empty dream.

“Discipline, dutifulness, and devotion are the three determinants of our success in any field. As a regularly cleaned copper pot shines brightly, in the same way, when we work sincerely and diligently, we experience the crowning achievements.”

— Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, Christmas 2014



Thursday, Nov 01, 2018 A Message from Marydale – November 2018


Infinity painting by Kevin Petrossian

With heart wide open, I bow to each and every one of you who have chosen to be an ongoing part of Param Yoga’s community. It is because of you that we have shined our bright Light consistently and now celebrate our eighth year! Blessed and grateful are we to have made this landmark together! So grateful I am to YOU!

Bringing the attitude of gratitude into every moment of your life is the doorway to creating a sweetness in your world that is indescribable. We have all heard: “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade”— a positive and life-affirming instruction. Often, that is easier said than done for many of us. However, hear this, yogis: life serves up lemons to everyone in one way or another, and if you have been practicing day by day, there is not a lemon sour enough to take you from your calm, joyous, sweet center!

How to do this, you ask? In your daily practice, be determined to anchor your consciousness in a state of perpetual happiness with an open heart. This leads to freedom, peace, quietude, and bliss. With a mindset to always be moving in that direction, all will be well. And, guess what? It is living in gratitude—the very fabric of this practice—that is directly tied to your ability to be grateful for whatever shows up in front of you, knowing that somehow it is there to stretch you, to move you, and to be a needed catalyst for your personal growth, understanding and ultimate highest good. Bring on the lemons and allow your life to open huge vistas of knowing for you. Wow, what a blessing!

Stepping together into our ninth year of sharing, caring, uplifting, celebrating, and seeking ever onward into the Truth of who we are and where that Truth is guiding us, I bow to you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being an anchor in our community, for we would be nothing without you—therefore, I shall continue to celebrate YOU! Om, Om, Om.

Together let us acknowledge God’s limitless generosity that sustains all of us through endless…

Love, Love, Love,

Marydale Signature


“If we really want to love God, we have to love everyone and everything without any type of discrimination. We have to be kind, compassionate, loving, and forgiving. These are the qualities of God, and thus we must work to cultivate them in our thoughts, words, and actions.”

— Paramahamsa Prajnanananda



Monday, Oct 01, 2018 A Message from Marydale – October 2018


Have you caught the splendor of the Harvest Moon as it has shined its luminosity in our sky for the last several nights? Beautiful. May we all slow our pace and pay close attention as nature subtly begins to change her clothes before our eyes into warm golden and burnt orange hues with the onset of shorter days, longer nights, and—perhaps—a snap of cooler weather(?)! With this entrance into the last quarter of 2018 comes the season of activity, gatherings, celebrations, and community.

It is my hope that you will continue to carve out the necessary time to care for yourself from the inside out by being persistent and consistent with your practice. Choose healthy food and drink when invited to celebrate the holidays. Don’t overindulge mindlessly. Remember that less is more. Don’t waste food, time, energy or resources. Keep things simple, pure and in integrity with your yogic values. Dive within often and be renewed in body, mind, and Spirit. Open your heart and let your love-light shine, for you are Sat Chit Ananda—Eternal, Conscious, Bliss.

Step up today and each day to leave the world a better place for having lived.

And remember to:


See you on the mat!

Love, Love, Love,

Marydale Signature


“Stillness leads to self-realization. When breath is completely still, the state of Samadhi dawns on the disciple. This is self-realization. Samadhi is the opposite of sleep. There is no awareness of the body, the senses or the mind and yet the self is immersed in a state of wakefulness or super-consciousness. Samadhi is the perfect union of the self with the Absolute.”

— Paramahamsa Prajnanananda


Saturday, Sep 01, 2018 A Message from Marydale – September 2018


Labor of Love.

With the arrival of September there is a promise of busy days ahead for all of us. How fitting that we start the month taking pause to appreciate all those around us who labor for the betterment of our lives personally and for the world as a whole.

As the holidays bear relentlessly down upon us, there is no doubt that a lot of labor is necessary to create goods and services that support our hopes, dreams, wishes, and all of the other necessities that make our world spin.

Diving deep into the underpinnings of what makes the daily practice of yoga so soul-inspiring and life-supporting, we discover an innate simplicity that translates to pure Love. What may appear to be an endless complexity of scriptures, ideals, practices, and promises of an integrated life experience would not fulfill us without the constant Presence of Love.

All of us contribute to either the ongoing harmony of a magnificent world and human experience or (often unconsciously) to the apparent chaos. Yoga, through the simple precept of constant presence, encourages us to choose the former through disciplined thoughts that ultimately become actions and, thus, create our experience.

This month I challenge you to commit yourself to living a life of love by deciding that your very life will be an endless contribution through the “labor of Love.” Constantly ask yourself: “Is this a loving thought? Am I acting and/or behaving in a loving way?”

You might think this is an impractical and radical approach to a world of conflict, indecision, lack of purpose, and so on…however, that’s the whole point! What you think, how you speak, and how you act matters! You hold the keys to the kingdom in your circle of influence—large or small. Energetically, you set up a chain reaction in everything that you create. Yoga pushes us to be responsible for who we are and encourages us to grow more in Love, in integrity, in peace, and in the Spirit of wisdom and Grace.

If you are willing to take this challenge, write back to me and sign the pledge to be a Labor of Love Advocate. Together, let’s hold hands as we create the life we love—for ourselves—for everyone.

Join me, won’t you? Your Love can change the world.

Love, Love, Love,

Marydale Signature



“The sooner we understand that we ourselves contain the entire universe, that we have the source of happiness within us, that we already possess all the objects we could desire, the sooner we can obtain the peace we seek.

“Rather than running endlessly after what dazzles us in the exterior world, we need to learn how to fix our attention on the magnificent universe within.”

 Paramahamsa Prajnanananda


Wednesday, Aug 01, 2018 A Message from Marydale – August 2018



Seven days without yoga makes one weak!

All of us know that having a regular yoga practice maintains a life that gives you ease and grace in your body, mind, and Spirit. Sounds great, easy, and pretty straightforward. Then why is it so difficult for folks to make it onto their mat with regularity? Why do we humans have a tendency to withhold from ourselves that which is best for us?

These questions persist throughout time, reinforcing basic human nature that proves we are truly creatures of habit and, as such, changing and/or creating new habits can be difficult…if not nearly impossible! Thankfully, yogic science teaches us that everything begins and ends in one’s mind and that if we can change our mind, we can change our behavior, and if we can change our behavior for a long enough period of time, we will ultimately create new healthy patterns that indeed support a happy, healthy life. Let us be reminded that what separates truly happy people from the rest of humanity is living in sincere, authentic joy—day in and day out—no matter what life brings their way.

While these hot, dog days of summer bear down upon us relentlessly, may we make the conscious decision, on this day, to consistently make right choices that support our best, happiest, most fulfilling life. Then press repeat – repeat – repeat, growing stronger, happier, and more content with each passing day!

You can do this—promise. I believe in you. Enjoy the ride!

Love, Love, Love,

Marydale Signature


“We do not realize it, but the mental action, the power of thought, is very strong. Consequently, if we cultivate good thoughts, inspiring thoughts, positive thoughts, it not only transforms our lives, but positive, inspiring, good thinking will create a powerful energy all around us. When we think a good thought, this positive thought can be transmitted in a moment’s time and generate a positive response effect on the person we are thinking of.”
 Paramahamsa Prajnanananda

All our Love to you Divine Guruji Baba on your Birthday! 8/10.


Sunday, Jul 01, 2018 A Message from Marydale – July 2018


Namaste Namaste Namaste

Let this simple word be our mantra over the 4th of July holiday.

Namaste“I bow to the God (Divinity/Spirit/Light) within you,” or “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you” – a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness.”

Take a close look at the photograph on the right of this unusual, magnificent hibiscus. What you don’t see is that it is blooming from a veritable twig of a stem, on what appears to be an incomprehensibly frail plant with a leaf here and there that masks the plant’s actual identity. Then, right there at the very top of a long bare branch blooms this extraordinary flower that demands all who pass to stop and admire its splendor, its uniqueness, its profound beauty.

This tiny expression of life is planted across the walk from my home and I was fortunate to admire it basking in full glory for three days and then, to my chagrin, it closed up and was no more. An ever-so-brief moment in time to grace the earth with its presence and bring a real sense of joy to the world for blooming into its full expression of life.

Many human beings have similar circumstances to overcome as this flower tenaciously made its presence known to the world. If we forget, even for a moment, that the same exact stuff that created all things thrives within all living things, then how can we ever afford to question the innate magnificence within all?

Our forefathers had the vision to note that every man, woman and child has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Let us remember that during this week and make it our practice to truly see the Light within all. Change is inevitable, but the basics of our Soul stuff never changes, ever. It continues to expand endlessly to and from Infinity, taking us along for the ride. While happiness was not guaranteed by our forefathers, it was a basic right that they reserved for us. Yogananada made it clear that happiness is not only your God-given right, it is your responsibility to develop happiness every single day as you remember – remember that you are God/Sprit/Light/Source (whatever resonates in your heart). You are Namaste.

Pay Namaste forward on this day and ALL days, for I know through this simple act – your life will be blessed. I bow to you.

Love, Love, Love,

Marydale Signature



“When we must live in this world, we are not alone. Thus, we must think of others and ourselves. We should use our skill, talent, and whatever we have in a constructive way, making positive contributions to family, friends, community, humanity, or ultimately to God’s creation. Thinking like this improves our quality of living, it improves our attitudes about how to live in the world, and it helps us to help others.”

 Paramahamsa Prajnanananda



Tuesday, May 01, 2018 A Message from Marydale – May 2018


Little Bodhi, with parents Kate and William, is the newest member of the Param Yoga community.

Greetings to all of the mothers who rise each day to love, serve, and care for the children, grandchildren, stepchildren, adopted children, children-in-law, grown children, sick children, challenged children. I bow to you, for as women we have inherited the challenging, consuming role of birthing, training, and guiding the human race, one individual soul at a time. While some women are more adept at this lifelong responsibility, this arduous task, this gargantuan expression of energy, the constant selfless role of “Mother” is not easy for any of us.

The rewards of motherhood, on the other hand, are profound, including the unconditional love one feels for her child, accompanied by boundless joy for their individual accomplishments, no matter how small. In the end, motherhood makes all of us women somehow a part of an exclusive club with knowing expressions of understanding shared on a subtle, almost psychic, level.

As we approach May 13th, the day set aside to honor mothers this year, make it your responsibility to reach out and honor as many moms as you can with a kind word, a thank you for raising such awesome kids, a big hug, and a welcome smile for a job well done. Then consider honoring mothers around you each and every day. Be kind to them, considerate, patient, tolerant, encouraging, and as loving as you can be to support them as they care for the future of our world.

As yogis, let us lean into the knowing that the Divine Mother is ever-present in all of our lives, just waiting for us to approach her with heart in hand and ask for her loving support and continuous guidance. She is always waiting and available to assist you, whether you are a mother or not. Lean into her, climb on her lap, give her your troubles, and celebrate your joys with her. By doing so each and every day, your life will open through endless Grace.

I celebrate you and thank you!

May great blessings be yours, now and always,

Marydale Signature


“Divine Mother, may Thy love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion, and may I be able to awaken Thy love in all hearts.”
 Paramahamsa Yogananda


“A real pilgrimage is to experience inner peace and love. Through the cultivation of virtues such as compassion and love, as well as the practice of meditation, a seeker will ultimately attain realization.”
 Paramahamsa Prajnanananda



Sunday, Apr 01, 2018 A Message from Marydale – April 2018



Happy Springtime and Happy Holy Days to you and yours. In the lineage of Kriya Yoga, we honor, respect, and include all religions as an intricate part of our Spiritual family. Of Christ, the great Yogi Mahatma Gandhi has written, “I am sure that if He were living here now among men, He would bless the lives of many who perhaps have never heard His name…just as is written: ‘Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which art in heaven will enter.’ (Matthew 7:21) In the lesson of His life, Jesus gave humanity the magnificent purpose and the single objective toward which we all ought to aspire. I believe that He belongs not solely to Christianity, but to the entire world, to all lands and races.”

Throughout time, Avatars have visited the earth plane to uplift humans into remembering their true identity as Divine Souls in human form. Yet, as history has proven, few among us are able to remember and to live a life of wisdom and Grace orchestrated through endless love. Perhaps it is our sense of individuality, which cries for specialness, that keeps us from our very identity, or a hungry ego that wants recognition above others to prove we are in some way superior that keeps us from our greatest knowing. Alas, there has always been a deep yearning within us to know Truth. Oddly, in our modern times when the world has gone quite mad and out of control, many of us turn to holidays like Passover, Easter, and the like to reclaim some sort of sanity within the fray.

Be cautioned, however, that it is easy to miss the entire focus of religious holidays by ignoring the true meaning behind them, to be caught up in the clever, materialistic trappings of the days filled with festivities, food, and drink. The day Christ was born, there was no Santa Claus nor was the Easter Bunny lurking behind the rock as it rolled away from the tomb where Christ rose from the dead. I’m confident that there was no hiding and finding matzah on any night of Passover. Please, go back into the scriptures of your religious or Spiritual tradition and reacquaint yourself with the essence of what these ancient stories have survived to teach us. Go to the Source. Get down on your knees and ask for clarity, for understanding, for inspiration, for your Truth. Christ taught to: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” This invitation is as fresh and new today as the very day He uttered these simple, yet profound, words from his Holy mouth 2000+ years ago.

So reboot yourself, Dear One, by moving into the middle of the heart of that which created you, and know that you are being breathed endlessly by the Divine with Love. It is through this constant knowing that your ultimate peace will take wing.

May great Blessings be yours.

Love, Love, Love,

Marydale Signature




“Love is a state of experience that is obtained through sincere effort and the grace of God, and should last through all the stages of life.”

 Paramahamsa Prajnanananda