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About suryasanmiguel

I'm a Yoga teacher and educator. I was born in Madrid, Spain and came to Canada in the 70's to study but remained here. I received a degree in Education from McGill University. In my student's years I had the good fortune of meeting my Zen teacher, Roshi Phillip Kapleau and I studied with him for 15 years attending numerous retreats. In 1988 I was also very fortunate to meet Swami Vishnudevananda at the Sivananda Yoga Camp in Quebec where I became a certified Yoga teacher My interest in Budhism and Hinduism also led me to meet several Tibetan Lamas and study their teachings and traditions. I live presently in Montreal, Canada but travel frequently teaching Yoga and giving workshops and lectures on spiritual related topics.


By Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower but is already present, in open relaxation and letting go. Don’t strain yourself, there is nothing to do or undo. Whatever momentarily arises in the body-mind … Continue reading

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One of the first instructions before meditation is to inhale for 3 seconds and exhale for 3 seconds.  When we establish a balanced breath we energize the body and focus the mind so that we concentrate better on our subject … Continue reading

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Thank you for those of you who have inquired about my blog going dry for a while.  I am happy to say that this blogger is not going dry in spite of having to watch the “vata” that comes with … Continue reading

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Zen stories are full of curious anecdotes, contradictions and illogical statements.  They can even sound frankly irreligious although a Zen temple is full of Buddhist piety and ritual. How paradoxical! It would be difficult to understand Zen without looking at … Continue reading

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Raja Yoga, one of the main four paths of yoga, is an eight steps systematic path that prepares us for meditation and eventually samadhi. It is sometimes described as an eight-rung ladder. More and more people today want to meditate … Continue reading

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To Age Gracefully is the subject of a course I offer at the Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas from March 9th to the 13th. In those five days we will explore the challenges and blessings of growing older at any … Continue reading

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    When I go on hikes in the mountains of Mallorca I quite often come across gates that bar the path. All land in that small island always belongs to someone.  Then one has to go back or look … Continue reading

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