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Former monk brings meditation, Indian cooking to Eagle

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado

Yoga Off Broadway of Eagle will host Dandapani, a former monk and meditation teacher, for a series of classes taking place over three days with topics covering meditation, relationship tools for couples, reincarnation and karma, sleep and dreams, and more. In addition to this there will be a class on Indian cooking.

In past years, the classes sold out quickly with many participants returning every year for follow-up lessons. In addition to the classes on spirituality, Dandapani will share some basics on Indian cooking.

“The practice of yoga extends beyond the mat into our day-to-day life, which includes eating healthy,” said Kelly Western, owner of Yoga Off Broadway. “That is why I’ve asked Dandapani to share with us some simple-yet-authentic Indian vegetarian recipes.”

Over the past three years quite a few local residents have joined Dandapani on his spiritual adventures to Asia, taking them from the mighty mountains of the Himalayas in Nepal to the jungles of southern India. Dandapani, originally from Australia, lived as a monk for 10-years at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery in Hawaii. Since venturing out on his own in 2008, Dandapani has visited Eagle every year.

“Kelly invited me to her studio to be a guest teacher so I made Eagle my first home in the world after leaving Hawaii,” he said. “It was here that I began teaching and have continued to do so around the US.. and abroad, and because I started teaching in Eagle, it is always a special honor and pleasure to return to the area.”

Today Dandapani lives in New York City. He travels around the world conducting workshops for groups and organizations. A few times a year he also leads spiritual adventures to Asia. For more information, visit his website at

Classes fill-up fast, so to pre-register, email or call 781-405-4559.

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