Thursday, September 22, 2011


Monday, November 22, 2010

An Free eBook Download!

Just posted a free eBook on Vital-Breath Practice and introduction to meditation!

Click the book to go to my www.balancingthemind.com webpage to download ;)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Launched!

Hello Everyone!

Excited to share that i've launched Meditation for the Modern Mind - Personal and Corporate Meditation Workshops.

You can find more information at:
www.modernmeditation.ca
www.balancingthemind.com
www.twitter.com/michaelapollo
www.facebook.com/pages/michaelapollomeditations

Looking forward to your feedback :)



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Ashrams of Rishikesh

To dive into spirituality, throughout all of my travels, have I not come across a more sacred and powerful place then Rishikesh India. In search of Truth I submersed myself in Yoga and Meditation day in day out for almost a month in mountainside Ashrams throughout the foothill of the Himalayas.



























I've written a more detailed article on the spiritual happenings of Rishikesh in my Balancing the mind.com Blog - check it out (http://www.balancingthemind.com/2010/09/eat-pray-love-how-i-spent-my-days-in.html).


Incredible ceremonies, Ashrams, and enlightened souls to sip chai with - I've just returned from the 6 month expedition to India, regaining my strength and re-aligning my focus with my passion - meditation. India is always a life changing experience.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Desert City of Jaipur



The past couple of weeks through the desert and into Delhi I can safely say have been some of the hardest days i've spent trekking ever... bizarre considering the jungles of Borneo and depths of Australia seem so much out there! Though the North of India is where the true colours and beauty of history are released and in the end it is always worth it.



The journey started with Jaipur and a visit to the Old City and the surrounding forts Naharagarh Fort (which is on a cliff overlooking the desert city), Amber Fort also now known as 'Jaigarh' Fort. Images from both of them you can see above, I haven't had a chance to edit all the snaps taken though the Brahman priest snoozing and the rickshaw drivers shoulder were taken while zipping around the Old City Bazaars which are completely insane... anything you want need or can ever dream to never buy will be there, at incredible prices - though it is an overwhelming places with touts and hawkers ready to jump on you. Had to keep super sharp throughout it to get some great deals on wall sized handmade patchwork blankets, silk, and some great silver/jade rings.


The next step was off to Agra with Ms. Lavanya Lakshmana, or better known as Jennifer Rose ;) she got the name while in an ashram in the south of India. The city overwhelming... the Taj incredibly beautiful... you'll see it soon!



Monday, June 21, 2010

Osho Auditorium


Photo by Michael Apollo


Guess what everyone... while you are reading this I am currently here, meditating at the Osho International Meditation Resort in India. One of the most incredible experiences i've ever had - the grounds are a serene bamboo laden landscape designed strictly to create a feeling of calm serenity... 

Friday, June 18, 2010

Such incredible parallels


Train ride
Bride to be
The Undavali caves
Photo by Michael Apollo

So I just finished editing the images from this weekends engagement in a small town of 1 million called Vijayawada ;) To realize how incredibly focused upon beauty the woman of India are... I know such ambition is prevalent all over the world though I haven't come across such adornment in any country that i've been too.

My close best friend here in India Sandeep also went through quite the trials and tribulations, all of which led to a spectacular display of tradition, family, caste and beauty. I couldn't get enough... about 1500 shots taken of the engagement alone, caused largely by the shear size of the families here along with delicate intricacies that are happening at every moment on stage...

So wish I could have captured the Sri Kanaka Durga Temple... after the ceremony a select few of us zipped for a close encounter with the enchanting diety - justifiably no photography allowed, you should have seen... she was completely adorned in diamonds, the deep center chamber filled with a holy powerful ambiance, and a chanting that still reverberates in my mind...

What I mean by such incredible parallels is that there is such diversity in powerful experiences all around the India, each life changing in their own right, each completely different - after all of the above I ventured off to the Undavali caves, and to my delight... not many locals even knew they existed ;)