Encinitas as ‘God’s Hospital’ and the ‘American home’ of Ashtanga

People familiar with Tim Miller probably know his story of coming to Encinitas and the health issues he was dealing with when he arrived.

Turns out, this week is the 38th anniversary of his arrival; he looks back at it on his blog (as I’m 99.9% sure he has done before) and adds a few twists this time around:

I don’t remember who coined the name, “God’s Hospital,” but I think it’s a very apt name for Encinitas. Paramahansa Yogananda came here in the 1930’s when one of his wealthy devotees bought him a choice piece of real estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Self Realization Fellowship meditation gardens—just north of Swami’s Beach—are more than likely the epicenter of the healing vibrations of Encinitas. The Ashtanga Yoga system of Pattabhi Jois was introduced on American soil in Encinitas when Guruji first came to Encinitas in 1975. He liked it so much that he returned a dozen times to teach over the next 30 years. He often referred to Encinitas as his “American Home.”

Tim also notes that the last remaining Jois Yoga Center is in Encinitas (currently under construction) and that John Friend almost added to the high concentration of yoga in the town.

A few things Tim doesn’t mention outright: the surfing, the beach, the cliffs. Those are a few other pieces to the puzzle that, in my mind, make Encinitas the special place it is. I could use another week’s vacation there, with practice in the morning and surfing / hanging on the beach the rest of the day.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

One thought on “Encinitas as ‘God’s Hospital’ and the ‘American home’ of Ashtanga”

  1. I think that for most people who have wandered in Encinitas, it has places a mark in their lives and has created a huge impact to most of them both physically and internally. There are many places in the world that is surrounded by beautiful islands, luxurious cities and many more not one of those places can compare to the beauty that this place has to offer. This quaint little town brings nothing but spirits that will
    Uplift you for the rest of your stay. Smiling faces, wonderful personalities, great food for both vegetarians and non vegetarians, perfect atmosphere. What’s not to like? It’s no wonder Guruji kept on coming back to teach for over 30 years. If I were his son, manju, I would stay forever too. I have been back 3 times already from the last 6 months. What’s not to like? Encinitas is my place of eternity where everything is just impeccable. It is my dream for every yogi to experience the happiness that one can experience in the most beautiful place in this whole wide world ❤❤❤❤👏

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