In this week’s Spot, Sadhguru chants the timeless Bhaja Govindam at the Isha Yoga Center. This beautiful chant is set to a stunning photo montage, and the Sanskrit verses have been posted, allowing viewers to chant along.
Source: Bhaja Govindam Chanting
March 22nd is World Water Day. “If recent reports are anything to go by, the world seems to be headed towards a serious water crisis. Here are some easy ways to conserve water and do your bit to save water at home.” I have re-blogged this from The Isha Foundation, thanks again for sharing this valuable information with us.
Source: 6 Easy Ways To Conserve Water
Today I saw a post on FaceBook by “Uplift/Connect” an article by Brian DeGregory entitled “Is the essence of yoga being lost in the self-obsessed Instagram age?” In the section about “Please stop Yoga Selfies” he writes….”I don’t think this helps bring this beautiful and ancient practice to those who need it most. In fact, I think it sends intimidating messages to those who might feel their bodies are not flexible or that they don’t have the perfect “yoga body” (like the way social media images portray). It’s a big call, but I will even go as far as comparing the aspect of posting such images with the fashion companies who only use size 0 models. It’s just not what yoga is supposed to be about.”…Yoga is for spiritual development, not for show.”
Thank you Brian DeGregory for having the understanding about real authentic Yoga and the courage to publish your views. Many in the west are so unconnected and do not know the ancient Indian lineage or that it is one of the best gifts one culture has given to All of mankind. As well, most are not learning authentic practices for if they would know it, they surely would be inherently bound to respect it. I teach yoga in a variety of settings one is a New York State public college, my courses are for college credit in a liberal arts degree setting. My young and energetic students are confused when they begin the semester arriving in what looks like beach apparel or sexy fitness outfits. I know its not their fault as those who have commercialized Yoga to become “Americanized” have set this tone. Oftentimes students drop my course as they cannot bare to wear modest clothing as they prefer their sexy garb. (Don’t worry, these slots are filled in days by the other eager students on waitlists!) What I try to get across is that this is a highly intimate and revolutionary process they are journeying on and it should not be denigrated by peering voyoueristic eyes of their classmates or passerbys. The process is highly internal using the body as an external tool to balance the many energetic patterns within the physicality, the mental and emotional realms so they can find momentary stillness and harmony. I have the privilege to witness this amazing process and am in awe every time and am most humbled by it! So, of course I am shocked when I see my FaceBook Friends who are students and fellow yoga practitioners posting Yoga Asana Selfies! This just pollutes and devalues their power by sharing these images. I would so much rather they posted in text how their yoga sadhana has helped them cope with their hectic schedules, to complete their degrees with high grades, reduced their need for asthma meds, or other meds for depression, anxiety, or prevented surgery for scoliosis or back pains, or prevented them for causing bodily harm to their boss and avoided being arrested when asked to work another shift after having worked the entire weekend missing their child’s T-ball game for not even a cent more in wages! Many are limited in their yoga journey by poorly trained yoga teachers who earn “certificates” in a couple of 16 hour workshops, or Teachers who feel their Egocentric experience supersedes that of The AdiYogi – Shiva, and Shri Patanjali, (do you think they even know who these Greats were?) I have been fortunate to have studied in many sacred and esteemed schools and ashrams in India. I was afforded these experiences by my private students and one super /yoga practitioner/ patron and my family. This may be out of reach economically for yoga teachers across the board but The Isha Foundation has an Ashram/Campus in Tennessee in the USA. At Isha, one is afforded a truly authentic classical Indian yoga immersion. Please do check out their website: http://www.ishafoundation.org and join their mailing lists and like their Facebook pages to get daily inspirational offerings, event announcements, newsletters than have wonderful informative articles about authentic yoga. I remain indebted to all my teachers, Gurus and especially to Sadhguru and The Isha Foundation for creating such an accessible many layered platform to spread the yogic knowledge globally.
The images above show above: The AdiYogi (Shiva) being consecrated in India by Sadhguru and the Isha Volunteers. Shiva is the Founding Father of All Yoga. The next images are here to try to show a tiny glimmer of what may happen when we balance our energies in a conscious manner along with and becoming apart and no longer separate from nature.
Watch the ‘Yoga for Change’ Film at: http://www.upliftconnect.com/yoga-for-change-video.com once on their site look for article, “Practicing Real Yoga in the Age of Selfies” you will find the video at end of the article….please share and thanks to Uplift/Connect for sharing these important views. Namaskaram
Happy New Year! There are many different ways folks celebrate the marking of a new year: some party, some clean their homes and invite family and friends to celebrate together, some attend religious programs in churches, synagogues,temples and mosques. In this video post offered by Sadhguru and The Isha Foundation one can gain a little glimpse of the type of energy used to create Indian Temples. India is a favorite destination for thousands of years for many of its riches. Even today tourists flock to see the many World Heritage Sites which include Temples. The Indian Temple is a Super Charging Station whereby one may go and sit to receive the tremendous waves of vibrations to wash over and into all aspects. There are many Indian Temples in locales around the globe. I keep a bucket list of Temple locations I hope to visit locally, and when traveling. This year I hope to get back to Tennessee, where the newly installed AdiYogi Shrine/Temple has been inaugurated in 2015. I also want to get to New Jersey where the BAPS Temple is in progress, I have visited the Akshadham BAPS Temple in Delhi, India and it would be great to have such a Temple, even if 1/100th of its original Indian parent-site. I have previously mentioned my Temple Sister/Buddy-Nandini who always gets me to tag along for the Sai Baba Mandir(temple) in Flushing, Queens. We always visit the Ganesh Temple two blocks away for blessings and canteen food!
If you are a yoga practitioner and have never had the experience of receiving blessings in an Indian Temple I encourage you to do so soon. You will never be ostracized due to your ethnicity, gender, age, in fact you may be welcomed with a friendly curiosity and make some new friends easily. Just wear clean, modest clothing and leave your shoes in the designated spaces. OM, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti OM
Sadhguru explains how a temple is a tool to make the divine more manifestly experience-able.
Source: Why & How Indian Temples Were Created – The Isha Blog
Basking in the Blessings of Gratitude for All my Teachers, Gurus and loved Ones…..Do click on the link below to add Free Applications for your Phone/Devices….useful to keep your yogic vibrations ever-present daily…Many thanks to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and his Amazing Team of Volunteers for sharing so many ways for us to use our technology for our inner well being! Namaskaram OM
Sadhguru & Isha Mobile Apps.
Namaskar – Yoga for All.
June 21st, 2015, First International Day of Yoga will be this Sunday. There are FREE yoga programs in many venues from Times Square, New York City, to the Washington Mall, Washington DC, France, India….do take a few minutes to view some of the wonderful videos the Isha Foundation and Sadhguru have created to share with us All! Just click the link below the image and please do share with friends and family, Namaste
The Significance of 108 – Why Is It So Important?.
Do click the link above to read and listen to Sadhguru explain all the science behind number 108 and its connection to you, the planet, the universe and your yoga. Thanks to Sadhguru for keeping us informed about the Ancient Science of Classical Indian Hatha Yoga. Namaste
▶ Finger Tips: Jin Shin Jyutsu – YouTube.
I am sharing here about The Finger Holds an energy and emotion balancing technique that is safe, simple and effective. This is from the Jin Shen Jyutsu Practice developed in Japan and it is a kin to Reiki in that it is subtle, safe and uses the hands, [there are a few different spellings of the practice]. It is related to yoga in that it is an energy balancing technique that uses breathing, nadis (energy channels) similar to mudras. I came to learn about this practice due to friends who keep leading me to more wonderful enriching experiences and I might add all quite innocently. However, there is an Isha connection….when at an Isha Pooja (at Judit’s home) I met a meditator friend (Anu) who let me know of another friend who was going to hold a Memorial Service for her Mother (Anju). I attended the Memorial for selfish and friendship reasons; selfish in that it was almost the one year anniversary of my own Sister’s Mahasamadhi and that I wanted to get to know and give tribute to my new friend’s Mother. While there I met Anju’s sister Hema who is an Acupuncturist and Healer. Around the same time someone who I know was experiencing serious health issues and not responding to any advice given. I suddenly remembered meeting Hema who instantly revealed herself to be a quite powerful, dynamic, well-informed and graceful Healer, just with a glance and conversation. So……I was able to bring the friend to receive treatment from Hema who I thought would administer acupuncture but instead she applied Jin Shen Jyutsu! I was unaware of this Practice, but felt it would be safe as I had complete trust in Hema, but within about twenty minutes I witnessed with my own eyes a transformation within my friend’s entire physical and emotional being that was nothing less than remarkable! It was a different type of therapy wherein I was able to sit in the treatment area and witness the process, Hema had given me some Jin Shen literature to review and I did start to review but while it was a dark evening somehow the room was lit up when the transformation occurred and I was agog with wonder. I have since this first encounter had a couple of meetings with Hema for more specific personal orientation and information. I have also spent a bit of time reading the recommended elementary books that Hema made reference to and I have shared this with several groups: different Senior Citizens chair yoga sessions, a Girls Teen Club, Yoga friends and students. Every group had a positive and immediate noticeable experience. I might add that this is a very safe practice that everyone and anyone can apply and share with others. There is of course training courses and workshops with certifications, [The Finger Holds are just one of many Jin Shen Jyutsu practices] but I find it such a gift that there are safe, basic and easy practices we can all share. So please do watch the video and try it out for yourself, you can practice while going to sleep, (do know, not mentioned in the video, if you cannot sleep, try holding your left thumb while breathing) or any time, just don’t try it while driving or operating equipment! Also, parents can apply for their young children/babies (use opposite hands) and CareGivers too! Thanks again for Youtube and Pam Doremus of Peaceful Spirit for making this Video. Thanks to Binita for hosting last summer’s Party that got these friendship connections incubating. I do feel quite rich in that I have been fortunate to have a circle of wonderful, knowledgeable, caring people who share not only good times, good vibrations, but ways to live well, some say “have long life” but is it not better to live with optimal wellness? In Gratitude, OM
n.b. I shared here the network of friends and instances that occurred to share that one of the blessings of a yogic culture is to form friendships that are rewarding and how these informal and formal satsangs benefit all aspects of our lives….your family members may not practice or care about your yoga, but as you deepen your practice and cultivate a wider circle of dedicated Yoginis and Yogis everyone who is in your life may also benefit from the knowledge and energy you harvest. I also, always try to give a nod of thanks to All who I learn from out of respect for their teachings and to acknowledge what they share with me is valued, Namaste.
▶ Nagayama – YouTube.
There are several types of Classical Yoga and Nath Yoga is one that still keeps to the traditional ways. Thanks to the Graces of Ashwin Mohan who shares with us a Prescription for Inner Strength and Vital Living via activating Naga Vayu. Naga Yama is a powerful visualization in which we begin to plant the seeds for our future growth, well being and successes. These seeds are our thoughts which become our activities and actions that play out our Vision. We come to understand that these seeds are our valuable energy source for expansion and fuels our goals and Vision, moving forward in our real life timeline. By re-visiting our Vision often as Affirmation we continue to project ourselves positively within our Vision in space in time as a protective shield for inner and outer benefits. I love when he shares that just by sitting back and accepting the status quo and being numb is for rats! We can choose to just maintain or grow! Checking in with our Vision and supporting it with Affirmations helps us to know where we are which determines where we can go. Thanks to Ashwin Mohan in Bangalore, India for sharing these secrets with us, he has given permission for All to share….so please spread this post with all who you care about, especially children and young adults….and most importantly do give him a “thumbs UP” on the Youtube link….of course he would love to hear your comments too! Adesa Adesa…..Namaskaram OM!