Japa meditation, or the chanting of mantra has changed my life. I have stuck with it for 7 years, because it has been stable ground to stand on to endure an emotionally and physically abusive relationship in 2009-2010, then gave me the strength to leave that situation. Japa combined with asana practice enabled healing from that trauma in a way that I feel safe to say I don’t experience the samskaras from that period.
Japa is the ground from which I offer my teaching. It can be more transformative than silent meditation because we are replacing the observation of endless wandering thoughts with a meditation that is intentional thoughts and vibrations on the Super Soul.
My handmade mala beads are at Yama Yoga, so you can charge up your meditation practice with 108 reputations of transcendental sound. Pick one up or private message me if you’d like me to shop you one! These handmade beauties are $70 a piece.
According to the Bhagavad Gita, translated by Swami Prabhupada, in the Age of Kali, there is no process that allows one to realize the Supreme other than chanting ‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.’
7PM – 8:30PM on Friday, Dec. 22
at Yama Yoga (231 E Buffalo St. Milwaukee)
The winter solstice, also called hibernal solstice, the longest night of the year, marks the start of winter, but also marks the start of days getting longer. The winter solstice is a time to become still inside ourselves, just as the sun appears still in the sky, behold the magnificence of the cosmos, and reconnect to the sacred. Yoga Nidra, similar to guided meditation, facilitates the deepest state of relaxation, allowing for deep healing of chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and trauma. Take a long pause in the midst of the holidays to rest, to dream, to celebrate the triumph of light returning to reign over darkness.
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
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Juniper berries. I continue practicing this lesson from every fruit-bearing tree, which is to selflessly offer the fruits of my labor without hoping to receive anything in return. Often when I do expect something in return, it ends up causing deep pain, because I am not living according to Truth and love. However, when giving without attachment to receiving anything, it leaves my mind and heart at peace. Right work done well and in the mood of serving the Lord without attachment to the fruits is a form of prayer. Through karma yoga, we can obtain mukti, or liberation. “Remain evenminded in success and failure. Evenmindedness is true yoga.”
Hayagriva, the horse-headed incarnation of Vishnu, is the epitome of intelligence and is the guru of Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and study. Brahman gave each animal species a secret to teach to humans. Horses are here to teach us the lessons of how to be a yogi: to live a life of service, to yoke ourselves to community without pride, to tolerate and forgive, to protect ourselves from evil, and to listen and observe without judgement are just to name a few.
Madhu and I, (above), are offering horse-meditation come springtime! I can also come and share a horse yoga or horse meditation practice with you and your horse! (Book with me on the Contact page).
I used to use certain crystals to heal my energy for different energy misalignments I have experienced in the past. A horse is like a 1000-pound, living version of a crystal. When I complete a session with Madhu, I feel a deep state of bliss and connection, in yoga, this is called samadhi.
Horses are intrinsically compassionate, empathetic, 1000+ pound biofeedback creatures. They read our emotions like open books, which is a skill they’ve evolved to have to thrive in herds. Horses reflect our thoughts and emotions; bringing them to the surface, we become aware of what’s happening in our subconscious and can then process and heal it.
If you ride, you know how your energy affects your horse’s energy. When you show up in the saddle carrying the day’s stress, the ride usually just continues in that mood. With horse yoga or horse meditation, you will learn breathing and mindfulness techniques to center before you ride and stay relaxed and responsive when your horse tests you.
Here is an article about how healing horses are: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8710698
Look at the parts of you that hide in the shadows, the parts that you’ve tried to ignore. The darkness is there to teach you to love more fully.