Who has Knowledge

“One who knows evolution and that which is prior to evolution, when these two are known, then alone one is considered to have knowledge. A yogi who has seen these two, the process of evolution and de-evolution that is going on, will understand nothing is ever lost, only transformed. Nothing is ever lost, it is…

What is Beauty

Post by Ross Finney     “What is beauty? Naturalness fully evolved. When a plant or animal is evolved in nature without any disturbance – that is beauty.” ~ Ācārya   Nature, is now disturbed. We are all experiencing the effects in our home lands around the planet. During the wildfires in Oregon this summer, a…

Interview with Ācārya

Dear Jivana Yoga Participants,   Recently an interview with Ācārya was recorded that will be viewed in the Jivana groups in the coming months. A Transcript of the talk will also be available on the library. We thought it would be beneficial to share with participants the questions asked prior to viewing.   The interview…

Birthday

  As is customary, Ācārya offered fruit to each student present on his birthday. It was the full moon, or pūrṇimā, in the month of Āśvina (sept 23 – Oct 22nd), as well it was Śarad Pūrṇimā.      Those born on Śarad Pūrṇimā may have all 16 kalas, the performing arts such as singings, dance and…

Sharing a Meal

There was a wonderful shared meal the other day, served by Eric on banana leaves. Aytana hosted us on her veranda and any left overs went to the chickens and cows.   “The digestive fire is managing all of the five basic elements in the body which can be seen in the form of chemicals…

Mysore Classes Begin

Dear Jivana Yoga well-wishers,   The Gheraṇḍa Saṁhitā Classes have begun. We are blessed to be receiving these teachings in Acarya’s home while the JP Nagar classroom is being repaired. The space is small, yet there is vastness in the room.     There has been a plethora of lightning and thunder each night, Mysore is…

Portugal Center

Written by Stacey Fisher, Sadvidya Association & Jivana Group Founder, Portugal Three months ago we moved from our existing home and Sadvidya space, into a beautiful property known as Quinta das Flores – House of Flowers.  Quinta das Flores sits in the middle of magical old Sintra.   At the moment we are holding our…

Pratyāhāra

Written by Graça Azevedo   “Pratyāhāra” the 5th limb of Astanga Yoga: I recently read an article about Pratyāhāra and felt touched about the importance of this limb for understanding Yoga. As Ācārya explains in lecture YS 1.31, “Pratyāhāra” is the withdrawal of the mind whereby none of the senses are able to work by…

The Human Effort

Post by: Gonçalo Guerreiro, Portugal Jivana Group     Overcoming the internal or external limitations in our journey can be hard at times. Most of us don’t want to get out of our comfort. Some of us are willing to do it but only if its not to taxing to our own foundations. As an…