What is Really Important

By Gail, Ashland Group I have a habit of being too much in the world politically. I read 2 newspapers per day and often watch MSNBC News for 1 hour per day (my husband has this TV Channel on all day). I volunteer to help with the homeless population, many of whom have mental illness.…

Effort and Intention

Post By Celeste, Ashland Group   One compulsive action I’ve recently taken up is checking my phone for text messages. Prior to cell phones, I did not have this habit. I had one land line and, if someone needed or wanted to contact me, he or she would call my home. If I were home,…

Less is More

Post By Sandy, Ashland Group Leave off one habit: I decided to not watch, listen to, or read anything having to do with the news. I noticed immediately that it took great effort to walk away or remove myself from areas, people and circumstances that dealt with news. I had to recruit other people to…

Stillness in Nature

Post by Lilywood, Ashland Group   Sitting 10 minutes twice a day, in addition to my regular meditation practice, was a beautiful experience. I was ready to freshen my longer meditations, as they had cooled to feel like minimal connection was being made. This practice managed to liven these longer sits as well as sprinkle…

Clouds Passing

Post By Nancy – Ashland Jivana Group For the Year 2 assignment, I started sitting down and doing nothing twice a day for 10 minutes. I immediately noticed an effect on my life, and a subtle effect on my regular sitting practice. The first time I sat I noticed a calmness, a spaciousness in my…

Year Two ‘Assignments’

Ashland was the pilot group for the year two assignments: Two, 10 minute periods each day to stop all activities and be quietly seated in a place that feels calm. For one month leave off one ‘habit’ that does not serve you. A food, an attitude, a story you keep telling yourself or others, a…

From Our Hearts to Yours

Post by Devon Evans~ “There is nothing more sacred than Jñāna, the Eternal Truth, the Great Light, the Eternal Bliss.” This is the śloka that Ācārya gave Laura Roll to use on the wall of our gathering place… the Jivana Yoga Śālā in Ashland, Oregon.   Ashland is nestled in the Rogue Valley, the heart of Southern…

Featuring Jivana Yoga Groups

Dear Jivana Yoga Participants, Through the summer months, we will be featuring different Jivana Yoga Groups in the blog. The intention is to introduce the groups, giving a taste of their activities, their members, their locations. We hope you enjoy the journey, and begin to contemplate what you might contribute. First up will be Ashland…

Conclusion & Gratitude

The Indian teachers have concluded their visit to Portugal this week, leaving behind them a trail of wisdom, noble qualities and detachment. The sweet fragrance of their words, and silence has freshened the mind, opened the door of the heart, allowing moments of deep internal gratitude to take over. Thank you, to those near and far, for all offerings of…