Sanskrit Classes

Ganapathiārya has been teaching Sanskṛit classes each morning after the talk from Ācārya. At first, due to the heterogeneous group, there was a feeling of not being able to follow. But the classes quickly softened our tongues, both through chanting the Bhagavad Gītā and the singular beauty of the vowels: अ(a) आ(aa)  इ(i)   ई(ee)  उ(u)  ऊ(oo)  ऋ(r) …

Sarasvatī

Sarasvatī is honored and worshiped today in India, this is not just meant for India, it is universal, as her energy is part and parcel of prakṛiti. Sarasvatī is the energy that resides in the tongue, the most powerful and meaningful tool for imparting knowledge, though not the only tool. To truly be received this…

July Ashland Workshop

“With all types of activities, one must try to keep the mind calm and quiet to the maximum level, then alone the body will get the benefit of supreme calmness and quietness.” ~Ācārya As I cook the morning meal for my husband, I recall the words of Ācārya. I endeavor to keep my mind calm;…

Searching for Happiness

From Carla Costa – Jivana Yoga Program Portugal Why did I join the Jivana Program? Have been looking for Peace! Without knowing what Peace really was and I still don’t experience it, in its true meaning, as it says in stanza 71 from chapter 2 of the Gītā, because i didn’t abandon my desires and…

Removing Hooks

From BG #14   Our mind is like a cloth that is spread out over a bush with many thorns (imagine the thorns to be materials, relationships, our activities), these are having many hooks and through these hooks our mind is caught here and there. If you want to withdraw the mind the bush will…

Ashland Workshop

        A very satisfying gathering of likeminded! Practice was deep. The food was luscious!       During the three day Jivana Yoga Program offering, there were many uplifting moments, and much appreciation was shared.     To support the groups deepening connection and our mutual inner purpose, we did an exercise,…

A Students Words

From Celeste in Ashland       I feel held. Safely. In a cocoon. Recognizing that healing and de-evolving are occurring. I keep coming back because it is what I am meant to do. I am meant to hear this information, I am meant to learn it, integrate it and live it. I stumble, and…

Role of The Student

~An excerpt from: The Sacred Tradition of Yoga     ‘What is the role of the student? What are qualities a student should possess in order to receive Nature’s grace through her teacher? An ideal student is humble and has a thirst for knowledge. He is honest in both his words and deeds. He is…