यज्ञ Yajña

Post by Chaaya   My mind keeps going back to what Ācārya shared about yajña.   We have to honer the “Gods and Goddesses” (the energies) in our bodies or they wouldn’t support us. If your nose is running, you shouldn’t think that it is your noses fault that it is doing that. It is…

Simplicity: A Path to Liberation

Post from Devon, “The Great Light is the most influencing factor of the whole life. Just stop all modifications of the mind, and you will see The Great Light. The modifications of the mind are due to desires. The inner light is covered by desires. Simplicity, indirectly tames desires. Be simple to the maximum level,…

प्राणायाम Prānāyāma

As we complete the first chapter of the Haṭhayogapradīpikā, we move into the chapter on prāṇāyāma. One meaningful note that Ācārya made concerning women practitioners stood out.   Women are not to strain to lengthen the breath unnaturally, especially the exhale. In fact, many of the prāṇāyāma’s are not appropriate for women in general, they may cause strain.…

Vijayadaśamī

~  Art by Chaaya, post by Kristin & Chaaya   Vijayadaśamī is a most precious day to commence true education.   Ācārya shared that knowledge is very precious, that everything in this universe is precious. A student who is established, should hear teachings from their teacher on Vijayadaśamī. Just as a knife looses its sharpness,…

धैर्य Dhairya

Classes have begun. Ācārya is opening our hearts and minds to the inner meaning imbedded in the Haṭhayogapradīpikā.   One such moment where he shed immediate light, was in speaking about one of the six attributes that promote yoga, leading to success. धैर्य Dhairya  Bravery/Courage       Fear in practice is related to the death-fear. In…

India 2018

Dear Jivana Yoga Participants,   We want to welcome those of you who will be arriving to India soon and to reach out to everyone with gratitude in our hearts for our shared intention on the path.         Arriving to India once again wakes one up to the principle of ‘strainlessness’. This…

Living with Lightness

Post from Ashland ~   The greatest message this weekend, for me, was “living with lightness.” It was the thread woven through the weekend, linking all our activities and conversations.     We started the weekend being introduced to the 3rd year postures.         We had fun playing with balance and soft…