Coming to India

  Dear Aspirants,   We all share the wealth of yoga through these true yogic teachings. This is never more evident than when in India receiving the teachings directly from Ācārya. Here are a few quotes from last years retreat to inspire ~     “Show mercy and compassion to anyone who is troubled. As…

A Song From Leigh Ann

          ~The River     Personal Note: Like all of you, my life and work is significantly influenced by the support and guidance of our honorable teachers. I wish to make it clear that the following information about this project is my own personal, artistic interpretation of the teachings I have been…

Why am I here?

Open Day, 15 July Sintra, Portugal These open days bring together new-comers and JYP participants. They strengthen our understanding of these teachings, open our hearts and rekindle our yearning for this Yogic path. The morning started with a guided practice by Lior, followed by a small break of Kashaya and fruit. By the time we…

Ashland Group

      Each week we come together as a community. Together we grow, supporting ourselves and each other towards reaching our goal. Our target: to unite with the Divine. Our tools: daily life practice, our teacher, and our food.   Every other week we alternate between morning and evening gatherings. On Wednesday mornings, we…

Alegria

Sadvidya सद्विद्य = knowledge that leads one to the Great Light Alegria – joy/happiness ‘I close my eyes only for a moment and the moment’s gone’… but this moment lasts forever! Alegria means joy/happiness and it is one of my favorite Portuguese terms as well as saudade which can be translated as the feeling of…

May Retreat Thank You

Post by Ana Maria Melo This May retreat was once again very interesting. It provided us an opportunity to go through Acharyas´s teachings, but it was also a moment of relaxation and entertainment. Stacey and Jonathan gave us a tranquil setup in their beautiful Sintra home, where soul food and body food were equally served in…

Jivana Review Week Experience

This is my second year of the Jivana Review Week and as happen the same last year, it caused a big impact on my mind and body, inside and outside.   When I entered into the Jivana Programa the class was already in the 3rd chapter of the Yoga Sutra. In this review week Ganapathi…

Struck

We covered the first pāda of the Yoga Sutra, in the recent Jivana review week. Again -I was struck by this remarkable sutra:   Aphorism 1.20 Śraddhā vīrya smṛti samādhi prajñā pūrvakaṃ itareṣam  ॥20॥ श्रद्धावीर्यस्मृतिसमाधिप्रज्ञापूर्वकं इतरेषम् ॥२०॥ Śraddhā – firm faith Vīrya – energy Smṛti – memory Samādhi – Transcendental State Prajñā – strong knowledge…

Svatantra

Sintra, Portugal   Annually, April 25 marks the day of the 1974, Carnation Revolution in Portugal, also known as Freedom Day, Dia da Liberdade. Carnations were placed in the barrels of soldiers’ rifles, marking the peaceful manner in which the revolution ended. ‘Freedom Day’ refers to the end of dictatorship and the reestablishment of a…