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THANK YOU!! For the great feedback from the Guru Archetypes workshop in Lincoln NE.Here is what a few of you had to say:
"I honestly can barely remember what we did or what was said during this workshop. At times I almost felt like I was in a trance like state. I remember vividly how it made me feel. I left the practice feeling energized and inspired. Through the practice, I felt all the pain that I was processing this week suddenly burn up. I felt renewed, rejuvenated, reborn in a sense and in it's place I felt a energy build in my belly, I could do nothing but laugh. As I'm writing this I still feel like laughing. More importantly, this energy, this fire that ignited in my belly, I felt it travel to my heart, I felt it burn through older pain, doubt, the need to protect, I felt a stronger capacity to project energy outward. I didn't feel fear. I don't know how long this will last but it's good to at least get a glimpse of that feeling."
"I feel bits and pieces come back. She's a very inspiring speaker. The part that I identified with was the concept of shadow how we have these negatives, polar opposite parts of ourselves. While I've always considered the negative aspects of shadow, I never considered the positive. It's like a light bulb went off and I felt my body resonate YES!!! There is a shadow to my fear, doubt and pain. Of course! It seems so simple, I never realized why I didn't consider it before. I feel hope, like magnets, all I have to do is switch the poles."
"I remember the practice being fast paced. It was challenging but due to the pace, I didn't have time to think to analyze, to "grocery shop", to be aware of what was going on around me. I felt myself explore inward. The music was an excellent choice. I felt my body obey the pace. I was lost in it. I also like the way she designed the class. It felt like every asana built on the next seamlessly, building fire but also in the end cooling the flames. As challenging as it was, I also felt it was a class that everyone could enjoy. Even though Jeff doesn't practice yoga that often, he was not only able to follow along but he also really enjoyed the class as well."
I am looking forward to my return to Lincoln in January for the Undercurrent 100 hr. Teacher Training.
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Announcing the birth of the Shakti Yogi Journal!
It is an OMazing honor to be the first Cover Warrior for this new conscious living magazine. I believe in this magazine and treasure the intentions of its beautiful editors.
I support it so much, in fact, that I have opened up fearlessly and shared some of my life lessons that have been the most sensitive. Many may not know these stories about my life: my journey from sexual assault and substance abuse toward personal empowerment, Mardo's incarceration during my pregnancy, the philosophical and moral dilemmas faced on the way to a place of peace, and the truth that is within us all to integrate and become more authentically who we are through the heart.
This full color, 108 page magazine is founded by two lovely young women that I love, one of whom I have mentored over the past couple of years. They are following their dreams by bringing truth and consciousness to the world in the form of inspirational words and pictures: art, yoga, world affairs, love and dreams. Check out the preview of what is to come on their website: www.shaktiyogijournal.com
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Webinar Series in three parts. 6:00-7:00 p.m. MT
I am so excited to be offering my first ever webinar series in three parts on Yoga Psychology for Mamas.
My PhD program in Mythology and Depth Psychology has completely transformed my approach to yoga and after 12 years of teaching, I feel more inspired than ever.
Inner Power Yoga programs offer an opportunity to honestly examine the personal myths that influence your life: your beliefs, behaviors, and ultimately your experiences. This first Inner Power Yoga webinar series addresses one of the most complicated challenges and joys on the planet; the adventure of being a mother.
Over three sessions in 6 weeks, you will explore your current personal motherhood myth. Whether you are a seasoned mother, a brand new mom, or a mama to be, you have a story that begins before you were even born. Does your story empower you? Does it inspire you? Or perhaps it really doesn’t serve you as much as it could. By the third session of this webinar series, you will have had an opportunity to revision your story as a mama—in a manner that is truly authentic and personal to YOU. NOV. 6 PART ONE:
Our first session will be a fun and illuminating introduction to four mother archetypes (or universal images) that speak to you and through your psyche. NOV. 20 PART TWO:
In session two, we’ll dive deeply into four common and limiting myths that constellate mothers today; including the contradictory voices of “I am the only one who can care for my child.” and “I’m the worst mother ever.”DEC. 4 PART THREE:
Our third session will be a time to recreate and rebirth our myths of motherhood.
You may be surprised to discover how powerful you truly are. ALL THREE SESSIONS ONLY $25 WHEN YOU REGISTER BY NOV 1. ($45 after 11/1)
(REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE ACCESS TO RECORDED WEBINAR) REGISTER NOW!!
Incantations is Incandescent. What an exquisite blessing to get a sneak listen at this incredible new release. Sheela's voice leads straight to the lotus heart; beautiful and intriguing. Her collaborations are stellar and the music other-worldly.
Making space sacred for the likes of Mark Whitwell and Shiva Rea, her energy is infused with the most sincere practice.
"Sheela’s debut album, due for release in Fall 2013, features lush and hypnotic arrangements, infectious bass lines, and diverse instrumentation elevated by her authentic presentation of ancient Indian melody and mantra." LEARN MORE
Last weekend, Tadasana Mountain Yoga finished their first 200hr. Inner Power Yoga® training! Congratulations to the graduates!
Thanks to our teacher, Sreedevi Bringi, for making the graduation celebration and Diwali so special.
The Tadasana tribe is a very special group of individuals who have blessed each others lives abundantly.
As Angie, one of our beautiful STF's writes:
"I just wanted to say , "Thank you!!!", although that doesn't even begin to articulate my feelings! I was so excited to be done with our training and to graduate, but now I'm kind of overwhelmed with, "What next?". As I was cleaning the studio yesterday, I became very emotional. I suddenly missed my family, my tribe. I could visualize us sitting there, in a circle around candles, holding space for each other, sharing love, sharing so much! It was like our ghosts were still there.
I'm sure this is a normal feeling after completing a teacher training and probably not the first time you have heard such comments. I just wanted you to know how much gratitude I feel, that I was able to be a part of this training and a part of this family. I love you all and I hope that we all stay connected as we begin to travel down this new path, our new beginning.
Love, light, and peace,
We will be in each others lives for a long time to cOMe! Love to all the Yoga Worldreach Seva school STFs!
Congratulations to the recent Yoga Body and Balance graduates in Lincoln NE.
Graduates in Angola, IN and Nederland, CO. will also celebrate this month as they round out a year of Inner Power Yoga 200 hr. Teacher Training! This weekend, after a full year of comprehensive training, new yoga teachers at Tadasana Mountain Yoga in Nederland Colorado will be offering donation-based yoga workshops, November 2-3, 2013. Workshops are open to the community, and are appropriate for practitioners of all levels—from first timers to seasoned yogis—with the goal of striking balance and honoring the Autumn holiday season. Donations benefit local service projects. Workshop times include
Saturday Nov. 2: 12:30-2:00 and 3:00-5:00 p.m.
and SundayNov. 3: 12:30-2:00 and 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Tadasana Mountain Yoga, LLC
303.258.YOGA // 20 Lakeview Dr. Suite 110, Nederland, CO 80466
Bohem Press, in Zurich, has published a gorgeous board book of delightful illustrations by Olaf Hagek. "This book is a creative and playful introduction to the world of yoga for children and adults alike. The whimsical illustrations depict many traditional yoga poses and take the reader on a journey of discovery." I found this award winning treasure at Anthropologie, but you can save time and money when you purchase it from our Amazon "wild child" bookstore. Click on the SHOP link (above). Click on "wild child" bookstore. Find this beautiful book on page 3.
More of Hagek's work can be found on his website:http://olafhajek.de/index.html
What is an inner guru?
Unlike English words, which generally objectify, Sanskrit words describe the essence of something. The essence of “guru” is associated with many different ideas: master, weighty, large, respectable, great, serious, parent, teacher, valuable, venerable, and difficult to digest. Guru is associated with heaviness in the stomach and is used to express pregnancy or a pregnant woman. The guru principle, in yoga, refers to the teacher that guides one’s awareness towards the Infinite. According to the Siddha Yogis, the guru principle is “The universal power of grace present as the inner Self of all beings.”
When we speak of the Inner Guru in Inner Power Yoga®, we are talking about the quality of consciousness within. This is the source of one’s unique and authentic inner vibration which includes emotions, thoughts and inspirations when these are pointing toward a deeper or higher truth—beyond ego absorption. The Inner Guru is the Soul. It is the source of the Soul. AND it is the creative spark that turns an everyday human into a Soul Artist.
The Inner Guru is the voice you hear from the stillness of the lotus heart, when all obstacles and limitations are removed and you listen. What is an archetype?
Archetypes are observable aspects of the mysterious universal vibration that unifies humanity as a deeply connected tribe of individuals. Archetypes occur as images, symbols, thoughts, patterns, expressions, motifs and ideas that have gathered from the collective unconscious and may be recognized by personal awareness.
Throughout the years in his study of the inner-workings of the human psyche, Psycho-analyst, C.G. Jung conceived archetypal components which play important roles in the psychological and social development of each individual. These unconscious personalities are the soul images of the ego, persona, shadow, anima and animus. They accompany and inform the attitudes and behaviors of a person throughout the stages of his or her life. They serve as the guiding force into the nebulous world of the unconscious; the realm that Jung recognized as “the Unknown which immediately effects us1.”
What is a guru archetype?
When these two terms are used together as “Guru Archetype,” they may be considered the conscious and unconscious patterns that inform one’s personal, inner teacher. These particular symbols, ideas, and energies inspire the teachings that resonate with a particular person as they recognize them arise. The Guru archetypes may present themselves from within the still center of meditation, or from the chaos of a dance party. They may be found on the movie screen or in a novel. Guru archetypes are living energies that “haunt” every day life. When they are identified as the motivating factors that inspire a particular Soul Artist, that archetype (and its teachings) become even more accessible.
When you know your guru archetype, you may hear the voice, see the beauty and discover the meaning in everything around you. Four guru archetypes.
The same archetypal energies that have informed the world's greatest mysteries throughout history, also empower the authentic expression of your own deepest truth. Explore these mythic characters as they radiate, vibrate, soar and roar from the collective unconscious and within you. Let the qualities of your inner guru amplify your heart's desire, reveal your life's purpose and illuminate the beauty of your soul.
There are many many archetypal patterns for the Inner Guru.
This workshop series offers introductory insight into four re-occurring archetypal patterns that may be of inspiration for you. LEARN MORE
Page 272 of the Oct. 2013 issue of Vogue
Magazine, features a teeny-tiny blurb entitled "The Art of Yoga." It is small and addresses the "glamour" of yoga, dropping names of Hollywood yoginis like Marilyn Monroe and Hilaria Baldwin. At the same time, however, it mentions the beloved teachers who brought yoga to the west: T. Krishnamacharya and his student Indra Devi. The intention of the article is to highlight the historical opening at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackller Gallery, in Washington, D.C. Entitled, "Yoga: The Art of Transformation," the exhibit opens today, displaying rare installments of yoga's transformation over time.
"The exhibition borrows from twenty-five museums and private collections in India, Europe, and the United States. Highlights include an installation that reunites for the first time three monumental stone yogini goddesses from a tenth-century Chola temple; ten folios from the first illustrated compilation of asanas
(yogic postures), made for a Mughal emperor in 1602, which have never before been exhibited together; and Thomas Edison's Hindoo Fakir
(1906), the first movie ever produced about India.
Through masterpieces of Indian sculpture and painting, Yoga: The Art of Transformation
explores yoga's rich diversity and historical transformations, including its philosophies, transformational goals, and importance within multiple religions. The exhibition also examines the varied roles that yogis and yoginis played in society, from sages to spies."
The show runs through Jan. 26, 2014. LEARN MORE