Yoga has come to mean so much to so many. Asana only, lifestyle, bendy beautiful bodies, still mind, a way to awaken personal power, psychic awareness, spiritual growth, funky songs to sing along with, ancient mantra.
Some today feel that yoga is no longer staying “true” to its traditions but in reality yoga, as a practice, has always been an evolving philosophy and way of life that has drawn from and shared with the cultures it has come in contact with.
Debate also abounds about the origins of modern asana practice and it's suitability for women. As part of this debate and shifting trends yoga is now being integrated with western physiotherapy, psychology and transpersonal therapies to become a more holistic discipline.
Originally trained in the Satyananda tradition, Gauri Ma is also influenced by Angela Farmer and the yin yoga of Sarah Powers. Teaching a softer, more feminine practice of asana that emphasises energy flow, expressive sound and the use of visualisation to deepen connection to mother nature.
Ritual & Rites of Passage
"A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. ..... Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life." Joseph Campbell
A ritual makes meaning of the ordinary, creating a sense of gratitude in the everyday. Rituals can be complex and steeped in tradition or personal and evolving. Listen and enjoy the ritual below,
Salutations to the 4 directions;
a ritual that can be used to greet everyday.
See "Rites of Passage" on the Women with Spirit page for more info
"Love is the song of the soul singing to God."
Kirtan is the yogic communal practice of devotion; bhakti yoga. What ever ails you will be soothed, whatever inspires you will be awakened, whatever is lost will be found. Kirtan is for everyone as a way to open the heart and give expression to our emotions in a safe and enjoyable way.
Gauri ma regularly sings with the Melbourne Chant Cartel or wherever there are willing participants. Use the link below to sample a live recording: "Jagadambe - great mother".
The inner landscape of the mind has the potential to be rich and inspiring. Much like dreaming, in creative visualisation anything is possible.The mind has no limits, only those we place upon it.
As with all things practice makes perfect. The more the imagination is used and exercised the stronger it becomes. A daily practice of deep relaxation that incorporates creative visualisation is the key to greater awareness of the inner symbols and messages of the unconscious.
Click the link below to experience a live recorded creative yoga nidra created with the help of George Worthy, magical musician master.