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Randall - Ram Giri

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David & Sharon Gannon - founders of Jivamukti

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Sacred syllable AUM - "OM TAT SAT OM"

Aum: Often spelled Om. The mystic syllable of Hinduism, placed at the beginning of most sacred writings. As a mantra, it is pronounced aw (as in law), oo (as in zoo), mm. Aum represents the Divine, and is associated with Lord Ganesha, for its initial sound "aa," vibrates within the muladhara, the chakra at the base of the spine upon which this God sits. It is a three part sound, moving upwards through the body. Aum is explained in the Upanishads as standing for the whole world and its parts, including past, present and future. It is from this primal vibration that all manifestation issues forth. Aum is the primary, or mula mantra, and often precedes other mantras.

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More about yoga, my teachers and inspiration.

Teachers - I was first introduced to yoga as a teenager in secondary school Australia. I continued to attend classes in Australia sporadically throughout my later teenage years and early twenties. It was during a trip to Thailand in 1998-1999 that I began taking yoga 'seriously'. I attended classes with Randall (Jungle Yoga), and he loaned me his copy of 'Light on Yoga'. I started to fully recognise the life long path that yoga is.

I arrived in London in 2000 and started weekly classes at the Iyengar Institute. I attended a weekend intensive with Birhoo Mehta, a teacher from the Iyengar Institute in Poona, India. During this time I started to develop my own asana practice, which become more fluid and dynamic, always accompanied by music.

It was also during this time that we met mantra teacher Muz Murray, and attended many of his tantra-mantra workshops over a period of 3-4 years. His teachings deepened my understanding of yoga philosophy and tantra, as well as practice of mantra. I continued to attend both meditation and Iyengar classes at the North London Buddhist centre, and develop my own practice at home.

In 2005 I attended classes at the newly opened Jivamukti centre in London, I was instantly hooked. The classes at Jivamukti combined philosophy, mantra, music and asana. I am deeply inspired by the dedication of Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon and David Life to their practice and beliefs. They promote an attitude of spiritual activism, and have dedicated their lives to yoga, manifesting this in promotion of concious living, music and kindness to all beings.

In 2006 I became pregnant, which changed my yoga practice considerably. I continue my own practice, and try to attend at least one or two yoga events each year. Becoming a mother has also inspired me to practice yoga with my daughter Elsie. I am very interested in the benefits of yoga for children, and look forward to pursuing this path in the future.

Endless Inspirations - Writers, teachers and musicians

Shambhavi Chopra - Yogini, mystic, author, healer, Tantrika, and Vedic astrologer. Shambhavi Chopra is one of the foremost Yoginis or women teachers of the deeper aspects of Yoga coming out of India today. She shows how yogic practices of ritual, mantra and meditation can bring the power of the Goddess into our daily lives. Her ability to express the inner Yoga secrets both in the written and the spoken word is rare, if not unique.

David Frawley - 'Those who know (vidvaamsah) will confirm that the works of Shri Vamadeva Shastri are distinguished by their authenticity. This is so because they are based on (1) his personal quest and experience (2) deep dwelling into the texts and (3) oral learning received from many authentic teachers who are experts in their areas of knowledge.
Shri Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley) has done this great service to many that he has offered access into knowledge that was often hitherto inaccessible to an average western seeker.'
Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh

'Dr. David Frawley is one of the most important scholars of Ayurveda and Vedic Science today. I have great respect and admiration for his knowledge and the way he has expounded the ancient wisdom of the Vedas.'
Deepak Chopra

Randall O'Leary (Ram Giri) - Jungleyoga is Randall O'Leary's combination of yoga postures, breaths, Tantric philosophy and humor with an eye on transformation! Teacher Trainings are offered in Thailand in January 2011 and hopefully July 2011.

Muz Murray - The mysteries of mantra and its capacity for mental, physical and spiritual healing are little known in the Western world. Although we are all familiar with the faerytale magician’s words of power (those secret syllables which when uttered usually unlock hidden doorways into the earth, revealing a cave of treasure) we are generally unaware of the esoteric significance of such stories. They are in fact folkloric references to the sacred subtle sounds used by mantric adepts, which open the ‘cave of the heart’ (to Universal Love) and reveal the treasure of the Spirit. Mantra is a profound and practical method of self-awakening, opening and self-transcendence. It is a form of yoga which speaks to the deep organic roots of man’s being by the use of vocalised and mental sound-currents of both audible and inaudible frequencies. These subtle vibrations awaken dormant centres of the brain (most of which are as yet unused in the average being) attuning the psychological, physiological and spiritual faculties to the primordial and sustaining vibration of creation. When we come into harmony with the vibratory rate of sub-atomic pulsation in consciousness (as in deep meditation) we hold the key to universal knowledge and self-healing.

Sharon Gannon (Tripura Sundari), David Life (Deva Das)
When the mind and the heart are stretched together in expanding self awareness, I assure you, there is instantaneous self transcendence and, therefore, limitless freedom.

Mark Whitwell - The ancient wisdom of yoga teaches that Life is already given to you, you are completely loved, you are here now. It teaches that we are not separate, cannot be separate from nature, which sustains us in a vast interdependence with everything. The universe comes perfectly, and is awesome in its integration and infinite existence. This union is our natural state, this union is Yoga. When you experience this connection to the fullness of creation, of nurturing source, you are doing your Yoga. Yoga is your direct participation in nurturing source.

Godfrey Deveraux - Godfri's contribution to the art and science of yoga is unique and remarkable. His discoveries and developments are numerous, ongoing and allow yoga to be experienced without reference to esotericism or unverifiable concepts. Unintimidated by the power mechanisms of tradition he has firmly grounded yoga practice and theory in the wisdom of life itself, while grounding its expression in the language of everyday life.

Vanda Scarvalli - a wonderful interview with Vanda Scarvalli by her student Esther Myers.

Stunning hand painted mandalas - Andrea - Mandalas are round images that have their origin in Hinduism and Buddhism. The Sanskrit word "mandala" can be translated as circle or circumference but it also means completion. The spherical shape attracts our gaze and the patterns can have an almost hypnotising effect which is enhanced
by the kaleidoscopic design.

Shiva Rea - 'I embrace yoga as a universal path as well as traditional teachings and practices to cultivate and realize our full potential. Vinyasa is a natural sequence unfolding with creative intelligence - a conscious evolution connecting each moment with unifying breath. We explore embodying and living yoga in full spectrum - sun to moon, wild to sublime, fullness to simplicity, action and being. There is yoga for everyone. Let us know how we can serve your path.'

Donna Farhi - "The soul is always inexorably drawn toward those things that will most reveal its true nature. When we are able to recognize our spiritual impulse for what it truly is and to harness that impulse with discriminating awareness, we will find our way home just as surely as a migrating bird finds its nest." ~ Donna Farhi, Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living

BKS Iyengar - " Venture from the known to unknown."

Shri K. Pattabhi Jois - 'In his book Yoga Mala, Pattabhi Jois offers another kind of mala, which is ancient in tradition, as sacred as prayer and as beautiful as flowers. His mala is a garland of yoga, in which each vinyasa is like a sacred bead to be counted and focused on, and each asana is like a fragrant flower strung on the thread of the breath. Just as a japamala adorns the neck and a pushpamala adorns the gods, so too this garland of yoga, when diligently practiced, adorns our entire being with peace, health, radiance, and, ultimately, Self-knowledge.' text taken from the intro to Yoga Mala.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi - Ramana was a silent Teacher, if there was one. It would be more appropriate to call him the Silent One, for teaching denotes duality, the teacher and taught, while Ramana was, as a devotee wrote, “the Pure Non-dual Essence.” His most direct and profound teaching was transmitted in silence.

Ram Dass - Namaste and Welcome. As I no longer travel to teach, I now share my heart in cyberspace. This site gives us the opportunity to meet through live webcasts and personal webchats. We also have a vast archive of my talks from the 60's through present day. I invite you to participate in our online global satsang and connect with like-minded souls through our Be Here Now social community. To me these are amazing new manifestations of our deeper self. Share this dance with us.

Gangaji - Gangaji shares a simple message - This is an invitation to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being.

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Sally Kempton - Swami Durgananda - Sally Durgananda Kempton is one of today's most experienced and authentic teachers of meditation and inner evolution. Known for her ability to transmit deep inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation, she teaches students how to live from the space of an awakened heart in work, relationships and challenging situations.

Kirtan - devotional singing

Petros - beautiful music to download

Deva Premal & Miten - beautiful kirtan

Jai Uttal - more beautiful kirtan

Krishna Das

Bhagavan Das

Donna de Lory

Snataum Kaur

MC Yogi - yoga inspired hip-hop

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