about yoga, my teachers and inspiration.
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.
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.
was also during this time that we met mantra teacher
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.
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.
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.
Inspirations - Writers, teachers and musicians
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.
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
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.'
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.
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.
Gannon (Tripura Sundari), David Life (Deva Das)
the mind and the heart are stretched together in
expanding self awareness, I assure you, there is
instantaneous self transcendence and, therefore,
SHRI SWAMI NIRMALANANDA
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.
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.
Scarvalli - a wonderful interview with
Vanda Scarvalli by her student Esther Myers.
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.
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
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
Iyengar - " Venture from the known
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.
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.
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 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.
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
- devotional singing
- beautiful music to download
Premal & Miten - beautiful kirtan
Uttal - more beautiful kirtan
Yogi - yoga inspired hip-hop
and Ayurveda Retreat in France