7-Day Chakra Meditation Series
The Chakras are concentrated energetic areas in the body that correlate to various physical, emotional and spiritual points and issues within us. We have seven chakras, starting from the base of the spine, our root chakra, all the way up to the crown of the head. Meditating on each energetic point can help bring much needed chakra healing as well as help bring balance in our physical, emotional and energetic bodies. Only 5 minutes a day, for 7 days… Enjoy!
HYPNOBIRTHING RELAXATION AUDIO
I find that many women carry fear and anxiety around birth. Hypnobirthing techniques can be so powerful in shifting the mind away from fear, pain and doubt to feelings of confidence, strength and empowerment. Sometimes all it takes is learning and practicing the art of relaxation, and most of all, of surrender. Listening to a hypnobirthing script on a weekly basis during pregnancy can start to plant positive seeds in the mind to support you on the big day. This is my super DIY version, based on an adapted scrip from the website Hypnobirthing by Alice. Enjoy, and exhale…
JIVAMUKTI JUNE FOCUS CHANT | THE LIGHT OF KNOWLEDGE
om. asato mā sad gamaya tamaso mā jyotir gamaya, mṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamaya. oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.
Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality. Om peace peace peace, From Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad
asataḥ — (from) unreality/untruth
mā — me
sat — to reality/being/truth (√as = to be)
gamaya — please make me go/lead me (√gam = to go)
tamasaḥ — from darkness
jyotiḥ — to light
mṛtyoḥ — from death
amṛtam — to immortality/nectar
Jivamukti May Focus Chant | interconnectedness
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ bhargo devasyadhīmahi dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt
“Earth Space Heavens. We meditate on the Divine light of the radiant source. May that inspire our hearts and thoughts.” – Gayatri Mantra, Interpretation by Manorama D’Alvia
It’s all yoga yes, but the philosophy behind the method is important in a yogi’s journey of following a teacher or movement practice and that’s why I love jivamukti so much. Jivamukti Yoga comes from the word jivan-mukta ~ liberated soul ~ and is defined by my teachers as a path towards enlightenment through compassion for all beings. Ahimsa or nom harming is the bedrock of this practice, and our effort is often dedicated to the upliftment of others, all beings. Ending unnecessary suffering to other humans, animals and this planet is the sure way to help end our own. Bringing more peace and joy and love to others is a sure way to bring more love our way too. We are all one, and until we realise that and remember that within ourselves, liberation remains out of reach.
Jaya Jagatambe he Maa Durgaa
“Jagat ambe means mother of the world. Jagat is world, ambe is mother. Durga means 'she who takes you across Durgati, the ocean of difficulties, the ocean of troubleWe cry out in wonder when we get a taste of something real.” ~ Krishna Das
Jivamukti Yoga Focus of Month ~ april
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
Radha calls to Krishna, as “the one who has captured my heart, mind, body and soul, my everything, my all!” Krishna affectionately calls Radha, his beloved, the name Rama, which means “my queen, my delight” – This is a love dialogue between the soul (Radha) and God (Krishna).
Jivamukti Yoga Chant Book Kirtan Chants (14)
JIVAMUKTI YOGA class focus and chant
patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyaṁ yo me bhaktyā prayacchati tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam aśnāmi prayatātmanaḥ
Whatever is offered to Me with a pure loving heart, no matter if it is as small as a leaf, a flower, a piece of fruit, or sip of water, I will accept it from one who’s mind is restrained.
Text: Bhagavad Gita XI.26
This month we look at intention behind our actions, and how little offerings like feeding the birds, or uplifting our practice can bring freedom and joy to other beings, and ultimately ourselves.
Jivamukti Yoga Focus of Month ~ February
satyam brūyāt priyam brūyāt na brūyāt satyam apriyam priyam anritam na brūyāt esha dharmah sanātanah
This Sanskrit verse is from the Manusmriti 4:138 and summarizes the crux of perennial philosophy or sanātana dharma. It translates as: “Say what is true, say what is sweet, but do not say what is true but not sweet, nor say what is sweet but not true, this is wisdom.” As yogis we know that when we use our speech to speak kind and positive words–we create a kind and positive reality. Violent, unkind and derogatory words are destructive. Words have power. - Sharon Gannon Text: Manusmriti 4:138
EMPOWERMENT BY AFFIRMATION MEDITATION
A study revealed that over 80% of our daily thoughts are negative in nature. This got me thinking about how much work we have to put in to bring our minds and our thoughts into a better state of balance - to tip the scale to a more positive framework. That's where affirmations come in....
One of the core practices of mindfulness is bringing more awareness and attention to the little tasks we do, like eating or showering. And also, our thinking! We need to fill the mind on a regular basis with thoughts and words that are not only positive, but empowering, fulfilling and soul-giving. We need to fill our cup with more self-love, compassion and kindness so that we are able to extend this outward to others as we move through life.
So here's my little humble DIY offering, may it uplift you in even the smallest way…. let me know what you think!