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!!
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
100 hour Teacher Training Immersion PART TWO*: The Undercurrent Yoga Body and Balance, Lincoln, CO. January and April, 2014
Take a dive into the Pranamaya Kosha, or Subtle Energy Body.
In this 100 hour Yoga Teacher Training, you will explore the psychology of the chakras, and how to effectively utilize mudra, bandha, marma, spanda and pranayama practices to ignite the power of your inner fire and dance with the inner winds. This will be a preparatory stage towards understanding and applying Organic and Vital Yoga Therapies. Training is appropriate for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners who seek to deepen their practice.
CEUs may apply.
Prerequisites may apply
.*Immersion modules may be taken in any order and consist of Part 1: The Blissipline, Part 2: The Undercurrent Part 3: Soul Artist. Each are 100 hours in credit and may be combined with the 200 hour Inner Power Yoga® teacher training modules for a 500 hour certification.
also visit: www.yogabodyandbalance.com
Who is your inner guru? 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.
Sundays 2-4 p.m. $30 each workshop or $100 for the 4-part series (if registered by 9/15). Register today at EVENTS or at Mayama Movement Studio in Lyons, CO.
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One year ago, today, I was preparing to move back to my hometown in Indiana. What followed has been an absolute transformational year of living and loving—witnessing my beloved mother's health decline while, at the same time, embracing the vitality of my new sri-baby daughter. At moments I have been humbled like a scared child, in sadness and vulnerability. Other days, I have felt the blood of a lioness coursing through my veins. Motherhood brings a new fire-power fierceness, which sometimes catches me by surprise.
This was a year in which the Mother archetype showed me her beautiful face and offered the support and nurture needed to arrive into a new skin of my Self. I am thrilled to have completed my MA in Mythology and Depth Psychology in the midst of the Earth's most ecstatic tandava. Now, as I enter into PhD. courses and prepare to complete my dissertation in Yoga Psychology, I have new flavors of juice and grit to share. It is time to celebrate with you. I am ready to rock this Autumn, and all throughout 2014! Please look for my workshops at a local yoga studio or upcoming festivals
like Eagle Yoga Fest'
in October. I would LOVE to see your authentic beauty and dance with you to the sacred rhythm of our interconnected spanda. In Love and Radiant Light:R.R. Shakti
Last weekend marked the half point of our Inner Power Yoga® Teacher Training in Nederland, CO. And with it, our tribe brought their sweet imaginations and creative talents in the form of some awesome Upanishads projects. The Upanishads are Vedic texts, which offer poems, songs and stories regarding the individual soul and it's relationship to the universal spirit. Each project was a beautiful and unique response to the text. One yogini wrote her heartfelt and touching contemplations:
"What is it to die of self?
Such a simplified question with a series of multi-layered answers! I pondered this with great heart felt openness! Because SOMETHING touched me deeply the first time I read this and I would go on to re-read it at least a dozen more times! I thought about this for weeks—it would pop into my mind when I was doing the dishes, working, and doing yoga. These words just kept coming at me. It was almost as if the universe was beating into my head—luring me to the read the words again and again! Like a nagging tooth ache, not to be ignored!!! The words just kept repeating over and over in my head. Occasionally I got annoyed and/or frustrated. Sometimes feelings of being overwhelmed came with the thought of these words. Many different answers came to me with many more questions added to it. It almost seemed like it was a question within many questions—that had answers within many answers— infinity in its self! No wonder I felt overwhelmed!
To die of self, to kill the self, to reach my true self—My Atman.—God; what a seemingly impossible feat. At first my ego concluded it would be complete abandon of the concepts of life and death as I have understood it to be for my entire life!—My very reality. Then after truly thinking about this, some questions came to me:
When did it become the norm for me to chase the material and physical pleasures of this physical world? When did money, property, and instant gratification become my God?
At what point in growing up do we lose our childhood joy of simply living life, the beauty of a leaf and watching it float in the wind— and love everything— including playing in the dirt!?
Is everything I know and am an illusion?
Has this illusion been molded to fit what I have believed it should be instead of what it is?
Is it what others believed it should be?
Has any of it made me happy?
Are any of us TRULY happy?
Have I been living a lie my entire existence?
Is the whole world a lie?
The questions went on and on in my mind! They just would not stop!!! I now know that, the whole process was Atman breaking through ego! Time was running out for this OMwork assignment. I had been avoiding it. Originally I had planned on doing a collage. I even cut out pictures, bought poster board, glue sticks and metallic markers! but I could not seem to make myself sit down and actually do it! I didn’t know why the block!!! What was I afraid of? Then after finishing my report on Saraswati, it dawn on me—since I couldn’t seem to get the Upanishad words out of my head, I should write my thoughts down! And finally my thoughts quieted and I was able to make sense out of the chaos!
So I sat down to answer the question:
What does it really mean to die of self?
And at that moment the answer seemed so unbelievably simple to me. I heard my own voice in my head say, "to die of self means cultivating a symbiotic existence with all of life itself!"
I sat back on the couch in complete awe! My heart felt so open and light! Tears came to my eyes! Because I just had a spiritual awakening and was able to see the whole process so clearly! I wish that I was able to share the feeling I had in my chest! (if I could bottle the feeling there would be world peace!) I want that complete joy and peace for everyone! I felt my connection to the cosmos. I felt my symbiotic relation to everything and everyone! For the first time in my entire life I felt TRUE BLISS!!
Ever since that moment, my life and my yoga practice has taken on a deeper meaning. I feel more in touch with my asanas, more in touch with myself. I have a new acceptance of the world and my monkey mind has settled. It’s not completely gone (I wish!); but, it has calmed. That in its self, is a gift!"
Written by Christina Marino from the Inner Power Yoga® blissipline tribe at Tadasana Mountain Yoga in Nederland CO.
Down through history, when yogis expressed interest in taking their experience to the next level, they were generally given a fairly grueling "trial by fire."
Think: seemingly needless menial tasks with no explanation of purpose like separating sand from rice. Borrring!!
Or think: hard manual labor (again with no apparent purpose) like hauling rocks from one place to another, and then back again. Ugg!
Or they were asked to leave their families and villages, shave their heads and burn all their clothes in favor of saffron robes or a loin-cloth. Brrr!!
Even more recently, and still today in India, devotees must maintain severe practice schedules, meager diets and austerities that we just don't even consider in the west.
And why? Because yoga is an unpleasant experience designed to intimidate and instigate trauma?? NOOOOOOOO!…
BECAUSE yoga is an opportunity to truly become familiar—even eventually comfortable—with who you really are. This is where cultivation of our highest Inner Power begins. My grandpa called it "character building." I call it Soul Artistry—particularly when we can look our experiences in the face and make something beautiful of them. In the beginning it might be hard, but no masterpiece is created without Effort. That is why Grace is the balance of BOTH effort and surrender.
Chakra sharing—expressing our personal myth—is essential to the process. It is our version of hauling rocks, or severing ties with our old way of being in the world. It is a psycho-spiritual trial by fire. It holds the possibility of break-through from break-down. Tears cOMe. Laughter ensues. Eventually, it becomes easier and easier to bear your story…SHARE your story….and then REPAIR your story. It becomes the sacred space from which your Inner Power springs forth as You—unique and also One with everything. Your personal myth takes on a new shape, not because you change the facts, but because the facts change YOU. You begin to recognize the purpose, the sacred treasure buried in the rubble.
As yoga teachers, authenticity cOMes from knowing ourselves, from clearing any limitation away so that there is open and ample space for our True Nature—our Inner Guru—to flow through Grace-full-y.
Every Inner Power Yoga® 200 hr. Teacher Training program presents an opportunity to compose, share and celebrate your Chakra Stories. I am honored to have been in community with our ever expanding tribe and to get to know each one of you on such a transpersonal level.
In Love and Abounding Gratitude,
photo: Third Eye Visionaries
This week, according to Statistic Brain
, 45% of Americans will make a New Year's Resolution, and only 8% will actually achieve it. The studies also report that "People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make them." Don't be discouraged from setting intentions. This year, let one of those mystical, accomplished 8% be YOU!
Join the Resolution Revolution to recalibrate your thinking for success!
Take a tip from the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra
and set a sankalpa
(declaration of purpose), following the 4P's for a successful sankalpa:Your sankalpa must be personal: You generously share energy with others throughout the year. Allow yourself this time to concentrate on your own personal development. After all, shifts in your behavior can only stem from changes in your thinking...in YOUR own citta (psyche).
Make your sankalpa powerful: Remember, you already ARE everything you are hoping to be. You already HAVE all the power you need to live your life to the fullest. You don't need to "attract" what you are seeking to find. You simply must remember that you already have it, as part and particle of the Infinite.
Use language (even from your inner voice) that is positive: if you tell yourself "I won't ever smoke another cigarette!" what your monkey mind hears is "smoke another cigarette." Instead, solidify positive behavior with positive messages, such as: "I honor myself with a healthy, non-toxic lifestyle."
And lastly, make your intention a pithy one. My Yoga Nidra teacher, Sreedevi Bringi, suggests using no more than 8 words to identify your sankalpa. When typing your heart's intention on the tablet of your brain, less is definitely more—especially with an already chattery citta.
Once you have established your sankalpa, write it down and memorize it. Then make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and listen to the following Yoga Nidra practice for a good healthy dose of positive brain-washing.
Each moment is a new opportunity to make important, beautiful and LASTING changes.
The Resolution Revolution is Now!