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
Sacred Sanskrit for Yoga Training Immersion
Nov. 30/Dec. 1, and DEC. 14/15, 2013Yoga Off Broadway, Eagle CO.
Learn the basics of the Sanskrit language within the sacred traditions of Yoga. This course is an oral and written introduction to the Sanskrit alphabet (devanagari), Roman transliteration, and elementary Sanskrit grammar. Mythology and Philosophy weave the Sanskrit terminology into personal meaning for a deeper practice. For teachers and yogis of all levels.
$275 includes study materials.
(counts as 25 CEUs toward 500 hr. Yoga Teacher Training.)
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. Fri. 10/25 Agni!
Tending the Sacred Fire
Let your practice inspire!
6-8 p.m. Sat. 10/26 Shiva/Shakti
Dancing with the Gunas
Find your natural vibration
1-3 p.m.Sat. 10/26 Krishna Five Flavors of Love
Set your heart free!
6-8 p.m.Sun. 10/27 aniMA Devi
Honoring the Mother Goddess Within
$30 each workshop or $100 for the 4-part series (if registered by 10/1).
Register today at EVENTS
A Reflection on the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
If Spirituality is an innate quest residing in the depths of every human heart; then the Upanishads are certainly one of the first comprehensive sets of written answers to that questioning: Who am I, Why am I here, and What do I do now? Upanishad
translates from sanskrit to mean: “to sit down near.” It refers to the manner in which the wisdom of the Veda was presented by sitting near to one’s teacher, the Self-realized Rishi. The Upanishads correspond with the Vedas and were written to expound their wisdom into something personal and accessible as “inner fire ritual” so that a direct experience of Infinite Reality may be realized. While the Vedas offer explanation of incantation and performed ritual rites, the Upanishads present philosophical teachings on the relationship between Infinite Source and manifest Creation. Through understanding of their wisdom, one may realize their True Nature as one with Infinite Source.
The teachings of the Upanishads is called “Vedanta,” which means the end of the Veda. This “end” could refer to, not only the completion of the Veda, but the end result of it’s teaching. In the sense of answering the question: “To what end?”
“To what end do we study?”
“To what end do we meditate?”
“To what end do we practice?”
“What do we come to know in the end?”
The principle teaching of the Upanishads—in the form of prose, poetry, and dialogue—present the Atman, or individualized spirit, as one with Infinite Source. Through the Upanishads, we come to know that we are each an authentic expression of the Most High. With this experiential knowledge, we may celebrate the beauty and purpose of our unique and interconnected lives.
The Inner Power Yoga® 200 hr. Teacher Training includes a study of the Upanishads and their practical value for our modern lives. Each STF creates a personal reflection project to express their relationship to the texts.
Below is the beautiful musings on the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, as written by Inner Power Yoga® STF, Tina Williamson:"Since I am a product of a small family, the experience of leaving this worldly life has been very traumatic for me. Also, making this journey for me especially traumatic was that all of my loved ones ironically left this worldly life within short periods of time between them; a few years. I read this book of the Upanishads several times and each time it was very emotional and not dry eyed."I think when it comes to that point in our lives when death is knocking at our door, we are all on a level playing field which Yajnavalkya was trying to convey to his wife. It matters not the amount of wealth, material possessions, children, or how important one thinks that he may be. One must be one with the Self and the Imperishable.
I also believe that there is a state that is a twilight in between life and death, or shedding the physical body, and moving on to the next phase of the soul moving onward. When my mother was in the process of passing, she began talking in her basically unconscious state about meeting up with Doty, so they could be together and meet. I did not really know who this was and I did not ask my Dad because he was very distraught. I asked my paternal Grandmother because she knew all sorts of family history. Her answer sent chills through me because Doty was my Great-grandmother’s brother who had been killed as a child by being kicked in the head by a draft horse. My maternal Grandmother had not know Doty either. If he had been alive he would have been over 100 years old. That conversation with Doty transpired two days prior to my Mom’s passing.
If there are any words that can bring closure, or solace to death, it was this book of the Upanishad. I like to think that my mother is still with me in heart and soul. My brain is still wired the “American” way, and I still do have attachments. Being an only child I was very close to my mother, and now my daughter and I are the same way. I am trying to practice more Eastern philosophies; however, when it comes to family and people it is a little more difficult. This was by far, the most beneficial/comforting book for me."
To see visual art interpretations of the Upanishads, visit the IPY TRIBE Art Gallery.Also read the reflection from Christina Marino from the Inner Power Yoga® blissipline tribe at Tadasana Mountain Yoga in Nederland CO. : Is the Whole World a Lie? We feature two of my favorite copies of the principal Upanishads in our Amazon Bookstore. Order yours today!
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.
The Eagle Yoga Fest
is less than two months from taking flight! I am honored and excited to be presenting at this inaugeral event, alongside some of the Vail Valley's most celebrated teachers and Colorado's National Yoga Treasures. Join me for some new adventures in practice including these three workshops:
Restorative Partner Yoga and Massage with Martin Redding (Saturday 10/5 10:30 a.m.)
Experience the Five Bhavas of Love. There are five devotional attitudes of Bhakti Yoga. These attitudes toward the Most High may be cultivated within our interpersonal relationships, including with our friends, family and life partners. This workshop with explore the yoga mythology and psychology of devotion and offer approaches to self-healing and renewal. Bring along a friend or make a new one, as you relax and rejuvenate your entire being. (asana for all levels) Yoga Psychology and the process of Individuation. (Saturday 10/5 3:30 p.m.):
Yoga, which may be translated as yoking or unifying, offers a sophisticated system for psychological development and spiritual awareness. Like psychological analysis, yoga reminds us of the multidimensionality of our being and poses the challenge of unifying this diversity to the end of mental stability. This workshop examines the teaching of Patanjali with a distinctively gut-level, deliciously modern approach. Be prepared to come away with a new intention for your practice and a deeper awareness of Self. (yoga philosophy for deeper practice)
The Undercurrent of Inner Power Yoga® (Sunday 10/6, 8:30 a.m.):
Ride the waves of prana and experience the sensations of spanda vibration as they activate and enliven your asana practice. This dynamic workshop offers asana, pranayama and mudra with active consideration of the subtle energy body. Shakti engages the mythology that informs the practice, to create an atmosphere of sacred ritual and awakening for all levels of being. (asana for all levels with D.J. Sundragon)
Proceeds from this event will benefit Girl PowHER Yoga
. This program promotes positive development and fosters a healthy supportive environment through a wide variety of physical activity, art and nutritional programs. Empowering girls to find the strength within to believe in themselves through a combination of these interests, Girl PowHER unleashes individual potential, creating a new culture of fit, confident, self-reliant young women.
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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
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