View Shakti's recently published work: "The Face of God: Musings of a New
Mother," in Evolving God-Images edited by Dr. Patrick Mahaffey.
This collection of reflective essays explores spirituality and its changing
relationship to culture, individual identity, and society in our increasingly
globalized, postmodern world.
"As a yoga teacher and new mother, Rachel Shakti Redding muses on the mystery of the existence embodied by her daughter. The birth of her child, she tells us, deepened her contemplative sensibility and experience of love."
~Dr. Patrick Mahaffey
photo: D'Antonio photography
So, I am deep in the research and weaving ideas for school when my mind demands a break. Generally, my favorite diversions include an outdoor excursion and/or playtime with my kid.
But Marley is gone and it happens to be raining
(or is that snow?). So instead of stretching into a second yoga asana practice
for the day (or eating a second breakfast), I decide to watch the latest episode of Once Upon A Time. Sometimes a good movie or television can inspire the flow of creative nectar.
The season finale is premised with time-travel.
Our heroine, Emma Swan, gets pulled into a portal to the past and must find her way back home. It isn't long, of course, before Swan's actions trip a chain of events that radically effect her future. Dun...dun...duuuuuun!...
Do you remember Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Who doesn't, right!?—Matthew Broderick as that lovable smart-alec who plays hooky from school and ends up crashing some parade. He cons his way through the best day of his
adolescence, and has to race the clock (and a host of shenanigans) to return to his bed before getting "busted" by the principal or his parents.
I bet half of you will be pulling that movie up on Netflix tonight, because if you've never seen it, you should. And if you HAVE seen it...it's probably been a couple decades.
Those were the 80's, a time when films portrayed kids on GIGANTIC adventures of hijinx and an even bigger quest to "pull off" the entire affair in time to get home before dinner. Think: Adventures in Babysitting, Back to the Future, and the Goonies.
As a kid, I loved those movies, especially towards the end when the clock was really ticking and there was a very good chance that time would run out for our hero (or heroine). Eyes wide, and at the edge of my seat,
I would silently root for the wild dash to end in victory.
Since then, I have been living like I am in one of those films.
I wait till the last minute to do things, pack my schedule beyond what's manageable and pride myself at being able to "pull it all off" in a reasonably professional manner.
I'm like a chef on one of those competition cooking shows, sweating as she juggles the pans. I try to keep my toddler's needs simmering on the front burner while making time for my husband, writing graduate school papers, building yoga teacher training modules, seeing private clients, keeping up with friends, cleaning
my home, and personal hygiene, all get shuffled around the stove. It's a wild, hijinx, mad-dash adventure...
...and it's cray—cray!...
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...
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...
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!
Sat. 10/26 Shiva/Shakti
Dancing with the Gunas
Find your natural vibration
Sat. 10/26 Krishna
Five Flavors of Love
Set your heart free!
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?”...