Sharing thoughts on my spiritual journey using healing sound and movement to open to the radiance within.
|Posted by Lisa on November 19, 2017 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
The word "nada" can mean a loud sounding, droning or rushing. All of the practices contained in the tradition of Nada Yoga use sound as a method to rediscover your connection to the Universal. It is in uncovering this inner sound that you hear the vibration that is always present. It is a clue pointing you in the direction of the mystery.
The earliest practices of Nada Yoga date back to 500BC with deep listening meditations to sounds within you. But in the past few hundred years the practice of using scales with the syllables of SARGAM, the Eastern form of solfege came to be practiced. I had a beautiful experience with this practice quite accidentally while in a voice lesson singing scales. While practicing ascending and descending a musical scale I was transported to what felt like another plane of existance, like I was looking into the depths of the universe.
It wasn't until years later that I understood that singing scales can be used as a spiritual practice to balance internal energy and emotions and to transform our consciousness. You can feel the vibration of the tones in your body as well as the vibration created throught he tension between the notes or the interval in between the notes. This works on our energetic or chakra system.
Make a commitment this week to sing a simple scale daily in a key that works for you or if you aren't so musically inclined sing a note and pay attemtion to where you feel that note vibrating. You could sing a low note, a medium high note and a high note and compare where you feel the vibration within. Then, sit in silence and let your attention come to your inner ears listening to any inner sounds. Let me know what you discover!
|Posted by Lisa on October 12, 2017 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Here I share with you a meditation video to help you ground down and release anxiety through work with the first chakra. It was orginally made for our chakra retreat attendees.
I often worry or get anxious when I feel like I can't control something. I'm a control freak! Hahaha! I want to make everything happen but life doesn't work that way. Life requires our effort but it also begs for surrender. It's like a dance. If I place a foot forward, I know there will be some kind of response in the universe. Life asks us to take our steps and then surrender and open our hearts to the response.
In this video you will learn a simple seed syllable that can help you connect to the ground of all being and realize that you are connected and supported. We are supported by people around us and by energy around us. If we can surrender to the energy around us, we will realize that we are held up.
You are always held in LOVE.
|Posted by Lisa on September 29, 2017 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Lisa on June 30, 2017 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
Our kids are listening to us. It's a BIG responsibility. What sounds do we want them to hear? Anya has been listening to me chant well...since she was inside me. I just realized that. Hahaha! As she has listened and watched me practice over the years (She is now 9. We made this video last year.) she has picked up the sounds and words that I use in my practice even when they are complicated and in another language, Sanskrit! Language is an amazing gift to give to children. It stimulates the brain. So, as we grow spiritually, we also grow mentally. These 2 results of using language and chanting help ground us as well as spritually elevate us. This can move us to peace in the here and now for both adults and children.
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi!
|Posted by Lisa on June 15, 2017 at 11:25 AM||comments (1)|
As I prepare for my Family Yoga Kirtan Adventure workshop and Family Yoga retreat, I will bring you this series of blogs about kids and mantra. I have found chanting mantra to be an amazing tool for emotional balance both for my self, my daughter and for my entire family. Most of the time we chant in Sanskrit (Om or AUM is simple and great) but sometimes we chant in English as well, repeating a positive and empowering word or phrase like Peace, Love, Strong, Powerful etc.
This is a clip from an interview by my Sanskrit and mantra teacher, Russill Paul. Leave me some feedback on what your experience has been chanting, singing or practicing yoga with kids. And if you have any questions
|Posted by Lisa on April 17, 2017 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
Welcome to Spring! A time for new beginnings and growth of all kinds. Take a moment right now to set an intention and commit to honoring that intention daily. Schedule some time daily to work toward this intention actively, whether that is 5 minutes or an hour. Let me help by watering your intention with a special mantra invoking 10 sacred rivers in India from the ancient Vedic period. You can use this mantra to purify water and any space in which you practice. Listen to this mantra with your fingers in a bowl of water and after the mantra sprinkle the water around your space, your altar and on yourself. It will be a beautiful start to your day and clear the path for your intention.
This video was recorded at the spiritually charged yoga studio, Bhakti Barn Yoga in Glen Ridge, NJ(also in Millburn, NJ) Come learn this mantra with me as part of the Sacred Sound portion of the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, starting in Sept. 2017!!
|Posted by Lisa on March 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
Are mantras and affirmations one and the same? They are very similar. In the yoga tradition a mantra is in the language of Sanskrit, this highly charged language of the spirit. There are many styles of chanting that use Sanskrit. It is a language of energy or prana. It is a language that builds life force energy as you speak it. Mantras can serve to connect you to the cosmos, different spiritual planes of existance and ultimately to God or the Divine. This is especially true of the Vedic style of chanting. The chanting of Vedic scripture or the words of the Upanishads. There is Bhakti chanting that is primarily concerned with total surrender to God. To offer up all you are, all of your love to the divine. Then, there is Tantric chanting. This style of chanting is the most like using affirmations to me. Here one syllable sounds are often used that are repeated over and over. When we do this, we are affirming this quality of energy that are already within us that we want to uncover. Thus, we become bathed in that energy. When we go out into the world, we are resonating with that energy and more of that energy is drawn to us. You can also do this with words in English, like affirmations.
Hold your heart and repeat, "I am love" or to embrace your power say "I am powerful." It is really endless. To keep yourself in the magic of the moment, you can say, "I am here." Give yourself a time frame with which to bask in these words. Let them hit your heart and feel their presence.
This type of practice using English can compliment your mantra practie using Sanskrit. The English can bring you within and open your heart, the Sanskrit can connect you to all there is and to the Divine.
Try this simple practice: Repeat an affirmation of your choosing for 5 minutes and then the mantra Om Gam Ganeshaya Namaha for 5 minutes. Do this in the morning and also in the evening before bed. Or use Sanskrit first and then English. Experiment for yourself. Then, find a pattern and try it for a while, at least a week or set a goal for 2 weeks or a month, possibly 40 days!
Please met me know any feedback from your practice! Namaste!
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How can we keep peace within when the world is being turned upside down, when the country and friends and family seem to be in a deep division? After my initial reactions to the elections, I find myself drawing inward more. First, I have to find my center, my connection to Ultimate Reality and then I can take that connection outward. At the basis of the yoga practice is the tenant that we are all sparks of divine light, it is this spark, this luminosity that we all share. Even when hate is being spewed, there is a light underneath. It's trying to shine but its so clouded: with hate, mistrust, fear and the list goes on.
I have thought about things I have never considered and about people that sadly have been left behind in this country. How can this even be when the country has so much wealth? I actually am not sure the President Elect's policy's will help these people but now I think about how I can. How can I be of service to these people and others? This is a call to action for me. To dedicate myself to healing lives, helping others, AND standing up for what I believe is right.
But what I needed and what I continue to need is to come within, every day, every single day, multiple times a day, to remind myself that I can rest in the ground of all existance. I am part of the universal light of love. To help remind ourselves of this, I am posting an 8 minute video on my members page that is part of my hour long video called "Yoga + Mantra = Sonic Bliss Yoga." In it we go through a series of movements with mantras to ground us into the sacred earth and then flow like water with what we have been given.
Click HERE to go to the members page, sign up to be a member for free and get the 8 minute video and another free video download on the power of Om.
At first, my reaction was through the filter of anger. Now, my actions will be through the filter of love. When you put out hate, hate comes back to you. Your words carry energy. As I relearn these lessons, I pray that my elected leaders in government do the same or I will be resisting powerfully but lovingly. Namaste and Om.