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Internal Spring Cleaning!

Posted by Lisa on April 9, 2021 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Spring is here! But wait…how are you feeling?

In my house, I am hearing the sneezing and moaning of Spring allergies. It has hit us all hard this year but especially our daughter, Anya. It feels like a pressure in the head that will NEVER go away which makes sleeping hard. And then the next day you are groggy and unfocused.

What to do?? Of course, there are over the counter medications and I am not poo pooing their usefulness but the sister science to yoga called Ayurveda tells us that these symptoms point to an imbalance within our bodies and minds.


Think about ALL you have accumulated this winter….ALL you have stored in your body and mind. Any fear that has not been expressed gets stored in your body and mind.

And energy needs to move.


If we carry or deny fear for example, it can turn into panic or paranoia. If we let it move through us, it becomes an energy that can help us heal and grow.

How can we open to, express and move through our feelings?


Mantra can be a healing tool! Sound on breath gives voice and movement to emotions, even ones triggered by trauma which allows us to experience, release and transform.


Ok...cool but HOW is this done??

There are actually a number of ways to use mantra for healing.One system would have you identify your needs by which element (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether)  may help you find balance, or by which location in your body needs healing or to identify how you feel contracted and then utilize a specific mantra to address this issue.


For example, if you feel nervous and ungrounded, you could use the seed syllable, Laṃ, to invoke the earth energy.

Laṃ, Laṃ , Laṃ.


If you feel stuck in an endeavor or feeling, you could chant to the energy of Ganesha to unblock your path. Another way to think about this is that you chant to remind yourself that YOU can unblock your path.

Om Gaṃ Gaṇeshāya Namaha


If you are feeling unsure of yourself, chant to the goddess of courage and fierce action that will lead you to take a bold step forward.

Om Duṃ Dūrgāyai Namaha


If we follow in this path we may have wonderful results but if we approach mantra for healing as purly prescriptive, we will only touch a small part of its healing potential.


Another way to access the healing potential of mantra is to offer your energy or emotion up in order to surrender to grace. This is very powerful. Instead of trying to manipulate your way to an outcome, you funnel all of you, all of the emotion as an offering to be transmuted into healing, not just for yourself but for others as well.


You make whatever mantra that resonates with you an offering to your highest ideal of the Divine. You begin to heal this relationship between you and your highest self as well as you and the Universal.


One day, while driving in the car with my daughter, an argumemnt ensued. We were late for something and tensions were high. There was a mantra playing on the car stereo and we spontaneously started chanting to it. Within a few minutes, I could understand why I was reacting this way and that I had the freedom to choose a different way of being. 


And in that moment, I chose a more powerful way to be with my daughter. It was the merging of effort and surrendering to grace through sound.


Looking forward to sharing more mantra for healing with you as I have a really special offering coming up with my mentor and highly esteemed mantra and spiritual teacher, Russill Paul. More to come!!


For now, enjoy this practice with the simple but profound sound Om or AUM!


https://youtu.be/t_S3UVrjNjA




Durga & The Roar Of Your Voice!

Posted by Lisa on March 25, 2021 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Durga is the fortress, the Invincible One, the warrior goddess. She harnesses the power of a lion or a tiger and rides that harnessed wild & fierce energy. She is your fiercest self. YOU are THAT!

 

From the mythic stories, Durga was born in a time of great turmoil from the joining of all the creative forces of all the Gods. She then destroyed the demon, Mahishasura and the world was restored to order.

 

She is your fierce voice.

 

As I reflect on this time of separation, I realize that I have been unable to exchange my outer voice with others freely.

 

It has been a year of saying, “Do you hear me?” “Are you there?” And…”You’re muted!!” Haha!

 

So, I have spent some time listening to my inner voice in the cave of my heart. And I heard and saw why I thought my voice didn’t matter or wasn’t important or would be disruptive. I learned in affect, to be silent.

 

By having this time apart, it seems as if we have been called to reassess our core values, our purpose, our path or dharma in this world. and ask ourselves at our deepest level, “What do I want?”

 

To do this work of getting clear to hear your inner voice, you may hear echoes of past voices. Pain may bubble up. It is a great time to journal. Write down the voices from the past, those things that are sticking around that don’t reflect the truth of the now.

 

Lisa Ann Land by Lisa Ferraro

 

I am from Tuesday Taylor’s Townhouse,

From Love’s Baby Soft, Aqua Net and “Gravy” not Sauce.

 

I am from 5 kids in one room but sometimes tomatoes in the backyard.

 

From disfunction, adult tantrums, a lack of money

And an abundance of love.

 

From tight throated screaming and big belly laughs.

 

From Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!

 

I am from giant sunflowers reaching beyond the fence like beanstalks.

 

I’m from Anne and Pete, From Christmas Eve parties for Gina and Jesus. From arguing, making up & holding each other up.

 

I’m from Ferraros and Oliveris, from Roselle Park, NJ, Croatia and Avelino, Italy.

 

From church singing, Father Loreti and peace be with you.

 

I’m from homemade sausage and macaroni on Sundays.

 

From the time a letter reached me at my Westminster Choir College mailbox from my 10 year old brother, Matthew that said,

 

“How are you? I am thinking of you.”

 

I am from sacrifice. fear, math, music, broken hearts, risks

 

And just so much love.

 

 

 

Embrace where you have come from first. It is foundational to understanding what blocks your path. When triggers come up, you can bow to them and say, “I have a new way. Thanks.” Sometimes it will work and sometimes it won’t and that’s ok! You will be more aware and able to take the next step.

 

As I have listened deeper, I encourage you to listen deeper. Sit and listen. Ask yourself, What do you want? What is your inner voice telling you? Listen to that faint whisper as it gets louder and louder. In challenging times, touch back on this deepest intention, deepest desire as you remind yourself that You are that. Tat Tvam Asi.

 

Another wonderful practice to embrace your warrior voice is to repeat the seed syllable for Durga which is Dum! Repeat it aloud, whispered and then silently for 5-10 minutes daily or whenever you feel the need to reach down deep to find the courage to speak your truth.

 

Or use her full mantra:

 

Om Dum Durgayai Namaha

 

I bow down to the warrior goddess within me that sits with my pain and comes through with a roar!

 

The Luck of Lakṣmī

Posted by Lisa on March 19, 2021 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)




“You've Got To Ask Yourself One Question: 'Do I Feel Lucky?' Well, Do Ya, Punk?” 

 

Lakṣmī (luck shmii)

 

Her form is of a radiant soul beauty, clothed in red while sitting on and holding lotuses. she bestows abundance in the world for those she looks upon while reminding us of our transcendent nature.


She displays a downturned left palm, that gives worldly gifts while the right hand is in gñāna mudra, calling us to awaken to divine wisdom. In some images, she has one foot touching the earth, grounding us in this world with the other foot tucked in the lotus calling us to the yogic path. Lakṣmī calls to you and me to live fully in the magic of this world while being awakened to that which is beyond.


In one beautiful story, Lakṣmī is born from the churning of the ocean in an effort to make amṛtā, the nectar of life. The churning comes from the light and dark forces of the universe that makes way for the emergence of radiant life. YOUR radiant life!


This year we have all felt the churning, the squeezing, the Universal Mother saying, “Change is NOW!”.


 As Hafiz says through the amazing words of Daniel Ladinsky, in The Gift:

“God wants to manhandle us,

Lock us inside of a tiny room with Himself

And practice His dropkick.”


Like me, a yoga teacher and mom, your life has definitely been churned, kicked and turned upside down this year. I am sure you have learned things along the way. But the time is NOW to put those lessons into action. You have had to let go of some things, yes, BUT NOW taste the nectar of the churning and let it lead you to what fulfills you in this life and the beyond.


What will be your new adventures professionally and personally?


Share your ideas below to start the ball rolling. Let’s have a discussion!


If you would like to work with me privately, let’s have a 30 minute free session to see where you want to go, what is blocking you and how I can help you with the tools of sound healing, mantra and movement! Click on "Contact Us" in the navigation bar above!

Nada Yoga

Posted by Lisa on November 19, 2017 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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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!

Root Chakra Meditation

Posted by Lisa on October 12, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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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.

Breath, Mantra and Asana. It's all within you!

Posted by Lisa on September 29, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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How does the breath relate to mantras. As I say in the video, I beleive that these powerful sounds and planes of existance are all within us and get expressed into the world through the vehicle of the breath. Just like when we express a yoga pose, we areletting that unfold from the many shapes contained within our bodies.

I am taking a wonderful course on Indian Philosophy right now with Dr. Jeffery Long. After delving into the first books of the Vedas, we can see how all of the eternal truths expressed remain in all of the subsequent books but the wisdom blossoms like a seed that has been nourished. The idea of the Vedas containing all of the truths that then get unpacked through the Vedanta period really resonates with me. I feel that on a spiritual level truth exists and we are constantly diving in and trying to comprehend it more deeply by approaching it from many different angles.

This truth exists within you as well. It is unchanging. All of these practices help you to make manifest the eternal truths within. On the other hand, it's very hard to use the finite (words) to describe the Infinite. At the most profound level, all practices lead you to silence. 

Kids learn by Listening

Posted by Lisa on June 30, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments 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!


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How Kids Respond to Chanting Part 1

Posted by Lisa on June 15, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Namaste!!

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

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Planting Your Seeds

Posted by Lisa on April 17, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

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Namaste!


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!!



How are mantras like affirmations?

Posted by Lisa on March 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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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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