Sanskrit Truth

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As a Sadhaka (truth/spiritual seeker) on the yogic path, an understanding of Vedanta and it’s rich and ancient Sanskrit language, is an essential part of bringing the practice to Life and embodying the universal Truths of the Yoga tree.  If we are blessed with the luxury to study books and to reflect on teachings from enlightened masters and ancient sages may we be grateful for such a blessing and delve in.  However when the heart is pure, such universal Truth can be experience and embodied without ever reading a word! Hence the diversity of the Tree’s branches.  No Body is excluded from the Spirit of Love that lies within.
Profound terms exist in Sanskrit that the English language takes multiple words/sentences/essays to describe, still without hitting the spot!
Advaita Vedanta and Samkhya are fascinating explorations of reality, delving into the most fundamental and primal concerns of existence – absolutely worth journeying into.
When pondering the term Hiranyagarbha (one with a Golden Womb, unmanifested Cosmic mind/creator) I came across this wonderful glossary of Sanskrit/Vedantic terms compiled by Advaita Vision (at advaita.org.uk) an open platform for all committed to self enquiry.  Greatest thanks to them. “The definitions of the words in this Glossary are compiled from several sources. We are grateful to all the original sources.”
I just love to soak up these words and feel the naked truth in the sounds they are crafted from and how this weaves into modern language.
Enjoy 🙂
Adhisthana – Substratum.
Adhyaropa – Superimposition.
Aham – The sense of I, Embodied self,
Ahamkara – I – sense, I – consciousness, ego.
Ajapajapa – A yogic process of linking mantra japa with the cylces of breaths.
Anima – See under Siddhis.
Aniyata – Unregulated, Not sure to happen
Antahkarana – It is a combination of four types of intellectual activities called Manas, Buddhi, Chitta, and Ahamkara. Some texts translate ‘antahkarana’ as ‘inner organ’. (The English word ‘mind’ generally denotes all the four functions of thinking, discrimination, memory and ego. But the word ‘mind’ is also used as translation for manas in some
texts. The Sanskrit word ‘ manas’ is also loosely used as a substitute for ‘antahkarana’ in some contexts. The Sanskrit words manas, buddhi and chitta are also sometimes used to indicate antahkarana.)
Antas sanga (Sanga) – Forgetting that ‘self’ is actually Infinite Self and craving for worldly
pleasures. The word sanga is defined in several other ways too. The literal meaning of antas sanga is internal attachment.
Apavaada – (i) Exception to a general rule. (ii) In the context of Advaita philosophy: A process of mentally negating series of superimpositions (adhyaropa).
Asamprajnata – The state when the mind is identified
Samadhi – with the Supreme Self without any thought waves.
Atma – Individual self. The word atma without any prefix denotes a Jiva or Jivatma.
Avidya – Nescience; Ignorance about the Ultimate truth of Self of an individual. Maya and
Avidya are sometimes used synonymously.
Bija – Seed, generally implies root cause. Sometimes it is used to indicate tiny things. Bija askhara (seed letter) refers to a letter that represents a very deep and elaborate meaning and spiritual significance.
Brahma – The personification of the Creator. (see Brahman also)
Brahma randhra – The vertex of the skull. It is said that there is a fine hole at the
vertex and the Sushumna nadi passes up through this hole to connect the individual to the Brahma loka through Solar rays. Brhama randhra is the center of the seventh chakra (Sahasraara) which corresponds with the Pineal plexus.
Brahman – Brih means to expand, spread all over. It stands for the primordial undifferentiated changeless, limitless and everlasting, nameless substance that forms the substratum for the world. The Advaitic view is that Brahman is the Universal Self, the Absolute that appears as the world. Parabrahman is also used sometimes. The word Brahman ending with ‘n’ is used to mean the Universal Self while the word Brahma ending with ‘a’ is used to mean the creator. Braahmana etymologically means one who is
knowledgeable of Brahman. In common usage Braahman denotes a social class/caste.
Buddhi – A part of antahkarana which is associated with decision-making-faculty. In general literature this word sometimes indicates intellect.
Chaitanya – Consciousness. (Note: A convention has been adopted in the text in capitalizing the words that describe the Supreme Self or Pure Consciousness.
Consciousness (with capital ‘C’) refers to the Supreme Self; consciousness (lower case ‘c’) refers to general awareness. Other words like Knowledge – knowledge, Time – time, Truth – truth, Awareness – awareness etc. have also similar significance).
Chetya – Pereceivables, visibles, objects perceived in the world. The word “Percept” is used by us to indicate a map in the mind (brain) of what is perceived.
Chidaabhaasa sphurti – Chidaabhasha literally means reflection of chit and denotes I –
consciousness. Chidaabhasha sphurti means experiencing the I – consciousness.
Chit – Same as Chaitanya
Chitta – A part of antahkarana associated with recapitulative faculty. In literature the words manas, buddhi and chitta are used to denote mind in general.
Chitta satta (Sarupa manonaasa) – Annulment of mind is of two types. When the mind is annulled with its form retained, it is called sarupa manonasa or chitta satta. When the form also is eliminated, then it is arupa manonasa which is none other than Videhamukti.
Dama – Restraint of the external functions of the organs.
DRik – The name of the Seer when there is nothing to be seen; Used for the Brahman state. Potent – Looker.
DRisya – The object seen, perceived.
Gunas – Refers to sattva, rajas and tamas – These three are the fundamental qualities or tendencies that underlie all manifestations.
Hiranyagarbha – Literally means “One with a Golden Womb.” Represents the unmanifested cosmic mind and the creator.
Japa – Repeated recitation of a Hymn or the name of a God.
Jiva or Jivaatma – Individual self, embodied person.
Jivanmukta – One who realized that his self and the Supreme Self are One when he is still living.
Jnana samadhi – Knowledge – based Deep Meditation.
Jnani – One who realized Self.
Kalpa – Period equivalent to 4.32 billion earth years. A span of 4.32 million years forms a set of Four Yugas. A thousand of such sets of Four Yugas make one day time of Brahman.
Brahman has an equally long night time. A day time of Brahma is called a Kalpa.
Karma – Action. Also refers loosely to the effects of action. Karma is of three types viz. agami, sanchita and prarabdha. The accumulation of the effects of all actions of the countless past births is called sanchita karma. Out of the sanchita karma, a small portion is segregated to be enjoyed during the present life. This specific portion is called prarabdha. The part of sanchita which is going to give us future births is agami karma.
Kartritva – Doership, owning the responsibility for doing an action.
Linga sariira (Sukshma sarira) – Subtle body which consists of five sense organs, the five action organs, the subtle five elements, antahkarana and prana.
Lambika Yoga – A process of Hatha Yoga wherein the nerve under the tongue is cut so that the tongue can be folded back to press up the uvula and receive the drops of nectar from sahasraara.
Mahat – Intellectual principle as source of ahamkara (I – consciousness).
Mahayuga – The combined span of the four Yugas viz., Krita , Treta, Dwapara and Kali. It is also known as Chaturyugi.
Manana – Firming up in the mind that Brahman is the substrate of all things through continuous Reflection.
Manas – A part of antahkarana that is associated with thoughts and counter thoughts. Sometimes the word manas is used loosely to denote antahkarana.
Manvantara – Equivalent to 71 sets of Four Yugas.
Maaya – Illusion. The veiling and projecting power of Brahman. It is like an operator “+”. It does not associate with operands. Nor does it itself undergo any change. But it brings out an illusory change. E.g. Brahman + Thought is Hiranyagarba.
Mithya – One which is neither existent nor non – existent (apparition).
Mukti – Literally means liberation. It is of four types.
(i) Saalokya mukti: living permanently in the same world as the worshipped God.
(ii) Saamipya mukti: Living permanently in close association of the worshipped God.
(iii) Saaruupya mukti: Attaining the same form as that of the worshipped God.
(iv) Saayujya mukti: Merging with the worshipped God.
The above four types of liberation are followed in the Devotional path. Liberation in Advaita philosophy stands for complete identification with the Non-Dual Supreme Self, Brahman.
Nididhyaasa Nididhyaasana – It is the practice through Contemplation or Meditation of repeatedly focusing the residual thought wave on Brahman after the completion of the process of sublation.
Nimitta kaarana – Subsidiary instrumental or enabling cause.
Nirguna – Devoid of the three Gunas, attributeless.
Niyata – Regulated, Sure to happen
Niyati – The inexorable Laws of Nature. In this text this word is used to denote the natural principles of the universe, which are guided and determined by the thought process of the supreme creator, Hiranyagarbha.
Pancha Bhutas – The existence of an object in creation can be established only by experience. An object can be experienced only through the sense organs which are five in number. Each of the sense organ can detect only one attribute of the object and hence what constitute the creation can be correspondingly five fundamental properties.
Accordingly there are five fundamental elements. These are earth, water, fire, wind and space.
Para or Parama – Higher, Supreme, not belonging to this world. Para indicates other also. Parabrahman – See Brahman.
Paaramaarthika Paramartha means the Ultimate or the Supreme thing to be attained. That which is related to be attained Paramartha is paaramaarthika.
Paramatma – Supreme Self, Universal Brahman.
Prarabdha, Praarabdha – See Karma.
Parinama – Evolution. Formation of an object by re-arranging the parts in the material cause.
Prakriti – Nature. Primal substance from which all things are created.
According to Sankhya System there are two ultimate fundamentals of truth in the universe. They are Purusha and Prakriti.
Purusha – is the one with consciousness but He is actionless. Prakriti, also known as Pradhana, is inert but it is the creator of the universe. Prakriti has three intrinsic parts called trigunas i.e. sattva, rajas and tamas.
Pralaya – Complete merging, dissolution. Dissolution (with capital “D”) that comes at the end of one cycle of creation. End of Kalpa.
Pratyabhijna – Re-cognition after a lapse.
Pratyaksha Pramaana – Direct cognition. In Advaita philosophy, direct cognition connotes the identity of ‘individual self’ with the Supreme Self without mediation.
Pravilaapana – Absorption. The mental process of traveling back taking the series of causes as steps and reaching the causeless Supreme Brahman.
Panchiikaranam – Qunituplication i.e., mixing the five elements in a systematic way.
Rajas – The second of the three gunas. It signifies activity, energy, motion, desire, anger etc.
Saadhak – Seeker on a spiritual path.
Saadhana chatustaya sampatti – Fourfold Aids of Seeking:
(i) Discrimination between the eternal (Truth) and the ephemeral (objects of the world) (Nitya anitya vastu viveka).
(ii) Renunciation of the worldly desires or desires pertaining to heaven (Iha amutra phala bhoga viraaga).
(iii) The six qualities like control of internal organs, external organs
etc. (Samaadi shatka sampatti).
(iv) Unceasing Desire for Liberation (Mumukshutva).
Sadrupa – In the form of sat, Pure Existence.
Saguna – Associated with the three gunas, attributes.
Samaadhi – Thoughtless state of meditation. It is divided into many subtypes such as:
(i) Sabija samadhi – a samadhi wherein the sacred sounds of hymns like ‘Om’ are concentrated upon.
(ii) Nirbija samadhi – a samadhi where no sounds or thoughts are allowed to remain.
(iii) Savikalpa samadhi – a samadhi where contemplation on the Supreme Self continues like an unbroken stream of oil.
(iv) Nirvikalpa samadhi – a samadhi where the aspirant’s consciousness stays dissolved in the Supreme Self with an experience of total Oneness.
Samprajnaata samaadhi – Deep Meditation. This is an effortless process of having the stream of thoughts filled with the Brahman.
Samsaara – State of Bondage. Also refers to the cycle of births and deaths, the visible world and the universe, which is considered to be a phantasmagoria.
Samskaara – see sanskaaras.
Samvit – This word has been used with different meaning in this text. (i) a thought wave on knowledge; (ii) Pure Knowledge; (iii) Potent Knower.
Samyak jnaana – Proper Knowledge.
Sankalpa – Thoughts. Also sometimes intentions.
Sankalpa vikalpa – Thoughts and counter thoughts.
Sanskaaras – Innate tendencies. Impressions of past actions carried in the mind.
Vasanas sat – Pure existence; beingness
Sarga – A sub-chapter; Section within a Chapter.
Saarupya Mukti – See under Mukti.
Satta samanya – Common or Universal beingness.
Sattva (satva) – The first of the three gunas. It signifies qualities like goodness, softness, wisdom and the like.
Shama – Control of internal organs (mind). Abandonment of desires.
Shravana – Translated as Listening to scriptures in the present text. This is a practice towards the conviction and affirmation that the meaning of all Vedic statements indicates the Oneness of Brahman.
Siddhi – Yogic accomplishments, attainments. They are eight types. (i) Anima: Miniaturization. (ii) Mahima: Expansion to colossal size. (iii) Laghima: Becoming light. (iv) Garima: Becoming heavy. (v) Praapti: Materialization. (vi) Praakaamya: Teletransportation. (vii) IIsatvam: Supremacy. (viii) Vasitvam: Control of one’s own organs.
Sloka – A verse or stanza
Sphurana – A flash. A flash-wave of thought. Arising of an experience.
Sphurti – Same as above
Sthiti – Sustenance is the process of sustaining something (i.e. providing support physically or mentally). Some texts translate sthiti to mean maintenance (to cause something to continue in the same state or level). Other translations for sthiti adopted by some authors are: being; existing; subsistence; state. Subsistence usually means ‘to maintain oneself at the minimum level.’ The word ‘state’ is commonly used for physical states of matter (e.g.: water, ice and steam). The words existence and beingness are commonly used as the meaning of the Sanskrit word ‘sat.’ Hence we preferred here the word “sustenance” for Sthiti as it is more proximal to the connotation in Yogavaasishta.
Svasvarupa – One’s own original form – refers to the Supreme Self.
Taadaatmya-adhyaasa – Taadaatmya means identification of one with the other; adhyaasa means imagination. Taadaatmyaadhyaasa is an illusory feeling that ‘that is myself’ or ‘that is something else’.
Tamas – The third of the three gunas. It signifies lethargy, inertia, lust, cruelty and the like.
Tapas – Austerity, meditation
Tapasvi – Ascetic; one who practices austerities.
Triputi – Triad of the observer – observed – observing and the like.
Turiiya – The fourth state which is distinct from the wakeful, dream and deep sleep states and exists pervading all the states.
Turiiyaatiita – The state beyond Turiiya, generally corresponds to videhakaivalya.
Turiiyaatiitaa is used by a few teachers to explain the all pervading Oneness because some mistake Turiya as a ‘state’ comparable to the other three states of wakeful, dream and deep sleep states.)
Upadaana kaarana – Material cause.
Upaadhi – Limiting adjunct. Also body.
Upasama – The calming down, stillness, quietitude, annulment or annihilation.
Utpatti – Creation, origination.
Vaasanaas – Impressions. Represent the influences from actions of past births.
Videhamukti – Liberation without body.
Vivarta – Illusory visualization of an object, a changeless-change.
Vritti – Thought-wave, a modification in the mind.
Vyavahara – Mundane, worldly, transactional, operational, empirical.
Yuga – A span of 432 crores of human years was decided as the period of the whole universe and it is called Kalpa was subdivided into Mahayugas. A Mahayuga consists of 4320000 of Human years. A Mahayuga is divided into four Yugas called – Kaliyuga, Dwaparayuga, Treta yuga and Krita yuga. Kaliyuga is = 432000 human years Dwapara Yuga = Kali x 2 = 864000 human years Treta yuga = Kali x3 =1296000 human years Krita yuga = Kali x4 = 1728000 human years Mahayuga = 4320000 human years Thus – 432 and three zeros make a Kaliyuga 432 and four zeros make a Mahayuga 432 and seven zeros make a Kalpa

Purely Natural

In raw nature we are exposed only to purity, harmony and life as creation intended.  In darkness or in light, in birth or in death, nature is beautiful, balanced and full of vitality.

There is a time for blossoming with colour, for bearing fruit and for dancing wildly with the spirit of creation.  There is a time for pattern, ritual and rhythm, for sustained balance and spreading our wings wisely…..and there is time for restoration, for quiet reflection and regrounding to life’s bare foundations.

Our cycles turn hourly, daily, monthly, seasonally…..even the great eras of time follow such a path.  Rooted and wired into our very being, natural cycles and systems must be tuned into – inside to out, mind to body, spirit to place, home to garden, waking to sleep – for our well-being.

The body is a vehicle for the individual soul, enabling the diversity that comes with each unique perspective.  The cosmos is the vehicle for the collective, an explosion of potential.  We must nourish the body naturally and the mind wisely, to paint the cosmos in all its glory, from the inside out.

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Inner Reflections & Deep Connections

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I wrote this a few years ago – and really needed to hear it myself this long winter (2017/18) – breathing through the snow, nearly there!

“Here in Bristol winter has finally taken its hold, the cold invites us to withdraw and we are ready for this important season of slowing down, of introspection and reaching out for the primal comfort of nourishing warmth. When the bravado of the summer fruit has been stripped away, we are left with a vulnerability and a confrontation with the facets of ourselves and the world at large, that need work; the burning off of those habitual thought patterns and their subsequent actions, that bring only further chaos, stress and confusion to our lives.

Ironically, though the natural instinct of winter is to slow down, the world around us keeps charging forwards; bills to be paid, pipes to be fixed, mouths to be fed, causes to be fought! We are all in conflict – the body and soul yearn for stillness yet the pressures of material life mount ever higher on the mind. How do we find the balance we need – to remain focused on keeping our lives and the planet in harmony and not spiraling out of control – whilst allowing in the vulnerability of nature, naked in the winter cold, accepting the need for support and for stopping, if even for a moment?

Herein lies the key; moment by moment, little by little, breath by breath. The world will not end if we cannot deliver a demand right now and if we focus all at once on every demand expected (usually by ourselves!), we may seize up in suffocation and cease to function. We need to take a moment between each moment, slip out to backstage to open the window, take a deep, slow breath of cold, fresh air and notice how proudly the trees bare their strong and flexible forms, without the adornment of the transient leaf.

Each breath fuels the subsequent thought and hence the subsequent action; but without an awareness of the quality of that breath, our shallow inhalations – clouded with frustration, anxiety and exhaustion – cannot possibly lead to positive outcome. As we turn our focus inwards and follow the spiral of life towards the core, we see the whole from a quieter perspective, but the whole remains – in the full, dynamic equilibrium of creation. The experience of contraction is to prepare again for a new expansion; rebirth with wisdom gained and sweeter fruit to bare.

We do not stop, we cannot stop, life flows! The structures and frameworks we build will wear and may collapse or be torn down but each time we rebuild with added experience and maturity; then those structures provide more to those they support, the house becomes a home! Within each grand cycle is an infinity of cycles, each experiencing the same journey of death and rebirth, night and day. We cannot contract forever into the warm, protective cocoon – the womb that prepares new life – the cycle is relentless! The body will always snap us back from our meditation – with a pang of hunger, a ringing phone, the baby waking – having taken our moment, clear focus and calm action follow without effort. Life flows; we build up, we break down, we build stronger, we stand firmer, we endure longer….. we forever expand our capacity to give more….. and the beauty of nature’s spiral ensures that our efforts are rewarded with ever richer fulfillment.

Don’t travel alone, we all have our hours of triumph and our periods of despair – the more we share of these as one living family, the brighter our joy and stiller, more reflective our sorrow! Connect, come together, share, listen and feel each others’ journey – our paths may appear different but our inner stories are the same. Be naked, unafraid of the harsh, cold wind, under the surface our roots are all entwined, we hold together as one. Seek warm refuge in togetherness, shelter each other. In solitude there can be no stability, no deep foundation and no mirror to witness our fragile falling leaves, the smooth contours of our bark, our skin….. and the beauty of life that lies within.”

My Dharma!

turban beach copyEmbodying Yoga…..Union…..Dynamic Equilibrium!!!

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, Somatic Kriya Flow & Soma Journeying

I see and feel Yoga, as the science of Life, and the art of living!

Science is really, focused study, rational discernment.  Union?…..is realisation of oneness, which you only come to as an embodied experience, after passing through the hall of mirrors, where we see in reflections, the infinite diversity of life – the beauty in ‘separation’ in ‘separateness’, in unique offerings and both Self and self identity, I and i!!!  But as yogis, seekers, spiritual practitioners, it has been all too easy for too long, to float in realms of lofty transcendence.  To integrate all of our knowing, we must act on our own advice – all the advice we would give ourselves when we self-psychoanalyse, which we all have a natural capacity for (some call it the negative ego, a mirror, a catching mechanism) – and on all our intuitions/gut feelings.  The word Guru means ‘that which guides us to light’ – Inner Teacher!

When we ‘transcend’ something, we view it from above, we have transitioned through an event horizon and are blessed with more self awareness, higher perspective.  We cultivate this practice, we are firmly on the path!  But wherever shadow lies (only because light has not been shone there) subconscious behaviour comes through; often automatic, programmed by the karmic conditioning which we all go through, born into this realm – wherever we have come from.  This behaviour is woven with these karmic threads, not just from our own life-time but our life-stream, and our greater selves, ancestral twines, societal minds, history’s and archetypal pain.  If you’ve seen the beautiful film Kirikou, you’ll know what happens when the thorn (the pain – caused in the past but manifesting in the present) is removed from the base of the sorceress’ spine!!!

The process of embodiment is about finding heaven and weaving it down to root deep into the Earth, where it meets itself.  Shining the light of concentrated focus onto areas of shadow that, we can see from our higher perspective, need work – or the universe having its way and catalysing you into the right reflections, facing yourself.  Not reacting to the emotions that arise but surrendering to the feeling they invoke, however uncomfortable – this is really hard, really really hard!  But sit with feelings we must, til we know them intimately for only then can we release them without residue.

Trapped emotion builds up in the body/mind as tension and manifests as disEase, physiological and mental.  The key to releasing emotion (to healing) is recognition of the body/mind as inseparable, two sides of the same coin.  In fact we see clearly how this is, because we get that, about the whole of creation…the oneness thing!!!  So whatever is going on in the mind is visible in the body and vice versa!  Somatics, put simply, is body and mind as one.  But the wind and waves of time and the laws/temperance of creation herself have polarised our souls, our Soul, in infinite opposites, the dance of life; Sun-Moon, Yin-Yang, leftbrain-rightbrain.  When we are viewing from a place of polarisation, duality rules the dance, and my she loves to dance!

When we drop into the Heart space, we become Whole.  The dance continues but this is the only place/space that is free of time – unconditional love, is the only quality that casts no shadow.  But when the light shines brightly, we may be blinded to the beauty of the Body, of the Earth and all its muddy glory….. unless we are in it, in remembrance, in present awareness.  Meditation that sends you into a ‘higher’ space, disconnected from the body is wonderful – fly free!  But like the white dove from the hand of Noah, be sure to bring back the olive leaf, plant it in the heart and tend to the body/mind with care; so the healing waters can subside, having cleansed the energies, and solid new ground can arise – rich and fertile.  The elements can realign, in Bounty, Beauty, Bliss!!!  Life tends towards natural prosperity!

Kriya, is Soul Action, Soul Culture!  Kri is really the body part, in fact Kriya and Soma (body/mind) are very similar expressions of Truth.  Words/sounds with profoundly imprinted timeless wisdom, treasure troves of mysterious deep exploration.  Ya is the Soul, the quintessential self we don’t necessarily see, but from where we feel.  The truer, wiser us, the whole expansion of the mindspace, and the body from where all experience arises and passes through.  Kriya is the alchemy, the healing medicine that manifests organically through focused/concentrated integration of all the branches/faculties/fibres/qualities of the Yoga Tree.  For alchemy the exact proportions of the elements, the medicine tools, is required.  This state arises spontaneously, when the stars align and the winds blow with the spirals of time, healing waters transitioning us (shedding skin – unpeeling layers – lifting veils); we just need to do the work!!!  The Philosopher’s Life!

Kriya Yoga and its Kundalini younger sibling, is the way of the householder.  Where it once silently embraced the blood wisdom of Ancient Feminine Culture, it now openly expresses her – as we land into the Aquarian Age (some hard, some softly!).  The simple, somatic, body/mind pillars and practices of Kriya are of Tantric essence: spinal focus, dynamic/pranayamic meditation, sensual awareness though pratyhara (sense withdrawal), sound/mantra, heart centeredness, recognition of and devotion to lineage and currents that flow from ascended masters, carrying us home – balancing into Non-Duality!…..and RELAXATION, the Master of Masters!!!  For it is here we transform, it is here that we find our way to surrender into feeling, however difficult, however painful.  It’s from here we can shine a light, direct a torch, a beacon, into the dark, muddy water where life has become stagnant and energy needs to flow.

Ayurveda is the natural, earth medicine arisen from the Indian Continent.  Yoga massage takes place on the mat, the ground, the earth – using medicine tools I have gathered, this short life and many before, some of which naturally arise and may not be in my conscious present knowing while I work.  I create a space where you can be seen, by me, and by yourself, without judgement.  A space to relax into your raw human self, to feel your way into your own body – my hands, feet, body and guidance providing that catalytic connection, for cathartic/healing release.  Stillness in motion!!! I smudge you in and we get to work, cellular BodyWork; for the blissful Soma (the Body/Mind oneness) to arise, engagement is required.  We drift, we expand, we travel in the mindspace – we return to the Breath!  Return to the Heart, return to the Body, listen, let her lead, let her dance, let her feel, She knows!!! She flows!!!

So Somatic Kriya Flow (SKF) is a healing pratice of engaged, intuitive yoga and free movement, working with Asanas (seats) of yogic practice/principle and woven/scattered with Yogic/Sattvic philosophy/artistry/poetry!!!  It’s a dance, it’s your dance, your Yoga, arising from within – your unique movement medicine.

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM), with intuitive pranic healing/ReiKi, is powerfully healing – if you’re coming from the Heart space and open to both receive and give!

Soma Journeying combines SKF and AYM and it’s here the most profound magic occurs, in togetherness, intimacy with a partner, Soul Sis/Bro Star, or select few.  Transcend, integrate, embody, connect – feel alive – know your divinity – be the change!

See you in the journey/destination with the Earth underfoot and Stars overhead 🙂

Sat Nam