Monthly Archives: November 2013

Comings & Goings

With our focus on the prep and presentation of the conference as well as the follow-up, we are catching up in reporting our comings and goings.  The Consolidation still underway means we are building a local staff, who can work together as well as take yoga classes together, based in Downingtown — at Downingtown Yoga Meditation Center.

It is perfect to be announcing our new team during the celebration of Diwali, the beginning of the new year in yoga, as well as the opportunity to thank several dedicated Svaroopis their service.

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Hrdayaa

Thank you to Barbara McCarthy for serving as our Enrollment Advisor after Caroline Kennedy. Unfortunately, Barbara is not able to continue.  Welcome to Hrdayaa Abplanalp, a long-time Svaroopi who has been a leader in the Master Yoga community for over 15 years. Hrdayaa (her-da-YAA) was the first SVA Enrollment Sevite, serving the Ashram in its founding year and beyond, and will now serve you as your new Enrollment Advisor for Teacher Training and yoga programs.  When in doubt, call Hrdayaa!  610.644.7555, extension , or email her at programs@masteryoga.org.

Our local Ashram-Master Yoga staff is expanding, creating a cohesive team who has the luxury of working together on site.  Welcome our new staff members, who have already begun their staff Svaroopa® yoga classes.

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Akima

Akima Redding serves as Enrollment System & Traffic Coordinator for the organization. As the name suggests, she’s our enrollment system expert and is the staff member who processes your SATYA memberships, payment plans, monthly donations and provides clarity in the two systems’ workings. While Traffic Coordinator may call to mind a whistle, stop sign and safety vest, Akima directs the movement of the communications (including this blog!) that you receive on a regular basis, working both with staff as well as sevites to support our continuing commitment to transparency as well as to make Swamiji’s teachings easily available.

As Household Assistant, Nick Duchnesky has joined Ashram Chefs Jen & Chris in the kitchen. He provides them assistance prepping for, serving and cleaning up after meals, grocery shopping and cleaning other areas at the Ashram.

Sarvataa Christie’s name may already be familiar to you as she has been a dedicated Svaroopi and sevite for many years. In addition to her sevas, Enrollment Team and E-Group Moderator, Sarvataa is joining the staff as Personal & Events Assistant. She’s already shined the light of clarity on several areas and relieved Swamiji of several administrative projects as well as helped prepare for several special events.

Our ever-growing Seva Team has expanded with several new sevites, even while we are saying thank you to some who are leaving their positions.

Thank you to Niranjan Matanich who has kept the Downingtown Yoga website up-to-date for the past couple years,  Niranjan continues to coordinate the SATYA Q&A for Swami Nirmalananda, collecting your questions and assisting you with archival information in between the publication dates.  SATYA members, send your questions to questions@masteryoga.org.

We are sorry to see Joanna McNeal leave, as she helped build Master Yoga’s seva program by serving as Seva Coordinator, helping many of you find the right seva spot for you.   It all begins with a questionnaire, where you tell us about your skills and interests, so we can find something that feeds you while you are giving to the Ashram-Master Yoga.  Email seva@masteryoga.org if you would like to offer your time and energy to support this work.

Rudrani Nogue was an Assistant Editor for Tadaa! supervising and editing the SVA articles since its inception in January.   Rudrani continues to serve on the Ashram’s Board of Directors.

The simple word “welcome” does not seem an appropriate word as none of these yoginis are strangers to seva, but are merely stepping into new positions:

Saguna Goss, who serves on Master Yoga’s Board (for many years), is increasing her seva practice with bookkeeping support, Downingtown Yoga website maintenance, and document organization.

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Karuna Beaver, who has hosted MYX programs and a Shaktipat retreat in addition to performing on-site seva at the Ashram, is joining the staff of Tadaa! as the Assistant Editor. She’ll be supporting Editor Marlene Gast in planning articles as well as coordinating writers and proofreaders.

Ekamati Tsurutani, a former E-Letter writer, is now supporting bookkeeping by helping organize and file E-documents.

Shanti Catacchio, one of the Svaroopis  who brought you September’s Japathon!, is joining the Community Outreach Team. She’ll be supporting yogis who are signed up to receive communications but are not getting them due to tech obstacles.

Gayatri Hess, another Japathon! sevite, is joining our Communications Team. She’ll be helping typeset the communications like “Spotlight on Your Yoga” and “INSIDE Yoga” that you receive in your emails.

While we know that comings and goings are part of life, it’s a little like bittersweet chocolate – to say thank you and goodbye to those who are departing for various reasons, and welcoming so many staff and sevites in new positions.  This last two months have been a whirlwind of “Sakti!  Consolidation makes things hum!  As the year winds down, we’ll be finalizing our internal systems and getting everything ready to serve you in 2014!  We plan to serve many, especially with the Discounts in our 2014 Initiatives!

A Yogic Heart: Living in Continual Gratitude, by Swami Nirmalananda

1311 Diwali Lakshmi pujaWe celebrated Diwali yesterday at Downingtown Yoga Meditation Center.  The hundred or more candle flames gave off so much heat that we had to turn on the air conditioning!  Surrounded by such scintillating light, each yogi began to glow with their own inner light, more and more as I explained about the Divine Gift of Abundance.  Termed Lakshmi in Sanskrit, and honored as a beautiful Goddess, Lakshmi is the energy of abundant blessings, the givingness that makes you want to share.

At the satsang, I spoke about the earth, who we call “Mother Earth.“  Ideally you plant things at the right time, and even place the seed or bulb in the earth at the right depth and with the right end pointing up, but She is so giving (and forgiving) that everything grows, even when you get it wrong.  Then, when a tree or bush bursts into bloom, the giving forth of flowers is Lakshmi.  The fruits, grains, beans and veggies are all Lakshmi’s gift to us – not only to humans, but to feed all the creatures of the Earth.  This is why the harvest festival in India is dedicated to Her.  A time to say thank you.

This is also why we ask for your financial support at this time of year – to say thank you.  We say thank you to you for your interest in yoga.  You can say thank you to us for the yoga offerings we bring to you.  Gratitude is part of the relationship.  If you weren’t interested in Svaroopa® yoga or meditation, I would have no one to share these amazing teachings with!  If I wasn’t supported by such fantastic Teacher Trainers and administrative staff, I couldn’t offer such an array of programs.  And if we didn’t come together to make those programs available, you wouldn’t have a place to dive in so deep.  There is gratitude in every direction.  A Yogic Heart lives in continual gratitude.

Please contribute to the stream of donations, large and small, coming from many yogis – a stream that supports our non-profit swamijiorganization.  You have options to support MYF programs, SVA programs, Ganeshpuri Music School or our General Fund – you get to choose where your money will go.  Click here to offer your gift of gratitude.

Send us a photo of your hands in Anjali Mudra (prayer position).  We’ll add your heart-full hands to our online gallery – click here to see it as it grows!

 

OM svaroopa svasvabhava.h namo nama.h