Monthly Archives: May 2014

Yoga In The World by Kristine Freeman, Secretary, SVA Board

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Kristine Freeman

There are days when I long to be one of those cave yogis. You know, the ancient ones, who stepped away from the world to intensely focus on their practices. And yet we’ve been told that even these cave yogis weren’t really on their own. They had a community supporting them.

The community who benefits from the teachings must support the teacher (and the organization) for both to continue and thrive. This is why I continue to support Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram with both time and money. As a yogi in the world, I value the yoga and meditation teachings that I have received. I am grateful for the experiences of my own Divine essence, experiences made possible by my choice to be in relationship with a Living Master, Swami Nirmalananda. The poses, the meditation, the phone courses and the Shaktipat retreats — each has helped me to access that sacred inner space. That “empty fullness”…inside and outside…all at the same time.

I’d like to be able to live from that space. Would you? We’re not going to get there alone. It’s going to take Grace, the Grace that is channeled through our Master Teacher and the organization she created to support us.

We need your support to continue to bring Svaroopa® yoga and meditation into the world. Please join me in making a contribution to our Yoga in the World campaign today.

With love and gratitude,

Kristine Freeman

Taglines (Installment #3)

Svaroopa® Yoga: Bliss is Your Birthright

flowerSvaroopa® yoga targets and dissolves your core tensions. As soon as you experience this physical release, you realize that something has opened through your whole being. You discover the bliss of your own Self, the essence of your own Divinity. This is why you were born.

Svaroopa® Yoga: Yoga’s Promise Fulfilled

flower4Svaroopa® yoga’s spinal decompression removes the inner blocks so you can experience what the sages’ promise you: svaroopa – the bliss of your own being.

Svaroopa® Yoga: Beyond Pain & Pleasure

flower3Pain and pleasure are paired opposites, haunting you as life lurches you from one to the other. Svaroopa® yoga takes you beyond the pairs of opposites to bliss, an instant high that deepens into a steady state – the experience of svaroopa, your own Divine Self.

Svaroopa® Yoga: Bliss Brings You Back

flower2In life, the things that you do over and over are the things that bring you bliss. But bliss is not merely lots of pleasure. It is profoundly different: better, longer lasting, inexhaustible, supremely independent, always available and free. Svaroopa® yoga, where again and again becomes always.

Svaroopa® Yoga: More Alive, More Joyous, More YOU!

flower5Come for the physical changes that Svaroopa® yoga guarantees: reducing pain, reversing the age-clock and boosting your healing power. Simultaneously you get more: you smile more easily, breathe more fully, love more openly and discover there is more within you than you imagined.

Svaroopa® Yoga: A New Way to Live

flower6Svaroopa® yoga settles you in the bliss of your own being, an incredible state. You look life squarely in the face without flinching and without being pulled off-center. You experience and share your bliss everywhere you go.

Keeping Svaroopa Yoga and Meditation in the World by Prakash (David) Falbaum, SVA Technology Team Leader

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Prakash (David) Falbaum

Even though the Western world loves yoga and meditation, the yogic lifestyle is not a mainstream lifestyle. As a yogi, most nights I get to bed by 10:30 pm, and every morning I wake up well before dawn to get in my daily practice — including asana, Ujjayi Pranayama, and meditation — before I start work at 6:30 am. Ujjayi and asana keep me moving through the day energetically and pain free, while meditation, japa, and the support I get from Swami Nirmalananda and the Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram keep me in a state of bliss and immersed in my Self.

This yogic way of living was not always the case for me either. I spent much of my 22-year career as a research scientist in pain, tired, maybe hung over, gobbling pain pills, and at odds with many of the people I worked with. Meetings were always a contentious affair with arguments erupting. As a result, we could never agree to move projects forward.

Slowly and surely my attitude about work has changed, and I owe it all to the practices I have learned as part of the Svaroopa® yoga family. As I become more and more immersed into my Self, I have noticed that meetings are calmer, decisions are being made easier, and work is becoming a more pleasant place to go. My co-workers still think that I’m a bit crazy to get up at 3:30 am for yoga and spend much of my vacation time and money for training. However, they notice enough change in my state and energy level that they want me to teach a class at lunchtime, and they are asking questions about meditation and Ujjayi.

yoga-in-world-logoIn my own life and work I receive way more than I could ever give back. So I offer seva, devotion, and dakshina (donations) to Swamiji and the Ashram. Our donations are a big part of the finances that sustain the Ashram and enable Swamiji tocontinue to bring the Svaroopa® Sciences teachings to us. I hope you will join me in donating during our Yoga in the World campaign. Your contribution, in any amount, goes toward keeping the Ashram financially strong and the teachings, which we all cherish, supporting us now and in the future. Even more, your donations ensure that the Svaroopa® Sciences continue to reach ever more deeply into the world.

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