Shaktiananda Yoga for Body, Mind and Soul Yogic Teachings in the Ashtanga Tradition of Raja Yoga, Tantra Yoga, & Kundalini Yoga

Journey of Health, Knowing and Joy

The Spiritual Path

    It has been said that the spiritual path is a rocky road. This is very true. It is also true that looking for the marks that others have made on their upward journey will help you along the way. The journey along the spiritual path without a spiritual guide leads to spiritual blindness and an overconfident ego. It is best to walk the middle of the road; and to be centered in your true Self awareness. This means to understand and be able to move through the duality of this world. There are many potholes along the path that souls may fall into. They then discover; that in order to climb back out; they must retrace their steps; and face that same test again.

    The best path to proceed with, is the one that you are connected to through your heart. The heart and mind will respond to the most uplifting opportunity in every turn and challenge on the path. So, listen to your heart and to the call of your soul to come home to Om. The soul already knows God and is a part of God. The soul is perfect. Walking the path is about soul discovery which leads to the identification of who you really are. Begin; by asking yourself the question; "Who am I?".

    Follow your own heart to self mastery; and your soul will awaken to its inner true identity and unique destiny. You will arrive at the very center of your being. When your soul is ready, your path will lead you to your next spiritual teacher. Your own personal Guru will work through others leading your soul along the path, until the moment you find yourself at the blue lotus feet of your personal Guru; who is the reflection of your inner Divinity. The relationship between the Guru and the disciple (chela) is bonded in sacred trust in devotion to God. The Guru/chela relationship is Divine love that is everlasting. The word Guru is a Sanskrit word; "Gu" is the darkness; and "Ru" is the Light that overcomes the darkness. The Guru acts as a mediator between you and your dark consciousness until you are strong enough on the path to begin purifying and transmuting your own dark consciousness and misuse of energy. Along this path of Self-realization you will discover treasures along the way. You will experience radiant enlightenment and oneness with your inner true Self and oneness with God/Goddess. You will realize that your inner true Self is your Guru; Gee You Are You! You are given assistance from many Masters and Angels of Light; here in the physical world and in the etheric realms.

    Through the practice of meditation, the conscious mind is awakened to the inner levels of the sub-conscious and super-conscious mind. It is very helpful to have a personal Guru in embodiment to assist you in the process of Self-discovery and Self-realization. You may receive Darshan from your Guru; which are direct blessings of light. You may receive direct Initiations from your Guru.

    You may have met people who maintain that they do not need a Guru or spiritual guidance of any kind. These are merely souls that have been chased into the darkest of blind alleys and become easily tempted and led astray where they begin to downward spiral in their consciousness. Stepping onto the path of Self-realization is a conscious decision to rise above the human ego which identifies itself with fulling desires in the physical body, greed, lust, hatred, and pride. The ego can never find satisfaction, and eventually the soul of such a deluded One begins to thirst for connection to the higher aspects of the higher qualities such as: love, truth, forgiveness, integrity, and true Self-discovery. The surrender of the ego is the first step or first challenge on the spiritual path. Spiritual means to embrace in your consciousness the inner true Spirit or true Self; and the Great Spirit, the All One Great Reality; I Am That I Am. First, the soul must acknowledge its own sense of Self-worth and inner perfection; allowing self-forgiveness and forgiveness of others to process in their consciousness. To realize that, is to realize that your soul is perfect, because your soul was created by God. The soul has an inborn desire to unite with God.

    The teachings of Shaktiananda Yoga are a Branch of The Self-Realization Shala Order. Together, through the practice of Shaktiananda Yoga, The Shala Lessons, your own devotion to God, and benefiting from the Darshan from the Guru, your soul will be uplifted into a new awareness of wholeness, increased will power, and a strong connection to your inner true Self.

    There are many belief systems and religions in the world. The word religion can be understood as "To Realize". If you practice your beliefs and religion to the fullest of your ability, you will realize that love and service to life are the keys to advance quickly on the spiritual path. This is the goal of the true seeker. There is only one true religion and that is love. It is man that has divided pure love into this religion or another. Every religion has guidelines for people, and there are similar beliefs within all of them. Yoga is a science of religion to enable the soul to evolve along the path of Self-realization and oneness with God.

By ~Gurudevi, Satguru Shri Mahashaktiananda.  

 

About Teachings

Shaktiananda Yoga and Self-Realization Shala Order

     Shaktiananda Yoga was developed in 1968; in Canada by ~Gurudevi, Satguru Shri Mahashaktiananda. Shaktiananda Yoga is a branch of the Self-Realization Shala Order; founded in 1970; in Canada by ~Gurudevi. These teachings are non-denominational and are for spiritual seekers who want to gain a solid practice in traditional meditation. By daily practice of basic meditation techniques, students will naturally deepen into advanced meditation, gradually leading to the direct experience of pure consciousness and joy in oneness with God.

    Shaktiananda Yoga teaches meditation techniques that are authentic renderings of meditation as taught in the Himalayas by the masters of traditional Yoga meditation. The methods are consistent with authentic meditation teachings of the most respected instruction manuals, including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Vedanta meditation of the Upanishads.

    These guided meditations integrate both mindfulness and concentration meditation, and lead one towards kundalini awakening and the enlightened state of Samadhi through the path of meditation. 

  ~Gurudevi teaches meditation in the Yogic tradition of directly to the student; love donation only. Printed Lessons and Course Laybooks are available for purchase for the Shaktiananda Yoga students; for the beginning level thru the advanced Lessons. ~Gurudevi offers Initiations to students upon request at the completion of the Courses and Lessons. ~Gurudevi offers hands on healing; distant healing; Shaktipaat and Kriya Yoga Initiation. 

    Experience the directed guidance of ~Gurudevi; an enlightened living Master; and the inner awakening will happen within you. These Yogic teachings will assist you to experience inner awakening to unite your body, mind and spirit with God. Learning about soul discovery leads to better survival in this world. Shaktiananda Yoga techniques increase your personal power and physical energy. Light is transferred through this teaching.

    Intersession with the teacher ~Gurudevi is available for new dimensions of spiritual awareness. She offers spiritual initiation in Shakti Paat and Shakti Kriya by request.  

    Shaktiananda Yoga teachings are in the Ashtanga tradition; teachings of Raja Yoga, including Tantra Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. ~Gurudevi provides teaching on the light of modern living. ~Gurudevi shares her love, wisdom, knowledge of personal experiences to help others progress and to survive in this world.

    Shaktiananda Yoga teachings provide you with the confidence to be your true Self and live your life to the beat of your own drum, in a Self expressive and unique way.

    ~Gurudevi, Satguru Shri Mahashaktiananda assisted her family and devotees of Premavatar Paramahansa Yogananda in developing the first Self-Realization Fellowship Temple in Canada; in West VancouverBritish Columbia in 1968. She branched out and developed and founded the Self-Realization Shala Order™ in 1970. 

 

 

Mahavatar Babaji

 

    The teaching of Kriya Yoga has been passed down from Mahavatar Babaji; the Yogic master of the Himalayas; through his line of disciples that he has personally initiated. In 1970, ~Gurudevi was 15 years old when she was initiated in Kriya Yoga directly from Mahavatar Babaji, and experienced kundalini awakening and complete enlightenment. All of her life, ~Gurudevi has received direction from God and messages from the Elohim, Ascended and Unascended Masters, Angels, and the Elementals.

    ~Gurudevi is internationally represented and her devotees are fully dedicated to bringing souls together to love God universally. The Guru is a mirror of the soul and is the devotee's connection to God through the Christ consciousness. Gurudevi is Vicar of the Christ and an anointed Messenger of God representing the Great Brotherhood of the White Light. She is a direct disciple of ~Guru, Premavatar Paramahansa Yogananda, who founded Self-Realization Fellowship.

 

 ~Guru, Premavatar Paramahansa Yogananda

 

  

                Autobiography of a Yogi

               By Paramahansa Yogananda

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    This is not an ordinary book. It is a spiritual treasure. Rarely does a sage of Paramahansa Yogananda’s stature write a firsthand account of his life experiences.

    This spiritual classic has been read by millions. Followers of many religious traditions have come to recognize Autobiography of a Yogi as a masterpiece of spiritual literature. Yet, for all its depth, it is full of gentle humor, lively stories, and practical common sense.

 

  

 

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Inner Awakening 21 Day Course

 


Introduction

 

The teachings of Shaktiananda Yoga have a sacred intention, which is to play an active role in fostering individual and collective spiritual awakening. Inner awakening unfolds in the Body, Mind and Spirit as Light is transferred through this Program. You will experience confidence in living enlightenment in the JivaMukti which is your soul.

 

Jiva means individual soul and Mukti means liberation. The exact transliteration of the Sanskrit word from which Jiavmukti is derived is jivanmuktih, which means liberation while living.

 

Program

 

Part 1.)  Technique and Knowledge

Introduction to the concept of the truth, clarity,

overcoming doubts, and gaining inspiration.

 

 

Part 2.)  Meditation Techniques

Learning the process that you are required to practice to
achieve stillness of mind.

 

 

Part 3.)  Energy Process and Initiations

 

Awakening the dimensions of you which is unknown to you. 
Your inner being will open for you; making everything
and anything more possible for you.

 

Practice of the Asanas and Pranayama

 

Each day starts with the asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques).

 

This assists the physical and subtle bodies for holding and expressing higher energies.

 

Pain in the back and body will disappear as the practice is continued on a daily basis.

 

Stretching allows the energy to flow more freely through the body.

 

 

Health of the Body

 

Teachings about Sattvic food for the Spirit and Body. 
This includes eating a healthy vegetarian diet which keeps 
the body fresh and alive and the Spirit uplifted.

Excess weight will begin to naturally be reduced and will 
increase your energy level and feeling of happiness.

 

Expanded Awareness

 

Teaching Sessions. The study of Truth in the traditional Vedic wisdom of the Himalayan Yogic Masters.

These teachings will assist you wherever you need the inner truth revealed. Wherever you have a problem, the truth will affect you there.

 

Transformation in Action

 

Guided Meditation Sessions. Yogic techniques for focusing the mind on the inner Self, the JivaMukti and the Hamsa. 

You will learn how to still the mind’s wanderings. You will experience the higher energy and learn how to channel it down into the chakras (energy wheels) to anchor these energies in the body.

Transformation in action comes through transmuting and balancing the energies of your consciousness. Through the balance of the Shiva-Shakti energies within, you will experience liberation and joy.

 

Interactive Sessions

 

1.)  Questions and Answers. 

 

2.)  Ancient Rituals

Rediscovering ancient rituals and customs that reveal the science behind tradition.

Evening Maha Pancha Arati / Devotional Satganga to Shiva and Paravati

 

3.)  Shakti Paat Energy Darshan 

This is an Initiation for spiritual progress. It is transfer of Light to you at the Ajna  Chakra (the third eye between the eyebrows on the forehead).

This initiation  stimulates the Shakti kundalini energy to begin the process to re-unite with the Shiva energy in the Sahasrara Chakra (crown of the head).

 

4.)  Past Life Incarnations

A past life of yours may be revealed to you when you are ready to deal with the karma of that life. Learn how to search the inner record of your personal soul's journey.

 

By ~Guru, Satgruru Shri Mahashaktiananda

 

The Art of Meditation

 

Meditation is the art of being relaxed and alert. Meditation is a state when the body is deeply relaxed and the mind is calm, alert and focused on the inner space of peace. The mind relaxes when the breathing slows down, and so our thoughts then slow down. Meditating begins with concentration on the breathing with the sensation of the moment and the stillness inside of us. As the body becomes more relaxed, the mind becomes more still and we experience inner peace, spiritual inspiration and feel re-charged with energy.

There is a difference between relaxation and meditation. During relaxation, the mind continues to wander. It may drift between feeling sleepy and having various thoughts. The mind can only think about about one thought at a time. Practice replacing a thought with another thought, to learn how to control the mind. Starting to meditate may feel like you are only half-awake, and you may even fall asleep. Or, your mind might race from one thought to another, unable to calm down. This is not meditating. The mind is out of control even if the thoughts are pleasant ones. Meditation is the experience of the inner cave of silence; where the soul communes with God.

Learning to meditate is a deeper experience than concentration on things such as: listening to music, painting a picture, listening to the rain, arranging flowers, practicing Yoga postures, and more.

Meditation is beyond the level of concentration. To practice meditation is to fine-tune yourself like you would a musical instrument. Over time, with practice, you will be able to relax and be mentally alert. You will be able to focus on the inner self and commune with God. Focusing the mind on the breathing is the very beginning instruction for meditation.

Concentration is the first step to learn how to meditate. Learn how to relax. First, find a comfortable position to sit in; either in a chair or on the floor. Either way, the spine should be straight and not leaning on the back of the chair. It helps to relax if you tense your fists or leg muscles for a moment and then relax them. It helps to rub your neck muscles and move your shoulders in circles to remove tension. Then inhale deeply and exhale with two forced outbreaths saying "ha - ha". In hale and exhale this way five times and then just let the breath flow in and out naturally. Relax and sit still with the eyes closed. Inwardly concentrate on the point between the eyebrows and just above them. This is the place that is called the spiritual eye. Practice sitting still for longer periods of time. Start with 15 minutes.

Listening to soft music may help you to relax. Choose something to think about that is uplifting, such as a beautiful place you remember having been before in your life where you felt peaceful. Try to bring back the memory of this place and inwardly see it in your mind's out-picturing of it. Or you may keep the eyes open and gaze at a candle flame, flowers on an altar or table, or a picture of your favorite spiritual master.

When the mind wanders; just let the thought fall away and replace it with the thought of what you are trying to concentrate on. This will take some practice, and then you will begin to enter into the experience of meditation where the mind has become still and you will feel the peace and bliss of your soul communing with God.

Meditation techniques are for training the mind to keep it from wandering. Yogis teach basic breathing techniques such as pranayama (breathing techniques). Yogis also chant mantras or devotional bhajans to focus the mind on God. Also, there are some very advanced Yogic meditation techniques which are learned directly from a personal Guru; which means spiritual teacher.

By ~Gurudevi, Satguru Shri Mahashaktiananda

 

The Yogic Practice of Meditation

Yoga means union with God and is a practice of devotion to God. Yoga practice is not a religion or dogma. Yoga is the practice of union with God which brings Self-realization and enlightenment.Meditation may be practiced while walking, practicing the asanas (postures), in a temple, in the space in one’s own home, in a beautiful garden, or by the side of a river. It can be practiced while in an airplane, riding in a vehicle, cruising on a boat, or virtually anywhere. An advanced yogi is able to meditate even on a busy street corner surrounded by noise.The practice of meditation is ancient. Yogic techniques teach concentration on the breathing through pranayama and the energy centers known as chakras. Deep meditation is experienced by the Yogi with the concentration on the third eye; the ajna chakra.

The Kundalini (serpent energy) lies coiled sleeping in the area of the Muladhara Chakra. Yogic practices arouse this energy, and cause it to rise back up through the increasingly subtler chakras, until union with the Father Mother God is achieved in the Sahasrara chakra at the crown of the head.

Sahasrara is positioned at the top and above the head. It has 1000 petals which are arranged in 20 layers each of them with 50 petals. Often referred to as the thousand-petaled lotus, it is said to be the most subtle chakra in the system, relating to pure consciousness, and it is from this chakra that all the other chakras emanate. Chakras above the head bring one into an even higher frequency. They range from 4 fingers to one foot above the crown chakra.

When a Yogi is able to raise his or her kundalini, energy of consciousness, up to this point, the state of Samadhi, or union with God, is experienced. The kundalini opens into five serpent heads above the enlightened one as protectors of the Christed One embodied.

By ~Gurudevi, Satguru Shri Mahashaktiananda