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We’re working on getting the best quality Bhairava Tantra mix out there with the Swami’s blessing, and I feel like a STEWED PRUNE I’ve been soaking in the mystic bliss of Swami’s profound reading of the Vigjana Bhairava Tantra so long, I wanted it to be ready for Gurupurinam but we’ll just have to wait and see what comes out in the final mix. It will have to sound more like this, 2013′s Sri Guru Gita with Swami Shivananda Giri.
I’m having a great time working with him.The best way to understand Swami is through his show on Blog Talk Radio, Meditative Living. Click here. We are frequent listeners. Swami is VERY interested in Belize and we’ve been having a great time doing SAT SANG over Skype. He’s as interested in Belize as we are about Yoga! Swami is always open to some Sat Sang, which is a spiritual gathering, which will be great no matter what mode or technology we are using. Only one technology we’re talking about… Yoga. Swami has been enriching us with his knowledge for some time. We feel gratitude for all the ancient TRUTH he is sharing on Yoga, and the playfulness and POWER that he brings to it. I personally love to hear him talk about ENLIGHTENMENT. http://www.meditativeliving.info/ LET US KNOW if you’d like to have SAT SANG with SWAMI SHIVANANDA GIRI in BELIZE!
We’re excited to offer you this reading of Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a classic yogic text. The message has been enhanced with 10 unique and creative musical backgrounds, for your listening pleasure. Also known as The Yoga of Wonder, Delight, and Astonishment, The Bhairava Tantra is a transcript of a conversation between Shiva and Shakti, on the finer points of achieving absorbtion, disolution, and bliss.
EDIT This mix is now unavailable, because we don’t want to lose even one word of this ancient text to the soundtrack which appears loud in parts. Just a few touch ups and it will be good as new!
I recently have been thinking about Shakti yoga, which is the yoga of the breath. And it occurred to me, why a dedicated yoga practice IS SO IMPORTANT to the shakti Yogins. It is because the yoga practice helps to regulate the breath. The breath is a profoundly blissful experience if you are tuned in to it. All it takes is a little pranayam exercise. At the Chaya Garden Ashram, every breath is beautiful. How do I do it? It’s not just the air, it’s the sound, the light, the space of the ashram, all of the elements, and the tuning into the NOW that takes place in a yoga practice.
May 30, 2014
“collage is a visual remix”
The show is courtesy of San Ignacio Library, which is where it all began.
One evening last December as we drove by the closed San Ignacio Library, something caught my husband’s eye. We pulled into the library parking and went to have a closer look. Evan began to pull material out of the bin by the corner of the building with a look of incredulity on his face. He picked up the whole sack from the bin and threw it in the back of the truck.
When we arrived back at the yoga ashram, we were amazed to realize what we had. Torn up books on the most interesting but weird subjects, from Mushrooms of North America to The Psychic Power of Pyramids, to books on blacksmithing techniques and a color plate book of Persian rugs. Not to mention Japanese Wooden Joinery and an antique book of pre-tech games and entertainment for children and families.
We immediately threw a collage party, our first of many over the next several months. We now have over thirty works by many students and friends of Chaya Garden Ashram. These works can also be viewed online www.chayagardenashram.com/
Chaya Garden Ashram on the Cristo Rey road is a place for yoga, healing, art, music and dance. All are welcome.By Laine Hoogstraten
Director, Chaya Garden Ashram
More people than ever are checking out Belize for their vacations, adventures and romantic getaways. But, we still have yet to see an increase in visitors to Belize that are looking for health, healing, wellness, relaxation, peace, tranquility and amazing yoga!
Our ashram is ready to serve you if you are willing to leave the beaten path, the hustle bustle, and stress behind. Our shady, breezy and cool thatch palapa is accommodating for upwards of 30 yoga students at one time, so bring the whole gang! And please, when you have had your yoga session, lunch and massage, hang in a hammock, wander the trails by the creek, read from our healthy body & mind reference library, or pal around with us and enjoy this simple yet elegant life we have created to appreciate the bounty that Primordial Master has set before us.
And we welcome all who are looking for communion with the Primordial Master, and that is the teacher within yourself. We see the Primordial Master in the waterfalls, the ever changing song of the rain forest, and the students we meet, who all have something to teach us!
That is why we have created the Chaya Garden Yoga Ashram in Belize. It is our dream to be retired from the work a day world, to live in tune with nature, to do our yoga, self-work, and healing, to be ourselves, AND to make it fun, available, and affordable to anyone who is intrepid enough to come to our neck of the woods (Near San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize) and try what works for us (fresh air, fresh market vegetables, vegan cooking, refreshing swims, kundalini yoga, vinyassa yoga, reflexology, chillout music, taking it easy, having a laugh, etc.)
Because let me tell you, life is great.
We hope that you will find us. Because we are looking for you!
We are just putting the finishing touches on our new orchid garden and bath area. As you can see, it’s our own design, that accentuates the spaciousness and simplicity of our ashram. The Bath area is on the West side of the ashram and offers the greatest privacy. The tub fits two comfortably, and we have already enjoyed what this great tub has to offer!
Using the natural herbs that are growing closest to the ashram, the herbs that we are likely to need the most, we prepare a bath by bringing water to boil on the stove or fire hearth in big pots.
First we consulted with Rosita Arviga’s Rainforest Remedies and the new book that we are previewing from Susan Barnes, which is a close to complete and contains hundreds of useful Belize herbs! We used Gumbo Limbo, Snake Grass, Sarosi, Ix-Ka-Nan, and Avocado herbs in our bath.
The bathing area also sits some deck chairs and several beautiful orchids, shaded by some coconut palm trunks. The surrounding area is a garden full of flowering banana plants and baby trees.