A Chaya Garden Ashram, Swami Shivananda Giri Collaboration

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.

Vijnana Bairava Tantra 2014 by Chayagarden on Mixcloud

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Yoga Blog 06/11/2014

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.

 

Evan

 

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Through the Eyes of a Healer

Through the Eyes of a Healer

 

 

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Secret Passages, an art show opening at the Soul Project
May 30, 2014
Our art project hitting the walls in Belize!

Our art project hitting the walls in Belize!

This new exhibit features works of collage by people from all over the world visiting Belize. Collage is a very interesting medium. In collage, the artist assembles existing print material into a new format, a new picture. The artist creates a new context for the text or images selected, as they appear in the collage in relationship to one another. The seeming randomness of the selection and reassembly leaves a lot of room for subconscious free association by the artist, but also by the viewer. Collage invites us to link images together in an instantaneous impression, the first look. Our minds scan for patterns and similarities and differences, in an instant we form an idea about what we see. See Secret Passages for yourself, and let your mind expand…showing until etc date at Soul Project in San Ignacio.
“collage is a visual remix”
This type of composite image is commonly seen in popular media, but these slick images that we are used to seeing are computer designed. By contrast, there is a wonderful tactility to this collection. The reality of textures, cutting, tearing and glueing is all present. We can believe the work in the art. Some of the pieces even use the hardcover as a starting medium on which to work. The discarded and torn up books that we found had been sentenced to the dump, but by chance and creativity, they have been given a new life, as art.
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/secret-passages
Please come and join us at the Soul Project for interesting art, great music and more at the opening of Secret Passages, the evening of Friday, May 30, 7pm, with dj Check My Move at 8pm, sponsored by Soul Project, Chaya Garden Ashram, and San Ignacio Library. Bring your dancing shoes.
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

Secret Passages – Art Show Mix by Chayagarden on Mixcloud

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Yoga Belize

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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!

 

SAT NAM

Evan

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Sound Healing

Sound Healing Ashram Belize

Laine Hoogstraten with her singing bowl harmonizes with the natural environment in the subtemperate rain forest of Belize. Water, insect, plant, bird and animal coalesce in a healing frequency which resonates deep within the heart, head, and bones.

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Dance is Yoga… Yoga is Dance

Sri Krsna, the Lord, the Paramatman, dances in Brindaban and the Gopis dance around Him in the Rasa which is called the Krsnalila.  In the Rhythm of the Dance, the Paramatman draws to Himself the Jias that have separated from Him.  In the Rhythm of the Dance each Gopi discovers Lord Krsna for herself.  The Jiva knows once again the supreme Fount of Life from which originated all that is manifest.  This is the origin of dance and the originator is Bharata, the great sage.  This great rsi comunicated the Dance of the Lord in very subtle ways understandable only to those who had refined their sense perceptions.  This is not for ordinary human beings to comprehend.

Sri Krsna, the Lord, the Paramatman, dances in Brindaban and the Gopis dance around Him in the Rasa which is called the Krsnalila. In the Rhythm of the Dance, the Paramatman draws to Himself the Jias that have separated from Him. In the Rhythm of the Dance each Gopi discovers Lord Krsna for herself. The Jiva knows once again the supreme Fount of Life from which originated all that is manifest. This is the origin of dance and the originator is Bharata, the great sage. This great rsi comunicated the Dance of the Lord in very subtle ways understandable only to those who had refined their sense perceptions. This is not for ordinary human beings to comprehend.

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New Herbal Bath Treatments

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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.

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Yoga + Food + Fun

The weather has been lovely, and there is always something new at the market.  The yoga is hot, and the water is cool!

It’s the best time to get healthy and high on life!

We hope these pictures will convince you that it’s time to visit Chaya Garden Ashram in Belize for yoga retreats, massage, and vegetarian cooking.

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Kombucha Mixmaster

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Kombucha is currently the popular beverage in the health crowd these days. Despite how popular it has become, we still hear that our kombucha is the best. So thank you!  We’ll be sure to let you know our secrets to the world’s best brew, as soon as we figure out what we’re doing right ;)

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