Podcast – Meditation – Falling Back in Love with our Embodiment

Yoga & Meditation is not about transcending or bypassing this human experience, however practicing to embody it, in a more spirited loving way. Using a simple Pranayama practice to focus the mind and physical sensation in waking in your body to the loving companion of the present moment.

Podcast – Preamble – New Year Day 2020

Our unique human ability to self-reflect is one thing that sets us apart from all other sentient beings. The continual evolution of our consciousness to be awakened (for those seeking it) to that which is behind life itself is a wonder for us as humans philosophically, spiritually and cognitively. Gives a new sense to the expression; “may wonders never cease”.

This New Year’s workshop will call upon our past experiences to inform our present, honouring those who supported us along the way. We will enter practices that promote that evolution by “burning” that which impedes us from growing forward in our lives. We will draw on the teachings of:

– tantra that increase our capacity to acquire energy to positively affect all aspects of our lives. 
– asana to strengthen our vessel. 
– pranayama to build our vital force.
– yoga nidra to heal and nurture.
– meditation to open us to the boundless reservoir towards inspiring our potential for awakening. 

We will call upon the 3-fold process of kriya yoga as the blueprint to promoting purification, self-reflection and establishing a relationship to ishvara/the divinity of your understanding. This New Year we will plant seeds of purpose and reduce the seeds of suffering thus actualising the light of knowledge within you, as you, working for you and with you to wake you up to its presence in everything. 

“There is a light, that lights the whole world. It radiates absolute truth, boundless will, skill in action and is the source of all knowledge” 5 Creative Shaktis within all of us.

Podcast – Meditation – 5 Prana Shaktis

5 Principle powers of creation expressed through the experience of our being. 

  1. Iccha Shakti: the unlimited power of will, determination and drive to fuel us and to become the unstoppable force in fulfilling our intention, purpose and experiences in our lives. 
  2. Jnana Shakti: the boundless power to know from our intuitive wisdom of discernment from real and unreal, truth and untruth, virtue and non-virtuous.
  3. Kriya Shakti: the ability to choose wise actions, that are aligned with your intentions and purpose, guiding you skilfully to fulfillment. 
  4. Cit Shakti: the power of an illuminated mind, clear, undistracted, undistorted. To fully awaken to the light of knowledge resting within and expand in that light. 
  5. Ananda Shakti: the known experience of being whole, complete, at one with all. Filled and embraced in Pure Conscious Awareness that is always present. Bliss, serenity, peace. 

Using the mantra introduced to me by one of my teachers, Rod Stryker.
“There is a light, that lights the whole world.It radiates the truth.Boundless will.Skill in action.And is the source of all knowledge.”


The use of this mantra and the focus of the preamble and practice is for you to feel that light within, to use the light to fuel, heal and inspire you as you reconnect with more meaning in your practice, relationships and life. May you be moved by the true nature of the JOY of being alive!

Podcast – Preamble – Buddha smiles through us

Buddha Smiles as we practice the instructions from the Yoga Sutras 

This practice merges the instruction from Yoga Sutra 1:33 and the Buddhist Practice that both point to a Loving Kind way of being and acting. 

  • Looking to sutra 2:46 Stirum and Sukham and the Buddhist slogan “Strong back, soft front” 
  • Then directing your attention to 2:47 Loosening your effort while meditating on something specific becoming more effortless. Recall the work we did on Sutra 1:34-1:38 and the five areas of focus. Now by adding a “Buddha Nature Smile” we sweeten the practice with loving-kindness, compassion and wise understanding. 

As a result of practicing in this way we understand Patanjali’s Sutra 2:48. The goal is to discover the pair of opposites cease to exist and no longer have an impact. We experience the fading of separation and are aware of a new bathing into oneness, wholeness and completeness of Love. 

Podcast – Practice – 5 Essential Ingredients

Yoga Sutra 1.20 (my mistake, in the Podcast I said 1.2, it’s One point Twenty sorry for the confusion) Patanjali states 5 essential ingredients to a spiritual practice;

  • Shraddha – Faith/Trust, 
  • Virya – Courage/Will-Power, 
  • Smriti – Memory, 
  • Samadhi – Absorption, 
  • Prajna – Illuminated Mind/Discernment. 

This practice will guide you to create insight to what these concepts mean to you, how you can refine your relationship with them and be inspired to take these qualities of character off your mat and into your daily life. 

Podcast – Preamble – 5 Essential Ingredients

Yoga Sutra 1.20 (my mistake, in the Podcast I said 1.2, it’s One point Twenty sorry for the confusion) Patanjali states 5 essential ingredients to a spiritual practice;

  • Shraddha – Faith/Trust, 
  • Virya – Courage/Will-Power, 
  • Smriti – Memory, 
  • Samadhi – Absorption, 
  • Prajna – Illuminated Mind/Discernment. 

This practice will guide you to create insight to what these concepts mean to you, how you can refine your relationship with them and be inspired to take these qualities of character off your mat and into your daily life. 

Podcast – Yoga Nidra – 5 areas of focus Yoga Sutras 1:34-1:38

Archer Warrior Sequence reflecting on the Yoga Sutras

This practice draws from the Yoga Sutras & the Bhagavad Gita to heal, transform and inspire our lives. 

  • First we cultivate Non Judgemental Awareness, Friendliness, Happiness and Compassion stated in Yoga Sutra 1:33. 
  • Then we will redirect our attention to the 5 suggested areas of focus from sutra 1:34-1:38;
    • Breath Awareness, 
    • Sensation, 
    • Inner Illuminosity, 
    • Contemplate a Stable Mind, 
    • Open to the Stream of Consciousness refining our mind to become more anchored in the moment. 
    • Then we will look at our habits (conscious or unconscious) by understanding our three types of karma and how to wakefully remain awake making wise choices to satisfy our deepest heart’s longing. 

Podcast – Practice – 5 Areas of Focus Yoga Sutras 1:34-1:38

Archer Warrior Sequence reflecting on the Yoga Sutras

This practice draws from the Yoga Sutras & the Bhagavad Gita to heal, transform and inspire our lives. 

  • First we cultivate Non Judgemental Awareness, Friendliness, Happiness and Compassion stated in Yoga Sutra 1:33. 
  • Then we will redirect our attention to the 5 suggested areas of focus from sutra 1:34-1:38;
    • Breath Awareness, 
    • Sensation, 
    • Inner Illuminosity, 
    • Contemplate a Stable Mind, 
    • Open to the Stream of Consciousness refining our mind to become more anchored in the moment. 
    • Then we will look at our habits (conscious or unconscious) by understanding our three types of karma and how to wakefully remain awake making wise choices to satisfy our deepest heart’s longing. 

Podcast – Preamble – 5 Areas of Focus Yoga Sutras 1:34-1:38

Archer Warrior Sequence reflecting on the Yoga Sutras

This practice draws from the Yoga Sutras & the Bhagavad Gita to heal, transform and inspire our lives. 

  • First we cultivate Non Judgemental Awareness, Friendliness, Happiness and Compassion stated in Yoga Sutra 1:33. 
  • Then we will redirect our attention to the 5 suggested areas of focus from sutra 1:34-1:38;
    • Breath Awareness, 
    • Sensation, 
    • Inner Illuminosity, 
    • Contemplate a Stable Mind, 
    • Open to the Stream of Consciousness refining our mind to become more anchored in the moment. 
    • Then we will look at our habits (conscious or unconscious) by understanding our three types of karma and how to wakefully remain awake making wise choices to satisfy our deepest heart’s longing. 

Podcast – Practice – Tonglen

This traditional buddhist practice acknowledges and celebrates that we as Yogis are the holders of suffering and the quest for healing, freedom and peace can be a liberating one. This is a provocative practice. We will be breathing in someone else’s pain and suffering at the same time we will be working on our own issues. This shared suffering is something magical as once you find your rhythm, you will find the strength to be of service to those more vulnerable, those that are ill and/or trapped in a cycle of suffering. This practice opens us to generosity of spirit, connection to our humanity and love that we can share knowing we all have a basic goodness, a desire to be happy and not to suffer.