Isha Kriya is a free guided meditation from Sadhguru. It’s a simple yet potent meditation practice. “Isha” means that which is the source of creation. “Kriya” means an inward action towards that. In research conducted by Harvard Medical School, this meditation has been shown to reduce tension, anger, fatigue, confusion and depression.
Last year, I took some training to become a volunteer facilitator for Isha Foundation to help share Yoga for Beginners and Isha Kriya at schools, universities, libraries, community organization and corporations. Since COVID-19 has us all stuck inside, I thought sharing Isha Kriya here would be a way to continue on that path.
June 21 is the day that spring transitions to summer. If spring is about the rebirth brought on by increased light then summer is about the blossoming of all life. We go from green blades of grass effortlessly cutting through the earth to birds singing for the ecstasy of being alive. Everything is oriented to rebirth and growth, to potential and possibility.
How fitting then, that June 21 is also the International Day of Yoga (IDY) because this day is also about the potential for rebirth and blossoming. Only with yoga, the seed of potential is not carried along on the softness of a fragrant breeze, it lies within all human beings. The fruit of its birth and blossoming can be the realization of our universal oneness.
This post is about the guidance a guru can offer on one’s spiritual path, what that transformation looks like in my own life and Isha Foundation’s offerings to help bring humans to their ultimate potential on IDY 2019.
Yoga Asanas (poses) – photo courtesy of Isha Foundation – used with permission
Yoga means union. Yogis, people who practice yoga, believe our individuality is an illusion and yoga’s purpose is to help us go beyond our limited perception of existence to realize our oneness.
Yoga is not a workout or a fad. Yoga is not a religion. It is a path to self-transformation. Through meditation the mind is harnessed and taught to focus or be silent. Yogasanas are yoga postures that help a yogi prepare to sit for longer periods of meditation; for longer periods of silence in the mind and of no movement in the body.
This post gives a bit of background about a special Isha Hatha Yoga Yogasanas workshop coming to Calgary on January 20 and 21, 2018. Continue reading →
I have written about Sadhguru before. He is a teacher. He helps people along a spiritual path to living more consciously.
So much of the way we live is outwardly focused. Sadhguru is helping people go inward with yogic practices.
The video above is about one such practice: Namaskar. Sadhguru says that by simply folding your hands together you may unfold your being and that focusing your attention with love on something or someone for just three minutes a day can lead to harmony. Continue reading →
I met a great teacher last year in India. I met Sadhguru.
Sadh means knowledge that comes from within. Guru is a Sanskrit: गुरु noun that connotes “teacher”. When I met Sadhguru, I met an enlightened human being who is able to access knowledge from within. This is the knowledge of all existence from the beginning of existence.
Attaining enlightenment comes with certain perks.
Today is the second annual International Day of Yoga. One of Sadhguru’s goals is to share the science of yoga. The video above was made last year so that anyone anywhere can access the benefits of yoga. This year Sadhguru and legions of volunteers taught hundreds of thousands of people the simple UPA yoga described in the video. Today Sadhguru taught people from 135 nations live at the United Nations in New York City that same yoga.
I’ve been blessed by my guru. Sharing this video here is a tiny offering of love, gratitude and respect for him and his work. I’ll share more about my experience of meeting Sadhguru at Isha foundation in India in the rest of the post. Continue reading →