root & bloom /// winter
Winter Solstice (21 December 2017) through Spring Equinox (20 March 2018)
When I first began studying mantra and receiving instruction from my teacher, Mala I was struck by how fortunate I was-- she had spent years traveling the world at the feet of great Teachers and countless hours studying, training and singing. She culled all of these gems of wisdom from this vast ocean, and cupped her hands and offered them up to me. I was amazed by the way one specific vocal exercise or a comment she made in passing completely transformed my voice and perspective. Mala is one of many teachers who have shared so generously of the body of their life’s work in kindness alone. Teachers & practitioners of yoga, meditation, buddhism, ayurveda, shamanism… and other teachers who appear in less obvious (or not at all subtle) forms. And it’s such a gift, all of it. Yet for me to be able to receive it, I needed to absorb what she offered (what any of them offered) and put it into practice… regularly. Without me putting the time in, the effort in, the energy in - what I was given would merely be a beautiful gift- unwrapped and sitting in a corner.
When I first came to yoga- I came to asana. I came home to my body and began to tap into a spaciousness and peace and an ease, a strength that was transformational. As I came home to myself, I felt compelled to dig deeper into the wisdom of the teachings and I became more curious about the other 7 limbs of this 8 limb practice than I was about learning how to wrap my leg around my neck (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I dug deeper. Understanding and embodying the ethical precepts for living a yogic life (the yamas and niyamas) became a day to day moment to moment practice of awakening to who I was being and how I was moving in the world- tracking them became a key for me to living with greater integrity- one that I value to this day. The dual winged teachings of wisdom and compassion and an understanding of karma and emptiness from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition fundamentally altered how I perceived and interacted with the world- and continues to do so. Breath and compassion based meditation practices have helped increase my capacity for presence with all that arises, evolves and dissolves along the way. These practices continue to root me. Ayurveda (the sister life science of yoga) empowered me with a deeper understanding of dietary and lifestyle choices I could make to help me find balance within and with the energies of each season. Acknowledging the lunar cycles continues to inform and serve me- daily. The energetic resonance of mantras and mudras have opened my heart. I have spent the better part of the past 20 years applying the wisdom of the various traditions I’ve studied- not just on the yoga mat- but in my actual life.
This program is intended to provide you with guidance, tools & resources to help you meditate with consistency, live with integrity & thrive-- to both root & bloom. In it, I will share what have been the most grounding, healing, insightful and transformational aspects of practice for me - through the art of sadhana + svadhyaya… sadha what & svadhy huh?
Sadhana + Svadhyaya
Yoga for Living with Deep Peace, a Clear Mind & an Open Heart
the tools you use to help clarify, achieve and live in alignment with your true purpose / an ego transcending spiritual practice that facilitates liberation / a personalized discipline which roots you in what is most essential
Svādhyāya // स्वाध्याय
self study for Self realization / the fourth of the niyamas (guidelines for living an ethical life) elucidated in Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras / the essential practice for more consciously participating in the co*creation of your life / the key to all of it
This Immersion is designed to serve you in creating and supporting
a home and life based sadhana and as fuel for your svadhyaya.
DELIVERED TO YOUR HEART (via your inbox)
At the beginning of the experience, you will receive a brief overview with ayurvedic wisdom for balancing the energies of Winter as well as advices to consider as you prepare to establish/deepen your meditation practice. As part of this experience you will receive:
>>>WEEKLY GUIDED MEDITATION + MANTRA + MUDRAS
Meditation is the doorway into the sacred space where self meets Self. Showing up for ourselves is the key to showing up fully in life. I love the analogy a beautiful meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg shared on retreat... that one of the most healing aspects of going to therapy is that we make the appointment and someone shows up to listen and there is healing in that- in making the appointment for ourselves, showing up, and being seen and heard. Meditation is the radically transformational practice of showing up for ourselves- no one else can do it for us. If there was a pill you could take that would give you all of the benefits of meditation (with much better side effects than most conventional medications) we'd all be popping it daily. Meditation can help with anxiety, depression, emotional integration and regulation, insomnia and chronic fatigue- the list goes on- most essentially, for me, this practice helps me send roots down wide and deep that serve me in being able to sway with what arises in life. Each time I sit, the roots go down deeper. It helps me find a spaciousness between trigger and response and serves me in growing patience, compassion and love while connecting me into deep abiding peace that is my essence. Through the duration of winter, every week you will receive instructions on practice for the week- including appropriate links to audio & or visual files containing a guided meditation- most weeks you will also receive a recording of a mantra to incorporate in your practice or simply listen to for relaxation as well as mudras for your use. As I intend to serve you in building a sustainable practice you may be asked/encouraged to stick with a particular practice for an extended period of time-- new content will be offered to support you in doing so.
>>>You will be DOUBLE DOG DARED to COMMIT to MEDITATING preferably daily- (but you can also choose 5x per week/ 3 x per week) for a minimum time period (eg. a minimum of 20 minutes) for the duration of the season... you do not need to use the guided meditation to do so. You will make a PINKY SWEAR with yourself committing to consistently practice and be encouraged to keep a record of the days/times you meditate.
WEEKLY SELF STUDY :: SOFT FOCUS
"Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.”- Thich Nhat Hanh // Moment by moment we are planting seeds. What do you want to see growing in the garden of your heart, your mind, your life? What seeds are you planting? Are you creating the conditions they need to thrive? Are you standing in an orchard of apples angry that there aren't watermelons to pick? Recognizing what we hold in our hearts is reflected in our world- we will consciously work to create the causes to perceive the world we year to see. Each week for the duration of the season, I will send along a message, containing a soft focus for self study. You will be asked to observe your thoughts, words and actions as they pertain to this focus. As we shine the light of awareness on who we are and how we are being, we begin to see ourselves and the situations we find ourselves in in a new light. In the grace of that light, we are given the opportunity to make better choices and create new neural pathways, new habits and new patterns that serve us and the greater good. This field of awareness is where freedom is found, change is created and we can begin to consciously create our lives from the level of cause- the level of the seed. In Autumn we focused on the Yamas and the Niyamas- the ethical precepts of living a yogic life. This winter we will begin by moving chakra by chakra through the system - addressing imbalances- and begin our exploration of the koshas (energetic layers of the body) and karma.
BI-WEEKLY :: LUNAR RHYTHM REFLECTIONS
We are intimately and inextricably intertwined and interconnected with all that is. Just as we are affected by the shifting seasons, we are affected by the waxing and waning of the moon. Tracking the moon and beginning to live in harmony with it’s cycle changed me. I will share insights on the lunar cycle and the specific energies arising with each new & full moon as well as guidance on how to honor this rhythm in general.
>>>OnLine Sangha:: Secret Facebook Page
If you are on the book of faces, you will have the opportunity to share wisdom, insights, inspirations and experiences or simply ask questions along the way with a like minded and open hearted community of participants. I will share links via this page to various resources as well as recipes, inspirational tid bits and experiences that will help nurture and nourish body, mind and spirit. You’re welcome to lurk, to chime in when you feel inspired, or exist with it in anyway that feels right for you. I'm envisioning many of us sharing that which is inspiring us, grounding us, nourishing us and keeping us sane... For those who are not on FB- that is awesome. I can forward along content I share via email or we’ll figure something out that works better.
I am here to serve you. I am a click or a phone call away to support you in this process.
It is my intention for this Immersion to serve you in returning home to yourself,
breath by breath, moment by moment... to root and to bloom.
SIGN ME UP!!!
Join me on this journey with an investment from your heart- of your time, your awareness, your energy and $108.
STEP ONE:: Email me that you're in :: firstname.lastname@example.org
STEP TWO:: Donation of $108 will be accepted via PayPal (email@example.com) or VENMO @laurieGyogini. If you would prefer to pay by cash or check, let me know in your email and I can get you my mailing address or we can meet up if you're local. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds-- please email me if this is an issue for you or anyone you know who would benefit from this immersion.
*IF YOU'D LIKE TO GIFT A FRIEND THIS EXPERIENCE, E-MAIL ME AND I CAN FORWARD ALONG A GIFT CERTIFICATE/CARD FOR YOUR USE.
TESTIMONIALS SHARED BY AUTUMN PARTICIPANTS
"Absolute game changer..."
"I feel like a kid Christmas morning every week, waiting for your message to come... and the content never disappoints. Each week I find myself changed by what you've shared. It's like you're writing exactly what I need to read, exactly when I'm meant to read it and I am thankful."
"You put so much of your heart into creating this. For the first time in years of trying, I can honestly say, I look forward to meditating."
"Listening to your mantras as I take my afternoon walks has changed everything."
"You and the care, attention and thoughtfulness that ou have shown in Root & Bloom has been so beneficial to me. It has opened my eyes to many new ways of thinking and moving in my life. And to introduce newness into a routine at this stage of life is a big thing."
"Root&Bloom provides in depth teachings that will strengthen your body, mind and soul. She unlocks the wisdom of yoga philosophy, buddhist teachings and lunar cycles in a way that is easy to follow and resonates. You will be captivated by her voice as she guides you through meditations, sings mantras and offers full and new moon rituals. I have noticed my growth both on and off the mat, work-life balance and overall well being improve greatly through the years of studying with laurieG. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."