About

If you’re like me you go to a Yoga class not just for the asana practice, but for the little snippets of wisdom, “dharma stuff”, that the teacher imparts throughout the class.   Most of us don’t have time, or don’t make the time, to sit down and read about things such as Patanjali, chakras, the yamas, Ganesha, Hannuman, and to translate some of the Sanskrit phrases that we hear all the time.  So, if you don’t know what any, or all, of these things are, but would like to know, then you’re in luck. In this blog I’m going to give you Yoga snippets that are short enough for you to have time to read, but diverse enough to slowly increase your knowledge of all things Yoga.

So, where does the name Yogini Guru come from?  Well, I am a “Yogini” (a female who practices Yoga) and a “Guru” (commonly translated from Sanskrit to English as “teacher”).  It’s as simple as that.

And, how and why am I, “Helping you reach samadhi”?  By reading my blog posts, and increasing your knowledge of all things Yoga, you’re increasing your chances of reaching samadhi.  Samadhi can be translated from the Sanskrit to the English as “experiencing oneness with the universe” – otherwise known as enlightenment.  We can probably all use some help with that.

I hope you enjoy my blog!

Namaste

P.S. Some of the hotlinks that I’ve provided in my posts will point you to a place where you can purchase specific books, music and other yoga resources that I personally think are worth owning.  I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Yoginiguru,

    Thank you for these posts. I read one on Hanuman (Hannuman) earlier and gained some good information of the mythology of Anjaneya. Actually, I was researching the pose and googled it here. It would make a really good book – you should consider a collection of all of these stories in an alphabetical listing. I would most certainly buy it, and tell my students about it. It would sell.

    I find one of the most pleasing things about the practice of yoga to be the “little snippets” and “tidbits” about this vast and rich culture and its mythology. That is truly what separates it (too me) from the other forms of physical fitness. It inspires people to seek its deeper wisdom.

    I am a teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, and love the Yoga Sutras. There is so much information in the study of yoga, that it is difficult to keep teaching all of it while conducting asana practice.

    I made my own ninety minute practice into “The Ashyn Warrior”, and have received much praise for it. People say that they like going on this mystical journey, rather than merely practicing poses for ninety minutes. The funny thing about it was that I was working on this composition for many years before practicing or studying Ashtanga Yoga, and when I saw that Ashtanga = Ashyn I was amazed. I put the two together and it was a perfect fit. I have been practicing yoga ever since.

    The Ashyn Warrior, of course, is one who practices Ashtanga Yoga. They are on a journey through Seven Valleys to come to the Jewell in the Lotus. In each valley they must perform a cermony to the Goddess of the Valley, indicative of their struggle with the Seven Demons of Self, to come to balance between virtue and desire and please the Goddesses who guard the Seven Sacred Doors. They acquire the Seven Gems of Wisdom, which are of course, the first seven branches of Ashtanga, the eighth being the Jewell in the Lotus.

    As they pass through each of the Seven Sacred Doors (the chakras), they come into the next valley. The Ashyn Warrior must cast no shadow against the light, and leave no footprint in the dark. They acquire the Seven Gems of Wisdom, open the Seven Sacred Doors, are filled with the Seven Wafting Fragrances of Virtue, Quaff the Seven Intoxicating Passions of Desire, and put on the Robe of the Seven Beauties. Now they are ready to enjoy the Seven Pleasures of Divine Love.

    I am sure that by reading this short piece, you have caught the drift of my practice. It all lines up clearly, now just fill in the grid. My seven ceremonies are Svana (The Dog), Suryanamaskara (The Sun and Moon), Virabhadra (The Warrior), Garuda (The Eagle), Marichi (The Sage), Goddess and Royalty (Goddess) , and the King of Yogis (The Corpse). We go through about seventy two poses in ninety minutes. I have little “Vinyasa Kramas”, or short sequences which are plug and play to modify the practice on the fly. I see each yoga asana as a word, and a sting of poses as a sentence. A grouping of sequences is a paragraph, and a group of paragraphs is a text. So my yoga tells a story – the story of the Ashyn Warrior.

    To make things more interesting, I wrote a story of a frog in a pond, who ate the ants who ate the missing portion of the Yoga Korunta. He drifted off into a dream and in it he was reading a book called “The Ashyn Warrior”. So the Ashyn Warrior is the missing portion of the Yoga Korunta, the part which the ants ate:) It is a beginner/intermediate practice which introduces a person to the vast world of ashtanga yoga in a delightful story. I am currently working on this book, but am still conducting the research. It is fun!

    Upon reading “Jiva Mukti Yoga” by David Life and Sharron Gannon, I was very inspired. They did such a good job of research as they created the “Jivan Mukti”, or “Enlightened Soul”. Being artists and musicians, they also saw the power of the myth, and created their own mythical being. Being an artist and musician, I was pleased that I had been doing the same thing as they, who are so very far beyond my current practice, so far as their many dedicated years of practice, study, and teaching go.

    I initially pitted the Ashyn Warrior against Seven Demons, and was using “The Seven Deadly Sins” vice the “Seven Virtues”. But as I began to look at the Goddesses who guard the Seven Sacred Doors I learned something. The Goddesses have four arms, like they are actually two women in one. It seems that they are the Goddesses of the Virtue and the Desire of each Sacred Door, and once the Ashyn Warrior achieves balance, the Goddess appears and unlocks the passage as she sees the Gem of Wisdom he bears. So I began to look at the light side and the dark side, realizing that one wants to have good balance between the contrast, and rather than call it sin and virtue, I came to call it virtue and desire. It becomes “sin” when we go to far in either direction. And then the Seven Demons became Demons of Self, which people have a tendency of projecting onto others.

    So, thank you for the listing. I will subscribe to your blogs, and hope you write many. It is good information, brought together and expressed wonderfully. Like I said, it would make a great book, for the task of combing through the endless annals of the Hindu mythology is daunting to many. Just learning the story of Krisna is perplexing, let along trying to learn the story behind the Bhagavid Gita, with all of its treachery in the family lineages and what not.

    Many are quickly turned off by mention of Hare Krishna, thanks to the knuckleheads who ran around at the airports with shaved heads and clickers beating drums and collecting money, who have not a clue of much of anything. It is only when one discovers the rich tapestry that is the Hindu mythology in the right context that meaning comes to the many mantras, songs, and invocations of the Divine through this vehicle. And then we find true meaning in the phrase “Om Mani Padme Hum”.

    Namaste,
    Sonyata

    Scott Chisman
    Sonyata@Sonyata.com

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    1. Dear Sonyata,
      Thank you for your long, and interesting, letter of support and appreciation. It gives me an incentive to keep on blogging.
      Many Blessings,
      YoginiGuru

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