Sept 1, 2011
I have been tremendously blessed with the opportunity to be around some of the best healers and teachers in the world, truly. It humbles me so to be in the midst of such inspiring greatness so often. I never had any direction growing up, and being around this angels embodied became iconic for me. From my beginning in 1996, I discovered yoga in the Catskills of upstate NY in a Sivananda Ashram, and later that magical summer sat next to the statuesque Sharon Gannon and David Life nightly for dinner with expansive conversation at a dear Jewish Retreat without even knowing who they were. My life was forever changed. I decided I wanted to be just like them when I grew up.
Since my Spirit infused trek began then, when my life really started to spiral upward, I started to seek as much yoga as possible in the form of many high quality styles, teachers and places, from large oversized conventions, to small private secretive settings, even on the phone, from India, to suburbia. You never really know when the Divine will appear, coming in many forms. Your eyes must stay pealed wide open. I remember a great teaching from the Ramayana about Hanuman that I never wanted to forget once hearing it. It was a revelation of his devotion when he as even able to recognize God in form, in this case Ram. Most people walk right by God daily, and miss it. Hanuman was quite evolved to "see" right away.
I have stayed in John Friends home, the founder of Anusara Yoga, taking notes in his extensive library of rare additions, meditating with him in his puja room, and watching the Cowboys and the Saints take one another down. I asked, and have been Lama Christie McNally's chauffeur right before she did sacred Tibetan Buddhist Rituals to Kali while in New Orleans. I have spent personal time with Jai Uttal in Maui, and swam in the Pacific Ocean with Ram Dass and John Friend there, a satsang on the beach. I have learned about sacred plants, the Mayan calendar, and many forms of ceremony's in private settings from Shaman's, and been to the origin of both yoga and Shamanism, India, Mexico and Peru, from sweat lodges in an Astro Lodge to being in the Astro fields myself. Most recently, I have been delving into the realms of Thai Yoga Therapy with Sudevi, as soon we will take students to Thailand. Oh my goodness, the list goes on. There are so many cultures and beliefs to draw upon, and in the end, what resonates with you comes directly from your Higher Self. Looking back from time to time I can not believe the blessings that come, and I see it is a matter of wanting it so much One must first recognize the moment is so precious, and beyond your wildest dreams, before ceasing the moment as it appears.
One of my biggest dreams is to share with my community all of the blessings I feel I have received. I have been exposed to some pretty esoteric forms of healing that to some are the regular everyday for them, and to others, are way out there, and very esoteric. It is my humble humble joy to now present a list I have been working on, dreaming about, and downloading directly from Source in my meditations.
This is a dream menu to me, as we begin to expand our horizons of what yoga and healing truly is. It comes in many forms.
Please enjoy the list from Source that we will now share with you in the Blue Swan Healing Room, newly renovated with the Highest Vastu, in the Mid-City Mandir of Swan River Yoga.