July 3rd Webinar with Swamiji

Our regular weekly Web-based satsang with Swamiji on Fridays, hosted by the ashram, with guests from around Europe and the UK.

This week the Guided Meditation started with the chant ‘OM Purnamadaha’ and reflections on its profound meaning.

Questions and answers followed such as the difference between Chidakasha and Chitakasha, and the space of meditation whether behind or in front of closed eyes.

Webinar with Swami Nishchalananda

On 26th June Swamiji gave this web based Zoom meeting, hosted by Mandala Yoga Ashram, to guests invited from the UK and Europe.

A guided meditation on the Chakras was followed by a question and answer session, which included the following topics:-

Q: When we meditate, is it advisable to have eyes closed, or is it also ok to have the eyes open, as in some Buddhist meditation.

Webinar with Swamiji, 5th June

This was a Zoom transmission organised by Mandala Yoga Ashram, giving not just the Ashram residents but about 50 people around Europe the opportunity to join with Swami Nishchalananda. He gave a long reflective guided meditation, then a question and answer session…..

…. here’s a taster of some of the questions and extracts from Swamiji’s answers

Satsang at Satyananda Tapovanam, India on New Year’s Eve 2003

This is the first of the archived satsangs

that we’re editing and bringing into the public domain…

… and was given before an audience of quite a few people, and several million Cicadas! Hence the buzzing noise especially at the beginning, which it’s very difficult to edit out. It’s authentic we can say!

This one is a New Year’s eve Satsang given by Swamiji at Satyananda Tapovanam, near Banglore, after he’d founded Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales. Covering a wide range of subjects, including some insight into what it is to be head of an Ashram (Acharya), and the importance of ‘spaciousness’ in the role, i.e. being supportive of other people but without being too close to their emotional baggage.

Sensitivity

How does one deal with over-sensitivity which comes about through Yoga practice? Swamiji’s reply introduces the idea of ‘transparency’ or ‘fluidity’ as a way of adapting to this common challenge.

Transparency, or fluidity, means we’re not completely stuck in our ego identification. It comes down to ego actually. The less we are ego-identified, the more we can flow, moment to moment, with life as it arises.

Swami Nishchalananda

Swamiji answers questions from trainee teachers, November 23d 2019

The header picture above is Swamiji conducting a Kirtan in Bangalore, India, 2003

Subject matter includes:

Yoga Nidra, Yoga and Scientific findings, Bhakti Yoga, Bhagavad Gita Chapter 1, ‘How I came to Yoga’, Yoga in the NHS, Teaching Yoga, Esoteric and Exoteric Yoga and finally a Meditation on the Heart space.

‘Nothing shifts in a Yoga class…. you just become more aware of more subtle aspects of your being and the fact that you are conscious. Nothing changes…. it’s like you’re creating a sense of spaciousness even when you are walking or even when you are working….   …. Awareness means you know, experientially, “I am conscious”. So that’s the challenge… to bring Yoga into our daily life so that there is magic in everything we do’

Swami Nishchalananda

Questions and Answers from student teachers…

…. on the 2019-22 Teacher Training Course at Mandala Yoga Ashram, including:
  • How can we promote diversity in our Yoga classes?
  • What is the ‘virtuous path’ in a world of conflicting moral beliefs?
  • What is the difference between relaxation and meditation?