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The Aruna Yoga Teacher Training Programme launched in Europe at Yogasite in the Netherlands in August 2018. So profound a process, writing the manual, the curriculum and developing the course. I have been awed by the group, the energy transformation in Europe, healing and awakening that is taking place over the last months. The Aruna process unfolds and it has left me astounded.
Last week, Aruna was birthed into this powerful, holy fire of Truth that is here in Israel. Again I got to be floored by the grace present. Amazed by the shining brilliance of the Aruna yogiz, in their quest to Self realise. Their hunger, courage and presence blew me away. The depth of the process liberating in such timeless presence.
The teachings themselves emanating from truth itself and pouring into form, that is named Aruna. It is a unique expression of Truth, a healing modality, a yoga practice and a life tool.
Here I share a taste of what Aruna consciousness is. Perhaps you might be called to explore the Self through the path of Aruna Yoga.
Testimonials from students in the Aruna Yoga programme. Hear how Aruna and the course have impacted their lives, health and consciousness.
The space between
is the portal into Truth.
In the space between Words
Where Silence is resonant.
In the space between Breath
from retention is Stillness.
The space between movement
is penetration into Vibration.
Where there is Nothing but a
Void into Nothing
This Nothing is Everything.
The Only thing.
From the Space between legs
where Creation is conceived
and Creativity Is.
The portico of birth and rebirth.
The action is not proaction.
It is not the seeking of,
It is a consequence of
It is the targeted Presence at
the epicentre of Source.
It is the state of dissolution
in the being of Being.
Truth is to be entered
in the spaces between.
There is no one way to access the path of healing. In my direct experience healing is made accessible through prayer, emotional release and Journey work, hands on energy transmission, distance healing, yogic and Kabbalistic tools and technologies and any other method that connects us to the Self. Ultimately it is a gift of grace when healing, either spontaneous or cellular takes place. In my experience there is so much ‘to do’ and ultimately nothing to do at all. I have witnessed miraculous remissions and returns from death’s door take place in all the different ways possible. And I witness these constantly.
The goal of Aruna Yoga is to awaken you to this infinite healing potential. The yoga practice awakens the latent, internal power and it does so by raising the Kundalini Shakti in a vertical ascent from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. As this happens consciousness is awakened and a meeting with the infinite Self occurs. This is the science of Yoga. There is also a simultaneous energy from the heart and through the heart that happens that is more of a horizontal energy from east to west. Paramahansa Yogananda calls this Christ consciousness and its fabric is unconditional love. This energy when externalised into a transmission of healing force emits through the hands, which is what hands on energy healing is in essence.
These two energy directions of the Yogic Science of Kundalini from root to crown and the love and healing energy from left to right forms a cross that meets at the heart centre. The yogic system of chakras includes the lower triangle of three base chakras and the upper triangle of the higher energy centres. When the lower and upper triangles meet, they connect at the heart in the form of the Star of David. The Star of David is called the Magen David (דויד מגן) in Hebrew, which means shield or protection as it protects the heart, our source of unconditional love. The cross represents Jesus and the crucifixion which represents transformation. Thus all confluence from all directions (north to south – Kundalini; east to west – Christ consciousness) meets at the heart. This is the core from which all healing takes place and from which the miraculous is made possible. The heart is the home of our essence, our love, our true Self. One could then encapsulate healing then as love. God = love. It really is that simple.
I grew up with a family of healers. My great grand father was said to be known in his village in Lithuania for hands on healing and people would come to him to receive the transmission of healing from his touch. I was always exposed to what we called spiritual healing from childhood. When my grandmother was diagnosed as terminal as her breast cancer had metastasized beyond what was at that time in the 60’s medically treatable, it was ‘spiritual healing’ or hands on healing that completely healed the tumours all over her body. So I grew up always knowing that this secret, whispered possibility to heal beyond the paradigm of the known was available. I was told since childhood that I am a healer and it was only through the meeting of the science of yoga and the Christ consciousness energy of unconditional love that the true manifestation of this power to effect healing emanated through me. And it revealed infinite possibility and miraculous healing. From physical pain to tumours disappearing to fertility, to truly manifesting the miraculous. As Yogi Bhajan said, “be realistic, plan for a miracle.” This is truly my motto.
How is this possible? Through Self enquiry and Self realization, through releasing blocked emotions, through the power of the word through intention and prayer and through directing the unseen energy through ancient tools and technologies that yoga, Kabbalah and other modalities offer.
I have spent the last decades developing the Self as channel for healing and do not purport to have it all down! There are so many tools available, so many paths and languages to come to healing. I am humbly sharing the tools that I use and that appear to work. This is what Aruna Yoga is: to show you how you can heal both yourself and others. To develop the tools through yoga and consciousness to heal anything that is ready to be freed and released. Ultimately it is up to grace if, when and how this healing will happen. But with Aruna Yoga we do whatever we can to encourage grace along her way!
I have been deeply immersed in the most creative process that I want to share with you! I have written my first book, developed a unique programme for healing and self awareness that is about to be launched in August in Europe!
I am sharing it with you because you have been a part in your way of its development and influence. You have probably studied with me, done some of my sessions, attended a workshop or joined me for a journey. At some level, your influence is here in this new work and I want to share it as it grows, develops and becomes its own voice. Aruna Yoga has its own destiny. It is part of awakening consciousness and it is here to teach YOU how to become more self aware and to heal deeply at the level of body, emotion and spirit!
In this video I explain about what is unique about this training. Yes, it is a Yoga Alliance accredited program, and yes you will come out of the full training with the tools available to responsibly teach yoga. But I have developed this training as well to be a tool for you and your growing self awareness. It may be used for a brand new beginner of yoga but also for a long term practitioner. It is an embodiment of tools and technologies within yoga and beyond that access the Self, that connect us deeper and that access the realm of healing and self realisation.
We start in August 2018 and will end in May 2019 in Holland during which time we will go on a journey of self discovery together, one in which we will discover our games, patterns, emotional blocks. One whereby we will drop the layers that obscure us from our infinite creative potential. There are many yoga teacher training available today but Aruna Yoga is somewhat unique. It offers in its scope really tapping into the self at the deepest level and allowing that realisation to infuse in our lives in a healthy, wholesome, conscious way.
Because it is so much more than a yoga teacher training, I am opening the door for you if you simply want to attend a module or day. You will be able to receive the benefits of the practices, tools and process work and still integrate what you get into the flow of your life.
The details of the program are as follows:
We will look at various topics from the nature of the Self, and self enquiry to the philosophy of yoga, the energetics of Yoga and Yoga psychology, chakras, physical and energetical anatomy,movement, posture and sacred geometry of the body, Vayus, Pranayama and the breath into stillness, Mudras, Meditation, Mantras, Kabbalah, Healing and more!
The total costs for this training are 2800 euros (so 140 euros per day). This includes a manual, vegetarian/vegan soup for lunch and tea & water during the training days.
If you just want to be there on certain days, for the deepening of your own practice, that’s welcome. Single days are 150 euros per day, including soup and tea, not including the manual.
This Teacher Training consists of 20 days of attendance, spread out across 5 weekends.
Weekend 1: Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 August 2018
Weekend 2: Thursday 11: Friday 12, Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 October 2018
Weekend 3: Thursday 17, Friday 18, Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 January 2019
Weekend 4: Thursday 28, Friday 29, Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 March 2019
Weekend 5: Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May 2019
If you feel called, join us in this process of self awareness and healing.
See you in August in Holland!
I had the most divine opportunity to be hosted on Marilyn Ambach’s radio show, Unwind, Rewind and talk about my favourite loves: Yoga, Music and inner connection.
It was truly amazing to share some of my favourite music, to be in the zone and let the Divine DJ create a flow of eclectic music and inspired thought on yoga and its magic.
So many of you ask me for my playlists, of which I have many. The main one is Aruna Yoga and it grows regularly to reflect my current musical vibes. Here it is if you want to hear more and see how I blend mantra and other genres to create inner connection.
The Sanskrit word guru has long since been accepted into modern lexicon to describe the role of teacher. It has in fact many connotations, from VIP, to teacher to expert. The name itself derives form the words, ‘gu’ meaning darkness and ‘ru’ which is dispeller of darkness through the bringing of light.
The process of self realization is predicated on the dynamic between guru and disciple or sisya. Self realization is said to rely on finding one’s guru and being guided to realize the light within us. But it is a process.
Our first guru is the mother, the second our father. We are then exposed to teachers throughout our lives that inspire our potential to be realized. These too are our gurus. I had a few growing up, from my first Hebrew teacher who opened the passion for learning, to my English teacher in high school who ignited a love for the word. She saw something in me and had the acumen to cultivate it. English became my passion and a life long connection to the word developed under her tutelage into a relationship with words, writing and poetry. My early twenties were characterized by me dropping into some form of expression of creativity through writing. As time progressed this connection to the word developed into a spiritual practice predicated on the power of intention or prayer. Today I am well known to drop into prayer, so deeply connected to the efficacy of the word to consciously create that I have been inspired to truly live on all levels.
Over the next two and a half decades I spent my every moment in pursuit of what is referred to as the sat guru. Sat is truth and the sat guru is the one that takes the aspirant to the realization of self, to the highest recognition of the light that is our essential nature. The pursuit took me (and my loved ones who had to shlep along for the ride) all over the world, to masters that were still in body form, and to a few that had long since left body behind. Each offered a pearl of illumination on the growing mala (garland) of my expanding consciousness. Each dispelled another veil of the darkness that kept me separate from my true Self.
The guru sometimes reveals itself in ways that are less obvious. The person you are most challenged by, the one that presses your buttons can be the real teacher to show you who you truly are beyond your reactivity. Your triggered response to people, actions or situations can be just as revelatory as the guru in the saffron robe or the baba in the loin cloth.
When the fallibility of the human guru with its concomitant disappointment led me to abandon the external search and look within me and to seek the guru that was free of form, I finally came to peace. That guru that I had been seeking was here all along in the form of the light within me. This light illuminates whatever wisdom is needed in the moment to expose truth.
I bow to each of them, to every guru that graced my path. They taught me in many ways either through the offering of knowledge, to the exposure of who not to be, or through the ultimate teaching which was to connect me the wisdom inside of me. Throughout my life all these mentors, gurus and teachers have pulled away whatever is obscuring the truth within me.
To come to realize the self is a universal destiny, inevitable now or later. The dynamic of guru-sisya will always be here for us to move from our minds to our hearts, from the darkness to the light. May you be blessed to find your mentors, guides and sat guru that will bring you home to the Self to the realisation that the true guru is here, right now within you.
With love and blessings,
Almost seven years have slipped by since my move to Israel. The move here has appeared as a fugue state in this dream, called life.
It seems that in this leela we are called to places, to surrender ourselves into the hands of destiny and to offer ourselves in service wherever we arrive. Seven years ago I knew that I was called to Israel for something, and my arrival here was like landing in a veritable fire of presence, transformation and awakening.
A deep remembrance of self has taken place over this time and through my process a clear vision for service was conceived. The vision has been transmitted in various ways and in significant places over this seven year cycle. At essence my purpose is to serve humanity through healing and awakening to the intrinsic self. The gestation of this vision has birthed Aruna, a healing modality that uses yoga, meditation and emotional release work to realize the self.
In the process of unveiling, I saw three aspects:
- Israel awoke the inner experience of the vibration of the letter Aleph and the vibration of Hebrew and offering of Kabbalah.
- India called me eternally to take me home to yoga, to the union with self. Mata Ganga offered me the vision of the AlephInfinity that my father put into form, as an amanuensis to my Divine creativity.
- Arunachala showed me the outline of the mountain profile and whispered the name and teachings that are now called Aruna.
All three encapsulate the holy trinity that is the foundation for Aruna and its expression.
My beautiful friends Sandra and Gary turned this triad into art that merges all three aspects into one beautiful expression of the highest vision: to serve through this teaching, to heal, to awaken and to offer the tools to realise the Self to all.
May the holy trinity inspire you as it has me. May you remember who you truly are.