What is the meaning of the word Svaha (pronounced Swaahaa) ?
The word SVAHA is Sanskrit. The inner Self is called “Sva” and “Ha” means sacrifice. When you sacrifice your little ego-self, the true Self is revealed.
So Svaha means “ I am One with God “
The aim of Yoga is to yoke (unite) our limited body/mind consciousness with the Supreme Consciousness, realizing the Oneness that connects all of us.
What prevents us from realizing this Oneness is our ego.
Svaha is a mantra often chanted when puja is done and offerings are made into the fire. Fire is heat and transformation, the process may not always been easy to burn away the sense of ego that is keeping us from living true happy lives.
There are four main paths of Yoga to accomplish this , and SvahaYoga combines all four in their teachings and practice.
Hatha Yoga = the path of physical practice, asana and pranayama
Bhakti Yoga = the path of spiritual practice through chanting and puja
Jnana Yoga = the path of meditation and study of the old scriptures
Karma Yoga = the path of selfless actions in this world
Why search for the Self? The human predicament is that we are searching for something, which we are not able to find. What are you searching for? Happiness. How long do you want to be happy? Always? We want to be happy permanently. Where have we been searching for this? Outside?
Yoga teaches you to find happiness within yourself.
Gosta (Shunya) & Patrick (Priya) would like to pay respect to our teachers on the journey inwards.
· Neem Karoli Baba |
Photos Neem Karoli Baba |
Neem Karoli Baba Ashram
· Shri Siddhi Ma
· Babaji....Sada Shiva Dham ashram, Loenen
· David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga center in New York
Short interview with David and Sharon in Quicktime
· Krishna Das
· AnandAshram, Monroe NY
· AnandAshram, Kerala
· S.N. Goenka, Vipasssana Meditation
· Mata Amritandamayee Ma
· Cle Souren, Nanda Peek, Iyengar Institute Amsterdam
· Clive Sheridan
· Bhagavan Das
· Jai Uttal
· B.N.S. Iyengar, Mysore
· Ma Chetan Jyoti
· Ramana Maharshi
· Bhagawan Nityananda
... and all other teachers along our way ...