Sadhana

A visit from Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal is traveling the US this summer to capture the culture and passion of yoga today. The team stopped by our ashram last week to take Swami Jaya Devi’s yoga class and did an interview with her and one of out Classical Yoga Teacher Training grads, Jaya Dasi (Chelse...

Want to join our free 40-day meditation challenge?

I think we all know or have heard by now about how good meditation is for us. I would go so far as to say it's better than good, it's straight up magical! Now the scientists would disagree with my magic statement, but that's ok. They've been studying and proving what the yogi...

Things Are Better When Shared—Including Meditation

Over time we can become frayed and thread bare as the fabric of ourselves is tugged in a thousand different directions by life. Thankfully there is a remedy that is a deeply nurturing tonic to our whole Self. A remedy that is available to us always, once we've been taught. The...

Tea time with Swami Jaya Devi!

I just arrived back in Atlanta after being away for sixteen years, and it was time to reconnect. When I first met Swami she was not yet Swami, and in fact not yet Jaya Devi. It was the mid-1990s and Swami, then “Claire Ahern” was teaching Kundalini yoga in a tiny little st...

Feed Everyone! A chat about chili, cornbread and service.

For the fifth year this week we are hosting our annual Vegetarian Chili & Cornbread Cookoff event to deliciously raise money in support of our seva programs: Street Meals (a weekly program to make 300+ brown bag lunches to feed the men at the Peachtree Pine Men's Shelter); Ka...

Jaya Dasi’s Easter Egg Roll at the White House

You might be surprised to learn that one of the oldest annual events in the history of the White House is the traditional Easter Egg Roll Party held on the South Lawn every Easter Monday since 1878. This year, on March 28, our yoga teacher Jaya Dasi and 24 other yoga leaders ...

A Yogi’s Journey to Sobriety

It was very cold in Atlanta 9 Octobers ago. The wind was a show off causing the sun to shiver. Feeling the chill, I cracked my eyes open on the morning of October 24, 2006 like two miniature ancient wooden doors. I got off the floor, because that's where I woke up, and felt the ...

Jail Yoga Program Expansion Part 1 – The 11 Karmic Spaces

I've been teaching yoga at the Dekalb County Jail since its inception in January 2008. I can't believe it's been 7 years! The yoga program is part of STOP – Substance Abuse Treatment Offenders  Program - a jail-based 90-day mandated program. In collaboration with the DeKalb ...

Fleeting

I’ve stopped assigning values to the walls and oddly shaped windows and big clanging locks. It is just halls and doors leading to people who want to learn yoga. The class has evolved into a beginner level asana class, with equal parts breath-work and meditation. We have spent t...