Jacqualine Haller is the founder and director of Jaya Yoga Centre in Toronto (North York), and has been teaching Meditation for many years. She is also the Manager for a large corporation, a company she has worked for, for over 20 years. Like everyone else, life is busy and sometimes can be interesting to sort out. Everything she have produced in life so far, is born out of this place. Yogic approaches to leadership is needed now more then ever!
Her initial struggles with her own personal Meditation practice came while completing her Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India in 2005. After countless attempts, she decided Meditation was not possible for her. Several years after her return to Canada, life events led her to explore Meditation in a new way. She had been relocated to Toronto, a brand new city where she knew no one. The end of the relationship she was in, soon followed. Alone, and struggling to determine why life kept giving her the same experiences over and over – she devoted all her spare time to explore this practice and committed her ‘aloneness’ to truly see what it was about, what was possible and if anything changed in her life because of it.
She spent years trying various Meditation techniques that ranged from Angel Meditations to OSHO, attending a variety of Meditation retreats and diving into personal practice whole heartedly, to simply find a way to ease her own individual struggles.
Out of that time she founded Jaya Yoga Centre, in Toronto Canada.
Her personal practice has helped her to structure her Meditation classes in a way that guides students through breathing techniques and other steps that will help one go deeper. In 2015, she started to record her Meditation’s into a CD’s collection and “Jaya Meditation” was born. These recordings are designed in a specialized sequence, to help students relax and let-go.
Her Meditation project has now taken a new turn and has Guests chanting “om” with her. She would like to Thank her teacher, Yogrishi Vishvketu from https://akhandayoga.com/ashram/anand-prakash-yoga-ashram-rishikesh/ in Rishikesh India for chanting with her on her 4th CD titled “Koshas” The Five Layers of the Mind.” Vishva was her original teacher and none of this would be possible without the life lessons she learned from her time with him.
She would also like to Thank world famous Kirtan Wallah, Krishna Das http://krishnadas.com/ for chanting “om” with her on her 5th CD titled “Grace: The Effortlessness of Pure Consciousness.” Jacqualine spent the better part of the last 10 years attending Kirtan retreats with KD, and her experience with meditation during those retreats is something very sacred to her. Having him be a part of this greater project is quite meaningful. Krishna Das is an American vocalist known for his performances of Hindu devotional music known as Kirtan (chanting the names of God). He has released 14 albums to date. He performed at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where is album, Live Ananda, was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.
She is honored to announce that Deva Premal will be the Guest chanting “aum” with her on her 6th Guided Meditation CD, to be released summer 2018! Having an “aum” from Deva is very meaningful to her, as Deva’s music was the first introduction to Kirtan that she heard on the streets of Rishikesh India, while there for her Yoga Teacher training in 2005. The musical background to her yoga classes, in the JYC reception area and many other meaningful life moments has Deva’s voice singing in the background. To learn more about Deva Premal, click HERE
Meditation is needed more than ever in these busy times. Times that have us questioning what our purpose is and what the human experience is about.
Jacqualine offers a Community Guided Meditation class the last Sunday of every month at Jaya Yoga Centre, North York (Toronto). The class is by donation. Suggested minimum donation is $5 and the funds are collected for a charity of the studio’s choice. The class is open to anyone, whether new to the practice of Meditation, or those with an established practice. If you are planning on attending, please bring your yoga mat as a portion of class is done laying down. No experience necessary. Non denominational. (No class July/August) www.jayayoga.ca