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“The Jaya Meditation Sequence”

“The Jaya Meditation Sequence”

by Jacqualine Haller

(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, “List of 11,” The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)

If you are a seasoned meditator and have experienced the benefits of this practice in your life, this blog may not be for you.

Possibly you are like the majority of people who have either tried a meditation class somewhere and did not enjoy the experience and decided the practice is not for them.  Or, you have heard about Meditation, but you’re not sure what it is or why it helps, then read on.

For me, this is where I started.

I had first been exposed to Meditation when I was studying in India in 2005, and I had a very difficult time with it. And of course, I dropped the practice.  It wasn’t until I had returned back to Canada (and a few years after that) that I started to explore it again. For me at that time, life had to take a turn and I decided to commit to a deep exploration to see if it might be able to help. I think this is the situation many find themselves in before exploring a meditation practice.

However we get there doesn’t matter. It just matters that we get there.

From my previous blogs, you may know that I took a full year, 365 days in a row, and explored Meditation in every way possible. Anything I could get my hands on, any technique, I purchased it and practiced it.

Out of that experience and out of that year, I built Jaya Yoga – Toronto, and started to lead meditation classes in addition to yoga. Out of those classes, I created a specific sequence and ‘Jaya Meditation’ was born.

Why is Jaya Meditation unique?

It is specifically designed sequence that helps students relax and go deeper. If you have been to one of my classes or listened to any of my Meditation CD’s, you know that a portion of the session is seated, and a portion is done laying down. There are certain techniques I guide my students through which are meant to relax the body, occupy the mind and explore deep relaxation from there.  My sequence keeps my students coming back because it is easy to do, it is calming and people leave the class feeling relaxed and deeply connected.

‘The Jaya Meditation Sequence’ was created so that students feel comfortable if they are new to meditation or have tried it and didn’t like the way the class was led.  It was also created to explore different breathing and relaxation techniques in a special sequence that helps one relax and go deeper.

There are teachers who will teach that you need to be in a Lotus pose (sitting cross-legged) during meditation, and I agree in certain cases this is helpful. However, my meditations are explored laying down, as I believe when the body is comfortable, the mind can be at ease.  This is especially important when you are new to the practice.

If you have never experienced ‘The Jaya Meditation Sequence’ –  I would encourage you to download any one of my guided meditation CDs. Each of them contain my specific sequencing, and provide a safe comfortable non-denominational experience.  I will preface saying non-denominational in that I do read OSHO in each of my classes as he is my favourite philosopher.  Although if you know anything about OSHO, non-denominational is the perfect wording here.

If you have tried meditation and decided the practice was not for you, I would encourage you to try it again and see if ‘The Jaya Meditation Sequence’ works for you. Or, come out to Jaya Yoga Toronto and take a meditation class!

I often am invited to studios and businesses to lead a class, so I would encourage you to link into my social media sites, and see if I am teaching at the studio near you! Or, if you are interested in having me come teach and lead a class at your studio, business or company, contact me at info@jayameditation.com and I will lead your team in a Jaya Meditation.

OM!

Jacqualine (Jaya!)

www.jayayoga.ca

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“Would you like to contribute your “OM” to the next Jaya Meditation CD?

“Would you like to contribute your “OM” to the next Jaya Meditation CD?”

by Jacqualine Haller

(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, “List of 11,” The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)

If you have read any of my BLOG’s before, you are probably aware that I am the visionary behind “The “AUM” Project”.  I collect “aum’s (om)” from notable people around the world who understand and appreciate the benefits of meditation in their lives, and have an active practice in some form.  The contribution of their “OM’s” are attached to one of my meditation CDs to highlight the importance and benefits of turning our attention inwards.

Now it’s your turn!

Would you like to contribute an “OM” to the next Jaya Meditation CD?

Anyone can submit their “OM!”

Gather your family and friends!

Gather your colleagues at work!  Get together as a business or company!

Gather fellow students are your local yoga studio, chant “om” together and submit the sounds of your voices in unison!

You can even contribute your own voice chanting “om”

We are going to have some fun with this, and raise our voices as a global community on the planet.

It doesn’t matter where you live, you can contribute.  In fact, the more people that can submit an “om” the better!

Join us North and South America!

Join us Asia!

Join us Africa!

Join us Australia!

Join us Antarctica!

Join us Europe!

Join us everyone, everywhere!

Simply go to my website at www.jayameditation.com. Hit the button on the front page that is titled “Get Started”

You have December 11th, 2018 to submit your “OM.”  We will start producing the recording after that.  Once the CD is complete, it will be released!  You can pre-order a copy of the recording at jayameditation.com, and we will send you a download once the Album is complete.

Let’s come together and raise our vibration to the contribution of something bigger than ourselves.

You can read about The “AUM” Project at www.jayameditation.com.

It does not matter what country you live in or what language you speak.

It does not matter how old or young you are.

It does not matter how big or small your voice is.

It does not matter your ethnicity or your religious beliefs.

“OM” is available to everyone and it is within each of us.

Let’s create this Album  together. Our voice’s will be combined together and will go down in history!

Don’t miss out!

What is “OM?” It is the most sacred of sounds.  It is in everything that exists.  It is the vibrational undercurrent that holds everything together, from the heavens to the earth and beyond. And while the vibration of AUM is in all of us, it belongs to none of us.  It is a part of the collective, and from the collective and this sound vibration, the world manifested.

I look forward to hearing all your beautiful voices!

Click HERE to get started!

OM,

Jacqualine (Jaya!)

Please note: Once you submit your “OM” to us, it becomes our property.  We need to make that statement here.  We will be recording and mixing the beautiful voices of our global social community.  Once your “OM” is submitted to us, we no longer can return it. We have all the rights over your recording.  Please note, your recording may not make it to the final album if the quality cannot be used.  Jaya Meditation has the final copyrights of the album.

To learn about previous contributors:

Yogrishi Vishvketu and Akhanda Yoga click HERE!

Krishna Das click HERE!

Deva Premal click HERE!

 

“Opera and mindfulness; An Evening with Renee Fleming”

“Opera and mindfulness; An Evening with Renee Fleming”

by Jacqualine Haller

(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, “List of 11,”The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)

A couple of days ago, a dear friend of mine and I drove over to Ottawa to see Renee Fleming.  He is the Director of Media and Publicity for the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera Company and from the beginning, has been my formal introduction to Opera.  Lucky for me, he has been my exposure to Opera and Renee Fleming.

She was performing a live recital at the National Arts Centre.

It was a spectacular evening! Her performance was awe-inspiring, her voice on point as always and of course, her outfits absolutely gorgeous on her.  The stars aligned for a perfect evening.  If you are new to Renee, well, this blog is timely.  She is an incredible American soprano who has dedicated her life to this art form.  Most recently, you will recognize her as the talent who sang Danny Boy at John McCain’s funeral. However, she has also sung for the super bowl and Obama’s Inauguration, just to name a few of her many many performances.

I have been lucky enough to enjoy a private recital with her exactly 5 years to date in 2013, in a gorgeous recording studio at the back of a Piano House in New York.  If that wasn’t ‘wow’ enough, box seats at the MET a few years after.

Now again here.

The first half of her performance included some of her new experiences and offerings.  The movie, “The Shape of Water” soundtrack where she taps into her jazz side, and a few offerings from “Carousel,” from her Broadway work.  It is lovely to see a talented artist explore different avenues within their craft. Opera needs to reach a younger crowd as it is too amazing to be lost.  By Renee bridging Opera into mainstream movies and theatre, it opens up the art to those who might not normally be exposed to it.  Genius.

An outfit change midway, and she graces us in this beautiful fuchsia gown. As she walks out, I’m still trying to understand how she’s managed to pull off the whole evening in the heels that she is wearing. BRAVO, indeed!

The last hour is spent singing more traditional Opera selections, which really gets the crowd going. She is about to finish off with a song she had prepared, but last minute decides to open it up to the audience.  The crowd isn’t shy either. People start shouting out what song they want her to sing next and put their hands up to vote.  It finished off the evening in a warm lighthearted way.  You could sense through the multiple standing ovations, the impact she had on everyone.

The crowd is inspired and you can feel the palpable energy.  We all left feeling enthusiastic about the performance!

Opera is clearly a mindful experience, a form of meditation.

For two hours, we sat and took in Renee’s beautiful voice; Our attention hanging off of each word and note. We are caught up in every single beautiful moment, united by the sound of her voice.  No one is thinking about chores or children, no one’s mind is on what’s happening next… We are all captured in a single moment in time, in the warmth and beauty of the space. It is almost like a dream, a shared dream.

The whole experience was truly a gift.

The night comes to a close.  Our books and CDs have received the autographs we came for, and we walk back to the hotel feeling the buzz of life.  That buzz is full of potential and excitement, a buzz of gratefulness on how everything turned out so perfectly.

A deep feeling connection to possibility.

My deepest thank you to Renee Fleming for sharing her beautiful talent with us that evening. To the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for putting on an incredible show and offering it out. And to my beautiful friend, for all the times we’ve enjoyed seeing Renee together and for always sharing his passion for Opera with me.

You don’t need to be sitting in a lotus pose in your yoga studio to meditate. There are so many wonderful moments that life offers each of us, captured in a single moment in time without a thought for anything other than what you are experiencing.

I am grateful for this lovely experience.

OM,

Jacqualine (Jaya!)

About Jaya Meditation click HERE

About Renee Fleming click HERE

Southern Ontario Lyric Opera Company click HERE

National Art Centre Ottawa click HERE

“My thank you, to Krishna Das”

Grace CD

“My thank you, to Krishna Das”  – BLOG by Jacqualine Haller

(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, “List of 11, “The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)

Krishna Das generously contributed an “OM” to my 5th Guided Meditation CD titled “Grace.”

Who you might ask is Krishna Das? Let’s start here.

Krishna Das is an incredible vocalist from the Unites States, lovingly known as the Godfather of Kirtan.  I am not sure where he got that reference from, but he does give off a kind of Godfather aura in the very best way. Amongst many things, he is a Kirtan wallah (someone who leads others in a kirtan experience).  In my mind, he has changed the landscape of chanting in North America and has inspired many after him to pick up the practice.

You may recall seeing him perform on the Grammys in 2013, where his album, “Live Ananda” was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album. I was blown away and completely impressed to see how the Grammy’s were so forward thinking in not only what they were recognizing, but who they chose to perform.  Some of these Kirtan wallah’s are like superstars in their own right, and while this might be a very North American view on it (and some yogi’s might view my comment as ego-based), I don’t believe they are recognized nearly enough for dedicating their lives to this practice.  But that will be for another blog.

Why ask for an OM from Krishna Das?

If you have ever heard his incredibly grounding voice, this question answers itself.  He has an authentic quality to the sound that comes through him.  It’s a no bullshit sound.  It compels you to sit down, let go of your addiction to the distraction around you and go within.

It is the sound of no-nonsense, no-drama. I enjoy my meditations in that environment very much.

In early 2016, I flew down to Nassau, Bahamas to attend a retreat with Krishna Das. There is a beautiful Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas where it was hosted. It is an incredible place to visit and stay, if you have the opportunity to go. Ashram living, Bahamas style!  If you have experienced Ashram living in India, this in comparison will blow your mind.

At the time, Krishna Das had decided to take a year off from all the travel he does around the world.  This was his last workshop for a while. I flew down with a gift for him and my request. An afternoon of dialogue and kirtan, I get in line and patiently wait my turn. I have my gift bag in hand, which I feel is already getting some looks.

It’s my turn.

I thank him for the workshop, and wish him a relaxing year ahead.  I wanted as little attention to it as possible.  I reach down and place the bag in his hand and ramble off that it was a little something for him and I was on my way.

As lovely as that was, I have to tell you I was grateful it was over. I think I built so much in my head about asking him, that it had created nervousness in me that isn’t really who I am. My card to him was simple enough and explained it all; I had flown to the Bahamas to ask him for an OM.

He responded. No drama, no nonsense… just the gift of ‘yes.’

Christmas day, December 25, 2016 7:17pm.  I had offered a community meditation class at Jaya Yoga Centre in Toronto.  I remember finishing the class and coming into the reception area to leave the students in quiet. I glance at my phone. There was an email from Krishna Das saying that Nina, his lovely assistant and Kirtan wallah in her own right, would be in contact with me to get this going.

Spring 2018, a friend and I make the trip to Kripalu for a Krishna Das weekend retreat.  Another incredible place of healing and calm.  And just like the moment in Nassau, an afternoon of dialogue and mantra. I make my way to the front to give him a final copy of my Meditation CD “Grace.”  He was humble and grounded about it, in Krishna Das style.

If you have never heard of Krishna Das, I would encourage you to seek out any of his 14 albums.  You won’t be disappointed. To learn more about Krishna Das, his incredible life journey and to tap into any of his amazing albums, visit www.krishnadas.com.

Which is my favourite?

“Shri Guru Charanam” from his album “Live On Earth.”

What does “Shri Guru Charanam” mean?

“I surrender to the feet of the Guru (Gura means teacher), and find my refuge in God.”

To download “Grace,” my 5th Guided Meditation Album in the Jaya Meditation Collection, that has Krishna Das as my guest chanter, visit www.jayameditation.com.

My deepest thank you to him.  While he was beyond humble when I shared my mumbled words of thanks, his contribution is significant to me.

With great respect, I honor his life work and his grounding OM.

OM,

Jacqualine (Jaya!)

www.jayameditation.com

www.jayayoga.ca

www.krishnadas.com

www.sivanandabahamas.org

www.kripalu.org

www.ninaraochant.com

 

“The more I meditate, the more I realize my mind is a chatterbox”

“The more I meditate, the more I realize my mind is a chatterbox”

by Jacqualine Haller

(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, “List of 11,”The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)

Today is day 28 of my 30 day meditation challenge with my students.  We only have two more days remaining. What an experience it has been! I am changing through this process, and I’ve been noticing a few other things happening too.

I finished my class and spent part of the morning with the Lead Instructor of the Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program at the studio, and a business owner herself. We had a few things we needed to go over, and we use the beginning of our time together to catch up. She asked how the meditation challenge was going, and I began to share with her the personal experience I have been going through, and what I have been learning over the years about Meditation in general.  It comes down to a simple fact.

The more I meditate, the more I realize my mind is a chatterbox.

It is a place that I have stored everything, every experience, every emotion, every happiness and every disappoitment.  It’s like a ‘chatterbox storage room’ full of a lifetime of emotions and experiences.

The interesting thing about this whole process is that just as you think you have mastered your meditation practice, life throws something else your way. A sidebar if you will, to challenge you and where you think you have ‘arrived.’

There is nothing more beautifully humbling than that. Just when you think you have it all figured out, there comes along another challenge for you to explore this practice with.  But, it helps you get through those experiences with ease, much greater ease then you normally would. (with less grey hair too)

And here I am now.

I am leading a 30 day meditation challenge with my local students and with students around the world.  My chatterbox stuff is surfacing so I can acknowledge it, heal it and move on. We are all having a human experience, no matter what profession you choose.  The distraction of the busy-ness of my life was keeping that chatterbox quiet. But, it was still there. It was still happening.

It was an illusion of quiet.

Those thoughts were simply laying low in my subconscious, yet they were still loud enough to steer my life.  It is only in a space of internal quiet that I was able to notice them.

I also understand that in writing this, I will move through this experience and other life experiences will come my way which will challenge my practice even further.  Life is a constant evolution, I get that. This is about nurturing and evolving the witness in yourself, so that you can see the thoughts that have been holding you back.  You can start to clean up the storage room where you have buried your thoughts and emotions for years.  You are simply a witness as they surface so you can face them and move on.

When we take the time to create a space of internal quiet, it allows the luggage of our thoughts to surface.  We no longer need to carry them around with us in life. It is time to release the burden of incessant thinking that keeps us in repeated patterns, so that we can break through any perceived barriers and limitations, and move forward.

This is a journey. Anyone who embarks on this path needs to understand that it is a practice. Your practice will be an evolution, a process of experience, and an opportunity to move forward from limiting patterns and beliefs systems.  It is extremely rewarding and life becomes clearer.  Drop the stuff that is holding you back, become aware and allow yourself to evolve into the best version of you.

Meditation helps us to become stealth as we move through life.  As we let go, we become lighter!

In closing, I wanted to share with you a quote by my favorite Montreal designer, Marie Saint Pierre, who recently posted on her Instagram page the following: “Feel the fear, and do it anyway!”

You are bigger then anything that scares you. Be brave enough to look at yourself and deal with what you see.  It is rewarding, I promise you. What an amazing way to live!

Everyone is invited to join me for my next Guided Meditation series!

“Relaxing Night-Time Guided Meditations” led by myself!

10 days – 20 minutes – $50  Starting October 10 – 19th

Unwind after a long day, cozy up in bed or your favourite spot, link in and drift away!

Register and receive the links.  Connect any time of the day, in any continent and in any time zone.

Register online at www.jayameditation.com and/or www.jayayoga.ca

I hope you will join me!

OM,

Jacqualine (Jaya!)

www.jayameditation.com

www.jayayoga.ca

 

“Life is simply too short for anything less”

“Life is simply too short for anything less”

by Jacqualine Haller

(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, “List of 11,” The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)

Today is day #25 of my 30 Day Meditation Challenge with my students. There are only 5 days remaining, and I am feeling extremely aware of every moment and interaction that is happening, as we come towards the last days.

In today’s class, we did some work on our 6th chakra. For those of you who are new to the chakra system, in yogic theory there are seven major centres in the body called chakra’s. In reality, there are actually thousands of subtle energy centres (nadis) throughout one’s body.  But, there are seven major ones that are most commonly worked with.

The 6th chakra is located between your eyebrows, most commonly known as one’s third eye. Now, I don’t want anyone to freak out.  There is a lot of valuable information about this energy centre in the body. I would encourage you to keep reading regardless of any religious preferences that might caution you against this.

The 6th chakra energy centre represents your intuition. It is about that internal wisdom we are all born with; your ‘extra sensory’ perception.  For the purpose of this blog let’s call it your sixth sense, as most people are used to that phrase. In Sanskrit (please read my previous blog’s for an understanding of what Sanskrit language is), it is called “ANJA” (pronounced ‘an – ya’).  It is associated with your inner knowledge and if you allow it, it will help guide you through life.  Of course, the key word being “if.”  Sometimes fear, judgement and dogma get in the way.  The way we have been taught as children to take our cues from external sources, well… that can get in the way too.  We need to find ways of allowing our intuition to come through, and move through those roadblocks.

In one of my previous blogs, I spoke about the effect of meditation on the brain.  Neuroscience is starting to discover the results of meditation and it’s benefits both on the brain and the physical body. It is exciting to see the science behind these ancient practices of wisdom, start to surface. When you meditate, you are lining up the left and the right hemispheres of your brain. When both hemispheres are in sync with each other, you are fully activated.

What does it mean to be fully activated?

It means you are awake.  It means you have woken up . It means you are seeing things as they truly are, possibly in a way you have never seen them before. And as you begin to see what is really going on, you start to understand in a more comprehensive way. Your conscience is awake and active. You are deeply connected to your intuitive self and because of that, you are able to make decisions clearly. You become more open to inspiration. You become your own source of truth; you become wise.

What does it mean to become your own source of truth?

It means you trust your instinct, your ‘sensory-perception.’  You begin to steer your life from that place of deep wisdom and understanding. Then, you can never go wrong because you have a strong understanding of the deeper meaning in your life. And once that happens, nobody will ever be able to convince you otherwise.

Let go of the past. Take stock and learn what life lessons came out of all of the experiences that have brought you to this point.  And then, take that beautiful combination of acceptance and wisdom, and live your life. The only guarantee you have in life is your entrance into this world and a ticket out.  What you do in between those two guaranteed experiences, is completely up to you.

Open yourself up to inspiration and allow your inner wisdom to guide you.

Life is simply too short for anything less.

In closing, I want to share one of my most favourite quotes:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.  Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.  You are already naked.  There is no reason not to follow your heart.” ~ Steve Jobs.

OM,

Jacqualine (Jaya!)

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“What does the word Jaya mean anyway?”

“What does the word Jaya mean anyway?”

by Jacqualine Haller

(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation,

“List of 11,” The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)

Many people often ask me how I got the name Jaya. It is actually surprising the number of people who want to know who gave it to me.  I wanted to use this opportunity to share with everyone how to pronounce it, where it came from and what it means.

Jaya, pronounced “Jie – ya” or “Jay – a” is Sanskrit for the word Victory.

What is Sanskrit?

Sanskrit is an ancient Indian sacred language.  Some argue it is the oldest of all human languages dating as far back as 4,000+ years old.  Famous Hindu scriptures such as the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, Veda (poems and hymns) and mantra (kirtan) are written in Sanskrit.  Similar to chanting “OM,” Sanskrit is available to all of us, and yet belongs to none of us at the same time.  When we repeat Sanskrit words over and over again (which is the experience of Kirtan), it allows us to regain our focus and calm our minds.  Sanskrit words are energetically charged, extremely powerful and invite a beautiful vibration connecting our mind and our body.

The word Jaya, is a Sanskrit word often used in mantra.

How did I get the name?

As mentioned previously, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have been approached by people who already know what the name means, but want to know how I got it. After all, I am Canadian when it comes to the look and feel of me.  I know it raises eyebrows.

The name was given to me by my teachers Yogi Vishvketu and Chetana Jessica Torrens when I completed my yoga teacher training in Rishikesh India.  We knew when we graduated from the course, that we would be gifted a spiritual name, something we were all curious and excited about. They chose our names through meditation.  The name that came forward, is the name that we were given.

I remember that day clearly. We had officially graduated.  We were at a fire puja in the Ashram, which is a fire offering in the form of a ceremony.  The swami’s (yogic monks and nuns) from the ashram were chanting continuous mantra.  One by one we were called up to receive our names. Every name so beautiful in its own way, specifically chosen for each of the students. I remember when they called my name.  They presented me with the name Jaya written on a card that had a paragraph on it with a blessing and a dharma.

I won’t share what that dharma is here, as it is extremely personal to me. But I remember that moment like it was yesterday. I came up, offered a gift to each of them individually as a thank you for the knowledge and training, and sat back down with my fellow students to let the experience settle in.

In 2011, I opened Jaya Yoga Centre in Toronto. I am sure some people think I named the studio after myself, which couldn’t be further from the truth. I chose that name for two reasons. First of all, I chose it as a thank you to my teachers for granting me that name.  I don’t take the experience or the name lightly, and I am deeply thankful to them both.  Secondly, I want people in North America who are not familiar with Sanskrit, to know the word Jaya.  Victory is available to each and every one of us, no matter who we are.  It is not kept for only the chosen few, but is something everyone can tap into for themselves.

Jaya is my spiritual name, it is the name of my yoga studio and it is the name of my meditation sequence.

Jaya is the Sanskrit for Victory. May you experience Victory in all areas of your life.

OM,

Jacqualine (Jaya!)

www.jayameditation.com

www.jayayoga.ca

www.akhandayoga.com

www.holdingtheinvisiblestring.com

“Why Meditate?”

“Why Meditate?”

by Jacqualine Haller

(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, “List of 11,” The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)

Today is day 23 of my 30 day meditation challenge. There are only 7 days remaining, and I find that my mind is drifting out of the present moment as I start to realize we only have a week left together.  I’m going to miss this experience and seeing my students in this capacity each day.

If we have learnt anything through this process, it is that having our mind too much in the future takes us out of the present moment, so I let that go.  It’s 5:30 AM, and I am already at the studio setting up.  I’m inspired to write this blog before anyone arrives.

Personally, I am used to having a regular meditation practice. But I can’t help wonder if some people might be asking themselves…

Why meditate?

My questions back are very simple. Is everything in your life working out for you?  Are you happy, content and stress-free?  Are you living your dreams and the life path meant for you?

Diving into a Meditation practice usually comes out of the need for something. I surely don’t mean to project on anyone here, but that is why I started.  It was out of a place of wanting to learn more, of wanting to move out of a continuous cycle in my life and to explore what the hype was all about.

Maybe (similar to my experience), you’re tired of having the same theme in life repeat over and over again.  Possibly you’re feeling stuck, craving a more authentic human experience before its all over. Maybe you are dealing with a personal issue, a break up, or you have come to a point in life where you are deeply unhappy with the way everything turned out then from the way you invisioned it.

Meditation creates a pathway between us and what we are asking for in life.  It helps us get out of the way of ourselves, and allows us to notice where we might be creating our own road blocks.

When our minds are busy with mental chatter from our life experiences, whether that be our upbringing, experiences from childhood or our experiences as an adult (even the mental chatter from what happened yesterday), it keeps us in a circular spin in our lives. When we are able to get quiet and grounded, we begin to notice the subtleties of our thoughts and the patterns of our lives that might be holding us back.  We are able to identify them as a witness, without engaging. And through that awareness we are able to let go, clearing a pathway to new experiences in life.

It is far from boring.

Meditation is the gateway to a world of deep connectivity and knowing oneself. It is the place that we can go to when everything around us is noisy and chaotic. It is getting to know yourself in a way that most never do in a lifetime.

There is an internal world of amazingness waiting for you. And yes, sometimes you’ll achieve these incredible esoteric experiences, and sometimes your mind will be focussed on the fact that your leg fell asleep. That’s just the way it goes. It is a practice.  Each experience will be completely different from the time before.

If you have tried it and decided it was not for you, I would encourage you to come back and try again. One experience does not define all the different options that are available out there.  Keep at it until you find something that works for you.

My CDs are designed in a way where a portion of the session is seated and a portion is done laying down. I’ve created them this way as this is how I learned for myself. And if you want to sit in a lotus pose with your legs crossed for a whole class, there are courses out there that will teach you that way. But, mine won’t.

I believe that the body needs to be in a natural comfortable state for the mind to relax. And because of this, my meditations are designed in this way.

We need tools to be able to function in a healthy way, in today’s society.  Without a mindful practice to help relieve stress, we create more stress in the world by our unconscious actions and words.   Give yourself mental calm and relax, get centered, line up the left and right hemispheres of your brain so you can start to view your world differently and from that place, move forward in the world with greater self awareness.  I promise you, you will notice your world shifting.

I’ve just released my 6th Meditation CD in my Jaya Meditation Collection, titled “CALM.”  This recording features Deva Premal as my Guest chanting “OM” with me.

I invite everyone to join me for my CD Release Event on Sunday, September 30 from 7 to 8pm at Jaya Yoga Centre – Toronto. The fee is $35. Each student will leave with a copy of the CD or download, and there will be a mix and mingle following the meditation. Whether you already have an existing practice or are new to the experience, everyone is welcome.

Tickets are available in advance only at www.jayameditation.com and/or www.jayayoga.ca

I hope you will join me!  (please bring you yoga mat, as a portion of class is done laying down)

OM,

Jacqualine (Jaya!)

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“A Sunday Morning Reflection”

“A Sunday Morning Reflection”

by Jacqualine Haller

(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, “List of 11,” The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)

It’s Sunday morning, and I have just completed day #20 of my “30 Day Meditation Challenge with my students. A few Sundays this month I decided to teach a class on Pranayama (breath work).  We spend 45 minutes diving into different breathing techniques and explore our own personal limits when it comes to breath work.  In Sanskrit, pranayama means breath control.  Prana refers to your life-force energy, your Chi, that energy that moves you through life.  The latter part of the word, “ayama” – means to draw out or extend.  We practice controlling our breath to achieve mental clarity, restore health to the body and to help us get a better handle on our scattered thoughts and impulses.  Please note, this is really a very short and somewhat lacking summary of how incredibly important pranayama is,  for the purposes of this BLOG.

40 minutes of meditation, 45 minutes of breathing and I get the opportunity to mingle with some students that I don’t get to see very often.  It has been an extremely rewarding morning so far, and it’s only 08:30am.  I leave the studio in the hands of the next teacher, and I find myself sitting in a park that is roughly between the studio and my home, with a warm cup of coffee.  I am enjoying basking in the Sunday morning sun, with the fresh air that has a slightly cool note to it.  I think to myself, if God, the Universe or whatever you believe in is anywhere on a Sunday, it is surely in this park.

There are a couple ladies by the swing sets doing what looks like a morning movement routine. There’s a new mom sitting on the merry-go-round with her brand new infant.  There are three athletes a little further off doing moves I’ve never seen before.  Either way, it is a beautiful start to a Sunday.  Everyone and everything seems to be in harmony.

It’s not often that my day organizes itself in a way where sitting in a park in the sunshine with a coffee, makes the most effective use of my time. Different than what most of us are used to, I’m sure.  But I need to head back later to open for a workshop, so this makes the most sense, amazingly enough.

The state of mind you start your day with, and how you spend the first hour of any morning, sets the tone for the rest of your day. Waking up early to start the day in a grounding quiet way, followed by flooding the body with fresh oxygen, oxygenating your blood…. Well, I’m not sure I can think of a better way.  Fresh air, focused rhythmic breathing, and arriving into this moment is really all it takes.

So wake up early, why not!

Go for a walk before anyone is up. Get to your local yoga studio and stretch it out. Or grab a coffee and sit in the park and watch the sun rise. Choose to start your day in a completely different way then what you’re used to, and see what happens. And if there’s no mind blowing revelation, don’t worry about it. That experience along with how you experience your day, will shift.

It will be well worth it.

Every part of our day is filled with noise.  Noise from the street, noise from our family and from interaction. Noise from work and what we need to deliver on.  Some noise is pleasant to hear too, of course.  But there is something about leaving ourselves time to be quiet and still.  It is this time of alone-ness that makes the human experience rich.

I get it.  5am is not everyone’s favorite time of the day.  And, yet it is for many.  As I walk to the studio each morning, people are out with their dogs, some are already sitting in coffee shops and some are out for fresh air and exercise.  There is a magic this time of day, and there is something about taking in the quiet solitude of the city before the world wakes up and it becomes noisy again.

Change it up!  There is so much of life waiting to be explored outside of routine.

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

OM,

Jacqualine (Jaya!)

Link into my Youtube account to hear me read this BLOG = Jacqualine Haller

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www.jayayoga.ca

“My thank you, to Deva Premal”

“My thank you to Deva Premal” ~ by Jacqualine Haller

(Founder & Director of Jaya Yoga Centre and voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, “List of 11,” The “AUM” Project and the Inflight Base Manager for YYZ)

As most of you know by now, I am the visionary behind “The AUM Project.”   I collect “aum’s” from notable people from around the world who understand and appreciate the benefits of meditation in their lives, and have an active practice in some form.  The contribution of their “aum”s” are attached to one of my meditation CDs in an effort to highlight the importance and benefits of mindful behavior in the world; our global community.

Each time I ask someone for an “aum” and each time it has been gifted to me, my gift back includes multiple things, but most importantly, it includes a physical copy of the CD they contributed to.  Something, I personally like to hand-deliver to them.  I have been lucky enough to do that with each contributor so far.

I want to share with you what it was like for me when I gave Deva Premal her copy.

Deva Premal contributed an “aum” to my Guided Meditation CD titled “Calm.”  This is the 6th album in my Jaya Meditation Collection, and was released this week.  Deva understood the project right away.  She offered up her OM with all her love and momentum, and the freedom to do what I felt I needed to do with it. I remember receiving it, like it was yesterday.  I had just flown home from a week in Costa Rica to celebrate my 44th birthday and as I am about to end my evening, her response came through. Imagine trying to fall asleep after that!

The CD was produced a few months after that, and I told her that I would be coming to her performance in Toronto to thank her in person and give her a copy.

With a thank you note intact, the CD and a small gift, I made my way to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto Canada.

When I got through the front door, I discover that I had purchased two tickets by accident.  I was just a few rows away from the front. The lovely lady who was in the seat next to the spare seat was also quite elated as we were able to put our elbows, purses and bags between us.

Business Class, Kirtan style.

The evening performance ended.  Some people stay and some leave.

Do I go up to the front? I don’t see her there, should I give it time?

The evening was progressing, and I had to be up at 5am to teach my 30 Day Meditation Challenge class. Everyone is mingling with friends and catching up.  I’m standing there feeling slightly awkward and we are getting closer to midnight.  I see the crew cleaning up, and I start to think that I should pass my gift bag to them and ask them to deliver it to her.

Then my eye catches one of my teachers that used to teach at Jaya Yoga Centre. She too was waiting to speak with Deva. I tell her that I’m not sure I can wait much longer and that I was thinking of giving the gift bag to one of the volunteers.

And then, she points out that Deva is already off the stage and amongst our little crowd.

While I have been to many of Deva’s performances, I have never met her in person.  She has been that soft voice playing in the background of my yoga and meditation classes, and her version of the Mantra “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” was my morning chant during a challenging time recently.

But in person, this was a first.

There are two people in front of me. Through them I can see her face, and all the ideas and images that I had created about her in my mind from the last 13 years were manifesting in physical form.  Goodness, I had so much mental chatter going on. What should I say?  What shouldn’t I say?

I am sure my words won’t do this justice, as sometimes words aren’t enough to describe someone.  But, I will give it a try. She was glowing.  Now, I don’t see aura’s, but if I could see them, hers would have been bright.  But if you think about it, what would you look like after repeating Mantra for over three hours?

Is there anything left, other than the glow of pure consciousness available to us at that point?

It’s finally my turn. I manage to mumble out something about my thank you and that I am Jacqualine from our exchange.  There was no grace about it.  As I stumble to find what I want to say, she simply comes towards me and hugs me. No need for words.

We stood there for what felt like a long beautiful moment. I felt she felt my thank you.  A language that only words could destroy. Nothing more needed than a simple moment in time.

When I attend a kirtan for me personally, it is not to chant, but to meditate in the ocean of voices around me. It is one of my most favorite things.  That vibration gets me there every single time. But I think it’s important for me to write this BLOG because I want people to understand the actual result of Mantra.  Deva, in her space of consciousness and something we refer to in Meditation as “no-mind”, well that is what happens when you chant for three hours straight, or your whole life for that matter.

It was a visual display of the vibration of pure consciousness.

I am deeply grateful to Deva Premal.  I am also thankful to George and Wendy, two of my long time students for being there with me and for me.  And thank you to Karen who was perfectly available at that moment to guide me away from leaving prematurely.

Deva is about to release a brand new Album titled “Deva ~by Deva Premal” on October 12th.  It is currently available for pre-order through her website at www.devapremalmiten.com or Itunes.  I would recommend purchasing any of her Albums though.  Each is uniquely incredible.

My 6th Guided Meditation CD titled “Calm” features Deva Premal as my guest. It has just been released. You can download it at www.jayameditation.com or ITunes: Jacqualine Haller.  Here, you can also learn more on “The AUM Project” and previous contributors.

What is the meaning of the Mantra “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”

“May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all”

OM,

Jacqualine (Jaya)

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