Jacqualine Haller is the founder and director of Jaya Yoga Centre in Toronto (North York) Canada. She is the voice behind the Jaya Meditation album collection and developed the Jaya Meditation Method out of her own personal practice.
She is also visionary behind “The GLOBAL OM Movement” – co-creating an album together of everyone’s collective OM (AUM) – our collective AMEN. Participation is open to everyone, anywhere in the world. Email your OM recording to firstname.lastname@example.org.
She recently published her first children’s book titled: “Love You to the Stars and Back.” This book is inspired by her family’s true story. In “Love You to the Stars and Back”, she writes about an experience she watched unfold while visiting her father in the hospital during the final months of his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Follow the story of her 4-year-old niece, who loved her Grandpa very much. Over time, Grandpa John gets sick and must go to the hospital to be taken care of by the doctors and nurses. This book is written to help explain where Grandpa eventually went, in a gentle, simple way for young children to understand.
She is also the author of “Pilgrimage for an OM.” A book she wrote about her own personal journey with yoga and meditation, dedicated to her father who was diagnosed with ALS in 2019. She has been leading Meditation classes and workshops since 2010 and has had her own personal meditation practice when she started this exploration in 2008.
After 21 years, she left her leadership role in Corporate Canada, when she decided to pursue a more calm way of living. Similar to everyone else, life was busy and at times – interesting to sort out, to say the least. Everything she have produced in life so far, is born out of her meditation practice.
She believes the emotional intelligence and personal awareness of leaders should be a top priority, especially when they are responsible for people. When leaders make decisions from a reactionary place, they can cause damage to organisations and businesses – and the people who work for them. The Yogic approach 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 soon followed. Alone, and struggling to determine what was going on with this new version of her life, she devoted all her spare time to explore this practice and committed her ‘alone-ness’ 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 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 collection and the “Jaya Meditation library” was born. These recordings are designed in a specialised 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 the Anand Prakash Ashram 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. To learn more about the Anand Prakash Ashram, click HERE.
She would also like to thank world famous Kirtan Wallah, Krishna Das 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. To learn more about Krishna Das, click HERE.
She would also like to thank Global Kirtal Wallah, Deva Premal, for chanting “OM” with her on her 6th Guided Meditation CD, titled “CALM.” 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 free Community Guided Meditation class for charity the last Sunday of every month at Jaya Yoga Centre, North York (Toronto) – 7-8pm. The class is by donation. Suggested minimum donation is $10 or 2 x non-perishable food items donated to the “Blessed Planet Community.” To learn more about their work, click HERE. (PLEASE NOTE: Jaya Yoga is temporarily closed due to Ontario Government restrictions. Re-opening date TBA)
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) To reserve your spot, sign up at www.jayayoga.ca