“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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will lead your team in a Jaya Meditation.