By Gayle Haney
Interviewed by Marlene (Matrikaa) Gast, Yogaratna
For several years at Downingtown Yoga, I enjoyed Svaroopa® Yoga Therapy, classes and Gurudevi’s Satsangs. I also took a Learn to Meditate course.
Then in September 2021, I enrolled in the five-day, residential course – Foundations of Svaroopa® Yoga. My purpose was to learn more about how these practices work and design a home practice. In addition, I reached a deeper level of Consciousness and understanding.
Each day began with chanting and meditation. Then we dove into the primary poses for spinal opening. In partner-pairs, we learned how to give instructions for alignments, adjustments and propping.
With this meticulous training I went deeper. I learned how to lead a group in japa (out loud mantra repetition). I learned the history and meaning of the chants and how to do arati (the flame circles ceremony). During meals and recesses, I refrained from worrying about work and checking my email and phone. The benefits of Svaroopa® yoga saturated me on all levels.
Several years before, back problems had led me to Svaroopa® yoga. There were times when I couldn’t stand up or even move. Now my doctors recognize my progress and the improvements in my health.
After Foundations, my local Svaroopa® yoga teacher and therapist gave me an Embodyment® session, and reported a profound change in my body: “Your sacrum has never been in this position and has never moved like this.”
My Foundations immersion was a turning point for my mind as well. I attained a deep level of inner peace and quiet. I became aware of how much I value this calm. To maintain it, I use the tools that Foundations delivered. A year and a half later, I am committed to my daily practice.
While I don’t teach, I have shared Svaroopa® yoga with my sister. She and I now attend the same weekly class, and I support her when she has questions. We recently took a Learn to Meditate course together.
Reflecting on my Foundations immersion, I have to say it’s a big investment. And you get out of it what you put into it.
Dear Gayle, thanks for this beatiful description of the Foundations program. It was a pleasure to take this training together!