Revelling in the Absolute
Whatever we Love most brings us to ourselves.
Dreaming, worshipping and resonating only with that in our hearts
sanctifying and making that our god, that is our Ishta Deva.
When we are no longer separate, one with our beloved Ishta –
at peace, at our most powerful.
ISHTA VIDYA इष्ट विद्या | Self -Knowledge | The Teachings that Yoga Forgot
Throughout the ocean of time, since man first questioned himself, teachings called Atma Vidya have answered all of our questions. Still only taught in Sanskrit by priests to single males, after its revival by India’s great sage Adi Shankara 2500 years ago, the teaching got lost in religious taboo and orthodoxy and all but disappeared. With its modern revival, translating Atma Vidya into English, modern revivalists have rescued the teachings from ambiguity and obscurity reviving it for the modern world.
The jewel of Advaita Vedanta, referred to in classical upanishadic texts (sastra) as Atma Vidya or Atma Gnanam the teaching typically takes place over a few days or weeks.
As human beings, other than food, clothing, water and a place to sleep we lack nothing.
Free already, that we don’t know it and keep trying to complete what is already whole and complete and free what is already perpetually free is the source of endless mirth and amusement to the yogi. Pressed up against the glass ceiling of our own ignorance, as we struggle to find a solution, unless the teacher points out our obvious mistake, our true nature the Self, Atman though ever present and ever free remains completely hidden and unknown to us. Like the earth caught beneath its own shadow at night appears to get swallowed up by its own blackness, caught beneath the blindness of our ignorance, we get swallowed up by the darkness and know only pain and suffering. Fortunately knowing your Self destroys the darkness. Like the sun rising swallows up all the blackness to reveal only light, Atma Vidya, Self-knowledge obliterates the darkness of our ignorance and frees us from our blind suffering.
– ‘John, your teachings really blew my mind in the best possible way. I was literally hanging on every word thinking yes, yes yes that speaks exactly to me and my experience, thank GOD someone has finally explained this to me in a way that makes sense so I can get on with my life!!’ – Madeline Lipson. Byron Bay. NSW
Forever revelling in our outcome, knowing that absolute peace, pure potentiality, unbound happiness and beauty, Satchitananda, has always been our true nature, is yoga. (it just has to be pointed out!)
Having never been separate, to find out that no matter what form our suffering takes, only our ignorance separates us, is the biggest gift anyone can receive in this lifetime.
Like getting lost in a big city, looking for an address asking someone the way we discover the address was always right there. Getting lost in the creation, eventually seeking guidance we discover the truth we’ve been looking for has always been right here. (until it gets pointed out we just don’t know it.)
It is for good reason therefore that sages like Shankara warn us not to try doing this alone. Wanting our journey to end successfully, trying to fathom the unfathomable depths of consciousness on our own without a guide is not advisable.
To learn how to stretch your body and your breath takes time. But just as we don’t have to learn how to breathe, we don’t have to learn how to be present. Already present constantly, being conscious is effortless.
All we need to learn and someone needs to point out is, the nature of what is present.
‘I feel this incredible freedom that I don’t need any of the shit I thought I needed to be happy – some destination where I will magically find happiness – ha! I look at it now and it seems so stupid. … and the idea that it’s ok to have desires, that I don’t have to become some swami who lives in a cave and eats dal every meal.
All the therapy to try and think myself out of my depressed state that is caused by my thinking – trying to cancel thoughts out with more thoughts – imagine how stupid this is! And then the mindfulness training, knowing that I need to detach from my thoughts but not understanding how to do that because I didn’t understand the whole happiness concept because nobody had ever explained who I am in a way that I understood.’
– Madeline Lipson. Byron Bay. NSW
ISHTA-MALA इष्ट माला | A Practice for Life
ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला is a suite of yoga asana designed to match individual abilities, lifestyles and timeframes. Depending on the type of student you are ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला shifts accordingly.
Helping establish a daily yoga routine ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला meets you at the very heart of your practice.
No compromise yoga in the deep vintage tradition, once memorised ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला becomes your personal practice for life.
To become adept just takes a practice a day. (Read More)
How to dynamically transform the magnetic subtle body through breathing meditations is a secret that has long been kept by the Siddhas.
Using the body as our own nuclear reactor The Siddha Kriya Method of breathing and meditation shifts the gears of yoga from asana to breath control, dynamically reinforcing and expanding the bodies vitality and wellbeing.
By voluntarily influencing the sympathetic nervous system, ISHTA Kriya इष्ट क्रिय boosts the body’s immune system and recharges our resistance dynamically enhancing our capacity to tackle life’s challenges and ward off disease.
The Siddha Kriya Method is taught in the living tradition of Siddha Yoga of ancient India.
Referred to as a yogiraj John was named Siddharthan and appointed to represent the dynastic Bhoganathar Siddha Parampie (traditional lineage) abroad.
Private only and One on One classes currently available. (Read More)
Eternal Pranams to That which is Ever Present Ever Existing Ever Omniscient Ever Whole and Complete –
Sharing in the Light of Living Tradition
Asta Yoga – The Great (Maha)Yoga of Maha Rishi Agustya