Groningen, the Netherlands
In Groningen there is the opportunity to learn more about Yasodhara Yoga with Judith Grob who has a particular interest in Dream Yoga, the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga and Bhakti Yoga.
‘As you continue to develop, you will continue to have new insights and expanded awareness …[you] will undergo a transformation, and you will be able to identify the finer feelings of the heart.’ From Realities of the Dreaming Mind by Swami Radha
Upon discovering the Yasodhara website, I was instantly drawn to the lake and mountains as well as the different yogic practices. I ended up living at the ashram for over 2 years, doing the 3-month Yoga Development Course (YDC, 2012), teacher certification courses, Karma Yoga, teaching classes and workshops and singing. Back in the Netherlands I share the Light by singing and playing in different mantra and bhajan circles.
My album, Devi of Song, is available for you to download!
It’s part of a Yasodhara Yoga European Network fundraiser for Yasodhara Ashram’s Temple of Light. To give thanks for all this beautiful community has given me, all proceeds of this album go toward rebuilding the Temple.
Judith is teaching hatha to ex cancer patients. She now making her classes into online videos for her students.These are in Dutch: https://www.youtube.com/user/nijntienijn, and include a mix of songs, Mantra Yoga and Hatha Yoga. New videos will appear on Tuesdays.
During the three years I lived at Yasodhara Ashram a yoga retreat and study centre. I discovered the power of the voice and uncovered my own power. I learned that singing helps me feel connected, stay present with myself and face what is happening within and around me. I took on the project of creating an album in order to stay connected to the teachings of the Ashram and to my higher Self.
I also learned which internal voices to listen to and which to ignore. Overcoming criticism like “If you don’t record in a studio, it’ll never sound right,” or “who in their right mind would ever listen to this?” added to my learning. Choosing “good enough” over “perfect” is a spiritual practice in its own right.
THE TEMPLE OF DIVINE LIGHT
In June 2014, at the end of my stay, a fire destroyed the original Temple of Light. This beating heart of the community is being rebuilt so it can again be used each night to gather, sharing silence, ritual and song. It serves as a beacon of hope for all religions and traditions, united in the experience of the Light. All donations towards the Temple of Light are welcome: http://www.yasodhara.org/category/temple/
I’d love to hear what you think!
Judith (Mare Luna) Email: mareluna at gmx.com
When the time is right I’d love to teach some Dream Yoga and Hidden Language Hatha Yoga classes again. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to know more about the ashram, Mantra Yoga, Dream Yoga or Hidden Language Hatha Yoga. Judith Grob – judithgrob at hotmail.com