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Yogini Wisdom

Yogini Wisdom


To hold presence for another is a great gift to offer and a skill worth practicing. We are so used to thinking about life as a problem to be solved that when we hear of another’s suffering, we are not fully present and instead become preoccupied with figuring out how to respond. We think we have to say the right thing, fix her or find a solution for her. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom


We can spend a lifetime just gathering spiritual
information, reading one thing after another
without ever absorbing the depth being offered.
Only having a taste here, a taste there. If we
were to fully digest ONE of the lines of a poem
by Rumi, for example, our whole life could change.
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Yogini Wisdom



In the yogini practices, we do not reject or
try to control the body in order to reach the formless.
We enter the body—enter the thick of it,
enter the flesh of it—and through the body,
we merge with Source.

The body does not experience any separation
from the air it breathes, food it digests,
nor from the billions of microbes
living in it. The body experiences itself as
utterly, 100% interconnected with its surroundings.

The intelligence of the body is our teacher
of wholeness, of the unity we long for.
By truly listening to the body, we discover
that formlessness—the infinite spirit—
is not separate from how spirit takes form.
They are one and the same.

~ Chameli Ardagh


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Yogini Wisdom

Yogini Wistom

When we relax the urgency of release we can ride the intensity of
sexual energy from the physical sensation back into the source
of the sensation, and we enter a more subtle expression of energy.
Here we access the world through a more fluid aspect
of our being that dances and vibrates with all beings.

We discover that the erotic is not merely a sexual feeling
in the genitals; it is in the trees, the earth, the wind, the flowers—
everything is vibrating in this erotic dance of life.

~ Chameli Devi Ardagh

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Lalita Devi Self Study Now Available



We are happy to announce that we have just made our Lalita Devi Sadhana available as a self study course. This means that you can start any time and go through the Sadhana at your own pace in the comfort of your home.

The Goddess Lalita Devi is a much needed archetype of the spiritually and erotically awake feminine. She points us to a source of wisdom and empowerment which is found through embodied intimacy with ourselves and the world.

Both challenging and tremendously attractive, she mirrors back to us a forgotten and much feared and longed for embodiment of feminine power. Rooted into the erotic Shakti of her body and the universe, her view is vast, and she moves fearlessly into her assignment insisting on the unstoppable power of our innate luminosity. Continue reading →

Women’s Bodies as Vessels for Evolution

Chameli was interviewed by Stefana Serafina for The Embodied Way, a podcast series created to empower listeners in their embodied living and awareness as a pathway to reclaiming our inherent intelligence, evolutionary knowing, and healing capacity of our bodies. Stefana is an experienced journalist and NPR host, which makes these talks very engaging and inspiring.

You can also listen directly on the iTunes page and/or download the episodes here.




You are a holy compost pile at the very edge of evolution


The new world grows out of this fertile brew made of our outgrown clothes, our errors and awakenings, our dreams and prayers, and the luminous horizon we sense there—in the pause between the breath, in the gap between thoughts, in the softening of the heart.

You are a holy compost pile at the very edge of evolution. Continue reading →

The Women’s Center for Refugees ~ Part 2





Crowd-Sourcing Wisdom, Resources & Creativity for the benefit of female refugees and their families…

We are so excited to report that the women’s center is coming along quickly! We have the contractors working and they should be done in just a few days — the space looks amazing!

Molly Ananda and I hosted our first two yoga therapy workshops for women refugees in two parts of Istanbul. They were absolutely amazing and so fulfilling. We are completely in love with these brave and beautiful sisters. This healing and connection work is so important for all of us globally.

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The Women’s Center for Refugees


I am sobbing with gratitude for Zoe and One Light Global, and YOU and our Awakening Women community…below is an update from Zoe, who is in Istanbul right now creating a women’s center for the Syrian refugees with the money we donated from the Divine Mother Sadhana…
With Love, Chameli
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7 tools I use to keep my sanity while on the computer



Dear Sister,

Many of you have expressed that you easily get distracted or drained while doing work on the computer and online. Here is a list of (mostly free) tools I use to keep my sanity while on the computer:

1. Ad Blocker

Ad blocker reduces distractions while you are on the internet in a big way. There are no more adds when you visit FB or other websites. This one is for Firefox; search on Google if you use another browser.

2. Unroll Me

This is a truly amazing tool for cleaning up your email inbox. After you sign up, you can see a list of all your subscription emails. Unsubscribe instantly from whatever you don’t want and collect the ones you want to keep in one overview.

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Yes, we can make a difference ~ introducing Zoe and One Light Global


As we open our hearts to pray for peace in the world, we do not forget for a moment all the Syrian refugees landing on a foreign soil each day with no shelter, no food, and no one to receive them, forced to leave their war-torn homeland.  In February alone, 56,000 Syrian refugees arrived in Greece and thousands more are arriving every day.

Meeting the heartbreak of those who have lost everything with pure compassion, yogini sister Zoë Wild created One Light Global, an organization that provides humanitarian aid for families, widows and orphans in crisis fleeing the devastation of war and seeking a life of safety and opportunity in new lands.

Awakening Women has been following and supporting Zoe’s wonderful work, and we are truly impressed with the impact she is having, and how she is modeling for us all the power we access when we let our hearts take the steering wheel. Continue reading →

Reclaiming Isis- the name of a Goddess



I remember when I first heard that the terrorists in Syria were called ISIS, it felt as if the name of the Goddess was “stolen”, “co-opted” and I diligently used one of the other names like IS, ISIL or Daesh. But the deeper I felt into it as a story teller and lover of Goddess mythology, I came to view it from another perspective.

I became intrigued by how the Goddess Isis has placed her holy name right into the heart of the dark forces playing themselves out on our planet today, and thus has ended up on everybody’s lips chanted like a mantra hundreds of thousands, maybe a million times a day.  Continue reading →

Spiritual Awakening Is Not a Passive State

 Spiritual Awakening Is Not a Passive State

I am slowly landing back home after an extraordinary pilgrimage to India and to the yogini circle in Vienna. Each time we dive into practice in the circle, it feels as if the jewel of our being is getting polished, becoming a more clear and luminous guide that we can always rely upon as we navigate through the ache and beauty of embodied life.

To me this inner awakening work is not removed from the physical surface of what we call ordinary life; it is not a passive, reclusive endeavor. To awaken to our nature deeper than our identity with the small me, to plant our roots in a bigger self, does not remove differences between us. It cultivates our capacity to tolerate differences. When we realize that we all are arising from the same source, our relationship to our differences changes. Differences no longer mean separation.  To me this is spiritual activism. To me this is peace work in a very pragmatic sense. Continue reading →

Surrender as Our Feminine Super Power

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by Lisa Schrader

Surrender …. this is not a word that many of us like or hold in much esteem. Before reading any further, I invite you to pause and say the word to yourself. How does it feel? How does it feel in your body, in your heart, in your soul?

The dictionary definitions can do a pretty good job at reinforcing our distaste for the word: “ceasing to resist the enemy, losing, giving up, submitting to another’s authority.” Not themes that most of us modern-day, post feminist women find very attractive.

So first things first, we need to reclaim the roots of word itself. “Sur” is a prefix meaning “higher” and “to render” means to melt.

To surrender then is to “melt into something higher.” Continue reading →

Living Life as Sadhana


I have been contemplating on the power of our community and what it means to come together with a shared intention of practice, what it means to live life as sadhana, what it means to take a seat as a Yogini. On this path there is no promise of a perfect ever after, life is full of glory and failures (and sometimes glorious failures!), full of pain and beauty, unbearable suffering, ordinariness, challenges and grace.

Life… happens… holy… Continue reading →

My Secret Place


I want to share with you
a place inside me
even lovers don’t know about.

Where pain and pleasure meet,
merge in their intensity,
bringing me to shudder and convulse,
shiver and weep.

Where everything I avoid
and everything I am seeking
are the same thing.

The depth of me,
essence of my human heart,
truth unveiled.

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Let everything open you



With Her circle of Shaktis, Goddess appears wherever you look,
whispering, “Let everything open you.”

She can be fierce like a storm
and She can be so very gentle, like the opening
of a flower, like a warm breeze lifting the hem of your skirt.
There will be days when you feel a trembling open,
a ripping open, a falling apart.
There will be days when all you need to open is a belly laugh,
or to speak up, or to get a good night’s sleep.

Let everything open you.

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What can we do?


Image of Goddess Kali was displayed on to the iconic Empire State building in New York in August.

Dear Courageous One,

What can we do?

Maybe you, like me, have felt this question grow louder in your heart the last weeks of witnessing the biggest Refugee Crisis since the second world war as large numbers of human beings are forced to leave their homes risking their lives searching for a new life in Europe for themselves and their families.

When I feel our sisterhood and the practices that we engage in within our Yogini circle, it brings me to tears knowing how we all contribute to such profound healing for the world.

This summer the Goddess showed me the ripples of our practice and prayers, how it touches and influences EVERYTHING and EVERYONE, human hearts and ocean creatures, the stars and trees—we are all creating and being created by each other.  I know this in my heart, and yet sometimes the urgency to do more can be so overwhelming.

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This is what I know…

Luis Llerena

Guest blog by Maxima Kahn

That you were born with unique gifts that the world needs at this time, that you have a place and purpose here, that you were in fact called forth in this time and this place, in this body, with these gifts and challenges, because we need you. You have a unique role to play, and no one else can fill it. You being you and sharing your gifts is extremely important for the well-being of the whole planet.

That you were almost certainly raised to be someone other than who you really are—either by your parents, your schooling, your society, your culture and/or the traumas that happened to you. You’ve inherited lies and confusion about who you are that stop you from being who you really are, from giving your gifts, and living as the love, freedom and joy that you are. That underneath those lies are glittering truths that will set you free and empower you to shine.

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3 practices that help me relax while speaking in public


Photo: Bibbie Friman

Having trained more than 400 women in the art of creating and leading an ongoing Women’s Temple group, I often receive questions about how we can deal with fear and insecurity as leaders.

For me the solution is not to build up a new and shiny “confident me”, but to cultivate the capacity to stay present and relax open even when unwanted feelings like fear come to visit. Any identity we cling to suffocates our connection to the wild intelligence that we are and dims how much Presence we are able to transmit to others.

The world doesn’t need the plastic version of you: what we are hungry for is the medicine of Presence, generously given through the broken, imperfect, glorious and fully alive you.

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