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Sisterhood, Kittens, River & the Amazon Rainforest: My Summer

Where do I begin? Here of course, always here, now.

I am sitting on my bed, the weather outside is beginning to cool down, and next to me is a sleeping kitten. Let me introduce to you Luzma and Leonard, our two new furry family members. We are in love, predictably.

After traveling since mid-May, I am now back home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. I spend my days in Kitty Land, at my favorite church (the Yuba river), and on the porch at dusk with my man, relishing in simplicity and companionship. While he works on his brilliant new book, I lay in the hammock, learning Spanish on Duolingo, or mostly just listening to the night, watching trees. I drink in the nourishment of peace and belonging, and say a silent prayer that all beings, in the midst of extreme weather, conflicts, and any suffering, will have a sip of this medicine tonight.  Also you. I hope these words find you at home in yourself, in your deepest sense of belonging. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

For so long, we have been comparing ourselves with ideals of spiritual maturity that do not include, and rather judge, the feminine. We have tried to calm down, make our power digestible, to win the race, dampen our desire, compartmentalize our feelings, and intellectualize that deep knowing which is beyond words.  Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

Pause,
breathe,
relax your solar plexus,
put a hand on your heart.
Remember the vision of your soul:
Atma Shakti,
this is your source of power.
Root yourself here, then act.

~ Chameli Ardagh

Yogini Wisdom

The practice with the Goddess is a composting process. Your small, rigid sense of self melts and dissolves and you begin to grow roots in Her wholeness. You keep living and breathing as this woman in this body, with this family, this work, this house, this mortgage, these bills, and this life. Everything is the same. And nothing is the same. You know now that nothing and no one is ever separate; it is all Her.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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photo: Bibbie Friman Awakening Photographer

Yogini Wisdom

Invite your breath deeper into your body, dear one. Deep breathing brings rejuvenation, oxygen, and carries out stored up tension and toxins that are no longer needed. Allow your face to soften and your jaw to relax.

This body is your temple. Here, you can taste an intimacy with your own divine nature.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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photo: SimoneRita Egger

Yogini Wisdom

 

Honor the wisdom permeating through you. Bow your head down to the vast mystery that carries all of life, to that same intelligence carrying you.

In bowing down, you receive your crown.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

 

Like bubbles rising from the depths of the ocean towards the surface, wisdom rises through each one of us. That wisdom will go unnoticed if we insist on the structures of lack and separation that we have unconsciously committed to. Structures that tell the story of who we are, how the world is, what’s possible and what’s not possible, what the feminine is—even what the Goddess is. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

Don’t underestimate the power of thinking about someone kindly,
of singing a song, of putting flowers in the corner as an offering of beauty to life;
of creating a beautiful dinner table, of treating your body kindly;
of making art,  of playing, of creating ritual and ceremony.  
All of these actions create our world.
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Yogini Wisdom

It feels like a risk to soften, to be open and erotically alive. We have come to associate surrender with giving up our power; softness, with weakness or being taken advantage of.

We associate erotic aliveness with the seductress, with the part of the feminine that creates drama and hurt, that hooks in other people and manipulates. We even fear that our sisters will turn their back at us if we shine too brightly. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

 

Only in softening the grip on your personal identity and story, can you come to know your roots in that which is infinite and inclusive—inclusive of both what you accept and what you resist.

Although life keeps happening as before, this realization fundamentally transforms your sense of self and how you relate to your experiences.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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photo: www.BibbieFriman.com

Learn to lead a women’s group

Many of you have been touched by the depth of presence and awakening we share in the yogini circle through our live retreats, and the ways our feminine embodiment practices guide us to that innermost place of intimacy with the holy. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

Sadhana is like a free fall where your life begins to open vertically.
Your roots grow down into the depths, beneath the surface of your linear life.
In that free fall, you drop into the pulse of evolution itself, expressing itself right now, in this moment, as you.
~ Chameli Ardagh ‍‍

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photo: SimoneRita Egger

Yogini Wisdom

 

Your thoughts, feelings and body sensations are like waves on the ocean, surface experiences of a vast and deep dimension of your being.

When you identify yourself as the surface, trying to change, modify, or control it, clinging and resisting, you easily feel small and stuck in endless loops.

Practice to pause and relax a little. Unclench from the surface labels and ride the energy that is freed up, deep into the pulse that creates all of this.

Rooted in the ocean, you access immense creativity and possibilities that you can bring with you into this wild dance of embodied life.

~ Chameli Ardagh

 

Photo:  Bibbie Freeman

Yogini Wisdom

Trust the calling you have to awaken and embody consciousness in feminine form.
That calling is creative intelligence, is Shakti.
It will carry you through.
It is a miracle, an immense gift to be born in this lifetime with this calling.
Just to hear this calling is a great victory—and a victory for all of us, that you are here, listening. Jai Ma!

~ Chameli Ardagh

Yogini Wisdom

Witnessing all the destruction and dysfunction in the world today, we may think that someone made a mistake, that no one really wants it that way. But we must not forget that all of this is a result of intent. The unconscious, greedy parts of us have put a lot of effort and “tapas”—the heat of desire—towards those goals. The absurd distribution of wealth, the warfare, the exploitation towards Mother Earth—all of this didn’t just happen overnight. Some people have put tapas and intention to create it like this. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

 

Our practice is happening in a bigger context than our personal soap opera. Our lives are not limited to just seventy, eighty, ninety or a hundred years in this body. Continue reading →

The Yoga of Softness

Softer, Sister,
softer still.

Unclench the pressure and
drink in the medicine of softness,
a warm vastness trickling through you.

Let softness wash through your body;
let it marinate your heart and fill your womb.
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When did it happen?


At what point did we turn around to
join the march away from the light within us
and straight into the labyrinth
of clashing opinions and plastic replicas?

How could we be led to believe that
womanhood is an obstacle to freedom,
and that wisdom is found somewhere else? Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

Place your hands on your chest, one on top of the other.
Let your awareness drop inside your heart.
Exhale and slide one hand down the front of your body, to your womb space.
On the next exhale, let the other hand slide down the body,
coming to rest on top of the other hand.
Let awareness fill the pelvis. Continue reading →

Can we lose connection to Goddess?

 

Sometimes it may feel as if you have
lost connection to God/Goddess/It/Essence,
and you think you have to learn some more methods,
or you have to “let go and accept”.
You have to think positive thoughts,
or rather get rid of thoughts altogether,
or that you have to process or fix your brokenness
in order to find home again. Continue reading →