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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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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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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

 

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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 →

Yogini Wisdom

 

Many associate yoga with asana practice, with the different physical postures we do in a yoga class. Here, we use the word yoga in a broader context. Yoga can include physical postures, but it also points to an inner posture, an inner disposition towards life—one of conscious practice. Continue reading →

Is this the story you came here to tell?

 

Perhaps you have been told that your longing is needy, that your visions are naive,
your love of beauty is a luxury,
and that the face of the One that you have had
the blessing to glimpse within your very own heart
is but a fairy tale.

You may have been told that you have to make sense,
and be rational, that your stories have to follow
the linear paths to be taken seriously.
And that the whisper of wisdom you hear
from your cat, the sages and the wind in the tree,
is new age voodoo. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

We have learned to be a little lukewarm with our longing. And if we bring lukewarm to our spiritual practice, lukewarm is what we will get. Your longing is Shakti—pure energy—and arises from the source of your being. Open yourself to that more vulnerable place in your heart, where you make the longing in your heart matter. From this place, miracles can happen; life can touch you.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

Shiva is a name for our inner capacity to hold presence with all the ways Shakti – energy- takes form. He is an aspect of your own consciousness, always right here. He is the promise that it is safe to be all that you are; that you can stay awake in the midst of the storm of any feeling. That you no longer have to amputate part of your life force in fear of drowning in feelings.

Shiva is a space within you that allows feelings to circulate through your body as energy, instead of something that you have to get rid of, analyze or project out onto others. Shiva is the magic key to freedom inside any experience, and he is closer than your own breath.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Yogini Wisdom

 

Mothers, remember your crown. You have literally been initiated into the creative source of the Universe.

So often, I have seen mothers uproot themselves from their own superpower when trying to act in the world, as if the big boys in suits know the rules of the game of creation better than they do. Continue reading →

Yogini Wisdom

Your Dharma is different from just an ambition. Ambitions often arise out of resistance to feelings—I don’t want to feel that I’m not good enough or I don’t want to feel that I’m worthless, so I’m going to spend my life trying to build up a career or circumstance to prove that I am good enough.

Often times, these are beliefs that we adopt very early on in our lives. A lot of our ambitions are unconscious responses to something our parents or teachers said many years ago.

Aligning with your Dharma happens deeper than ambition. It is to surrender to a creative unfolding uniquely expressed through you. It is intrinsically successful.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

 
The magnetism of Spirit, of the Goddess, is what pulls you deeper into your path, into your holy assignment as a Yogini, as a feminine practitioner. It is Her attractiveness that keeps you going when it gets really tough, when you feel lost and as if you don’t understand the challenges that are thrown at you. No matter what, you keep coming back to your seat, willing. This is Her splendor. This is Her love for you.

~ Chameli Ardagh

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Yogini Wisdom

 

In the Yogini tradition, we call strong emotions like anger “strong Shakti”. It is neither intrinsically negative nor positive. It is just energy that is strong.

When we try to squeeze this wild dance of the Mother into orderly, tidy boxes, labeling everything as good or bad, wanted or unwanted, this or that, we begin to experience ourselves as fragmented. There’s an ache inside: the ache of separation. The Buddhists call this the root disease; the cause of all suffering. The impulse behind so many of the actions we take is an attempt to not feel this deep, deep, deep ache in the soul.

When we learn to feel our feelings as Shakti, as energy moving through us, we realize that all feelings are at their core made of the same stuff. Our project is no longer to try to get rid of some feelings and chase others. We “do our yoga”: we learn to relax our automatic patterns of reactivity. We practice staying open, cultivating our capacity to stay awake in the midst of strong energy. We become leaders and co-creators of our experience.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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Yogini Wisdom

 

Do not underestimate the power of the inner work you are doing. Even if you feel you have not been doing enough, or that you have been doing it the wrong way, or differently from everyone else. Know that once you commit to the path of awakening, you enter a current of evolution where there are processes happening so deep inside you —so subtle— all on their own.

You have such a bright heart. You have such a deep dedication.

Even in those periods when it feels like nothing is happening, or that you’re not going deep enough, you can trust that there are very deep currents of transformation moving below the surface.

~ Chameli Ardagh
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