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The Swami Speaks

swami robe-001 We’re working on getting the best quality Bhairava Tantra mix out there with the Swami’s blessing, and I feel like a STEWED PRUNE I’ve been soaking in the mystic bliss of Swami’s profound reading of the Vigjana Bhairava Tantra so long, I wanted it to be ready for Gurupurinam but we’ll just have to wait and see what comes out in the final mix. It will have to sound more like this, 2013’s Sri Guru Gita with Swami Shivananda Giri.

Chaya Garden and Swami Shivananda Giri Present Sri Guru Gita by Chayagarden on Mixcloud

I’m having a great time working with him.The best way to understand Swami is through his show on Blog Talk Radio, Meditative Living. Click here. We are frequent listeners. Swami is VERY interested in Belize and we’ve been having a great time doing SAT SANG over Skype. He’s as interested in Belize as we are about Yoga! Swami is always open to some Sat Sang, which is a spiritual gathering, which will be great no matter what mode or technology we are using. Only one technology we’re talking about… Yoga. Swami has been enriching us with his knowledge for some time. We feel gratitude for all the ancient TRUTH he is sharing on Yoga, and the playfulness and POWER that he brings to it. I personally love to hear him talk about ENLIGHTENMENT. http://www.meditativeliving.info/ LET US KNOW if you’d like to have SAT SANG with SWAMI SHIVANANDA GIRI in BELIZE!

Secret Passages!

Secret Passages, an art show opening at the Soul Project
May 30, 2014
Our art project hitting the walls in Belize!

Our art project hitting the walls in Belize!

This new exhibit features works of collage by people from all over the world visiting Belize. Collage is a very interesting medium. In collage, the artist assembles existing print material into a new format, a new picture. The artist creates a new context for the text or images selected, as they appear in the collage in relationship to one another. The seeming randomness of the selection and reassembly leaves a lot of room for subconscious free association by the artist, but also by the viewer. Collage invites us to link images together in an instantaneous impression, the first look. Our minds scan for patterns and similarities and differences, in an instant we form an idea about what we see. See Secret Passages for yourself, and let your mind expand…showing until etc date at Soul Project in San Ignacio.
“collage is a visual remix”
This type of composite image is commonly seen in popular media, but these slick images that we are used to seeing are computer designed. By contrast, there is a wonderful tactility to this collection. The reality of textures, cutting, tearing and glueing is all present. We can believe the work in the art. Some of the pieces even use the hardcover as a starting medium on which to work. The discarded and torn up books that we found had been sentenced to the dump, but by chance and creativity, they have been given a new life, as art.
The show is courtesy of San Ignacio Library, which is where it all began.
One evening last December as we drove by the closed San Ignacio Library, something caught my husband’s eye. We pulled into the library parking and went to have a closer look. Evan began to pull material out of the bin by the corner of the building with a look of incredulity on his face. He picked up the whole sack from the bin and threw it in the back of the truck.
When we arrived back at the yoga ashram, we were amazed to realize what we had. Torn up books on the most interesting but weird subjects, from Mushrooms of North America to The Psychic Power of Pyramids, to books on blacksmithing techniques and a color plate book of Persian rugs. Not to mention Japanese Wooden Joinery and an antique book of pre-tech games and entertainment for children and families.
We immediately threw a collage party, our first of many over the next several months. We now have over thirty works by many students and friends of Chaya Garden Ashram. These works can also be viewed online www.chayagardenashram.com/secret-passages
Please come and join us at the Soul Project for interesting art, great music and more at the opening of Secret Passages, the evening of Friday, May 30, 7pm, with dj Check My Move at 8pm, sponsored by Soul Project, Chaya Garden Ashram, and San Ignacio Library. Bring your dancing shoes.
Chaya Garden Ashram on the Cristo Rey road is a place for yoga, healing, art, music and dance. All are welcome.By Laine Hoogstraten
Director, Chaya Garden Ashram

Secret Passages – Art Show Mix by Chayagarden on Mixcloud

A Very Chaya Christmas

The party continues at the Chaya Garden Ashram, as we try to make every day as fun as possible.   We invited our family of friends out to the Chaya Garden Ashram for a little concert by Talla Walla Vibrations.  We have enjoyed seeing them on a number of different occasions, including last year during a winter solstice celebration at S.T.A.N.D. Centre.

We were equally impressed with the musicianship and tenacity of these percussionists on this outing, as we danced through set after set!  It’s a very detoxing gathering that starts and ends sweaty!

We loved playing the drums with Emmeth too!  He really brings out the inner rhythms of anyone he meets, and is able to teach the drum riddems that his groups play to almost anyone.   Emmeth is a skilled drum maker, and if anyone is interested in getting a drum while in Belize, we would be glad to hook you up with Emmeth, as we are very happy with the drums we have received from Emmeth.

We often have celebrations or shows like this any time that there is something big going on in San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize.  We find that these events in town are just to loud, boring, and predictable and we can have a better time at the Ashram just dancing and galavanting with a few of our dearest friends.

Consider this on New Year’s Eve when downtown San Ignacio descends into madness!


What to do on Boxing day:  Join the celebration and dance with us!

Emmeth Young on December 26th At Chaya Garden Ashram

What to do on Boxing day:  Join the celebration and dance with us!

What to do on Boxing day: Join the celebration and dance with us!

Emmeth Young

“Let’s look deep inside ourselves and find that beat that lifts our souls and brings us to that common ground where we can enjoy the music. Why not? If you were born with a heart then you were born with rhythm. If you were born with a soul then you were born with the ability to love. If you were born with a brain then you were born with the ability to reason and create. It’s in all of us to do the right thing and we have to make sure we don’t lose sight of that. It’s up to us adults to help guide the youths in the right direction. It’s never too late to make a change for the better unless you are being put to your final rest. If you are still above ground then you have time to put down the gun and pick up a drum. Put down your fist and resolve the hatred and anger and speak the rhythms of your soul.”



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Chaya Garden Releases Sri Guru GIta Ambient Mix With Swami Shivananda Giri


Chaya Garden is pleased to present an important mix from our resident DJ Evan Anderson.  It is a colaboration between beatmixing yogis and shaktipat swamis that takes the ancient text Sri Guru Gita for a remix.  Imagine you are right there with Shiva and Shakti as you hear this truth, and offer them our salutations!


Sri Guru Gita Belize Ambient Mix

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