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Do you believe in angels? Lorna Byrne definitely does. She has every reason to believe in them because she’s been seeing angels since she was a baby. Lorna is a modern day Irish mystic. As a young child, she assumed everyone could see the angels who always accompanied her, but adults thought she suffered from a mental disability because she did not seem to be focusing on the world around her. Today, sick and troubled people from all around the world are drawn to her for comfort and healing, and theologians of different faiths seek her guidance.

In her book ‘Angels in my Hair’ she describes her remarkable life story, and also includes a chapter on how to connect to your angel. You can find out more about Lorna, her abilities and how it can help you to heal your life and connect you with the deceased in this inspirational interview: The Lady who sees Angels. Just follow the link below.

 

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So please tell us, were you born in Africa? How was it for you to grow up as a libra child?

Yes I was born In Africa. I was the oldest of my immediate siblings and also had lots of younger and older cousins to look after. Being a Libra blessed me with the ability to always have a caring and can do attitude – so I grew up quite quickly, always taking on the motherly role.

Would you describe yourself as a genuine Libra?

I can relate to most of the Libra qualities, yes. I am very romantic and can usually get lost daydreaming about ideas of soul mates and twin flames. My love for beauty and harmony is reflected in how I live – in fact Love and Harmony (amongst other energies) are included in my daily mantra.

When was the first sign that you felt like a true libra, to make peace in a situation or to be diplomatic?

I think this is most obvious in my relationships (as lover, sibling, daughter etc). I don’t like arguments and I am usually the first to apologise and to make peace. I would avoid conflict by any means – but with age, I am learning over time that I need to learn to stop making trouble in the first place – apparently another trait of the Libra 😂

With the “senses” being so important in tantra and you being the libra who loves beauty, harmony and the finest things in life, how does that help you in the tantric path?

Yes, we Libras love beauty and harmony, however with tantra you learn to see the beauty in everything… This itself helps you find harmony in everyday living (even in challenging times). This, I think suits us so well! I have always found that things like touch and smell help keep me grounded in the present moment – all very important tantric attributes.

Were you looking for a spiritual path or have you always been interested in spirituality? How did you find our school?

I have always been interested in spirituality. When I stumbled upon the school, I was going through a challenging period in my life. I was searching for something that would help me develop a more intimate relationship with God. I knew meditation was a way forward and was on the look out for somewhere to do more meditation. I heard about a taster course in Tantra (all I knew then was that it was a combination of meditation and yoga). I attended the taster course and the rest is history…. year 5 now!

Has the school helped you to somehow be more yourself and enhance the qualities of your zodiac sign? Tell us about a moment when you were really happy to be part of Tara.

It’s a learning process, and everyday there is a chance to learn something new about oneself. I am always happy to be a part of Tara, as with every class you are reminded or taught something new. We go through each of the zodiac signs in detail in year 4, where we learn to assimilate qualities of other zodiac signs. Also knowing what qualities to enhance as a Libra and what qualities to work on has been beneficial.

Tell us about the first time you felt a strong urge to pursue your love of justice.
My mum told me that when I was little, my dream was to build a huge community in Ghana (West Africa) where I would provide free housing and transportation for a community of people in need – to provide better opportunities. I am yet to manifest that – but perhaps writing about it here will awaken that 🙂

Is there a situation where you had to use your charms to get what you wanted?

Every single time I need to get my way 🙂

And now, let’s get to a bit more juicy question, dear Folake! When was the first time you had romantic feelings for anyone and who was the lucky one?

First time? First time ever? Like when I was about 7 years old?…. 😄

How would you advise the lucky readers, from your balanced and diplomatic knowledge of life…?

Follow your heart, follow your bliss.
Everyday, I learn more and more, that the love we search for is right within us. When you realise this, you find our own peace and harmony (even in chaos). As a Libra, I guess this is why Tantra (and Tara) has been a blessing with its teachings.

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Swami Sivananda was a great yoga master from India, born on 8th September 1887. He pursued two careers: that of a successful physician and that of a yogi and sage. His work always centred on serving others. He said: “Every type of work that served to heal and relieve human suffering filled me with great joy.” For him, service was “love in expression”. As a practical Virgo with a methodical approach to life ensuring nothing is left to chance, he spent much of his time treating the poor, who needed his help the most. Not only would he provide medical care free of charge, but he was also known to send them home with enough pocket money to make up for their lost earnings.

The physical and mental distress he observed in the people he met, made him seek a higher form of lasting happiness and peace. Through the teachings of Vedanta he gradually understood the real goal of life. It became his innermost desire to follow the path of the sages and to help people, not just with their physical bodies as before, but with their minds as well. In order to completely dedicate his life to yoga, he renounced the world and spent many months as a penniless, itinerant monk, finding his way to the solitude of the Himalayas. There, Swami Sivananda practised yoga and meditation intensely and attained self-realisation.

As the perfectionist of the Zodiac, seeking to improve any process, Swami Sivananda taught a form of yoga that integrated all known yoga systems. This yoga of synthesis is the basis for the modern yoga practice in the West.

Sivananda’s teachings are timeless and accessible to everyone. You can listen to his pearls of wisdom integrated in this short video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcA3wptRWrc

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Hello Beautiful Loves and welcome to this month’s inspiration page.

We are entering the beautiful month of September when although we are past the middle of the year there is a sense of new beginnings emerging. With summer vacations ending and routines restarting, children heading back to school and the beautiful autumn beginning, this is often a time to reflect on and restart life. Some call it the beginning of the academic year and for me it is also a time of fresh starts, when I start my next year of studies at Tara and make plans of what I want to achieve in this next academic year. Others start a new cycle of interests and passions, from dance classes, football seasons, a new health program, or some form of soul awakening – a joy that makes your heart want to burst with happiness, making you feel alive.

We start searching for something that makes us happy, knowing that there is a joy much deeper out there. It is something we want to live more often which is why we do what we do, to then be rewarded by spending our time doing the things we love, the things that make us happy. We are aspiring towards the qualities of something greater, of God, or the Supreme Consciousness – Divinity. This journey continues to awaken something in us that gets deeper and deeper until all we want to do is be in communion with this state forever.

In my case, starting something new was often the most terrifying thing. However, I can say that after actually starting, it was never regretted. In fact, in the case of starting my spiritual path, it was the most rewarding thing I ever did. Before, whenever I had an interest in doing something or going to an event, I always made sure I took someone with me. There was a form of comfort in knowing that I knew someone there and that if I did not enjoy it then I still had my friend to have a good time with. The first time I ever went to something on my own was my first Tantra class at Tara. For me this was a big step. Starting a spiritual journey is a big step, a big leap in life. However, this one little step has transformed my life forever. More and more I am awakening my soul, with love and happiness flowing within me much more regularly, being in communion with the Divine on a daily basis – something that started from the joys of playing football, dancing on the streets of my village back home, taking walks in nature, writing love letters – these actions that have led me to a place where I can now search deeper and deeper in myself and live life much more fully.

Of course, there will be challenges and hard times with anything you do, but without them how can you distinguish between the good times? A spiritual journey will come with many tests, but these are tests to embrace, if we want to continue to develop and transform, living life to the fullest. So, that one step, that one little step, just needs a yes from you – A yes to life.

Remember, every moment can be a new beginning. When you wake up in the morning, when you start preparing your morning meal, when you start getting ready for the adventures of the day, they are all new beginnings – chances to experience the Divine in what you do. Approaching each moment with all your heart, with the desire of wanting to get more profound and deeper within the core of your heart, you are more than half-way there.

My love to you, and please enjoy this text below in regard to a new and unique way we can approach new beginnings in our life – knowing that anything we begin can lead to a life that is limitless in its beauty and wonder.

“Many of us should realise that if we had to restart our life, we ought to manifest aspirations, dreams and ideals that should be millions of times more beautiful and greater than those we originally had. Each of us should discover as soon as possible, here and now, that life, as it was conceived by God, is infinitely more beautiful, more mysterious and greater than any of us could ever believe in our most uplifting and heavenly dreams.” GRIEG

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When the disciple is ready the guru appears, but are we really ready for the challenges that may lie ahead? In this story the guru was faced with an agonising choice. What was this dilemma? Witness how a disciple can surpass even the highest expectations of his master…with the ultimate sacrifice.

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Welcome to our student of the month and thank you for taking some time to give us an insight into the world of the Leo.

Is the myth true about Leo being the KING OF THE JUNGLE?

Of course!… But maybe you’re asking the wrong person 😉

Would you say that you are a typical Leo – generous and kind, energetic, strong will power?

I would say I can be like that, but it depends on the abundance of my own energies, and the situation, and how much my Scorpio ascendant is getting involved!

I have seen you on stage a few times and you seem to love being up there, a true entertainer.

I do enjoy the freedom of being on stage, freedom from all the normal limitations and projections. It gives a chance to experience other realities and energies that I might not be confident to express in normal life. I used to avoid performances like the plague when I was younger, until I got involved in music and played in bands where I could hide behind a guitar and my long hair! But it was only after joining this yoga school that I really discovered what performing was about and started to learn what it meant to embody greater energies and even consciousness – to be a channel of what the audience needs to receive. That is what I love – being able to live far greater realities, growing through the process and helping others to grow.

Have the characteristics of your star sign amplified or changed in anyway since you started practising? I’ll mention a few of them here:

Kind and big hearted
Energetic
Optimistic
Straightforward
Natural leader
Loyal
Noble
Courageous
Majestic
Headstrong
Egoistic
Possessive
Impatient
Arrogant

How dare you ask such an impertinent question! Yes, they have amplified… Actually it’s been a process of becoming more aware of what those qualities are, and their significance. I didn’t know that much about astrology before, so through the yoga and tantra courses I have become much better informed and seen how these qualities, at least the positive ones, fit into a larger picture of nature’s cycles. One thing I don’t always like about astrology is how some people learn a little bit about it and then think they know your entire personality: ‘Oh you’re a Leo, you must want to lead …’ etc., etc. and pigeonhole you, but then on the other hand I will sometimes find myself playing the Leo role, just because I think that is what people expect – or someone needs to do it. When I’m not playing the part though, I’m quite a private person and enjoy my own space. Generally I have tried to move towards the more positive qualities, which is in fact allowing my Leo soul to express itself ever more fully – it just makes me happy!
Recently in the tantra teacher training course, we were split into groups according to our signs and tasked to create a performance exemplifying those characteristics. I have to say that this was one of the most healing, nourishing and transforming things I have done in a long time!

You are also one of the yoga teachers in our school. How does it feel to teach in such a wonderful environment?

Well as you said, it is wonderful. To be able to work in an environment and teach something, that truly resonates with your soul and everything you want in life, is all that anyone could hope for!

Do you see changes in some of the students that you teach? How does that make you feel?

This is one of the most rewarding aspects – to see how your students grow as a result of the teachings they receive and the aspiration that develops inside them when they start to see that these things genuinely work!
Not dissimilar to the type of initiatic theatre mentioned earlier, teaching also involves opening as a channel to powerful energies and higher consciousness, which is shared with the class through the heart connection you all have, so obviously you become close, like a spiritual family as you journey together on the path.
(The teacher training course is a wondrous adventure! It is open to students in the 3rd year and above, in case anyone is feeling inspired from this!)
I have to give a mention here to the yoga class I have spent the last three years with. We will be going our separate ways at the end of this year so that I can take the new first year group in the autumn, and honestly it is a sad moment! I’ve grown very fond of them indeed, but I think they know that…

Where and how did you discover yoga?

Well, being half-Indian you might imagine that it came through my mother, but she actually grew up in a Catholic family who would have raised her to regard all things yogic as for ‘heathens’. Not a view she holds now, but other than cooking lots of lentils, knitting and going to gentle yoga classes like many people did back in the 70s, she wasn’t exactly steeped in Indian mysticism! Somewhere inside me though the Indian soul was whispering, and pushing me to understand the meaning of life beyond the mundane. This culminated when at the age of 28, my life took an abrupt change of direction (all the astrologers will be saying ”Aaah, Saturn returns” and giving each other knowing looks!). My relationship, band and job all ended within a month of each other and I was given the opportunity to do something completely different. I had a very inspiring summer, free to follow many inspirations, and began to receive all kinds of answers and realisations about life which went straight into my journal! Naturally, this change wasn’t easy at first but I helped myself by becoming alcohol-free and vegetarian, and doing lots of yoga classes – mainly Iyengar and Ashtanga at the time – and this is what got me through. I had always had a calling to teach, and now I had found something worthwhile teaching, so by that December I was on a plane to India to become a yoga teacher! Other than that, I had no itinerary, but as is Mother India’s way, she revealed a very beautiful and inspiring journey for my soul, that kept me there for 18 months during which time I stayed in many ashrams and monasteries, on courses and retreats, sometimes studying, sometimes teaching, and during this time I met a senior teacher from this school and also several faces you will still see at Tara in London and Oxford today.

Were you already looking for a spiritual path before this?

Yes, but without really knowing where to look. As a teenager I used to try and work out the point of it all, but the mind alone can be a cold and dark place, easily tending towards nihilism until it is warmed up and grounded in truth by the heart (but this didn’t really happen until many years later – actually when I began practising yoga and started to feel ‘whole’ for the first time in my adult life). Initially I was drawn to the music and mysticism of the 60s – I still regard Hendrix as my first real teacher, the first to open my eyes to other realities, but it’s all too easy to get lost down that particular rabbit hole! Then I was drawn to martial arts, enjoying the coming together of physical and mental discipline, knowing that it was based in spirituality, but never really finding it being taught in that way. Unfortunately, in those days, I had the same experience when trying to find a genuine yoga class – they all seemed to focus on the physical side without any real understanding of the spiritual reasons behind it. I didn’t really find that meaning until I got to India – until I went to the source!

How has yoga changed your views on life?

Well I can honestly say that only through yoga and tantra have I found a meaningful view of life. Before there was just confusion and ignorance. It’s the only ideology I’ve found with a broad enough perspective to explain and put meaning into every aspect of life. It’s perfectly logical really, if yoga is the path of union with the infinite, with godly reality, with ultimate truth, then of course it can explain everything – nothing can possibly fall outside that remit, beyond the interactions of consciousness and energy. All other sciences, philosophies, even religions to some extent are limited, partial truths because they only consider part of the picture. This is something I have come to believe because I have never found anything, nor can I imagine anything, that can’t be explained from the perspective of tantric yoga.
When we align mind and heart with truth and love, there can only be one outcome… need I say more?!

Could you describe the highlight or the moment when you knew that this is your path, or some of the moments that you remember as life changing?

That was a very clear moment for me during my first trip to Romania for the spiritual summer camp in Costineşti 2001, just after I came back from India.
A bizarre set of circumstances took me there, involving Magdalena and three chance meetings in England and India over two years, an amazing tale of synchronicities which we don’t have space for here, but one I told in the UK summer camp this year.
It was the first time I had really met the Romanian heart of this yoga school, also the first time I met Grieg, its founder, and I was struck by the wholehearted strength of these people who seemed somehow free of a lot of the emotional baggage I saw in many of the spiritual seekers in India. It seemed like the spiritual ‘tourists’ I met were just running away from themselves or issues in their lives, going to India and learning many amazing truths, but not transforming any of the core problems, hence the baggage. I think a lot of this was due to the lack of meaningful ways of incorporating sexuality and desires into spiritual life so that a lot of fundamental issues relating to who we are as men and women are left unresolved to fester away beneath the veneer of being a ‘spiritual person’. Some part of me had always been looking for tantra, without knowing exactly what it was, so meeting these people who seemed so complete due to fully accepting their desires and incorporating them into their spiritual life made me feel like I had found my spiritual family.
The precise moment was an evening on the cliffs overlooking the Black Sea, just as the sun was setting with a beautiful peach sunset and sparse flocks of birds traversing the huge sky. Wonderful angelic music was playing as we waited for Grieg to arrive to start that evening’s spiral meditation. There was such an expansive warm aura of love and contentment, coupled with excited anticipation for Grieg’s imminent arrival and the evening’s events, that I felt like I was getting a glimpse of Satya Yuga, the coming age of enlightenment and universal spirituality. It was one of those undeniable moments when my soul was singing…

Do you have a favourite technique or asana? Is it the lion pose by any chance, or nabhiasana or mayurasana as they amplify the energies of the sun which rules the sign of Leo, or to say it better, is ruled by Leo? 🙂

Nabhiasana and mayurasana are wonderful postures for awakening the inner fire and gaining wilful control over the emotions. I can even say that mayurasana has saved my (emotional) life on some occasions or in challenging periods. I also enjoy simhasana – the lion pose – for its alchemising effect of transforming the lower instincts into higher capacities and elevated states, and the Leonine nobility that brings. Leo is seen as the ruler of the zodiac, its source of life, and through the connection to the Sun, somehow closest to the spiritual heart, although with some strong ego challenges to overcome in reaching it. I would have to say that my favourite moments are when, in meditation, I get glimpses of just how close that spiritual freedom can be, a glimpse of the birthright of the Leo, if he can just stay humble!!

Is there any wisdom that you can share with us while we have you here?

Be happy… Hakuna matata!
You’re the only one getting in your way, so accept yourself, realise your biggest issues are normally covering your greatest treasures, and allow yourself to be happy. It’s your birthright!!
So says the King of the Jungle… 😉

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Hello Beautiful Loves, and welcome to this month’s new inspiration page. We all live our lives the best we can when we are flooded with inspiration by something or someone. Whether it is at home or work or doing yoga, having true inspiration can lead us to having incredible results on this journey through life. If it is a true inspiration, then you can feel that it is rooted in the Divine because it comes through a chain. For example, if you are inspired by someone dear to you, that person will also have had an inspiration. Maybe a friend or relative – who was inspired by someone in a spiritual tradition, who was inspired by a saint, who was originally inspired by God. So, the root of all this inspiration is the Divine, and because of this, although often unknowingly, we are continuously connected to this supreme consciousness.

So I hope this page will either help start or allow you to continue with your connection to something higher and higher and higher, wherever your heart leads you.

This month’s inspiration theme is teamwork. I have always been inspired by how unity can create such a strong core and foundation to build something. Here at our school we have a really strong group of people who are inspired by those around them to live a life of serving others and being karma yogis, doing all actions for a higher purpose and without personal gain.

I read a quote recently that really rang true:  “It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” – Unknown Author.

One of the times I truly felt a wonderful state of this was during the preparation and clearing of an event held by Tara. We had so many rooms and places to arrange prior to the start, then clearing at the end, in such a short period of time – preparing a space that was to inspire and allow others to discover Yoga and Tantra and allow the Divine to enter their lives. There is no denying there were worried faces at the beginning thinking it could not all be done on time, but the state that was then felt once we started was incredible. Every single moment in those couple of hours, I felt I was in the exact place I needed to be. I cannot think of how many rooms I was preparing but I felt like I was in a place with God looking down on me, moving me as he feels – and I was not the only one. The unity between us all was what kept driving us. Doing it for something greater than ourselves; it was a nourishment of the soul.

Driving each other forward, allowing us to be the best we each can be, we need one another. This is the bond that will allow us to grow further.

Remember:

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb.

My love to you, and please enjoy this video. Let us be like geese and fly high and far together – becoming a line of one to the Divine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TBwdLG4ljc
Alan El-Nachef

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Hi Magdalena! Thank you for being our Cancer student of the month. Cancerians are emotional, sensitive and nurturing beings. Are you a true moonchild?

Yes, I am pretty moony. I have sun, ascendant and moon all in cancer, so I cannot escape it really. But, you know, we Cancerians seem to get quite a bad press. We are actually warm and loving beings and you always know how a Cancerian is feeling, making them very authentic souls.

You are also one of Tara Yoga Centre’s teachers, teaching yoga and tantra. Can you tell us why you started teaching?

When you discover teachings that really motivate you and you find answers that fascinate your soul, you simply want to share them. Through my yoga practice, I found keys to open doorways to really happy places, and discovered that yoga is absolutely necessary for me and I see all the time how it transforms me. I wouldn’t teach something that I don’t feel – and yoga and tantra, I really feel. I feel it pumping through my veins and I feel blessed that I discovered this journey so easily. I decided to start teaching because I saw how well it works for me and I simply wanted other people to have the chance to experience all the miraculous things that yoga and tantra bring.

How did you come to join the school?

About 17 years ago, I had just finished a really challenging period of my life, where I felt like my soul had been squashed and stuck in a small plastic bottle in the bottom of a cupboard. I had just finished my first year of working as a doctor and had felt all the life sucked out of me working long hours and stressful shifts in an inner city hospital. I decided that life deserved to be really beautiful and I felt a calling to discover more about myself and the Universe. This calling took me around the world from Mexico to India. In India, a series of synchronicities during a very magical journey led me to discover a school connected with Tara Yoga Centre, and after a few years I ended up at Tara Yoga Centre in London. As soon, as I heard the teachings, I felt that they were exactly what I was looking for and after practising them, I discovered all sorts of sublime and beautiful realities become alive inside me and around me.

Have you always been interested in spirituality?

As a child I did have an interest in the paranormal. I used to stare at spoons and see if I could bend them (without success) and liked to test my clairvoyant and intuitive capacities by guessing which card or what would happen next. I was also interested in lucid dreaming from childhood and into teens. I also remember in my teens being aware how much we can shape our reality if we change our perspective.

What have been the most important discoveries for you through the practice of yoga and tantra?

Discovering all the miracles that love has brought in my life have marked ecstatic moments, shaping my soul. Being able to love and being deeply in love, even when sometimes exterior circumstances make it seem hard, is just so wonderful. To be open enough to live these experiences and then discover the Divine in the core of them – this is miraculous.

The journey of awakening as a woman also comes high on the list. I discovered that awakening more spiritually also goes hand in hand with feminine awakening. It’s really important and applies to all women, I feel.

Also the amazing effects of practising yoga never cease to amaze me. On all the levels.

You seem to be quite outgoing but you are a Cancerian. How does that work?

I have always been quite outgoing. I like to test my limits a lot and challenge myself to go beyond them. But, I do also have a mysterious inner world that I venture into quite a lot. I love my time in this inner world.

I have found through practising yoga and tantra, that I have much more balance between these two worlds. Actually, yoga and tantra have helped me so much to harmonise being such a cancer, especially with my strong emotional and receptive nature.

I love being Cancerian. I love being empathic, feeling things, being deeply touched. I love being creative, devotional, sensual and nurturing, just as all cancers can be.

And we Cancers are also full of tenacity. We don’t give up and we work hard.

What have been exciting moments for you since you have been in this school?

Difficult question to narrow down! Excitement and intensity come around a lot.

The chance to receive direct guidance from an amazing spiritual mentor is something very special.

Teaching is an amazing exciting experience. I love it!

Creating and being in spiritual theatre and art has been something intensely beautiful. We have lots of events at Tara that we make performances for. And something magical happens where spirituality and art come together… it’s called transformation.

What would you say you like about Tara Yoga Centre the most?

I love the growing community that we build. Every year, I meet so many lovely people who come to our centre. For me, Tara is a home and a sanctuary of spirituality in a city and country which really needs it.

Any pearls of wisdom to pass onto others?

Dare to choose to live life from your heart and there you will discover the divine in your life.