By Natasha Friedman The Yearning of Spiritual Aspiration A student goes to his teacher in ancient India. He asks, “When will I reach enlightenment?”The teacher leads him to a river, takes him out in a rowboat, and asks him to jump overboard. When he does, the teacher thrusts the student’s head under the water and holds...
By Tasha Friedman Few concepts in spirituality are so profoundly simple and dazzlingly complicated at the same time as Karma Yoga.
By Tasha Friedman There’s a special kind of paranoia that the Tibetan Buddhist tradition says you should cultivate: a sneaking suspicion that everyone around you might be a Buddha. Maybe, just maybe, any person you see is actually an enlightened being taking this form to teach you something.
By Tasha Friedman During Hridaya Yoga Modules, we offer our students an opportunity to participate in a sacred transfiguration ritual, where we practice Shiva/Shakti Adoration through steady and soft eye gazing revealing Shiva (Divine Masculine) and Shakti (Divine Feminine), followed by deep meditation on the Spiritual Heart.
By Tasha Friedman Snow days aren’t only fun for kids! When the land outside becomes a frosty winter wonderland, we yogis and yoginis can enjoy a well-deserved break from the outside world. Not sure what to do with your time? Here’s a homemade, tried-and-true recipe for a delightful yogi snow day.
The most well-known treatise about worshipping the yoni is, without doubt, Yoni Tantra. As is the case in many other Tantras, this tantric text is a dialog between Shiva and Parvati. It reveals the highly revered sadhana practiced by kaulas (tantrics), the yoni puja.
Worship of the Shiva Lingam “Shaivism is intimately connected with the Shiva lingam. This is a beautiful symbol that in the highest sense represents consciousness.” -Swami Satyananda The Shiva lingam is an ancient symbol consisting of a pillar, column, or standing stone and a ring or circle in which the standing stone is placed. The...