More About Naam Yoga
Naam, which means the Holy Word, is expressed through mantra, or the repetition of sacred phrases and words from different traditions that tap into the universal sound current. The simultaneous use of Naam mantras simultaneously with physical movement is a unique component of Naam Yoga. Rather than meditate at the end of a physical practice, as is the structure of most Western yoga classes, the power of sound is used, both on its own and in conjunction with physical movements, in order to direct the energy of the body to change its molecular vibration. In so doing, the frequency of the body is ultimately raised for self-healing, increased vitality and clarity of mind. The sound current, Naam, can be used effectively by anyone, from any walk of life, because Naam recognizes that all paths emanate from one Divine source. As it is said, “knowledge never comes from only one place and light never enters through only one window.” Naam is Universal in nature, for sound, in the form of mantra or prayer, comes from various traditions including Judaism, Christianity, Sikhism and Hinduism. In any given Naam Yoga class, students experience mantras, prayers and writings from Gurmukhi, Latin, Hebrew, Sanskrit and English. This combination of the best of all traditions not only allows students from every tradition to feel comfortable, it also allows them to receive a comprehensive system designed to elevate his/her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
The second pillar of Naam Yoga is the physical practice of Shakti Naam Yoga. Shakti Naam Yoga address the entire body, from head to toe, and is beneficial for people of every age and fitness level. While Shakti Naam addresses the physical body directly via yogic movement combinations and poses, Sukshama Vyayama, the ancient yogic technology that addresses the energetic body, is a key component of Shakti Naam Yoga. Developed by His Holiness, Maharishi Karthikeyaji Maharaj, Sukshma Vyayama is mostly unknown to most in the West. It engages each organ, joint and muscle group along the body’s energetic pathways. The practice employs particular yogic breathing techniques and pairs them with bandhas (locks), mudras (hand seals) and points of focus, in order to rejuvenate the energetic body, which sustains the physical body. The powerful and effective yogic techniques of Shakti Naam Yoga have a powerfully measurable healing impact on the glandular system, nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system and the neural connections in the brain. Shakti Naam is derived from an ancient, pure lineage, whose roots can be traced back all the way to Patanjali, known as the father of yoga, but it is the perfect yoga for this age as its capacity to buffer stress, heighten creativity, clear the mind of negativity, improve the memory and strengthen the nervous system is unparalleled. The former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi even recommended Sukshma Vyayama in a public letter to the nation as the “keep-fit” routine for modern times.
The third pillar of Naam Yoga is the wealth of wisdom contained within the mathematics of spirituality and the Laws of Nature, referred to as Divine Spiritual Wisdom. With this third pillar, one comes to understand that the same principles and forces that direct the cycles of nature in the Universe are at work in our individual lives. Therefore, when correctly understood and applied, they can be employed to enhance our circumstances. Obeying the Laws of Nature brings us under their protection, saves us from unnecessary adversity, and allows us to develop the capacity to do things in new and improved ways. ***In other words, the understanding of the predictable system of the cycles of nature provides a neutral platform standard system from which to harmonize our life with the Cosmos for successful decision-making. By honoring the Laws of Nature, one invites order into their lives, receiving increased levels of clarity and Light. The practical application of the third pillar of Naam Yoga, Divine Spiritual Wisdom, reveals the power we have as human beings to transform fate into destiny. Using Divine Spiritual Wisdom as a road map, one comes into alignment with a higher will and is able to make the informed choices that lead to a healthy and successful life.
Developed by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, Naam Yoga has evolved from years of study and mastery of several schools of yoga, the study of the arcane wisdom of the ancients, and a wide variety of esoteric practices and practical sciences, ranging from the meridian system to practical psychology and neuroscience. The synthesis of the power of sound (Naam), Shakti Naam Yoga and Divine Spiritual Wisdom is unprecedented and powerful, yet accessible and practical. It leads to profound shifts in the student’s health and consciousness, as it deepens his/her self-knowledge and gives the clear perception of the self and others that engenders compassion and unconditional love. As the student delves deeply into working with the three components of Naam Yoga, he/she heals and comes to recognize the Divine in all teachings, in each person and in him/herself. This level of consciousness is what unites all beings in peaceful coexistence. It is the force that brings Light and alignment to the individual so that he/she is then able to participate in bringing Light and alignment to the earth. This is the ultimate goal of Naam Yoga, to awaken the consciousness and light within – the journey to that consciousness begins with self-healing.
SUPERCLASS IN THE NAME OF LOVE PEACE AND LIGHT
In November of 2015, over 100,000 people gathered in person and online to participate in a Naam Yoga class dedicated to Love, Peace and Light for the world. The class, lead by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, in Mexico City, was based upon the principle of the power of prayer and combined group intention for global healing.
The world stood united in Love, Peace and Light this morning, Nov 29, 2015 as thousands came together in Mexico City and around the world via livestream simulcast. Early reports show that 97 countries tuned in to make a positive difference in the world, including Germany, Canada, Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Switzerland and more. The location was filled to capacity, with thousands of people spilling out into the adjacent streets, with an estimated combined number of 100,000 people attending in-person and online. What a sight it was to see a sea of people praying and meditating together as one for the sake of our planet. During the World Healing Superclass, Dr. Levry led attendees in a prayer for Paris and closed this global meditation by reciting the Prayer of Love, Peace and Light for the world, in Spanish and English. No matter where you were, you could distinctly feel the amount of love in the world had grown exponentially. As many participants remarked, the very atmosphere around them felt sweeter and kinder. If this event has shown us one thing, it is that it has always been and will always be, all about LOVE.
We would like to express our deepest
gratitude to Dr. Joseph Michael Levry,
the 70 co-producers, the international
press, and all those that worked behind
the scenes to make this world healing
We would like to thank:
The Government of Mexico City and
The Huffington Post
Hoy TV (part of the LA Times)
The Shift Network
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Naam Yoga Therapies is a prescriptive form of yoga that is especially applicable for addressing the brain, nervous system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, organs, and hormones.
Naam Yoga is different from other kinds of yoga, as it combines esoteric spiritual methodologies from the East and West into a comprehensive, yet accessible, practice. Naam Yoga incorporates the use of movement/poses, breath work, hand positions (mudras) and chanting of healing meditations (mantra) in a systematic way designed to heal disease, relieve chronic physical and emotional pain, manage stress, release self-limiting thought patterns, reduce anxiety and depression, and bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. Naam Yoga is a holistic system for self-healing and self-realization that addresses the entire being by reestablishing the connection between the mind, body and spirit, and then harmonizing the individual with the Universe.
How comfortable you feel in your skin and with your life is depended upon many factors, most of which are in your control. Stress and the feeling of being ill at ease is not only a result of business. Stress and tension are directly related to your nervous system and hormones and for this reason, they have a direct impact on how you feel every day. Your nervous system influence how tense your muscles are and as a result, the kind of posture you hold. This then affects your joint.
Sound and rhythm have an impact on the brain waves, how the body moves and the emotions. Naam Yoga contains cardiovascular, rhythmic music sections that involve dance-like movement and vocalization. To move and vocalize in ways that promote confidence, joy and a sense of self empowerment is a powerful way to change the mind set for the better. The ancient science and art of vocalizing mantra focuses on the power of rhythm, melody, tone, diaphragmatic breathing, mental acuity and coordination.
Your nervous system plays a key role in hormone balance and digestion and blood pressure and even eye health. When the neurologic set point is on a high, it means that your conscious mind will be used to this state of being. It is common for people who are in pain and who have other stress related imbalances such as overeating, headaches, insomnia, depression and anxiety, to say that they really are not under stress. They often don't realize that they even had stress until they had the chance to experience deep prolonged relaxation. During our time in the womb and while growing up, the body develops a set point. This could be likened to the thermostat in house. If it is set at 80 degrees Fahrenheit all the time, the body becomes used to this temperature and largely unaware of its presence. They don't notice and often not aware that they are too hot because of this. They only know that they are sweating, red, craving ice cubes and having a difficult time sleeping. There are two ways of addressing this imbalance. Firstly, they can drink ice water and walk around in a bathing suit or they can change the set point on the thermometer to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The last option is the better solution and a more holistic approach. The nervous system's set point is really the body's go to point. When a person is sitting still, some can sit still and take deep breaths enjoying their surroundings. Others feel the need to fidget and get back to being busy because their nervous energy builds up. Most of these people attribute their stress to their business yet, the business was largely a result of the neural set point. This is a very simplified example. It is possible to be busy, to pursue your dreams and enjoy a productive life with health when the neural set point is healthy. It means the body wont be hyper vigilant and reactive when faced with conflict.
Naam Yoga is a holistic form of yoga that utilizes all of the traditional modalities contained within the yogic sciences. The breath is directly connected to the brain and its neural patterning. Consistent breathing practices can help to optimize the neural balance as well as improve many other aspects of health including lung capacity and cardiovascular fitness.
Christina Teaches Naam Yoga in the following locations:
Wednesday, 12 noon - 1:30 pm - Shakti Naam Yoga - Soul Body Yoga, Moorpark, CA (This class is currently on hiatus until March 1st, 2016)
Thursday, 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Naam Yoga Therapies for the Immune System - Naam Yoga LA, Santa Monica, cA
Friday, 7:15 - 8:20 am - Naam Yoga - California State Channel Islands University, Camarillo, CA (class is open to staff, faculty and students)
Other Recommended Weekly Classes:
Thursday, 7:00 - 9:30 pm - Masterclass Shakti Naam Yoga - Naam Yoga LA, Santa Monica Taught by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry or one of his senior teachers.
Monday, 2:30 - 3:45 pm - Naam Yoga Therapies for Diabetes - by donation
Tuesday, 2:30 - 3:45 pm - Naam Yoga Therapies for Heart - by donation
Wednesday, 2:30 - 3:45 pm - Naam Yoga Therapies for Brain and Nervous System - by donation
Thursday, 2:30 - 3:45 pm - Naam Yoga Therapies for the Immune System - by donation
Friday, 2:30 - 3:45 pm - Naam Yoga Therapies for Thyroid and Hormone Health - by donation
Saturday, 2:30 - 3:45 pm - Naam Yoga Therapies for emotional balance - by donation
Soul Body Yoga 6591 Collins Dr E-9, Moorpark, CA 93021 Phone: (805) 231-6356
Naam Yoga LA 1231 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Phone: (310) 751-7550
California State Channel Islands University Address: 1 University Dr, Camarillo, CA 93012 Class is held in the El Dorado Building