The Between Sādhanā and Sevā Podcast is a collection of conversations on spirituality, yoga, shamanism, and different alternative practices.
By tapping into the experience of teachers, thinkers, and healers, we will explore paths for growth and happiness.
We will get to know people from different walks of life, whose common bond is their daily spiritual practice – a sādhanā –, part of which is to be of service to others – sevā – by sharing their knowledge and gifts.
These talks will give you food for self-inquiry and tools to go further in your own journey.
Sonja Radvila - Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, Bharatanatyam Dancer, Author and Explorer of Consciousness - Episode 9
On today’s episode, Sonja Radvila talks about her path, from Indian classical dance to Ashtanga Yoga to the exploration of different self-inquiry practices to writing her book and creating intuitive prayer jewelry.
Sonja talks about the process of breaking out of the mould of the identity of ashtanga yogi, and how this allowed her to make space to receive what the ancient teachings have to offer.
She describes how her own practice has changed as she learned to listen to the body, moving away from the fixation with asana and instead prioritizing feeling good. She explained how practising from a caring place, and being softer and kinder to herself on the mat led her to grow in the other limbs of yoga.
Sonja then talks about the past two decades studying Indian classical dance and dancing as a way of serving something beyond yourself, allowing the divinity to come through by dissolving into the dance.
Then we talk about her book, Young Yogi and the Mind Monsters, and how it came about, the hurdles she faced throughout the process and what it is all about.
Sonja also talks about her exploration of other avenues to inquire into the truth of who we are, such as the Satori method — a meditative device to dive into the inquiry “Who am I?” — and plant medicine — which Sonja experienced as a gift for coming back into herself and tapping into her inner wisdom.
To get in touch with Sonja:
Young Yogi and the Mind Monsters: https://youngyogiworld.com
Rasa Mala’s website: https://rasamalas.com/
To get in touch with Diana:
Luke Jordan - Ashtanga Yoga, Philosophy, Chanting and Sanskrit Teacher - Episode 8
Luke Jordan is a certified teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, long-term student of philosophy and Vedic chanting, Sanskrit buff, and natural-born storyteller.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Luke settled down in Portugal a few years ago where he teaches a one-month long yoga programme in Sintra, the Ashtanga Yoga Summer School. Luke has also been leading an online chanting project since the first days of lockdown in March, the Online Enchantment, offering a then daily and now tri-weekly dose of mantra chanting, philosophy and stories from the Mahabharata.
On this episode, we talk about Luke’s path, how his practices have changed over the years, the Online Enchantment chanting project, his first-time experience of teaching Sanskrit to a small group of students, and his Ashtanga Yoga Summer School.
To get in touch with Luke:
Luke’s website: www.livingashtanga.com
Online Enchantment Facebook Group:
Ashtanga Yoga Summer School Facebook Group:
To get in touch with Diana:
Yoga Nidrā with Federico Zanchetta | 30-minute guided meditation for deep relaxation | Episode 7
In today's episode, Haṭha Yoga teacher Federico Zanchetta offers a restorative and healing practice of Yoga Nidrā, a guided meditation that will take you into a state of deep relaxation, halfway between sleep and wakefulness.
The deep relaxation induced by Yoga Nidrā creates a calm and receptive state, conducive for revealing and releasing feelings that do not serve us, such as fear or anxiety.
ABOUT FEDERICO ZANCHETTA:
Federico has been a student of Haṭha Yoga for half his life and a teacher under the Sivananda lineage for well over a decade. From the very start, Federico has felt that spreading yoga is his calling, as well as his duty; and he does so in a traditional way through authentic practice. He teaches āsana, prāṇāyāma, meditation and philosophy both at this yoga śālā in Ericeira, at the 108 House retreat center, and at workshops all over the world.
Federico's website: http://yogashowstheway.net
108 House: https://www.108.house/
MEDITAÇÃO GUIADA PARA CRIANÇAS | Ferramenta para apaziguar as crianças em tempos desafiantes | Episódio 6
Esta meditação guiada foi criada especialmente para crianças pela Maria Rita Furtado.
Esperamos que ajude a tranquilizar a cabeça dos nossos pequenotes, a libertar tensões dos seus corpinhos e a apaziguar os seus corações nestes tempos mais desafiantes.
A meditação começa ao minuto 4.50.
GUIDED MEDITATION FOR CHILDREN | A tool to help our children connect within during challenging times | Episode 5
A guided meditation for children, recorded by Maria Rita Furtado, both in English (episode 5) and in Portuguese (episode 6).
Our children may be feeling anxious and restless (understandably) with everything that is happening around them, with how quickly everything is changing. This guided meditation was created especially for them by Maria Rita. It will help them quiet the noise in their little heads, tap into their little bodies, and open their little hearts.
Please share it with friends and family who are parents and carers; who could use this tool to help their kids better deal with these challenging times.
If you would like to receive an audio file just with Maria Rita's guided meditation for children, send an email to email@example.com. We will be happy to forward it to you.
The meditation starts at minute 5:11.
"Days of Sattva" | A deep dive into a typical day at the gurukula | Yogagurukula Series | Episode 4
Yogagurukula Series | Discover what a day looks like for a student staying at the Yogagurukula, with a detailed description of all the activities that are part of daily life at Dr. Vijaya Manja’s home and school in the South of India.
Diana reads a piece of writing called Days of Sattva, the third of a trilogy on the gurukula and Guruji, inspired by and written during her recent stay there.
If you would also like to read it, you can find the blog post at www.betweensadhanaandseva.com, as well as the other two texts, “Guruji Thorugh the Eyes of a Student” and “Welcome to the Yogagurukula”.
Visit the gurukula's website at www.yogagurukula.in to learn more about the school and Dr. Vijaya Manja.