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Hi, my name is Ava and I’m delighted to offer you “Functional Spirituality”.

I invite you to integrate critical thinking into your heart, mystical and faith-based practices. I use an academic approach to investigate the roots of yoga and spirituality. I aim to reduce the dogma that has rendered so many schools and practices ineffective - and strange AF.

Spirituality has a history of disempowering the individual, worshiping the guru or priest, without question. In this podcast, I aim to elevate the conversation around spirituality.

I want to EMPOWER the meditator and yogi, and debunk the idea that the ‘ancient gurus’ had it all right. This places the power back in our hands, to live directly from our own experience. I hope you enjoy this collection of guided meditations, retreat talks and conversations.

Functional Spirituality Ava Irani

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Hi, my name is Ava and I’m delighted to offer you “Functional Spirituality”.

I invite you to integrate critical thinking into your heart, mystical and faith-based practices. I use an academic approach to investigate the roots of yoga and spirituality. I aim to reduce the dogma that has rendered so many schools and practices ineffective - and strange AF.

Spirituality has a history of disempowering the individual, worshiping the guru or priest, without question. In this podcast, I aim to elevate the conversation around spirituality.

I want to EMPOWER the meditator and yogi, and debunk the idea that the ‘ancient gurus’ had it all right. This places the power back in our hands, to live directly from our own experience. I hope you enjoy this collection of guided meditations, retreat talks and conversations.

    Guided meditation: Connection

    Guided meditation: Connection

    Use this guided meditation to connect with your whole life as it truly is right now, without picking apart any parts of your experience, let the breath settle you into the connection between mind and body. 


     


    Free-ways I can support you:


     


    COMMUNITY MEDITATION


    ~Join the Functional Spirituality Group and enjoy a free resource for meditators and yogis to connect to and enjoy a like-minded community.


    functionalspirituality




    HEALING COMPLEX TRAUMA
    ~ A free workshop on how to optimise your spiritual practice and your daily life by understanding complex trauma.


    healing-complex-trauma-workshop


     


    SOCIAL MEDIA


    where you can hear from me in daily life, what I'm up to, reading, working on, who I am playing with etc.


    ~ Follow my personal account @avairani_
    ~ Follow Functional Spirituality  @functionalspirituality
    ~ Follow our Yoga Studio  @spandaschool


     


    Our mission is to increase the accessibility of functional healing and spirituality.

    • 17 min
    Personal insight from cacao ceremony

    Personal insight from cacao ceremony

    In this weeks episode, Ava shares some insights from a recent cacao ceremony. 


    Use this episode to unpack why you personally try to distract yourself and fulfil urges, discover the deeper issue of why your attachments exist with prompts for reflection at the end of the episode. 


    Did you enjoy this story sharing episode? Let us know your thoughts!




    chapter markers 


    00:15 Introduction 


    01:10 Cacao ceremony reflection 


    05:00 The deeper issue


    11:27 Steps to healing


    14:52 Prompts for reflection 


     


    Links mentioned


    I believe I am a bad person https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/functional-spirituality/id1503101417?i=1000524999890


     


    Free ways I can support you:


    COMMUNITY MEDITATION


    ~Join the Functional Spirituality Group and enjoy a free resource for meditators and yogis to connect to and enjoy a like-minded community.


    functionalspirituality

    HEALING COMPLEX TRAUMA
    ~ A free workshop on how to optimise your spiritual practice and your daily life by understanding complex trauma.


    healing-complex-trauma-workshop


    SOCIAL MEDIA


    where you can hear from me in daily life, what Im up to, reading, working on, who I am playing with etc.


    ~ Follow my personal account @avairani_
    ~Follow Functional Spirituality  @functionalspirituality
    ~ and follow our Yoga Studio  @spandaschool


     


    Our mission is to increase the accessibility of functional healing and spirituality.

    • 16 min
    Guided meditation: Anchoring a word for 2022

    Guided meditation: Anchoring a word for 2022

    Ready to start the new year with intention?

    Choosing a Word of the Year helps bring focus and clarity to what we want to create in our lives.


    Struggling to pick a word? No worries, it’s not too late and this guided meditation is here to help you!


    This isn’t about crossing another goal off your list, it’s about creating an intention to help guide your daily actions and cultivate the qualities you want more of this year.


     


    Ways I can support you for free:


    COMMUNITY MEDITATION


    ~Join the Functional Spirituality Group and enjoy a free resource for meditators and yogis to connect to and enjoy a like-minded community.


    functionalspirituality

    HEALING COMPLEX TRAUMA
    ~ A free workshop on how to optimise your spiritual practice and your daily life by understanding complex trauma.


    healing-complex-trauma-workshop


    SOCIAL MEDIA


    where you can hear from me in daily life, what Im up to, reading, working on, who I am playing with etc.


    ~ Follow my personal account @avairani_
    ~Follow Functional Spirituality  @functionalspirituality
    ~ and follow our Yoga Studio  @spandaschool


     


    Our mission is to increase the accessibility of functional healing and spirituality.

    • 23 min
    Triggered in a conversation

    Triggered in a conversation

    Most conversations start off harmless and yet they have the potential to transform into arguments or debates. This is what it feels like to be triggered and when we put up our defences. The walls we construct feel tight, constricted, chaotic, and most of all not very nice.


    What can we do when this happens? Join Ava as she walks through the answers to these three following questions: 


    How can I stay present in the moment?


    How do I develop the intelligence to consider different dynamics that are at play?  


    How do I cultivate the freedom to act in alignment with these intentions?


    chapter markers 


    Check-in and catch up with Ava [00:00]


    Introduction into podcast topic [02:00]


    Reflecting on past conversations [05:55]


    What are your options during a triggering conversation? [07:00]


    Conclusion [14:20]


    Start Meditation course [15:00]


     


    Start meditation



    Is 2022 the year that your life starts to spiral UPward? 


    Join Ava and the community in January 2022 to make SURE you feel supported and effortless on your path.


    Effortlessness is exactly what meditation trains us in, and the Start Meditation course is the best support you can get to cement a great meditation style into your daily life. 


    Receive a 21 day journey teaching you the exact foundations and guiding you through the perfect meditation practice. Cost: $189 


    Click here to learn more!




     


    Our mission is to increase the accessibility of functional healing and spirituality.


     


    COMMUNITY MEDITATION


    ~Join the Functional Spirituality Group and enjoy a free resource for meditators and yogis to connect to and enjoy a like-minded community.


    functionalspirituality

    HEALING COMPLEX TRAUMA
    ~ If you didn’t know, Ava offered a free workshop on healing complex trauma.
    it lives on our website, I’ll link it below :) it’s such a great resource!


    healing-complex-trauma-workshop

    OTHER RESOURCES 


    ~Reach out if you’d like the link to some of our free resources
    ~Follow Functional Spirituality at @functionalspirituality
    ~ and follow our Yoga Studio at @spandaschool

    • 17 min
    Guided meditation: R.A.I.N technique for the new year

    Guided meditation: R.A.I.N technique for the new year

    Discover how to connect to your inner resource, the part of yourself that is beyond the body and timeless. Find out what draws you back to calm and peace inside


    Follow Functional Spirituality at @functionalspirituality and follow our Yoga Studio at @spandaschool


    https://linktr.ee/functionalspirituality


     

    • 15 min
    Q&A: Which content should I bypass in meditation?

    Q&A: Which content should I bypass in meditation?

    During the silent retreats, retreaters are able to write ava questions each day to be answered in an evening Q&A session.

    In this episode, Ava answers a question from a past retreat and discusses which content should be bypassed during meditation and how to do so. 



    How do we know which content to bypass during meditation? [00:40]
    The answer [04:26]
    What content do we bypass?  [09:00]


     


    Our mission is to increase the accessibility of functional healing and spirituality.


     


    COMMUNITY MEDITATION


    ~Join the Functional Spirituality Group and enjoy a free resource for meditators and yogis to connect to and enjoy a like-minded community.


    https://functionalspirituality.com/free-meditation/

    HEALING COMPLEX TRAUMA
    ~ If you didn’t know, Ava offered a free workshop on healing complex trauma.
    it lives on our website, I’ll link it below :) it’s such a great resource!


    healing-complex-trauma-worksho

    OTHER RESOURCES 


    ~Reach out if you’d like the link to some of our free resources
    ~Follow Functional Spirituality at @functionalspirituality
    ~ and follow our Yoga Studio at @spandaschool

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

H.Cor ,

Inspired and soothing

Ava is such a brilliant and wise woman. I am loving her guided meditations- the sound healing is blissful. Her voice is so incredibly soothing- she could literally talk about anything and I would still feel totally relaxed. This is a brilliant resource, thank you!

Julesdon ,

So excited by this offering and conversations

The sense and wisdom that Ava offers in just the introduction is well worth repeated listening. To be supported to reflect on, not just what we choose to practice, but also how they directly inform our living practice, of the mat, from such a wise heart, is a gift and one I plan to continue tuning into. Thank-you Ava.

jshiva0108 ,

Amazed and grateful

This meditation was a beautiful taste of what is to come I’m sure.

Thank you for birthing this concept of functional spiritually at this point in time where we need it more than ever.

Looking forward to following this journey.

Much love.

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