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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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    • 5.0 • 48 Ratings

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: Deep sleep affirmations

    Guided meditation: Deep sleep affirmations

    Find a comfortable position and prepare yourself to relax and receive these deep sleep affirmations and suggestions by Anaid. This meditation works perfectly to reprogram the subconscious mind and relax your body into profound, restful sleep. 
     
    If you enjoy this audio you can save the link somewhere in your phone, or make a playlist for it on your Spotify so you have access to this practice with one click"
     
    To join our free weekly group meditations message us or visit  @functionalspirituality 
     
    Increasing accessibility to functional healing + non-dual spiritual oneness.
    www.functionalspirituality.com
     
    Free resources:
    Newsletter sign up: 
    A monthly update for me on new offers and the energy of the month.
    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.
    Free workshop: Healing complex trauma:
    A free workshop on how to optimise your spiritual practice and your daily life by understanding complex trauma.
     
    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool 

    • 28 min
    My Healing Journey

    My Healing Journey

    In this episode Ava shares her healing journey and talks about spirituality, mental health and the new paradigm of healing. She explains how healing is about addressing the personal conditioning that lives in our psychological and physical self that creates suffering. 
     
    To learn more about the framework, skills and tools for healing join our new free workshop series here. Join our Facebook community and let us know how this resonates with you.  
     
    Relevant links: 
    New free workshop series on Jan 30th & 31st
    Therapeutic Embodiment Facilitator Training 
     
    Chapter markers: 
     
    00:00 Introduction to the topic
    01:00 Developmental and adolescent stages 
    4:28 Early twenties and managing her disconnection and depression with ‘healthy’ coping mechanisms
    6:10 School in Thailand and the promises of spiritual traditions
    12: 50 What is healing and suffering? 
    15:10 Ava’s mental health crisis in 2018
    17:30 Spirituality, mental health and the new paradigm of healing 
    20:20 Recap on Ava’s healing journey: downward spiral, management period, upward spiral. 
    23:10 What created the upward spiral? 
    26:30 New Free workshop series coming on Jan 30th & 31st
    28:30 Therapeutic embodiment facilitator training starts in March 
     
     
    Increasing accessibility to functional healing + non-dual spiritual oneness:
    www.functionalspirituality.com
     
    Free resources:
    Newsletter sign-up: 
    A monthly update for me on new offers and the energy of the month.
    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.
    Free workshop: Healing complex trauma:
    A free workshop on how to optimize your spiritual practice and your daily life by understanding complex trauma.
     
    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool

    • 30 min
    Guided meditation: Embodied loving presence

    Guided meditation: Embodied loving presence

    Slow down and sink into your body, soften your muscles and joints with your breath and gentle movement. Deepen your presence as you continue to inhabit your body. 
    Notice the subtle energy in our body while bringing loving attention to your body with this 18 minute guided meditation with music by Ava.
     
    Increasing accessibility to functional healing + non-dual spiritual oneness.
    www.functionalspirituality.com
     
    Free resources:
    Newsletter sign up: 
    A monthly update for me on new offers and the energy of the month.
    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.
    Free workshop: Healing complex trauma:
    A free workshop on how to optimise your spiritual practice and your daily life by understanding complex trauma.
     
    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool

    • 17 min
    How to meditate more this year

    How to meditate more this year

    Is meditation one of your new year’s resolutions? How can you incorporate more meditation into your schedule?
    In this episode, Ava explains the key elements of meditation that help remove the obstacles for practicing. 
    Meditation is an activity, a craft that we work on and can get better at. At the beginning it may require some effort but eventually the practice becomes an absolute joy and is weaved effortlessly into your life. 
    If you want to deepen your practice we recommend you to register in the Start Meditation course, a 21 day journey that breaks down the ultimate keys for meditation in the simplest way possible. With expert support and step-by-step guidance, you will experience meditation in your daily life.
     
    Relevant links: 
     
    The two ways that healing tools work 
    Start meditation course 

    Chapter markers: 
     
    00:00 Introduction to the topic 
    00:50 Meditation is a craft, a tool  
    1:30 The intention of this podcast 
    2:30 Elements to consider when you start practicing meditation
    5:00 Setting the space
    6:55 When to practice 
    8:50 Final tip: Choosing the tool that you want to use. 
    10:00 Creating the conditions that feel good and inspire you to do your practice
    11:45 21 day Start Meditation course
    12:45 Our FREE weekly meditations are starting in January 2023 
    13:30 Non-dual awakening techniques 
    14:58 The difference between healing and being 
    16:15 The confusion that exists in some ‘awakeing’ teachers and teachings
    21:40 How do I bring clarity in my spiritual path?
    23:00 Summary about the three part method and the two formats of our Silent Retreats 
    24:56 Therapeutic Embodiment Facilitator Training

    Increasing accessibility to functional healing + non-dual spiritual oneness:
    www.functionalspirituality.com
     
    Free resources:
    Newsletter sign-up: 
    A monthly update for me on new offers and the energy of the month.
    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.
    Free workshop: Healing complex trauma:
    A free workshop on how to optimize your spiritual practice and your daily life by understanding complex trauma.
     
    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool 

    • 13 min
    Our intense birth story!

    Our intense birth story!

    In this episode Ava shares the birth story of Jasmine, born on Christmas day 2022. She describes the timeline and details of this intense, highly inspiring and empowering journey of 100+ hrs of labor. 
     
    Chapter markers: 
    00:00 Introduction
    7:30 Timeline of the birth and details of what happened
    49:00 Conclusion
     
    Increasing accessibility to functional healing + non-dual spiritual oneness:
    www.functionalspirituality.com
     
    Free resources:
    Newsletter sign-up: 
    A monthly update for me on new offers and the energy of the month.
    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.
    Free workshop: Healing complex trauma:
    A free workshop on how to optimize your spiritual practice and your daily life by understanding complex trauma.
     
    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool 

    • 54 min
    Guided meditation: Anchoring a word for 2023

    Guided meditation: Anchoring a word for 2023

    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, 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.
     
    To join our free weekly group meditations message us or visit  @functionalspirituality 
     
    Increasing accessibility to functional healing + non-dual spiritual oneness.
    www.functionalspirituality.com
     
    Free resources:
    Newsletter sign up: 
    A monthly update for me on new offers and the energy of the month.
    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.
    Free workshop: Healing complex trauma:
    A free workshop on how to optimise your spiritual practice and your daily life by understanding complex trauma.
     
    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool 

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

SpandaYoga ,

Thought provoking and helper

Highly recommend

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.

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