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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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    • 4.9 • 54 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: Using the breath to nourish yourself

    Guided meditation: Using the breath to nourish yourself

    In this guided meditation Ava gently guides you to use the breath to connect with your inner space.
    A short, simple and gentle practice for your daily dose of meditation.
     
    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: The new paradigm of healing:
    A free workshop that replaces the old, dogmatic, unsustainable paradigm of healing that burns out our community. Explore how to deepen your presence in both personal and professional spheres. 
     
    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool

    • 8 min
    My most valuable work

    My most valuable work

    In today’s episode Ava talks about an important piece of work for her, a journey that started about 10 years ago. Listen in to hear Ava talk about what healing and therapeutic embodiment is and how you can implement that in your daily life and offerings. 

    Relevant links: 
    Guided self reflection practice 
    Therapeutic Embodiment Facilitator Teacher Training
    Therapeutic Embodiment Professional Development Course
     
    Chapter markers: 
     
    00:00 Intro to the topic and initial experience with an embodiment practice 
    03:40 What is healing and complex trauma? 
    08:40 The two ways that healing modalities work 
    11:40 Connecting to the subtle sensations in the body is like a hack for your biology
    13:23 Top down healing modalities 
    15:34 What is Therapeutic Embodiment (TE)
    19:00 The Therapeutic Embodiment can be done in different settings but the core aspects remain the same
    23:21 The TE training 
    25:11 We hope this has inspired you in your healing journey, get in touch with us if you have any questions about our upcoming TE 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.

    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool

    • 26 min
    Guided meditation: Cultivating loving acceptance

    Guided meditation: Cultivating loving acceptance

    In this spacious guided meditation with Ava we connect to the body and investigate the blocks to feeling compassion in everyday life. We cultivate an attitude of loving acceptance in all aspects of our being.
     
    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: The new paradigm of healing:
    A free workshop that replaces the old, dogmatic, unsustainable paradigm of healing that burns out our community. Explore how to deepen your presence in both personal and professional spheres. 
     
    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool 

    • 15 min
    Cultivating your dream life starts here

    Cultivating your dream life starts here

    In this inspiring episode Ava talks about setting goals.


     


    Cultivating is part 2 of the 3-part method of Functional Spirituality and is about moving towards a goal that you are interested in. 


     


    How does motivation work?


    What is a goal?


    What is the root of a goal setting process? What are the obstacles to manifesting?


     


    Listen in to find out the answers to these questions. 

     
    Relevant links: 
    Part 1 of the Manifestation Series

    Chapter markers: 
     
    00:00 Intro to the topic 
    03:53 What is Cultivating?
    06:11 What is the root of a goal setting practice?
    08:36 The surface layer of our conscious mind vs today’s living
    10:40 The deeper levels of our experience that drive our behaviors
    12:02 One of the biggest obstacles to manifesting 
    15:18 Goals need to be alive: every goal is going to have it’s own steps, it’s a unique, evolving process 
    19:22 Episode recap & we look forward to hearing about your experience in intention revealing practice

    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.
     
    New free workshop: Holding safer spaces (April 12th 2024)

    • 22 min
    Mahashivaratri guided meditation

    Mahashivaratri guided meditation

    Mahashivratri, “The Great Night of Shiva” is a night of special spiritual significance. Shiva represents the transcendent aspect of reality according to non -dual shiva tantra teachings. 
     
    In this meditation we come into resonance with Shiva as we connect to the formless essential being that we are. 
     
    If you enjoy this audio you can save the link somewhere in your phone, or make a playlist for it so you have access to this practice with one click.
     
    Chapter markers: 
     
    00:00 Introduction to Shiva 
    03:25 Meditation 

    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.
     
    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool 

    • 36 min
    Guided meditation: Connection, presence and joy

    Guided meditation: Connection, presence and joy

    This gentle guided meditation with music is a beautiful self-love meditation full of pleasure and ease.
    Relax and let Ava gently guide you in connecting with love and peace, your most essential layer. Use each breath to soften and love your whole body.
     
    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.

    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.
     
    Connect on Socials
    Where you can hear from us in daily life
    Personal account: @avairani_  
    Functional Spirituality: @functionalspirituality 
    Studio: @spandaschool
     

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 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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