I hope you experienced and learned something of value during the Surrender Yoga Meditation workshop. And in this web page I'm hoping to continue adding value.
Here's some of my story:
In 1974, Charles Berner gave me initiation into the path of Surrender Yoga Meditation. It was a few days after participating in my first Enlightenment Intensive. It made a big impact on me as it gave me both the 'permission' to completely let go to the energy of the life force and a body of meditative and spiritual knowledge that had been passed down for thousands of years.
At the time I was a young man who was passionate in the search for truth and completely dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of Life. At University I was interested in studying biology and the life sciences. I remember sitting on the grass under some trees and reflecting on what path I should follow in order to best penetrate into the mysteries of life. I was at a cross roads..... should I continue down the path of studying the life sciences like biology and bio-chemistry? In those fields of endeavor I'd be a scientist studying the world outside of myself in order to unravel the mysteries of life. Or should study my own psychology and my own metaphysical nature as a path to greater understanding? If my own life became the area of study, I'd be both the scientist and the experiment. I wondered which path would unravel the secrets to life? And which path would bring me the most personal satisfaction?
I remember making the choice. I chose to study the science of meditation and yoga. I chose to be the experiment and the experimenter. That choice led me down two main paths of self study. One path was the meditative self reflection on 'who am I'. The second and parallel path was surrender yoga. The process of letting go or surrendering my body, mind and feelings to the power of nature and consciously observing the phenomenal changes and transformations that took place.
And so the experiment continues ...
Blessings and Love
The Practical Steps & Stages of Surrender Yoga Meditation by Yoah Wexler, PhD
This You Tube video is from a Surrender Yoga Meditation Workshop. The video summarizes the practical steps that you can use to enter into Surrender Yoga Meditation. It is based upon Patanjali's 8 Stages of Yoga, also called Ashtanga Yoga, which he wrote about in the Yoga Sutras.
Stage 3: Body Postures / Hatha Yoga Asana
Relaxing deeply initiate or allow a flow of body movements or Hatha Yoga asanas to occur.
Stage 4: Breath / Hatha Yoga Pranayama
Relaxing deeply, initiate or allow a continuous rhythmic flow of deep breathing while the slow flow of body movements are activated. This combination of breath and body movement will keep the mind from restless wandering.
Stage 5: Introversion of Attention / Hatha Yoga Pratyahara
Continuing a flow of slow, meditative movements slows down the mind and draws the extroverted attention inward. (pratyahara)
Stage 6: Focused Attention / Raja Yoga Dharana
One's attention continues to be focused on the internal experiences of body and breath. As this continues the stage of deep concentration becomes stable.
Stage 7: Meditation / Raja Yoga Dhyana
As deep concentration becomes stabilized on the body and breath within one becomes a witness to all the internal experiences and bodily movements. A one pointed focus of attention continues to deepen as the ego mind becomes a witness and observer of body mind movements and not the initiator of those movement.
Stage 8: Enlightenment / Raja Yoga Samadhi
The mind dissolves and surrender deepens to the point where there is no separation between the observer and the observed, between the subject and the object, between the witness, the witnessing and that which is witnessed. Union consciousness, oneness deepens. Meditation in Motion dissolves the ego mind. All postures, breath, and thoughts and feelings arise out of one's surrender to the Life Force, Prana or the Wisdom of the Body.
Surrender Yoga Meditation: Frequently Asked Questions, Part 1 & 2 by Yoah Wexler, PhD
Frequently Asked Questions, Part 1
This video answers the following four questions:
1. What is Surrender Yoga Meditation?
2. How does Surrender Yoga Meditation work?
3. Is Surrender Yoga Meditation different from other methods?
4. What is the Surrender Yoga Meditation initiation ceremony?
1. Ahimsa / non violence / Sensitivity
What is injury?
Tell me of an injury you think you have done to another.
Tell me what could you do to treat others better?
2. Satya / non lying / Honesty
What is a lie?
Tell me a lie you think you have told.
What could you do to treat others better?
3. Asteya / non theft / Openness
What is theft?
Tell me about you having hidden the truth.
What could you do to be more honest?
4. Brahmacharya / celibacy / Presence
What is lust?
Tell me something you think you have done that abused another in the name of sex
What could you do to treat others better?
5. Aparigraha / Non Possessiveness / Generosity
What is possessiveness?
What do you think you need to have?
What could you do to treat others better?
1. Shaucha / purification
What is purity?
In what way do you think you have been involved with impurity?
In what way could you be more pure?
2. Samitosha / contentment
What is contentment?
In what way have you been a malcontent?
In what way could you be more content?
3. Tapas / austerity
What is austerity?
How have you failed at being austere?
In what way could you be more austere?
4. Svadhyaya / self study
What is Truth?
What is Love?
What is God?
5. Ishvara Pranidhana / surrender or dedicate to God
In what way have you tried to force (God/Love/Truth) to be different?
In what way have you tried to resist (God/Love/Truth) being the way it is?
(Choose God, Truth, or Love and use it for both questions for the entire exercise.)
"I had assembled about fifty different, quite excellent methods of dealing with the body and mind, like massage, Polarity Therapy, Rolfing, Feldenkreis, Hatha Yoga, breath restraint, good diet, Gestalt Therapy, Mind Clearing, Emotional Trauma Release, praying to God, and many others.
I was trying to design an assessment method to test every person who came to our spiritual growth center and then direct them to the techniques they needed. I had an elaborate plan worked out with a marvelous testing system so that each person's plan could be adjusted to just the combination they needed and varied as their needs changed. I was excited by all of this and was beginning to make some sense out of it even though it was a fairly complex subject.
Then one day I met my beloved spiritual teacher, Kripalu. He taught me Natural Meditation. With Natural Yoga all you have to do is surrender to God. And the perfect thing happens to you at just the right time with the correct intensity to do exactly what is necessary for you whether it be in your mind, your body or your feelings. It brings about the exact degree of purification you need. And then the process continues naturally without any need to ask questions or make plans! What a relief! What a Godsend!
Surrender is not for everyone
Unfortunately not everyone can surrender to God. First of all, many have not found God. Others have no absolute anywhere in their life. It's difficult for them to find anything to surrender to.
Secondly, many are so impure and toxified that if they do surrender even a little bit, their ego can't stand it. They clamp their will down with all their might. These people must find Truth, through some other method, through Enlightenment Intensives, for example. They need techniques to remove their mental and communicative obstacles. Once their minds become purer as a result of techniques such as the Enlightenment Intensive, then surrender is possible for them."
4. Various Yogas Originated Out of the Differences in Techniques
Yoga practice can be started with intellect, mind or body. An intellectual seeker begins by diving repeatedly into the ocean of reasoning and thereby obtains many jewels in the form of true knowledge. This being so he can then make the final decision to enter spiritual life. Thus a knowledge oriented seeker after taking complete recourse to true reason, begins action and then becomes emotionally absorbed in it. A seeker who considers himself to be knowledge oriented or intellectual but is unable to come to any decision after years of reasoning, can be said to be doing faulty reasoning. Such faulty reasoning does not allow a seeker to remain firm on any decision, whereas right reasoning establishes him in a firm decision. This firm decision itself is known as faith among devotees. Faith alone is the source of love, surrender and worship. The knowledge oriented seeker is called a philosopher. He does not believe in God but believes in the existence of gross and subtle elements.
An emotion oriented seeker begins by diving repeatedly into the ocean of emotion and obtains precious jewels in the form of good feelings; only then do they start acting. Thus an emotion oriented devotee first takes support of good feelings and then having begun to act, gradually obtains right reasoning. One considering themselves to be emotion oriented, but failing to remain stable on any one-liking after years of efforts, can be said to be lacking faith. The absence of good feelings does not permit a seeker to have firm faith, while existence of good feelings invariably makes their faith unshakeable. This firm faith is known as decision or discrimination by the reason oriented seeker. Such discrimination is the source of devotion, self-surrender, and absorption. The emotion-oriented seeker is called a devotee. He does believe in God but is not interested in discussing the elements.
An action oriented seeker is by nature a scientist. He neither accepts nor rejects the existence of God but remains a neutral observer. Since this approach is scientific, he makes minute observations of his body, organs, prāna (vital air), mind, the intellect, etc. and comes to a decision only after making experiments. One chooses to act only after taking into consideration various viewpoints of the sciences, including anatomy, psychology, yoga, health and hygiene, etc. Thus an action oriented seeker begins his action with the body and through proper experiments understands the significance of emotion and reason. One who considers himself to be action oriented or scientific, but does not make experiments, cannot master that science of yoga. The neutrality of a scientist vanishes only after the realisation of truth. One who lacks neutrality is biased and unfit for realising the truth. Science derived out of proper experiments is called discrimination by the reason oriented seeker. This science alone is the source of confidence, total dedication and service. The action oriented seeker, being a scientist is not much interested in emotion or reason as in experimentation.
This is an introduction to the principles and practices of Surrender Yoga Meditation and Anahat Nad for awakening the Life Force and restoring the natural flow of Vital Energy. The benefits are increased energy, creativity, intelligence, health and the capacity to live a fulfilling life.
About Surrender Yoga Meditation:
Surrender Yoga Meditation is a natural relaxation process of letting go, allowing and opening up to the life force. It is a powerful way to soften the rigid patterns that are fixed in the body, mind and heart. Spontaneous movements, postures, song, sounds, inner visions, emotional expressions and laughter may occur during the meditation. Joy, peace and presence are the ultimate result of surrendering to Divine Love and the Truth of who you are.
About Anahat Nad:
Anahat Nad is a simple and natural process that dissolves any obstacle to the free flowing Life Force. Any aspect that is not in harmony with your True Nature is brought into awareness, fully accepted and released. Healing takes place on all levels: spiritual, mental, emotional, physical. The result is greater wellbeing, aliveness, freedom, and peace. The essence of Anahat Nad is remembering who you are.
Date: Sunday, April 11, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Place: 19335 Pauma Valley Drive, Porter Ranch, CA, USA