Saraswati goddess of Learning

I’m a week back from #Bali where while there this time I had numerous teachers and seers ask me about my dedication to #Saraswati. In many conversations I was encouraged to invoke her as learning is the root of all dharma. And so I bought a #mala where I’ve only meditated to her.

And what I ask myself is “what did I learn that I can apply right now.”

The literal meaning of the name Saraswati is the one who gives the essential knowledge (Sara) of our own Self (Sva). The goddess Saraswati is also considered the Goddess of #Learning, or of education, intelligence, and the arts. As she is the consort of Brahma, who is considered the source of all knowledge, Saraswati is knowledge itself. Thus, many students or even scholars may worship her for her blessings.
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She is often depicted sitting on a #lotus, which symbolizes that she is founded in the experience of the Absolute Truth. Thus, she not only has the knowledge but also the experience of the Highest Reality. She holds in her four hands a vina instrument, a mala (prayer beads) in the right hand, and a pustaka (book) in the left, which represents the knowledge of all sciences.
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Holding the book in one hand also indicates that this knowledge alone can bring us to the Truth. The vina shows the beauty of learning the fine arts. Playing her vina, she tunes the mind and intellect with her knowledge, and thus the seeker can be in harmony with the universe. The prayer beads represent all spiritual sciences, like meditation and japa (chanting holy names), and, being held in the right hand, that it is more important than the secular knowledge contained in the book in her left hand. Her four arms represent her unrestricted power in the four directions. She also represents creativity, or the combination of power and intelligence, the basis of creativity.
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Her name literally means the one who flows, which can be applied to thoughts, words, or the flow of a river.
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She is also occasionally shown with five faces and eight hands, representing her additional powers. Other objects that she may hold include the pasha (noose), ankusha (goad), chakra (disc), padma (lotus), trishula (trident), and shankha (conch). Sometimes she is also seen riding on a swan, the carrier of her spouse, Brahma. At other times she is seen riding on a peacock or sitting with one nearby. The peacock represents the worldly beauty, which can distract the spiritual aspirant. The swan signifies the acquisition of wisdom and knowledge because of its ability to separate milk from water when eating, and thus acquire only the milk.
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Saraswati is also the shakti or power and consort of Brahma, the secondary creator of the universe. Thus, she is also considered a #motheroftheuniverse. In this way, she is also connected with fertility.

Durga Rebel Spirit

Tomorrow I’m teaching Durga Inspired Rebel Spirit Workshop. Hike in the red rocks + yoga. Perfect at Sedona Yoga Festival! Yoga works to inspire a REBEL SPIRIT in all of us. Have you ever wondered how yoga helps us move beyond resistance to fear and Let Go of what’s holding us back? In this workshop learn how your Rebel Spirit comes from Durga often called the Mother of the universe who protects mankind from misery by destroying selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, hatred, and anger. 

Durga, the goddess of power (shakti) and strength over negativity is also the mother of bounty and wealth, and of beauty and knowledge, for her daughters are Lakshmi and Saraswati (goddesses of wealth and knowledge, respectively).

We will invoke the badass energy of Durga, Invincibility, to stand up for our life! We will inhabit the poses with fierce kindness and peaceful determination and strut away inspired to be ourselves. Join me for some playful, radical fun flow to stoke your rebel spirit!

At the end there will be time to be Overly Meditated before savasana and live a LIFE Inspired the rest of the day!

Saraswati goddess of Teachers

#‎Saraswati‬ ‪#‎YJGoddessProject‬ ‪#‎Mermaid‬ wearing favorite @Prana dress loving my life in ‪#‎Bali‬. Follow me on Instagram as @inspiredyogagal

One of the wisest things I’ve ever done was start going to Bali every year. Intuitively I knew it was a home of my heart. It just took me awhile to listen to saraswati to hear myself. I hold her so dear, as one of my first gifts from a student was a poem and magical token of saraswati. They sweetly came to me and said I was their “teacher” and saraswati is the goddess of teachers and wisdom seekers. It’s why on my left wrist I have the words “ancora imparo” – I am still learning. And from that my dharma is to share all I learn to embody, with YOU.  

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