Meditating since the age of six, Ambika Devi has devoted her life to the study and teaching of meditation. She is a scholar of Yoga with expert knowledge of the philosophy teachings of the Far Eastern Mystery Schools. Her rich storytelling has won her international awards as a best-selling author and indie publisher. Specializing in igniting your intuitive magick, she empowers you to expand your creativity by showing you how to tap into the unified field of consciousness through the state of meditation. Are you ready to meet your inner wizard! This yogi has the connections to introduce you. Her pockets are filled with degrees in varied fields of study, including: A Masters in Yoga and Meditation, and bachelor’s degrees in Astrology, and Fine Arts. Stuffed inside her backpack are a deck of tarot cards, colored pens, a journal, a kindle, a passport to alternate realities and full of earthly stamps. Inhale her passion and be guided to find inner peace, outward success, and an expansive leap in your health and happiness. She has appeared on The Learning Channel, network radio and as the number one most downloaded teacher on the international Meditation Podcast. Her own Meditate with Ambika podcast gives you fee guided creative visualizations to calm the mind, soothe the heart, help you sleep deeper, and inspire creativity. In addition to appearing in periodicals as a relationship and communication expert, she has taught Holistic Health at the university level for 21 years. Everyone needs a true guide. Reach out to Ambika to enhance your forward journey and reach your highest potential!
I have been meditating since the age of six, teaching meditation since 1977 and received my Masters degree in the education of Yoga and Meditation in 2012.
Yoga is a science and philosophy of life that gets us out of our minds and into the cosmic ocean of oneness where intuition leads. A body, mind and spirit in harmony makes good choices that promote well-being. Yoga equals meditation. This is its purpose.
~Ambika Devi "Yogini Yoda"
I began meditating at the age of six. At 17 I received my first Yoga teaching certification. I have been trained in six schools two of them being ashram lineages. I realized early on that the practice of Yoga is to relax us into being able to meditate. In 2012 I received a Masters degree from the Hindu University in the teaching of Yoga and Meditation.
My two favorite techniques to teach to students are Pranayama—Yogic breathing techniques and Primordial sound techniques. I find these give beginners a strong tangible experience of what the meditative state feels like through all of their senses.
A great way to relax and begin to find the state of meditation is with creative visualization in the guided meditation style. People say I have the perfect voice to launch them into the the state of deep relaxation. A 20 minute session with me can give you the restful sensation of four hours of deep, rejuvenative sleep.
Truly there are only three entry points into meditation.
1. Physical movement such a a sport, dance, walking running or cleaning. This can easily trip the brain into a trance as the potential brainwaves fire every 90 seconds.
2. Creative visualization, guided meditation, or hypnotic suggestion.
These first two are ways to settle into meditation.
True Meditation is accomplished by these three things:
1. Sit up straight.
2. Close the eyes.
3. Focus on the breath coming in and out of the nostrils paying close attention to the quality of the air across the inside front edges of the nostrils.
That is it.
People often confuse the gateways and triggers to help get into meditation as the act of meditating.
When the body finds the state of meditation and is in need of sleep—it usually sleeps. Let it! This is very rejuvenative!
Go with it.
Visualization is just that. Imagining is just that.
Guided Meditation is a great choice to help the body relax which in turn allows the mind to relax.
Give it a try!
You can find more about the art of meditation and my philosophy on my blog.
If the mind is engaged in following something you are not meditating yet. You are still trying to relax. This is why when you are listening to a guided meditation you might drift into sleep or you could come to a realization later that you somehow missed a large chunk of the words being spoken. I do not recommend using video for this as it is putting too much blue light into your body and this prevents you from really letting go into the meditative state. When you are trying to focus on something you are closer to centering then the true state of meditation.
All meditation gateways potentially lead to the full-bodily-felt sensation of the deep-trance-state. This is our true state of being. This is where the boundaries of the seeming edges of the physical body disappear and we merge into the state of oneness where we are pure energy.
Indeed meditation is a stress reliever. In the meditative state we have the ability to tap into the unified mind. We become one with the greater where—everything is alive and everything is interconnected.
Here is the secret sauce: It is best to stay focused on relaxing. Forcing the mind and engaging it with a topic is exhausting. Just drift and float in the relaxed state of meditation once you feel it. Therefore watching or listening to YouTube is counterproductive.
To find brilliant insights and gain information from your practice of meditation—and it is an on-going practice—is after you have been in the deep-trance-state and you begin to realize that you are in a body once again. It is a good idea to keep the eyes closed at this point. This is where the brilliance happens so be sure to have a journal near by to write everything down!
Yoga is for the Mind. Ayurveda is for the Body. Jyotish is for the Spirit. These are three daughters of the Vedas that dance in harmony to inspire for wholeness, happiness and health for us. Therefore, I suggest the main reason to do any Yoga posture is to make space in the body in order to meditate. In a meditative state the body rights itself." ~Ambika Devi MA July 15, 2014
I realize I am blowing up some preconceived ideas. There are postures in Yoga Asana that indeed provide specific benefits to the organs, systems and parts of the body. Given a particular body type and the state of the individual, modifications may be necessary. The main reason to practice any form of Yoga posture is to become loose in the joints so the practitioner can sit and meditate.
In the age old wisdom of the Vedas, four books of science and knowledge from the ancient eastern lands there is a concept written: आत्मानं विद्धि pronounced AtmAnaM viDhi. It is the phrase, "Know Thyself." This is one of the true purposes of Meditation and the Psychic Arts. AtmAm is the nature of one's soul, the true self. This is the light and energy that science is just now acknowledging regarding what we human beings truly made of. This esoteric statement is poetically teaching is this:
1. Direct experience is the foundation of true knowledge.
2. In order to truly experience anything, one must fully merge with it or become one with it.
3. The experience one has determines the quality and ability to fully merge.
4. All dualities must be embraced and unified. One must move beyond, “I like it, I don’t like it,” and be fully immersed in, and unified with the experience.
5. It is human nature to avoid dualities. This is a quality of beta behavior. Therefore we must push through and embrace seemingly uncomfortable situations. How do you accomplish this? If you believe you do not like something, can you accept that others do? Can you be comfortable in a situation that you normally avoid? Can you immerse yourself in what you perceive as uncomfortable and find acceptance?
6. In your quest, the mind identifies obstacles. The mind fools you. You are not the mind. The mind is a tool that you have a unique connection to. It is exterior. The mind constructs what you perceive as reality.
Strive to find the light in your own being and in the being of others and all things. The greatest gift the world has to offer you is knowledge. Realize there is no such thing as time for you truly are an infinite being wearing the cloak of a physical body, like the robes of a wizard. Become fully absorbed in all experiences and wear your wizardly robes humbly.
When you are able to become fully absorbed in situations and fully embrace them, there is no possibility of being disturbed or distracted. Duality confuses the mind to perceive that all things are separate from the observer. Just as in the words of Cicero, and the motto of Grey School of Wizardry where I teach a major in Meditation, “Omnia vivunt, omnia inter se conexa,” which translates to, “Everything is alive, everything is connected,” we must not just accept the statement but become it! Practice silencing the mind in the deep-trance-state of meditation and know thyself!
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Breath is the action of the most vital life force for our bodies. Learning to control the breath gives us power to control the mind and it is the easiest way to launch into the state of meditation. Strengthening the breath is the first step in a life-long practice of meditation. Learn to control the Breath and you can direct the action of the most vital life force for our bodies. Control the mind and learn to launch into the state of meditation.
Ambika teaches you foundational techniques to breathe like a Yogi. Learn the four vital breaths:
1. Deergha Swasam the Three step breath the foundation
2. Ujjiya the Victorious Breath
3. Nadi Shodhana Alternate Nostril Breathing
4. Bhramari Breath the Breath of the Goddess of Bees
Class will end with a deeply relaxing guided meditation promising you a great night’s sleep!
Ambika teaches you learn the philosophy and practice of four intermediate level vital breaths:
1. Anuloma Viloma The Going with the Grain Breath
2. Kapalabhati The Skull Shining Breath
3. Sitali the Cooling Breath
4. Samavritti The Square Breath
Class will end with a deeply relaxing guided meditation promising you a great night’s sleep!
Class includes a deeply relaxing guided meditation for a great night’s sleep!
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Guided Meditation and creative visualization to manifest what you desire. Sessions can also include coaching for intentions and manifestation. Guided Meditation and creative visualization to manifest what you desire. Sessions can also include coaching for intentions and manifestation.
Unfolding Happiness is a beautiful introduction to Ayurveda. In it, Ambika and Vijay share their heartfelt stories and guidance that lead you to a state of happiness and understanding what healthy truly is. This knowledge blossoms forth through the wisdom of Ayurveda and her sister sciences of Yoga and Meditation and our cosmic connection to nature.
Things you can try at home and a concise Sanskrit glossary make this a must read!
Available in paperback, digital & audio-book here.
What people are saying about Unfolding Happiness
“Our natural state of bliss is obscured by our thoughts, feelings, emotions, judgment, criticism, likes, dislikes, and trauma. That’s why people are suffering. This book brings a practical approach to unfolding inner happiness and joy through a clinical approach to Ayurveda. It is a helpful guide to every Ayurvedic individual who seeks happiness.”
Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician
Author of Ayurveda: Science of Self-Healing: A Practical Guide and
Textbook of Ayurveda
“Happiness resides within us, but we have forgotten how to access it and instead run after all the new gadgets and glitter of information technology. Dr. Vijay Jain and Ambika Devi unfold the yogic secrets of uncompromised and unshakeable peace and happiness so that we can move beyond all dependencies and additions. This book makes for fascinating reading, providing many practical tools and transformative insights as how to discover the Ananda, or bliss, that is our true immortal nature.”
Dr. David Frawley, Director, American Institute of Vedic Studies Teacher of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Jyotish Padma Bhushan Awardee
Author of Shiva, the Lord of Yoga and over thirty other books
“Happiness is our true nature, but the ego-mind hides this with attachments, aversions, and emotions, which create illness and depression. Ambika and Vijay reveal the insightful ancient teachings of yogic and Ayurvedic lifestyle that removes the obstacles to inner happiness, performing miracles in healing. Through their knowledge and inspiring personal stories you will learn how to provide the right conditions to naturally unfold into the state of happiness. This book will touch your heart and transform your life.”
Yogi Amrit Desai, International Yoga Grand Master Founder of Kripalu Yoga and Spiritual Leader of the Amrit Yoga Institute
“Unfolding Happiness is an extraordinary book—a beautiful rendering of ancient wisdom updated through a modern lens. The authors are well-versed in the subject, yet the book is far from a dry exposition. The authors have effectively woven personal stories and practical tips into every chapter, taking readers on a journey towards unfolding happiness. No matter where you are in your life, there is a gift for you in these pages.”
Susan S. Freeman, Founder and President of “Step Up Leader,” Author, and Speaker
“Enjoyable and interactive, Unfolding Happiness illustrates and reveals the possibility of living life as a joyous celebration through communicating with readers. The Sanskrit glossary, with simple translations, enhances the usability of the book for Ayurveda and Yoga readers seeking health as the foundation of happiness.”
Dr. B.V.K. Sastry, Yoga-Samskrutham University
“Ambika and Vijay keep it REAL! Their heartfelt stories about the small victories and the pursuit of happiness hit just the right spot.”
Dave Romanelli, Author of Happy is the New Healthy
“When I think about happiness now, after recently reading the intriguing words of Unfolding Happiness by Ambika Devi and Dr. Vijay Jain, new ideas on the subject float through my mind like kites or party balloons, or confetti in a parade. They urge me on to explore, ruminate, play, and luxuriate in the fantastic plethora of newfound wisdom they offer that wafts up in a fantastical celebration of frontal cortex enlightenment and bliss. This is not the usual tired, recycled wisdom one typically encounters in similar books of this genre. As you might guess, I can’t recommend this book highly enough, and sincerely thank the authors for such a thoughtful and insightful analysis of all that happiness means in our individual voyages through life.”
Dr. Patagonia, poet