Inspirational Resources

Sharing inspirational resources that have bought joy, wisdom and inspiration to my daily life, my yoga journey. Ideas and concepts to guide, challenge and inspire. I hope that you find wisdom, inspiration and guidance just when you need it. More will be added in time. Blessings, Gwynn xo


Books:

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational Resources The Four Desires

The Four Desires ~ Creating a life of purpose, happiness, prosperity & freedom

Author: Rod Stryker

Your Soul has four desires according to yogic tradition. The desire for purpose, means, pleasure and spiritual fulfilment. This book explores each of these in-depth. Our desires are important to our growth and development, not something to be ignored or pushed aside. Fascinating read!

 

 

 

The Desire Map ~ A guide to creating goals with soul

Author: Danielle LaPorte

This book shifts your mindset from what you want to achieve with your life to how you want to feel within it. When you create your life around how you want to feel, it changes the way you do and see things. Priorities change as you become clearer with what it is you want feel. When you work towards how you want to feel within your day you can begin to create the life you want. This book was a real eye opener to me for changing the way we think through how we want to feel.

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational Resources Do Your Om ThingDo Your Om Thing ~ Bending Yoga tradition to fit your modern life 

Author: Rebecca Pacheco

A down to earth look at Yoga tradition. Rebecca steps you through the Eight Limbs of Yoga, meditation, chakras and the body energy sheaths (Koshas) and more. Honest, open and real. Easy to read and understand. I have read this book many times and always enjoy it. Written with a sense of humour, it’s a refreshing change from the seriousness often portrayed in other Yoga philosophy books. One of my favourite books.

 

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational Resources Hope How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma

Hope ~ How Yoga heals the scars of trauma

Author: Helen Cushing

A wonderful and inspiring book showcasing the power of Holistic Yoga to help heal PTSD. Sharing stories from men and women suffering from PTSD and the steps taken to bring about healing.

 

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational Resources I Am Yoga

I Am Yoga

Author: Susan Verde

I was given this beautiful book and when I read it I felt like I had found a kindred spirit. Tears welled up in my eyes as Susan had portrayed brilliantly the way Yoga touches my Soul and made me feel safe and secure in a loud and busy world. This is just as much a grown ups book as a children’s book. I am very grateful to my beautiful nieces that gave it to me 🙂

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational Resources The Wisdom of Yoga

The Wisdom of Yoga ~ A seeker’s guide to extraordinary living

Author: Stephen Cope

Through personal and shared stories Stephen explores Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga and how to integrate it into your daily life. Including insights from modern psychology, neuroscience, religion and philosophy. The book reads like a novel while weaving Yoga philosophy through it. This is an in-depth book.

 

 

 

GentleSpiritYoga Inspirational Resources Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Author: Stephen Cope

Stephen explores Yoga as a Spiritual practice through stories while weaving Yoga philosophy throughout the book to deal with real life dilemmas such as loss, addiction and relationships. Bringing you to a place of realisation through liberation. This is an in-depth book and a great place to your yoga journey.

 

 

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational Resources The Great Work of Your Life

The Great Work of Your Life ~ A guide for the journey to your true calling

Exploring your Dharma (Purpose) Stephen looks toward the Bhagavad Gita for understanding the importance of following your Dharma (Purpose). He then moves on to exploring the lives of others such as Jane Goodall, Beethoven and Gandhi to name a few. All the while weaving the importance of honouring the path chosen for you by the Universe / God. A fascinating read.

 

 

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational Resources Chakra Meditation

Chakra Meditation ~ Discovering energy, creativity, focus, love, communication, wisdom and Spirit

Author: Swami Saradananda

An easy to read in-depth investigation into the Chakras. Explaining each of them and how to balance them through various methods including Yoga, essential oils, crystals, sound and more.

 

 

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational Resources The Untethered Soul ~ the journey beyond yourself. Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul ~ A journey beyond yourself

Author: Michael A Singer

This is my favourite book. I have read the concepts before in other texts but they are brilliantly written and down to earth in this book. This book helps you move beyond the boundaries you have set yourself, habitual thoughts, emotions and energy patterns. We have created our own boundaries and Singer questions every single one in order to expose a freedom that you already have available to you. It truly is a mind opener and a journey beyond yourself to the ‘Self.’

 

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational books and music The Gifts of Imperfection ~ Let go of who you think your'e supposed to be and embrace who you are. Brene Brown

The Gifts of Imperfections ~ Let go of who you think your’e supposed to be and embrace who you are

Author: Brene Brown

I loved the title of this book and just had to read it. Through her guideposts of stories, practices and data, Brene Brown brings to light what is holding you back and how to move forward to a feeling of ‘I am enough.’  Some of the issues she covers is to let go of what people think, perfectionism, fear, comparison, anxiety and self doubt. Then she takes you to a place of courage compassion and connection through exploring the power of love, belonging and being enough.

 

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational books and music Power of Now

The Power of Now ~ A guide to spiritual enlightenment

Author: Eckhart Tolle

It was through the in-depth concepts of this book that I first discovered the idea of consciously living in the moment. To not dwell on the past or worry about a future that might never happen. By leaving the analytical mind and the self centred around the ego behind you can discover a oneness and connection to the present moment. Projection of the future and living in the past is what causes stress and overwhelm. When you stay present you stay centred and learn to live mindfully. Written in question and answer form Eckhart takes you on a journey to discover the Power of Now.

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational Resources A New Earth

A New Earth ~ Create a better life

Author: Eckhart Tolle

A follow up book from The Power of Now. Delving deeper into the effects of the ego to creating our own suffering through our obsession with past and future. Liberation is through living in the present moment Now. A New Earth and The Power of Now are must reads!

 

 

 

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational books and music Quiet ~ the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking. Susan Cain

Quiet ~ The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

Author: Susan Cain

When I first discovered this book I felt relieved! Firstly, I was normal and secondly, I wasn’t alone. Susan Cain brings to life the quiet life of the introvert and how important you are in a world geared toward extroverts. This insightful book offers gentle guidance and reassurance and how to live in a world designed for extroverts. You are encouraged to embrace your talents and be the beautiful person you are meant to be.

 

 

Gentle Spirit Yoga Inspirational Resources A Return to LoveA Return to Love ~ Reflections on the principals of a course in miracles

Author: Marianne Williamson

I love reading a book that totally challenges your perspective. After taking you on a journey through the complexities of human experiences to the miracles you experience in everyday life. Marianne takes you to the only place where you can truly make peace, by returning to Love. When you move through life with a loving heart endless possibilities arise to experience and view the world differently and to heal both yourself and this magnificent planet.

 

 


Mantra ~

Devi Prayer ~ Hymn to the Divine Mother:

Sanskrit “Devi Prayer” from “108 Sacred Names of Mother Divine” by Craig Pruess and Ananda. 

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Parashakti Sundari
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Mahamaye Mangale
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Mahakali Bhairavi
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Mahalakshmi Vaishnavi
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Ma Sarasvati Brahmi
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Durga Devi Shankari
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Uma Parvati Shive
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Ma Bhavani Ambike
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Annapurna Lakshmi Ma
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Kamala Katyayani
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Tvam Brahmani Gayatri
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Tvam Tripura Sundari
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Mata Bhuvaneshvari
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Tvam Raja Rajeshvari
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Parabhakti Varade
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Maya Vishvamohini
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Ishvar Narayani
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Nitya Parameshvari
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Jagadambe Janani
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ma Amba Lalitha Devi
Tvam Anandasagari
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Sarva Mangala Mangalye

Shive Sarvartha Sadhike

Sharanye Tryambake Devi

Narayani Namostute

Narayani Namostute

Narayani Namostute

Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

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English Interpretation: (text by Julie Redstone)

The Divine Mother is everywhere.

She is in everything.

She is the Divine Essence that lives within all beings.

Her domain is the field of life, for she gives to all beings the sustenance that is needed for life.

Her beauty lives in the natural world, and spans the universes in all their splendor.

She has been called by many names, for all traditions recognize Her.

Into each consciousness the knowledge is given of the sacredness of life.

This sacredness IS the Mother.

She is the holy generator of the physical world, joined to the heart and soul of every living thing.

All of the Earth is one with Her.

All beings of the Earth owe their life to Her, for she is the Mother of all, the One who bestows all gifts of life.

Her gifts come to the deserving and to the non-deserving alike, for the sun does not choose upon whom to shine.

She is the source of Divine blessing, the part of the Oneness that bestows the graces that fill life.

We have not seen Her because her being is cloaked in silence.

She emerges now as part of the Oneness where she has always resided, blessing all, giving to all.

All who bow before Her are sustained by the life within them.

All who honour Her are sustained by life’s gifts both within themselves and beyond.

The purpose of existence is to join with Life that lives in all dimensions and all realms of being.

It is the Mother that creates this evolving, this unfolding journey, for she is the fabric of Time itself, the means by which all things grow.

She is the template for life that exists within Her – the substance and form of all that shall ever come to be.

May all be blessed by the blessings of the Divine Oneness.

 

Watch the video of a shortened version Devi Prayer ~ Hymn to the Divine Mother. Including English and Sanskrit words to enable you to follow along. Open your heart and Soul to the haunting sounds of the Devi Prayer.