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Celebrating female founders :Sakshi Khanna Hari on yogic living and ancestral healing

Our Guest blogger is Sakshi Hari, who is a Sound therapist and Nada Yoga teacher based in Toronto. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT200hr) from Yoga Alliance RYS Yoga Space in Toronto. She has completed her Holistic Sound Healing & Nada Yoga Training in New York. Sakshi teaches the power of healing through yoga (Nada/Sound + hatha/Asana & Pranyama + Nidra-Meditation). https://sakshihari.com/
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/sakshikhannahari/

2020 is the year for Ancestral healing and listening to our inner ancestral guides. When I first discovered this, my life journey started to come together like a winning Tetris game.

I learnt everything that I know including the perpetual deep curiosity to always be a student, growing up with grandparents & parents in New Delhi, India. Traditionally Yogic tradition is passed on in form of ‘Parampara’ or an unbroken succession of teacher-disciple relationship, mine started when I would eagerly listen to my Dadaji – Grandfather share his Vedic wisdom with me and my siblings.

My grandfather learnt about ancient Indian texts from his parents, who were direct disciples of Dayanand Saraswati and one of the first members of the Arya Samaj.

Earlier this year, when I was in New York immersed in an intensive sound healing & nada yoga training, I discovered from my teachers that 2020 is the year for ancestral healing and listening to our ancestral guides. Things started to come together like a winning Tetris game.

Allnut was my first real tryst with following a passion and taking an unconventional path of service. When I started Allnut, it was the first mass fresh almond milk manufacturer and supplier in Delhi (perhaps even India). My husband and I co-founded Allnut during very difficult personal times. But with its organic success, Allnut kept us afloat in spirit, becoming a testimony of how good intentions and honest handwork will translate into authentic success. Till date we haven’t paid a single marketing rupee to promote it. People believe in us, and it makes me so proud to know that we have patrons who are attached with us from inception.

In 2016 we moved to Canada for good, handing over the operations of Allnut over to my parents, who have taken the manufacturing standards to the next level.

Growing up with Yoga & Meditation, this was something I truly missed in my life in Canada. I pursued my yoga teacher training with an intention of self-practice. But soon after I started teaching. My mentors would say “when you teach, you learn it twice”. My classical Hatha yoga classes were very well received. As a personal devotion I always bring in aspects of Bhakti yoga into the class.

While teaching, I was receiving alot. Amazing things which I did not know were available to me, started to come up. I intuitively started using Vedic healing techniques with my hands (this was something my grandmother used to do). The feedback and the impact made me want to keep going. I started using sound instruments in my classes much before I learnt the science and art behind Sound healing.

The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means to join or unite. The aim of all yoga is union of body-mind-spirit. As per Bhagavad Gita there are four main types of Yoga- Karma, Bhakti, Raja & Jnana. Combining various texts including Tantra, Hatha Yoga Prapadika, Yoga Sutra, There are many branches of Yoga, the aim always the same: unit or joining of individual consciousness with universal consciousness. All practices lead up to that.

I found there are very fixed notions about yoga, making it seem pretty inaccessible for many. Sometimes it is hard to choose one path of yoga over another, ego-mind thinks too much about the aesthetics and some may find yoga too “slow”. Meditation too has a lot of barriers, because honestly sitting with the chaos and chatter of the mind can be quite overwhelming. This makes it hard to reach the stage of “union” which comes in Deep Meditation. The barriers make it hard for us to experience the true benefits of ancient yogic traditions which are a gift given to us by sages and seers of India, thousands of years ago.

Through the use of sound, mantra & voice in my classes, I found Nada Yoga to be an excellent modality for making meditation accessible and available.

It was a progression of feedback, from my students, guides, intuition and tapping into ancestral guidance, to which I listened. In Feb, 2020 I went to New York and completed a Holistic Sound Therapy and Nada Yoga training. Now I am a certified Sound Therapist.

The way I understand sound healing is by its ability carry us into realms of awareness that were not accessible for us otherwise. When working with sound one receives benefits of deep meditation. Our limbic brain is where changes happen, insights come about, also where we feel anxiety, stress etc. This part of the brain does not have language. And sound works very well to travel through the ventricles of our brain and release hormones and nitric oxide which makes changes take place in the physical realm.

Nada Yoga is the yoga of sound. Nada is our inner sacred sound and in order to access our inner vibrations we use external sound instruments making a plethora of healing frequencies and overtones.

Reasons why you may be interested in sound therapy and nada yoga: Stress relief, better sleep, anxiety, depression, recovery from addiction, physical and chronic pain, emotional pain, mental clarity, life direction, digestion, manifestation, maintain well being, detachment, or just to feel good!

Sound Meditation at home: If you have a Hand-held Kirtan Cymbal Bell / Manjeera, hold one in each hand and take a few deep breaths. Now gently strike the edges, let it ring out. Do this a couple of times. The sound will start resonating in you, after a few strikes, try to mimic the sound from the instrument. This could be a hum or a long Aa, or Sa.

Sakshi Hari is a Sound therapist and Nada Yoga teacher based in Toronto. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT200hr) from Yoga Alliance RYS Yoga Space in Toronto. She has completed her Holistic Sound Healing & Nada Yoga Training in New York. Sakshi teaches the power of healing through yoga (Nada/Sound + hatha/Asana & Pranyama + Nidra-Meditation).

2020 is the year for Ancestral healing and listening to our inner ancestral guides. When I first discovered this, my life journey started to come together like a winning Tetris game.

I learnt everything that I know including the perpetual deep curiosity to always be a student, growing up with grandparents & parents in New Delhi, India. Traditionally Yogic tradition is passed on in form of ‘Parampara’ or an unbroken succession of teacher-disciple relationship, mine started when I would eagerly listen to my Dadaji – Grandfather share his Vedic wisdom with me and my siblings.

My grandfather learnt about ancient Indian texts from his parents, who were direct disciples of Dayanand Saraswati and one of the first members of the Arya Samaj.

Earlier this year, when I was in New York immersed in an intensive sound healing & nada yoga training, I discovered from my teachers that 2020 is the year for ancestral healing and listening to our ancestral guides. Things started to come together like a winning Tetris game.

Allnut was my first real tryst with following a passion and taking an unconventional path of service. When I started Allnut, it was the first mass fresh almond milk manufacturer and supplier in Delhi (perhaps even India). My husband and I co-founded Allnut during very difficult personal times. But with its organic success, Allnut kept us afloat in spirit, becoming a testimony of how good intentions and honest handwork will translate into authentic success. Till date we haven’t paid a single marketing rupee to promote it. People believe in us, and it makes me so proud to know that we have patrons who are attached with us from inception.

In 2016 we moved to Canada for good, handing over the operations of Allnut over to my parents, who have taken the manufacturing standards to the next level.

Growing up with Yoga & Meditation, this was something I truly missed in my life in Canada. I pursued my yoga teacher training with an intention of self-practice. But soon after I started teaching. My mentors would say “when you teach, you learn it twice”. My classical Hatha yoga classes were very well received. As a personal devotion I always bring in aspects of Bhakti yoga into the class.

While teaching, I was receiving alot. Amazing things which I did not know were available to me, started to come up. I intuitively started using Vedic healing techniques with my hands (this was something my grandmother used to do). The feedback and the impact made me want to keep going. I started using sound instruments in my classes much before I learnt the science and art behind Sound healing.

The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means to join or unite. The aim of all yoga is union of body-mind-spirit. As per Bhagavad Gita there are four main types of Yoga- Karma, Bhakti, Raja & Jnana. Combining various texts including Tantra, Hatha Yoga Prapadika, Yoga Sutra, There are many branches of Yoga, the aim always the same: unit or joining of individual consciousness with universal consciousness. All practices lead up to that.

I found there are very fixed notions about yoga, making it seem pretty inaccessible for many. Sometimes it is hard to choose one path of yoga over another, ego-mind thinks too much about the aesthetics and some may find yoga too “slow”. Meditation too has a lot of barriers, because honestly sitting with the chaos and chatter of the mind can be quite overwhelming. This makes it hard to reach the stage of “union” which comes in Deep Meditation. The barriers make it hard for us to experience the true benefits of ancient yogic traditions which are a gift given to us by sages and seers of India, thousands of years ago.

Through the use of sound, mantra & voice in my classes, I found Nada Yoga to be an excellent modality for making meditation accessible and available.

It was a progression of feedback, from my students, guides, intuition and tapping into ancestral guidance, to which I listened. In Feb, 2020 I went to New York and completed a Holistic Sound Therapy and Nada Yoga training. Now I am a certified Sound Therapist.

The way I understand sound healing is by its ability carry us into realms of awareness that were not accessible for us otherwise. When working with sound one receives benefits of deep meditation. Our limbic brain is where changes happen, insights come about, also where we feel anxiety, stress etc. This part of the brain does not have language. And sound works very well to travel through the ventricles of our brain and release hormones and nitric oxide which makes changes take place in the physical realm.

Nada Yoga is the yoga of sound. Nada is our inner sacred sound and in order to access our inner vibrations we use external sound instruments making a plethora of healing frequencies and overtones.

Reasons why you may be interested in sound therapy and nada yoga: Stress relief, better sleep, anxiety, depression, recovery from addiction, physical and chronic pain, emotional pain, mental clarity, life direction, digestion, manifestation, maintain well being, detachment, or just to feel good!

Sound Meditation at home: If you have a Hand-held Kirtan Cymbal Bell / Manjeera, hold one in each hand and take a few deep breaths. Now gently strike the edges, let it ring out. Do this a couple of times. The sound will start resonating in you, after a few strikes, try to mimic the sound from the instrument. This could be a hum or a long Aa, or Sa.

In humble service,

Sakshi Hari

Yoga. Sound . Meditation.

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