Soulvana : Inspire yourself

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Feel cheerful, energetic, vibrant and transform your monkey mind to a monk mind. Clear the roadblocks to your happiness & success by equipping yourself with tools & knowledge that will help you cope with the stress of a busy schedule, peer pressure, social media, relationships & the uncertainties.

Recharge your spirits, strengthen your mind & heart and develop community bonding with:

1. Book Club (4:30-5:30pm)

Think Like A Monk” by Jay Shetty. Yaso w/ 15 years of yoga & meditation practice will facilitate reading & discussing this great book with other like-minded friends.

On the Agenda:

  • Grab a drink (non-alcoholic)

  • Read from the book

  • Talk about your experiences & challenges

  • Discuss how to apply the tips from the books to help you in your life

  • Some more reading & talking

  • Get answers to life’s many mysteries

2. Mantra meditation (5:45-6:45pm)

It is about developing connections & relationships of the soul beyond any limitations of the body, culture & background. Celebrate diversity by experiencing the oneness of our spiritual being.

What are the tools you need to find or increase your inner peace & happiness?

Chanting yogic mantras helps you to inject positive energy and gives strength to lead an inner change. Mantras open the mind to new levels of connections, stimulate a higher consciousness and tap into a higher awareness of yourself & your abilities.

When you tap into that higher realm of consciousness and vibration, all your inner desire of happiness, peace and satisfaction will automatically be fulfilled

What is mantra meditation?

It's a 500 year old Bhakti yoga tradition known as kirtan that uses music and healing mantras to free yourself of stress and anxiety. You can think of it as a Spiritual Concert which has a powerful healing effect - physically, mentally and spiritually. It is the combination of powerful ancient spiritual sound vibrations and beautiful musical tunes that will transform and uplift your consciousness.

So, what do you need to do?

Show up to fill your mind with sweet & powerful sound vibrations and connect with the higher realm of spiritual energy. When you do that you can transform all your anxieties or problems to growth & learning opportunities and feel satisfied.

3. Vegan dinner

Indulge your taste buds for a wondrous & unforgettable spiritual food experience - feel the love & positive vibrations our spiritually minded Chefs embed into the food and taste the difference!

Each week our talented chefs prepare a special meal for you and then to have the dinner surrounded by vibrant people and positive vibes, makes it an exceptional experience.

On the menu this week:

  • Quinoa
  • Satay curry
  • Crackers
  • Baked apple with caramel sauce

“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul” – Dorothy Day


When:  Sunday, 10 July 2022, 4:30 PM

Where: 108-110 Park St, South Melbourne 3205

How Much: $19 online (until 5:00pm) / $30 @ the door

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Do I need to attend all the 3 parts – book club, meditation & dinner?

You do not need to attend all the 3 components; you can just come to any 1. The price remains the same whether you attend all the 3 or just 1.

Do I need to read the book before coming to the book club?

No, you do not have to read the book beforehand. We will read together and discuss it.

Do I need to have my own copy of “Think like a Monk”?

You do not need to have your copy, there will be few copies available to read during the book club. Having said that, we encourage you to have your own copy so you will be able to make your own notes in the book and be able to reflect on them later.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

Please let us know what the requirements are, and we can let you know if we can cater for it. Gluten Free is not a problem, just let us know beforehand.

I find meditation difficult; I cannot focus.

Mantra meditation is super easy. All you need to do is just be present in the room, the sound vibration of the mantras will do the hard work for you.

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Who is Yaso

YasoGrowing up in South Africa, inequality, crime and poverty was part of my everyday life and I considered it to be normal. But when I turned 15, I realized what I was surrounded by was not normal & not acceptable.

At that time I remember telling myself, I want to solve this problem by bringing peace and love to people. I considered that becoming a doctor would be the way I could be part of the solution. With this in mind, in 2004 I started studying medicine at the University of Witwatersrand. But soon I realized two important things:

  1. Real problem that prevents peace and progress is the mindset of the people.

  2. It is not only medical workers who have a meaningful contribution to make, but that every single person has an important part to play in a harmonious society.

This kind of turned my world upside down. I could not close my eyes to these new understandings and at the same time I did not know how to act on them: what was powerful enough to heal and transform people’s mindsets and what was the technique that would work for anyone and everyone, to make one’s contribution to society purposeful and satisfying?

Shortly thereafter I started experimenting with meditation and learning more about the Bhakti Yoga wisdom.

I was impressed at how this knowledge dealt with problems at the core, not just skimming the surface, and at how it was helping me to change my mindset and behavior in a very unforced and genuine way. I was excited – through applying these principles in everyday situations I could come to truly respect all persons, all life, no matter the type of body they had or the color of their skin. And so could everyone else, if they had the chance to apply it.

Similar to Jay, I spent time in an ashram – which I consider the best years of my life. The experience of being genuinely happy and satisfied with very little materially while focusing on my spiritual development was so valuable. It gave me a mission to build the rest of my life still to come around. I was confident that whatever course my life would take, by applying the principles of Bhakti Yoga, of developing a monk mind-set as Jay calls it, and helping others to do so, it would bring a deep purpose to my existence. Looked at from the outside my future turned out quite ordinary in many ways but it has been an adventure in personal development.

I am currently working as a dental assistant, married and living my desire of helping people find their mental peace & satisfaction. Yoga wisdom has helped me navigate through life which is a journey mixed with fun, happiness, pain & conflict and the monk mindset has helped me overcome hurdles with calm and confidence.

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