Jena is a Certified Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner
from the Sound and Music Institute, New York, and a Certified Yoga Teacher.
Jena practices Bhakti & Nada Yoga, and Mindfulness in Zen Buddhism.
She is also studying the voice, Sanskrit, and sitar.
She is in deep gratitude to all of her teachers.
According to ancient scripture, there are two paths to obtaining God's Grace, the Monkey Path or the Cat Path. In the Monkey Path, the yogi needs self-effort to reach liberation, just as the baby monkey has to cling to it's mother to be carried along. In the Cat Path, the yogi relies solely on God's Grace to reach liberation, just as a kitten will be held in the mouth of the mother cat, who depends on the total mercy of the mother. The Cat Path implies a total surrender to God. Self-effort becomes effortless.
Jena studied Bhakti and Kirtan with Shyamdas.
Bhakti Yoga - Yoga of Devotion
Devotion is selfless love without motive. It is pure love that is not romantic, but comes from the bottom of the heart and the soul. According to Sage Narada, it is intense love for God. One surrenders one's body, heart and soul. Through constant remembrance of the Lord, one's heart awakens and a relationship/bhava (mood) is developed between the individual soul and the Divine. These relationships are: friendship, servant and master, mother and child, lover and Beloved, the latter being the most exalted.
Bhakti is considered the easiest way to attain and realize God, relying on one's heart and emotions. As humans, we are emotional beings with desires, we can direct our emotions for higher spiritual attainment. The Gopis (dairymaids/playmates of Krishna) of Vrindavan are considered Gurus of Devotion. They attained God's love through pure devotion, without practice or knowledge. Bhakti Yoga is expressed through songs praising the Lord, hearing the stories of the Lord, service, and rituals.
Kirtan - Ecstatic Chant
It is singing God's name with feelings of Divine love. It is an exchange/dialogue between you and the Beloved.
Jena studied Sampoorna Yoga and Nada Yoga with Shri Yogi Hari Maharaj.
Sampoorna Yoga is Yoga of Fullness that intelligently integrates Hatha, Raja, Karma, Bhakti, Jnana and Nada Yoga to purify and harmonize all aspects of the human personality so the light of the soul can shine through. Sampoorna Yoga was inspired by the teachings of the Sivananda lineage, and is aligned with the system of Hatha Yoga Pradipika from the 15th century.
Hatha Yoga - Yoga of Kundalini Awakening
Ha (sun) Tha (moon) is the union of the sun and moon, the Yin and Yang, of opposite energy. Hatha Yoga is a complete system that outlines a step-by-step process for transformation and Union. In it's genuine form, it deals with Shakti, divine feminine energy, in the form of Prana (life energy). It is related to the Trantric tradition. It seeks to awaken Kundalini (coiled) Shakti that lies dormant at the base of one's spine to unite with the Supreme Consciousness, Shiva. These steps are 1)asanas & proper diet 2)pranayama (breathing methods) 3)mudra (hand yoga) 4)samadhi (Union). The variations of asanas are infinite, however, 4 are most important in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika: siddhasana, padmasana, simhasana and bhadrasana. In the Yoga Sutra of Pantajali, asana, one of the "eight limbs", refers to a steady and comfortable sitting posture for meditation. By practicing asanas, one attains good health, concentration, endurance, and most importantly the ability to sit in an erect posture for meditation without pain or distraction. By practicing pranayama, one gains control of Prana and the mind. As one's breath is balanced and harmonized, one's mind becomes calm and peaceful.
Nada Yoga - Yoga of Sound Vibration
Nada Yoga uses sacred sound to reach the transcendental state of Para where one experiences the pure vibration known as Om. The Vedas state that Brahman, Supreme Consciousness, first manifested as vibration. This first manifestation is called Om or Nada Brahman. There are 4 states of vibration: 1)Para - highest, undifferentiated, 2) Pashyanti - less subtle within transcendental realm 3)Madhyama - mental state 4)Vaikhari - grossest, audible sound, everything heard through the ears. Using the voice as an instrument, one can be transported back to the Source. Through the chanting of mantras (energy encased in sound), sutras (formula to awaken consciousness), kirtan, bhajans (poems of Saints set to music), one can reach the Pashyanti state to hear the Anahata sounds. Anahata means "non-struck", the sound is not produced by hitting two things, but by the vibration of prana in Ether. Based on time, purity of nadis, concentration, and flow of prana, the mind will experience different frequencies of the Anahata sound. Through practice by listening and using one's voice, one can enter the Para state. By simply chanting Aum or Hari Aum, one is trying to recreate this sacred & perfect vibration.