I’ve completed four courses with Big Shakti. I was drawn to them in the hope that they would take what I had learned in yoga over the years to a new level of refinement. And this is what they have done, though in a very down-to-earth way. Classes are easy to follow and relaxed. Jayne and Dr. Swami Shankardev are always unpretentious and friendly. They’ve added most generously to my knowledge and practice from their own deep storehouses of wisdom and experience.
Where I wanted a better grasp of the philosophies and theory underpinning my practice, they took the complex and difficult material and drew out the essence to make it accessible. Where I was looking for more powerful practices, they helped to ease me into them. That, in my view, is good teaching.
In “Facing the Shadow”, by its nature, a personally challenging course, participants were supported and loved, and I for one was so much braver as a result.
Each time, I enjoyed the classes, found the Q&A sessions illuminating. The guided meditations have become a vital part of my daily life.
First of all, Thank You very much for sharing this knowledge with us and for your warm guidance. The Find Life Purpose course is so useful for me. It prompted me to ask myself many questions which were lying dormant deep inside me for a long time. Now the answers are revealing themselves to me!
It’s not so easy to stay focused on purpose in daily life and to maintain inner peace. It takes time, so I now give myself that time. I continue with your truly wonderful meditations in the way the course prescribes. All this is helping my work, my play, and my whole life.
When I reached Lesson 8. of the Find Life Purpose course I found my resolve (sankalpa). I realized that I had so many directions and interests and that the thing holding me back was my manipura chakra, my lack of power.
I made my sankalpa; “I am becoming self-disciplined, confident and courageous”. Soon after I joined the local Labour Party and have since been appointed Vice President. This has given me a venue to express my creative ideas, one of which is to put a track out to the end of South East Cape of Tasmania, the most southern point of Australia.
My vision to help shape a future for this region has been well received and taken up by others. I have also moved towards developing a berry farm and enrolled in a berry production course, something I have toyed with doing for a very long time. In all aspects of my life, I feel the power to move forward… so THANK YOU!
During the 9-week Find Life Purpose course, I learned a great deal about myself and my life’s path. What kept surprising me was how my desires are ever-changing. I realized this in the deep meditation we practiced. In discovering how my desires show up according to the four aims and four stages of life, and through the chakras, I am now able to visualize what lies ahead, before it happens! With this understanding, I am learning how to choose which desires will benefit me in my life, and which ones will block me from moving towards my purpose.
I continue to use the course material ongoing as a tool and a guide on my life path. It is keeping me awake and conscious of where I’m heading and the choices I am making. The course resonates beyond the study and continues to bring me back to my Heart’s Desire each time I stray. I look forward to sharing some of the insights I’ve gained on my journey with my own yoga/meditation students so that they may awaken to their own consciousness.
Many thanks to you, Jayne, and Dr. Swami Shankardev for sharing this wonderfully insightful course with all those who seek to find their Heart’s Desire.
The relaxation meditation course gave me excellent skills to pinpoint and release stress from my body and mind, and superb coping strategies for high-stress situations. I loved the interactivity – creating/uploading my Sankalpa (resolve) and monitoring my stress (and relaxation) levels throughout the course. My growing awareness and ability to let go of stress at will is a godsend. Having direct contact with teachers, Dr Swami Shankardev and Jayne Stevenson throughout the course was a blessing.
The Healing the Mind Course through Big Shakti was incredible! Not only was it in-depth and detailed theoretically, but it gave me practical tools to deepen and extend my meditation practice. The information and techniques taught have really transformed both my meditation practice and my daily life. I’ve watched myself become clearer in my thinking and less reactive emotionally. It has given me an easy to access tool to help with stressful moments in day-to-day life. I would highly recommend this course to anyone – whether they be a beginner or a practitioner with meditation experience.
I began practicing Swami Shankardev and Jayne Stevenson’s Ajapa Japa meditations several years ago and it has been a turning point in my life. I still find it the most effective practice for calming, balancing and promoting self-expression.
When I first did this practice my throat chakra had been quite constricted for many years. I would feel this energetically when the breath moved through this area of my body. The more I practiced however, the lighter and more liberated my throat felt. These changes were reflected in my daily life. My voice became more confident and I was able to express myself much more freely and openly. I wholeheartedly recommend it!
All of us who encounter your teaching feel the grace of your knowledge and the blessings of your lineage. I have no doubt that the Swami Shankardev and Jayne are casting the seeds of something so extraordinary that we cannot even imagine it yet at this time.
Dr Swami Shankardev is an excellent and profound teacher. A humble and thoughtful Yoga Acharya, he addresses his students with a strong desire to share his sacred knowledge in the true spirit of giving. After his recent visit to Jivamukti I began to practice Big Shakti’s meditation CDs. I find them extremely helpful, full of wonderful instruction and deeply soothing.
At the risk of running fate’s gauntlet, the effect of this Facing Life workshop has been profound. The relative simplicity of the meditation exercises and the down-to-earth manner in which they were taught have made continued practice surprisingly easy. They have been extremely effective in their ripple-on effect throughout my day-to-day life, in accordance with the title of his workshop. Of particular note as a doctor, my enhanced centredness has improved my ability to both sense, and simultaneously detach from my patients’ issues, thereby enhancing my ability to aid in their healing process.
In his recent Yoga-Tantra workshop Swami Shankardev gave me the advanced meditation knowledge that I have been searching for, for three years. His spiritual depth, kindness, humility, and humor drew me toward him. After the workshop, my heart was more open, my practice more fluid and refocused.
I would recommend Swami Shankardev and Jayne Stevenson’s workshops and meditations to anyone who wants to incorporate a practice in their daily life that can have profound impact, particularly in terms of shifting longstanding patterns when other techniques have not been successful. Until their workshop, I had not been able to harness the energy required to shift from a long term partnership. Almost immediately on completing the workshop and commencing to use the Core Strength Meditations on a daily basis, I found the energy required to successfully reorganise my professional life. I moved to a new, much happier partnership.
Thanks to your great Las Vegas workshop, I have regained my sense of smell – after 12 years! I am amazed at the power of the prana techniques and the whole learning experience. Upon waking, the morning after the workshop, I could smell everything! At first it was completely overpowering, but fairly soon I was enjoying the smells (and of course the tastes) of life again. I am continuing to practice your pranic healing cds and I am very impressed with the professionalism, care and effectiveness of this guidance.
The last message from the Universe came from Swami Shankardev and his partner, Jayne Stevenson, who are visiting several cities in the States to give seminars on powerful healing techniques that focus on the breath. I spent the weekend learning and practicing techniques that left me glowing from the inside out with energy.
Prana techniques work much better than the strongest brew of coffee and leave my cells buzzing with energy. And still others are available that help cool or heat the body. Even before this wonderful weekend, I had always referred to pranayama practices as the “candy” of my yoga practice. It was therefore very easy for me to accept that the breath could be used to heal.
It would be a daunting task for me to think that I could summarize the wise words of Swamiji and Jayne. There are a couple of things, however, that I want to share. First, Swamiji was able to convey the logic behind why yoga practices are so important for overall health. As we all know, especially if we sit too long in one place, energy gets stuck in certain places and the yoga asanas help to ensure a free flow of energy for use by the body.
Thanks for your great Yoga-Tantra workshop. I had such a beautiful time. It was very engaging and informative and I feel that I gained a great deal of useful knowledge and insight. I have incorporated the basic warm up for the joints (that creates spatial awareness with the mind and the body) into my daily yoga practice and into my teaching. It is the best ‘primer’ for Hatha yoga practices. Now I want to learn more and look forward to following your teachings on the Tantric path.
The course was great! Many thanks for the very clever and effective use of technology and communication in teaching yoga and meditation.
Inner Silence (Antar Mouna) purifies the mind from accumulated negative mental content, memories and emotions. Those are words and promises of what can be experienced with this practice. It was Big Shakti’s meditation that brought this to life for me. I had an “aha! Moment” when practicing.
The benefit of breath, mantra, and flame prior was deep, rich and enlightening. It allowed me to be in a safe, spacious place to witness. The clear instructions enabled me to purify thoughts.
I intend to continue with this practice to get to know myself the very best that I can. Professionally, my clients and students get the flow-on benefit through our collaboration and their own experience of the practices.
Heartfelt gratitude to you both and your teachers.
I wanted to write to let you know how much we appreciate the 3 Easy Steps to Deep Relaxation . It’s just so clear and easy to use. My students report that they find it excellent for calming down and especially effective for anxiety. It’s a great introduction for those who have never meditated before as it breaks the process down into simple, manageable parts.
Listening to the lecture on relaxation is a therapy in itself! My students say they listen to it while driving and find it very informative and soothing. It reminds them to stay relaxed wherever they are, whatever they’re doing, and to keep on practicing!
It is quite evident from the start of using Swami Shankardev’s guidance that these techniques are truly effective. The guided Yoga Nidra complements my own practice in this type of relaxation meditation. Having a “coach” of this calibre to lead me through the territory of the body is a blessing.
Jayne Stevenson and Swami Shankardev have the unique ability to present and explain what can be complex esoteric topics in a simple ways that are relevant to everyday life. Their education programs are thoroughly transformative.
They have helped me to make sense of my life by awakening dormant skills and greater awareness of who I am and who I want to be. Their use of meditation and spiritual awareness techniques from both Eastern and Western systems is so effective that I have moved from a fragmented state, to a centred, focused state. This brings hope, trust and great purpose to my life.
I have participated in most of the online offerings by Big Shakti. I feel blessed to receive continued guidance and support from both Dr Swami Shankardev and Jayne. It has been over 12 years since I first met Swami Shankardev, and he has remained one of my primary teachers on the yogic path. He has an extraordinary ability to transmit deep spiritual truths in a gentle yet rigorous manner. He combines wisdom and a profound knowledge of the “shastra” with a genuine desire to help and heal. The online programs are meticulously designed to promote inner strength, greater connection and deep, authentic knowledge.
I am deeply grateful to both Dr Swami Shankardev and Jayne Stevenson
The concepts in your Illuminating Your Heart’s Desire meditations are so powerful, they have started a hugely positive change in my life. I just love the simple but profound ideas you present.
Recently, I bought the CD for a friend as he is wanting to discover his life aim. He was also having ongoing problems with a work colleague and unsure of how to approach them. Before meeting his colleague, he listened to your introductory talk and did the first meditation. He realised he did not need to win or be right, but that he wanted a positive working relationship with his colleague. Because of his clarity, the issues were resolve very quickly and their relationship has taken a positive turn. What a wonderful outcome!
Big Shakti’s teachings communicate and flow with clarity and wisdom, and so often build bridges of insight into my life and inner world. Through the study of their education programs, deeper layers of understanding and joy have come into being in my life. This knowledge helps bring to life and living, the spirit of yoga and tantra.
Participating in your course was a great experience. The content was of the typically high quality that I’ve come to expect from Big Shakti. I was also really impressed with the delivery system. I dearly wish the Australian National University had shown the same level of sophistication with their learning systems when I studied there in recent years.
I believe what you are presenting is a very fascinating science that deserves full attention. I hope your courses are propagated and available to many people in many walks of life, and that they receive the significant response they absolutely deserve!
I am collecting all of your meditations because I find them to be the best out there. I have tried many different meditations and apps but they have not been as high quality or effective. I was struggling to get 3 hours quality sleep and my health was really suffering. I was recommended to Big Shakti by Sebastian Pole of Pukka Herbs.
Your meditations are clear, very well annunciated, and the voice itself is very soothing. I listen to one of the five titles every night. My general wellbeing has improved and sleep has stopped being an issue for me.
The expert guidance and unhurried pace of the Prana and Pranic Healing meditations allow the practices to gently unfold into a powerful experience of vitality.
I feel that with each listening my experience of these profound techniques deepens and becomes more available to use in my daily life. Thank you for producing such an insightful and clearly communicated work.
Having suffered from acute anxiety most of my life, which culminated in panic attacks and palpitations, I began my yoga journey by developing an awareness of the breath. When I started working with Big Shakti’s Prana meditations my practice went to another level.
I noticed immediate results, my energy was increasing and I wasn’t filled with fear anymore. I feel so much stronger and more grounded. I hardly ever get palpitations now and look forward to a long and healthy life practicing yoga.
I began the Core Strength Calm Mind practices during a high stress time in my life. As a result of integrating the meditations into my daily practice I have gained a deep understanding of how to develop internal strength, and to feel more grounded and comfortable with my own expression.
At times when I felt overwhelmed and tired, it was extremely helpful to have on hand, the support of the practices to guide me to relax. These meditations taught me how to deal with negativity, how to release pain and tension, how to increase strength and wellbeing. There is a strong focus on healing from within. I have found the practices to be a valuable resource.
After completing the Core Strength Calm Mind meditations. I feel very clear, sharp, balanced, connected, tall, strong and together. Basically it balances and connects my mind, body and soul so that I feel ready to cope with whatever comes my way for the rest of the day!!
Some time ago I bought your Illuminating your Heart’s Desire meditation. For a short time, I applied it daily, and was really surprised just how quickly the practice helped me to clarify my thoughts and intentions. I no longer need to use the guidance as I now have these skills within me.
I can ask a question or set an intention in meditation while focusing on the relevant chakra. This greatly helps me to gain insight into important aspects for an authentic life, one that is congruent with my innermost needs. It is a beautiful and effective practice – thank you for creating it.
I am finding the guided meditations brilliant! Your service was also very prompt. Thank you for providing these precious teachings.
Many years ago I dabbled in the practice of meditation with limited success, however a friend recommended Dr. Swami Shankardev’s work and it was a game changer. The Yoga Nidra harnessed my attention and helped me to realise my potential at the World Rowing Championships which culminated in a bronze medal in the men’s eights. It’s been a while since I’ve competed internationally but the same skills still resonate. Recently I’ve found that a high proportion of the student athletes I coach find Big Shakti’s Yoga Nidra helps them to focus both on the water and in the classroom. Dr Shankardev is now a bit of a cult hero at high schools in Sydney, Adelaide and even an Ivy League University in the United States.
Swami Shankardev radiates the light and knowledge of his lineage along with a great sense of humour and a certain simplicity and lightness of being. Not a small feat! Big Shakti is a valuable site for all aspiring to yoga, laymen and advanced practitioners alike. Thankyou for the great work!
Thank you for this wonderful Chakras Meditation. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who is interested in authentic meditation and true self-discovery.
These Chakra meditations have guided me to a place were I can see myself in a loving, non-judgmental way. I find this to be very fulfilling. As a result of using this exceptional chakras practice I am more grounded, aware and connected.
I have been using your excellent Yoga Nidra meditation in the evenings to unwind after work. My practice has given me a sense of deep relaxation and afterwards, I have felt rejuvenated and energized for the remainder of my evening.
Big Shakti’s Yoga Nidra and Meditation provides effective methods for stress reduction and healing. I have gained noticeable results, including: improved sense of wellbeing, increased inner strength, calmness and serenity, increased stamina, and the ability to deal with stress and life’s challenges.
Although simple, the techniques are powerful, based in authentic tradition of tantric yoga, and thus different from many of the ‘new age’ meditation instructions which have a much more superficial effect on our mind-body system.
Yoga is such an ancient practice, at times seemingly too complex to understand, let alone master, because of its depth and its roots in antiquity. Yet, Big Shakti makes it so modern and available to all of us, regardless of whether one is a beginner or a teacher. Big Shakti takes yoga, with its many facets – philosophy, postures, breath, psychology, health and lifestyle, and puts it in a down-to-earth, user-friendly format. As a counselor, I have really appreciated deepening my understanding of both yoga and Western psychology, and I have seen the value this brings that to my clients. In addition, what makes Big Shakti really valuable is the integrity, sincerity, knowledge, skill and warmth of Swami Shankardev and Jayne Stevenson. I can ask them anything and know I will get accuracy, experience, expert knowledge and wisdom. I have made a pledge to myself to attend every course Big Shakti offers.
I was very doubtful about doing meditation and yoga online when Big Shakti first offered their courses, but I since had to eat my words! Big Shakti is creating very important transformative work in times that demand this learning. Despite the concerns. I had about participating such learning online, Swami Shankardev and Jayne have managed to keep a great feeling of connection and intimacy with the group. I feel lucky to be able to hook into so much wisdom at home as I live a long way from the city. Thanks again for sharing the depth of knowledge and wisdom and I look forward to many more courses. Peace to you both.
I first met Dr. Swami Shankardev in the early 2000’s just at the beginning of my yoga teacher career. I was struck by his wealth of knowledge and his ability to translate it in a most relevant, down-to-earth manner. His breadth of knowledge is not only for teachers, but for anyone in search of greater self-awareness, and for ways to deepen their yoga and meditation practice, and enjoy life more. In recent years, I am impressed by how he, Jayne Stevenson, and their support team have created a learning platform that can create a similar environment for profound learning, online.
The courses do not only provide more knowledge for a teaching repertoire but offer practical tools for engaging in life with greater skill and happiness. As Dr. Shankardev has said, “Yoga is the penetration of consciousness into your day-to-day life.” In my experience, the courses offered through Big Shakti are an effective, powerful, gratifying way to get there.
What I enjoy about Big Shakti online courses and meditations is their combination of wisdom and practice. They have helped to clarify my understanding of certain yogic terms in the light of modern Western psychology, and thus allowed my practice to become alive, useful and meaningful
As a teacher, I am better able to explain the science behind the techniques, which my very Western students appreciate. There is an urgent need for yogic mind management in today’s society. Once known these techniques can be practiced by everybody no matter what challenge they may be facing from depression to the constant mind chatter. Big Shakti’s courses offer a bridge that Westerners can cross trustingly.
Big Shakti has applied the ancient wisdom of Yoga in accessible practical ways for our current age. It is freeing, yet challenging, and it’s evolving study. I have found myself more at peace, confident, grounded; improvement in relationships, and my smile is more regularly warm. I am thankful to Jayne and Swami Shankardev for the courses they offer online and recommend this as a good means for learning and expanding one’s knowledge of self.
I highly recommend Big Shakti’s courses to anyone considering them. They are great value and easily accessible. The courses are in-depth, insightful and are delivered with an obvious care for participants and a passion to share their unique knowledge and experience. The materials provided with the courses such as meditations, activities and notes are an added bonus!
Big Shakti’s online courses are exceptional because of the wisdom they share, the teachers who teach it and the way the courses are presented. The credible Eastern and Western perspectives allow the topic to be understood more easily. The valuable homework reflections, teamed with thorough Q&A opportunities as well as specific breath work and meditation practices bring the knowledge into daily life. Access to technical and personal support throughout the study is priceless. All facets of the online learning are integrated to form an excellent resource, which provides an opportunity for change.
Big Shakti’s study programs provide a path to enlightenment and a practical yet highly spiritual means of attaining a more aware state, wherever you are in your own development. Both Swami Shankardev and Jayne support your growth and learning in a safe, loving environment where questions are seen as part of the learning. The structure of the theory has given me the basis on which to build. It has helped me to understand so much about my life and the lives of those around me. I feel supported and held.
After doing your online relaxation meditation course relaxation is becoming more natural in my daily activities such as riding my bike to work; sitting at my desk; in meetings; talking to colleagues; riding home in the rain. It’s great to have learned the importance of relaxation, as I had never experienced meditation from that perspective before. It was simply explained too! I love that!
I’m not brave enough to join a meditation class so Big Shakti’s online courses are an excellent option.
Thank you so much for your wonderful courses. As the carer of an autistic child, I face massive challenges 24/7/365! It has been difficult for me to connect with teachers. If I make it out the door at all some days it’s a miracle. I definitely think that your online courses have so much to offer the disabled and their carers (who are generally a stressed out and depressed bunch).
I really love the way you combine meditation, psychology and spiritual concepts in such a user-friendly, manageable format. I am calmer, less reactive, more creative and productive despite life constantly hurling bombs at me. I am grateful for your guidance. Not many Yoga teachers have the experience to guide me in this way. I feel connected and trusting of you because you have shown me how to trust and connect with myself in a most real and wonderful way.
Heartfelt gratitude to both of you, I have been longing for this deep connection to teachings that can only be transmitted by the Teacher. I understand that there are many subtle levels of communication you are conveying to us through your expertly crafted courses. The meditations are helping me stay centered and present. My sense of self-awareness is heightened and I am able to witness my thoughts, actions and emotions throughout the day.
I really appreciate the format of the Find Life Purpose course. It is easy to follow and I feel I can go at my own speed. This makes it possible for me to truly embody the principles I am learning. I have gained deep insight into what I really want and moved away from patterns that don’t serve me, I am much more aware of my own genuine truths. I will continue to use this course as a tool in my life. Thank you!
Big Shakti provides worldwide access to the kind of knowledge, which is historically only available in a personal relationship with a master teacher. The programs are deeply enriching, and the energy generated by going “live” with Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati, Jayne Stevenson and an international group of seekers is amazing. At the same time, it always feels personal, and Big Shakti is quick to respond to any question or concern. The study programs have been of immense value in my practice.
Big Shakti’s online programs are planned with extreme care and knowledge and they are valuable tools for self-study. They are easy to follow, and they always make me feel as if the teacher is in my mind, knowing my needs, and what I want to explore. Either it is a meditation, a Yoga Nidra or a program about facing our shadow, or discovering our life’s purpose, their quality and power is unique.
My absolute trust for Big Shakti’s team, that derives from all the benefits I’ve enjoyed since I started practicing its beautiful methods. It is very comforting to have the possibility of choosing a grounding meditation when feeling agitated, or the facing the shadow meditation when having the need of looking deep in my soul. What I like most about Big Shakti’s work, is that they provide knowledge and experience in a structured way, with care, love and, yes, empathy. It is like having a trusted friend that helps you when needed.
Since practicing your Core Strength Calm Mind meditations I am experiencing an escalation in good health, energy and confidence, and my conscious awareness is expanding.
As a Yoga devotee for 35 years I am convinced, more than ever, that embodying your Teachings is one of the most essential and far reaching processes a Yogi can embark upon. I remain in your debt for this doorway into deeper, profound levels of Self.
The Chakra Meditation practice with Swami Shankardev is the most clear and delightful I’ve done. The introduction is excellent and it has helped me understand the chakras more deeply.
The rotation of consciousness through the chakras is genius! What a downpour of grace; to hear the beautiful pronunciation of the sweet names of the chakras, but more importantly to truly feel them in our own being!
When I met Swami Shankardev, I was only 19 and had already been practicing Yoga for approximately three years. I always knew there was something great to meditation when I came into contact with Sannyasins at such an early stage in my life. Dr. Swami Shankardev is both a dynamic Yogi and a brilliant intellectual who is able to embody the mixture between a health practitioner and psychotherapist, as well as a great sense of humor which is common only to stand up artists and team coaches all blended into one; quite an authentic and modern Yogi indeed.
Back then, I could not really grasp why so many people were drawn to him. I guess it took me a day or so to realize that I was in front of a really brilliant and sought after lecturer who understood what he was saying and who earned his own mastery with a very simplistic yet meticulously elaborated informal speech; all this backed up by his unique sense of what the Yogic lifestyle is really all about. Swami Shankardev had so much energy, so much enthusiasm, an impeccable serenity and a sharp (laser-like) attention. Now, I can truly understand what his intentions were and how he dared people to give meditation a chance, at least a try! I have since practiced many of Big Shakti’s meditations and believe they are the most authentic meditations available today and perfect for aspiring yoga practitioners.