Jayā Saraswatī — For the Love of Wisdom and the Wisdom of Love
Jayā — glory, Praise, victory.
ānanda — a quality of bliss that has no opposites.
Saraswatī — the Goddess of wisdom, creativity, music and the fine arts.
“one who flows”.
JAYĀNANDA AND SARASWATĪ met ON LAKE ATITLÁN, GUATEMALA during a yoga teacher training they found themselves teaching together… DISCOVERING A SHARED PASSION OF YOGA PHILOSOPHY, SOUND, MUSIC, MANTRA AND BHAKTI YOGA, THEY BEGAN CO CREATING YOGA TEACHER TRAININGS AND TRANSFORMATIONAL RETREATS AT THEIR HOME OF THE YOGA FOREST ON LAKE ATITLÁN AND AROUND THE WORLD.
Jayānanda is a proclaimed apprentice of the Sacred, uniquely carrying the powerful medicine inherent in all of the worlds wisdom traditions through the ‘joining of Dot and Feather’ from eastern philosophies to indigenous practices and disciplines. Grounded in the teachings of Advaita Vedanta Jayā weaves openly through his life passions of Music & Sound Healing, Yoga & Tantra, Shamanism & Medicine work into a teaching prayerful and poetic.
A multi instrumentalist, he infuses the wisdom of Bhakti and Nāda Yoga, devotional Song and deep listening. His healing Sound carries a strong message for us all as it carries the listener deep into the space of ceremony that which shines the wonders of the Medicine path and the many healing tools that have been initiated through Jayānanda.
A published author of three poetry works Jayā’s words have been celebrated as joyful reminders of the path we walk. Sharing with all hearts a special joy of living, of living through breath and song. Jaya's teachings touch an eternity that is always with us, inspiring us into the realms of the Great Mystery, The Great Mystery that is Here and Now.
Saraswatī embodies the essence of the creative Mother, balancing loving softness with a graceful strength. Her powerful presence inspires and empowers others to step into their full potential, through vibrant authenticity and the awakening to the expansive joy of the heart. Her work brings together the teachings of yoga, non-dualism and earth wisdom, infused with a deep reverence for life.
Guiding people from all over the world to devote time to personal transformation at The Yoga Forest, the conscious living retreat she founded in 2009, Saraswatī wholeheartedly offers herself through the path of devotion; offering kirtan, ceremonies, workshops, retreats and trainings with yoga, breath work, sound healing, singing circles, dance, satsang & sharing circles. Her dedication to creating and holding a safe space allows the veils to fall away, inspiring spontaneous expression and the authentic embodiment of the Truth - all is Love.
Weaving together her passion for yoga, nature and the elements; her view of sustainable green living and mindfulness practice fuse into a work of deep green yoga.
Saraswatī is one of 8 co-founding members of the Kula Collective, an organization weaving together diverse holistic experiences and educational offerings through combined passions and a collective intention —
‘To facilitate a global spiritual awakening through a thriving collective community, built on a solid foundation of integrity, sustainability and freedom for all.’
The Yoga Forest
Conscious Living Retreat & TransformationAL Learning Center
san marcos la laguna, lake atitlan, guatemala
Experience Green Living - Simple, Relaxed, and Off the Grid!
The Yoga Forest is located in San Marcos la Laguna, in the western highlands of Guatemala. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of mountains looking out over Lake Atitlán towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlán. Offering a unique retreat space within a tropical food forest with amazing views, comfortable beds, delicious vegetarian meals, daily yoga and meditation and friendly community living. Specialising in Yoga Teacher Training programs with Kula Collective, Transformational Retreat offerings with amazing international facilitators, and Permaculture and sustainability courses.
Our Vision - Conscious Living in Community
The Yoga Forest models conscious living in community as a spiritual practice, offering a unique retreat space for learning and personal growth.
Our Mission - Deep Green Yoga
We live, work & play harmoniously with nature, creating inclusive abundance and a safe space for personal transformation and authentic self expression. Through intercultural relationships of respect, we weave together local and global visions that inspire positive social and ecological impacts in the world.
The Yoga Forest was founded as a sustainable living experiment, through a desire for living simply, greenly and in communion with everything surrounding us.
In yoga practice, we clear the body and mind making space for wisdom and deeper understanding to flow freely and openly. In making space, we allow ourselves to experience our fullness and connection to everything around us. Yoga is therefore about cultivating flow through the body and mind and opening up to optimal experience - union.
Permaculture follows the same principles. In Permaculture, we are essentially making space for the wisdom of the entire system to fully flow, to become a more open and thriving container for life. Permaculture teaches us to observe the natural environment and work with rather than against the natural order of flow. Thus, in Permaculture we are also cultivating union. Through the Yoga of Permaculture, we are facilitating the experience of Yoga as deep ecology – by allowing the ecosystem, and ourselves within that system, to demonstrate their own evolution.
As we step into deep ecology and recognize ourselves as part of the ecosystems and world that we breathe, we begin to recognize the impacts we make. In Permaculture the idea that everything gardens means that everything we have in place is cultivating the whole. Therefore it is imperative to take time and recognize the impacts of all the plants, buildings, elements, animals, and insects on the whole of our Permaculture space. We are always dealing with ecosystems, whether it is in the personal body, the garden, home, or community. Everything we do with our personal bodies impacts the world around us. It may be subtle, and perhaps we may never notice, but regardless our thoughts affecting our actions affecting our world make us part of what gardens life in this world. In Yoga, a personal practice extends far beyond a quiet mind. It extends to where your attention goes. It increases your ability to respond as you become more aware. Through Permaculture, we unite the response to and awareness of our environment into a fusion of deep green yoga.