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Standing Still in the Mountain

October 1, 2009 by Andrew Baerthel

Swami Lalitananda“It’s so simple. All we do is reflect on the symbol of the pose as we’re in the pose and the connections form. Ourself, the pose, our body, our mind, it comes together in a way that’s really special for each person.” In this video, Swami Lalitananda, author of The Inner Life of Asanas and Director of Radha Yoga and Eatery in Vancouver leads us through The Divine Light Invocation and a reflection on Tadasana (The Mountain Pose).

In this excerpt from The Inner Life of Asanas, Swami Lalitananda offers a Reflection on the Mountain:

What is a mountain? What is it to climb one? What do I find at the top? Being with the mountain becomes an act of devotion, an act of awareness – seeing what is, instead of rushing by. I stand in the mountain pose. Standing still – aware of my spine, aware of the structure of my body, aware of how the stillness of the moment creates a connection – my body and mind are suddenly linked, and I am connected with the world around me.

We would like to invite you to follow along with Swami Lalitananda’s exploration of The Divine Light Invocation and Tadasana. See what comes to you as you stand, listening to your heart, to your mind, where you are, standing still.


As part of our initiative to increase the compatibility and accessibility of our content, we have formatted this video to a widescreen aspect ratio that is friendly to most mobile devices and widescreen computer monitors. To view this video in High Definition, you may press the HD button in the bottom right of the video player. If you would like to donate to the Yasodhara Ashram Society click here.


Swami Lalitananda will be hosting the Inner Life of Asanas Workshop at Yasodhara Ashram, from October 20-25. For more information call 1-800-661-8711, view our online course catalogue, or email yashram@yasodhara.org


  1. This video brought me front and centered this morning, thank you so much! Now I can do the Invocation with a group in the temple daily, what a blessing. I am so grateful for Lightwaves … keeping connected to the Ashram is such a gift. Namaste’

    Comment by Holli Brown — October 7, 2009 @ 10:05 am

  2. Good morning…..
    Thank you so much for keeping me informed.
    I look forward to someday visiting. In the meantime I am enjoying your e-mails…..However I am hoping you can help….
    While (trying) to watch/listen to the Divine Light Invocation, my screen starts and stops every few seconds. Is there a remedy for that?
    Thank you so much:)

    Comment by Diane — October 7, 2009 @ 10:18 am

  3. Namaste Diane. If you pause the video and allow the loading bar to fill up more before watching it should run smoother, hope this helps.

    Comment by Andrew Baerthel — October 9, 2009 @ 11:26 am

  4. Thank you for sending out the Divine Light Invocation from the Temple. I often revisit the Temple in my mind as it a holy aspect missing from my everyday life. It is wonderful to have a moment in the Temple while I practise the Divine Light Invocation in my home.
    From across the miles,

    Comment by Stella Chester — October 17, 2009 @ 10:06 am

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