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‘Pilgrimage for an OM’ – by Jacqualine Haller
Life was feeling stagnant, repetitive, and a little like it was moving at the pace of molasses. Feeling the desire to start growing more on a personal level, and the pull towards a life-altering experience, Jacqualine Haller decided to embark on a journey of inner exploration. In the fall of 2005, she booked time off from her corporate leadership position in Canada, packed her bags, and flew to India to study.
In Pilgrimage for an OM, Jacqualine shares her personal story about what she experienced during her 5 weeks of intensive training and graduation. She then takes you right back with her as she returns to her leadership role in Canada. After a big move to Toronto, the end of a personal relationship, and a year spent exploring a variety of meditation techniques, her life starts to take off in more ways than she could have imagined.
Travel with her to India and follow her back to Canada after this life-altering training program. Join her in both the challenges and the beautiful moments as she walks you through her experience and teaches you what she learned about life and herself. Discover what led her to explore the deeper meaning behind meditation and to grow a true passion for her practice. Follow her through her determination to build Jaya Yoga Toronto, her passion around creating Jaya Meditation and the Jaya Meditation Method, and the inspiration behind The AUM Project, with contributors such as Yogrishi Vishvketu, Krishna Das and Deva Premal.
Read about the lessons she learned about spirituality, meditation, and her own deep understanding about herself. Join Jaqualine in the journey and use the tools she provides in Pilgrimage for an OM to navigate your own personal exploration of your inner being.
A note from Jacqualine Haller:
In the summer of 2019, my father was diagnosed with ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). This is a very progressive disease that gradually paralyzes the body, as the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord no longer communicate with muscles to move.
There is no cure for ALS, and approximately 80% of people die within 2 years of the diagnosis.
Most of you know that I moved to Toronto 13 years ago from western Canada, where my family and friends currently live. The incredible students and teachers of Jaya Yoga Toronto have become my community and family, since I opened the studio almost 10 years ago in 2011. I have openly shared this personal news with many of our regular students, and have appreciated the compassion and understanding from everyone.
His diagnosis has been extremely heart-breaking for my family, and for me personally. I have always been close to him.
No disease is easy to deal with, and when it hits home, it can be exceptionally hard. I know many of you can empathize.
My father is an exceptional man, and too young for this. He has been the best dad a daughter could ask for, and is the most kind-hearted person you will ever meet. I have been very lucky to have him as my father in this lifetime, and it has broken my heart to watch this disease take over.
I have been using the quiet Covid-19 time to educate myself further on ALS and to see if there are alternative therapies available that could slow down the speed of which it moves. As his daughter, I am refusing to accept this diagnosis without at least trying to get him some of these treatments.
A few years ago, I started to write a book about my 21 year corporate background in the airline industry and why I decided to leave, my training in India, creating the Jaya Meditation Method and the inspiration for The AUM Project.
When Covid happened, I used my time to finish the book on behalf of my father, not only so he would be alive to read it, but to use the proceeds to explore the alternative treatments I have found for him. There are new advanced developments happening in this field, but they are not available in Canada and they are at the expense of the family.
My book is not only dedicated to my amazing dad, but to my incredible step-mother, who has been his exceptional caregiver during this time.
Jacqualine (Jaya) xo