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Temple of Light is the Home and Heart of Meenakshi, that honours both in Spirit and in Presence the Sacredness and Divine nature of every soul.  This Temple, and its practices & rituals, through many forms of Light Activation, support each soul's awakening process. Through the Ancient Sacred Arts that span both the East and the West, we tap into potent and powerful tools to take us to the Centre of our own Temple of Light and Love, that is our True Nature, our True Essence....our True Home.

Meenakshi (Marla Joy)

Former Co-owner and Director of Downward Dog Yoga Centre  Est. 1997
Meenakshi first traveled to India in 1988 to study meditation and the philosophy of the Vedas with Swami Shyam, as well as other learned scholars in the Himalayas.  She is a Certified Meditation and Yoga Philosophy teacher from the International Meditation Institute in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Himalayas, and, along with her studies with her Pranayama teacher Sri Sudhir Tiwari, has also completed an “Advanced Pranayama” training with Sri O.P. Tiwari from the Kaivalyadhama Institute in Pune, India.

She has been an international yoga teacher trainer since 1999 in the areas of: Yoga, Philosophy, Sanskrit & Chanting, Meditation & Pranayama, Ashtanga/ Vinyasa yoga, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra.
Practicing Shiatsu Therapist since 1990, as well as an Abhyanga Massage Therapist, Meenakshi has a healing and informative touch. She has been trained in giving channeled readings in: Choose Love Karmic Readings, Light Weaving Activation, Reiki and is currently in training in Sacred Earth , Lemurian, and Ascension Rituals with her teacher Huna Flash (Mauta Taki). She has been studying and performing Indian Classical Odissi dance since 1995, and is very passionate about this form of dance as well as Sacred Temple Dance.
As a celebrated song-stress, she also leads Kirtan (call-and-response chanting) with her band SWAHA, with inspired musical compositions with her partner/keyboardist, Ron Reid.  She has produced 5 Cd’s of Sanskrit Devotional chanting entitled “Prayer’s”, “Salutations”, “Vishnu’s  Dream”, “Bolo!”, “Shanti Pulse, and their newest CD “Gone Beyond”.  www.swaha.ca
Meenakshi currently travels and teaches internationally for retreats, workshops, Kirtan, Dance, and more…and holds retreats and trainings in the Southern zone of Costa Rica, as well as teaching online on the Zoom platform.  www.templeoflight.love  www.swaha.ca
Please feel free to contact The Temple of Light for any questions about classes, privates, trainings, retreats...hopes for personal transformation, and more!
It would be a pleasure to be of service!