Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 219  Mantras Are Like Tuning Forks
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Mantras Are Like Tuning Forks
Mantras are sounds that may or may not have meaning. They are like tuning forks. By constantly repeating them, you are able to produce certain vibrations within you and throughout all aspects of your being: physical, emotional, and intellectual. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
Swami Satchidananda

(photo: Swami Satchidananda leads mantra chanting, Zinal, Switzerland, mid-1980s)
The entire Bhagavad Gita is a series of questions and answers between Sri Krishna and his disciple, Arjuna. In chapter 13, Arjuna asks for knowledge about prakriti and Purusha. Arjuna asks: “What is knowledge and what is it that is to be known?” In those days, none of the spiritual teachers gave lectures. People who were interested in spiritual teachings just came to the Guru, and said, “I don’t understand this; please, shed some light so that I can understand.”  MORE

Even post-election we are still undergoing turbulent times in a divided nation. When Swami Satchidananda arrived in New York in 1966 our country was also going through seismic cultural shifts. For me, the teachings and practices of Integral Yoga arrived at just the right time to guide me in a positive direction and a life purpose. One of my main sadhanas at this time is to be more aware of what energy, what intention, what motive I am bringing into each interaction. Why am I speaking with this person?  MORE


In this recent podcast, Ram Wiener discusses forgiveness, the experience of finding a Guru, and allowing the universe to shape us into someone we like. Ram (vice-president of business at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville) oversees the Integral Yoga Academy, the Department of Program Development, and he's a skilled Yoga teacher and trainer. Ram is a native of Central America and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English.

Pranayama for Pandemics: The Ayurvedic View
By Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP

In an April 2020 study published in the American Journal of Medicine, it concluded that “Diminished respiratory muscle performance may contribute to the overwhelming burden imposed on health care systems due to viral pandemics." Ayurveda recommends hundreds of different pranayama breathing exercises, each with their own subtle yet profound benefits. Modern hospitals employ respiratory muscle training techniques to strengthen breathing muscles.  MORE

Inside Patanjali's Words – Now Available

Inside Patanjali’s Words, the latest release from Integral Yoga Publications, is now available from Amazon and IY Distribution. This new book by Rev. Jaganath Carrera is a unique study guide for all who are interested in a deeper dive into the Yoga Sutras. Rev. Jaganath breaks down each of Patanjali’s words so the reader can further grasp the richness and depth of meaning in each of the Sanskrit words. As each word is unpacked, new levels of understanding behind each sutra are revealed. More here.

One of Hong Kong's leading news agencies featured Integral Yoga teacher and therapist, Hersha Chellaram on their "Listen to Her" series. A longtime Hong Kong resident, Hersha's  YAMA foundation has been working to make Yoga accessible to some of Hong Kong's most disadvantaged people. In this interview, she speaks about her work with special needs children and disabled adults and her success improving the lives of people in a community she loves.

Virtual Thanksgiving!

Join Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville and Integral Yoga International on Thanksgiving for  SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DAY EVENTS: Gratitude Hatha Class, hosted by San Fran IYI at 9 am PT; Interfaith Worship Service hosted by Yogaville 11 am ET; "Expressing Gratitude," a Thanksgiving sangha gathering hosted by San Fran IYI, 11 am PT. 

In the latest episode of the "Two Old Fogey Yogis" podcast, Swami Asokananda and Rev. Prem discuss enlightenment and bust a number of myths about what it is, how to "attain" it, what it feels like and more. Also find the first two episodes of the podcasts here and wherever you listen to podcasts:, iTunes, Stitcher, Player FM, Spotify, and coming soon to iHeart Radio. New episodes released each Friday.

A scary moment last weekend found the community ever more grateful for what it means to really be a community! Gusting winds on Karuna Lane caused a tree with weak roots to fall on a powerline, sparking flames and triggering a brief electrical outage. Fortunately, residents were alert, calling 911 and the electric company. Jayan, Ashram security chief, responded to the scene while George Stish (Rev. Metros son-in-law & veteran firefighter) came right away to evaluate the emergency & communicate with the electric company. (Report: Ananda Kamen; photo: Karuna Howeth)
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