Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 75 "Who Are You?"
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Who Are You?        
 “The more you reduce your needs and wants, the greater your happiness is. As babies, we came with a smiling, beautiful face. What did we do to lose that? That’s worth contemplating. Let’s become like children again. In the babies and children you see the real divinity. Who is a wise person? The one who really knows who he or she really is.

“God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.  Sri Swami Satchidananda

Q & A with Swami Satchidananda: Overcoming Powerlessness

Question: How can I overcome a feeling of powerlessness and change my life?
Answer: Put in some power! The reason you feel powerless is because there‘s not enough vital energy in you. Pranayama practice will fill you with more vital energy. And, you can add one more thing; faith in God. God is the highest energy, an infinite energy. Even though God is given different names and forms, in essence, God has no name and no form. God’s energy is a trillion volts. That electricity is everywhere. There’s no place without that energy current. In Sanskrit we call it shakti. Everything moves by the same electricity, but to use it, you have to first gather it; that’s why we have electrical stations. After it’s gathered, it travels into our home through wires. If it were to come in by itself, you would get burned and that’s why you need a step down transformer. 

Sirshasana: The Head Stand by Swami Satchidananda

Swami Satchidananda performs sirshasana, the head stand, in this new drawing and animation from Integral Yoga teacher, Eloisa Jyoti Scichilone. Available as a gif for download also! Eloisa Jyoti Scichilone is the artist behind the drawings in the new Yoga Affirmations Coloring Book that contains Swami Satchidananda's inspirational quotes.

Next time you make plans to travel, keep this in mind: Cathay Pacific has partnered with Pure Yoga to launch a new inflight well-being programme, ‘Travel Well with Yoga’, this month. In harmony with the airline’s ‘Life Well Travelled’ campaign, the series of videos have been developed by esteemed Pure Yoga instructors to help passengers ease into their journeys with Yoga and meditation exercises and tips. Split into six easy-to-follow videos, the series demonstrates Yoga and meditation routines that can be done before, during or after a flight. Exercises are designed to improve circulation, enhance joint mobility and relax the mind for a comfortable and restful journey.  MORE

1970 World Peace Tour: Parts 1 & 2

In our last issue we included a video clip, in tribute to the late Mrs. Sohini Mehta, from the documentary film, "The 1970 World Peace Tour." In 1970, Swami Satchidananda took a small group of his new American & European students on a world peace tour. Many viewers have asked if the film is available. It is available on DVD and we've serialized it here as a 6-part series, in response to our readers' interest. We begin with the first two parts. Enjoy this unique documentary!

Exchange Blame for Bliss
By Bhavani Marcia Miller

At a recent retreat, Nonviolent Communication trainer Francois Beausoleil translated ahimsa as “the state of the heart that is free of enemies.” Somehow my whole body knew that this translation offered me some keys to deepening my practice of ahimsa. In his presentation, Francois taught a skill called “Dissolving Enemy Images” that was simple, effective, and very powerful. I immediately re-committed myself to this practice which I had learned previously but had let go. I felt absolutely buoyant and excited about the possibility of more peace in my own heart. As is so often the case when I commit to a new practice, within a day a situation arose in my life that gave me the opportunity to test my commitment and hone my skills. This was not a tiny misunderstanding but something that was extremely painful for each of us involved. When I looked at what was true for me in the situation, I felt feelings of anger, confusion, disappointment, annoyance, concern, and a very deep sadness. I was longing for connection, trust, consideration, respect, and communication that might lead to a true understanding between us.  MORE

Satchidananda Thapovanam:
 Karma Yogis Arrive!

This month, Ram Weiner, Ganesh MacIsaac and his wife Karuna Marcotte—ashram members from Yogaville (top photo: the group with Swami Divyananda)—traveled to Kandy, Sri Lanka  to spend time at the Thapovanam. Ram—having conducted, with Swami Asokananda, the teacher training held at the Integral Yoga Institute of Coimbatore (India)—returns to the USA next week. Karuna and Ganesh will remain at the Thapovanam serving for awhile. (photo above: Ram and Ganesh offer arati)
The Thapovanam—Swami Satchidananda's first ashram—was established in the 1950s in Kandy. In 2017, it received a beautiful renovation and influx of energy to restore it to the activity levels of those early years. The trustees of the Thapovanam, led by S. Senthilnathan, and assisted by Swami Divyananda, have done an amazing service. Jai!
  In the photo above, Karuna and Ganesh clean and reorganize the ashram kitchen.
   (Thanks to Divyanandaji for the photos & reports!)
Congratulations to the February 2018 graduates of the Intermediate Integral Yoga Hatha Teacher Training, held at the Integral Yoga Institute of Coimbatore in South India.
Members of the Patanjali Yoga Studio in Coimbatore recently stayed at Satchidananda Thapovanam for two days to hold their own retreat. They practiced an agni hotra puja each morning. 

Reverend Vimala Pozzi: 25 Year Anniversary!

Rev. Vimala, an Integral Yoga minister and director of the Integral Yoga Center of Richmond (Virginia), just celebrated 25 years as an Integral Yoga teacher. She recently went through 25 years of photos documenting her teaching and training. Here’s one from the year 2000, from the first Yoga for Children Teacher Training at Yogaville. Rev. Vimala (front row center, in pink blouse) was part of the faculty that created and taught the program, together with Satya Greenstone, Uma Piscini, and Julian Pozzi (Gopala). Congrats on this anniversary and thank you for all your dedicated seva!
Inside Yogaville
By Ananda Jeff Kamen

For me, one of the great joys of living in Yogaville is the presence of brilliant spiritually advanced young people from all over the world. When I was in my second month of the LYT program, my roommate was Han Yu, 34, a neuroscientist whose native language is Mandarin but whose English was better than mine. Ray is back home in China now, taking care of his parents. Here, in the photo above, is James, 28, from Ukraine, whose birthplace is farthest from Yogaville. English is his 3rd language! Like Ray, who was a very versatile yogi, James is a go-to spiritual brother for whatever needs doing. I caught up with him last Saturday as he was crafting a yummy lunch, with its roots in Eastern Europe and its heart in Sri Gurudev!

Inspirational Meme of the Week
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