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My Journey to Becoming a Yoga Teacher

I was born in 1977 and I think it is fair to say that Yoga has been part of my life since I was a baby. But I would never have expected Yoga to become such a prevalent part of my life. For this, I am grateful to my parents and my father’s wonderful Guru, Swami...

The Wisdom of the Poets

In your darkest moments, when your heart feels tender and broken wide open, I hope you’ll turn to the wisdom of the poets. A good poem can act as a balm for your soul as well as prepare you for the truths you’ll rediscover at this time. One of the poems, “The Guest...

Book: Teaching Events — How the Guru Dismantled My Illusions

How many times and how much do we invest in holding up the veils that obscure the truth and the opportunities for enlightenment? A Guru can aid a student in navigating the path, gaining mastery over the obstacles, cracking open the egg shell, and reaching the summit....

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Yoga Studios Will Disappear—For Some Time

Yoga Studios Will Disappear—For Some Time

I’ve drafted this email to my Yoga studio members: “When we return to our space, please leave your shoes at the front door, bring your own mat, wear a mask, wash your hands before and after class, and place your mat six feet away from others.” I’ve read and reread...

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The One Who Watches Over Us

During the days of the COVID-19, Rev. Dhyani Simonini has been writing remembrances of special interactions, over the years, with Swami Satchidananda. Here is a recent one: I’d like to share a little love tale of Swami Satchidananda—our Gurudev—and a special project...

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A Love Letter to Yoga Studios

A Love Letter to Yoga Studios

Dear Yoga Studio, How are you? Are you cold? Are you lonely? Is your fear of abandonment kicking in? I’m writing to see how you, the place that so many of us call our second home, are doing in these strange times. So often, we frequent you as a refuge from our usual...

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A Disability Revolution and a Swami’s Personal Journey

A Disability Revolution and a Swami’s Personal Journey

For those who have heard about or seen the compelling Netflix documentary "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution," Yogaville's own Swami Suddhananda (who has cerebral palsy) only appears briefly in it—but she figures more centrally in its main storyline.  "Crip Camp" is...

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The Power of Yoga in Challenging Times

The Power of Yoga in Challenging Times

Soon after 9/11, a large Yoga conference was being held in the USA. The organizers asked Swami Satchidananda to send a message of comfort and inspiration to those attending the conference gathering. This was his message, which seems tremendously timely in current...

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A Passion for Change

A Passion for Change

In his annual Christmas/New Year's letter, Benedictine monk and interfaith activist Br. David Steindl-Rast offers us a message of hope for 2020. Isn’t Hope the annual theme at this season, when we light candles in the darkness and hope for a happy new year? But this...

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A Magical Mystery Experience: An Editor Looks Back

A Magical Mystery Experience: An Editor Looks Back

Rev. Kumari de Sachy, Ed.D., served as editor of Integral Yoga Magazine for over a decade, beginning in 1991. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Integral Yoga Magazine (December 1969), we asked her to talk about how she became the editor and for...

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What Losing 3.2 Million Dollars Will Teach You About Life

What Losing 3.2 Million Dollars Will Teach You About Life

The day I became truly rich was the day the millions of dollars I held on to so tightly were gone. Sounds crazy, right? Don’t get me wrong—if someone handed me a check for millions today, I would gladly take it. The difference is, today I would know what to do with...

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Teaching of the Month: Sharing Abundance

Teaching of the Month: Sharing Abundance

In the northern hemisphere, autumn is a season known for harvesting all that one has grown and for giving thanks for the abundance of the earth. Celebrating the fruits of our labors with gratitude is a beautiful practice. But as spiritual aspirants, we want to take a...

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