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Mahasamadhi: Faith and Transition

Swami Karunananda (senior Integral Yoga monk and master teacher) writes about the Guru-disciple relationship and shares some of the inspiring experiences she had with her Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda. This talk was recently given on the 18th anniversary of the...

All Us Men

In this article, Darren Mahesh Hayward explains how he came to set up a meditation group in the UK called All Us Men (or AUM). The group is aimed at helping men manage difficult emotional times.  A group of men from all walks of life, different ages and lifestyle, all...

Seeing Life and Death in Each Moment: A Healing Journey with Yoga and Zen

On April 1st, 2020, on a beautiful Colorado spring day, following a day of ice storm, I ran out onto our deck to chase away a pigeon at our newly planted vegetable garden. I slipped and fell back, my head hitting hard onto the deck. It was pretty clear that I had a...

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The Power of Right Action

The Power of Right Action

In this video podcast, Avi Gordon (Integral Yoga Teachers Association director) and Lotus Lee Morgan discuss yogic action, what really matters, and the meaningfulness of being a part of a "tribe." Lotus has served as Satsang & Sacred Events Coordinator at...

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My Journey to Becoming a Yoga Teacher

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...

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The Wisdom of the Poets

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...

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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

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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