Secrets of Spiritual Practice – IY eMagazine 301
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“The Last Ecstatic Days”
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1w ago
Ethan Sisser, a young man with terminal brain cancer started livestreaming his death journey. Thousands joined to celebrate his courage. Honoring Ethan’s wish, his doctor Aditi Sethi transported him to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. What unfolded next is a story rarely glimpsed: how a community of strangers helps a young man die with grace. “The Last Ecstatic Days” reveals a man who will not let us forget him, even after his last breath. Visit Integral Yoga’s end-of-life website for more resources on death and dying. The post “The Last Ecstatic Days” appeared first on I ..read more
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Bhakti Yoga Flowing!
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1w ago
The 2024 Memorial Day weekend at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville was an immersion in Bhakti Yoga, inspiration, and transformation. Kirtan legend Krishna Das shared four days of music, connection, and storytelling. Participants felt the Divine Presence through song and mantra. The vibration of Krishna Das’s presence continues to emanate as we continue to chant our way toward inner peace. Still looking for more bhav? Our upcoming programs offer an opportunity to connect to your inner guru. Dive deeper on your spiritual path with a retreat alongside like-minded individuals. Immerse yourself in the ..read more
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10 Years ago: Global Garland Interfaith Kirtan for World Peace
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by Chandra/Jo Sgammato
1w ago
Photo: Musicians gathered on stage for a rousing finale of the concert. It was ten years ago, Saturday, June 7, 2014, to be precise that the “Global Garland Interfaith Kirtan for World Peace Celebrating the Centennial Birth Year of Sri Swami Satchidananda” was held at the magnificent Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Chants from a variety of faiths rang out in the Cathedral in the largest kirtan concert ever held in the USA. More than 2,000 celebrants were treated to sacred sounds from Grand Gongmaster Don Conreaux, Krishna Das, Mandala, Soul Kirtan, Kirtan Rabbi, and GuruGa ..read more
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Overcoming a Fear of Flying: How Mantras Carry Me on Their Wings
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by Gita Brown
1w ago
The author in Yoga pose as she conquers her fears! The small commuter airplane swayed as it began its descent toward rural Virginia. I gripped the armrest. The seatbelt chime dinged and the engines droned. I closed my eyes and felt the twenty-thousand feet below me open like a chasm. I put my earbuds in and raised the volume. Guitar chords and drums pulsed. A filigree of cymbals wove around the melody as David (Durga Das) Newman’s earthy tenor sang “Love Peace and Freedom for Us All” in a call and response kirtan; a lullaby which kept me from tipping into a full-blown panic attack. After the ..read more
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Learning to Work Through Challenges: Tapas (Self-Discipline)
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by Elizabeth Sostre
1w ago
Photo by Karolina Grabowska via Pexels. “God knows your breaking point. You simply don’t know your own strength.” –Swami Satchidananda How many times have you been a safe container for those you care about?  What did it look like? What did it feel like? Challenging oneself to be disciplined or to attain a continual disciplinary practice is arduous yet revealing of ones’ efforts. As we would willingly be a safe container for people we care about, we too, get to create and hold space for ourselves. Tapas (self-discipline) is one of the five niyamas—Yoga’s ethical practices. Tapas is a San ..read more
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The Secret of Spiritual Practice
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by Swami Satchidananda
1w ago
Photo by Cotton Bro via Pexels. The secret of spiritual practice is not what you do but how you do—that is more important. Sometimes a newcomer who gets into spiritual practice will make a big list of resolutions, “I will practice half an hour every day in the morning, pranayama, three malas every morning, three malas every evening. I will write likhit japa. I will do this. I will do that. I will sleep only four hours a day.” I have seen a lot of resolutions like that. And probably they last only for a couple of days and then one by one, one by one they drop away. So, instead of taking on to ..read more
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Embarking on a Spiritual Odyssey, Part 5: Guided by the Thirukkural
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1w ago
Depiction of Thiruvalluvar holding the palm leaf manuscript and tool he used to write. As a young boy, Ramu (Swami Satchidananda’s birthname was Ramaswamy, Ramu for short) was deeply immersed in Tamil culture and spirituality. One of the most significant influences in his life was the Thirukkural, a revered Tamil text written by the celebrated poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar. This text played a central role in Ramu’s family life and education. Though the exact dates of his life are debated, Thiruvalluvar is traditionally believed to have lived between the 4th century BCE and the 1st centu ..read more
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A Journey with Sri Gurudev: Remembering Parameshwari Dinsmoor
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1w ago
Photo: Parameshwari and Swami Satchidananda, Yogaville Virginia, 1989. Integral Yoga’s beloved Parameshwari Mary Dinsmoor, an early disciple of Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev), passed away on May 29, 2024, from cancer. Born on Oct. 6,1940, she was a true embodiment of love and selfless service and leaves behind a legacy of devotion, dedication, and inspiration. Our hearts go out to her devoted husband Andy (Parandhaman), their two beautiful sons, Miles (Paramananda) and Scotty (Sadhu), and their beloved grandson William, as well as to all who loved her deeply—and she was loved by so many ..read more
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Pranayama: A Healing Science – Online Seminar June 1st
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3w ago
From slowing down aging to boosting self-awareness and reducing stress, Pranayama, or Yoga breathwork, has the power to enhance our everyday lives in more ways than we thought imaginable. Recent research provides ample evidence that Pranayama benefits our physical health and mental well-being, and even slows down the process of aging on a cellular level. As a true science, the effects of Pranayama practices are predictable and repeatable. Pranayama can be learned easily and practiced safely to improve many of our health issues. Integral Yoga Institutes of NJ and San Francisco are bringing tog ..read more
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