International Tour 2014
Above: a small kirtan in Queenstown, New Zealand on the Tour of the South Island.
Below: Swami Shantimurti Saraswati presenting in the United States.
Ashram Yoga’s senior instructor - Swami Shantimurti Saraswati – has vast experience in teaching and practising yoga over the last 40 years.
On this year’s tour he will be sharing hard-earned wisdom and insights as well as transformative techniques that are not widely available. We highly recommend that you take the opportunity to attend his workshops and classes because there are so few people around with his level of experience.
During his travels he will be running classes and workshops on the topics below, as well as satsangs (meetings) and kirtans (chanting):
- Asana – yoga postures
- Pranayama – yogic breathing techniques
- Meditation – the power of the mind
- Mantra – the power of sound
- Chakras – how to locate and energise
- Awakening Kundalini – the primal spiritual force
- Prana Vidya – a Tantric practice that expands consciousness and energy
- Yoga Nidra teacher training – for deep relaxation and healing
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – the ancient wisdom of yoga
- Kriya Yoga – techniques to awaken and move energy
- Koshas – anatomy of the subtle body
- More below
Dates and Locations
Syracuse, New York
New Jersey, USA
Date……………………. 25 March to 6 April
If you would like to host Swami Shantimurti at your local yoga school, then please contact us.
Swami Shantimurti’s Topics
Koshas and the Pranic body
Yoga teaches that the human being has five bodies, which are called koshas. The word kosha means sheath which implies that these five aspects of the human being are slotted into each other. The pranic body – also known as Pranamaya Kosha - is the aspect of the human being that drives our physiology and psychology. It is primarily affected by the breath. We will be looking at ways to use the breath for increasing or concentrating our energy and developing a deeper awareness of the koshas.
Kriya Yoga is a very ancient system of self-awakening. Kriya means action, Yoga means union or yoking. By placing the mind on the breath and various energetic pathways (called nadis) we can activate energy centres (chakras) within the body. This leads to more vitality, subtle awareness and enhanced health and well-being.
The 84 traditional kriyas were given to mankind by a great yogi called Babaji. They were mainly held in the linage of Sri Yukteswar and his disciple Paramahansa Yogananda. However, in the 1940s the 84 kriyas where condensed into twenty by Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyananda. These are the twenty kriyas that we will be studying.
Deep Silence: Antar Mouna
Antar Mouna is a technique that forms the basis of vipassana according to Swami Satyanada. Vipassana is based on creating inner silence. Anta means inner and Mouna means silence. This practice specifically helps us to deal with negative thoughts and emotions and at the same time developing awareness of the beautiful side of the mind.
Breathing Techniques: Pranayama
Prana means vital life force. Ayama means to expand and extend. It is through learning to control the breath that we are able to expand and extend the energy within us. Yoga has many different practices for doing this. The practices can be applied to different parts of the personality, koshas, doshas and other aspects of the human being. Everyone can benefit from cultivating more and better quality energy. Swami Shantimurti will be talking about some of the different techiniques of pranayama and how to apply them to your needs.
Awakening of the Kundalini
Kundalini the creative energy that lies latent with everyone. When this feminine force is activated within us, then a process of spiritual evolution is greatly accelerated. The Kundalini energy purifies all levels of our being and opens up various psychic attributes of the mind.
Guided Relaxation: Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a yogic form of sleeping. Yoga means union (literally: to yoke) and Nidra sleep. This practice yokes our consciousness to our sleeping state and develops a deeper awareness of our nature. At the same time it releases mental and emotional inhibitions in our subconscious mind. Yoga Nidra is often described as the sleep of the yogis.
Meditation from a Yogic Approach
Meditation is also called Dhyana Yoga. Dhyana is the 7th step of the 8 steps of meditation. Meditation has always been one of the main yogic techniques. Although many people do yoga without practicing meditation, it is essential for advanced yoga practice. As a person practices meditation they become more and more aware that meditation is actually a state of mind, not something that you do.
Constant Practice & How to Create It In Your Life
In Yoga Sutras, the great sage Patanjali discusses two important aspects of self-realization. One is vairagya which means non-involvement; the ability to remain unaffected by the fluctuating circumstances of life. The other is abhyasa which means the constant practice of spiritual techniques like yoga. Patanjali goes deeply into the necessity of both. In essence, Patanjali says that regular and sincere practice over a long period of time will unlock the splendors of spirituality in your awareness.