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Yoga Online A—K  Part 1

This is a compilation of profound content for anyone who wants to study Yoga, Meditation, or Chakras. There will be many more links once you start clicking on these. If you prefer a new window with each link (as I do), simply right click your mouse on top of the link and choose Open in New Window. If you use IE, just press the shift key at the same time you click the link. I prefer multiple sites open at the same time to return to where I started without relying on the BACK button. To make sure you don't lose this site, bookmark it before you leave! This page covers A—K, but the links from L—Z are also provided throughout this section.

If you run into a dead link, or want to submit a site for review/exchange, please contact me. Thanks!

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About.com Chakra pages

I love About.com...and here they've gone and done it again. They are so many articles here! This specific series opens with The Seven Major Chakras, and continues through to 0106b.htm, 0106c.htm, 0106d.htm. After that they go to Related Links (Aligning Chakras: healing.about.com/library/bl_chakraplex.htm, and on and on.) You can surf through their links and find as much on Chakras as on this site! That's A LOT. By doing this, you will begin to understand just how vast the subject of Chakras is. If you just click on http://yoga.about.com, you'll come to their Yoga guide. Endless amounts of content on Yoga. It's great!

Acharya

If you want to learn how to read the ancient texts on Chakra, click on Learn Sanskrit to find information relating to Sanskrit and also a set of basic lessons to learn the language through self-study. You can read the lessons in Devanagari Script if your Web Browser supports graphics by enabling the display of inline graphic images in your browser. This method helps you actually see Devanagari text without having to install any fonts. The inline images are generated on the fly from special text files prepared using the Multilingual Software developed at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras - where this site was created. These pages also carry interesting information relating to Sanskrit that is generally not known outside of India.

Ajapa Yoga

Ajapa, a very ancient form of yoga, is a breathing/meditation technique that was taught thousands of years ago by the Rishis, or wise men, of India. Though it is virtually unknown in modern times, the method of Ajapa Yoga has been carefully guarded through the ages at Siddhashram, a hidden monastery in Tibet. This is a great site. Click on the link that gives you the history of Ajapa Yoga and then practice some of the techniques. You will find the worth your time and energy.

American Institute of Vedic Studies

This is a great site for knowledge and training in Ayurveda, Vedic astrology, Yoga, Vedanta, and Hindu Dharma. Led by Dr. David Frawley (left), who has worked and taught with leading Ayurvedic doctors and experts including Deepak Chopra, Vasant Lad, David Simon, John Douillard, Michael Tierra, and many other notable people.

If you are really serious about any of these subjects, this is a comprehensive site. You can study with Dr. Frawley from your own home. He even offers classes in Spanish. And when one thinks about how much it usually costs to study such subjects, it's really not that expensive. The average price for a complete course is $350, plus the cost of the books (which average $20 each). It is well worth the price.

American Yoga Association - Glossary of Terms

This is the contents page for this site. If you come to the home page, don't let it turn you off (it's not beautiful), but the Yoga A to Z link on this page will lead you to some worthwhile reading to learn about Yoga. It includes a partial glossary of names and terms in Yoga practice and philosophy and Sanskrit words are translated phonetically.

Ananda Marga: the Path of Bliss

Free personal instruction in mantra meditation in centers throughout the world. Based on the teaching of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. Ananda Marga is a social and spiritual organization founded in India in 1955 by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (P.R. Sarkar). The mission is to help individuals achieve complete self-realization and to build a social structure in which the physical, mental and spiritual needs of all people can be fulfilled. Ananda Marga contributes to the process of individual development by providing instruction in meditation and other yoga practices on a non-commercial basis.

Ancient Sanskrit Pictograph near Sedona?

Photograph by Jack Andrews This page changes Web addresses. If this link doesn't work, just type Ancient Sanskrit Pictograph near Sedona and you'll come to another page with the same information. There are images from Palatki ruins in Sedona, Arizona, a place noted for a large display of ancient pictographs and some petroglypyhs (well worth the visit). The article by Jack Andrews includes photographs he took (this one is copyrighted by him). For the uninitiated reader, pictographs are ancient symbols and images painted on the rocks and petroglyphs are ancient symbols and images scratched or incised into the rock surface. Great stuff. Mr. Andrews is a great storyteller, too. The AUM symbol is actually photographed in these ancient rock symbols in Sedona! Yoga in America way back then?

Ancient Vedic Gemlore

Gemlore logo The Gemological Institute of America, founded less than 100 years ago, stands as the paramount authority in the field of gemology. But about 5,000 years ago, a sophisticated system of gemology was recorded in the Sanskrit language in specific Vedic texts. This site includes summary translations of original Sanskrit texts from the Garuda-puranam (chapters 68-80), which pertain to the science of gemology. Due to its age, certain information may not be contemporarily relevant. But it is interesting to note the similarities between these ancient practices and modern methods of gem testing. So, as you can see, there is a lot more to Yoga than physical exercise! A great quote from this site: “A man wearing 14 mukhi Rudraksa becomes highly auspicious, like Lord Shiva. Anyone who wears even one Rudraksha seed is always admired like saintly men and deities and can even attain liberation.”

Art of Living

Research has shown that the extraordinary breathing techniques taught in the Art of Living courses effectively relieve stress and increase energy, awareness, mental focus and sense of belonging. The effects have been demonstrated in a wide range of populations including health care practitioners, individuals with psychiatric and medical conditions, children and adolescents, prison inmates and staff, juvenile offenders, and victims of natural disasters, poverty, violence, war, and terrorism. Dr. Richard Brown, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, relates that many of his patients who have taken the course say they have been transformed and that they never would have imagined that something so simple would have been so powerful and helpful. I include this site for this reason. With offices worldwide, the headquarters is in New York City. Get the details on this site. There might be one near you!

The Aura

This site is sort of fun. The mouse effect is different, that's for sure. There is a lot of information provided about the aura and how it relates to the Chakra system. For example, about the Root Chakra: “The etheric aura extends about two inches out from the physical body and is usually a shade of blue in colour. The shade of the blue relates to the physical condition and health of the physical body. In the etheric aura you feel all the sensations, both pain and pleasure.”

A World of Yoga

Discover the 8 Main Yogas, learn how to meditate, walk the stages of the spiritual path, bring your body, mind, emotions, and spirit into harmony.

Ayurvedarci

Pancha Yoga This is a wonderful site to click on just to listen to the beautiful Indian music! This site from The Ayurveda Center of Hawaii in Kauai, provides numerous pages on the science of Ayurveda. If you live in or travel to Kauai, this is the place to visit. Learn more about how Pancha Karma, a personalized, cleansing and rejuvenation program. Originally created for royalty to extend longevity, Pancha Karma encompasses the most potent healing modalities within Ayurveda. Ayurveda—more than 7,000 years old—is a comprehensive system of holistic healing and the science and art of appropriate living from India.

Ayurvedic College in Sarasota, Florida

Ayurveda is a comprehensive health care system that remedies the root imbalances that lead to dis-ease and create optimal conditions for health and healing. Ayurveda teaches that the foundation of true health is alignment with our spiritual nature and living in harmony with the natural world. If you live near Sarasota, what a great opportunity you have to learn more about Ayurveda. They even have free introductory classes in Sanskrit at this college! I want to drive there now!

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Bhagwan—aka OSHO

When I lived in Sweden and began to see films from India that my friends took of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, I wanted to go there. I wanted to have the experience. He was also in the same city as Iyengar. It never happened, but I read his books, watched and listened to him on films, and practiced his meditations on audiocassettes. Everything he taught brought about astounding results. Most people just called him Bhagwan, but few knew him as Osho. That is the name used now. This is just one meditation instruction at this site. There are many more. The Home page is OSHO.

One of my favorite meditations I learned from one of his many books (and that I taught my students in Sweden), is to do the following: 1) When you realize that you are awake in the morning—before you do anything else—stretch like a cat. 2) Then start laughing from your gut—even if there is nothing to laugh about. 3) Do this every morning. One day you might wake up and without trying, laugh from your gut. This is quite an exhilarating experience.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi This site is dedicated to one of my personal favorites, Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. Included is an introduction, information on Bhagavan's herbal cures, advice for those visiting Sri Ramanasramam, and details about all publications. The complete list of books is available from the ashram, 4 complete books to download, the 'Mountain Path' Journal (1964/65) and 'The Maharshi' newsletters from 1991-2004. There are photographs, videos and prints. The photo archive, a tour of Sri Ramanasramam, staff photos, Arunachala and Sri Arunachaleswara Temple photos, examples of Bhagavan's handwriting, videos and prints available for purchase. In other words, everything about him! If you have an interest in chanting, keep trying with their page links. It was up when I started going to this site and I was able to listen to Maharshi chanting. The words are all there in Sanskrit to follow along. Unfortunately, I have been trying to get it ever since, but the MP3 file is no longer on their server. I hope this is remedied soon! Here is a direct link to the newsletters with all of his articles: The Maharishi.

Bhaktivedanta Institute—Advanced Studies in Consciousness & Science

The Bhaktivedanta Institute is in the forefront of the newly emerging scientific field of Consciousness Studies. In 1990, the Institute conducted the First International Conference on the Study of Consciousness Within Science, in which 14 major research scientists, including three Nobel Laureates, presented papers. In the San Francisco area, the Institute has conducted the world's only and longest-running colloquium on science and consciousness, and has pursued its own research initiative within the new field of consciousness studies. The world's first (and so far only) full-fledged graduate degree (MS/PhD) program in “Consciousness Studies” began in 1997, in collaboration with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, one of India's foremost technological universities.

Bhrukta Rahita Taraka Rajayoga - New Yoga

It's a Yoga in which the practitioners do meditation with concentration and inner observation, which gives physical eternity to one who practices it with devotion, diligent faith, and utmost care following the rules and regulations. Sounds tough, but the site is very interesting.

BINDU

Bindu is published by Bindu Publishers, Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School. Bindu is available in English, German, Swedish and Danish. Based on voluntary work at all levels, from writing and photography to printing, there is an enormous amount of content here about Yoga. Really worthwhile reading. Print out the content to read when you can be comfortable outside.

Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Meditation (Meditation) Founded by Prajapita Brahma for a worldwide family of individuals from all walks of life, the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization offers an education in human, moral and spiritual values. To meet the challenge of change, it initiates dialogue and presents a fresh vision of the future. It recognizes the intrinsic goodness of all human beings and teaches meditation to help each one rediscover their inner resources and strengths. Free centers are all over the world. You can also read this site in Chinese. They provide many 3-minute meditations and each one is just beautiful and relaxing. This is a wonderful site to come to when you're feeling stressed out. Just turn on your speakers and sit in your chair, close your eyes, and listen. You WILL be relaxed within three minutes.

Buddha on the Net

Links to spiritual sites worldwide and a lot of them. There are some fantastic links here, so rather than recreate the wheel, I'm adding this just for this purpose! Check it out. Bagwan is there, along with Baba Hari Dass, Bhagavan Dass, Buckminster Fuller, and many others. However, I am puzzled by the image this site has as Carlos Castaneda. This does not look anything like the man I met in Los Angeles in the early 80s. The image I have of Castaneda below is the one I know to be correct.

Buddhist Digital Library & Museum

Buddhist Tools (same site)

This is an astounding site with “123,591 bibliographies and 4,685 full texts” to wade through. There are language lessons in Tibetan, Sanskrit and Pali, a museum of Buddhism, Buddhist tools, Buddhist Institutions, and much more. However, it is a site from China, so there are all kinds of oddities for anyone who is not from that country. The English is not perfect, but who cares. There is a lot of legal stuff about copyrights all over the place, so I assume it is not a good idea to use a beautiful image of Buddha that they use on one page. I was forced to go with their logo,  which is also beautiful. But so much information on one site. If you want to learn about Buddhism, this is the place to start. And when you learn about Buddhism, you will learn about Chakras. In the same way that physical Yoga can open the Chakras, breathing and meditation can do the same.

Buddhist Psychology: A Review of Theory and Practice

This is a text-only site packed with pertinent research and study content. Silva Padmal of Current Psychology is the author of this article from 1990.

Buddhist Studies at Berkeley

This is definitely a site to visit if you are interested in Buddhism. The University of California, Berkeley works together with friends and partners, including: The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, The Department of History of Art, The Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, The Group in Asian Studies, The Institute for Buddhist Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, The Institute of East Asian Studies, and The Stanford Group in Buddhist Studies. You could spend a long time clicking on all of the wonderful links on this site. You can also get information about events, like the annual International Buddhist Film Festival January through February.

Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library

The Internet Guide to Buddhism and Buddhist Studies. This site is comprehensive, including Tibetan Studies, Zen Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, Electronic Resources for the Study of Buddhist Texts, and on and on the Table of Contents continues. If you have any interest in Buddhist meditation, this is a good place to begin. There are many links on this site that I don't include here, because it's already been done on this site! It keeps track of leading information facilities in the fields of Buddhism and Buddhist studies. It is for serious research only, so design was not an issue.

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California Institute of Integral Studies

Self-Awareness and Transformation of Consciousness in Integral Yoga is a course offered at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and it's a course you can take online! The starting point for the transformation of consciousness in integral yoga is self-awareness: becoming aware of the different parts of human nature, their character and movements, and of a distinct consciousness of divine nature. This course provides an in-depth analysis of the main parts and planes of consciousness in the human being according to Sri Aurobindo's integral yoga as a preliminary step towards knowing oneself (Sri Aurobindo is included in the list under S, because he has always been one of my favorite teachers through his writings). It introduces the learner to a fourfold discipline of love, knowledge, power and beauty, essential elements ultimately leading to an integral self–unfoldment and self- perfection. Instructor: Alok Pandey, M.D., currently teaches at Sri Aurobindo Center for Advanced Research in Pondicherry, India.


Carlos Castaneda

The Four Yogas of Enlightenment. Yes, this is Carlos Castaneda. What an inviting face! This is a guide to don Juan's nagualism and esoteric buddhism, and includes information about one of my favorite authors. The New York Times wrote: “One can't exaggerate the significance of what Carlos Castaneda has done. . . ..” Read his first book, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yuaqui Way of Knowledge, then continue consecutively with all the others. There aren't many images available of Castaneda, so it's a real thrill for me to be able to place this image here. Someone e-mailed this to me. I have no idea who the photographer is, so can't give the credit. He's older here than when I met him in a cellar in Los Angeles so many years ago. Anyone who ever met Castaneda will never forget the power he exuded. He embodied what Yoga and open Chakras are all about, although he seemed to digress from this as he got older. Not sure the stories are true, but it seems he went slightly mad - if you believe what some people have written about him. That doesn't take away from the power of his works.

Edgar Cayce on Chakras

Not much needs to be written about Edgar Cayce. Most people have heard of him at least. Here are some interesting words from him about Chakras in a session about near-death experiences, although the title is about Astrology. Scroll down to find what Cayce wrote about Chakras.

Chakra 101

This is just a page of information. It isn't spectacular, but there are some interesting points here. A few typos here and there, but that is unimportant for learning what Chakra means.

The Chakras - A Monograph

By C.W. Leadbeater. The Theosophical Publishing House has done it again...This is by far my favorite site on Chakras. Everything is here. You can also view the Chakras through different images and illustrations (some of the best I've seen anywhere, and this dates back to 1927!).

“In order to clear away inevitable preliminary misconceptions, let it be definitely understood that there is nothing fanciful or unnatural about the sight which enables some men to perceive more than others. It is simply an extension of faculties with which we are all familiar, and to acquire it is to make oneself sensitive to vibrations more rapid than those to which our physical senses are normally trained to respond. These faculties will come to everyone in due course of evolution, but some of us have taken special trouble to develop them now in advance of the rest, at the cost of many years of harder work than most people would care to undertake.”

Keep this in mind. It's important. Seeing the Chakras or the aura (colors that emanate from the Chakras) is not what this is all about. Feeling them and thinking about them is enough. If you do not see them, do not think for a moment that is what this is all about.

The Chakras

This is a comprehensive site with thousands of pages. It is renewing pages and making changes, so there are going to be pages under construction, but there is more than enough to read about Chakras—all very good information. This site covers even more Chakras. My suggestion is to go to this site when you have some time on your hands to really read some fascinating details about other Chakras that are not usually mentioned.

The Chakras for Healing and Self-Knowledge

A Visual Representation of the Body Mirror System of Healing developed by Sir Martin Brofman, Ph.D. This is a fun site with some nice visuals to keep in mind for the visualizations of the Chakras.

Chakra System Chart By Astrology

Astrology Weekly.com is a very informative and visual site about the Chakra system as it relates to astrology. Instead of writing about this myself, this site will cover that area until I actually sit down and finish my astrology section one day!

College paper

This is a unique paper that a student did in college. It is so comprehensive and interesting to read that I have included it here. I hope this person got a top grade for all of this work! There is some great stuff here. I applaud him.

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Daily Zen

This is a very beautiful, simple Website. It is also a meeting place for those who would reflect on these timeless koans, poems and quotes—and bring this deeper understanding into the actions and interactions of life. There are inspiring images with incredible words. This is the perfect site to take time out to meditate while you sit at your desk reading these words!

Danish Meditation Site

A site offering knowledge and divine inspiration from various non-commercial spiritual teachers. This has obviously been created by a Danish person with this url. There are a lot of very good Websites from Scandinavia if you know where to look. There is even music for meditation on this site.

Dharma Central

An online resource center dedicated to exploring the spiritual dimensions of Yoga. Articles, links and spiritual guidance. “Dharma Central is your guide to authentic Yoga spirituality. We are dedicated to bringing you the most authoritative, highest quality information about Yoga spirituality, meditation and self-realization available anywhere on the Internet today. If you are a seeker of Truth, let Dharma Central help you with your search.”

 

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Eclectic Energies

This site is about working with your energetic state. Assessing it, by using the I Ching or the chakra test, or tuning it, by doing chakra meditations, exercises or other techniques. It's very simple and easy to navigate. Nice work.

Essentials of Buddhism

This is the page of links provided on this site, which are excellent. The site itself is small, but simple and beautiful. These are great links about Buddhism, so I had to include this here.

Experience Your Self-Realization

Forget about the way this site looks, because this is a special place where you can watch a video by a teacher from India taking you through physical and mental meditations and exercises to open your Chakras. It's not too long, so it could be done several times a day to perhaps learn it. They also provide images with the sequences, if you want to print them out.

In Shri Mataji's own words: “Global unity of mankind can be achieved through this awakening that can occur within each human being, so that transformation takes place within us. By this process a person becomes moral, united, integrated and balanced. One actually gets the experience of the feeling of the all-pervading divine power as cool breeze. 'Know thyself' is the main theme of all the scriptures - it becomes evident and one reaches the absolute understanding of oneself.” http://www.sahajayoga.org/video_excerpts.asp These are excerpts of Shri Mataji on video teaching about each Chakra with exercises to open them.

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Feng Shui—Living in Harmony with Nature

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of creating a living environment which is in harmony with Nature. This is just another example of Vastu Yoga, so we are lucky that it has been brought to the western through China.

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Pratichi Mathur

Ganesha Institute for Ayurveda and Vedic Studies

In 2002 Pratichi Mathur (from a 900-year lineage of Vedic healers from India), was prominently featured by the San Francisco Chronicle for her work in Ayurveda. In 1998 she was awarded the title of “Ayurveda Shiromani” by the Ayodhya Nath Ayurveda Samiti (India) and in 1999 the “Vaidehi Puruskar” by the Ayurveda Prachar Sanstha (India). She was healer to many politicians and celebrities in India and also loved by the poorest of the poor. In 1998 she established the Ganesha Institute for Ayurveda and Vedic Studies in California to help promote the Vedic sciences in their purest form and practice.

Greg's Self-Realization Fellowship Pages

At Greg's SRF Pages you will find background information on the Self-Realization Fellowship, a screensaver, links, retreat photos, and more. I also include this site because I am a member of The Self-Realization Fellowship and am only happy to help other members.

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Hatha Yoga Lesson

This site is not very well executed as far as design goes, but the content is excellent with all kinds of how-to's for Hatha Yoga postures and Yoga breathing. If you just keep searching, you will find many pages with information you can use right away. The images are supposed to be animated, but it didn't work for me. (I might have turned off animation!) You can learn a lot here.


Heavenly Gardens Chandigarh

Offers free meditation. Patanjali Yoga facilities, books, spiritual sculptures, creations that are offered free to meditators, seekers of spiritual union, near forest garden near Chandigarh, India. There is a lot to read here, so ignore the lack of design. “Distractions of the mind can be overcome by adopting any meditative technique in which an object of meditation is used according to the choice of the disciple.”

Himalayan Institute

One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925-1996), founded the Himalayan Institute. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D., is his successor. A regular contributor to Yoga International Magazine, and the author of 12 books, Tigunait holds two doctorates—one in Sanskrit and the other in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He also studied the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into Shankara's 5,000-year-old monastic lineage of the Himalayan masters.

Hindu Net

There are some great pages on this site. This is just a couple. One is just a simple text page that gives you some ideas about how to learn Sanskrit. Approached through the beauty and energy of spoken sound, Sanskrit is accessible to all. Knowledge of Sanskrit opens the doors to universal wisdom, encoded in the original words of rishis (Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata, the Gita, Sutras, and the direct teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda). The study of Sanskrit is a Yoga, a spiritual practice, inspiring devotion while requiring total one-pointedness.

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India Divine

The opening page: “In the Vedantic traditions sound is considered one of the most important principles of existence, as it is both the source of matter and the key to become free from it. One who can thoroughly understand the four stages of sound as explained in the Vedic texts can utilize this science to become free from the bondage of matter.”

This says it all. This is a very well-designed site, obviously created by a professional. Easy navigation. The information is intelligent, well-written, precise and provides endless how-to's for anyone who is serious about Yoga and everything that has anything to do with it. This page is about Laya Yoga—Meditation and Sound... Read this to get an understanding of how you should use the sounds given for each Chakra. This will help you enormously with this discipline. Wonderful content.

India Nest.com

Some great Yogis have feature articles on this site about everything from how to keep your skin beautiful to Ayurveda and this link on Vastu Yoga (where Feng Shui came from—something many people don't know.

Introduction to Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony

“The speech of men cannot reach the Lords. They must be addressed in their own language. It is composed of sounds, not words. . . This language, or the incantations of mantras being the most effective agent and the first of the keys which opens the door of communication between Mortals and Immortals.” Blavatsky later refers to the Sanskrit language by name. On this site you can learn how to chant a mantra in Sanskrit, the original language of sound itself.” Once you have done that, you can use the chanting sounds with the chakra centers to help awaken your body to its own energy vibrations.

ISHA FOUNDATION

This site is great. What is Yoga? This is the definition here: “Yogic science not only provides knowledge about the underlying basis of metaphysical principles and ethical values, but it also provides the necessary tools to completely transform human nature. Its aim is to bring about perspectives beyond intellectual understanding, and to foster experiences that bring life into a new dimension of perception. The emphasis of yoga therefore is not on the external and perceivable areas of endeavour, which lead to bondage and limitation, but on the inner and intangible fields, which lead to freedom and perfection. It involves the alchemical transformation of a limited being into an unbounded one. Here are some great videos with Sadhguru:
Interview with Sadhguru and Deepak Chopra and
Sadhguru These two will get you started and then after you check out the Web site, you will be struck by his clarity and grace. He is for real.

ixquick

I'm including this because it's a great search engine the way it is set up. If you type in Yoga Center, 56 unique top-10 pages will be selected from 1,920,000 matching results. They have all the best stuff here. This is a quick way to find a place near where you live or where you are travelling. And they don't include me. That goes to show you that I am not biased with my links!

B.K.S. Iyengar (Official Website)

Iyengar Iyengar has produced the definitive book on Hatha Yoga—Light On Yoga. An absolute must to include in your library. Another book (with a cover shot of Iyengar in his 80s now) is Light on Life. Iyengar played a vital role in my life with Yoga. I saw him once in London where he performed the Complete Yoga Breath on stage, and let us hear it with the use of a microphone. It was stupendous. After that, I had many dreams about him, and he was always a very old man, still teaching. Such is the case. He is splendid with his very thick white eyebrows and long white hair. His eyes continue to have that openness that only very enlightened people seem to have. It is a joy for me to have a link to any sites that feature Iyengar. I will search for more and include them here as I find them. I scanned this fantastic image of Iyengar doing the Kukkutasana from his book, Light On Yoga. And about himself, he says: “When I practice, I am a philosopher.” “When I teach, I am a scientist.” “When I demonstrate, I am an artist.” If you get his book, you will understand what he means. (While checking my links, this one didn't work the first time, but did the second time! So, if you don't get here right away, just know that they are working on the site and it might not always work!)

His book opens with the following prayer: “I bow before the noblest of sages, Patanjali, who brought serenity of mind by his work on Yoga, clarity of speech by his work on grammar and purity of body by his work on medicine.”

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JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA)

This is an article, Yoga-Based Intervention for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, that proves how specific Yoga exercises worked better than splints or any medical intervention for carpal tunnel syndrome. I have repeatedly told people this who said they were going to have surgery to remedy the pain. There are too many people who never believe you when you talk about natural methods.

I actually learned a lot about natural methods from my father, who was the head of the American Medical Association while I was growing up. He told me in the 1950s that there were four things that I should never forget if I wanted to live a long and healthy life:
  • Never take pharmaceutical drugs (I was and still am highly allergic to all of them). He never gave us drugs when we were sick.
  • Never smoke cigarettes or drink to excess. He had smoked before he became a doctor and made it his New Year's Resolution to quit. He smoked one cigarette each New Year's Eve!
  • Exercise a least 4 days per week. He walked to work at the AMA on Dearborn in Chicago from the train station every day, swam often, played tennis, golf, and never gained weight.
  • Eat and sleep well—as if my life depends on it—because it does... He always did this.

I tried to never forget this, but it wasn't always easy to stick to it. We all know what that is like. It's fun to see JAMA—of all publications—publishing something like this about Yoga. It's not what most people would think about with carpal tunnel syndrome, but here's medical proof (for those who need that). I include this for people who continue to not trust the benefits of Yoga, and for those who know to have something to show disbelieving friends!

Japa Yoga with Sivananda

This is an article excerpted from the book Japa Yoga. It explains in detail what Japa Yoga (repetition of any Mantra or Name of the Lord) is all about. He also explains about sound, practical aids to Japa, and much more.

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Kripalu Yoga

This is a lovely place in the Berkshires surrounded by quaint small towns. What a place to be in the autumn when the trees explode with their brilliant colors in Massachusetts. Kripalu has very professional teachers and is quite well known worldwide. When I attended a Yoga Conference with hundreds of people in the mountains of Pennsylvania in 1993, Yogi Amrit Desai (the founder of Kripalu) was there with 8 other Gurus. I will never forget how they all treated him like a baby, he was so young compared to Dr. Mishra, Swami Satchidananda, Yogi Bhajan, and the others. It was an experience to have them all in the same room, together. A once-in-a-lifetime event for sure. In fact, many of them are gone now. So, I have always had a warm spot in my heart for him. He is no longer at Kripalu.

Krishna Das

“When we see the beauty of our own being we are seeing the beauty of the Being that is the One of which we are all a part. And when we turn towards that One, love is the natural reaction of the heart.” Chanting (Kirtan) is a part of the path of Devotional Yoga. Here you can join the kirtan email alert list get details when downloads of live audio kirtan and workshops become available. This site is also fun to look at. Great design with Flash.

Krishnamurti Foundation of America

Krishnamurti “It is the truth that frees, not your effort to be free.”
—Krishnamurti. Annie Wood Besant, a very famous woman activist and Theosophist from the turn of the 20th century, sponsored Krishnamurti along with other Theosophists as early as 1929. They believed he was the new Christ. It's an interesting story worth reading at Wikipedia.

In the mid-80s, I drove to Ojai in California to listen to Krishnamurti speaking the truth. He was brilliant. Perhaps a bit too intellectual for some people. For anyone who is very mental and likes to think things through, Krishnamurti is the perfect fit. Another site to check out is the history of Theosophy and Krishnamurti: Buddhanet on Krishnamurti.

Kundalini Gateway

Crystal Chakra There is too much on this site to list, and it's good. But I suggest you take a look at the image on the home page to understand it even better. I've never seen such a a great image as this one of the Chakra system. There are facts about the meaning of Kundalini and the Chakra system (spelled on this site as cakra). The images on this site are much larger and give you a wonderful visualization to bring to mind when you are doing the healing visualizations in the Chakra Series on my site.

Kundalini Mahoyoga: Awakening the Divinity Within

Kundalini MahaYoga is an ancient tantric practice that allows each individual to experience their own connection to the Divine. This practice releases one's tensions and awakens expands the flow of inner energy known as kundalini.

Kundalini Research Network

“The Kundalini Research Network is an international group of health care professionals, researchers, scholars and individuals interested in the transformative power of Consciousness, known in the Yogic tradition as Kundalini. For thousands of years the awakening or unfolding of Kundalini has been sought and experienced in one way or another by mystics of every religious or spiritual tradition. Yet, in this modern era, it’s profound importance often goes unrecognized. The Kundalini Research Network is dedicated to exploring and supporting this remarkable facet of our humanity.” There is no need to write anything. This site has already explained itself—perfectly.


Mandala

Kundalini - Sacred Space Yoga Sanctuary

“The heart is the most sacred of all places, go there and roam.” Kundalini Mahoyoga: Awakening the Divinity Within. This is all about an ancient tantric practice that allows each individual to experience their own connection to the Divine. This practice releases one's tensions and awakens and expands the flow of inner energy known as Kundalini. This image is their home page with a beautiful mandala.


Chakras

Kundalini Shakti and Chakras

This site has a lot of great information about the divine force of Kundalini and what the Chakras are all about. The site needs work, but the content is what is important. You can learn a lot about the Chakra system here. (I changed their image by adding the colors of the Chakras.)

“This chapter shall increase your knowledge about the Kundalini Shakti. No life is possible without it because it is nothing else but the cosmic life force coming from God that keeps all beings alive. No awakening of the Kundalini Shakti is possible as it is always flowing to a certain extent. What people often call the awakening of the Kundalini Shakti is a sudden reduction of resistance to its flow caused either by certain "accidents," special spiritual practices aimed at awakening the Kundalini Shakti, or more often just as a result of conscious spiritual development.”

Kundalini Yoga

Chakra systemAnother great how-to site with detailed instructions for Kundalini Yoga. This site has page after page of exercises you can do. One of my favorites is this breathing technique to energize your body and mind. It's called 4 Part Breath Meditation. What a service these people have done with this site. Thank you. To see all the classes they offer, go to this page of classes.


Yoga Online—M-Z

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