HONESDALE, PA—April 9, 2012—The Himalayan Institute is happy to welcome President and Spiritual Director, Dr. Rolf Sovik, and his wife Mary Gail, as full-­‐time residents at its international headquarters and retreat center in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Previously, Dr. Sovik and his wife resided at the Institute’s satellite center in Buffalo, New York, where they managed day-­‐to-­‐day operations and strategic development for 20 years.

“It is a great privilege to live at the Institute and to become part of the community here,” says Dr. Sovik. “We particularly look forward to joining the year-­‐long group meditation practice that has been in progress since November, 2011.” In addition, the Soviks will be part of the Institute’s historic pilgrimage to India during the 2013 spiritual festival, the Kumbha Mela.

“As one of the leading centers of yoga, tantra, and meditation, not just in America, but in the world, having Rolf and Mary Gail living here with us will be a great boon for the residential community and for our guests and visitors,” said Matthew Douzart, Executive Director. “Their experience and knowledge of the tradition have always been a huge support for this community.”

“At the Himalayan Institute, unlike many yoga settings,” says the Institute’s Spiritual Head, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, “we offer an experience of yoga as a lifestyle, steeped in 5,000 years of dedicated practice by a continuous, unbroken lineage of sages and master teachers. Rolf Sovik is an ordained pandit, or teacher, in that time-­‐honored tradition. Having him and his wife with us adds so much to the vibrant and spiritually charged atmosphere we cultivate here.”

Learn more about the Institute and its programs at HimalayanInstitute.org. For information about the Institute’s pilgrimage to India in 2013, visit KM2013.com.



About the Himalayan Institute
A leader in the field of yoga, tantra, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health, the Himalayan Institute is a non-­‐profit, international organization dedicated to serving humanity through educational, spiritual, and humanitarian programs. The Institute and its varied activities and programs exemplify the spiritual heritage of mankind that unites East and West, spirituality and science, and ancient wisdom and modern technology.

Founded in 1971 by Swami Rama of the Himalayas, the Institute draws on its roots in the yoga tradition to offer programs in self-­‐transformation, yoga, meditation, and holistic health at its headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Himalayan Institute offers a number of educational programs and services, publishes Yoga International Magazine and more than 60 titles, produces a line of high quality health products, runs the Total Health Center and operates global humanitarian projects in India, Mexico and Cameroon, West Africa.