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Secret of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 7: Stages of Meditation
The practice of yoga is a life-long journey toward ultimate freedom and fulfillment. In Session 7 (sutras 1:37-1:44) of the Secret of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explains the progressive stages of spiritual absorption (samapatti). Learn how deeper dimensions of peace, clarity, and subtlety unfold as you persevere in your inner quest. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 1:45–1:51 (and review sutras 1:17-1:18) in Pandit Tigunait’s The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada (for key terms and self-study questions, download the PDF Study Guide). As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 7 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Tantra
Chakras & Self-Understanding
“Know thyself on all levels,” taught Swami Rama. Tantra tells us that by understanding ourselves, we come to understand the whole universe. But how can we understand ourselves on every level? The science of chakras gives us a profound window on our body, mind, and consciousness. In this never-before-released lecture video from 1991—available exclusively here—Swami Rama explains how chakras (the centers of shakti, or divine energy, within us) guide us and map the terrain of our spiritual journey. Understanding the language of chakras helps us experience each chakra as a gateway to various levels of consciousness leading to the highest goal. You will want to watch this Wisdom Classic if you are curious about why the muladhara chakra is a kunda; how shakti comes to reside in the svadhishthana chakra; why the anahata chakra is the door to the higher chakras; what it means to meditate on the ajna chakra; and why the sahasrara chakra gives us access to unsurpassed, eternal joy.
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Secret of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 6: The Lotus of the Heart
The Yoga Sutra introduces the techniques for cultivating a peaceful, inward flow of awareness. In the study of sutra 1:36, Ishan Tigunait unpacks the method that is the culmination of all the other practices: entering the lotus of our spiritual heart. Learn about the core of your being—a space devoid of sorrow (vishoka) and full of light (jyotishmati)—and how you can gain access to it. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 1:37–1:44 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada (for key terms and self-study questions, download the PDF Study Guide). As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 18 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Wisdom
Dharma: The Force of Protection & Nourishment
The force of change is forever shaping and reshaping our world. When it is channeled through an agitated, restless mind, it can prove destructive. When it works through a clear, peaceful mind, it can heal and uplift. So how can we cultivate the second kind of mind? In the third installment of the series Spirituality & the Dynamic Force of Change, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how understanding and honoring our dharma (duty) lead us to the inner peace and clarity that let us become conduits of positive change. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 12 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Secret of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 5: Overcoming Obstacles on the Path
Meditation means transforming ourselves from the inside out and experiencing our most empowered, luminous self. But what happens when obstacles get in the way? In this Secret of the Yoga Sutra Book Club session (sutras 1:30–1:35), Ishan Tigunait explains what the Yoga Sutra calls the nine chitta vikshepa (distractors of the mind), and gives us practical guidance on what we can do to overcome them. Cultivating the four “yogic attitudes,” meditating on an awakened mantra, and practicing a special pranayama called pracchardana vidharana help us nullify our samskaras and transform negativity into clarity, joy, and connection with higher reality. To prepare for the next session, please read sutra 1:36 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada (for key terms and self-study questions, download the PDF Study Guide). (Note that sutra 1:35 will be studied in greater depth in the context of 1:36, “The Lotus of the Heart: Our True Abode,” which is Session 6.) As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 13 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Chaotic vs. Meaningful Change
Change is the foundation for the stability we see in the world—it allows the intrinsic potential of absolute truth to manifest. But how can we ensure that change is socially conscious and productive rather than chaotic and destructive? In the second installment of the series Spirituality & the Dynamic Force of Change, Pandit Tigunait explains that the key lies in the kind of mind we bring to change: restless or peaceful. When we use the tools of yoga to embrace change with a peaceful mind, then we are no longer at the mercy of whatever circumstances life brings our way. Then we can bring meaningful change, acting for the conscious upliftment of ourselves, our community, society, and humanity as a whole. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 1 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Yoga Practice
How to Change Your Mind: Neuroscience & Yoga
How can we use the insights of scientific research to enhance our yoga practice? Exploring the mind-body connection and understanding our thoughts, emotions, and behavior in the context of neuroscience can shed new light on the power and potential of yoga practice to affect every aspect of our mind, even the unconscious, or “autopilot,” functions. In this special livestream conversation, two core faculty members—integrative physician Dr. Theresa Oswald and experienced yoga teacher Sandra Anderson— engage in a lively discussion of yoga in the context of the findings of neuroscience. They cover concepts like the negativity bias, the vagal brake, and the default mode network, using the framework of the triune brain model, which divides the brain’s complex functions into three categories: base survival, emotional, and executive. Discover how the intersection of yoga and neuroscience can inspire you to awaken your full potential and become more completely and joyfully alive! Format: Video with audio download Length: 1 hr 2 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD & Sandra Anderson
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Lectures / Wisdom
The Immutable Law of Change
“Wise is he or she who has the ability to read the mind of time,” Pandit Tigunait comments. Change is an inevitable part of life, and a driving force of change is time. In this inaugural satsang of the series Spirituality & the Dynamic Force of Change, recorded specially for Year Long Meditation, Pandit Tigunait explains how we can skillfully read the mind of time in order to steer humanity in the direction of progress. When we cultivate the strength, courage, and foresight to ride the wave of time—rather than resist it—we join the ranks of the leaders and visionaries who protect and give a new shape to the world. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 3 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Meditation
Superconscious Meditation
“Enlightenment is already within us—we just have to be aware of it,” said Swami Rama. What is the goal of life, and how do we achieve it? According to the sages, the goal of life is to be free of all pains and miseries and to be in a state of happiness regardless of our external circumstances. Superconscious meditation is the path that leads us there. In this lecture video from 1990, Swami Rama gives us fascinating insights into the path that allows us to go beyond our ordinary conscious mind in order to understand ourselves on the most profound levels. As Swamiji explains, superconscious meditation is a systematic set of practices that helps us purify our mind, transform our habit patterns, and expand our awareness so that we merge with higher consciousness. Watch and learn practical techniques of working with breath and mind that turn ordinary meditation into superconscious meditation!
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Swami Rama
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Secret of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 4: Ishvara, Our Eternal Guide
The sages tell us that Ishvara pranidhana—trustful surrender to higher reality—is a highly refined practice and the gateway to samadhi. In the study of Yoga Sutra 1:23–1:29 (the “Ishvara sutras”), Ishan Tigunait demystifies the concept of Ishvara. Listen to this lecture to discover how connecting ourselves to this all-pervading, omniscient field of awareness through mantra japa and related practices is the key to inner transformation. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 1:30–1:35 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada (for key terms and self-study questions, download the PDF Study Guide). (Note that sutra 1:35 will be studied in greater depth in the context of 1:36, “The Lotus of the Heart: Our True Abode,” which is Session 6.) As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 4 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Joining the Bright Side of Collective Consciousness
Each of us is part of a larger collective consciousness. At times, the dark side is more visible (this is known as kali yuga). At other times, the bright side is more visible (this is known as satya yuga, or the “golden age”). How can we work to remove the darkness and join the bright side of collective consciousness? In this satsang, Pandit Tigunait explores humanity’s role in the cycles of history and elaborates on two key ways we as individuals can create a more enlightened, vibrant, and promising future. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 48 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Secret of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 3: Five Principles for Self-Mastery
Why is samadhi easier for some and harder for others? In Session 3 (sutras 1:17–1:22) of our Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait demystifies the concept of samadhi (the summit and goal of yoga), recasting it in practice-oriented terms. Listen as Ishan explains concepts such as “lower” and “higher” samadhi, the stages of samadhi, and the relationship of abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (non-attachment) to samadhi. You’ll also learn about five ingredients you can cultivate that will help you evolve into a bhava pratyaya yogi, the kind of yogi for whom practice—and samadhi—seem effortless. These are the five principles for self-mastery. To prepare for Session 4, please read Sutras 1:23–1:29 (the “Ishvara sutras”) in Pandit Tigunait’s The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada (for key terms and self-study questions, download the PDF Study Guide). As you study, don’t forget to submit your questions to bookclub@yearlongmeditation.org. Ishan will be answering as many of them as possible in our capstone session. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 13 mins
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Ishan Tigunait