Lectures

Enhance your study with in-depth discourses by our faculty, from book clubs on the Yoga Sutra to Thursday night satsangs with Pandit Tigunait.

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Lectures / Sacred Texts
From the Tsunami of Worry to Clarity & Joy
In his recent satsang, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how the quality of our thoughts, speech, and actions creates deep-seated samskaras (impressions) and habits in our lives. By watching the influence of samskaras on our current habits, and by observing how easily we are swept away in the “tsunami” of our untended, undisciplined mind, we create an opportunity to interrupt the momentum of vrittis (spinning thoughts). By incorporating the practices of abhyasa (consistent effort) and vairagya (non-attachment), we are able to take control of the forces currently propelling our actions toward worry and instability, and redirect them back toward the mind’s true, essential nature: clarity and joy. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 65 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Meditation
Nurturing Our Spiritual Heart Through Meditation
How do we discover and nurture our spiritual heart? What can we do when our heart is weighed down by strain, stress, and emotional tension? The ancient yogis knew the meditative techniques to dissolve the burdens that weigh on our heart, and have gifted them to humanity. In this never-before-seen lecture video from 2008, Rolf Sovik teaches a time-honored technique of meditation that focuses on relieving emotional fatigue while redirecting—and uplifting—our emotions to serve our highest self. With gentle grace and humor, Rolf explains the subtleties of working with our emotions: focusing on the emotional experience at each of our three lower chakras, and finally meditating at our heart center—the key to our higher emotional life that blossoms into spiritual unfoldment. Bookended by two guided meditation practices, this unique lecture gives you the practical tools and knowledge you need to start your own meditation practice, or deepen your current one.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club Q&A
How do we put self-surrender into practice? What is more subtle than prana? In this capstone session of our book club, Ishan Tigunait answers questions submitted by listeners on the second chapter of the Yoga Sutra. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of key concepts, receive guidance on personal practice, and find powerful insights that will help you fully connect with the ancient teachings of Patanjali. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 7 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Cultivating a Stable & Discerning Mind
“What is the description of a person of steady insight who remains in samadhi, O Krishna? How does a person of stable wisdom speak forth? How does he sit? How does he walk?” Arjuna asks Krishna. How can we assess the stability and clarity of our own mind? How can we strengthen its connection to inner wisdom? In this satsanga, Pandit Tigunait uses the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita to address such questions. Learn the tools for self-reflection and self-transformation on your journey toward true peace—unconditional peace of mind. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 59 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
Year Long Meditation Closing Ceremony
Join us in celebrating the conclusion of the Year Long Meditation! Our global group practice has inspired nearly 9,000 meditators from 136 countries to come together with one common intention—to heal and nourish our connection to collective consciousness. This intention is more important than ever before and is the key to bringing forward the best of ourselves so that we can be a force for positive change. In this celebratory closing ceremony, Pandit Tigunait shares his reflections about what we can take away from the Year Long Meditation as we move forward in our personal practice and in our quest to create a bright and peaceful future. The closing ceremony features a guided group meditation followed by a special prayer by Panditji to officially conclude the Year Long Meditation.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 8: The Self-Revealing Power of Pranayama and Pratyahara
Prana is the energetic potential that imbues us with life. We cultivate awareness and control of this life force through the practice of pranayama, control of the breath, which eventually culminates in the practice of pratyahara, withdrawal of the senses from the external world. In this eighth session (sutras 2:49–2:55) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores the purpose and stages of pranayama and pratyahara, the fourth and fifth limbs of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga. Discover how practicing them systematically leads us into meditation and the unveiling of our inmost self. Reading material for this session can be found in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. 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 8 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Responding to the Call of Our Inner Intelligence
How can we tell right from wrong, appropriate action from a mistake? When we have a strong connection to our buddhi (inner intelligence), we can make the wisest choices and act on them skillfully. In this satsang with Pandit Tigunait, we dive into the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita to explore the power and freedom that lie in heeding the call of our buddhi. Find out how you can live with clarity and purpose by tapping into your innate intuition and wisdom. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 7 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 7: Discovering the Essence of Asana through Pranic Awareness
In recent years, asana has gained popularity as a tool for cultivating strength and flexibility. Yet its full potential and meaning extends far beyond its physical benefits. In the seventh session (sutras 2:46–2:48) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores asana as a fundamental step toward the bigger goal of yoga—cultivating a peaceful flow of inward awareness. Find out how asana practice is a gateway to a deeper connection to prana (life force), and how pranic awareness then becomes a gateway to a joyful, stable journey inward. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:49–2:55 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. 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 1 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
The Power of Spiritual Community
Life is a journey to find the fulfillment our soul has been eternally seeking. As we progress on our path, we discover numerous sources of spiritual nourishment, yet often feel there is a deeper hunger that remains unsatisfied. The yoga tradition clearly tells us that spiritual community (sangha) can fulfill this longing. In this livestream we explore the role of inner connection, satsanga, service, and wisdom in creating spiritual community, and how this can nourish and protect us on deeper levels. Learn the art of using your personal practice to awaken a living experience of spiritual community, regardless of whether you are physically close to other seekers or able to practice together and share wisdom. The livestream concludes with a guided practice of shvasa-prashvasa pravahi pranayama. This unique preparatory practice for Vishoka Meditation brings a potent experience—the awareness of underlying pranic energy—that is the shared essence of spiritual community.
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Tantra
Timeless Secrets of Tantra & Yoga (Part 2)
“Just as there are millions of suns in the galaxy, there are millions of stars and suns within us,” said Swami Rama. How can we experience the highest life has to offer? The ancient systems of yoga and tantra give us tools that lead us to the pinnacle of human existence. In this never-before-released video lecture from 1987’s classic Path of Fire & Light seminar, Swami Rama shares timeless secrets of these two ancient systems. Learn how to use the tools of meditation, contemplation, and awakening the chakras so we can tap into the hidden reservoirs of power and wisdom within us—the unconscious mind and the latent energy known as kundalini shakti. In this journey within, we transform habit patterns that no longer serve us. We also expand and refine the capacity of our body, mind, senses, and breath so we can know ourselves on every level. Watch this video, and learn secrets of the sages that will infuse your practice—and life—with profound meaning!
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 6: Yamas, Niyamas, and their Siddhis
The yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) are a highly active, transformative set of practices that unveils the extraordinary wisdom, joy, and power lying at the core of our being. In the sixth session (sutras 2:35–2:45) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores the siddhis (yogic accomplishments) that are unlocked through sincere and consistent practice of the yamas and niyamas. From bodily perfection to unsurpassed happiness, discover the extraordinary fruits of disciplining your thought, speech, and action. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:46–2:48 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. 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 9 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Maintaining Equanimity: Key to Success
When we invest our time and energy in an endeavor but meet with failure, we become angry and sad. When granted success, we become equally disturbed, but this time with happiness and pride. How can we gain freedom from the pendulum of inner chaos? Using verses 2:47 and 2:48 of the Bhagavad Gita as the focal point, Pandit Tigunait sheds light on the value of performing actions skillfully while surrendering the fruits. Discover how you can start this practice and cultivate unwavering peace and equanimity in your life. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 13 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Ayurveda

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Lectures / Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Rejuvenation: A Traditional Approach
Do we have to age? Ayurveda says no. Is it possible to retain vitality and regain our youth? Ayurveda says yes. As Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains in this previously unreleased lecture from 1997, the traditional science of ayurveda goes back thousands of years and has roots in the ancient scriptures. Its model is one of health and rejuvenation rather than disease and cure. Ayurveda draws on a blend of practical (diet, sleep, exercise) and esoteric (alchemy, energetics, mantra) knowledge to help us achieve kaya kalpa—renewal of the body, at whatever stage in life we are. In this video, Panditji draws on authentic sources such as Netra Tantra, Rudra Yamala, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Svacchanda Tantra to demystify ayurveda’s key concepts, including rasayana, doshas, and dhatus. The yogis believed that a healthy body helps us prolong our life, not just so we can enjoy more sensual pleasures, but also so we can achieve the highest goal of life—our true purpose. Watch, and learn what this spiritual science can teach us about longevity! Format: Video with audio download Length: 1 hr
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Ayurveda
The Emotional Life of Pain
“Ours is a culture that views pain as a physical condition and encourages us to cure it by swallowing a pill. Even though most of us know pain also has a deeper, emotional connection, we fail to recognize that treating sorrow and emotional torment is as urgent as treating physical pain.”—The Practice of the Yoga Sutra by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Everyone has experienced some form of pain in their life. Since pain is uncomfortable, we tend to avoid looking at its complex emotional and social aspects. Our modern culture assures us that everything can be fixed by taking a pill, while the root causes of pain remain unexamined and long-term solutions go unexplored. In this livestream, Dr. Theresa Oswald draws from the wisdom of yoga and ayurveda in offering practical solutions for managing pain. By better understanding the relationship between pain and emotions, we can form an integrated strategy to transcend pain and restore our overall health and well-being, while helping those we love who might also be living with pain. Learn to unlock your healing potential with comprehensive, holistic approaches to managing and resolving pain.
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Lectures / Ayurveda
Women’s Health: An Ayurvedic Perspective
Integrating the teachings of ayurveda into our daily life can yield tremendous health benefits at every level of our being. In considering women’s health from an ayurvedic perspective, it is important to first understand the spiritual and philosophical foundations of this vast body of knowledge, and then create a plan to integrate ayurveda’s practical teachings to gain greater self-awareness, health, and well-being. Ayurveda draws on the more holistic Eastern approach to healing that acknowledges symptoms while also exploring aspects of life such as diet and lifestyle and how they can greatly enhance the restoration of optimal health and well-being. In this view, symptoms serve as an invitation to assess what is occurring below the surface, and with that awareness, bring about lasting change and long-term healing. In this engaging livestream with ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher Kathryn Templeton, learn how the seasons of life apply to women’s health—from the onset of menses, through the reproductive years, and beyond to the wisdom years. Kathryn will offer diet and lifestyle recommendations to support health and well-being at each stage, including specific asana and pranayama practices, tips for enhancing digestion, and recipes for supportive herbal teas and oils. Learn how to embrace the seasons of life and the timeless teachings of ayurveda for more balance, health, and vitality at every stage of your life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 1 hr
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Kathryn Templeton
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Lectures / Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Fall Cleanse & ​Rejuvenation
Autumn leaves tell the story of how we can stay healthy and hearty during the change of season by cleansing out the heat of summer for a smooth transition into vata-dominant fall and early winter. Just like the leaves on a maple tree, our bodies collect heat all summer long. We need to evacuate these qualities before we move into the next season of fall, with its dry, light, rough, and highly mobile qualities. Learn how a gentle cleanse and nourishing rejuvenation can help us prevent issues such as seasonal allergies, rashes, headaches, inflammation, and melancholy mood. ​ This Livestream features an informative lecture with Kathryn Templeton. Please see below for special recipes for this fall cleanse. Listen and practice along with us; heed the powerful wisdom that will transform your life! Format: Video with audio download Length: 56 mins
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Kathryn Templeton

Holistic Health

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Lectures / Holistic Health
Self-Compassion As Spiritual Practice: Using Yoga and Ayurveda to Cultivate Kindness
Compassion is the ability to have empathy for another person’s struggle and pain. It arises out of a deep understanding of life and an acceptance of human foibles; and paradoxically, it invites the person to move through their pain. Compassion is part of the healing process. Applying this concept to ourselves is quite challenging! Many of us are self-critical even while trying our best to be loving and kind to others. And yet, self-compassion is the foundation of true empathy for others. Our capacity to see a larger picture helps us move away from reactivity and self-judgment, and respond from a place of kindness and understanding. In this livestream presentation, Dr. Carrie Demers and Judy Moulton will discuss what yoga philosophy has to say about cultivating compassion and kindness for ourselves. They will also explore key ayurvedic practices that can fit into our daily routine, providing a nourishing foundation for a deeper understanding of personal compassion and kindness. Tune in to learn both the philosophy and the practice of understanding and embracing the person closest to us—ourselves.
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Carrie Demers, MD & Judy Moulton
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Lectures / Holistic Health
Time for You: Creating a Spacious Life
If we look at our busy lives, we can probably all identify with the feeling that we don’t have enough time and space. We start our day exhausted and in a rush, our attention fragmented. This sets the tone for the rest of the day to unravel similarly. In hurrying from one commitment to the next, we spread ourselves too thin. By the end of the day, we collapse in exhaustion or seek to numb our stressed-out mind. This way of living becomes a cycle of stress—we experience a lack of space and an absence of the deep nourishment that sustains us at a more subtle level. Spaciousness is the opposite of stress. It allows us to step back from the chaos of the day to pause and recharge. In this livestream with Judy Moulton, learn a simple way to restructure your day to create more space in your life, as an antidote to stress and as a support for your yoga practice. Tune in on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 3 p.m. EDT, to contemplate this idea of space in your own life. Follow along with a guided practice that will leave you with a feeling of greater spaciousness in your body and mind.
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Judy Moulton
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Lectures / Holistic Health
Integrative Heart Health: Nourish Your Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Center
Diseases of the heart—heart attacks, arrhythmias, and heart failure—are the most common cause of death in the modern world, killing 250,000 people each year in the United States alone. Physiological factors like lifestyle, diet, and stress certainly contribute to this epidemic, but recent studies show a growing link between emotional conditions—like loneliness and unhealthy relationships—and heart disease. From a holistic perspective, these findings make intuitive sense: hearts have both physical and emotional significance in our lives, so it’s easy to see how a “heartache” of one sort can trigger a corresponding pain in the body. The heart is an essential organ—biologically, it distributes oxygen to every cell in the body; psychologically, it represents our emotional center and source of love; spiritually, the heart is the abode of our inner divinity. How can we learn to nourish and support our heart on all three of these levels: physically, psychologically, and spiritually? Join Dr. Carrie Demers on February 17th, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. EST as she explores the causes of heart disease and shares the science supporting holistic options for treatment and prevention. Learn why an integrative approach that combines familiar physical strategies (lifestyle, diet, and stress management) with more subtle options (human connection and spiritual practices such as yoga) is the best way to support heart health for life.
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Lectures / Holistic Health
Gut Health: The Source of Vitality and Well-Being
Yoga and ayurveda have long taught the importance and power of agni, the fire of digestion at our solar plexus. These traditions extol agni as the source of physical and mental health—not just as a digestive power, but as the driver of vitality, immunity, courage, joy, and resilience. Recently, modern science has caught up with the ancient sages as multiple research studies on the microbiome—the trillions of microorganisms in and on our bodies—pour in and validate the traditional view of agni. As society grapples with a vast array of GI concerns (constipation, diarrhea, IBS, acid reflux, bloating), chronic illness, and emotional instability, the union of modern and ancient approaches promises to lead the way toward improved intestinal health—and greater vitality and happiness. Join Dr. Carrie Demers in examining the parallels between the ancient and the modern views of our GI systems, and then learn how to keep this essential part of ourselves strong and healthy. Topics will include the impact of diet (including pro- and prebiotics), stress, exercise, yoga practice, supplements, and herbs on our gut health. Tune in on March 18, 2018 at 3 p.m. EDT for this timely and practical discussion on gut health with Dr. Demers. Learn how to put into use this valuable information, and transform your health and well-being. If you miss the livestream, you can watch the archived version on the Livestream section of our Wisdom Library. Please email help@himalayaninstitute.org for any technical difficulties during the livestream event.
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Lectures / Holistic Health
The Vagus Nerve and Pranayama: How to Catch Hold of Your Nervous System
We face so many distractions, diversions, and disturbances in our modern world! How can we hope to find calm and stability in life? The secret starts with strengthening the nervous system. Learn how and why pranayamas like ujjayi and bhramari affect the vagus nerve, and what that means for worries, chronic stress, discontent, and a restless mind. Then refine your technique as you practice, and watch awareness of the body and mind effortlessly merge as your nervous system finds balance. This Livestream features an inspirational and informative lecture followed by a 45-minute guided practice with Sandra Anderson. Listen and practice along with us; heed the powerful wisdom that will transform your life! Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 2 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Lectures / Holistic Health
Stressless Living
In the world of stress that surrounds us, how do we find stressless living? In these lectures from 1993, Swami Rama explains the origins of stress and gives sage advice on how to transcend anxiety and fear. Listen to these fascinating stories and practical examples, and learn how to smile in the face of death, how to create a world in which we can be creative and happy, and how to live with others so that both they and we are at peace. Fresh from the Himalayan Institute archives, this digitally remastered Wisdom Classic is exclusively available here in the Wisdom Library. Format: Multiple Videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 4 mins Source: Stressless Living lectures (Honesdale, 1993)
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Swami Rama

Meditation

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Lectures / Meditation
Nurturing Our Spiritual Heart Through Meditation
How do we discover and nurture our spiritual heart? What can we do when our heart is weighed down by strain, stress, and emotional tension? The ancient yogis knew the meditative techniques to dissolve the burdens that weigh on our heart, and have gifted them to humanity. In this never-before-seen lecture video from 2008, Rolf Sovik teaches a time-honored technique of meditation that focuses on relieving emotional fatigue while redirecting—and uplifting—our emotions to serve our highest self. With gentle grace and humor, Rolf explains the subtleties of working with our emotions: focusing on the emotional experience at each of our three lower chakras, and finally meditating at our heart center—the key to our higher emotional life that blossoms into spiritual unfoldment. Bookended by two guided meditation practices, this unique lecture gives you the practical tools and knowledge you need to start your own meditation practice, or deepen your current one.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Optimizing Your Meditation Practice
Meditation is the way to unfold our true potential and discover ourselves on every level. It transforms us into better human beings and helps us change the world for the better. As we are all limited in our time and energy, how can we optimize our meditation so that we are getting the most of what it has to offer? And how can we take our practice to the next level? In this livestream with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, learn time-tested, practical advice on how we can enhance our meditation, whether we are new practitioners or long-time meditators. Topics include: The tantric approach to meditation Signs that we are making progress in our meditation Specific practices that can intensify our meditation Practices for when our mind starts to rebel during meditation Strategy for moving forward when we feel our practice is stuck in a rut The best way to make our 10, 20, or 30 minutes of meditation really count Tune in to find inspiration and support for your meditation practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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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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Collective Consciousness & The Power of Group Practice
Would you like to find a connection to a source of unending nurturance and guidance? Are you looking to accelerate your personal evolution? And do you wish to share the benefits of your spiritual practice by actively and positively transforming the world? If so, you’re in good company. The sages of the past shared this desire, and dedicated their lives to fulfilling it by unveiling the mystery of collective consciousness. As they discovered, tapping into collective consciousness is the key to infusing our personal practice with shakti (the power of creative intelligence and dynamic will), empowering us to create a vibrant reality of our choice. Learn about the quintessential group practices of yajna (tantric rituals centered around the sacred fire) and akhanda japa (unbroken group meditation), and prepare yourself to undertake practice that will transform yourself—and the world!
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Ishan Tigunait
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Mantra & Initiation: Pathway to Enlightenment
A mantra is a sacred sound that nurtures and stills our mind, helps us transcend our problems, and ultimately leads us to moksha—enlightenment, or liberation on all levels. But how exactly does mantra work? How do we know that we’re practicing the “right” mantra? What can we expect when we start practicing a mantra, and how will we know when we’re making progress in our meditation? With a blend of wisdom and gentle humor, Swami Rama explains the profound science of mantra and the subtle process of initiation into a spiritual lineage. He shares stories about mantra’s “atomic” power to transform our lives and the world around us, and he explains how mantra is a friend and guide that will protect us until our last breath (and beyond). Watch this never-before-released lecture video from 1990, and learn the fascinating secrets of mantra meditation! Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 4 mins Source: The Purpose & Process of Initiation lectures (Honesdale, 1990)
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Swami Rama
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Your Brain on Meditation
What does meditation do to your brain, and what benefits can you expect as a regular meditation practitioner? Drawing on both yoga wisdom and Western medical research, Dr. Carrie Demers explains the physiological, biochemical, and psychological dimensions of meditation as it relates to your brain and nervous system. Learn more about the links between meditation and neuroplasticity—the ability to undo hardwired habit patterns and form new neural pathways—as well as the preventive benefits meditation has for your mental well-being even as you age. This Livestream features a combination lecture and guided breathing and meditation practice with Dr. Carrie Demers. Listen and practice along with us; discover for yourself what your brain looks and feels like on meditation! Format: Video with audio download Length: 51 mins
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Carrie Demers, MD
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Dynamics of Meditation
Meditation offers profound, life-enhancing benefits—it introduces us to the finest aspects of ourselves. But where do we begin? In this practical and informative video, Pandit Tigunait explains the dynamics of meditation according to the time-tested methods of the Himalayan Tradition, then leads you through a unique, 22-minute guided meditation. Learn how to quiet your mind, refine your breath, and tap into your own hidden capacity for wisdom and joy! Format: Video with audio download Length: 39 mins Source: Tradition & Techniques of the Himalayan Masters (Honesdale, 2007)
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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The Art of Mantra Meditation
Sages of the yoga tradition say that life has two shores: one which we know here and now through mundane thoughts and feelings, and another which transcends everyday experience. Knowing the distant shore of life—a place related to one’s sense of awareness and being—is the goal of mantra meditation. But how do meditators turn attention inward when using a mantra, and what sorts of mantras might a student use for practice? Join Dr. Sovik to explore the role of a mantra in yoga meditation. Learn how concentration with a mantra can become an integrated part of meditation practice, linking body, breath, and mind. This Livestream features an inspirational and informative lecture, Q&A session, and guided meditation with Rolf Sovik. Listen and practice along with us; heed the powerful wisdom that will transform your life! Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr, 41 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Sacred Texts

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From the Tsunami of Worry to Clarity & Joy
In his recent satsang, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how the quality of our thoughts, speech, and actions creates deep-seated samskaras (impressions) and habits in our lives. By watching the influence of samskaras on our current habits, and by observing how easily we are swept away in the “tsunami” of our untended, undisciplined mind, we create an opportunity to interrupt the momentum of vrittis (spinning thoughts). By incorporating the practices of abhyasa (consistent effort) and vairagya (non-attachment), we are able to take control of the forces currently propelling our actions toward worry and instability, and redirect them back toward the mind’s true, essential nature: clarity and joy. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 65 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club Q&A
How do we put self-surrender into practice? What is more subtle than prana? In this capstone session of our book club, Ishan Tigunait answers questions submitted by listeners on the second chapter of the Yoga Sutra. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of key concepts, receive guidance on personal practice, and find powerful insights that will help you fully connect with the ancient teachings of Patanjali. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 7 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Cultivating a Stable & Discerning Mind
“What is the description of a person of steady insight who remains in samadhi, O Krishna? How does a person of stable wisdom speak forth? How does he sit? How does he walk?” Arjuna asks Krishna. How can we assess the stability and clarity of our own mind? How can we strengthen its connection to inner wisdom? In this satsanga, Pandit Tigunait uses the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita to address such questions. Learn the tools for self-reflection and self-transformation on your journey toward true peace—unconditional peace of mind. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 59 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 8: The Self-Revealing Power of Pranayama and Pratyahara
Prana is the energetic potential that imbues us with life. We cultivate awareness and control of this life force through the practice of pranayama, control of the breath, which eventually culminates in the practice of pratyahara, withdrawal of the senses from the external world. In this eighth session (sutras 2:49–2:55) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores the purpose and stages of pranayama and pratyahara, the fourth and fifth limbs of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga. Discover how practicing them systematically leads us into meditation and the unveiling of our inmost self. Reading material for this session can be found in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. 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 8 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Responding to the Call of Our Inner Intelligence
How can we tell right from wrong, appropriate action from a mistake? When we have a strong connection to our buddhi (inner intelligence), we can make the wisest choices and act on them skillfully. In this satsang with Pandit Tigunait, we dive into the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita to explore the power and freedom that lie in heeding the call of our buddhi. Find out how you can live with clarity and purpose by tapping into your innate intuition and wisdom. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 7 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 7: Discovering the Essence of Asana through Pranic Awareness
In recent years, asana has gained popularity as a tool for cultivating strength and flexibility. Yet its full potential and meaning extends far beyond its physical benefits. In the seventh session (sutras 2:46–2:48) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores asana as a fundamental step toward the bigger goal of yoga—cultivating a peaceful flow of inward awareness. Find out how asana practice is a gateway to a deeper connection to prana (life force), and how pranic awareness then becomes a gateway to a joyful, stable journey inward. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:49–2:55 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. 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 1 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 6: Yamas, Niyamas, and their Siddhis
The yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) are a highly active, transformative set of practices that unveils the extraordinary wisdom, joy, and power lying at the core of our being. In the sixth session (sutras 2:35–2:45) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait explores the siddhis (yogic accomplishments) that are unlocked through sincere and consistent practice of the yamas and niyamas. From bodily perfection to unsurpassed happiness, discover the extraordinary fruits of disciplining your thought, speech, and action. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:46–2:48 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. 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 9 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Maintaining Equanimity: Key to Success
When we invest our time and energy in an endeavor but meet with failure, we become angry and sad. When granted success, we become equally disturbed, but this time with happiness and pride. How can we gain freedom from the pendulum of inner chaos? Using verses 2:47 and 2:48 of the Bhagavad Gita as the focal point, Pandit Tigunait sheds light on the value of performing actions skillfully while surrendering the fruits. Discover how you can start this practice and cultivate unwavering peace and equanimity in your life. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 13 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 5: Foundations for the Eight Limbs of Yoga
In the fifth session (sutras 2:28–2:34) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait introduces the eight limbs of yoga—the concrete steps to cultivating a peaceful flow of awareness. He then delves into a detailed discussion of the first two limbs: the yamas (restraints) and the niyamas (observances). Begin your exploration of the living body of practice that purifies and illuminates your inner and outer worlds. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:35–2:45 in Pandit Tigunait’s The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada. 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 8 mins
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Ishan Tigunait

Tantra

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Timeless Secrets of Tantra & Yoga (Part 2)
“Just as there are millions of suns in the galaxy, there are millions of stars and suns within us,” said Swami Rama. How can we experience the highest life has to offer? The ancient systems of yoga and tantra give us tools that lead us to the pinnacle of human existence. In this never-before-released video lecture from 1987’s classic Path of Fire & Light seminar, Swami Rama shares timeless secrets of these two ancient systems. Learn how to use the tools of meditation, contemplation, and awakening the chakras so we can tap into the hidden reservoirs of power and wisdom within us—the unconscious mind and the latent energy known as kundalini shakti. In this journey within, we transform habit patterns that no longer serve us. We also expand and refine the capacity of our body, mind, senses, and breath so we can know ourselves on every level. Watch this video, and learn secrets of the sages that will infuse your practice—and life—with profound meaning!
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Swami Rama
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COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Tantric Techniques for Unleashing Pranic Elixir
We are in the midst of an unprecedented storm of fear and grief. It is time that we override this storm and attain freedom from worry, anger, anxiety, helplessness, uncertainty, political bickering, and self-righteousness. It is time to discover our pranic elixir, nourish our body and mind, and extend that elixir to nourish the larger world we are a part of. Ancient masters have given us the tools. In this livestream, Pandit Tigunait shares with you what these tools are and how to use them wisely and constructively. Tune in to learn the tantric techniques for recovering and upholding our collective and individual well-being.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Tantra
Timeless Secrets of Tantra & Yoga (Part 1)
We all want to discover what gives us energy—what inspires us. The ancient systems of yoga and tantra give us tools that help us tap into our latent energy and then invest it to find absolute joy. This is the inward journey. In this never-before-released video lecture from 1987’s Path of Fire & Light seminar, Swami Rama shares timeless secrets of how we can begin to awaken this inner energy, or fire, in three stages: (1) understanding the flow of breath in our nostrils and learning to consciously direct it (sushumna application); (2) awakening kundalini and leading it to its highest dimension; and (3) attaining experiential knowledge of the absolute. Watch this fascinating video, and learn how you can start the inward journey by understanding the subtleties of the breath, the mind, and the first three chakras.
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Swami Rama
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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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Where Two Shrines Converge
“Every human being is a shrine” is the timeless message of the sages. We are familiar with external shrines: sacred spaces where countless seekers have worshipped throughout the ages. It’s one thing to visit a spiritual shrine and have an experience of divinity, but another to realize that everyone we meet (and we ourselves) are shrines. We are plagued with so many problems—guilt, envy, self-condemnation, disconnectedness—that sometimes the last thing in the world we feel like is a living shrine! As Pandit Tigunait explains, this is because a war is being waged in each of us between the human and subhuman. The human in us—loving, giving, open, selfless—came directly from the divine. The subhuman in us—divisive, fearful, selfish—is self-created and reinforced through our thoughts and actions. This internal battle means a great part of our life goes in vain. We spend our life fighting rather than living, and forget our divine connection. In this instant classic, Panditji delivers the message of two shrines via the fascinating stories of three great souls: Saint Raidas (the humble cobbler from Agra), Saint Jnaneshwar (the child prodigy who wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita at age 13), and Saint Francis of Assisi (the patron saint of animals, who saw God in every living thing). Just as external shrines help us come in contact with divinity, our internal shrine—the heart, the seat of our soul—does the same thing, even more profoundly. When we come in come in contact with our inner shrine, we experience more fully the divinity in external shrines, and we rediscover our connection with the divine in every living thing. This is the blessing of shrines. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 28 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Tantra
Exploring the Kanda: Seat of Our Creative Potential
Using their divine sight, yogis can perceive patterns of energy and intelligence far more subtle than the physical world. They have passed this knowledge down to us, along with practices to tap into the hidden powers of the body and mind. Many tantric texts describe the kanda (bulb), from which the nadis (currents of life force) emerge. As with bulbs found in a garden, the kanda is the source of potential and nourishment—and embodied life is the plant that sprouts and flowers. Join Sandra Anderson on March 17, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. EDT for this live lecture and practicum to get a glimpse of what the kanda means for our quality of life and spiritual growth. Explore movement and breathing practices designed to unleash your power of vitality, protection, and nurturance.
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Sandra Anderson
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Lectures / Tantra
Unlocking the Power of Tantra, Mantra & Mandala
What makes a practice a tantric practice? Why is mantra central to a tantric practice? How does the practice of mandala unleash the power of mantra? In this livestream, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait answers these questions and explains how together these three vital practices—tantra, mantra, and mandala—awaken the dormant forces in our body and mind as well as in our natural world. Learn what you can do to embrace these three mutually supportive forces, and connect yourself with the beautiful and delightful world within you and around you. Join the community for this powerful lecture with a living master of the tradition, and unlock a deeper understanding of the potency of tantric practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 1 hr 9 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Netra Tantra: Harnessing the Healing Force (Part 2)
Fresh from the Himalayan Institute vaults, and released publicly for the first time, Part 2 of 2007’s Netra Tantra lectures brings you the secrets of how the maha mrityunjaya mantra and its associated practices can help us transform and heal ourselves on every level. As Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains, there are a variety of shaktis within and without that contribute to our vitality and power—or, if we are not careful, diminish it. These shaktis include rudra mata (the force of nurturance), brahma–rakshasa (what makes us a monster), yogini (the force of our internal shrines), damari (the voice of our conscience), and apamrityu (the force of untimely death—and of immortality). Through scripture commentary and practical instruction, infused with vivid stories from his own experiences, Panditji teaches us how to work with 11 key shaktis by using mantra japa, contemplation, lifestyle and emotional choices, and visualization. Watch Part 2 of Netra Tantra: Harnessing the Healing Force and learn how to uncover the mysteries of spiritual vibrancy—and tap into the elixir of immortality! Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 2 hr, 4 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Unlocking the Power of Gayatri & Maha Mrityunjaya Mantras
The gayatri and maha mrityunjaya mantras are two of the greatest gifts to humanity. They can be learned and practiced without formal initiation, but are most effective when we know something about what they are and how they can help us. The 24-syllable gayatri mantra (“the mother of the Vedas”), which was originally revealed to the sage Vishvamitra, embodies the energy of protection and purification. Like a compassionate mother, it guides and nurtures us as we learn to forgive others and ourselves. The maha mrityunjaya mantra (“the great death-conqueror”) is said to have flashed forth from the third eye of Shiva himself. This mantra helps us overcome the greatest fears—of loss and death—and leads us to discover the inner source of our health and vitality. In this lecture video, Pandit Tigunait explains what these two mantras are, where they came from, and how practicing them infuses us with the essence of nurturance and healing. Once you have watched the video, head over to the Practice Resources section and download pdfs and audio tutorials of these two mantras so you can start practicing today! Format: Video with audio download Length: 26 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Wisdom

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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
Year Long Meditation Closing Ceremony
Join us in celebrating the conclusion of the Year Long Meditation! Our global group practice has inspired nearly 9,000 meditators from 136 countries to come together with one common intention—to heal and nourish our connection to collective consciousness. This intention is more important than ever before and is the key to bringing forward the best of ourselves so that we can be a force for positive change. In this celebratory closing ceremony, Pandit Tigunait shares his reflections about what we can take away from the Year Long Meditation as we move forward in our personal practice and in our quest to create a bright and peaceful future. The closing ceremony features a guided group meditation followed by a special prayer by Panditji to officially conclude the Year Long Meditation.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
The Power of Spiritual Community
Life is a journey to find the fulfillment our soul has been eternally seeking. As we progress on our path, we discover numerous sources of spiritual nourishment, yet often feel there is a deeper hunger that remains unsatisfied. The yoga tradition clearly tells us that spiritual community (sangha) can fulfill this longing. In this livestream we explore the role of inner connection, satsanga, service, and wisdom in creating spiritual community, and how this can nourish and protect us on deeper levels. Learn the art of using your personal practice to awaken a living experience of spiritual community, regardless of whether you are physically close to other seekers or able to practice together and share wisdom. The livestream concludes with a guided practice of shvasa-prashvasa pravahi pranayama. This unique preparatory practice for Vishoka Meditation brings a potent experience—the awareness of underlying pranic energy—that is the shared essence of spiritual community.
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Ishan Tigunait
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
Buddha & Patanjali’s Solution to a Pandemic
Drawing upon the time-tested wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Lotus Sutra, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait offers a yogic solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, which began as a health crisis and has grown into a humanitarian and economic crisis. This livestream offers us an opportunity to see this pandemic through the eyes of Buddha and Patanjali. Find out how their wisdom can help us to discover and utilize the spiritual resources inherent in all of us to overcome this crisis. Join us to find inspiration and support from the perennial wisdom of ancient masters.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
Living Without Fear in the Era of COVID-19: Unleashing the Power of Healing and Service
COVID-19 is here. All of us have valid reasons to be concerned about the virus and its ramifications on many levels—health and well-being, social, and economic. The ethical and spiritual implications of this pandemic are beyond anyone’s comprehension. And yet, yoga gives us tools that will help us on every level. Now is the time to turn to the 5,000-year-old tradition of yogic wisdom and to put that wisdom into practice. By tapping into the pool of our inner healing force, we can eliminate fear and mobilize the time-honored power of service. Join Pandit Rajmani Tigunait for this timely livestream, and become a force of global healing and positive change in these troubled times.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Wisdom
Group Practice Beyond Cultural Boundaries
As world citizens living in diverse cultures, what do we seek to achieve through a global group meditation practice? Pandit Tigunait introduces the goals of the Year Long Meditation in light of the conflict and ecological imbalances facing all of us today. Find out how a large group of modern seekers, through self-transformative practice, can calm violence and alleviate suffering worldwide. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 6 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Wisdom
History of Group Practice
Just what can we accomplish through a group meditation? In this installment of Spirituality & the Dynamic Force of Change, Pandit Tigunait expands our vision of group practice and its fruits by introducing precedents from the scriptures. Take a voyage to the distant past—starting before the formation of the Ganges or the invention of the wheel—with stories that will amaze, delight, and inspire you. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Wisdom
Group Practice for Influencing Collective Consciousness
The Year Long Meditation is a large-scale group practice that aims to benefit collective consciousness. In this satsang, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how a laser-focused purpose, a well-considered plan, and an inspired, unified body of participants are the indispensable ingredients of an effective group practice. Listen and discover what it means to take part in a collective, purpose-driven spiritual endeavor. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 48 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Lectures / Wisdom
Personal Practice for a Meaningful Change
How can one limited individual hope to shape a complex, fast-changing world? In the fourth installation of Spirituality & the Dynamic Force of Change, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how we can make true, lasting impact on those around us by first transforming ourselves through steadfast personal practice. Discover the simple yet profound ways to nurture your inner light—and share it with all who cross your path. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 1 hr 13 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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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

Yoga Practice

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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 / Yoga Practice
Energetic Awareness: The Secret to Alignment in Asana
As students and even teachers we tend to think of alignment in yoga postures as an external characteristic of the asana practice—we obsess over the outer shape or even muscular engagement in poses—but the underlying causes of misalignment are often energetic in nature. When we learn to follow the movement of energy in the body, we can start to locate and address the internal factors affecting the outward expression of the pose. In this fun and interactive livestream workshop, Shari Friedrichsen will share insights gained from decades of teaching yoga to students of all levels, ages, and abilities, as well as leading teacher training programs at the Himalayan Institute and around the world. Beginning with simple awareness in several common postures, learn to trace the source of tension or disrupted breathing. Invoking a sense of compassion, guide the breath to specific troubled areas to smooth out energy patterns. Invite the vibration of prana to allow greater strength, ease, and flexibility to emerge throughout the limbs and torso. Whether you are currently a yoga teacher or looking to improve your personal practice, you will gain practical knowledge to breathe new life into the pose and allow alignment to blossom from within. Find a partner to practice and sharpen your teaching skills, or engage in self-study as you move through the poses yourself. Tune in for this special hands-on program on December 16, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. EST, and begin to view alignment from the inside out.
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Lectures / Yoga Practice
Autumnal Grace: Asana & Pranayama for the Seasonal Transition
Our bodies and minds are a reflection of the world around us, and just as the trees shed their leaves in autumn, it’s time to put away our summer clothes and step fully into the joys of the fall season. Through our yoga practice, we seek to remember that we are a microcosm of the great macrocosm—the more our movements, breath, and thoughts are in sync with the forces of nature that surround us, the more balance we will experience on every level. Using the techniques of asana and pranayama to ground and nurture ourselves, we can find harmony with autumnal beauty, meet its crispness with clarity, and prepare to wind down toward winter. Settle onto your mat and join Luke Ketterhagen on November 18, 2018, at 3 p.m. EST, for this nourishing all-levels yoga class to slow down and create steadiness physically, energetically, and mentally. Embrace the seasonal transition with a sense of groundedness, clarity, and balance, and allow yourself to embody the grace and grandeur of fall.
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Luke Ketterhagen
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Sthira and Sukha: Access Stability and Comfort in Asana Using the Breath
In Yoga Sutra 2:46, Patanjali tells us that “a stable and comfortable pose is asana,” yet many of us struggle with incorporating sthira and sukha (stability and comfort) into our yoga practice. Experiencing these qualities requires a deep understanding of, and connection to, the breath—specifically, deep, diaphragmatic yogic breathing. When we cultivate yogic breathing, we awaken a powerful support system for the body and mind. With the help of this supportive foundation, stability and comfort naturally emerge, allowing us to expand our current capacity, reduce our sense of effort, and cultivate enhanced inner awareness. Grab your mat for this all-levels yoga class with Judy Moulton, and discover key aspects of breath awareness and breath-aligned movement necessary to tap into your own inherent stability and comfort.
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Judy Moulton
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Your Sadhana Questions Answered
As seekers, we all have questions about the nature of sadhana (spiritual practice) and the best way to make progress on the path. In this never-before-released digitally remastered archival video from 1991, Swami Rama delves into the heart of spirituality to address students’ most pressing questions, including: What qualities can I cultivate that will transform my whole being? Does samadhi wipe out all other thoughts? What is the relationship between truth and love? What is the shortest path to enlightenment? How do we know which desires are healthy and helpful for us to pursue and which are not? If God is everywhere, then how can there be evil in the world? With his characteristic blend of no-nonsense wisdom, love, and humor, Swamiji invites us to reflect on what is important in life and what it means to transcend our subhuman tendencies and walk on the path of our true, divine self. As he makes clear again and again, this is a path that is available to us all—it is our birthright. Listen until the end for a special takeaway message from Swamiji: practical, straightforward advice about the best kind of daily sadhana, and tips on how to transform our life!
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Swami Rama
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61 Points: A Master Practice for Rejuvenation and Healing
Treasured by yogis and vaidyas (ayurvedic physicians) alike, shava yatra (the 61 points practice) brings us to the potent tipping point between the outer world of the senses and the subtle source of life and intelligence. For spiritual aspirants, this transition to inner awareness is an essential step in mastering the tangle of the senses and mental distractions. For those struggling with difficulties of all kinds, this practice is a sanctuary and healing balm. In this livestream with Sandra Anderson, learn how the practice of shava yatra (“journey through the corpse”) can awaken and stabilize an inner state of consciousness, enlivening the innate healing energy of the body and loosening the grip of our deep habit patterns. Join Sandra for this timely discussion and practice, and experience shava yatra, a pilgrimage to 61 points of rejuvenation, healing, and spiritual awakening, in your own body. Format: Video with audio download Length: 53 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Core Principles: Building Strength and Support for Your Practice and Life
Core strength is not just about well-defined abdominal muscles. The pelvis and the abdomen make up the physical and energetic container of the body. When this container is strong, healthy, and flexible, we feel more comfortable with ourselves, we breathe better, and overall health and well-being are supported. Increasing strength and access in this area also helps us to move forward in life and creates a foundation for refined spiritual awareness. This all-levels practice will deepen breath awareness and offer options for strengthening and enlivening your physical and energetic “core” leading to a stable, meditative focus. This Livestream features a guided asana practice with Luke Ketterhagen. Listen and practice along with us; heed the powerful wisdom that will transform your life! Format: Video with audio download Length: 1 hr, 6 mins
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Judy Moulton
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Breathe Life Into Your Asana
Asanas are intrinsically healing. They create openness, strength, and stability. They support the mind, the body, and more subtle dimensions of our being. What is the key to asana? Breath is the essential element that allows asana to bring about an awareness that is lasting and not fleeting—an awareness that is tied to something greater than our existing condition or circumstance. Learn how breath awareness, when brought dynamically and mentally into the practice, can take your postures and your life to the next level. Join Luke for our Livestream event on Sunday, August 13th, 2017 at 3 p.m. EST for a combination lecture and asana practice. If you miss the livestream, you can watch the archived version on the livestream section of our Wisdom Library.
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Luke Ketterhagen
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Breath: The Bridge of Life
Swami Rama explains the fascinating intricacies of breath in this series from the classic Path of Fire & Light lectures (1986). Breath is the conduit of the more subtle life force (prana). Learn how actively changing the flow of breath can balance your nervous system and emotions. As Swami Rama demonstrates, the ancient yogis came up with a specific set of breathing and mental practices designed to lead you to sushumna—a state of equilibrium that induces meditation, a joyful mind, and (ultimately) samadhi. Fresh from the Himalayan Institute archives, this digitally remastered Wisdom Classic is exclusively available here in the Wisdom Library. Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 25 mins Source: Path of Fire and Light lectures (Honesdale, 1986)
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Swami Rama