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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 / Wisdom
Transitions: Living & Dying a Yogi (Part 1)
Can you imagine being dead for 20 years of your life? Yogis call sleep the “sister of death” because we are unconscious during this time. In fact, we are very close to samadhi while we are in dreamless sleep—the problem is that we don’t remember it when we wake up! But yogis know how to sleep consciously through techniques of deep meditation and yoga nidra, giving the body and mind full rest while a part of themselves remains awake. That is the difference between accomplished yogis and the rest of us. We live and die much like other creatures in the world, without mastery over themselves. Yogis, on the other hand, are born as we are, yet they live with purpose. They realize what their essential nature is, and know how to transform themselves and polish their ego to achieve moksha—liberation. They also understand the secret of secrets: how to skillfully drop their body when the time is right. In this never-before-released video from 1987’s Path of Fire & Light seminars, Swami Rama insightfully explains how yogis have mastery over life’s great transitions: between non-meditative and meditative states (all the way to samadhi); between sleeping and waking states; and eventually, between life, death, and rebirth. Format: Video with audio download Length: 51 mins
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Swami Rama
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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 / 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 / Wisdom
Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Love (Part 1)
Bhakti yoga is the path of love and devotion; its goal is the union of the individual soul with the highest divinity. As Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains, bhakti yoga is the most simple and straightforward way of achieving life’s purpose. On the other hand, it is the most misunderstood and confusing of all the paths. People start to wonder: Which god or goddess should I follow—one of my own culture or upbringing, a more exotic divinity, or none at all? Should I place my trust in a guru or spiritual teacher? Do the scriptures contain only the truth? In this audio satsang (part 1 of “Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Love”), Panditji draws on the Bhakti Sutra to dispel the misconceptions regarding bhakti yoga. He presents an inspiring, refreshing take on the yoga of love that distinguishes between higher (para) and lower (apara) bhakti—and tells us how the latter will lead us to establish a relationship with God that is pure, free from doubt or blind faith, and ever-nourishing. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 55 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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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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Lectures / Holistic Health
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 / Wisdom
Knowing Your Highest Self
“Life is just a very short moment; there is no time for negativity.” —Swami Rama The goal of spirituality is knowledge of the supreme self—not the self that is captive in a small body, but the self of all. How can we come to know this highest self? In this classic video from 1990, released for the first time here, Swami Rama explains that getting rid of all forms of negativity and selfishness will lead us to this knowledge. We do this through the practices of meditation, egoless prayer, and contemplation. First, as Swamiji explains, we transform our negative inner dialogue where we tell ourselves that we are not good enough. Then we work on letting go of the selfish tendencies that limit us. When we truly come to realize that we all breathe the same air—that on the pranic level, we are all the same—then we are no longer able to hate or exclude anyone. We expand beyond our small self. As the story of Nachiketa (hero of the Katha Upanishad) illustrates, this expansion frees us from negativity and brings lasting happiness and spiritual knowledge. Format: Video with audio download Length: 47 mins
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Wisdom
In the Footsteps of the Sages
In the Footsteps of the Sages takes us on a personal tour of the Himalayas where the accomplished yogis—sages and adepts—lived and did their sadhana (practice). Our journey begins in the mysterious Deva Bhumi—the “Land of the Gods”—where, it is said, the gods are so drawn by the beauty of the area that they descend from heaven to walk among the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Setting off from Haridwar, we follow the traditional pilgrimage route to the famous mountain shrines of Kedarnath, Tungnath, and Badrinath, and also visit shrines hidden in deep valleys or isolated on lonely peaks. Along the way, we also visit the Kumbha Mela, the vibrant spiritual festival that is held every 12 years on the banks of the Ganges in Allahabad. In this video from 1999, Pandit Tigunait shares his own experience and comprehension of the oral tradition in order to help us understand who these masters are and how they became one with the spirit of the Himalayas. Through Panditji’s commentary, you’ll feel a connection with the heart of these shrines as you experience the beauty and joy that emanates from these remarkable sacred sites. Format: Video with audio download Length: 54 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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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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Lectures / Yoga Practice
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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Lectures / Wisdom
The Power of Group Practice and Pilgrimage
As we progress along our spiritual path, how can we deepen our individual practice and foster a greater connection to our community and the tradition of our lineage? The answer lies in pilgrimage (the journey to a shrine or a sacred space) and group practice, which transforms the individual and awakens collective consciousness. In this workshop, Ishan Tigunait defines the idea of sacred spaces and shrines, underscores the importance of communal practice, and explains why the ancient ritual of Rudra Yaga is so powerful and so necessary today. Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 31 mins
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Ishan Tigunait