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Talks / Wisdom
Sacred Space: A Connection Point
It’s easy to see why churches, mosques, and temples are considered holy, but why are the banks of the Ganges and the city of Varanasi also considered hallowed ground? Ishan Tigunait explores the foremost quality that makes a space sacred: its living connection to collective consciousness. Find out how such a space serves as an ideal meeting place for the seeker and the divine within. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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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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Talks / Wisdom
Group Practice: Illuminating the Space of Consciousness
How is group practice different from simply practicing together at the same place and time? Ishan Tigunait explains how the common sankalpa, or intention, of the participants allows group practice to unlock and channel the life-giving energy and radiance of collective consciousness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 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 / 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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Talks / Wisdom
Buddhi: Our Connection to Collective Consciousness
Collective consciousness is the radiant field of creative intelligence that underlies the cosmos. How can we nurture and strengthen our relationship with this source of inner light? In this talk, Ishan Tigunait explores buddhi—our capacity for discernment and intuition—as our connecting cord to collective consciousness. Find out how buddhi is energized and purified through the path of yoga. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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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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Talks / Wisdom
Healing Power of Collective Consciousness
How can we heal, both as an individual and as a society? In this talk, Ishan Tigunait points us toward collective consciousness and the primordial force of compassion that flows from it. Learn how connecting with this higher consciousness and its power is a deeply empowering and transformative experience. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
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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
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Lectures / Sacred Texts
Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Part 4: Unveiling the Mystery of Purusha and Prakriti
What are we? Why do we exist? Yoga philosophy does not shy away from tackling such fundamental questions. In the fourth session (sutras 2:18–2:27) of the Practice of the Yoga Sutra Book Club, Ishan Tigunait delves into Patanjali’s worldview on our place and purpose in the cosmos. Discover how purusha (pure awareness) and prakriti (primordial nature) manifest the different layers of reality—and how yoga practice helps us connect with their all-pervading consciousness and potential. To prepare for the next session, please read sutras 2:28–2:34 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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Talks / Wisdom
Hiranyagarbha: Golden Egg of Collective Consciousness
Whereas modern science holds that consciousness evolves from matter, ancient wisdom teaches the reverse: a self-luminous field of consciousness gives rise to everything we see. Ishan Tigunait explores this concept of seed awareness, known as the hiranyagarbha (golden egg). Learn how every inch of the universe is an expression of its purpose and radiance. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Ishan Tigunait