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Introduction to the Panchamaya Kosha Model
Explore the multi-dimensional, yogic view of what it means to be a human being. In this talk, Sandra Anderson introduces us to the panchamaya kosha model: the five sheaths, or coverings, that obscure our true essence—pure consciousness. Learn how skillfully applying your knowledge of each of the koshas becomes a powerful road map for moving inward—from gross to subtle to causal—and ultimately to the realization of your innermost core being. Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Sandra Anderson
4
Articles / Wisdom
The Role of Respect in Spiritual Practice
In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali says that practice becomes firm when it is done with respect. Respect has four aspects: tapas, discipline; brahmacharya, sensory restraint; vidya, knowledge; and shraddha, faith. Taken together, these principles breathe life into our practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
3
Classes / Yoga
Cat Cow: De-Stress & Soothe Your Nervous System
Mindfully move and breathe your way to less stress with this short tutorial for cat cow pose, led by Shari Friedrichsen. Experience how the smooth, gentle flow of breath-aligned movement in this pose stimulates the vagus nerve and subsequently allows the central stress response system to activate—signaling to the body and mind that it is time to rest, relax, and de-stress. Whether done as a stand-alone practice or incorporated into your daily asana sequence, cat cow is sure to soothe and nourish your whole being. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 5 min
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Shari Friedrichsen
4
Talks / Wisdom
Consciousness Is Our Source
So much of our life is on autopilot. We have a tendency to move through the world without questioning the assumptions we are making—assumptions that deeply influence how we see ourselves and how we see the world. In this talk, Ishan Tigunait explains how the practice of yoga helps us to break the cycle of our assumptions—challenging them, shifting our perspective, and refining our awareness. As our awareness expands, our eyes begin to open to the truth of an all-pervading consciousness that is the source of all. We are then able to recognize the entirety of life as a precious opportunity for growth—and all of life becomes our practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
6
Articles / Yoga Practice
Steady Posture: Foundation for Breath Awareness
In learning to meditate, breath awareness is even more important than tranquility of mind. But to practice breath awareness, we first need a steady, comfortable, and easy posture. Swami Rama offers several options.
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Swami Rama
66
COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Thriving in the Age of Kali Yuga
We are deeply steeped in the Kali Yuga, the dark age—it demands no proof. So much fear, anger, confusion, divisiveness, mistrust, lying, bullying—in one word, madness! Is this why we were born? Is this what we take with us? What a waste of the priceless gift that is this human life. Something has definitely gone wrong, both inside and outside us. The suffering caused by this “wrong” must be stopped. But how? Running away from the reality at hand is not a solution. The solution lies in the time-tested wisdom of Buddha and Patanjali, and with this livestream, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait shares with us how to put that wisdom into practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Tapping into the Wisdom of Herbs
Did you know that plants, and herbs in particular, abound with mystery and wisdom? Tune in to this informative talk by Dr. Theresa Oswald as she explains how to maximize potency, as well as minimize or even completely eliminate side effects, when employing plants as medicine or as a supplement to your diet. Learn the key tips for most skillfully tapping into the extraordinary, innate intelligence of plants, gaining greater health and vitality in the process. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
3
Classes / Pranayama
Kapalabhati for Purification & Revitalization (All Levels)
The practice of kapalabhati is one of the most efficient and effective pranayamas (breathing exercises) for dispelling the inertia, congestion, and stagnation that tend to build up in the body and mind. In this short tutorial, Sandra Anderson walks us through the essentials of this traditional cleansing practice. With the resulting enlivening of prana (life energy), our innate desire to know ourselves at the deepest level begins to blossom. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 3 mins
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Sandra Anderson
3
Articles / Yoga Practice
Breath: Transforming Movement into Yoga
Connecting breath with movement transforms simple movement into yoga. It creates an awareness of the subtle aspect of breath—prana, or life-force energy—that is at the heart of yoga and leads to inner stillness. Learn step-by-step how to coordinate movement and breath.
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Judy Moulton
39
Classes / Ayurveda
Vata-Pacifying Practice: Nurture the Nervous System (All Levels)
As autumn moves into full force and winter follows closely behind, the ayurvedic season of vata emerges and takes center stage. Nourish and ground yourself with this vata-pacifying practice guided by Sarah Guglielmi. Through this slow flow sequence, with an emphasis on forward bends and twists, you’ll regain steadiness of body and mind—nurturing the nervous system and returning to a more harmonious state of balance, stability, and ease. Format: Video with audio download Length: 39 mins
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Sarah Guglielmi
11
Talks / Wisdom
Honoring the Divine Within & Around Us
The sages tell us that the Divine is all-encompassing—within us and all around us, in everyone and everything. But we often lose sight of this truth and tend to search far and wide for the divine solely outside of us—in teachers, temples, shrines, and churches. In this talk, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait reminds us that the recognition and honoring of the Divine within and around us is what brings a true and lasting sense of self-worth, self-confidence, self-motivation, and ultimately, self-love and joy. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Meditation
The Gayatri Mantra: Awakening to the Sun
Illumine your mornings and evenings with quiet joy by practicing the time-honored gayatri mantra. Embodying the collective wisdom of the entire Vedic revelation, the gayatri mantra leads us toward self-realization. Rolf Sovik explains the symbolism of the Vedas, gives a detailed explanation of the mantra, and offers a short practice.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD

COVID-19 Support

66
COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Thriving in the Age of Kali Yuga
We are deeply steeped in the Kali Yuga, the dark age—it demands no proof. So much fear, anger, confusion, divisiveness, mistrust, lying, bullying—in one word, madness! Is this why we were born? Is this what we take with us? What a waste of the priceless gift that is this human life. Something has definitely gone wrong, both inside and outside us. The suffering caused by this “wrong” must be stopped. But how? Running away from the reality at hand is not a solution. The solution lies in the time-tested wisdom of Buddha and Patanjali, and with this livestream, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait shares with us how to put that wisdom into practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
67
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 / 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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Articles / Wisdom
Unconditional Gratitude: Finding Our Way in an Era of Fear
How do we retain our feeling of gratitude in the midst of a pandemic? How do we keep our gratitude and sense of interconnectedness from being swallowed up by fear, anger, selfishness, and isolation? Shiva Tigunait shares a Vedic mantra to remind us that we are guided and protected on every level by the divine forces, a mantra that calms our mind and fills us with hope.
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Shiva Tigunait, PhD
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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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Articles / Meditation
The Real Meaning of Meditation
What is meditation? How does it work? Can meditation help us achieve genuine peace and happiness in today’s hectic, often chaotic world? Swami Rama explains the various aspects of meditation: how to turn inward, how to cultivate stillness, how to pay attention, and how to tell that we are making progress.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Pranayama and the Autonomic Nervous System
Can we consciously change our heart rate and other automatic, or involuntary, functions of our body? Swami Rama explains how pranayama—controlling the breath—enables us to bring all the processes regulated by our autonomic nervous system under our voluntary control.
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Swami Rama

Meditations

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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Awakening to Infinite Potential: A Morning Meditation
Just as the sun rises to bring forth a new day, so too does the breath bring forward our inner luminosity and vitality. In this deeply nourishing morning meditation, experience how, with each breath, the pulsation of sankalpa—the power of intention—awakens us to our infinite potential. Inspired and empowered, embark on a new day, fueled by a deep sense of purpose. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 15 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
5
Meditations / Mantra
Meditation on the Subtle Sound of Breath
The mantra so’ham is the subtle sound of our breath. When we tune into it we come in touch with the deeper dimension of our inhalation and exhalation: the nourishing and cleansing pulsation of prana (life force). Learn how to regulate and stabilize your breathing pattern with this mantra and access the healing vibration of your pranic body. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 5 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Restful Breath Awareness
When we focus our attention on the flow of the breath, it leads our mind to a quiet inner stillness. Tune into this deeply restful breath-awareness practice to experience the breath moving in the center of the body and then flowing serenely in the nostrils. Take a few moments to relax in the soothing ebb and flow of the breath. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 10 min
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Bill Ryan, PhD
5
Meditations / Breath & Prana
Awakening Pranic Awareness at the Face
Our prana (vital energy) moves with each breath. By feeling and following its flow, we take our awareness to a more subtle realm. This short meditation will help you experience the movement of prana in front of your face. Come in touch with the life force and let it guide you inward toward deeper dimensions of your being. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 5 min
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Shari Friedrichsen
6
Meditations / Breath & Prana
Head-Clearing Meditation
From the brain to our eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, our head is home to some of our most important organs. On a subtler level, it houses our thoughts, including our worries and negative memories. Shari Friedrichsen offers a guided meditation to soothe and clear the head. Take a moment to nourish, cleanse, and thank your center of perception, discrimination, and intelligence. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 6 min
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Meditations / Mantra
Universal Mantra Meditation
Mantra is a sacred sound that leads us to pure, silent awareness. The universal mantra so’ham can be practiced freely by anyone—it’s the subtle sound of our own breath. In this guided meditation, Bill Ryan helps us rest our mind in the sound so’ham flowing with the breath. Let the flow of sound carry you to an inner space of peaceful stillness. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 12 min
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Seated Breath Awareness
As a vehicle of vital energy, our breath is our chariot on the road inward. In this tutorial, Greg Capitolo guides us through a breath awareness practice that serves as the foundation of meditation. Cleanse with every exhale, nourish with every inhale, flowing toward the most expansive, subtle dimension of your being. Format: Video with audio download Length: 13 mins
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Greg Capitolo
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COVID-19 Support / Emotional and Mental Resilience
Well-Being Meditation
A systematic practice of meditation is an opportunity for deep rest and nourishment. Leading us inward step-by-step, Rolf Sovik introduces techniques for releasing tension in our mind and body. Relax into a profound sense of well-being and awaken to the peace and joy already within you. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 15 min
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
15
Meditations / Mantra
5-Step Meditation
We may know that meditation involves various elements—such as breath and mantra—but not exactly how to coordinate them. In this guided meditation, Shari Friedrichsen weaves the strands together into a clear, concise process to purify and restore our inner world. Find a comfortable seat and reclaim your intrinsic luminosity. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 15 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen

Classes

3
Classes / Yoga
Cat Cow: De-Stress & Soothe Your Nervous System
Mindfully move and breathe your way to less stress with this short tutorial for cat cow pose, led by Shari Friedrichsen. Experience how the smooth, gentle flow of breath-aligned movement in this pose stimulates the vagus nerve and subsequently allows the central stress response system to activate—signaling to the body and mind that it is time to rest, relax, and de-stress. Whether done as a stand-alone practice or incorporated into your daily asana sequence, cat cow is sure to soothe and nourish your whole being. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 5 min
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Shari Friedrichsen
3
Classes / Pranayama
Kapalabhati for Purification & Revitalization (All Levels)
The practice of kapalabhati is one of the most efficient and effective pranayamas (breathing exercises) for dispelling the inertia, congestion, and stagnation that tend to build up in the body and mind. In this short tutorial, Sandra Anderson walks us through the essentials of this traditional cleansing practice. With the resulting enlivening of prana (life energy), our innate desire to know ourselves at the deepest level begins to blossom. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 3 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Ayurveda
Vata-Pacifying Practice: Nurture the Nervous System (All Levels)
As autumn moves into full force and winter follows closely behind, the ayurvedic season of vata emerges and takes center stage. Nourish and ground yourself with this vata-pacifying practice guided by Sarah Guglielmi. Through this slow flow sequence, with an emphasis on forward bends and twists, you’ll regain steadiness of body and mind—nurturing the nervous system and returning to a more harmonious state of balance, stability, and ease. Format: Video with audio download Length: 39 mins
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Sarah Guglielmi
11
Classes / Yoga
2-to-1 Breathing for Relaxation & Detoxification (All Levels)
In 2-to-1 breathing, we lengthen the exhalation until it is twice as long as the inhalation. The effect is deeply relaxing and detoxifying. Greg Capitolo leads us step-by-step through the complete practice. Learn how to soothe and nourish your entire system by gradually and gently deepening your breath. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 11 mins
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Greg Capitolo
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Classes / Pranayama
Pranayama for Energizing the Whole Being (Level 2)
One of the most important aspects of yoga, pranayama helps us cultivate the calm yet highly energized mind essential to healing, creative thinking, and spiritual pursuit. Sandra Anderson guides us through three pranayama practices that purify the energy channels and invigorate the whole being: anuloma, viloma, and pratiloma. Learn each technique step-by-step and experience the remarkable benefits for yourself. Format: Video with audio download Length: 32 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Pose Tutorial
An Invigorating Hip Balance Variation
One of the worst side effects of sitting for a long time is the sluggishness that overtakes our mind and body. In this tutorial, enjoy a practice to dispel stagnation. This version of a hip balance pose activates the abdominal organs, strengthens the lumbar spine, and stimulates the pranic hub in the subtle body. Format: Video with audio download Length: 5 mins
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Sandra Anderson
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Classes / Yoga
Find Your Voice: Accessing the Throat (All Levels)
We all have days when we misspeak, or we misinterpret others. When we access and strengthen the area of the throat, we nourish our ability to express and hear the truth. This short, focused practice soothes and cleanses the organs, muscles, and subtle centers in and around the neck—for free and authentic communication. Format: Video with audio download Length: 18 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Classes / Pose Tutorial
Daily Balance Training
While strengthening is often the focus of exercise routines, balance training is also important. It helps us improve coordination and prevent injuries. In this tutorial, Dr. Theresa Oswald shares safe, simple balance-training movements that improve our sense of the body’s position, motion, and equilibrium and fit seamlessly into our daily routine. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
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Classes / Yoga
Digest Stress (All Levels)
Asana is a powerful tool for managing and relieving stress. In this class, Sarah Guglielmi shares a daily practice for calming our nervous system and awakening the inner fire (agni) that helps us digest our emotional experiences. When you feel caught in an inner storm, find anchor in an empowering and grounding connection to your body. Format: Video with audio download Length: 57 mins
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Sarah Guglielmi

Lectures

10
Talks
Introduction to the Panchamaya Kosha Model
Explore the multi-dimensional, yogic view of what it means to be a human being. In this talk, Sandra Anderson introduces us to the panchamaya kosha model: the five sheaths, or coverings, that obscure our true essence—pure consciousness. Learn how skillfully applying your knowledge of each of the koshas becomes a powerful road map for moving inward—from gross to subtle to causal—and ultimately to the realization of your innermost core being. Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Sandra Anderson
66
COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Thriving in the Age of Kali Yuga
We are deeply steeped in the Kali Yuga, the dark age—it demands no proof. So much fear, anger, confusion, divisiveness, mistrust, lying, bullying—in one word, madness! Is this why we were born? Is this what we take with us? What a waste of the priceless gift that is this human life. Something has definitely gone wrong, both inside and outside us. The suffering caused by this “wrong” must be stopped. But how? Running away from the reality at hand is not a solution. The solution lies in the time-tested wisdom of Buddha and Patanjali, and with this livestream, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait shares with us how to put that wisdom into practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
65
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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Lectures / Sacred Texts
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

Talks

10
Talks
Introduction to the Panchamaya Kosha Model
Explore the multi-dimensional, yogic view of what it means to be a human being. In this talk, Sandra Anderson introduces us to the panchamaya kosha model: the five sheaths, or coverings, that obscure our true essence—pure consciousness. Learn how skillfully applying your knowledge of each of the koshas becomes a powerful road map for moving inward—from gross to subtle to causal—and ultimately to the realization of your innermost core being. Format: Video with audio download Length: 10 mins
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Sandra Anderson
4
Talks / Wisdom
Consciousness Is Our Source
So much of our life is on autopilot. We have a tendency to move through the world without questioning the assumptions we are making—assumptions that deeply influence how we see ourselves and how we see the world. In this talk, Ishan Tigunait explains how the practice of yoga helps us to break the cycle of our assumptions—challenging them, shifting our perspective, and refining our awareness. As our awareness expands, our eyes begin to open to the truth of an all-pervading consciousness that is the source of all. We are then able to recognize the entirety of life as a precious opportunity for growth—and all of life becomes our practice. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
7
Talks / Holistic Health
Tapping into the Wisdom of Herbs
Did you know that plants, and herbs in particular, abound with mystery and wisdom? Tune in to this informative talk by Dr. Theresa Oswald as she explains how to maximize potency, as well as minimize or even completely eliminate side effects, when employing plants as medicine or as a supplement to your diet. Learn the key tips for most skillfully tapping into the extraordinary, innate intelligence of plants, gaining greater health and vitality in the process. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
11
Talks / Wisdom
Honoring the Divine Within & Around Us
The sages tell us that the Divine is all-encompassing—within us and all around us, in everyone and everything. But we often lose sight of this truth and tend to search far and wide for the divine solely outside of us—in teachers, temples, shrines, and churches. In this talk, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait reminds us that the recognition and honoring of the Divine within and around us is what brings a true and lasting sense of self-worth, self-confidence, self-motivation, and ultimately, self-love and joy. Format: Video with audio download Length: 11 mins
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
6
Talks / Yoga Practice
Finding Fulfillment & Freedom in Yoga
The two main goals of yoga are fulfillment and freedom. But what does this really mean, and how do we achieve these goals? Judy Moulton shares a simple yogic formula: when we skillfully combine conscious movement with yogic breathing, freedom and fulfillment naturally and effortlessly unfold. Discover the time-tested techniques that bring comfort in the body, stability to the mind, and an overall experience of well-being and peace. Format: Video with audio download Length: 6 mins
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Judy Moulton
9
Talks / Holistic Health
Activating Joy Through the Autonomic Nervous System
We can balance and strengthen our autonomic nervous system to make our lives more dynamic yet peaceful. In this talk, Bill Ryan offers a variety of practical ways to build our resilience: socializing, singing, diaphragmatic breathing. Tune in to discover the best method for you on your journey toward healing, empowerment and ultimately, activating more joy. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
7
Talks / Holistic Health
Homeopathy Basics
Homeopathy is a field of medicine that unlocks the innate healing response of our mind and body. Learn about its fascinating mechanism and wide-ranging application. What makes it an energy medicine? Why is it completely safe? Whether you are new to homeopathy or already a fan, you will gain a new appreciation for this holistic method of care. Format: Video with audio download Length: 7 mins
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Theresa Oswald, MD
4
Talks / Wisdom
Yogi: Torchbearer of Civilization
Imagine a society whose leaders are firmly self-controlled and fully connected to their inner divinity. In this talk, Ishan Tigunait gives us a glimpse of a time in human history when this was indeed the case—when yogis were the torchbearers of civilization. These yogis enjoyed true contentment and peace in their inner world while dynamically contributing to the outer world. Let their example expand your vision of what it means to not only practice but live yoga. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Ishan Tigunait
4
Talks / Yoga Practice
Breaking Down the Goals of Yoga
According to the Yoga Sutra, the twin goals of yoga practice are fulfillment and freedom. How can we connect to these two big concepts? Judy Moulton breaks them down into three subgoals that give us meaningful entry points into the path of yoga: healing, expansion, and spiritual unfoldment. Format: Video with audio download Length: 4 mins
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Judy Moulton

Articles

4
Articles / Wisdom
The Role of Respect in Spiritual Practice
In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali says that practice becomes firm when it is done with respect. Respect has four aspects: tapas, discipline; brahmacharya, sensory restraint; vidya, knowledge; and shraddha, faith. Taken together, these principles breathe life into our practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
6
Articles / Yoga Practice
Steady Posture: Foundation for Breath Awareness
In learning to meditate, breath awareness is even more important than tranquility of mind. But to practice breath awareness, we first need a steady, comfortable, and easy posture. Swami Rama offers several options.
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Swami Rama
3
Articles / Yoga Practice
Breath: Transforming Movement into Yoga
Connecting breath with movement transforms simple movement into yoga. It creates an awareness of the subtle aspect of breath—prana, or life-force energy—that is at the heart of yoga and leads to inner stillness. Learn step-by-step how to coordinate movement and breath.
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Judy Moulton
9
Articles / Meditation
The Gayatri Mantra: Awakening to the Sun
Illumine your mornings and evenings with quiet joy by practicing the time-honored gayatri mantra. Embodying the collective wisdom of the entire Vedic revelation, the gayatri mantra leads us toward self-realization. Rolf Sovik explains the symbolism of the Vedas, gives a detailed explanation of the mantra, and offers a short practice.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
4
Articles / Wisdom
The Difference Between Religion and Spirituality
What is the difference between religion and spirituality? In comparing the two, Pandit Tigunait explores how the transformative spiritual teachings of enlightened masters that are the source of all religions have become obscured by religious sectarianism and dogma.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
4
Articles / Yoga Practice
Bandhas and Mudras
To practice pranayama with breath retention, we must apply bandhas (locks). Swami Rama describes the three bandhas and their effects, as well as mudras (seals) used in meditation and pranayama.
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Swami Rama
3
Articles / Sacred Texts
Unveiling the Mystery of Death: Katha Upanishad
Yearning to attain the goal of life, a young seeker pursues knowledge that only the Lord of Death can give him. This story unfolds in the Katha Upanishad, the most profound articulation of life’s purpose and how to achieve it by unveiling the mystery of death. Ishan Tigunait explains why the knowledge and practices contained in this treasured text are as important and vibrant today as they were thousands of years ago.
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Ishan Tigunait
6
Articles / Holistic Health
A Powerful Stance: Freeing the Pelvis
How we stand says a lot about how energy moves through us. Nema Nyar describes the structure of the hip joint and how we can improve pelvic alignment and energy flow using the tensional forces of our muscles and fascia.
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Nema Nyar
4
Articles / Wisdom
Sorrow: Its True Cause and Cure
To free ourselves from sorrow, we need to recognize its underlying cause. Learn how our mental habits, beliefs, and tendencies—our acquired nature—isolate us from the bliss of our intrinsic nature, and how yoga can help us reclaim the joy that is our birthright.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Courses

$449
Courses
Yoga Sutra Master Course
The four-part Yoga Sutra Master Course, taught online by Pandit Tigunait, uses the blueprint of sadhana defined in the Yoga Sutra to give the modern yogi all the tools needed to build a life of freedom and fulfillment. Each of the four segments includes approximately eight hours of content, accompanied by a downloadable guidebook and lecture notes.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$299
Courses
The Mystery of Willpower and Trustful Surrender
The Tripura Rahasya is a dialogue between two great masters, Dattatreya and Parashurama. These two masters embody a vast range of human experience, and their dialogue answers such compelling questions as: Why do some of us succeed in life while others struggle in vain? Why do some of our intentions bear fruit and others remain barren? Why do some of us meet a teacher and receive guidance while others don’t? Why do some of us have a clear mind, sharp intellect, indomitable will, and unwavering conviction in Divine Providence, while others lack these essential tools?
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$199
Courses
The Healing Art of Meditation
Learn how to face your problems calmly and how to give your health the appropriate amount of attention. Meditation and its companion practices constitute a healing art. They restore internal balance, remind us of our spiritual priorities, and offer a wide variety of techniques to help us regain our innate sense of hope and optimism. In this seminar, we will explore the fundamental concepts of sickness and health, and employ basic strategies that are meant to lead you back to the path of healing.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
$299
Courses
Saundaryalahari: Wave of Beauty
Saundaryalahari is one of the most profound tantric texts of the Himalayan Tradition. Despite the fact that this scripture has dozens of commentaries, the deep meaning of the mantras, and especially their application, requires direct interpretation and guidance from a teacher ordained in the tradition
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$699
Courses
Living Tantra: Unlock the Power of Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation
Living Tantra™ is designed to ensure that distance does not come between the student and the teacher. Why is Tantra so important in the 21st century? How can Tantra compliment the study and practice of Yoga, Ayurveda, and other forms of health and healing? Why are promises made by texts and teachers of all traditions not being fulfilled? Tantra has answers to these questions, and can provide the tools and means necessary to ensure these promises are fulfilled.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$299
Courses
Milestones in our Spiritual Quest
In the course of our spiritual journey, it is helpful for each of us to pause from time to time and ask ourselves: Where do I stand in my personal quest? Am I satisfied with my progress? What is preventing me from overcoming my current limitations? The answers to these questions will serve as a guide to a meaningful and fulfilling future. The masters of the lineage have mapped out the entire path, established clear milestones, and offered techniques to help us reach our goal in a timely fashion. Some of these teachings and techniques are shared only after formal initiation.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$79
Courses
Samkhya Philosophy
Yoga, tantra, and ayurveda are all rooted in Samkhya philosophy, and its concepts are essential in understanding the context for study and practice. In this mini-course, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait describes the major ideas of Samkhya, one of the six classical Indian schools of philosophy, and the oldest formulation of the ideas of even older revealed texts. Study questions and notes will help you assimilate the basics and expand your grasp and application of all aspects of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Tantra.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$299
Courses
Awaken Kundalini Shakti
By making skillful use of that aspect of kundalini shakti which is already awake, we can further awaken our kundalini and heal negativity in the depths of our mind and heart. This course will expand your understanding and experience of prana shakti (the kundalini energy that is already awakened) and provide tools for concentrating and focusing it to further awaken kundalini shakti.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
$99
Courses
Meditation on the Chakras
Chakras, the centers of subtle energy along the spinal column, play a dynamic role in the practice of meditation. They govern regions of human anatomy, sectioning the body into distinct organ systems and anatomical functions. They embody themes of human spiritual development, ranging from primitive human drives to trustful surrender to God. They symbolize various forces of divinity, manifesting in mantric sounds and yantric geometrics. And they act as reference points in meditation practice—centers of concentration and purification. Cultivating sensitivity to these energy centers enables you to explore new dimensions of inner life.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD