About the Ashram and Teacher
YOGINI ASHRAM is where the ancient and dynamic traditions of Kriya, Tantra and Yoga are cultivated and taught. The practical techniques (Kriyas) trigger changes in the consciousness and turn the mind and vital being toward the inner Self or Soul. The individual Soul (Jiva) becomes the Divine Cosmic Soul (Shiva). Kriya Tantra Yoga is a grand spiritual tradition indigenous to the Indian subcontinent and expounded by the great Sages of Yoga and Tantra (Siddhars). The climax of that glorious tradition is a Yogi of perpetual youth known as Babaji, who is directly accessible as a protector and guide to all who seek him.
Yogini Ashram was conceived in 1988, through the guidance of Babaji. The Ashram and teacher provide an oasis of spiritual light and a powerful vortex of energy which houses the largest collection of traditionally hand engraved copper yantras in the western world. Advanced private and public training are offered.
Swami’s Professional Life
Instructed by his Guru, Ayyappa was educated for and became a Certified Prosthetist and Medical Administrator. Following Babaji’s principles of integrating work as worship, he has spent a career as an active professor and lecturer in regional medical and physical therapy schools, publishing over 50 articles in the fields of instrumented gait, prosthetics and orthotics under the name Edmond Ayyappa as well as Ed Ayyappa. That work can be found on line for those who care to search for it.
Saiva Siddhanta is historically the predominant tradition of Shaivism, now centered primarily in South India. The greatest exponent of Saiva Siddhanta is Thiramoolar, whose monumental work in Yoga is well known. Swamis introduction into the tradition was gradual. Sathguru Babaji began working behind the scenes with Swami Ayyappa Giri in 1957, when he was trained in a mystical process by his mother. In 1969, Swami was initiated by Babaji through a dream, and the great master continued to work with him energetically and spiritually. A year later, Babaji materialized to Ayyappa in a waking state and blessed him with a profound bliss and assignment. Within a year, SatGuru Babaji had guided him to his Kriya Diksha Guru, Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah, the celebrated Saiva Siddhanta Pranayam Siddha, and in a naming ceremony at Mt. Shasta that same year, Yogiar bestowed upon him, the name Ayyappa (master of the negative forces), the progeny of both Maha Shiva and Maha Vishnu. The youthful Ayyappa grew in experience as he spent the next 20 years engaged in Kriya Yoga practice. He received hands on training from Yogar, in both techniques and humility, which led to an increasing sensitivity to Babaji’s divine vibrations and messages. As the technical climax of the tradition, he received from Yogiar the Swara Yoga Kriya practice by the phases of the moon. He received many mantras and other practices, but the most important was initiation into the Kali Chew mantra, passed down directly from Babaji through Yogiars maternal grandfather, who received it from the peerless master in the Malaysian jungle. (for more information on Babaji, read “Babaji” in this site.)
Under guidance from Babaji, Ayyappa was initiated into the Lahiri Tradition of Kriya, and began to practice the path of Advaita Vedanta. (for more information on these years, read “Kriya” in this site.)
Kaula Marg Tantra & Trika Yoga
Ayyappa was formerly initiated into both Kaula Marg Tantra and Sannyas as “Swami Ayyappa Giri” by his Kaula Marg Tantric Guru, Swami Rudranath Giri, (for more information on this path read “Tantra” in this site.)
Swami teaches the advanced yogic and tantric practices as directly guided by Babaji. The tradition is not a monastic one, as Babaji has encouraged relationships and full engagement in the world. Over time, all teachers become integrated with the consciousness of the Sathguru. The sadhana is now focused on pulling in the Divine Energy (Shiva-Shakti) for the benefit of all who are open to receive it.
“OM Hring Kaliani Swaha!!! Jai Ma!”