About the Ashram
Yogini Ashram is where the ancient, dynamic traditions of Kriya, Tantra, and Yoga are learned, cultivated, and practiced. The practical techniques (Kriyas) trigger changes in the consciousness, and turn the mind toward the inner Self, or Soul. The individual Soul (Jiva) incrementally merges with the Divine Cosmic Soul (Shiva). Kriya Tantra Yoga is about a grand spiritual tradition, indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, and expounded by the great Sages of Yoga and Tantra (Siddhars).
The climax of the tradition is a Yogi of perpetual youth, Babaji, Babaji is directly accessible as a protector and guide to all who seek him. Kriya Tantra Yoga is an integrated path of balance between all aspects of the Divine. Babaji’s tradition incorporates the main body of Shaiva, Vaishnava, and Shakti principles. Classical techniques awaken kundalini, and break through the blockages that inhibit spiritual awakening (grantha knots). The techniques control the nine gates, and include a wide variety of meditation practices, which are taught at various levels. Knowledge of Puja, Nysha, and Mudras are taught, and courses in the cosmology of Kriya Tantra Yoga are offered.
Yogini Ashram was conceived in 1988, through the guidance of Babaji. The Ashram and teachers provide an oasis of spiritual light and energy which houses the largest collection of traditionally hand engraved copper yantras in the western world. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced private and public trainings are offered.
About Swami Ayyappa Giri
Swami Ayyappa Giri was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 1971. Swami was under the direct and close guidance of his celebrated Kriya master, Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah for more than 20 years. For the next few decades, he continued to practice Kriya Yoga and Saiva Siddhanta.
Swami was initiated into Kaula Marg in the late 1980’s by Swami Rudranath Giri of Tara Peeth. This led to development of chakra pujas and other tantric practices. Some of these practices are discussed in the tantra section of this web site. The work with Saiva Siddhanta and Kaula Marg Tantra culminated in advanced practices of Trika Yoga.
In addition to a lifetime of practice and teaching Kriya Tantra Yoga, Swami Ayyappa Giri was educated for and became a Certified Prosthetist and Medical Administrator. Following Babaji’s principles of integrating work and worship, Swami has spent a career as an active professor and lecturer in regional medical and physical therapy schools. In that respect, he published over 50 articles in the fields of instrumented gait, prosthetics and orthotics under the name Edmond Ayyappa.
At the present time, Swami is under the direct care of Sathguru Babaji, and is active in teaching yogic and tantric sciences. He provides advanced teachings and initiations to sincere souls in Kriya Kundalini Pranayam, Saiva Siddhanta techniques, including Element purification techniques, and practical breathing techniques in Kaula Marg Tantra, such as Bhairavi Breath of Ecstasy Kriya, and teachers training in all aspects of Kriya, Tantra, and Yoga.
About Swami Premajyoti Saraswati
Swami Premajyoti began her journey into yoga in 2008 with the discovery and study of advanced meditation practices. The depth of this connection to ancient teaching and techniques both stirred and fueled her development within yoga. From this beginning, she completed formal Yoga Teacher training in 2009 and continued on to become a fully trained and broadly experienced Teacher, Instructor, and Meditation Guide.
Her background spans several traditions of yoga including, Hatha, Raja, Kriya and Tantra. Premajyoti’s teaching blends techniques firmly rooted in these classical traditions along with her background and skills as a professional counselor.
Her extended training includes Natal Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Mantra, Advanced Meditation, and Pranic Healing. I teach specialty workshops, group classes, individuals, and on holistic yoga retreats. I delight in introducing the joy and power of yoga to beginners as much as I love to support advanced practitioners to extend their practice.
She teaches yoga postures, breath-work, cleansing practices, meditation, and deep relaxation as vehicles to create more strength, balance, and bliss. In posture work, there is an emphasis on movement combined with breath, to compliment the natural movement and state of the human system.
About the Traditions
Saiva Siddhanta and Siddha Siddhanta
Saiva Siddhanta is historically the predominant tradition of Shaivism, which was once spread throughout the sub-continent, but now centered primarily in South India. The greatest exponent of Saiva Siddhanta is its first, Thiramoolar. Thiramoolar’s monumental work in Yoga is well known. Swami Ayyappa Giri’s introduction into the tradition was gradual, but relied on the contribution of the Siddhas, including Thiramoolar. Sathguru Babaji began working behind the scenes with Swami in 1957, when he was givin 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. At a naming ceremony at Mt. Shasta that same year, Yogiar bestowed upon him, the name Ayyappa (described by Yogar as master of the negative forces) This celestial Ayyappa is the progeny of both Maha Shiva and Maha Vishnu.
Progression of Training
The youthful Swami lived in Yogiar’s centers for two decades as he grew in experience. He spent many years engaged in Kriya Yoga practice. He received hands on training from Yogiar. The advanced training 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. The path ultimately incorporated the teachings of the 18 Siddhas, including Goraknath, founder of the Siddha Siddhanta movement, which plays an important role in the teachings of Yogini Ashram as well.
Swami Ayyappa Giri 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
Swami 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.)