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Great Yogic Upanishad of Sage Śvetāśvatara with Commentary by Swami Ayyappa Giri

Great Yogic Upanishad of Sage Śvetāśvatara with Commentary by Swami Ayyappa Giri

Extracts from “Upanisads” by Patrick Olivelle. Swami Ayyappa Giri conducts annual courses on the Upanishads.  Contact Yogini Ashram for details and registration. © E. Ayyappa, (Swami Ayyappa Giri), 2020.  All Rights Reserved. The Śvetāśvatara  Upanishad was composed at least a century, perhaps several, before Maitre Upanishad, in the later part of the 1st millennia BCE.  Thus it preceded both Patanjali Yoga Sutras, and Bhagavad-Gita.  It contains the oldest known articulation of a number of core concepts relating to Shiva Yoga,…

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The Ashta Matrikas

The Ashta Matrikas

How the Ancient Mother Goddesses Elevate and Transform Consciousness Excerpt from an upcoming book By Swami Ayyappa Giri, Tantracharya, Yogini Ashram, Norwalk Ca. “The classic battle, from which the ancient Mothers famously emerged victorious,  represents the war between the inmost Divine Self and the ego. Victory over ego and destruction of illusion alone is the great battle of every sincere soul in their journey to enlightenment. On a macrocosmic level, it heralds the ultimate victory of the collective divinity in…

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The Power of Story in Yoga Nidra

The Power of Story in Yoga Nidra

~ Swami Premajyoti Saraswati ~ Derived from Tantra, Yoga Nidra is a systematic form of deep relaxation that actively fosters profound physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. It has been shown to decrease stress, release past trauma, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, and increase overall sense of health and well-being. Yoga Nidra enhances creativity and creates conditions for people to find their own solutions to issues through access to higher wisdom and intuition. Within the sequential structure of Yoga Nidra, participants…

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How to Fall in Love with Your Practice Again

How to Fall in Love with Your Practice Again

By – Swami Premajyoti Saraswati Almost everyone who practices yoga and meditation will at some time, hit a ‘flat patch’.  One of those times when we are left scratching our heads as to why – having loved our practice so much for so long, we now struggle to approach our mat or cushion. It may feel like we have gone off track and we find it really difficult to rebuild enthusiasm and faith in the supportive and transformative power of Yoga….

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The Power and Mysticism of Ujjayi Pranayama

The Power and Mysticism of Ujjayi Pranayama

Ujjayi Pranayama (yogic breathing technique) is also known within yoga as ‘the psychic breath’ It is produced by a light contraction at the pit of the throat around the glottis. The glottis affects voice modulation through expansion or contraction. Contracting the glottis lightly like this creates a light whispery, snoring sound on the inhalation and the exhalation. This particular way of breathing has been harnessed by Yogis for untold generations to support and promote health as well as expand conscious…

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THE 3 FORMS OF SHAKTI – YOGA’S POWER PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESS

THE 3 FORMS OF SHAKTI – YOGA’S POWER PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESS

According to Yoga and Tantra, within all of us exist two main governing aspects. Consciousness, also known as the principle of Shiva, and Energy, also known as the principle of Shakti. These principles have been known to ancients for thousand of years, and now it is widely accepted that these aspects are also present in different qualities throughout the entirety of our manifest existence. Every single cell and perceivable particle in our world has some form of consciousness and some form of energy.

HATHA YOGA EXPLAINED – AN ANCIENT SYSTEM IN MODERN TIMES

HATHA YOGA EXPLAINED – AN ANCIENT SYSTEM IN MODERN TIMES

By Swami Premajyoti Hatha Yoga has been practiced and prescribed for those who seek a fuller, more energized and harmonious life, since the times of the early Indian Yogis and  Sages.  It is an ancient, continuously taught and practiced system of postures, cleansing techniques, breath-work and meditation that brings about ongoing purification and balance to the entire human being. The Brain, nerves, organs, tissues and muscles are all toned and strengthened through Hatha Yoga practices. It is considered by many…

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Kali Yogini Tantra; Revelation of the Dynamic Cosmic Mother

Kali Yogini Tantra; Revelation of the Dynamic Cosmic Mother

Kali Yogini Tantra Excerpts from The Sacred Text of the Kali Yoginis As Revealed by Mataji Bhairavi Nagalakshmi with Commentary by Tantraraja Swami Ayyappa Giri (released on 22 January 2018) Yogini Tantra of Maha Kali The Ancient Cosmic Mother speaks through her Yogini Tantra…Maha Kali, having been pacified and calmed by the supreme embrace of Shiva, was overcome with love and affection for humanity. With awe and respect, the greatest of the Siddhas and Rishis began to assemble at the…

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The Sacred Names of the 64 Yoginis

The Sacred Names of the 64 Yoginis

The Sacred Names of the 64 Yoginis Chatuhsasthi Kali Yogini Namavali Swami Ayyappa Giri Yogini Ashram     Kali’s 64 Yogini Namavali Worshipping Kali and Her 64 Emanations Kali is in all forms.  She is particularly in the 64 Yoginis, all of whom are extensions of her Cosmic Personality.  This Kali 64 Yogini Namavali brings her closer to all those who chant it. First published in 1990, these mantras come directly from Sathguru Babaji. Devotees of the Mother and her…

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The Great Agastya Siddha and His Places of Power

The Great Agastya Siddha and His Places of Power

  Forests, Mountains, Temples, and Caves of Agastya  by Swami Ayyappa Giri Yogini Ashram Initially Published on the New Moon, 16 Jan 2018   Agastya Siddha is loved by Kriya Yoga Sadhaks everywhere, for it is he who is the Guru of the immortal Babaji, the peerless Himalayan Avatar.  There is a long tradition in yoga that the guru of ones guru, when honored, brings the Grace of the lineage into ones life. Shrouded in mystery, the Siddha Agastya is…

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