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Dr. Robert E. Svoboda is an American author and ayurvedic doctor who gives lectures and courses around the world, related to the subjects of ayurveda, jyotish, tantra and Eastern religion. He is author of eleven books, including Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution (1989), and the Aghora trilogy (1986, 1993, 1997) about his mentor, Vimalananda, and the Aghori sect.

Rampuri Baba, born William A. Gans (July 14, 1950), an American expatriate, has lived in India since 1970, when be became a Naga Sadhu (a Hindu monk of Naga tradition). He became the first foreigner initiated into ancient order of Naga Sannyasis. 

"Thai massage - a sacred art or improvisation?"

Interview with Mukti, Michael Buck

We bring to your attention some fragments from conversations with an interesting teacher – Rampuri Baba. American by origin, for the first time he went to India for spiritual searches in 1968. In 1970 he met his Guru - Hari Puri Baba, and received initiation into Juna Akhara spiritual order, one of the well-known communities of vagrant sadhus - ascetics or babas ("father", stress on the last syllable) as they are called in India.

The interest in Eastern traditions for some us can be a fad, like the yoga fad. But on another level, I think, people are interested in Bhakti, because people’s hearts and people’s emotions need an expression, and they need connection with the spirit. 

Fabio Andrico has been teaching Yoga internationally for over 30 years. He began his yoga career in the mid-seventies, when he studied Sivananda Yoga during a trip to India. In the following years, Andrico was exposed to many different yoga traditions. He ultimately met his teacher, Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, in 1977 and had the rare opportunity to learn the Tibetan tradition of Yantra Yoga directly from this lineage holder.

The practice of dynamic exercise set "Surya Namaskar" (Sun Salutation) is presented in every hatha yoga school. And in every style it is marked by its own peculiarities. Even though you can not find these exercises in the yogic scriptures of Middle ages (there are only Sun Salutation mantras described in Puranas but no dynamic asana sets), they are likely to have existed for quite a long time, serving as a perfect warmer before asana practice.

Interview with Hareesh (Christopher Wallis)

in Oakland, California

Krishna Das: I don’t like labels of any kind, I`m a wild yogi. I don`t like being told if I do this practice then I`ll get the mercy of God, if I do this practice then I`ll get blessings, if I do this - I`ll remove all obstacles. 

Questions: I.Zhuravlev, M.Baranov, G.Peyu

interview - Galina Peyu