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Yoga philosophy

In the spiritual traditions of India, there are two apparently opposed teachings: 1) you are not the doer (because the spirit part of you is pure witness, and the mind/body part is nature, and the sole cause of the laws of nature is almighty God - Bhagavad Gītā)

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. 

​Though the essence of all living beings is identical in the face of the Absolute, but true individuality of each creation and the way inherent only to it demand a variety of ways for comprehension…

Jivamukti means “liberation while living.” This modern style of yoga emerged in 1984 from one of New York City’s best-known yoga studios. Founders David Life and Sharon Gannon incorporated their study of Ashtanga yoga with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois with spiritual teachings, placing special emphasis on how to apply yogic philosophy to daily life. Life and Gannon emphasize ahimsa, or non-violence, perhaps more than any other yogic precept. Veganism is an essential part of the Jivamukti method.

A physical position does not mean achieving a proper state of mind. Getting into such a position of a body means that there is already a proper state of consciousness, there is no need to achieve any special state of consciousness.

(Shunryu Suzuki, Zen master)

Dr. Madhavan Munusamy belongs to the South-Indian branch of Swami Sivananda tradition of yoga. Yogacharya Madavan is Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Venkatramana Ayurvedic Medical College (Chennai); he also received a Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy from Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore and attended the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta ashram TTC and Advanced TTC courses.