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"Thai massage - a sacred art or improvisation?"

Interview with Mukti, Michael Buck

Swami Asokananda, a monk of Saraswati order since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers, known for his warmth, intelligence and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience, having absorbed the wisdom of his Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, since the age of nineteen.

S. Ramaswami (born 1939 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India) was a student of the father of modern yoga, Shri T. Krishnamacharya, and studied under him for 33 years, from 1955 until 1988 shortly before Krishnamacharya's passing. He is Krishnamacharya's longest-standing student outside of Krishnamacharya's immediate family. Нe currently lives and teaches in the U.S.

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. 

In this interview Simon is telling about himself, and about his time proven method. Also you're going to find out about differences between modern and traditional yoga, how to practice safely and efficiently, about spiritual and physical aspects of yoga and so on.

Lyse Mai Lauren was born in Wellington, New Zealand. She studied flute at Sidney conservatory along with performing arts, osteophaty, folk medicine. At the age of 26 she first visited Tibet and Nepal. Since 1985 she was taught by lamas, like Kalu Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Tulku Orgyen, and Chadral Rinpoche since 1991. Most of her time she spends in Darjeeling (India) and visits Tiruvannaamalai.

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.

Chris Chavez first began the practice of Iyengar Yoga in Ireland, where he was touring as a professional musician in the mid 1990’s. While traversing the globe playing music and studying various other methods of yoga, Chris imparted the knowledge and the gift of yoga upon everyone he met.

Richard: I was 18 years old, when I got interested in yoga, I just went to college then. I have read about Indian philosophy, so I was interested in it, but there was no yoga teacher, so my first teacher was a Buddhist teacher of a Chicago center. So, I was on my own than.