Here is an example of what one Yoga teacher, Richard Cripe (who is featured in the film) is doing to promote Yoga in a local university in conjunction with the release of the film, Living Yoga. I hope it will inspire you to copy the approach in your communities. He included as an attachment the film’s press kit.
Satchidananda Ashram (Yogaville) is interested in partnering with the University of Virginia’s Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures to provide a day-long seminar on Yoga philosophy, practice and the teachings of Integral Yoga’s founder, H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda. In terms of scheduling, one option would be to schedule the event shortly before the beginning of final examinations this semester and in coordination with the world-wide release of the documentary “Living Yoga: The life and teachings of Swami Satchidananda.” Alternately, the event could be scheduled in September, 2008. The seminar would be open to UVA students and the general public. The seminar would include various lectures on Yoga philosophy and workshops on meditation, Integral Hatha Yoga, yogic breathing practices (Pranayama) and a screening of the documentary, Living Yoga. All sessions would be taught or moderated by senior monks and instructors from the Ashram. Advertising would be provided by the Ashram and the University. The University would make available the required physical facilities.
In 2006, Integral Yoga International (www.yogaandpeace.org) celebrated its 40th anniversary. The focus has been on providing venues for education regarding Yoga and the teachings of Integral Yoga’s founder, H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda (see Attachment I biography) and the principles of peace, selfless service and healthful and balanced living. One major initiative in this regard has been the development of a feature documentary, “Living Yoga” (livingyogamovie.org). Note Attachment II for a review of this documentary by Yoga + Joyful Living magazine. The documentary includes footage and interviews with Dr. Mehmet Oz, Larry King, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Dean Ornish, Rabbi Gelberman, Brother David Steindl-Rast and others influenced by Swami Satchidananda and his teachings. As a culmination of our year-long effort, it is our desire to release this documentary in all major cities in the U.S. And in the several countries throughout the world where Integral Yoga centers are located. The creation of a day-long event of education and the practical applications of Yoga is consistent with our mission of education and sharing the tools of Yoga for healthier, happier and less stressful living.
Rev. Prem Anjali, Ph.D. 434-969-1420 [email protected]
Richard G. Cripe 434-361-1124 [email protected]
H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev) is respected worldwide as one of the major pioneers of the interfaith movement and as one of the most respected Yoga Masters of our time. Sri Gurudev’s teachings and spirit guide us toward a life of peace and to religious harmony among all people. Invited to come to the West in 1966, Sri Gurudev was quickly embraced by young Americans looking for lasting peace during the turbulent 1960′s. In 1969, he opened the Woodstock Festival. The peaceful atmosphere that prevailed throughout the event was often attributed to his message and blessings.
Sri Gurudev was ordained as a monk in 1949 by his master, His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda Maharaj, founder of the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India. From the beginning of his spiritual service, Sri Gurudev was a leader in the interfaith movement. His motto, “Truth is One, Paths are Many,” is an essential part of his teachings.
Sri Gurudev founded and is the guiding light for Integral Yoga® International. Integral Yoga, as taught by Sri Gurudev, combines various methods of Yoga, including Hatha Yoga, selfless service, meditation, prayer, and a 5,000-year-old philosophy that helps one find the peace and joy within. Today more than 50 Integral Yoga Institutes and Integral Yoga Teaching Centers throughout the United States and abroad offer classes and training programs in all aspects of Integral Yoga.
In 1979, Sri Gurudev was inspired to establish Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville®. Based on his teachings, it is a place where people of different faiths and backgrounds can come to realize their essential oneness. Yogaville is the home of The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). This unique interfaith Shrine honors the Spirit that unites all the world religions, while celebrating their diversity. People from all over the world come there to meditate and pray.
For more than fifty years, Sri Gurudev sponsored interfaith worship services and conferences. His teachings advocate respecting and honoring all faiths and he was invited to share his message of peace with many world leaders and dignitaries. Over the years, Sri Gurudev received many honors for his public service. Among recent awards: the 1994 Juliet Hollister Interfaith Award presented at the United Nations and in April 2002 the prestigious U Thant Peace Award. In addition, he served on the advisory boards of many world peace and interfaith organizations.
Sri Gurudev is the author of many books, including Integral Yoga Hatha, To Know Yourself, The Living Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Golden Present. He is the subject of three biographies, Apostle of Peace, Portrait of a Modern Sage, and Boundless Giving. Many more books, CDs and DVDs of Swami Satchidananda’s teachings can be found at Shakticom – Integral Yoga Multimedia – www.Shakticom.org.
Review of Living Yoga: The life and teachings of Swami Satchidananda
Published in Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine
Integral Yoga founder Swami Satchidananda became known as the “Woodstock guru” after giving the opening address to 500,000 people at the 1969 music festival. Amidst the upheaval of the ‘6os, he taught how to find inner peace and contentment through yoga and meditation. This enjoyable documentary—divided into five sections: asanas, nature, balance, wellness, and interfaith—takes us on a whirlwind tour of his life and teachings, with video footage and stories from a few of the people whose lives he touched: Peter Max, Felix Cavaliere, Dr. Oz, Dr. Dean Ornish, Rabbi Gelberman, Brother David Steindl-Rast, as well as his senior monks and ashram residents. Lively, informative, and inspirational, Living Yoga is a lovely tribute to a highly revered yogi of the 20th century.