The Art of Mini-transitions

I just received an email from Jennifer Louden on the art of mini-transitions. I wrote the following to her: In 1971 I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Swami Rama of the Himalayas and his successor Dr. Arya, who became Swami Veda Bharati. The first discourse Dr. Arya taught was about celebrating […]

In Memory of Swami Veda Bharati

This article is in memory of Swami Veda Bharati, who passed away on July 14, 2015. When I met him in 1971, he was called Dr. Arya and he was the scholar in residence at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy under the direction of Swami Rama in the suburbs of Chicago. As […]

Chanting Om Namah Shivaya

The Chanting Om Namah Shivaya was one of the first chants I learned. It is a traditional yogic mantra. The translation is basically adoration or homage to lord Shiva, the destroyer god of Hinduism. I learned it from Swami Rama and Dr. Arya (Swami Veda Bharati) many years ago. Swami Rama also taught me a […]

The Most Beautiful Spiritual Poem

In my very first yoga class in 1970 with Dr. Arya, now Swami Veda Bharati, and Swami Rama of the Himalayas I learned a very important lesson. After teaching me to relax and to meditate, using practices I still utilize and teach today, he spoke about celebrating transitions. He talked about celebrations, like weddings, graduations, […]

Darshan With Rama Jyoti Vernon

When I was a younger man, I studied yoga with two amazing teachers in the same ashram (spiritual center) near Chicago. The main teacher was Swami Rama of the Himalayas, who I consider one of my root teachers. His principal disciple at that time was Dr. Arya, who is now Swami Veda Bharati. I have recently been […]