Yoga Meditation And The Teachings Of Paramahansa Yogananda

I first read about yoga meditation years ago when I was in graduate school at Cornell. I still have Paramahansa Yogananda’s book, Autobiography of a Yogi, in my clinic office. It was a very moving and inspirational story. When I read about the recent week long convocation of devotees of his teachings, I realized that his message has endured long after his corporeal passing. Here is a press release from PRWeb that described the happenings in LA recently. I’m very happy to say that Paramahansa’s message still endures and is still being shared.

Yoga Meditation And The Teachings Of Paramahansa Yogananda

Journeying from all over the U.S. and over 45 other countries, more than 4,000 yogis congregated recently for a powerful week of

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Yoga meditation fellowship shows us how to live. Photo by Shannon Keegan c/o Photos.Com.

spiritual rejuvenation. The 2012 World Convocation of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), held July 29 to August 4 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, featured the teachings of renowned spiritual figure Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), SRF founder and author of the celebrated spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi.

During the week-long event, SRF monks and nuns led classes, satsangas (informal talks), group meditations, kirtans (devotional chanting), and Kriya Yoga ceremonies. Special video presentations, with subjects including Paramahansa Yogananda’s return visit to India (1935-1936) and reminiscences by direct monastic disciples of Sri Yogananda’s mahasamadhi (a God-realized yogi’s final conscious exit from the body), were also shown during the event.

Read the entire press release about this important event at prweb.com:

Yoga meditation can either be viewed as just a series of techniques to be practiced and mastered, or more grandly as a journey of spiritual self discovery and personal enlightenment. I kind of favor the latter view. How about you? What’s your goal in practicing yoga meditation techniques?

Please leave a comment below and share what you think on the subject. Is yoga just for exercise, is it only for mental well being, or is it more than that? You can also click on the like button to share this with others.

Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.

                                                                                                                                                                             — Cybele Tomlinson

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