Swami Ambikananda began her Yoga studies forty-five years ago when she met her guru, Swami Venkatesananda, the world-renowned Sanskrit scholar and disciple of Swami Sivananda, founder of the international Divine Life Society. Swami Venkatesananda trained her in Yoga and Vedanta, encouraging her to find the inner meaning of ancient texts, mantra and asana by searching out the spiritual truths of each. She is a certified acupuncturist and combines this with Yoga to support health, teaching and running a clinic in the UK.
In 1998, on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh, she was initiated into sannyas by Swami Chidananda, then President of Sivananda Ashram. She has since founded the Traditional Yoga Association in the UK which, as well as training Yoga teachers and offering workshops on all aspects of Yoga, organises the Mukti Project, raising funds for homeless people in India and the UK. Several of her translations of Sanskrit texts have been published, including The Katha Upanishad ~ the first ‘how-to’ manual of Yoga.
Yoga World Festival Classes : Space Becomes Earth
The search for health, wellbeing and longevity has taken precedence over our search for Truth and eternity. In these three World Yoga Festival classes we will focus on the movement from the universal to the particular, from being everything to being something and ‘somebody’ ~ crying out like the poet Tagore, ‘When will I find myself complete in myself.’ In this consciousness the needs of survival force our attention onto our external environment. However, we can choose practices which will allow a consciousness of other dimensions of being to emerge. Using all the tools of Yoga: asana, vinyasa, pranayama, and dharana, these classes will explore the movement of consciousness from freedom to restriction. Engaging the tools of Chinese Medicine’s meridians, Yoga’s tattvas and Purusha Mantras, we will seek the way back. On our quest we work from the heart, finding its rhythm, moving from its centre, and always returning to its sacred space ~ where we find the freedom to remain in the particular or to choose the spiritual, the universal.