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Swami Durgananda

Swami Durgananda - Yoga LehrerinAfter an intense spiritual quest in India and North America, Swami Durgananda was initiated and trained in Yoga by Sri Swami Vishnudevananda (1927 - 1993), founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Centers and Ashrams.

As one of his senior-most and closest students, she accompanied him on many travels both in East and West.

As per the wish of her teacher, Swami Durgananda established the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in Europe. Swami Vishnudevananda guided her personally in the training of Yoga Teachers.

Swami Vishnudevananda conferred on her the title "Yoga Acharya", as one of his spiritual successors. With deep intuition Swami Durgananda is guiding many people on the inner path and teaches Meditation, Yoga Psychology, Nutrition, Positive Thinking, Mythology and Eastern Philosopy.

In 1998 Swami Durgananda founded the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith near Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria. People from all over the world come for Yoga Vacation year round. The classical Yoga Teachers` Training Course and the Advanced Teacher`s Training Course are the highlights of the year.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

With a commentary by Swami Durgananda

"From contentment comes supreme happiness."

                                                          Sadhana Pada, Verse 42

Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are an Indian literary classic and a treasure of spirituality. However it reveals itself only to a person who is ready to get involved with the complex study of the scriptures on Raja Yoga. For westerners to whom Indian philosophy is not easily accessible, the proficient commentary by Swami Durgananda offers a secure signpost for the Yoga Path.

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Swami Durgananda is one of the most long-standing and closest disciples of Sri Swami Vishnudevananda, who accompanied him on numerous journeys throughout the East and the West. Her teacher sent her to develop the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in Europe and for many years personally guided her in the training of Yoga teachers. It was already before his Mahasamadhi in the year 1993 that Swami Vishnudevananda appointed her as one of his personal successors by conferring on her the title of Yoga Acharya.

She thoroughly and profoundly explains the Yoga philosophy as well as the structure and the function of the human mind. With ease and clarity the four "Padas" (paths) - Samadhi, Sadhana, Vibuthi and Kaivalya À are described, explaining theirdistinct purposes and challenges.

Furthermore the book includes numerous pieces of advise concerning the practical use of the timeless wisdom as handed down by Patanjali. It thus forms an integral guideline for the physical, mental and spiritual levels of meditation. The commentary of Swami Durgananda is neither abstract nor sophisticated, but takes the reader precisely from where he or she is standing. This means that everybody can benefit from it. Especially the second part of the book, in which Sadhana, the daily spiritual practice and routine, is described in detail, constitutes a great help for the Yoga-student. Swami Durgananda repeatedly points out that plenty of patience and persistence are needed for spiritual development. The western concept of quick results cannot simply be applied to the spiritual path. Here, different laws are at work to help us attain success, and that is what this book is about.

Verse 42 of the "Sadhana Pada" says: "From contentment comes supreme happiness" What is the nature of this contentment and this happiness? To be free from attraction and aversion, being neutal and accepting things as they are creates contentment. And true contentment brings mental peace (Santosha), which is a prerequisite for spiritual growth.

Whoever has not yet dared to approach the Yoga Sutras should do so now. It is in beneficial to study Swami Durganandas commentary in every way. And: Doing so you should take your time and not simply "consume" the book. With time, true knowledge (Vidya) can grow from the study.

The Sanskrit-Alphabet at the beginning of the book, including phonetic instructions, enables a first approach to the original texts on which all interpretations are based. The glossary at the end of the book explains the Sanskrit-terms which have been used.

Training for yoga teachers Articles by Swami Durgananda:

· Advice to Yoga Teachers

· Entering the Path of Yoga

· Meditation and Modern City Life

· Meditation, subconscious mind and intuition

· 30 Years of Yoga in Munich

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