Originally referred to as Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga, Gitananda Yoga is based upon the teaching of Swami Gitananda Giri Gurumaharaj of Pondicherry India. Trained in modern allopathic medicine, he combined the ancient traditional spiritual sciences with a modern scientific temperament. One of his foremost messages was, "Yoga is a way of life."
The teachings are based upon clear, rational, scientific expositions of ancient philosophical and spiritual concepts, laid upon a firm foundation of The Classical Ashtanga Yoga of sage Patanjali, and brought forth within the lineage of the Bengali tantric tradition of his own guru, Sri Kanakananda Swamigal.
Gitananda Yoga includes a complete and rational system of Hatha Yoga practices which provide a base for the higher techniques. For those who prepared themselves properly, Swami Gitananda’s Yoga provides a complete system of Jnana Yoga techniques to purify, steady and cultivate the mind, and free it of hang-ups and false concepts and conditions. For those who are able to concentrate and purify themselves sufficiently, Gitananda Yoga offers an amazing path of Raja Yoga practices, which initiate the disciple into the psychic world of the higher spiritual energies.
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