Gems of Wisdom
Integral Yoga Publications
Short, inspiring passages excerpted from other books of Swami Satchidananda, including Beyond Words, To Know Yourself, and The Golden Present. Topics include Discipline, Faith, God, Happiness, Health & Healing, Love, Mantra & Meditation, Marriage, Peace, Prayer, Religion, Right Action, Right Thinking, Selfless Service, Spiritual Practice, Surrender, Teacher & Teaching. Short passages which deliver profound wisdom and practical guidance full of love, grace, humor, and inspiration. "A yogi is like a surfer who knows how to balance on the surfboard… Above all, there should be peace, tranquility, and acceptance in everything you do. Then you will see that your whole life is transformed."
Sri Swami Satchidananda was one of the first Yoga masters to bring the classical Yoga tradition to the West. He taught Yoga postures, meditation, a vegetarian and more compassionate lifestyle to westerners when he was invited to America in 1966 by the iconic pop artist Peter Max. The distinctive teachings he brought with him blend the physical discipline of Yoga, the spiritual philosophy of Vedic literature and the interfaith ideals he pioneered. These techniques and concepts influenced a generation and a spawned Yoga culture that is flourishing today. The organization founded on his teachings, Integral Yoga International, is now a leading institute for Yoga teacher certification. Integral Yoga is the foundation for Dr. Dean Ornish's landmark work in reversing heart disease and Dr. Michael Lerner's noted Commonweal Cancer Help program. Sri Swami Satchidananda is the author of many books on Yoga and is the subject of the 2008 documentary, "Living Yoga."