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Woodstock Guru

Swami Satchidananda

95 pages
Integral Yoga Publications
When Swami Satchidananda first arrived in the West in 1966, Yoga was largely unknown here. There were no classes at the local YMCA. Health food stores contained only bottles of vitamin supplements and photos of body builders. Few understood the meaning of karma. When most people thought of a yogi, they remembered a popular cartoon man sleeping on a bed of nails. All this changed when Swami Satchidananda arrived in the West. The distinctive teachings that he brought with him integrated to physical discipline of Yoga, the spiritual philosophy of India, and the interfaith ideals that he pioneered. Those techniques and concepts influenced the generation and spawned a Yoga culture that is flourishing today. This book, illustrated with the artwork of pop artist icon Peter Max, tells the untold story of the Woodstock Guru's journey to Woodstock, the inspiration and legacy of Woodstock, and the Yoga movement it inspired. “The image of Swami Satchidananda at Woodstock will always be a symbol of the moment when a battery of unconventional baby boomers turned eastward—and inward—in such large numbers that the process became irreversible.” —Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda He wasn't the first Yoga master to come to America but, with his opening words at Woodstock and by establishing Integral Yoga International, he helped modern Yoga take firm roots here.” —Peter Max, pop artist icon. Includes: Wonderful stories of Swami Satchidananda's participation in Woodstock; stories from those who were there; Swami Satchidananda's reflections on the festival; inspiring quotes from Swami Satchidananda; many of Peter Max's drawings (black & white) throughout the book.
Author Bio
Sr Swami Satchidananda was one of the first Yoga masters to bring the classical Yoga tradition to the West. Invited to America in 1966 by iconic pop artist Peter Max, he taught Yoga postures, meditation, and a compassionate vegetarian lifestyle. In 1969, he opened the Woodstock Festival and became known to an entire generation as "the Woodstock Guru". Swami Satchidananda founded the global Integral Yoga® organization, Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville® and the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (Lotus.org). He is the author of Integral Yoga Hatha, To Know Yourself, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Beyond Words, The Living Gita, and the Golden Present. He is also the subject of the documentary Living Yoga (For more information, visit: swamisatchidananda.org)