Inspirations

Shirdi Sai Baba

Shirdi Sai Baba

Sai Baba of Shirdi (Unknown – October 15, 1918), also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian guru and yogi, regarded by his followers as an incarnation of God. Some of his Hindu devotees believe that he was an incarnation of Shiva or Dattatreya. Many devotees believe that he was a Sadguru. There are […]
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Sri Pattabhi Jois

Sri Pattabhi Jois

Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois was born on the full moon day of July, 1915, Guru Purnima day. His ancestral village, Kowshika, near Hassan in Karnataka State, is inhabited by maybe 500 people and has one main street. At one end of the street is a Vishnu temple, just next to Pattabhi Jois’ home. At the […]
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David Williams

David Williams

David Williams has been practicing Yoga daily, without interruption, since 1971. In 1972, David met K. P. Manju , the son of K. Pattabhi Jois, and saw him demonstrate the Ashtanga Yoga 1st series. This was at Dr. Swami Gitananda’s Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, South India, where David received his 6 month Yoga teachers training […]
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B.K.S.Iyengar

B.K.S.Iyengar

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar was born on December 14, 1918. His father Sri Krishnamachar was a school teacher and therefore Guruji has all his father’s qualities even at this age. Guruji was a victim of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis in his childhood . At the age of 16, he was introduced to yoga by […]
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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje*, Macedonia, on August 26**, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ. At the age of eighteen she left her parental […]
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John Friend

John Friend

John Friend, the founder of Anusara yoga, is widely recognized as one of the most charismatic and highly respected hatha yoga teachers in the world. Blending a life-affirming Tantric yoga philosophy with Universal Principles of Alignment and a delightful sense of humor, John’s teaching style guides each student to live every moment fully from the […]
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Ganesha

Ganesha

All Tantric and spiritual worship in the Hindu tradition begins with the invocation of Ganesha (or Ganesh), the elephant-headed god. Ganesha became the Lord (Isha) of all existing beings (Gana) after winning a contest from his brother Kartikay. When given the task to race around the universe, Ganesha did not start the race like Kartikay […]
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Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh (called Thay by his students) has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926 he joined the monkshood at the age of sixteen. The Vietnam War confronted the monasteries […]
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TKV Desikachar

TKV Desikachar

TKV Desikachar, son and student of T Krishnamacharya had the privilege of living and studying with T Krishnamacharya from 1960 until Krishnamacharya’s death in 1989. For over 45 years, TKV Desikachar has devoted himself to teaching yoga and making it relevant to people from all walks of life and with all kinds of abilities. His […]
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Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (February 18, 1836 – August 16, 1886), born Gadadhar Chattopadhyay, was a famous mystic of 19th-century India. His religious school of thought led to the formation of the Ramakrishna Mission by his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda – both were influential figures in the Bengali Renaissance as well as the Hindu renaissance during […]
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Sri Shivarudra Balayogi

Sri Shivarudra Balayogi

Shri Shivabalayogi Maharaj (24 January 1935 – 28 March 1994) is a Self realized master of meditation in the tradition of the ancient and modern yogis of India. He attained Self realization through twelve years of arduous tapas, meditating in Samadhi (state of total thoughtlessness) for an average of twenty hours a day. Tapas is […]
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Sri Dharma Mittra

Sri Dharma Mittra

Sri Dharma Mittra has spent most of his life in service to humanity, disseminating the ancient knowledge of how to achieve radiant health and spiritual development. Dharma was born in the late 1930’s, and has studied Yoga since 1958. After meeting his teacher guru, Sri Swami Kailashananda, he immersed himself in intense study and practice […]
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Yogi Bhajan

Yogi Bhajan

Born Harbhajan Singh in what is now Pakistan to a family of healers and community leaders, Yogi Bhajan studied comparative religion and Vedic philosophy in his undergraduate years, going onto receive his Masters in Economics with honors from Punjab University. Years later, he earned his Ph.D. in communications psychology from the University of Humanistic Studies […]
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Shiva

Shiva

Shiva is the destroyer of the world, following Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver, after which Brahma again creates the world and so on. Shiva is responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of the shedding of old habits. In Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram or Truth, […]
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The 14th Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that […]
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Matthew Sanford

Matthew Sanford

“It took a devastating car accident, paralysis from the chest down, and dependence on a wheelchair before I truly realized the importance of waking both my mind and my body.” Matthew Sanford has inspired and enhanced the lives of thousands by sharing the fundamental importance of the mind-body relationship. For him, connecting mind and body […]
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Patanjali

Patanjali

Patanjali, undoubtedly the greatest expounder of Yoga, lived sometime between 500 and 200 B.C. The life of Patanjali is an enigma to modern historians, and almost nothing is known about this great Master who epitomizes Yoga. It is only with the help of legends that one can draw inferences about him. Undoubtedly he was a […]
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Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

In 1928, when Tirumalai Krishnamacharya left the Himalayas after a long, eight-year apprenticeship with his teacher, Yoga was a dying art practiced by a handful of ascetics living on the fringes of society. But this was soon to change. For the next sixty-one years, Krishnamacharya shared his knowledge of Yoga as a holistic healing discipline […]
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Padmasambhava

Padmasambhava

“The Syllable by Syllable Commentary Explaining the Benefits of the Vajra Guru Mantra.” By the great tertön Karma Lingpa (14th century) The Vajra Guru Mantra is the mantra associated with Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava. This is a draft translation of a treasure text (terma) which explains the Vajra Guru Mantra. It was originally […]
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Yeshe Tsogyal

Yeshe Tsogyal

Yeshe Tsogyal (757–817), was the consort of the great Indian tantric teacher Padmasambhava, the founder-figure of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Nyingma tradition considers her equal in realization to Padmasambhava himself. The meditational practices related to her, stress her enlightened aspect, and are similar in form to tantric deity practices in general. She is […]
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Milarepa

Milarepa

“maintain the state of undistractedness, and distractions will fly away. dwell alone, and you shall find the friend. take the lowest place, and you shall reach the highest. hasten slowly, and you shall soon arrive. renounce all worldly goals, and you shall reach the highest goal. if you follow this unfrequented path, you will find […]
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Wallace Black Elk

Wallace Black Elk

In our Lakota language we are makowla sha sha–we are earth people and iktewe sha sha, common people. That’s the language they use. So that is the way were recognized.The spirit never said we’re “American Indians.” They never used that. We know America, this land we call Turtle Island, is named after Amerigo Vespucci. My […]
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Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London and whilst in her teens she became a Buddhist. In 1964, at the age of twenty, she decided to go to India to pursue her spiritual path. There she met her Guru, His Eminence the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche, a great Drukpa Kagyu lama, and became one of the […]
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Nicholas Black Elk

Nicholas Black Elk

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within […]
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Jigme Lingpa

Jigme Lingpa

Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798) is regarded as one of the most important figures in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as ‘Khyentsé Özer’, ‘Rays of Compassion and Wisdom’, he was a great terton (treasure revealer), scholar, and visionary. He discovered the Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings and practice through a series of visions from […]
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Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma is credited with bringing Zen Buddhism to China and he is the First Patriarch of Chinese Zen Lineage. He was born on Oct. 5th. (Chinese Lunar Calendar) in Southern India, and was the third son of an Indian King; the royal family belonged to the Bhramin caste. Bodhidharma’s Buddhist Master, Prajnatara, was the 27th […]
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David Swenson

David Swenson

David began practicing yoga at the age of 13 in 1969. His older brother Doug was his first teacher. They practiced hatha yoga from whatever books they could find. David’s introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973 when he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, California. In 1975 David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi […]
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Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha

Gautama was born in northern India about 2500 years ago. The exact place of his birth is understood to be the Lumbini garden, which nowadays lies just inside the border of the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Gautama’s father, Suddhodana, was the ruler of the tiny kingdom of the Sakyas. Naturally, he was delighted to have […]
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