Teacher Training – Q&A

Questions and Answers from student teachers

on the 2019-22 Teacher Training Course at Mandala Yoga Ashram, including:

How can we promote diversity in our Yoga classes?
What is the ‘virtuous path’ in a world of conflicting moral beliefs?
What is the difference between relaxation and meditation?
The different paths of Yoga.
The different traditions of Vedanta, Samkhya, Yoga, Tantra, Ashtanga.

Kriyas, and the practice of yoga.

A Satsang given on the evening of May 2nd 2019 to students on the third of the Kriya Yoga course sessions.

Topics include a discussion on  –

Kriya Yoga

the limitation of concepts

the speeding up of life

modern life helps to liberate us from prejudice

being receptive but transparent

yoga helps us to find meaning and balance, and releases our potential

my life in India

and finishes with a short meditation centred on the Heart.

Mandala Yoga Ashram Chakra course – evening questions and answers (2), 22nd August.

A wide ranging question and answer session, themed by the worldwide expressions of alarm at apparently uncontrolled burning of many locations in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

So themes include :-

Environment and playing our part in tidying up the planet

‘We are ruining this Planet far faster than we thought……..
…….. Don’t underestimate the part that you can play in trying to bring some harmony… ‘

The Heart Chakra

Feminine Power

Follow your own heart to find happiness

Quantum Physics

Materialism doesn’t fulfil us on a fundamental level

‘The materialistic paradigm gives us so much in terms of possessions, but it doesn’t really nourish us. It just creates a distraction for a while…’


And  finally a short meditation on Gaia.


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Mandala Yoga Ashram Chakra course – evening questions and answers, 19th August.

Topics raised in this question and answer session include

‘The Inner Space’ in meditation practice.

‘Meditation has nothing to do with whether your eyes are open or closed’

The significance of Mouna (the practice of keeping silent).

The positives and negatives of focussing on the individual Chakras.


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The Essential I

Discourse given at Mandala Yoga Ashram in August 2019. The context is the 4 day course on Advaita, non-dualism, under the title ‘The Essential I’.

Investigating the “I” based on the Kena upanishad.


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Is there meaning to life?

This recording is a satsang given at the culmination of the recent 1-year course on the Kriya Yoga.

The fundamental meaning of life is not found so much in what we do, but rather in identifying with the awe-inspiring fact that we are Conscious Beings.

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The Guru Principle

This satsang was given at Mandala Yoga Ashram on the 8th of June 2018, on ‘Guru Purnima’, a day traditional in India for acknowledging the role of the ‘Guru’ or Teacher.

“I don’t think an external teacher really teaches you anything……  except to show you, directly or indirectly, where you are stuck in a particular way of thinking…….  what we are, fundamentally, is always there.”

Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati

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