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We are dedicated to building the most comprehensive and engaging resource for individuals seeking spaces of inspiration and worship. Regardless of your faith, these spaces provide calm for reflection and meditation within the chaos of everyday life.

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The Inner Path Team

Vedanta Temple Hollywood

Vedanta Temple Hollywood is one of the western branch of Vedanta society of the Ramakrishna Order. It is located in Hollywood, California. The temple is open daily to the public. Temple activities include a daily worship, meditation and vespers services, special puja celebrations, Sunday lectures, classes, Ramnams, retreats, seminars, and workshops. In Hollywood, the Vedanta Society has a monastery and a convent. The Vedanta Bookshop in Hollywood carries over 3500 titles including sections on comparative religions, Hinduism, basic as well as hard-to-find Vedanta scriptures, modern Vedanta literature, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Sanskrit.

ramakrishna vivekanandaSwami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. After his first visit to the West, Swami Vivekananda returned to India and founded the Ramakrishna Order in 1898. His lectures, writings, letters, and poems are published as The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.

Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and the harmony of religions. Vedanta is the philosophical foundation of Hinduism; but while Hinduism includes aspects of Indian culture, Vedanta is universal in its application and is equally relevant to all countries, all cultures, and all religious backgrounds.

Website: www.vedanta.org

References:

www.vedanta.org

Yoga Academy of North America

The Yoga Academy of North America (YANA) is located in Cleveland Heights in the state of Ohio. The Yoga Academy is affiliated with Bihar Yoga Bharati, a world renowned institution of higher learning in Munger, India. YANA is one of four academies worldwide authorized to offer the Yogic Studies and Teacher Training courses in Satyananda Yoga®.Satyananda Yoga was developed by Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati who founded the Bihar School of Yoga in 1964. Grounded in ancient traditions, this system of yoga is adapted to meet the needs of modern society. Along with the Yogic Studies and Teacher Training programs, YANA currently offers continuing education programs in Satyananda Yoga Nidra® – Levels 1 & 2, Pranayama & Meditation, and the Bhagavad Gita as well as other specialty workshops.

Swami SatyanandaSwami Satyananda Saraswati is a spiritual guide to tens of thousands and the founder of the Satyananda Yoga® tradition. He was born in 1923. At the age of nineteen he came to live and take sannyasa from his guru Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. In 1963 he founded the International Yoga Fellowship Movement and the Bihar School of Yoga a year later.

Satyananda Yoga integrates the whole person with an emphasis on awareness, bringing about change on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Practitioners are encouraged to embrace a balanced approach to asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing), meditation, and development of a yogic lifestyle. Satyananda Yoga is suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities. Satyananda Yoga is often referred to as Yoga of the Head, Heart and Hands. Through the integration of knowledge, emotions and service, we can reach our full potential.

Website: www.yogaacademyna.org

References:

www.yogaacademyna.org

www.yogaalliance.org

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre N.Y.

The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization run by voluntary staff and dedicated to the aim of disseminating the knowledge of yoga. Center have been in continuous operation at its present location on West 24th Street in New York since 1964 – and have been teaching in NY since 1959. In addition, center is a part of a world wide organization, the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda. A renowned authority on Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga, Swami Vishnu-devananda was sent to the west by his Master, Swami Sivananda to spread the ideals of Yoga and Vedanta with the words ‘people are waiting.’

THE_MASTERSSwami Sivananda is the inspiration behind the teachings of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda, one of Master Sivananda ‘s main disciples, sent by him to the West in 1957 to teach Classical Yoga and Vedanta. Swami Sivananda is considered the SatGuru of the organization, the Master of Yoga, who in contemporary times revived the classical teachings and made the Synthesis of Yoga accessible to the West through his disciples.

By closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in our modern world, Swami Vishnudevananda synthesized the ancient wisdom of Yoga into 5 basic principles, which can easily be incorporated into your own pattern of living, to provide a long, healthy and happy life. Proper Exercise – Asana, Proper Breathing – Pranayama, Proper Relaxation – Savasana, Proper Diet – Vegetarian, Positive Thinking and Meditation – Vedanta and Dhyana. The body is a vehicle for the soul, and has specific requirements, which must be fulfilled for it to function smoothly and supply the optimum mileage.

Website: www.sivanandanyc.org

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www.sivanandanyc.org

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center S.F.

After 30 years at 1200 Arguello, Center has relocated to 1185 Vicente Street. Center building consist of two rooms, large and beautiful main asana room, with oak floors and a high ceiling and second room, which also serve as Ayurveda treatment room. A full kitchen is centrally located. Ashram offer daily yoga classes, Hatha Yoga courses, meditation courses, and other spiritual activities. The Center teaches methods to attain physical, mental, and spiritual health through a classical system of Yoga. Their goal is to bring physical, mental, and spiritual well-being to all through the rich teaching of classical, authentic, traditional Yoga and Vedanta.

THE_MASTERSSwami Sivananda is the inspiration behind the teachings of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda, one of Master Sivananda ‘s main disciples, sent by him to the West in 1957 to teach Classical Yoga and Vedanta. Swami Sivananda is considered the SatGuru of the organization, the Master of Yoga, who in contemporary times revived the classical teachings and made the Synthesis of Yoga accessible to the West through his disciples.

By closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in our modern world, Swami Vishnudevananda synthesized the ancient wisdom of Yoga into 5 basic principles, which can easily be incorporated into your own pattern of living, to provide a long, healthy and happy life. Proper Exercise – Asana, Proper Breathing – Pranayama, Proper Relaxation – Savasana, Proper Diet – Vegetarian, Positive Thinking and Meditation – Vedanta and Dhyana. The body is a vehicle for the soul, and has specific requirements, which must be fulfilled for it to function smoothly and supply the optimum mileage.

Website: www.sivanandasf.org

References:

www.sivanandasf.org

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch N.Y.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch is a Catskill Mountain retreat just two hours from New York City, providing an ideal environment for meditation, contemplation, rest and relaxation. It is embraced by 77 acres of wooded land that offers serene hiking trails and solitude for your Yoga getaway. In your spare time, enjoy an afternoon Russian sauna, relaxing massage or read a book under the shade trees. In order to maintain the spiritual, rejuvenating energy of this sacred space, the ashram maintains a traditional yogic discipline and lifestyle common to all the Sivananda Ashrams around the world. This discipline allows guests and students to discover Yoga’s powerful tools and learn simple, practical tips on how to facilitate personal growth.

THE_MASTERSSwami Sivananda is the inspiration behind the teachings of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda, one of Master Sivananda ‘s main disciples, sent by him to the West in 1957 to teach Classical Yoga and Vedanta. Swami Sivananda is considered the SatGuru of the organization, the Master of Yoga, who in contemporary times revived the classical teachings and made the Synthesis of Yoga accessible to the West through his disciples.

By closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in our modern world, Swami Vishnudevananda synthesized the ancient wisdom of Yoga into 5 basic principles, which can easily be incorporated into your own pattern of living, to provide a long, healthy and happy life. Proper Exercise – Asana, Proper Breathing – Pranayama, Proper Relaxation – Savasana, Proper Diet – Vegetarian, Positive Thinking and Meditation – Vedanta and Dhyana. The body is a vehicle for the soul, and has specific requirements, which must be fulfilled for it to function smoothly and supply the optimum mileage.

Website: www.sivanandayogaranch.org

References:

www.sivanandayogaranch.org

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center Chicago

The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center Chicago has been in continuous operation at its present location on West Bryn Mawr Avenue since 1972. It is part of a worldwide organization founded by Swami Vishnudevananda: the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. A renowned authority on Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda was sent to the West by his Master, Swami Sivananda, to spread the ideals of Yoga and Vedanta with the words “people are waiting.” Furthermore, The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center is a non-profit organization run by voluntary staff and dedicated to the aim of disseminating the knowledge of Yoga.

THE_MASTERSSwami Sivananda is the inspiration behind the teachings of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda, one of Master Sivananda ‘s main disciples, sent by him to the West in 1957 to teach Classical Yoga and Vedanta. Swami Sivananda is considered the SatGuru of the organization, the Master of Yoga, who in contemporary times revived the classical teachings and made the Synthesis of Yoga accessible to the West through his disciples.

By closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in our modern world, Swami Vishnudevananda synthesized the ancient wisdom of Yoga into 5 basic principles, which can easily be incorporated into your own pattern of living, to provide a long, healthy and happy life. Proper Exercise – Asana, Proper Breathing – Pranayama, Proper Relaxation – Savasana, Proper Diet – Vegetarian, Positive Thinking and Meditation – Vedanta and Dhyana. The body is a vehicle for the soul, and has specific requirements, which must be fulfilled for it to function smoothly and supply the optimum mileage.

Website: www.sivanandachicago.org

References:

www.sivanandachicago.org

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center L.A.

The Center in Los Angeles located in Marina del Rey was established in 1971 and it is part of The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. The mission of the Organization is to spread peace, health and joy through Yoga. All are welcome to visit the Center to learn not only about how Yoga can help maintain a healthy body, but also how Yogic philosophy, applied in daily life, can help maintain a peaceful mind and spirit. In addition, ashram offers daily Hatha Yoga classes for all levels as well as courses focusing on yogic lifestyle and/or spirituality.

THE_MASTERSSwami Sivananda is the inspiration behind the teachings of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda, one of Master Sivananda ‘s main disciples, sent by him to the West in 1957 to teach Classical Yoga and Vedanta. Swami Sivananda is considered the SatGuru of the organization, the Master of Yoga, who in contemporary times revived the classical teachings and made the Synthesis of Yoga accessible to the West through his disciples.

By closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in our modern world, Swami Vishnudevananda synthesized the ancient wisdom of Yoga into 5 basic principles, which can easily be incorporated into your own pattern of living, to provide a long, healthy and happy life. Proper Exercise – Asana, Proper Breathing – Pranayama, Proper Relaxation – Savasana, Proper Diet – Vegetarian, Positive Thinking and Meditation – Vedanta and Dhyana. The body is a vehicle for the soul, and has specific requirements, which must be fulfilled for it to function smoothly and supply the optimum mileage.

Website: www.sivanandala.org

References:

www.sivanandala.org

Vedanta Society of Sacramento

The Vedanta Society of Sacramento is located on approximately 8 acres in suburban Sacramento. In addition to the temple and the living quarters, society have several acres of gardens which they call the Santodyan (Garden of saints). In addition to a lily and a lotus pond the garden is graced with statues of some of the world’s most beloved saints. The garden is open 365 days a year from 6 am until 8:30 pm or dusk, whichever comes first. The Vedanta Society of Sacramento is a nonprofit religious organization that promotes the practice, study and teaching of the philosophy and religion of Vedanta – the ancient spiritual wisdom of India.

Ramakrishna VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. After his first visit to the West, Swami Vivekananda returned to India and founded the Ramakrishna Order in 1898. His lectures, writings, letters, and poems are published as The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.

Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and the harmony of religions. Vedanta is the philosophical foundation of Hinduism; but while Hinduism includes aspects of Indian culture, Vedanta is universal in its application and is equally relevant to all countries, all cultures, and all religious backgrounds.

Website: www.vedantasacto.org

References:

valcomnews.com – Vedanta Society of Sacramento

softcom.net – The Garden of Saints

Berkeley Buddhist Priory

Berkeley Buddhist Priory is located in the City of Berkeley in Northern California. It is a Buddhist temple following the tradition of Serene Reflection Meditation, which was known as Soto Zen in Japan and Ts’ao-Tung (Chan) in China. The teaching and practice emphasize meditation, guiding one’s lives by the moral Precepts of Buddhism, awakening the heart of compassion, and expressing it through selfless activity in everyday life. The Priory was established in 1973. It offers a regular schedule of meditation, Dharma classes, Buddhist services, and day-retreats, as well as spiritual guidance. It also offers meditation instruction and workshops for beginners. There are no fees for participating in above activities or any other services that the Priory offers. Like other affiliated temples of OBC, the Priory is financially independent; we are supported entirely by donations of our congregation and friends.

Reverend Master Jiyu-KennettThe Order of Buddhist Contemplatives was founded in 1978 by Rev. Master P.T.N.H. Jiyu-Kennett, a Buddhist Master in the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) tradition. Born in England in 1924, Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett became a Buddhist in the Theravada tradition. She was later introduced to Rinzai Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki in London where she held membership in, and lectured at, the London Buddhist Society. She studied at Trinity College of Music, London, where she was awarded a Fellowship and obtained the degree of Bachelor of Music from Durham University.

The Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) tradition is the oldest tradition extant within Zen Buddhism. It was brought from China and introduced into Japan by Great Master Dogen in the 13th century. This teaching stresses the practice of meditation, the necessity of keeping the Buddhist Precepts, and the unity of training and enlightenment. Although the external form of Buddhist practice has changed and adapted to each particular culture as Buddhism moved from India, to China, to Japan and now to the West, the essence of the Buddha’s teaching remains unchanged. The Buddhist training in the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives continues as part of this unbroken religious tradition.

Website: www.berkeleybuddhistpriory.org

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Vedanta Society of Northern California Retreat

The Vedanta Society of Northern California maintains a retreat in west Marin County, about an hour’s drive from San Francisco in the town of Olema, where spiritual seekers may meditate and study away from the disturbances of urban life. Upon approval, individuals may stay overnight at the retreat from time to time after an interview at the Vedanta Society in San Francisco. The retreat occupies over 2000 acres on the Point Reyes Peninsula ― a sparsely settled, still largely pristine area on the coast of northern California. The Vedanta Society maintains a retreat house for men, as well as a separately located house for women. Each house accommodates retreat guests in private bedrooms. The purpose of the retreat is to provide spiritually-minded people, of any faith or spiritual path, a supportive environment for spiritual practice.

Ramakrishna VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. After his first visit to the West, Swami Vivekananda returned to India and founded the Ramakrishna Order in 1898. His lectures, writings, letters, and poems are published as The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.

Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and the harmony of religions. Vedanta is the philosophical foundation of Hinduism; but while Hinduism includes aspects of Indian culture, Vedanta is universal in its application and is equally relevant to all countries, all cultures, and all religious backgrounds.

Website: www.sfvedanta.org

References:

The Society – sfvedanta.org

The Ramakrishna Order – vedanta.org