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The YOGA DRISTHI of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj

Compiled by Yogacharya Dr. Alan Davis

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This is a compilation of many wonderful examples of wisdom of Swamiji’s from various sources and is a working partnership between Ammaji, Dr. Alan and Dr. Ananda. We feel this volume will have an enlightening effect on all who seek the higher life and hope that all those unfortunate enough to miss the opportunity to hear the “Lion of Pondicherry” roar his words of truth, will be inspired and uplifted by our humble offering and have a “Darshan” (sacred viewing) of Swamiji’s great soul. A special section of the book has Ammaji's touching exposition on the last few months leading up to Pujya Swamiji's Maha Samadhi in 1993.

LIVING THE YAMA – NIYAMA

By: Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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Notes of 13 lectures on “LIVING THE YAMA – NIYAMA” given by Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani during the Summer Intensive Yoga Classes at Yoganjali Natyalayam, Pondicherry, India in May 2013. Those sessions were compiled by Meena Ramanathan and are presented here.

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A PRIMER OF YOGA THEORY:

By: Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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A detailed study of the art and science of Yoga in the form of question and answers. A very useful guide for all levels of Yoga teachers and students and especially useful in preparation for theory examinations at Yogasana competitions and academic Yoga studies.

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YOGA FOR A WHOLISTIC PERSONALITY

Teachings of Swami Gitanada, compiled/edited by Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

A guide to concepts and practices of Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga to develop an wholistic personality as taught by Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj, Founder Ananda Ashram, Puducherry, South India.

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A YOGIC APPROACH TO WELLNESS

Teachings of Swami Gitanada, compiled/edited by Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

A guide to concepts and practices of Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga for health and wellness as taught by Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj, Founder Ananda Ashram, Puducherry, South India.

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YOGA CHIKITSA MANUAL

By: Various authors

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A manual prepared and presented by Yoga Sadhaks of the Gitananda Tradition during the centenary celebrations of Swamiji Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj in 2007-2008 at ICYER at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India. The course was supervised by Yogarani Yogacharini Dr Nalini Devi of Spain with participation of senior teachers of the tradition.

10 LESSONS IN RELAXATION – CONCENTRATION

By: Yogacharini Smt. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani 

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Class notes of the special Ten Lesson Course in Rishiculture Ashtanga (Gitananda) Yoga techniques of Relaxation-Concentration conducted By Yogamani  Kalaimamani Yogacharini Smt. MEENAKSHI DEVI BHAVANANI at Yoganjali Natyalayam, Pondicherry, India during August 2002. Class notes prepared by Yogacharya Srikant (Cedric Georges).

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Meditation - The Inner Yoga

By: Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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This book by Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani deals with the “hot” topic of Dhyana or meditation. Meditation is a way of uniting with our Supreme Nature and may be described as ‘fixing the mind on the Supreme with devotion and discipline’. Dhyana or meditation is the seventh of the eight steps in the Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali and is part of the Antaranga or inner steps of Yoga, the path leading to self-realisation.

YOGA : 1 TO 10

By: Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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Concepts of Yoga explained in easy terms with reference to their relation ton the numbers. Especially useful for those wanting to learn Yoga theory in an enjoyable manner and a great gift for children. It also contains an excellent introduction to the concepts of Yantra.

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Yoga For Health And Healing

By: Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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This book takes a look at a few representative Yoga practices that can benefit those suffering from various health related conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders like hypertension, respiratory disorders like asthma, metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal disorders like low back and neck pain and digestive disorders. It also provides a few Yoga practices for the general health of women and in particular the important period of every woman's life, that of pregnancy.

Yoga For Weight Reduction

By: Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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Yoga helps to reduce weight through the adoption of a healthy life style that includes aspects of dietary control along with the various Yoga techniques that are designed to burn up the excess calories and redistribute body fat in a healthy manner. The Yoga practices outlined here can help reduce the appetite, improve the digestion, speed up the metabolism and produce psychosomatic relaxation. All of his contributes towards a healthy weight loss giving us a sense of well being and bringing about an improvement in our quality of life.

Bhavana - Essays on Yoga Psychology

By: Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani

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Various essays on Yoga psychology from the pen of Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi have been condensed to form this book. An understanding of the Yogic concept of mind as well as Dharma, Karma and other such topics are covered in Amma’s unique style of writing. These spiritual revelations are the result of more than 45 years of dedicated Yoga Sadhana by Amma and a boon to all sincere lovers of the Yoga tradition.

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A Yogic Approach to Stress

By: Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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An excellent treatise on the Pathophysiology of stress, its prevention and relief through various practices based on Gitananda Yoga Teachings in the Tradition of Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga. Various Yoga techniques of Asanas, Pranayamas and relaxation practices are given in detail with easy to follow line drawings.

Yoga and Modern Man

By: Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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A Humorous Journey through the Art and Science of Yoga as well as the Modern Yoga World. Various cartoons are used to help the seeker visualize various Yogic concepts and laugh at the modern world of Yoga.

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Correction of Breathing Difficulties

By: Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri, Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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The original book by Dr Swami Gitananda Giri has been revised and edited by Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. It deals with causes of breathing difficulties and Yogic answers to them. The Hathenas, a series of forcing techniques unique to the Gitananda Yoga tradition are explained as also many Pranayamas and relaxation techniques. An Ideal book for patients of breathing difficulties as well as Yoga therapists and Sadhakas of all levels.

Yoga For Expectant Mothers and Others

By: Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani

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Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani presents this guide for women who wish to make their pregnancy a Yogic experience. Instruction in basic practical Pranayamas, Asanas and relaxation exercises especially pertinent for the pregnant woman, as well as advice on diet, psychological considerations, spiritual insights etc

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Gita Inspirations

By: Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri 

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This is a wonderful, stimulating collection of short talks, written articles, insights and inspirations by our Guru Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj (1972). Includes extracts from the GITA IN POETRY by Swamiji that has been set to Carnatic Music by Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani in his music album, “The Yoga of Sound”

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Chakras: The Psychic Centers of Yoga and Tantra

By: Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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This book deals with the Chakras in a detailed manner with magnificent images that were conceptualized by Pujya Swamiji more than 50 years ago. Asanas related to each Chakra and their specific Mandala Pranayamas are elaborated in detail. The unique practices of Chakra Mediation and Mandala Dharana are also added bonuses in this book.

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Yoga For Chronic Insomnia

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This book was produced as part of a project sponsored by the CCRYN (Central council for research in Yoga and Naturopathy). In ten lessons it presents various Yoga practices that reduce stress and sleeping disorders. These were the practices taught in the clinical trial conducted by the CCRYN with Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani as co-investigator.

Thiruvalluvar on Yogic Concepts

By: Yogachemmal Meena Ramanatha

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This is a novel attempt to explore the Yogic Concepts as found in the Thirukkural, one of the most important texts of Tamil spiritual literature.  It has an universal appeal beyond the tenets of any religious codes or faiths. Thiruvalluvar has penetrated deep into all aspects of life, service, dignity, manners, agriculture, economics, trade, health, medicine, politics, management, human relations, administration and much more.

Saraswati Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound

By: Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and Yogacharini Dr. Sangeeta Laura Biagi

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This book is a compilation of deep, introspective, inspirational dialogues between Dr. Ananda and Dr. Sangeeta on the “Yoga of Sound”. These trans-cultural interchanges deal with the spiritual and hidden, mystical aspects of music and Yoga such as Nada Yoga: Healing Sounds, The Origin of the Chant, Listening as a Tool for Purification, Guru-Chela, and The Artist as a Humane Being. The title, Saraswati’s Pearls is based on the concept of a sutra, a series of aphorisms set together as pearls on a string. The image of the pearls resonates with the pearl necklace in the hand of the divine muse of music and the fine arts. Each of the dialogues can be appreciated like a pearl, perfect and yet imperfect, whole in itself and yet connected to the others, containing some of the infinite satvic wisdom of the great Goddess Saraswathi. It is a joy, an honor and a humbling privilege to share their shimmering light with you, our dear reader.

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Hatha Yoga in the Gitananda Tradition

By: Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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This book is clearly laid out with instruction given in basic Asanas, Kriyas, Mudras and Pranayama of Gitananda Yoga (Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga), along with explanations of their benefits and uses. A syllabus of instruction for 30 graded lessons is also provided at the end to enable the fuller understanding for both the teacher and student alike. This book is a useful practical instruction manual for Yoga teachers in educational institutions and can provide guidelines for Physical Education teachers desirous of adding Yoga practices to their curriculum. The material in this book is also useful to seekers from all walks of life as it provides a clear and basic, step-by-step instruction to elementary Hatha Yoga concepts and practices of Gitananda Yoga.

Surya Namaskar

By: Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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The original book on Surya Namaskar by Dr Swami Gitananda Giri has been revised and edited by Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and will be useful for those wanting to learn more about the origin, benefits as well as the different types of Surya Namaskar. A detailed analysis is given of the Surya Mantras, Aditya Hrudayam and illustrated versions of six different Surya Namaskars are given in detail. There is also a brief overview of the Chandra Namaskar that also found place in the previous edition.The Kshatrian Kriya ‘borrowed’ from the warrior traditions of India is included as it has many movements similar to the Surya Namaskar. The Surya Prana Mudra an excellent Pranayama and Mudra based practice is described as another form of contemplative sun worship while the Jnana Surya Kriya and excellent relaxation practices is described to induce a sense of deep relaxation through the universal solar energy form of the Divine.

SIDDHIS AND RIDDHIS

By: Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri

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This is the second edition of Swamiji’s exhaustive study of the phenomenon of Siddhis and Riddhis, psychic accomplishments and psychic prosperities. The remark presents a learned exposition of the scope, dangers, and techniques leading to Siddhis and Riddhis as well as the physiological, psychological and spiritual back ground. A listing of the 108 commonly accepted Siddhis, and their description is a highlight. A practical Yoga Sadhana routine to obtain Siddhis is given. 

Pranayama in the Tradition of Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga

By: Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri, Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani and Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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Various essays on Pranayama in the Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga tradition have been condensed into this book. It offers a study of not only the classical eight Pranayamas but also gives a brief understanding of the 120 Pranayamas as taught by Dr Swami Gitananda Giri. A must for any sincere student of wanting to expand their knowledge of Pranayama. 

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Mudras (New Edition)

By: Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri and Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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This is a completely revised and upgraded edition of the original book by the great Yogamaharishi. A good deal of material is available to the modern student on the subject of Hatha Yoga Asanas, Shat Karmas and a bit on Pranayama. Little is however found when searching for information on Mudras that represent some of the deeper practices of the Yoga system. Mudra is the ancient Yogic art and science of gesturing and sealing vital Pranic energies in the human body for health, well being and spiritual evolution. These are advanced techniques designed to improve neuromuscular coordination, culture human emotions and still the restless mind.

Tribute To A Great Guru

By: Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani(Ed)

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Memorial volume to Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri containing more than 100 photographs of one of the greatest Gurus of the 20th century in various stages of his spiritual evolution. The Memorial Volume contains biographical data of the Guru, tributes and reminiscences by his students and articles by the Guru expressing his unique Yogic worldview are also presented. A must for the library of any serious student of Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga and disciples of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri.

Frankly Speaking

By: Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri 

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Dr Swami Gitananda answers questions from students on every topic under the sun, ranging from health problems, mental unrest, technical questions on Yoga practices, spiritual queries and metaphysical quests. Compiled by Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani from thirty years of question and answer articles as well as from Satsanghas with the Master. The book creates an intimate relationship with the Guru.

Yoga - One Woman's View

By: Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani

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A collection of essays, poetry and short stories by Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani. She deals with a modern woman’s experience as a result of her practice of Yoga. Well illustrated with photographs and drawings. Special section on “The Yoga of Motherhood”. An ideal gift for any woman traveling the Yoga path. Especially useful for expectant and young mothers.

Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

By: Yogachariya Jnandev

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The food we put into our bodies forms an
essential basis for our health and wellbeing.
Eating the wrong foods causes a build-up of
toxins in the body and can lead to many different
health problems; which is why the Yogic Diet
is traditionally free from meat, fish, eggs and
stimulants. Instead we can enjoy a vegetarian or
vegan diet filled with fresh and nutritious foods
to nourish us physically and mentally. Here we
share with you some of our favourite recipes
from Yoga Satsanga Ashram and a small number
of accompanying articles.

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