AHYMSIN newsletter, issue - June 2011  

Transitions in TTP

by Chuck Linke

Editor’s note: Chuck Linke is the director of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP) and serves on the AHYMSIN Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

The Himalayan Tradition is often times spoken of as a teaching tradition pouring out of the high mountain monastic lineages. As a family, we see this as a focal point in all of our gatherings - be they large or small.

At the birth of AHYMSIN at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in 2007, we established a centralized office on campus to oversee and administer the teachers training program in efforts to ensure that all members of the AHYMSIN family can have access to a uniform level of training around the world.

For the last several years, we have enjoyed the TTP office lovingly tended to by Maryon Maass after she had made the decision to devote herself fully to the tradition.  Leaving behind a life in the San Francisco area she came to SRSG in service of the tradition.

For many students coming to SRSG for the first time, Maryon was one of the first people they would meet and be welcomed to not only to the Himalayan Tradition and its teachers training program, but in a larger sense to India herself.

In her warm and loving way, she would guide all visitors into and through a two week program starting early in the morning and often lasting late into the evening. She was often looked upon as mother, friend, confidant, guide and guru bhai.

Maryon will be leaving SRSG in June to begin a program in Chile, continuing to enlarge her arms around the globe with her warmth and care, this time for a different group.

Moving in to the TTP office we will soon be seeing a familiar face - that of Carolyn Hodges, who will assume Maryon’s duties and continue to support students arriving at SRSG to participate in TTP programs.

While many of us attended the Yoga Nidra conference in February/March of this year, other concurrent activities included putting together a plan for the consolidation of the various aspects of AHYMSIN’s educational offerings. At some point in the near future, that will include rolling the Teachers Training Program into this oversight function, which is planned to be located at SRSG also.

Warm hugs to Maryon for all you’ve done over the years from all the students. And more hugs welcoming Carolyn to her new role in our family.

We invite you to visit the HYT-TTP website:

Any of you who have participated in an HYT-TTP retreat at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama have had the pleasure of meeting Maryon Maass.  Please read the previous article which was written by her.

Carolyn Hodges has served the tradition for many years, recently as AHYMSIN Office Director.  She is also actively involved in helping to organize the Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat, which will take place at SRSG 22nd – 31st December 2011 (please see,  and the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Congress 2011 in Minnneapolis, USA, this summer (please see