AHYMSIN newsletter, issue - June 2011  


The 2011 Himalayan Yoga Meditation Congress

Creating Joy, the Art and Science of Yoga

July 18 – August 10, 2011

Three-week series of events addresses how to create joy in one’s life through the art and science of Yoga.

Led by Swami Veda Bharati, the 2011 Himalayan Yoga Meditation Congress, sponsored by The Meditation Center, will explore spiritual responses to the aspects of life that block our natural experience of joy as informed by the 5,000-year-old Himalayan Yoga tradition.

July 14 – 17: Guru Purnima, Lineage of Samadhi and Shaktipat.
This weekend retreat is designed for initiates of The Himalayan yoga Tradition.

  • July 15: Guru Purnima: Full Moon Meditation
    6:00 pm Meal
    7:30 pm Lecture at St. Maron’s Cedar’s Hall (Across the street from The Meditation Center)
    9:00 pm Group Meditation at The Meditation Center

Evening Lecture Series

July 18 -21 and July 25 - 28, 2011
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

In keeping with the theme, “Creating Joy,” the Monday through Thursday evening lecture series will explore how to create a joyful life through the art and science of yoga. Swami Veda will be the keynote speaker on July 18; other speakers will include Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, Dr. Rene David Alkalay, and Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker. The evening lectures are open to the public for a fee and are included at no charge in the four HYT retreats. A complete list of the lectures is provided below.

July 18 – Swami Veda Bharati – Creating Joy: the Art and Science of Yoga.
July 19 – Dr. Rene David Alkalay – And God SAID “let there be LIGHT.” A Perspective on Mantra and Yantra
July 20 – Dr. Rene David Alkalay – Diet & Nutrition for Yogis
July 21 – Swami Nityamuktanada – Samkhya, Yoga and Your Personal Philosophy of Life
July 25 – Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker – Philosophy of Prana Vidya Hatha Yoga
July 26 – Swami Nityamuktanada – Systems within the Human Personality and the Five S’s
July 27 – Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker – Yoga Nidra: Can Consciousness Be Measured?
July 28 – Swami Nityamuktanada – Tantra and the Five Elements

Public Lectures & Events

July 20: University of Minnesota Lecture, "An Evening with Swami Veda:  Integration and Ecstasy"
Co-sponsored by University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing

July 28 – 31: “Creating Joy: The Art and Science of Yoga” Weekend
Lectures and practicums led by Swami Ma Radha, Swami Nityamuktananda, , Swami Ma Gita,  Dr. Stephan (Stoma) Parker, Jim Nelson and Randall Krause.

July 29: “Kirtan Concert!”
With Drs. Pooja Goswami Pavan and A. Pavan

July 30: “Peace on Earth Meditation”
Lecture and guided meditation with Swami Veda Bharati - preceded by kirtan with Melissa Fossum

July 31–August 10: Five- and ten-day guided silence retreats
Led by Swami Ritavan Bharati, and Swami Ma Radha Bharati

For more information about these events, please visit The Meditation Center website:  Or write to

About The Meditation Center: Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, The Meditation Center was established in 1971 by Swami Veda Bharati. It currently serves as a resource of the Himalayan Yoga tradition, which was established in the West by Swami Rama of the Himalayas. The ancient methods taught in this tradition underlie the variety of meditation systems found in all faiths. This approach not only includes the physical postures and stretches that people often refer to as yoga, but also includes efficient breathing, control of the senses, enhanced concentration, the cultivation of personally healthy habits and social relationship, and training in higher stages of meditation. The Meditation Center is the host of the 2011 Himalayan Yoga Meditation Congress. For further information, visit .