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December 15, 2020 49 min

Swami Ramananda of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco talks with Avi Gordon about adapting to conditions, how compassion follows naturally from meditation, and about what really makes us happy.


Quotes from the interview:

*I think compassion comes naturally when we touch deep enough inside ourselves.

*In a way you could say our identity is a structure in the subconscious mind, and ultimately that structure is built on a faulty foundation, and the foundation has to be replaced, and sometimes the building has to be torn down.

*I think any time you start something new there has to be that willingness to be a little uncomfortable, and be with it, in order to get anywhere."

*This effort to grow, and change, and improve, and to be of service...ultimately it's what gives us joy. This is what makes us really happy.


Swami Ramananda is the President of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition, who has been practicing Yoga for over 35 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of yoga into daily life, and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential.


He leads beginner, intermediate and advanced level yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the U. S., Europe and South America. Ramananda trains Yoga teachers to bring Yoga into corporate, hospital and medical settings and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes yoga teachers as professionals. His warmth, wisdom and sense of humor have endeared him to many.


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