1. The Fruit of a Chance Meeting

    At a recent chance meeting in Mumbai Airport a seed was planted as popular London yoga teacher, Claire Missingham invited Radhanath Swami to speak at one of her yoga and meditation workshops. The fruit of their meeting was realized last week when Radhanath Swami accepted the invitation, speaking at the event “Journey of the Sadhaka” in Primrose Hill, London, on Sunday, July 29th. Attendees practiced yoga accompanied by the live music of world-renowned composer/producer, Nitin Sawhney. At the close of the workshop, Radhanath Swami was invited to share some excerpts...
  2. The Perfect Place for Our Spiritual Life is Wherever We Are

      On the evening of Tuesday, May 8th, Radhanath Swami was asked to speak at New York’s Jivamukti Yoga Studio for the program Sunset Gita, hosted by Joshua Green. Requested to speak on the suitability of New York City for the purpose of yoga practice, swami replied by referring the teachings of the Srimad Bhagavatam, wherein the great Bhakti-yogi Sri Prahlad prays to Lord Vishnu in the form of Nrisimhadeva. An except from his talk is below.  “Prahlad said, My dear Lord I see that there are many saintly persons,...
  3. Inauguration of Stanton Street Yoga

    On Sunday, April 22, Radhanath Swami was asked to speak at the inauguration of Stanton Street Yoga, a new yoga studio and Ayurvedic health retreat on New York’s Lower East Side. Stanton Street Yoga is a cooperative effort,  owned and run by followers of Srila Prabhupada, headed by Badaryana and Rukmini Wienberg. Around one hundred guests squeezed into the beautiful new studio to attend the opening yajna ceremony, kirtan, talk and vegetarian meal. Below are some excepts from Swami’s talk. “In the sixth chapter of the Bhagavada-Gita, which is one...
  4. International Yoga Conference at Rishikesh

    “Be with nature, learn from nature, and change your nature.” said H. H. Swami Chidanand Saraswati Ji while welcoming guests to the International Yoga Conference at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India. From March 1st thru 7th Radhanath Swami, along with forty yoga gurus, shared the teachings of yoga with hundreds of yogis from around the globe. Prominent teachers at the conference included H.H. Sri Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji, H.H. Swami Ramdevji, H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and H.H. Swami Veda Bharatiji. The International Yoga Festival, which started in 1999 with a just...
  5. Radhanath Swami Speaks at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

    The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is today one of the most respected centers for training and retreat in the United States. Since its inception in 1983, countless people have come for short retreats, courses in yoga and ayurveda, and periods of seva and ashram living. At the end of August, 2011, Radhanath Swami was invited to speak at the center for the first time. His two day lecture series was entitled ‘Bhakti Immersion: Ramayana’, and explored the ancient epic through storytelling and kirtan. There could...
  6. Return to Yogamaya

    After only a year of being open, Yogamaya yoga studio in New York’s hip Chelsea district has gained a huge following of both serious yoga students and kirtan lovers. Owners Bryn Chrisman, Stacey Brass and Glen Riis have created a unique space that fuses serious Hatha-yoga with an equally generous dose of Bhakti-yoga, combined within a fresh context. Though the space is set up as a yoga studio, with skylights and open spaces, the feeling is that of an old temple. Antique carved doors and screens decorate the space, and framed...
  7. Yoga Summit 2011 – Bangalore, India

    With the aim of persuading UNESCO to proclaim the 21st of June as World Yoga Day, a conference was held on December 4th and 5th in Bangalore, India. Organized by The Art of Living Foundation, the conference brought together many of the worlds leading voices in yoga including B.K.S. Iyengar, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Baba Ramdev. Radhanath Swami was requested to speak on how to maintain the authenticity and purity of knowledge. “Due to so much greed, the economy is suffering miserably. Due to exploitation of natural resources, there...
  8. In Giving We Receive – Thoughts on What Makes a Good Teacher

    On Wednesday, September 7th, Radhanath Swami spoke at Jaya Yoga Center in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. He was joined by special guests Sacinandana Swami, a dear friend and Vaishnava sanyasi from Germany, and Acharya Sri Pundrik Goswami, a highly esteemed teacher of bhakti yoga who comes in the lineage of servants at the historic Sri Radha Raman Temple in Vrindavan, India. Among the audience of over one hundred were many students from the yoga center’s teacher training program. Radhanath Swami spoke on the character of a great yogi drawing...
  9. Radhanath Swami at Core Power Yoga Studio

    On July 13, 2011, Radhanath Swami gave a talk on his book The Journey Home at the Core Power Yoga Studio in Los Angeles run by yoga instructor, Kumudini. Core Power leads lifestyle and teacher training programs, yoga retreats and conferences, and has students numbering in the thousands. The mellisonant devotional chanting led by Radhanath Swami and the famous kirtan singer C.C. White captivated the 120 people in attendance. Radhanath Swami began his talk by discussing his motivation for writing his memoir, proceeded to share some stories that transformed him,...
  10. Spiritual Talks and Kirtan In The Bahamas

    Radhanath Swami paired up with the ebullient Gaura Vani to lead a rejuvenating seven-day retreat on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The retreat was conducted at Sivananda Ashram. The Swami gave powerful discourses from the ancient Vedic scripture called ‘Srimad Bhagavatam’ in the morning and evening, followed by soul-stirring kirtans by Gaura Vani’s band ‘As Kindred Spirits’. In between were walks on the beach, swimming in the mostly calm blue waters of the Caribbean, and delicious, vegetarian food prepared by the friendly volunteers and residents of the Ashram. ‘As Kindred...