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Swami Harinanda

December 25, 1928 to August 19, 2014

Sadly, I must inform you that Swami Harinanda passed away early in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. His death came quickly and without pain. As per his wishes there was no service nor memorial, although he would have appreciated donations to the SPCA or any animal shelter that you like. It goes without saying that this one–of–a–kind and great man will be greatly missed.

I first came to know Swami Harinanda around 1995. He was a customer of mine. One way or another, we got talking about spirituality and he mentioned to me that he was a swami. I must admit, I thought he was joking. But then I realized he was serious. We corresponded by email. Amazingly, I still have a printed copy of his early emails to this day.

Swami Harinanda was able to answer some of my basic questions about yoga and although I had started on the yogic path before I met him, talking to and knowing Swami Harinanda helped make my path more clear.

I was lucky enough to have met Swami Harinanda for the first time in April, 1996. I can remember the first time I met him as I drove up to his house. He came outside to greet me — I felt a great sense of joy and calm come over me.

The next day, Swami Harinanda personally taught me the science of yantra yoga at his dining table. I wrote down the principles of yantra yoga on both sides of a blank piece of paper as Swami Harinanda talked. It was a beautiful moment for me — finally my teacher had come. These lessons I still have to this day and still act as my foundation regarding yantra yoga.

Starting around late 1996 to 1997, I helped Swami Harinanda build an early web site. Later we expanded and moved his web site to this current location Swami Harinanda wanted people to see the words real yoga — he wanted people to awaken to the truth of what real yoga is not. Swami Harinanda was not interested in yoga for health.

While building the real yoga web site, Swami Harinanda didn't know what information we should add. So I suggested to him that we should add informaton that is not easily found elsewhere regarding real yoga. I told Swami Harinanda that myself and others want to know why we should practice yoga, what are the types of yoga, who are some famous yogis and a lesson in pure hatha yoga. So this is what we did. I asked the questions, Swami Harinanda wrote the content.

Swami Harinanda was a pure teacher. He would never accept money for teaching. Yoga or spirituality is part of universal knowledge that belongs to everyone. Therefore, one cannot charge for what already belongs to them. Swami Harinanda always said that a good teacher has a day job and then teaches on his or her own time for free. The teacher should pay for any room rental, etc — this is the sign of a pure teacher which Swami Harinanda was.

Swami Harinanda was taught or told personally by Ramana Marharshi to never accept payment and as Swami Harinanda would always say, Ramana Maharshi is never wrong.

Swami Harinanda did not go to meet Ramana Maharshi in India, instead, they met on the astral plane. Ramana told Swami Harinanda that he did not need to be in a cave or anything like that to be a good student of yoga. Swami Harinanda took those words to heart and lived a normal life while being totally dedicated to self realization.

Swami Harinanda knew many little or lesser known things about yoga. He really studied the theory of yoga and put himself into a position to meet people that would impact him. Somewhere along the way he learned the Master's Chant, as an example, and many more things. Swami Harinanda would openly teach kriya yoga as well. Swami Harinanda loved the yogic life and just absorbed every little detail.

In 1996, I was personally quite ill and possibly near death. Swami Harinanda gave me the book on Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekanda to read. It was the best medicine I've ever received. From that day onwards, I fell madly in love with karma yoga. Knowing this, Swami Harinanda bestowed the name Karmananda to me. I thank him very much for this honour.

Swami Harinanda was a good teacher, a good person and a good friend.

- Yogi Karmananda

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Pose 1 - Sarvangasan (The shoulder stand)

Make sure you have a blanket or thin matting on the floor.

  1. The shoulderstand poseRaise yourself up on to your shoulders with the help of your arms. Tuck your chin into your chest while doing shallow but regular breathing.

  2. Concentrate on the 5th chakra in the throat the thyroid and the parathyroid gland. Visualize light covering the throat area.

  3. You will see by the picture on the page that you want to attain a completely vertical posture with feet pointing heavenward.

  4. Push the center of your back right in over your chin so that you can throw your hips in true vertical. This way the legs will rest comfortably as on a fulcrum.

  5. Keep very still. Do not sway about. Keep concentrating on the throat chakra. Hold this pose for as long as you are comfortable and love doing it.

  6. When you feel you know the pose well, then for half the time you are here, pull the toes in a downwards position towards the forehead, so that you can do a gentle stretch to the Achilles tendon and the hamstrings.

  7. This pose is doing a number of things, primarily bringing blood to the thyroid glands, secondarily it is, by sheer weight of the body, compressing each of your vertebrae, thus allowing blood to course through those areas and cleanse any toxins from your spine.

  8. Very slowly, to finish this exercise, let the feet be drawn towards the floor behind your head, so that you now stretch the spine allowing the toxins to be released for the spine.

  9. The time you do this posture is entirely up to you. You must LOVE doing this posture and you must be comfortable. As time goes by, you can sustain this posture for long periods in total stillness and LIGHT! 

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Let's move on to:

  1. The Introduction to Hatha Yoga Lesson 1

  2. Pose 1: Sarvangasan (The shoulder stand) - you are here

  3. Pose 2: Sethu Bandhasan (Bridge Pose)

  4. Pose 3: Kama Peedasan (Ear-Knee Pose)

  5. Pose 4: Swing Pose

  6. Pose 5: Padmasan Pose (Lotus Pose)

  7. Pose 6: The Relaxation Pose

Return the very beginning of lesson 1.

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