"Total truth is necessary. You must live by
what you say." -Maharajji
OUR BELOVED GURUS
SRI KRISHNA PATTABHI JOIS
Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi Jois was born in July 1915. At the
age of 12 he started studying yoga with the great Yogi Sri
T. Krishnamacharya who had gotten all his knowledge from
his Guru, Rama Mohan Mrahmachari, in a cave in Tibet. Together
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri T. Krishnamacharya developed
the Ashtanga Yoga series described in Ancient texts. In
1948 Guruji founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Center in
Mysore, India, and wrote the book Yoga Mala which is about
Ashtanga yoga & its philosophy.
AMMA – SRI MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI DEVI
Love, compassion, empathy and tolerance - under the pressures
of modern life, these qualities have all but disappeared.
Through Her loving embrace and charitable activities, Sri
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (affectionately known as Amma
or Mother) is healing the heart of the world, rekindling
love and mutual respect, and awakening people to their fundamental
Through Her extraordinary acts of love and self-sacrifice,
Amma has endeared Herself to millions. Tenderly caressing
everyone who comes to Her, holding them close to Her heart
in a loving embrace, Amma shares boundless love with all.
Be they young or old, sick or healthy, rich or poor - everyone
who comes to Her receives the same unconditional love.
Amma's teachings are universal. Whenever She is asked about
Her religion, She replies that Her religion is Love.
She does not ask anyone to believe in God or to change
their faith, but only to inquire into their own real nature
and to believe in themselves.
SRI NEEM KAROLI BABA – MAHARAJJI
Maharaj-ji established at least 108 temples, fed millions
of people, advised government and corporate leaders, performed
what can be called Miracles, influenced current American
and Indian society, brought grace into the lives of countless
suffering people, and all the while remained out of the
It is believed that by the time Maharaj-ji was 17 years
old He knew EVERYTHING. This is to be taken to mean a knowing
that is actually incomprehensible to you and me. A knowing
that is all. The knowing of Bhagvan. The knowing of God.
There are stories contained in this website and in the books
referred to herein that hope to in some way help to tell
of the Grace and Love of this truly remarkable being. Maharaj-ji
had nothing and Maharaj-ji had everything.
Maharaj-ji seems to be continually visiting people and
helping them since He "left His body" in Vrindaban
in 1973. One devotee said that he thought the greatest miracle
was what Maharaj-ji has done since then. Maharaj-ji has
visited, helped, guided, fed, and called into service so
many in the last twenty-five years. Maharaj-ji never went
away. For this we can be grateful.
SIFU SHI YAN-MING
Shi Yan-Ming is a 34th Generation Shaolin Temple Monk.
Shifu Shi Yan-Ming defected to the U.S in 1992 while on
the first-ever Shaolin Temple Monks tour of the United States.
On the last date of the tour he slipped out of the hotel
in the middle of the night and escaped to the new world.
In New York, Shifu founded the U.S.A. Shaolin Temple and
currently teaches authentic Shaolin martial arts or Ch’an
Jivaka Komarabbaccha or as pronounced in Thailand, Shivago
Komarpaj, was a great Yogi and Ayurvedic doctor from India.
He is believed to have lived at the time of the Buddha and
was Buddha’s personal doctor. Dr Shivago is the source
of Traditional Thai Medicine and the inventor of thai- massage,
herbalism and acupressure.
WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST APPRECIATION, LOVE AND THANKS TO:
Dee Silvers and Yoga Sport for your Mysore classes with constant support and deep adjustments. We miss you!
Manju Jois. We feel incredibly lucky for
the time we got to spend with you in Philadelphia.
Master Chongkol Setthakorn with wife Atchara,
ITM,Thailand, for your personal attention and for giving
us so much knowledge in the ancient art of Nuad-Bo-Rarn
Pierce Salguero for keeping the spirit
of Thai Massage alive and real. We feel blessed to have
Yogeswari, from Jivamukti Yoga, for being
such a constant inspiration and for keeping yoga real.
Durga Das for being such a good friend
and Teacher. Thanks for always being there with advice and
Paulie Zink, for your knowledge and teaching
of Taoist Yoga.
All the Vegan & Raw athletes in the world,
for your dedication and the inspiration you give. Showing
us that food DOES make a difference.
All of our yoga students at downdog
YOGA. You are the reason we are here!
Last, but not least, we would like to thank our family and
friends for always being there with love and support. We
TO ALL OF YOU ~ WE BOW TO YOUR LOTUS FEET.