|Spirituality, Yoga and Hinduism Page
An engaging personal project that features a nice basic introduction to the different types of Yoga, including:
The Webmaster laments that yoga in the West has come to mean "hatha" yoga which is limited to physical exercise and postures (asanas). "In fact," he points out, "asanas is only a single step in the eight-step path (Asthanga yoga of patanjali)" and "are to be used as a stepping stone for the higher paths, since just working on the beauty and welfare of an impermanent object (the body) is a waste of time and effort."
The focus of this site can be discerned from the quoted passage below:
Center Home Page
The "Om" page (one of the Net's better puns) features a big control panel that assists in navigating the site. This is a sprawling, award-winning site, (enhanced for Netscape 3.0 and Internet Explorer 3.0), with lots of interesting features. It is being modified and upgraded on a regular basis, but when reviewed had about 120 pages, 173 graphics, 2 audio clips and 6 animated illustrations. Latest updates are clearly marked.
The site includes: detailed instructions for the 12 major asanas; activities of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (Yoga Teachers Training Course, Yoga Vacations, etc.); on-line Sivananda Boutique (books and videos); online Yoga Life magazine,(published twice a year); and "Spiritual Utilities" (mantra sound clips) page.
Swami Sivananda's contribution to the world is said to be reviving the tradition of the Yoga of synthesis, integrating the four paths of Yoga into a well-balanced Sadhana (spiritual discipline).
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An online brochure for Satchidananda Ashram which contains interesting and useful information. Yogaville is a spiritual center where the principles of "Integral Yoga" are taught by Sri Swami Satchidananda .
Features information on Sri Swami Satchidananda, an updated list of Programs, Workshops, Retreats and Seminars ; information on meditation and stress management; administrative information on the ashram and its activities; LOTUS (Light Of Truth Universal Shrine); a store for Books, Video and Audio Tapes (Shakticom); a FAQ; and the Yogaville Federal Credit Union.
A very attractive site, with nice typography and some good photos.
Online instructions for "hatha" yoga. Features sound clips of yoga instruction powered by a downloadable "True Speech" audio player.
Site Yoga Postures
A user-friendly collection of the most popular assanas. The simple stick figures make it easy to follow their good advice: "Be kind to yourself when you practice yoga. Go slowly, especially at the beginning, and listen to your body. It knows what it can do. If it says "stop," stop. Don't push it. Yoga is not a competitive sport. You don't win points for matching a picture in a book (or on a website)." (Feb 20, 1999)
Postures for HIV/AIDS
The Yoga Group is a Colorado non-profit organization providing free Yoga classes and information since 1988 to persons living with HIV/AIDS, and helping other Yoga teachers start similar programs.
This site serves as an information center, and links to sites throughout the USA that provide Yoga Classes for HIV/AIDS , including Prescott, Arizona; Palm Desert, California; San Francisco, California; Boulder, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; Pennsauken, New Jersey; Kingston, New York; Reno, Nevada; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The site features a lot of content on Yoga Postures and techniques recommended for HIV/AIDS. Most of the postures in the first sequence are illustrated with brief instructions in the article "Yoga and AIDS," by Paula Kout. They intend to add links to complete instructions and step by step illustrations for each of the postures. The lists are already useful for Yoga teachers, and for students familiar with the poses or who wish to learn them from classes, books, or videos. Includes appropriate cautions for performing yoga postures.
This is an excellent site and shows the power of the WWW as a communication and information medium. There are three excellent illustrated articles relevant to yoga and AIDS.