It was inspiring to learn how Swami Sivananda sent Swami Vishnudevananda to the West in 1957 to help spread yoga and Vedanta. The Sivananda centers have since trained over 46,000 yoga teachers, emphasizing a deep commitment to peace by integrating the ancient wisdom of yoga and Vedanta into a modern context.
It was clear from all the speakers at the peace symposium that the global challenges we face, including climate change, are in essence a spiritual crisis — that we need to awaken to our oneness with all of life and to take action guided by spiritual wisdom. Collectively, we need to reexamine the belief that the “pursuit of happiness” is best achieved through massive consumerism. Ultimately, we must create ways of living that are in harmony with natural laws.
The annual United Nations International Day of Yoga on June 21 is a testament to how yoga is spreading around the world, transforming lives one breath, one posture at a time.
In celebration of Yoga Day, we are launching the Yoga of Healing and Awakening Summit (June 21–24), a free online summit featuring over 50 world-renowned yoga teachers, swamis, swaminis, and speakers, including Kia Miller, Jai Dev Singh, Gloria Latham, Seane Corn, and Congressman Tim Ryan.
A big thanks to Cyndi Lee, the founder of OM yoga Center, and an author and lay Buddhist chaplain, for joining me as the co-host of the summit this year! (To register for free, click here.)
On Yoga Day, June 21, we’ll be broadcasting our “best of India” videos from the previous four Yoga Day Summits. These amazing interviews were filmed in Rishikesh, India, on the banks of the holy Ganges River in the Himalayas, an area considered to be the birthplace of yoga. The videos feature H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, H.H. Pujya Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Tommy Rosen, Bruce Lipton, and many more!
And then from June 22–24, we’ll be featuring interviews with speakers who will take you deeper into how yoga facilitates healing and awakening. Click here to register for free so you can enjoy the opportunity to experience and celebrate the beauty, power, and depth of yoga as a vehicle for living a divine life and creating a world built on Oneness.
Whether you’re new to yoga or you’re a seasoned practitioner — you’ll discover new practices, guided meditations, and healing breathwork for restoring, balancing, and invigorating your body, mind, and soul.
Please be sure to check out our new section, “The Nicest Thing,” a special video series in which we ask prominent authors, teachers, thought leaders, and others to answer the question, “What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?” Their intimate and uplifting stories offer glimpses into the personal lives of people you already know and admire. We’ll also be including stories from Shift team members to give you the opportunity to get to know us all a little better!
We’re launching this section in this issue with wonderful stories from Anita Moorjani, author of the New York Times bestseller, Dying to Be Me, and three featured speakers in our upcoming Yoga of Healing and Awakening Summit — Shift faculty members Raja Choudhury and K.P. Khalsa, and Conscious Living co-host Bianca Alexander.
Finally, we’d love to hear your answer to the question, Which book, video, or teacher has been the most influential in your practice of yoga? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. — The Bhagavad Gita
Philip: Hello, everyone. I'm Philip Hellmich, Director of Peace for The Shift Network, and I'm delighted to be the co-host of the Yoga of Healing & Awakening Summit, looking at the essential depth teachings and daily practices for your mind, body, and soul. The summit is from June 21 to 24. It's presented by The Shift Network in association with Parmarth Niketan and Yoga International. And I'm here with my co-host, Cyndi Lee. Cyndi?
Cyndi: Hi, Philip. Gosh, it was such an incredible honor and treat to get to be the co-host of this summit. Between us, we talked to I think over 50 amazing world-renowned yogis and swamis and sages and beloved teachers and musicians and scientists. All kinds of inspiring people who are really living yoga, they're sharing yoga, they're breathing yoga. And they shared with us their practices and their insights and their teachings. It was really great.
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Teaching yoga and meditation in Afghanistan gave me so much joy. As I was practicing yoga asanas with women in shelters, I understood that after 25 years of war, they were completely disconnected — mind from body —and, just by doing some flexibility exercises, I could see on their faces that they felt alive again. When you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you are kind of 75 percent dead; these techniques help bring you back to the present moment.
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In this special video series, prominent authors, performers, thought leaders, and others answer the question, “What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?”
EXCERPT: Whenever I would try and figure out how to make it up to him for everything he was doing, he didn't want anything. It was like he was so satiated in his life. His payback was doing this and he would just say to me, "No, don't feel you owe me. Don't feel you have to pay me back. One day there'll be somebody who inspires you and you will want to do this for them, and just do that, and in other words, pay it forward." That is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life because he changed my life. The first thing that changed my life was the cancer and dying and coming back, and then this was the second big awakening, big change in my life.
To watch the video and read the transcript of Anita’s amazing 6-minute story, click here.
Anita will be presenting a free hour-long video event on Wednesday, June 12: Discover the Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences (Even If You Haven’t Had One). For more details — and to register for this free event — click here.
EXCERPT: We met when I was a teenager, and just had instant rapport, and he asked me if I would like to study with him individually. At the time I was a college student, kind of lost and drifting. I didn't even know what major to select in college, and plus, as many of you have heard, I had a life-threatening disease that was diagnosed when I was 10 years old, when I was told that I would be dead by 40. Well, when you're 10 years old, it's very hard to process that sort of thing, so I didn't really know what to make of that.
To watch the video and read the transcript of K.P.’s heartfelt 8-minute story, click here.
EXCERPT: Well, the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for me, was a friend of mine who I worked with back when I was working as an attorney here in Hollywood at Paramount, and she was at Fox. She and I used to party together, drink, and smoke, and straight West coast total partying — non-spiritual, non-yoga, any of that. One day, she said, "Well, why don't we, on a Sunday morning, meet me for church?" I was like, "Okay. What kind of church?" She's like, "Well, it's kind of a different church. It's meditation, and there's a reading, and just come. Just come. You'll see, you'll like it."
To watch the video and read the transcript of Bianca’s inspiring 6-minute story, click here.
EXCERPT: I moved into this attic and I was living upstairs with her five cats and me up there. His wife was equally eccentric. I started living there and he became this kind of friend of mine. I was paying literally no rent. The agreement was that I would help him out. I didn't know what that would require, but he started... we started having dinners every evening and we'd light candles and drink wine and it was a very civilized two years of my life. He introduced me to philosophy.
To watch the video and read the transcript of Raja’s revealing 8-minute story, click here.
Raja's 7-month live video training, Awakening Your Kundalini Advanced Program: An Initiation Into Raising Your Vibration & Bridging Heaven and Earth, begins on Thursday, June 6. For more details — and to register — click here.
Would you like to discover deep self-care and renewal with simple (yet powerful) Qigong movements to balance your emotions, release past trauma, and nourish your spirit? Renowned Qigong teacher, and author Daisy Lee will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, June 5, at Noon Pacific to share how you can wake up your body’s immunity and discharge stagnant Qi — to dissolve stress, heal illness, and prevent disease. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to experience a guided practice — to clear karma and receive essential information about your soul’s plan and purpose? Akashic Record teacher, consultant, healer, and author Lisa Barnett will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, June 13, at 5:00pm Pacific to share how you can access your Akashic Records to make contact with the "record keepers" of your Highest Self and deepest intuition. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to discover a powerful practice for tapping into your psychic abilities, opening direct access to your intentions and desires, and seeing clearly what might be blocking you? Spiritual teacher, Six Sensory consultant, storyteller, and author Sonia Choquette will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, June 12, at 10:00am Pacific to share how you can live “wide awake” and liberate your ego for an authentic, creative life. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
These days, it seems like everyone is a “yogi.” Whether on social media, big pharma-sponsored TV commercials, or countless Bikram, hot, and core power studios in every major city across the globe, yoga has quickly become embedded in our mainstream culture. Thank goodness! It means we’re headed in the right direction as a civilization, evolving away from gross materiality and towards a more mindful, compassionate and spiritual society. However, yoga is about a lot more than physical prowess, preternatural flexibility, or believe it or not — having the perfect yoga booty.
I want my teachings to empower the practitioner to feel, through the vehicle of their body and the creation of specific shapes, that they can create a bridge between the physical and the mystical, a link between the natural and the supernatural. I wanted to be effective in teaching how to bring the beauty of Bhakti to the yogasanas as a way of offering oneself to the Divine.
Doing yoga is one of the only times during your day that you’re disconnected from your phone. Pretty crazy right? You’re dialled in and connected all the time! So, you’re super connected in one way and completely disconnected in another. You can be chatting to people all over the globe which is amazing but unless you’re careful, you can become completely disconnected from yourself. What happens is instead of living your life, you end up reacting to the needs and demands of others without any hope of taking time for your real goals.
In this short video, you’ll learn:
How to be there for others without sacrificing your true self
How to create stillness and activate your intuition to guide you to your purpose
Exactly what you need to do to access your potential
I am deeply saddened by the growing tensions between the United States and Iran. The U.S. and Iran will be much safer in the long term by building bridges of goodwill and respect for one another instead of building walls of fear and mistrust.
In October 2016, I made a 14-day trip to Iran that profoundly opened me to a new understanding about one of the oldest civilizations in the world and its people, who received our group with open hearts.
Many would like to experience a peaceful life, unconditional love, and joy. It's easy to practice peacefulness when we are on vacation or in a natural environment. The challenges occur when we're surrounded by outside circumstances that seem unjust, unloving, and unfair. This is when our peaceful journey tends to be shaken, and chaos occurs both internally and externally. In order to have a peaceful journey in life, it's important to embrace and accept what is with compassion, especially during the chaos.
Conscious Living®, which is dedicated to sharing positive news about living a more happy, healthy, and mindful life, is hosted by Michael and Bianca Alexander, featured speakers in the Yoga of Healing and Awakening Summit.
On this episode of Conscious Living, we visit Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram, a spiritual retreat just a stone’s throw from historic Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded in Buckingham, Virginia by Swami Satchidananda, a spiritual leader whose message of peace has been heard around the globe, Yogaville’s mission is to share the principles of Integral Yoga®, a system aimed to synthesize diverse branches of yoga into a comprehensive lifestyle system promoting harmonious development of every aspect of the individual. Click here to watch this 13-minute episode.
As a human rights lawyer for the United Nations, Amandine Roche worked for 15 years in conflict zones under challenging circumstances. She realized that many of the humanitarians were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and had inadequate resources to deal with it. In this TEDx talk, which begins with a chilling encounter with a suspected suicide bomber, she makes the case for how ancient wisdom traditions such as yoga and meditation can help humanitarians on the front lines to avoid burnout, stress, and depression. She has worked in more than 20 electoral processes in post-conflict countries, mainly in Afghanistan for the last decade, with a focus on civic education, democratization, gender and youth empowerment. Click here to watch this powerful talk.
Have you ever wondered who our congressional leaders are? What do they really believe, beyond what we know of their policies? Who are the people making the decisions for the lives of citizens in America? “Soul Talk on the Hill,” a series hosted by Sister Jenna, takes us into the halls of the U.S. Capitol as she engages in heart-to-heart conversations with some of our Congressional leaders. The series takes us where no policy hearing ever has. Together, we will discover the heart and minds of the men and women of the United States Congress.
Click here to watch Sister Jenna interview politicians Tim Ryan, Emanuel Cleaver II, Charles Rangel, and Annette Lantos, the Chairperson of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.
DJ Taz Rashid is an international musician and music producer for yoga, mediation, and dance music. His mission in life is to enliven the human spirit with music. He does this by playing his music and offering his sound journey workshops at festivals, events, and yoga studios all over the world. To watch Taz’s video, click here. You can reach him here.
Join Subtle Activists and life partners David T. Nicol and Kate Naga the first Saturday of each month for their Web of Light Subtle Activism Series, in which they tap into a different quality of our shared essential presence as a strand of light in the global Web. June’s presentation, “Weaving Strands of Celebration,” brings together all the strands of the Web that we have woven together thus far: Love, Joy, Courage, Peace & Power, Compassion, Will, Clarity, and Relaxation. This call will bring to a peak our work together over the last nine months and complete this cycle. Click here to listen.
Anticipation is mounting for the Yoga of Healing & Awakening Summit, a FREE online video event from June 21–24! You can register for free to watch and listen to over 50 world-renowned yoga teachers, swamis, swaminis, and speakers, including Kia Miller, Jai Dev Singh, Gloria Latham, Seane Corn, and Congressman Tim Ryan. Be prepared to discover the deeper essence of yoga for your healing and transformation.
You’ll go beyond trendy exercise routines and deep into a holistic practice that promises to shift your present and our future. With more than 60 sessions — including exclusive videos with yogis on the banks of the sacred Ganges River — you’ll enjoy the opportunity to experience and celebrate the beauty, power, and depth of yoga as a vehicle for living a divine life and creating a world built on Oneness. Click here to register for this FREE summit, see our full list of dynamic speakers, and find out everything you need to know!
Please join us in a series of events on sacred reciprocity and stewardship. Mama Nuiyuan, a gifted Native Andean maestro from Colombia, is on his way for another cycle of balancing work in different parts of California. A master in bringing ancestral wisdom, he acts like an acupuncture artist placing precise needles to recover energetic balance in a system. Mama Nuiyuan will make himself available to share some "Original Living Wisdom" of Mother Nature and the way she intended humans to function as part of a living system on Earth. He will answer your questions and worries about how we can start to be a beneficial impact for all of life on Earth. His keen perception has made him an incredible accurate vibrational reader and seer.
Mama Nuiyuan will offer a workshop to souls in Ojai from June 13-16. Workshops provide ancestral skills in stewardship of the sacred systems of life, energy management, balancing sacred spaces, and working with your sacred space of birth. This is the wisdom for balancing climate distress we are clearly experiencing. To participate, contact Stephanie Hilborn at firstname.lastname@example.org for exact dates and locations. Click here for more information.
Discover how to manifest your vision as an online teacher or healer with visionary leaders in the field of online holistic education, including Stephen Dinan, co-founder and president of The Shift Network.
Have you ever desired to write a spiritual blog followed by millions? Or put your most powerful knowledge and teachings into an app or online presence? Join visionary minds in the fields of mobile and online holistic education as they share their wisdom, inspiration, and experience on creating blogs, video courses, and mobile apps touching the lives of millions of people around the world.
In this workshop, you’ll take a deep dive into the business of online education and how to manifest your vision as an online teacher or healer. You’ll gain insights into how to reach a wide audience and offer convenient tools to teach people around the globe through growth hacking and online marketing. For more information and to register, click here.
Ken Honda knows that getting rich quick is no way to achieve happiness. Too often, money is a source of fear, stress, and anger, often breaking apart relationships and even ruining lives. Although Ken Honda is often called a “money guru,” his real job over the past decade has been to help others discover the tools they already possess to heal their own lives and relationships with money. Now, in practical and accessible language, the “Zen millionaire” explains how to achieve peace of mind when it comes to money. Click here to order your copy.
For several years, The Shift Network has hosted Indigenous leaders from around the world and invited them to share their sacred knowledge, rituals, and practices to guide us in a way of living that is sustainable, healthy, and just. We’re thus delighted that the Global Indigenous Wisdom Library makes this “virtual council” of leaders and their wisdom available for everyone, everywhere for free. The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a collection of audio and video interviews featuring Indigenous leaders from around the world sharing prayers, sacred songs, prophecies, spiritual teachings, and pathways to healing, as well as concrete examples for birthing a new era — one in which all members of the human family are treated with respect, understanding, compassion, and justice. This sacred wisdom is important medicine for us all.
The production of The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a gift from The Shift Network, designed to inspire, inform, and involve you by highlighting the voices and important messages of Indigenous leaders from around the world. We want to give a heartfelt thanks to Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. (“Brother Phil”) for his partnership in helping create this Indigenous Wisdom collection. And we thank all the speakers who have contributed to this body of knowledge. To discover more, click here.
World Peace Library. Designed for the layperson and professional peacebuilder alike, the World Peace Library has over 425 audio and video interviews with some of the most remarkable, inspiring peacebuilders in the world available to you at NO COST. You’ll find hundreds of hours of inspirational, peacebuilding, compassion-spreading talks and trainings at your fingertips with this FREE global resource. There’s no way you can’t come away from the World Peace Library deeply inspired, transformed — and part of the solution. Click here to find out how to take peace to the next level — and help co-create a global culture of peace that leaves a legacy of good for our children, our children’s children and all of humanity and life on earth.
BOOK BY STEPHEN DINAN: Sacred America, Sacred World. Infused with visionary power, Sacred America, Sacred World is a manifesto for our country’s evolution that is both political and deeply spiritual. It offers profound hope that America can grow beyond our current challenges and manifest our noblest destiny, which the book shows is rooted in sacred principles that transcend left or right political views. To order your copy, click here.
Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World by Phil Bolsta of The Shift Network. Through God’s Eyes is a road map for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the only book that shows you how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to bring joy and vitality to your daily life. One reviewer called it “the owner’s manual God should give you when you’re born.” For more information, click here. To request a free sample chapter from the author, email Phil at GodsEyes@me.com.
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Invite your family and friends to participate in the Yoga of Healing & Awakening Summit, which takes place June 21–24. Life-changing insights await! To discover more, click here.
Discover Your Akashic Records — A Free Video Event With Akashic Record Teacher, Consultant, Healer, and Author Lisa Barnett. Access your Akashic Records to make contact with the 'record keepers' of your Highest Self and deepest intuition. Saturday, June 1, at 10:00am Pacific
Your 6th Sense Superpower — A Free Video Event With Spiritual Teacher, Six Sensory Consultant, Storyteller, and Author Sonia Choquette. Discover a soul-led psychic pathway to living “wide awake” and liberate your ego for an authentic, creative life. Wednesday, June 5, at 5:30pm Pacific
Transform Your Emotions Through Vocal Medicine — A Free Video Event With International Singer, Educator, Voice Pioneer, and Author Chloë Goodchild. Access the vocal medicine inside you to transform anxiety and overwhelm into calm, clarity, and a lightness of being. Saturday, June 8, at 10:00am Pacific
Awakening Your Kundalini Advanced Program — With Spiritual Teacher, Filmmaker, and Speaker Raja Choudhury. Safely activate the Kundalini energy at the base of your spine to access bliss consciousness and evolve into a more beautiful, radiant soul. New 7-Month Live Video Training Starts Thursday, June 6
Living The Queen’s Code — With Relationship Expert and Author of The Queen’s Code, Alison Armstrong. Discover the “Language of Heroes” to call forth the best in ALL the men in your life. New 8-Week Video Training With Live Q&A Starts Monday, June 3
Sacred Tools for Modern Masters — With Bestselling Author and Leading Authority on Energy Medicine, Deborah King. Experience the “seeding” of 20 sacred phrases in your consciousness — and transform your personal energy field. New 5-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, June 11
The Divine Shakti Foundation is dedicated to providing for the holistic well-being of women and their children, orphaned or abandoned children, and all of Mother Earth.
We welcome all like-minded people who are interested in these divine goals to join us in our work as we identify needs, design and implement programs addressing those needs, and raise awareness through education and outreach. Click here to find out how you can volunteer. Click here for more information.
Parmarth Niketan is a true spiritual haven, lying on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in the lap of the lush Himalayas. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh, providing its thousands of pilgrims who come from all corners of the Earth with a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere as well as abundant, beautiful gardens. With over 1,000 rooms, the facilities are a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional, spiritual simplicity. Parmarth Niketan is located in Swargashram, on the main road, just on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Parmarth Niketan literally means “An Abode Dedicated to the Welfare of All.” Click here for more information.
A 2019 Grammy nominee and performer, Snatam Kaur is an American singer-songwriter who performs kirtan and Indian devotional music. Through inspirational concerts, workshops, immersion courses, and retreats, this much-beloved devotional singer and recording artist shares the power of Sikh sacred mantras with all the world. Possessed of an incandescently luminous voice and a deep knowledge of Kundalini yoga, her concerts and events are joyous occasions and a source of solace for our troubled times.
“A big focus in all I’m doing now is simply coming back to ‘I am love’ and feeling that vibration of love,” she says. “There’s such a feeling of divisiveness in the world now — division amongst each other, and division within ourselves in the form of either shame, guilt, fear, or anger. Mantra is powerful in awakening us back to what it means to be loving to ourselves, and loving toward our neighbors who may not agree with us. It’s really from that place of love that we can find the language to work together — to be together.”