Dear friends and readers, I would like to extend you an invitation for the Yoga Lifestyle Conference in Quito, Ecuador with Swami Maheshananda Saraswati. The conference starts on May 23, 2013. If you are visiting Ecuador during this time or if you live there then this is an opportunity that you can't miss.
Swami Maheshananda Saraswati is an Indian yogi who studied at Bihar School of Yoga under the guidance of his guru Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his successor Swami Niranjanananda. After spending several years learning at the feet of his guru and serving his mission he now travels around the world sharing the teachings of the yogis.
The Yoga Lifestyle Conference in Quito is being organized by my dear friend and fellow yogi Maria del Carmen Villacres (Hari Karm Kaur) from Ecuador, a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Therapist and owner of La Psicologia del Yoga - lapsicologiadelyoga.com.
I met Maria del Carmen three years ago during my travels in India while she was doing her studies in Yoga Therapy and Counseling and since then we have become very close friends supporting each other on our paths.
I will share with you the story of how she met Swami Maheshananda in her own words (translated from Spanish to English):
"I met Swami Maheshananda at the graduation of the first batch of instructors in the yoga center where he worked in India. I was amazed when he said something about the beauty of Latin America right in the middle of his explanation of the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita and some of Patanjali's yoga sutras. I could not believe it! I asked him: have you been there? And with a big radiant smile he answered - Yes!
My heart was overflowing with joy to know that a master, who with such beauty an clarity could relate the energy of our Andes with the consciousness of the sacred writings, had visited my wonderful continent. I admired him even more! Without delay I asked him to come visit Ecuador so my people could meet him, and now... he is here!"
For more information about the Yoga Lifestyle Conference in Quito you can visit www.lapsicologiadelyoga.com/swamimahesh.html and the Facebook Event Swami Maheshananda Saraswati - Tour 2013. Although all the information in the website is in Spanish the lectures will be in English and translated to Spanish. For more information about Swami Maheshananda you can visit his own blog wanderingmahesh.blogspot.com
Bihar School of Yoga is one of the world's most respected yoga schools, founded by Swami Satyananda Saraswati disciple of Swami Sivananda from Rishikesh. It is very well know by its large collection of yoga books, many of them written directly by Swami Satyananda like Four Chapters on Freedom - A commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Steps to Yoga and Yoga Initiation Papers, Taming the Kundalini and Samatvam, the Yoga of Equanimity.
Although I haven't met yet Swami Maheshananda Saraswati I did have the opportunity to visit the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, India and join the 4 Months Yogic Studies Course, a life changing experience, so in a way I do feel connected with him and his tradition, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet him personally sometime in the future.
At the moment I'm in Nepal teaching yoga so I won't be able to join the Yoga Lifestyle Conference in Quito, Ecuador but if you are planning to be in Ecuador during May then please do not miss this opportunity, and thank you in advance for sharing this information with anybody that you think might be interested.