Meditating in Nature

“The best and shortest road towards knowledge of truth is Nature.” — Ancient Egyptian Proverb “Unlike our mind, our body and senses are always in the present. Being present in nature makes it much easier for us to inhabit our body and the realm of the senses. Unlike our temperature-controlled houses, the natural world entices […]

Niyamas and Yamas: The 10 “Commandments” of Yoga

Patanjali outlined what he called Ashtanga Yoga, or the “eight-limbed” Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga is a classification of the eight stages on the route to Self-Realization: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. Ashtanga Yoga (also called Raja Yoga) is not a “type” of Yoga; it is Yoga. It provides not only an invaluable “road […]

The 4 Yogic Paths to Self-Realization

There are four main yogic paths to unite with God and our higher selves: karma yoga, bhakti yoga, gyana yoga, and raja yoga. Each of these paths can serve individuals based on different temperaments. You can focus on one at time or practice a combination of them. Karma yoga is for those who like to work and serve […]


Main Website: US Headquarters: MA Center, San Ramon 10200 Crow Canyon Road Castro Valley, CA 94552 Tel: (510) 537-9417 Email: Local centers and ashrams:    Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain […]

Ananda Sangha Worldwide

Main Website: Headquarters: Ananda Village 14618 Tyler Foote Road Nevada City, CA 95959 Tel: (530) 478-7500 Email: Local centers and ashrams: Ananda is a global movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. Ananda was founded in 1968 by Yogananda’s direct […]

International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres

Main Website: US Headquarters: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm 14651 Ballantree Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 Tel: (530) 272-9322 Fax: (530) 477-6054 Website: E-mail: Local centers and ashrams:   The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is a non-profit organization named after Swami Sivananda, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century […]

Self-Revelation Church of Absolute Monism

Main Website: Headquarters: 4748 Western Avenue Bethesda, MD 20816 Tel: (301) 229-3871 Email:   The Self-Revelation Church of Absolute Monism in the United States of America had its beginning in 1920. In that year Swami Yogananda Paramhansa came to Boston, Massachusetts, to represent India at the Congress of Religions. While in this country he formed […]

Self-Realization Fellowship

Main Website: Headquarters: 3880 San Rafael Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90065 Tel: (323) 225-2471 Fax: (800) 802-1952 Email:  Local centers and ashrams:   For more than eighty-five years, Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) has been dedicated to carrying on the spiritual and humanitarian work of its founder, Paramahansa Yogananda, widely revered as the father of Yoga in […]

Vedanta Society

Main Website: Headquarters: Vedanta Temple Hollywood 1946 Vedanta Place Hollywood, CA 90068-3996 Tel: (323) 465-7114 Email: Local centers and ashrams:    The Vedanta Society of Southern California was founded in 1930 in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Society is under the spiritual leadership of the Ramakrishna Order of India. The historical roots of the Vedanta […]

Vedantic Center

Main Website:  Headquarters: 3528 Triunfo Canyon Road, Agoura California 91301 Tel: (818) 865-0409 Email:   The Vedantic Center was established in 1976 by Swamini Alice Coltrane – Turiyasangitananda as a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In 1983, The Vedantic Center was relocated onto 50 acres of sacred and serene land in the Santa Monica Mountains of […]