Three Jewels Faculty
These teachings have been handed down from teacher to student, who then becomes a teacher and so on, in a continuous stream of wisdom. Come drink from the fountain- then share your realization of the dharma with others- as your loving and kind heart manifests through action in the world.
Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati
Gabrielle Grace, born in Melbourne, Australia, had an early calling to yoga at the age of 12. At 17, she left for India to spend 10 years at the feet of her Mentor and Guru, Paramahansa Swami Satyananda Saraswati – a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. Gabrielle was initiated into the dasnami order of sannyasa dedicating her life to the teaching and practice of all aspects of yoga. Since 1977 she is known as Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati. Swami was given the title Yogacharya, yoga authority, from Paramahansa Swami Niranjanananda in 1993.
Swami Muktibodhananda was inspired to distil the yogic knowledge and experiences she gained in India into three extraordinary books. Her first book, Swara Yoga: The Tantric Science of Brain Breathing is a suitable text for advanced yoga practitioners and yoga teachers. The theory behind swara yoga – an ancient science of pranic energy body rhythms – is discussed. It explores controlling prana energy through the breath, traditionally a closely guarded secret that was taught only through direct transmission from guru to disciple. The last section of the book contains the original Sanskrit text of the Shiva Swarodaya with English translation.
Her second publication, Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Light on Hatha Yoga, consists of a thorough commentary on each Sanskrit verse with English translation. The original 15th century Hatha Yoga Pradipika is like a yoga ‘bible’ of this science written by Yogi Swatmarama on which modern day yoga practices are based. The writings elucidate the entire science of hatha yoga as it was conceived and practiced at the time, not for health and fitness only, but for awakening of prana, chakras and kundalini shakti. This book by Swami Muktibodhananda is complete, with drawings and diagrams. The text points out that hatha yoga is not just a physical practice but a process of cellular transmutation from gross to subtle to divine. The teachings of her Guru are the thread supporting these publications.
Hatha yoga is considered the foundation of all higher yoga practices. It is this book that forms the text and scriptural reference for the residential retreat.
Swami‘s third book, Energy: The Spark of Life & Universal Goddess a book about yoga and personal growth for men and women, is an eminently practical guide to these sometimes mystifying and esoteric practices. She filters them through her down-to-earth Western eye, making them accessible and useful for all. This book will serve as our text for the weekend urban retreat.