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November/December 2007                                     Happy Holidays!

In This Issue
A Quote from Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj
OM for the Holidays!!
A Yoga Retreat with Guruji
Navagraha Homa Ceremony for Sri Guruji
Guruji in the Sunshine State - The Omega Conference
Upcoming Programs with Sri Guruji
YLS Website & Other Quick Links
Happy New Year!
Celebrate New Year's Eve
with Sri Guruji at
Naturally Yoga,
Glen Rock, NJ
31st December, 2007
8pm - 10pm Asana Class
10pm - 11pm Satsang with
Sri Guruji  Rev. Jaganath
11pm Kirtan with Rasa Lila
Sri Guruji will lead us into the new year with a very special midnight meditation.
Bring food to share, and talents, too! After midnight, there will be performances,  chanting,  and other uplifting activities.
Charge:  $45
YLS Hatha Style Classes
Now Being Taught!
Congratulations to Padma Patricia Canning, YLS's  President.  Padma has opened YLS's first Yoga  studio located at GoodSports in Wall Township, NJ.    Up north,  Bhavani Josephine DiRito is also teaching YLS hatha classes at the MVP Tae Kwon Do Center in Rochelle Park, NJ.  Please call ahead for class schedule & be sure to stop by and experience hatha Yoga as taught by Sri Guruji, accessing healing & peace on a deeper, more profound cellular level. 
AutumnSpecial YLS Holiday Satsang at the Freehold Yoga Center
Join the YLS Sangha as we celebrate the holidays with 
Sri Guruji, featuring the 
captivating harmonies of
Rasa Lila.
The Evening's Topic is:
Two Thoughts to
Transform Your Life
Fri., 14 Dec., 8pm-10pm
Suggested Donation is $15 or one (or more!) toys for our Toys for Tots collection
Meditation Teacher Training
with Sri Guruji Reverend
Jaganath Carerra
3 March - 5 May, 2008
Integral Yoga Institute,
Fairlawn, NJ
For further information and to register, please call
It's cold outside.  Warm up with thoughts of being at 
YLS's Summer Retreat
June 20 thru 22, 2008
Mt. St. Paul
Oakridge, NJ
Stay Tuned for Further Details but please read the following article by Narani Lorelli  for a preview.
GurudevA Quote from
Sri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj
"Music is the celestial sound, and it is sound that controls the whole universe, not atomic vibrations. Sound energy, sound power, is much, much greater than any other power in the world."
OM for the Holidays!!
Yoga Life Society's 1st Annual Holiday
Arts Festival  & Dinner Fundraiser
chanukahCelebrate the holidays with Sri Guruji & the YLS Sangha on Saturday, 8 December, 2007.  First enjoy an afternoon of holiday shopping & exciting entertainment at YLS's Holiday Arts Festival.  Reduce holiday stress by taking advantage of the on site gift wrapping service.    Food and refreshments are also available for purchase.
Click on the links below for a sneak peek at the festival's featured artists: for Robin Renee (Keshavani) for Sharon Silverstein for Stephen Wise (Katriel)
Saturday,  8 December, 2007  -  12-5 pm
Internet Cafe  Dancing Foot Yoga Studio
1 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ
christmas tree
Continue the day's festivities by treating yourself to a gourmet vegetarian holiday dinner while helping YLS in it's efforts to raise funds for a YLS Headquarters.  YLS's en-chant-ress, Priya Dakshina Kae, lovingly completes the evening as she entertains you with her angelic voice in devotional song.
Donation $54 per person,
$81 for couples
Saturday, 8 December, 2007 - Please Arrive at 7pm
1805 Rue De La Port, Wall, NJ
boyprayerKindly  RSVP  by  12/1 for the
Holiday Dinner Fundraiser  to
A Yoga Retreat With Guruji
Mt. Paul Retreat Center
Oak Ridge, NJ
Friday, 5 October thru Sunday, 7 October
- by Narani Lisa Lorelli 

Hari Om, All-

My buddy Lisa and I went to the Healing Dynamics of Yoga Retreat sponsored by Fair Lawn's Integral Yoga Institute (IYI) on the first weekend in October at the Mount Paul Retreat Center in Oak Ridge, NJ. Lovely weather in the woods on a lake, we couldn't have had more beautiful surroundings. We had group meditation, asana classes, kirtan, and teachings on philosophy and healing. The teachers were all heads of IYI centers with the addition of our Beloved Sri Guruji Rev. Jaganath, conducting the much anticipated Saturday night Satsang, and Rev. Premajyothi of Fair Lawn's IYI who skillfully conducted the event.

We observed Mouna-or intentional silence- from 10:00 in the evening until lunchtime the following day. It was pretty special. Swami Ramanandaji, the head of NY IYI, later made the comment, referring to the silence at mealtime, that it was pleasant to experience that you don't have to be talking with people to feel like you're together, like you're connected. Lovely man, loving soul. I had thought that Mouna would enhance a feeling of solitude, but in actuality, it helped me understand that when we suspend the use of conversation as our preferred method of communing, we may discover another, deeper level, where we come together. Also, when you have a buddy with you as you're practicing, you have the added bonus of feeling like a little kid at the dinner table when you're trying not to laugh and milk comes out your nose. This is really good stuff, people!
Yoga Life Society is going to have a retreat at this wonderful place on June 20, 21 & 22 of the coming year.  Please consider availing yourself of this fun and fruitful opportunity.

Yours in Yoga,


Sri Venkateshwara Temple
Saturday, 27 October, 2007
- by Karuna Lynne Elson
A beautiful ceremony was held in Bridgewater on October 27th for our beloved Guruji.  Attending the Homa at the Sri Venkateshwara Temple was Guruji, his wife, Reverend Janaki, and thier friends from Yogaville, Reverends Paraman and Lakshmi Barsel.  Also in attendance from our sangha were Shanti, Padma, Bhavani, her beautiful daughter Jenna, Narani, and Karuna.  The priest whose name was Skanda, did a lovely, special fire puja using coconut, flowers, incense, and fruit.  Many mantras and prayers were also offered and Skanda invited all of us to come up, pranam, and receive blessings from Guruji by sprinkling a few grains of blessed rice on everyone's heads.  The special ceremony, a Navagraha Homa, is done to help attract all auspicious energies for the person it is done for.  Navagraha means nine planets.  It is in that context that while the homa is for the person's health and strength, it is also to help clear the path for whatever is to be accomplished.  At one point we chanted while everyone put their hands on Guruji and we were all moved, even Skanda's eyes teared up.  After the service, we paid our respect and toured the gorgeous Hindu temple which held larger than life statues of Goddesses Lakshmi and Durga, Lord Ganesha, Lord Siva, and other revered dieties.  We finished our time together with a tasty Indian meal.  We all benefited by the trip so much that we talked about going there again as a group in the future.
Please click on the following link to enjoy pictures of the Homa Ceremony
and the Sri Venkateshwara Temple
boyprayerGuruji in the
Sunshine State:
At Omega's 
'Being Yoga' Conference
2-5 November, 2007
- by Narani Lisa Lorelli
Sri Reverend Jaganath (Guruji), his wife, Reverend Janaki, and four of his students (Padma Canning, Narani Lorelli, Uma Friedman, and Karuna Lynne Elson) traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to attend Omega's "Being Yoga" Conference.
Guruji was invited to this conference in order to add emphasis on Yoga philosophy since most of the workshops were focused on Hatha Yoga. He gave three talks: Inside the Yoga Sutras, Encounters with the Eternal (a talk on the Bhagavad Gita), and Overcoming Fear, Anger, and Depression. Each talk was well attended and grew in numbers as word got out about the practical value of his talks and his wonderful insights, and the joy of being with him. His final talk was a standing room affair, filled with students eager to explore new vistas in the great science of Yoga. Many came up to him after every talk to meet him, receive advice, or ask a question. Many more added their name to the Yoga Life Society's email list in order to keep abreast of Guruji's activities and teachings. Perhaps Guruji's approach of presenting the classical holistic teachings of Yoga did fill a bit of a void.
We also rented a booth in the retail sales area where we offered Guruji's books, CDs, tee shirts, tote bags, and informational materials. Everyone took turns staffing the booth. This simple task was also a way to serve people interested in the broader teachings of Yoga as a number of attendees stopped by to chat and ask questions.
The blessing and joy of being with Guruji and each other cannot be overemphasized. It is a rare and exceptional experience to be and serve with your guru in such a close and sustained way. And, by serving together, we had the opportunity to deepen our own connections with each other, discovering how truly wonderful, wise, and fun our own sangha members are. We also came to more deeply appreciate that we are not drifting on a vast sea of Yoga teachings and teachers without clear, grounded direction and guidance. As Guruji teaches, we can and should learn from anyone and anything. At the same time, we are rooted. We are fortunate to have found our direction and our home
Upcoming Programs
with Sri Guruji
Encounters with the Eternal:
The Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita 

Thursdays, 29 November, & 6 December, 8pm-10pm

and Saturday/Sunday, 1 & 2 December, 2pm-6pm

To Register, Please Call:

Starseed Yoga in Montclair, (973)783-1036

or register online by logging onto

Thursday drop-ins, $20

Weekend drop-ins, $80

Payment can also be made on the Starseed Website 

with PayPal

The Transforming Power of Yoga
Friday,  30 November, 9:15am-10:45am

Integral Yoga Institute of Fairlawn, (201)796-7585

--- Suggested Donation $12

The Transforming Power of Gratitude, Forgiveness & Love

Sunday,  9 December, 10am-12pm

Integral Yoga of Princeton, (609)851-1721

--- Suggested Donation $15

Sri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj Jayanthi Celebration
Sunday,  23 December, 10am-12pm

Integral Yoga Institute of Fairlawn, (201)796-7585

--- Free!

Warmest wishes for a blessed holiday & wonderful new year. 
Joyfully at Your Service,
Yoga Life Society

For more information on programs and the Yoga Life Society,

To schedule a satsang with Guruji or discuss potential program ideas, please contact Narani Lisa Lorelli, Guruji's Personal Assistant, at
YLS Quick Links
YLS LogoYLS Mission Statement
The Yoga Life Society functions under the guidance of Reverend Jaganath Carrera, who is its founder and spiritual head. Based on the Integral Yoga teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj, it exists to foster the study and practice of the branches of Yoga, and to share these teachings with anyone seeking health, happiness, and peace.

Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera

Reverend Jaganath, called Guruji by his students, is the founder-director of the Yoga Life Society and author of Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Sourcebook for the Study and Practice of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

He has been teaching all facets of Yoga since 1973 at universities, prisons, Yoga centers and interfaith programs both here and abroad.

He was a principle instructor of both Hatha and Raja Yoga for the Integral Yoga Teacher Training Certification Programs for over twenty years and established the Integral Yoga Ministry. He also co- developed the Integral Yoga Meditation and Raja Yoga Teacher Training Certification programs.

Guruji served for eight years as chief administrator of Satchidananda Ashram -Yogaville and founded the Integral Yoga Institute of New Brunswick, NJ.

Guruji in prayer
OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
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