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Autobiography of Yogi

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September 26 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

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Autobiography of Yogi: The First Classic Text of Modern Yoga

For many, Autobiography of a Yogi was the original, iconic text that linked the esoteric traditions of Yoga to the spiritual and religious traditions of Christianity and the west. It presents a classic tale of Paramahansa Yogananda as a spiritual seeker, wandering the far reaches of sacred lands in search of esoteric knowledge and an enlightened teacher. First published in 1946, it introduced several generations of seekers to narratives of levitating gurus and crazy adepts, thereafter expanding the perception of human possibilities and contemplative practice. Yogananda went on to establish the Self-Realization Fellowship, an interreligious, international community of founded upon yogic principles. Join Anya Foxen, Vineet Chander, Philip Goldberg, and Jacob Kyle for a lively, interactive discussion that will delve into the legacy of this important text and the impact that it continues to have for yoga communities worldwide.

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Philip Goldberg has been studying the world’s spiritual traditions for more than 45 years. He is the author or co-author of some 25 books published in more than a dozen languages. His book American Veda was named by Huffington Post and Library Journal as one of the Top 10 Religion Books of 2010; it was followed in 2018 by the popular biography The Life of Yogananda. His most recent book is the timely Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times. He blogs on Spirituality & Health in Elephant Journal, cohosts the Spirit Matters podcast, and leads American Veda Tours to India.

Vineet Chander is the Assistant Dean for Hindu Life and Hindu Chaplain at Princeton University and a Religious Life Leader at the Lawrenceville School. His areas of specialty include Bhakti theology, models of pastoral counseling, and the Hindu-American diaspora community. His writing has appeared in a number of publications, and he is co-author of Hindu Chaplaincy and co-editor of Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care: Chaplaincy in Theory and Practice.

Anya Foxen is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the intersection of South Asian yogic and tantric traditions and Western esotericism and metaphysical spiritualities. Her current writing examines the transnational evolution and popularization of yoga in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is also a yoga teacher and long-time practitioner.

Jacob Kyle, MSc, MA, is a yoga asana teacher, writer, philosophy educator and the Founder/Director of Embodied Philosophy, an online educational platform for Eastern philosophies and contemplative practices. Kyle holds two Masters Degrees in Philosophy: an MSc in Political Philosophy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in the History of Philosophy from the New School for Social Research. He was initiated into Neelakhanta Meditation and has since then been enrolled in Blue Throat Yoga programs under the tutelage of esteemed Kashmir Shaivism scholar Paul Muller-Ortega, studying the texts and practices of the Trika Kula lineage of Kashmir Shaivism.