Formal Yoga Experience (excerpt)

Swami Mounamurti Saraswati - Formal Yoga Experience (excerpt)

Mounamurti was introduced to Yoga in 1968 at the age of eleven when his mother began attending weekly classes with her friends. Mounamurti was the eldest of four kids who all took a brief but keen interest in their mothers yoga practices. Interestingly enough during the time their mother was practicing Yoga there was a television show on TV that Dave & his siblings watched during 1968-69 called, “Relaxing with Roma”. Later it was well known that the TV show host was Roma Blair (Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati) a disciple of Swami Satyananda.

Mounamurti's interest in Yoga was later resurrected during his late teens and early twenties through his love of surfing. During these years his best friends younger brother Cheyne Horan was then conquering the world of professional surfing, and it was whilst visiting his friends one weekend in Bondi, that Dave’s memories of Yoga were again awakened, after browsing through Cheyne’s book on stretching, which used mainly yoga asanas.

Another major Yoga influence for Dave came in 1981 when another one of his best friends returned from a holiday to Sri Lanka and India. With his close friend he then began exploring the Hatha Yoga Asanas and began studying the Classical Hatha Yoga Text, Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

In 1984, after three years of dedicated Hatha Yoga training dave then began a dedication to Traditional (Classical) Indian Yoga, after meeting a Sannyasin (Swami) Disciple of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He started investing many hours daily, learning and trying to experience the depth of the Bihar Yoga system.

Mounamurti commenced teaching the Bihar Yoga systems in 1986, and has a deep respect for its founder Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati and has been heavily influenced by his teachings.

The Satyam Yoga Centre Website was launched into cyberspace by Mounamurti in 1998 as a tool to express the creative energy that Yoga has channelled for him, and as a Yoga resource for the Satyam Yoga Centre’s yoga students. The Satyam Yoga Centre website soon grew with a lot of international interest and patronage, especially coming from India. In 1998 the website hits were 108,000 unique visitors, with massive amounts of data downloaded by the Global Yogic community.

Mounamurti is dedicated to helping preserve the ancient “ Tantric Kriya Yoga ” sadhana and which has been propagated by Swami Satyananda Saraswati since 1963, and personal yoga re-search projects.

His love of Yoga has taken him to India (seven times), Nepal, and Scandinavia for deeper training on a number of occasions, and he has met and been inspired by some rare Yogic personalities. These sojourns have deepened his commitment to experiencing spiritual evolution, as defined by the Yogic masters since ancient times as the true meaning of life.

“The individual SELF is a like a microchip that is implanted by GOD, it is a point of light that wraps around itself

1981- Commenced intensive Training in Yoga Sadhana (Bihar School of Yoga System)

1985 - Tantric Kriya Yoga initiation in Australia *1

1986 - Karma Sannyasa Initiation by Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati

1986 - Experienced a series of deep inner experiences and since then has been dedicated to the unfolding of Prana Shakti – Kundalini.

1986 - Commenced Teaching Bihar Yoga System

1988 - Met Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, Bihar, India, just before Paramahamsaji renounced his role as a Guru to take up the lifestyle of a Paramahamsa Sannyasin and received instructions to continue Kriya Yoga. Instruction at Bihar School of Yoga in India by Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati

1993 - Kriya Yoga initiation by Shibendu Lahiri in Australia (Kriya Yoga System as taught Lahiri Mahasay and Babaji ) *2

1995 - Poorna Sannyasa Initiation (Vairagya Sannyasa Deeksha) by Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Saraswati on behalf of Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati

1995 - 4 Month Certificate course in Advanced Yogic Studies (Distinction) Residential - Bihar Yoga Bharati University, Munger, Bihar India

1996 - At the World Yoga Convention in Sydney met the inspirational Swami Anandakapila Sarasawati (Dr Jonn Mumford), who is a master of the Tantric Yogic Sciences including Kriya Yoga, Yantra Yoga, Jyotish. Mounamurti has found a close mutual friendship develop with his respected Gurubhai, who has also become a mentor.

1997 - Initiation into Tantric Kriya Yoga and Tattwa Shuddhi at Bihar School of Yoga HQ, Munger India *3

1998 - Satyam Yoga Centre (Proprietor) Commenced Teaching Yoga fulltime from 1st July - 2004 - South Coast NSW

1998 - Affiliate of Bihar School of Yoga from 1998 – 2004

1998 - Tour in the Nelapese Himalayas

2000 - Graduated with a Diploma in Health Science & Massage Therapy from TAFE NSW, after completing a two year (1999 & 2000) fulltime diploma. Moved to Wollongong in August to pursue academic training at TAFE and University.

2001- Mantra Diksha by Paramahamsa Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

2003 - Alpha Health Science Services (Proprietor) Yoga & Complimentary Therapies Balgownie Yoga Studio, Wollongong NSW.

2003 - Received permission and blessings from Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Saraswati for commencing tuition in the Chakra Sadhana Course as outlined in the Kundalini Tantra

2003 - After running a Yoga Studio from a rented commercial premises at Balgownie (Wollongong NSW ) from Dec 2002 – Dec 2003 retired from full time Yoga teaching, to focus more on personal yoga SADHANA and yoga projects.

2006 - Personal initiation into Yoga Nidra with Nyasa by Swami Anandakapila Saraswati (Dr Jonn Mumford) on Guru Poornima. During this visit Swami Anandakapila Saraswati inspired me to continue writing about Yoga and spirituality and inspiring others.

2009 - May 28th announced independence from all Yoga organisations

2011 - 3 Month Yoga Sadhana Course (Tantric Kriya Yoga initiation by Swami Janakananda Saraswati) *4 Scandinavian Yoga & Meditation School (Residential) Sweden - 2011 (Jan – Apr) Travelled to southern Sweden and attended the 3 three month Yoga and Meditation Sadhana retreat course at the headquarters of the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School which was run by Swami Janakananda Saraswati. The highlight of the 3 month intensive Yoga retreat was the one month long initiation into Tantric Kriya Yoga by Swami Janakananda. I had briefly met Swami Janakananda in 1996 at the world yoga convention in Sydney, and asked Swamiji about this Kriya Yoga Retreat & Swamiji handed me the course brochure for the 1997 three month retreat.

Fourteen years later I finally made it to Swami Janakananda’s Ashram and received the best Kriya Yoga instruction and initiation imaginable. The Kriya Yoga Initiation (Diksha) is run in such a way that it fully complies with the rules for Kriya Yoga initiation which were given to Swami Janakananda by Swami Satyananda.

For instance, during the initiation period There is no talking permitted at all for the month long initiation, and other rules which enhance the initiation into Tantric Kriya Yoga and make the initiation a real initiation.

Footnote, for historical record: According to Swami Janakananda and Swami Anandakapila the 1973 Kriya Yoga initiation at the Bihar School of Yoga Munger Bihar, was the last Kriya Yoga initiation to be conducted fully by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Swami Janakananda also commented that during the 1973 Kriya Yoga initiation course at BSY, Swami Satyananda asked many persons to leave the Ashram because they could not uphold the rules of the initiation. Swami Satyananda then retired from giving Kriya Yoga initiations.

2011 - After 30 years of advanced training and inner inspiration in abundance, 2011 will see Mounamurti begin to teach all that he knows about YOGA.

2012 - Kundalini Research Project Pty Ltd (Director) Company Registered (later deregistered as it was not deemed required at this stage) in Australia as headquarters of this Global Mission

2012 - Tour in the Indian Himalayas

2012 - Guest speaker at the Official Launch of the Kundalini Research Project (Chairman) India International Centre - New Delhi

2012 - Personal Initiation (Shaktipat) by Swami Anandakapila Saraswati (Dr Jonn Mumford) for the success of the KRP

2013 - Tantric Kriya Yoga Sadhana initiations to selected individuals at Udaipur Rajasthan India, whilst in India for 4 months

2014 - Scientific Research Coordinator for a joint yoga research pilot study at MIT Pune INDIA - Centre of Biofield Sciences & Kundalini Research Project

2017 - Personal Initiation into the Tantric Gayatri Mantra by Swami Anandakapila Saraswati (Dr Jonn Mumford) on Guru Poornima

This is a brief BIO only of my Yoga experience since 1981 (37 years). Much more still to do

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