Integral Yoga End-of-Life Series

with Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500, Swami Sarvaananda, Ph.D., Swami Chidananda, Amrita Sandra McLanahan, M.D., Karuna Kreps, Chandra/Jo Sgammato and David Deva Barrett, Esq.
By Donation:
$0.00 or (any) Donation
$108.00 - Sustainer Rate Donation
$216.00 - Supporter Rate Donation
Thank you for your Donation!

Registration is open through Oct. 27 at 5 pm
For those that register after the start of the program the all previous sessions will be available as a recording.

May 26, June 26, July 19, August 6, Sept. 17, and Oct. 27

At every age, but especially in our later years, each of us must address death in all of its manifestations—by releasing attachments to this life, disposing of our bodies and belongings, and helping our loved ones cope with their losses. The Integral Yoga End-of-Life Series honors this journey by providing an array of spiritual guidance and practical advice on a topic we may have avoided but that is inevitable. Discover and implement the ideas presented in six unique workshops to save your family and friends from these daunting obligations and to prepare and liberate yourself to enjoy the rest of your life.

These workshops are based on the teachings of Swami Satchidananda and taught by his senior students. The companion website, yogicendoflife.org, is an offering built by one of the first Integral Yogis, Karuna Kreps. It provides clear and inspiring advice and resources to help you make this experience easeful and maybe even joyful. Rather than seeing death as frightening and sad, we can embrace liberation from the human form to return to our eternal cosmic consciousness.

Live sessions in ET on:

  • Thursday, 5/26 at 7–8:30 pm
  • Sunday, 6/26 at 2–3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, 7/19 at 7–8:30 pm
  • Saturday, 8/6 at 2–3:30 pm
  • Saturday, 9/17 at  2–3:30 pm
  • Thursday, 10/27 at 7–8:30 pm

You will have access to the video recordings about one day after each live event.

In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Online Hatha Yoga classes and access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.

This series is offered as donation based: $0 or any amount you wish to donate, at $108, or at $216 tuition. 

Live Sessions

May 26, Thursday, 7–8:30 pm ET

Spiritual Preparation

with Swami Karunananda 

The best preparation for one’s final transition is a life well lived. Spiritually, we can equip ourselves with proper understanding of the nature of existence: that the world is defined by impermanence, and that all things are passing. Based on this understanding, we can learn how to release attachments by coming into the right relationship with our bodies, possessions, people, and ideas. In the midst of constant change, we can cultivate a greater awareness of the unchanging Spirit within and around us. By daily practice of prayer and meditation, asana, and pranayama, we can realize that the body is the vehicle for who we are in truth. Thus, by applying principles and practices of Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Bhakti Yoga, we can face that final journey gently and peacefully, with courage and grace.

June 26, Sunday, 2–3:30 pm ET

Physical Release 

with Sandra Amrita MacLanahan, MD

What happens to the physical body as it moves toward and ultimately achieves release? Dr. MacLanahan, who spent decades practicing medicine while learning from Swami Satchidananda, will cover the process of aging, what actually happens to the body in our final days, and the mysterious yet fascinating topic of after-life experiences. She will share personal experiences of aiding her father so that he was able to spend his final six years at Yogaville and to die in his bed at home. 

July 19, Tuesday, 7–8:30 pm ET

Practical Planning

with David Deva Barrett, Esq.

Preparation, in terms of putting papers in order and presenting your wishes to your family and the world, will make things easier for all involved. New York attorney David Deva Barrett, who wrote the first bylaws for the IYI, will guide you through the process in a clear and simple way. He will explain what papers are needed and why. Learn about the advantages of working with an attorney as well as how to avoid incurring such an expense. States and online resources offer free and affordable forms, and this workshop will help you navigate them if you choose that route. 

August 6, Saturday, 2–3:30 pm ET

Memorials and Interment

with Swami Sarvaananda, Ph.D.

How should you dispose of your physical remains? Would you like to have a memorial service that you yourself have planned? More importantly, how can you make sure that your survivors are aware of your wishes and not burdened by having to make decisions you should have made? Swami Sarvaananda, a senior Integral Yoga monk and a chaplain at the University of Virginia Medical Center, will guide you to gently and firmly make and communicate your plans.

September 17, Saturday, 2–3:30 pm ET

Community Service 

with Swami Chidananda and Karuna Kreps

As we age, we need more and more personal assistance. The burden on caregivers can be overwhelming if not well managed. One of Integral Yoga’s most fundamental teachings is Karma Yoga, selfless service, as a way to be useful to others and to unlock deeper inner peace. Swami Chidananda, longtime monk and former treasurer of Yogaville and the New York IYI, will explore the meaning of service in terms of being available to serve those at end-of-life while maintaining your own well being.

Karuna Kreps of Net Ingenuity will introduce a web-based platform used for requesting and providing service to the elderly as a Karma Yoga service or as part of the gig economy.

October 27, Thursday, 7–8:30 pm ET

Leaving a Legacy

with Chandra/Jo Sgammato

What will remain to tell of you and your impact on the world after your departure from the earthly realm? How do you want your life story to be remembered? What will be your legacy? Are there lessons you’ve learned that can impart wisdom to future inhabitants of our planet? Are there material resources you wish to bequeath to people, organizations, or causes that have meant something to you? This workshop will offer ideas to explore and tools to utilize so you can take your leave with peace and gratitude for your incarnation this time around.

Presenters

Senior Sannyasi, E-RYT 500

Swami Karunananda

Swami Karunananda, is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. In 1975, she was ordained as a monk into the Holy Order of Sannyas. She has been teaching all aspects of Yoga since 1971, and specializes now in workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs that focus on the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga, personal transformation, and Yoga breathing techniques for better health and wellbeing. In 1989, she developed and has taught, the Integral Yoga® Teacher Training programs in Raja Yoga and in Meditation.

Swami Karunananda served as president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Virginia and in California, as well as director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and in Santa Barbara. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and as the chairperson of the Spiritual Life Board at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA.

Interested in fostering interfaith understanding and harmony, she is featured in the interfaith documentary entitled, With One Voice. She also compiled and edited the Lotus Prayer Book, a collection of prayers from various faith traditions, and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda. She served as contributing editor for The Breath of Life: Integral Yoga Pranayama, as well as a senior writer for the Integral Yoga Magazine. A publication of hers, Awakening: Aspiration to Realization Through Integral Yoga, describes the spiritual path and provides guidance for the journey.

Senior Sannyasi

Swami Sarvaananda

Dr. Sarvaananda is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains. Dr. Sarvaananda spent 15 years in medical and hospice chaplaincy. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Satchidananda Ashram and is active in many national chaplaincies as well as community projects on and off the Ashram.

Senior Sannyasi

Swami Chidananda

Swami Chidananda is a monastic and a longtime disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda and has managed the finances for Integral Yoga’s ashrams, institutes, and teaching centers for decades. He teaches Hatha Yoga and leads study groups on Yoga and Buddhist teachings and philosophy. Swami Chidananda also conducts spiritual pilgrimages to India and Nepal.

M.D.

Dr. Amrita Sandra McLanahan

Dr. McLanahan is a graduate with high honors of Swarthmore College, and she has an M.D. from Wayne University and a family practice specialty from the University of Massachusetts.

For twenty years, she served as director of stress management for Dr. Dean Ornish’s research, using Yoga and lifestyle changes to reverse heart disease and cancer. She now practices integrative medicine at Yogaville.

Dr. McLanahan has made multiple study trips to India and Asia, where she visited centers that use Yoga and other natural means to prevent and treat disease. She is the co-author of the book, Surgery and Its Alternatives and helped to write the books, Dr. Yoga and After Cancer Care. She also appears in two DVDs, Living Yoga and Health, Yoga, and Anatomy.

For twenty years, she served as director of stress management for Dr. Dean Ornish’s research, using Yoga and lifestyle changes to reverse heart disease and cancer. She now practices integrative medicine at Yogaville. Dr. McLanahan has made multiple study trips to India and Asia, where she visited centers that use Yoga and other natural means to prevent and treat disease. She is the co-author of the book, Surgery and Its Alternatives and helped to write the books, Dr. Yoga and After Cancer Care. She also appears in two DVDs, Living Yoga and Health, Yoga, and Anatomy.

Karuna Kreps

Karuna Kreps met Swami Satchidananda in 1967. Initiated by him, she taught classes of all levels at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York from 1968 to 1982. She traveled with Swami Satchidananda, staffed Yoga retreats, and lived in the Integral Yoga Institute. In 1986, she was awarded the title of “Guru Tattwa Ratnam,” or “Jewel of the Guru’s Teachings” by Swami Satchidananda. She built the original websites SwamiSatchidananda.org, lotus.org, iyta.org, and for the documentary film, Living Yoga: The Life & Teachings of Swami Satchidananda>/em>. For a decade, she helped to edit Integral Yoga Magazine, maintain integralyogamagazine.org, and send out the “Weekly Words of Wisdom from Sri Swami Satchidananda.”

Chandra/Jo Sgammato

Chandra/Jo Sgammato served for more than two decades in numerous capacities at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York, where she obtained her first teacher training certification in 1998. A former book publishing executive and bestselling author, she is an enthusiastic student of the history of Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga. The creator of the Integral Yoga At School program, Chandra is also a founding member of the Integral Yoga Global Network and continues to work with the international sangha on a variety of initiatives, including the Integral Yoga Global Conference, to be held virtually in October 2023.

Esq.

David Deva Barrett

David Barrett is an attorney licensed in the state of New York and practicing law with an emphasis on wills and trusts, family law, and business law. In the late 1960s he had the pleasure of representing many famous musicians including James Brown, The Four Seasons, The Rolling Stones, Donovan, and many more. In the early 1970s, he was In-House Counsel for Apple Records. He had the extreme honor and pleasure of meeting and developing a relationship with Swami Satchidananda in 1966 and was instrumental in obtaining his citizenship in the U.S., as well as in securing the IYI purchase of the 13th Street building in New York City.

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This series honors the end-of-life journey by providing an array of spiritual guidance and practical advice on a topic we may have avoided but that is inevitable.