Rahasya Yogic Arts is the culmination of Surdas and Vajra Yoginī’s combined experience of over 20 years studying and practicing the great ancient science of yoga. An extension of the lineage of the late yogīn Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Rahasya’s āsana (posture) and prānāyāma (breath control) practice methods, (aka. Hatha Yoga), embody the teachings of both his students Pattabhi Jois, (Ashtanga Vinyasa founder), and B.K.S. Iyengar, (Foundational and Alignment pioneer). From there the tree branches down to Tias Little (Prajna Yoga), Todd Roderick (Ashtanga Yoga Atlanta), and David Life & Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti Yoga).
Sanskrit study is rooted in the teachings of Manorama (of Sanskrit Studies), and her guru Sri Brahmananda Saraswati. Philosophical and Mythological study is focused primarily on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and The Bhagavad Gita, (translations by Sri. Brahmanda Saraswati (Yoga Sutras), and Swami Satchitananda, (Yoga Sutras & Bhagavad Gita ). The eight limb’s of Patanjali’s Ashtanga yoga are the focal point, with an emphasis on the INWARD journey toward Samadhi (self-realization), and awakening one’s full potential; The culmination of human evolution.
Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion and surrender) and Nada Yoga (the science of sound vibration) form the foundation of Rahasya’s Mantra Yoga teachings. The lineage of Sri Neem Karoli Baba (late Himalayan Saint), and the Kagyü / Nyingma lineages of late Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche all trace down through Bhagavan Das, (pioneer of the modern kirtan movement). Surdas received “Diksha” (initiation) into Nada Yoga from Bhagavan Das in 2004.
Jnana Yoga (the path of self-inquiry), informs the meditative and contemplative aspect of Rahasya Yogic Arts, and is based on the living teachings of the late self-realized master Sri Ramana Maharishi, considered by many to be the greatest modern embodiment of Advaita Vedanta (the path of non-duality). Advaita Vedanta represents the fruition of the ancient teachings and scriptures of India, with the emphasis on transcending the duality of the mind and thus experiencing the state of “oneness”, “self-effulgence”, or “enlightenment”.
Many other great teachers, yogīn(ī)’s, and saints have contributed to the existence of Rahasya Yogic Arts, but there are simply too many to mention. To all gurus and teachers we bow…
Om Vande Gurunam Charanara Vindhe
-Surdas and Vajra Yoginī