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Agung Sangha is a yoga and martial arts master. Originally from Bulgaria, he has dedicated his life to the exploration of the self-realization techniques inherent in many spiritual teachings. He was first introduced to yoga at the age of 8 when Swami Dev MurtiSwami Dev Murti was not only an incredible yogi, he was also a fakir and healer as he knew a lot about Ayurvedic medicine. He started practicing yoga at the age of three. The great Himalayan yoga masters used to take 5-year-old Murti to the Himalayan caves where they taught him the secrets of yoga. Matiji Maharaj, Swami Dev Murti’s teacher (who lived to roughly 190-years-old) sent him out of India in 1958 to spread the science of yoga all over the world. He set out on foot to Europe. Having studied the needs of modern men, he created a special system of exercises for the spine, which allegedly provides results after only seven minutes of daily practice. Murti also allegedly pulled a 20 ton truck with his teeth, stopped four cars from driving with one hand, laid under a train that passed over his chest and healed people from various diseases. He was Indira Ghandis’ and Jawaharlal Nehrus’ teacher. visited his hometown in Bulgaria. After his introduction, his yoga journey continued with daily sadhana and austerities. His dream was to leave socialist Bulgaria so that he could practice yoga and his spiritual beliefs openly. Karma gave him the opportunity to immigrate to Switzerland in 1984. There, he began studying with Master Selvarajan Yesudian.
In 1986, Agung Sangha opened a kung-fu and yoga school in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and the Anima Mundi Creative Unfoldment Global Arts Laboratory in Zurich. It was at this laboratory that he cultivated the foundation of what would later become the Qi-Yo Multi-Yoga System. On New Year’s Eve 1990, Agung Sangha visited the grave of Nicholas Roerich in the Nagar village, Kullu Valley, India. There, during meditation, he received the message to form a spiritual and creative foundation in Eastern Europe.
All Who Seek Via All Paths was established a few months later in Bulgaria. In the years following, it flourished as the first spiritual center of synthesis in Eastern Europe. The center gathered spiritual seekers and healing artists from across the globe in order to present workshops and performances as well as, conduct lectures on esoteric disciplines. Agung Sangha’s other teacher, Helana Petrovna BlavatskyHelena Petrovna Blavatsky (Russian: …; Ukrainian: …), who was born Helena von Hahn (Russian: …; Ukrainian: …) was a Russian-German occultist.
In 1875, Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott established a research and publishing institute called the Theosophical Society. Blavatsky defined theosophy as “the archaic Wisdom-Religion, the esoteric doctrine once known in every ancient country having claims to civilization.” One of the main purposes of the Theosophical Society was “to form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.” Blavatsky saw herself as a missionary of this ancient knowledge. Blavatsky’s extensive research into the many different spiritual traditions of the world led to the publication of what is now considered her Magnum Opus, The Secret Doctrine, which collates and organizes the essence of these teachings into a comprehensive synthesis. Blavatskys other works include Isis Unveiled, The Key to Theosophy and The Voice of the Silence. Blavatsky is a leading name in the New Age Movement. The Theosophical Society had a major influence on Buddhist modernism and Hindu reform movements as well as the spread of those modernized versions in the west. Along with H. S. Olcott and Anagarika Dharmapala, Blavatsky was instrumental in the western transmission and revival of Theravada Buddhism., provided him with ideas of synthesis that also served as a guiding light for the center in Bulgaria.
In April 1991, All Who Seek Via All Paths organized an international esoteric meeting in the Palace of Culture in Sofia which permanently transformed the spiritual movements of Eastern Europe. At the end of 1991, Agung Sangha received a personal initiation from Master Sri ChinmoyBorn Chinmoy Kumar Ghose in the small village of Shakpura in East Bengal (now Bangladesh) in 1931, Sri Chinmoy was the youngest of seven children. In 1944, after both of his parents had passed away, 12-year old Chinmoy entered the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community near Pondicherry in South India. Here, he spent the next 20 years in spiritual practice, including engaging in long hours of meditation, practicing athletics and writing poetry, essays and spiritual songs.
In his early teens, Chinmoy had many profound inner experiences and, in subsequent years, achieved very advanced states of meditation. In 1964, he moved to New York City to share his inner wealth with sincere seekers.
Chinmoy saw aspiration (the heart’s ceaseless yearning for ever higher and deeper realities) as the spiritual force behind all great advances in religion, culture, sports and science. By living in the heart and aspiring for continual self-transcendence, men and women can bring forth the best in themselves and find their path to true satisfaction. Sri Chinmoy served as a spiritual guide to students in some 60 countries around the world, encouraging a balanced lifestyle that incorporated the inner disciplines of prayer and meditation with the dynamism of contemporary life. His life was an expression of boundless creativity. His vast output spans the domains of music, poetry, painting, literature and sports. His contributions in each of these fields have been striking and far-reaching. Sri Chinmoy frequently travelled throughout the world to offer free concerts, lectures and public meditations, meet with his students and meet and discuss spirituality with world and community leaders. Sri Chinmoy did not charge a fee for his spiritual guidance, concerts, lectures and public meditations. Sri Chinmoy entered Mahasamadhi (the mystic process through which spiritual masters leave their bodies), on the morning of October 11 2007. in Malta and was assigned the mission of bringing the Sri Chinmoy movement to Bulgaria, which he did in 1992. In 1994, Agung Sangha also brought Alice Bailey’s Lucis TrustThe activities of the Lucis Trust promote the education of the human mind toward the recognition and practice of the spiritual principles and values upon which a stable and interdependent world society may be based. Being raised in a conservative British background, Alice Bailey’s life led her through drastic personal experiences, which allowed her to acquire a synthesis of outlook and understanding as well as an absolute conviction that one divine life pervades and animates all of humanity. She also grew to understand that the Plan for humanity requires the cooperation and service of trained and dedicated humans who are intelligently informed about world affairs who work in collaboration with those who form the spiritual Hierarchy, the inner government of the planet. Her life’s work became an integral part of this synthesis and this realization. Without losing the qualities that made her human, she allowed her soul to take up its commitment to her master and fully cooperate in the field of her accepted service. to Bulgaria. Then, in 1995, he conducted research in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. In 1996, his research ended with an initiation in Bali, where Swami received his spiritual name of Agung (holy mountain of fire) and received a blessing to found the system later to be named Qi-Yo..
In 2003, Agung Sangha came to the USA, where he entered into a period of incubation. During this period, he tested and perfected the Qi-Yo method through his daily work with his students. The Qi-Yo Multi-Versal Yoga System finally debuted in 2012 in New York City, at the dawn of the new curve of our planetary evolution.
Ariadne is a teacher, artist and designer. She holds a B.F.A. in Design from Parsons School for Design, an M.A. in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Yoga Education.
Ariadne worked for the European Red Cross Organization for many years. In 2011, she founded the CNW Movement, an international not-for-profit that supports projects aimed at unfolding a new human consciousness and creating a positive, sustainable future for all.
Designer: In New York City, Ariadne has held design positions at the Calvin Klein Collection, the Michael Kors Collection, Jason Wu, Giulietta NY, Derek Lam and Rebecca Minkoff. In Italy, Ariadne has designed for Tod’s S.P.A. She has worked on design projects for A.L.C., Zac Posen, 3.1. Phillip Lim and Narciso Rodriguez. In 2006, she won the Uniqlo Design Award in Shanghai. Her design work has been featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, L’officiel, WWD and other top periodicals. In 2011, Ariadne founded C.N.W., LLC, a sustainable line of products for people with active lifestyles.
Artist: Ariadne has held many art exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York City, Italy and Bulgaria. Most of her works are large scale paintings. She has also explored theater and dance, taking part in total-theater productions staged by the Overground Arts Alliance in New York City. She currently examines creative strategies that promote the understanding of movement principles in relation to design.
Writer: Ariadne has authored and published a book of poems, The Roads of Life, and has written articles on art, design and sustainability. She is also the co-author of the books on the Qi-Yo Multi-Versal Yoga system.
Teacher: Her passion for sharing knowledge has led Ariadne to lecture on sustainable design at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. In the fall of 2012, she taught a sustainable design course at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Since January 2013, she has been co-hosting the Yoga Teacher Trainings in Auroville, India. Ariadne is a teacher of Qi-Yo Multi-Versal Yoga and the I AM Education curriculum.
Traveler: Ariadne has traveled the globe, visiting all seven continents, which has allowed her to gain an eye for the international perspective and share her deep love of yoga with people across the globe. In 2008, she co-founded a travel company, Yoga Globe Travel, with which she travels, researches, and helps communities around the globe.
Regional Qi Yo Representatives:
Olga Belousova – Russian Federation
By education, Olga is a teacher and life coach, Master of Sports in gymnastics, graduated from the Samara State Pedagogical University, British Institute of Pilates. Extensive experience in the fitness industry and a creator of the authors procedures. She took courses with Iyengar yoga, Guru Dev Singh and Sat Nam RasayanKalsa, Maya Fiennes, as well as many trainings and seminars teachers from Russia, India and other countries.
She became a certified Qi Yo Multiersal Yoga Teacher in December 2013. She studied directly with Swami Agung and Ariadne.
Naradi Jacobs – India, United Kingdom
I am originally from the UK, a trained nurse and fitness instructor. I first came to India in 1984 with my husband and have two children who were both born in India, my daughter in the Himalayas and my son in Auroville. I have lived and served in Auroville, the International Community for Human Unity in South India for many years teaching fitness and exercise classes both in the studio and in the pool amongst other initiatives. I have found that my passion lies in bringing together a balance and synthesis of beauty and creativity within the body and helping others to rediscover that joy.
Integrating spiritual knowledge into the practice of yoga through a multi dimensional system which uses many traditions of knowledge is both fascinating and unique and very exciting for me. Within the Qi Yo Teacher Training course (which I attended in December 2013) is a vast wealth of knowledge which is both inspiring and fascinating. The sequencing of asanas, Qi Gong and Tai Chi is cleverly put together in a well balanced system that is flexible enough to cater to any level as necessary – and this itself is a very important aspect as the sequencing is not fixed but can be moulded and adaped.
Yoga is a spiritual journey to the Self, to Unity, to Joy and I hope to inspire others along the way as we share this journey together.
Petra Mo – India, Sweden
Petra is an artist and a designer.She received her 200 training with I AM Education Movement and Qi-Yo Multi-Yoga in Spring 2013.
Petra was born in Sweden in 1973. With an MSc. Industrial engineering and Management, she has had 14 years of professional experience in New Media, Sustainability and Market Development. Enjoying something of a multiple personality she also has a Diploma in Creative Writing. With poetry as a starting point she is also practising script writing and is completing a novel. Petra has lived and worked in Stockholm, New York, London, and Brussels and has travelled extensively. Living in Auroville, South India, with husband and two young children, she writes and edits fulltime. A certified Qi-Yo Yoga teacher (200 hours, International Yoga Alliance approved, for further info see www.qiyoyoga.com), she is new to teaching but has long practised yoga as well as Vipassana meditation.
Julie Amriti Duffy – Massachusetts, USA
Kristina Arapovic – Croatia
She was educated in the Divya Yoga School of Yoga teacher RYT 200 and RYT 500 according to high international standards yoga. Then she acquired the knowledge of the Dharma Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Power Vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, therapeutic, and many other traditional techniques and knowledge of yoga .
She also intensively studied knowledge of Sri Vidya, tantra and Hrdaya yoga. Kristina was initiated in Sri Vidya, Cobra breath, traditional transcendental meditation, Sahaj Samadhi meditation, and Reiki .
She is the founder of the ” Yoga and Art House ” in Split in part by regularly teaches traditional yoga and creates mandala, yantra and sacred geometry for the purpose of Vastu and art therapy.
Kristina met Swami Agung in 2014 and graduated from Qi Yo Multiversal Yoga Teacher Training. She is a teacher on Qi Yo and representative for Croatia.
Doris Ritter, Switzerland
Doris has been a long time student and collaborator of Swami Agung. She recently joined us for Multiversal Yoga Retreat in Ecuador. Doris is from Switzerland.