VICTORIA, B.C. CANADA
- An Indian yogi will visit Victoria to offer a free intensive
course on spiritual science and Kriyayoga starting next week.
Swami Shree Yogi Satyam, a biologist and former medical student, will talk about the practice of
"evenmindedness" during two evening sessions at UVic and a series of free daily sessions.
"Yoga is a state of oneness, the absence of duality," says Satyam, who explains that Kriyayoga is a practice that directs the attention
inside the spinal cord "to a place where billions of neurons are sleeping. When the neurons become awakened we understand better . .
. we awaken the intuition and the intellect."
He says the body is made up of systems, but energy is made up of thought. "If you influence the quality of thought you influence the
whole body. When the spinal cord is charged with the right thought, then the life current changes.
" When we feel tension, frustration, sickness or have problems in life it is because of the quality of our thoughts," said the teacher
who lives in India but travels to the West Coast once a year . "This is a discipline to bring together mind, body, wisdom, ego, heart and
Kriyayoga has been called the highest form of meditation but he stresses it is an easy form of yoga that involves some very moderate
exercises that are similar to tai chi but feature more than postures.
A person who tries it for three or four or five days will gain greater energy, peace and understanding, said Satyam who will offer
morning and evening sessions from 7 to 8:30 a.m. daily from Monday through July 10 at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior St. and in the
evening at the Victoria Hindu Temple, 1934 Cultra Ave. in Saanichton, from 7 to 9 p.m. He will talk Wednesday at the Interfaith Chapel, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday at the
Centre of Innovative Teaching, in room 105, from 4 to 6 p.m.