Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, USA, aka VYASA-LA, is a chapter of the renowned SVYASA — University in Bengaluru, India founded by Dr H.R. Nagendra under whose advisement, VYRF USA was formed by Shri B.U.Patel, Shri Babubhai Gandhi and Shri K.V.Chakrapani in 2002. With this chapter in California, our mission has organically become to Combine the Best of the EAST with that of the WEST
‘Be and Make.’ We are inspired by these simple yet powerful words of Swami Vivekananda
We strive to take the vision of the great master Swami Vivekananda for humankind forward, with the clear objective of:
Making readily available the benefits of yoga to everyone and
Making yoga a socially relevant science, by focusing on research using contemporary scientific methods.
Further benefits of yoga research:
• Gives modern validation to what the ancient masters already knew • Unravels the hidden mysteries of yoga • Allows the practical application of yoga principles and techniques to life
Yoga is not magic or a rope trick. It is not merely a set of yogasanas or pranayama or meditation; it is the Science of Holistic Living consisting of a Holistic Value System that includes health and wealth, bliss and poise, harmony and efficiency. What are the streams of yoga? The four main systems are: Jnana, Raja, Bhakti and Karma yoga. One or more or all of these are practiced to raise oneself from who we know are to the greatest heights of human perfection. What is the relevance of yoga today? Consider yoga as a time tested technology, conceptualized in the ancient past and completely of use, and in use, in today’s hi-tech era. It is a tool that solves the physical and mental challenges thrown by a buzzing, modern society even as it allows one to realize their fullest potential.