Spiritual Astrology

Spiritual Astrology
- by Ch. S. N. Raju

All the instructions are in English

Ponderosa Park Building
811 Henderson Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA
 Oct 9th, Thursday    7 to 9pm    What is astrology ? A spiritual enquiry    FREE    
Sampath Krishnabhat
Siviji Adurthy

Astrology, the Divine Science
(Basics of Vedic, Spiritual and Western astrology will also be discussed)    $75.00
Murphy park building
130 E. California Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA    Oct 13th, Monday    6:30am to 9:30am    Reiki healing (Theory and Practice)    $30.00
Ponderosa Park Building    Oct 13th, Monday    7 to 9pm    Himalayan Masters in the present Aquarian Age    FREE
To Be Ddecided

Oct 14th, Tuesday    10am to 5pm
(45 minutes slots) 
Must call for appointment    Private 1-on-1 consultations with the master (45 minutes slots)    $40.00

Dharma Retreat 2007

Dharma and Holistic Yoga Retreat - 2007
By Sri N. V. Raghuram 

Date/Time: Aug 31st evening (6PM) to Sept 3rd afternoon (1PM) Residential camp

Venue: YMCA Camp Loma Mar. 9900 Pescadero Rd, Loma Mar, CA 94021

What we learn?

Sanatana Dharma: What is Sanatana Dharma, why dharma?

Purpose of Life Dharma in our daily life
Role of rituals in practicing dharma
The nature of God
Spiritual Journey Yogic Life - Karma, Gnyana, Bhakti

Are we loosig dharma and is there a way we can revive Dharma principles?
Yoga Practices:

Science of Yoga Yogasana
Pranayama Meditation
Relaxation Techniques
Stress Management Yogic Games

Fees: $200 per adult ($150 for kids over 3 years; FREE for below 3 years old)


Anil Surpur anil@yogabharati.org (408) 646-3067 Sharat Joshi sharat@yogabharati.org (408) 988-8871

Visit http://www.yogabharati.org or email info@yogabharati.org

Yoga Bharati is a non-profit [501-c3], voluntary organization dedicated to spreading an integrated approach to Yoga to promote Health (physical), Happiness (mental), Knowledge (intellectual), and Peace (spiritual) among one and all. We showcase the whole range of Yoga, such as physical practices, philosophy and medical applications.

Yoga and Medical Practice - Dr. Nagarathna 2010

Workshop on Yoga and Medical Practice

Yoga as a complementary therapy has been popularly used over the past two decades, as evidenced by publications and medical literature. It has been reported to help manage various psychosomatic ailments including cancer.

A significant amount of research has taken place in India where yoga originated 5000 years ago. One such Indian research institute that has published many research papers on yoga for ailments is SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation), Bangalore, India.

Yoga Bharati is pleased to organize a workshop on Yoga and Medical Practice for doctors and other medical practitioners who have adopted, or who wish to adopt yoga in supplementing their medical practice. 

Date:     Sunday, September 19th, 2010
Time:     8:00am - noon (followed by lunch)
Venue:   India Community Center
              525 Los Coches St. 
              Milpitas, CA, 95035

Cost:     FREE and open to the Doctor Community
          (Donations accepted)

RSVP:  workshop@yogabharati.org         

  • This workshop aims to set the ground for collaboration of yoga practitioners with medical practitioners to take health care to the next level.
  • The principal objective of the workshop is to share research data and experiences collected at various medical institutions in India (mainly at SVYASA) and the United States.
  • Workshop will facilitate to present ideas on yoga and its role in managing chronic conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and cancer management.

In our effort toward this agenda of East meeting West, we hope to achieve a greater understanding of how to reduce health care costs while building a strong and healthy community. 

 We hope to see you at the event!

Speakers: Dr.R.Nagarathna and Yogashree N. V. Raghuram

Dr.R.Nagarathna, MBBS, MD, FRCP (Edinburgh), FICA (USA) is the Chief Yoga Therapy Consultant and Dean of the Division of Yoga and Life Sciences at SVYASA. She combines her medical training along with her deep nderstanding of yoga in leading the health center. She heads the therapy division for asthma, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer and other ailments. Dr. Nagaratna serves as an advisor and guide for Ph.D students at SVYASA.

Sri N.V.Raghuram is a faculty member at SVYASA University and the spiritual founder of Yoga Bharati. With more than 20 years of yoga experience, Sri Raghuram conducts workshops and yoga discourses during several retreats and conferences around the world. He has been instrumental in starting yoga therapy programs in many hospitals and medical research centers in US and Europe. He is also a faculty member for yoga teachers training courses.

About SVYASA: Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation is a premier yoga university and research center in Bangalore

About Yoga Bharati: Yoga Bharati is a non-profit, voluntary organization spreading Health (physical), Happiness (mental), Knowledge (intellectual) and Peace (spiritual) through a holistic approach to yoga.







Ayurveda Pregnancy 2011

Ayurveda - A view on Pregnancy

 October 21st 2011

 (Friday) 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Fair Oaks Apts Cabana;

655 S Fair Oaks Ave, Sunnyvale, CA

 Workshop includes Ayurvedically cooked Organic dinner. 

Cost: $20 per person and $30 for couples. Discount for fair  oaks residents and Yoga Bharati Prenatal Yoga participants

As a parent to be, there are several questions like what to eat, and what not eat during pregnancy. Come and attend the session for more comprehensive answers to such questions. Topics such as gestational diabetes, morning sickness, general pregnancy discomforts, aches and pains management. 

  Bring your enthusiasm to the Workshop and bring your friends to get all your questions answered by the well known Vaidya from Pune, India Shri. Mahesh Sabade. Shri Maheshji is also an Anchor faculty and HOD, kayachikitsa, Ayurved Consultant at Vedika Global. 

For details visit: www.yogabharati.or

Contact  workshop@yogabharati.org Or call 408 341 YOGA(9642)



Yoga for Fertility - 2014

Yoga Bharati and Wellness by All Means

Open House Seminar

  • Meet Dr. Nidhi Ram (Ph.D in Yoga Therapy)
  • Dr. Rina Valia (LECH, MD Homeo from Pacific Homeopathy)
  • Dr. Prasanna Menon (Ob/Gyn), Women in Focus Medical Group, Mountain View
  • Wellness Guru Manoj Joshi from Wellness by All Means


  • March 17th Sunday 10:30 am to noon
    • at 1807 Pruneridge Ave, Santa Clara, CA
  • March 22nd Friday 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    • at 3275 Stevens Creek Blvd #245, San Jose, CA, 95117

6 Week Yoga Workshop
(12 sessions starting March 23rd)

When: Saturday 10:00 am and Thursday 6:30 pm (90 min class)

Venue: Dharma Center, 1807 Pruneridge Ave, Santa Clara

Cost: $294/person, $500/couple (includes 1-1 consultation and Group classes w/Dr. Nidhi)

Who: Couples looking to   improve   

FERTILITY trying to conceive spontaneously or using Assisted Reproductive Technology such as IUI and IVF, Adolescent girls/women trying to MANAGE MENSTRUAL ISSUES, or PCOS. 

Yoga Module

Dr. Nidhi Ram says effects of stress hormones may result constriction in Uterine blood vessels, thus interfering with conception. Yoga poses such as Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose), Setubanda Sarvangasana (Supported bridge pose) and Viparita Karani (Legs up to the wall pose) help to gently stimulate downward energy (from navel to the floor of pelvis, as well as increase micro circulation in the reproductive tract. 

Fertility Yoga increases relaxation, blood flow to the uterus and reproductive organs (improving egg quality), creates a sense of peace and well-being and teaches the body to become more open and less rigid. 

Yoga module incorporates breathing exercises, Suryanamaskara (Sun Salutations), Asanas (poses), Relaxation practices, Pranayamas and Meditation with imagery.

Evidence based approach

Rahul Sachdev, M.D., a specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey says he has no doubt that stress can lead to infertility.
At St. Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Couples who took part in Stress Reduction practices as Yoga and Meditation had a 50% Fertility rate within a year.
Harvard Medical School researcher Alice Domar, Ph.D., published the results of a study in Fertility and Sterility (Vol. 73, No. 4) that showed women who participated in her program, which included relaxation and yoga, were almost three times more likely to get pregnant than women who didn't. 
In Domar's 10-week mind-body workshop, 184 infertile women who had been trying to get pregnant, 55 percent of the women in the group using yoga and other techniques got pregnant within a year 



Or Call 408 341 YOGA (9642) 

Infertility and Yoga

Many holistic health approaches emphasize the importance of a healthy body, mind and spirit in order to make both sperm and egg as vital as possible. It's very understandable that having difficulty getting pregnant can make people feel sad, angry, guilty, lonely, or anxious-or all of the above! Since high stress is clearly not the most hospitable environment for sperm and egg, stresssurrounding repeated attempts at pregnancy can create a vicious cycle. Some people have broken this cycle by signing up with a Mind/Body fertility program, which helps them relax more and think more positively.


Stress has physiological effects that will alter the balance of hormones in the body. In 2012, SVYASA researcher Nidhi Ram, Ph.D., published the results of a study in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Vol. 19, No. 2) that supports the theory that psychological distress can have effects on multiple systems, including inhibition of hypothalamic GnRH, activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. The impact of these perturbations by psychological stress and depression could then in turn adversely affect ovulation, fertilization.


About Dr. Nidhi Ram  

Nidhi Ram is a Research Associate at SVYASA. She has over 13 years experience in teaching Yoga. She has trained directly under B.K.S Iyengar for 3 years and she has over 10 years of training at SVYASA, Bengaluru, India. Nidhi also has yoga experience from different schools such as Vinyasa yoga, Vipassana meditation etc. Nidhi has a PhD in Yoga Science from SVYASA University. Her research was on the effect of yoga on adolescent girls with Polycystic Overian Syndrome (PCOS). Her research compared the effect of yoga lifestyle versus physical exercise on the girls with PCOS.

Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor prior to any form of Yoga program





Cyclic Meditation for Sleep 2014


Study Objective: To study the effect of Cyclic meditation (CM) on the quality of sleep for people with anxiety and high work related stress among adults. 

Primary Hypothesis: CM may improve the quality of sleep for people with anxiety neurosis and high work related stress. 

Secondary hypothesis: Regular practice of CM reduces the risk of hypertension, better control of blood sugar levels in those with diabetics and improves overall medicine and symptom scores for people with minor health conditions.

Subjects: Normal healthy volunteers with a age range 30-65 and patients with anxiety issues, Insomnia, Snoring, Sleep apnea, Hypertension, Diabetes mellitus type II and such other metabolic disorders) would be recruited from the community.

Intervention: A 4-week, daily practice of a given session of recorded CM practice session. Volunteers will undergo training and practice of CM at their respective homes for a period of 4 weeks. They will also attend one yoga class per week conducted by a Yoga Bharati certified yoga teacher. 

Outcome measures (pre and post intervention) 
• Standard Anthropometric measures including height & weight, BMI will be calculated. 
• Clinical vitals viz., - Blood pressure, Pulse rate, , Respiratory Rate, Breath Holding Time and Bhramari time [to measure expiratory volume] 
• Performance test viz., Flexibility assessed using Sit and Reach box
• Brief Case History to record the presence of anxiety issues, Insomnia, Snoring, Sleep apnea, Hypertension, Diabetes mellitus type II and such other metabolic disorders)
• State and Trait Anxiety Inventory (State X1)
• Pittsburg Sleep Scale
• Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)

Compulsory Daily Log
• Stanford Sleepiness Scale

Background and rationale:
Yoga has shown to reduce stress levels and improve quality of sleep. Cyclic Meditation [CM] is a technique of 'moving meditation', which combines the practice of yoga postures with guided meditation. This technique is developed Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bengaluru (VYASA). The technique has its origin in an ancient Indian text, Mandukya Upanishad. All meditations, irrespective of the strategies involved are believed to help reach the state of dhyana – an uninterrupted flow of consciousness without the distraction of the mind. There are several strategies in CM that include breath awareness, awareness of internal sensations that makes it applicable to people with different tendencies such as rajasic (hyperactive mind), tamasic (sluggish mind) or satvic (balanced mind). In CM, the period of practicing yoga postures constitutes the awakening practices, while periods of supine rest comprise calming practices. An essential part of the practice of CM is being aware of sensations arising in the body. This supports the idea that a combination of stimulating and calming techniques practiced with a background of relaxation and awareness (during CM) may reduce psycho physiological arousal more than resting in a supine posture for the same duration. 
A detailed study report on different studies of the psycho-physiological effects of CM are found in International Journal of Yoga Therapy [2009 vol2 issue 2]

Pre-study Assessments: 2-3 days before the intervention
Post study assessments: 2-3 days post intervention.

Yogathon at Sevathon 2014

Time to participate in Sevathon

Once again this year Yoga Bharati participates in Sevathon 2014

Yogathon (Sun Salutations Marathon) has been introduced for the first time along with 5K/10K Walk and Marathon run. Yogathon is practice of 27/54/108 rounds of Surya Namaskar practice. 

Yoga Bharati takes the lead in organizing Yogathon along with other yoga organizations. So please participate in this unique Yogathon or 5k, 10k, or Half Yogathon.

Event Details

Please join us at Sevathon 2014:

Date: Sunday June 22, 2014

Venue: Bayland's Park

Sunnyvale, CA

Time: 6.30 a.m to 1 p.m

What is Yogathon ?

Yogathon is combination of Suryathon and Yoga with breath/body synchronization.  Suryathon means Surya Namasakara Yagna (Sun Salutation Marathon).  Yagna means sacrifice. In Indian tradition, there is a sacrificial fire called havan or yagna kunda where the entire community offers their own contribution into the fire. Fire symbolizes sacrifice. Yagna brings the community together for a noble cause and builds confidence in the community in their ability to reach a difficult goal. This can be linked to the tradition of Marathon in the west.

Yogathon is a Marathon where an individual sets a goal and practices Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations) daily starting with a small number and gradually increases the count per day to reach the goal. The idea is to complete the targeted rounds of Surya Namaskar during the Sevathon event. The duration of the event preparation and execution is 6- 8 weeks.


What is Surya Namaskar ?

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is a series of poses in a continuous flow, synchronized with the breath. The most common versions of Surya Namaskar consist of 10, 12, 18 or 21 poses. Perform this series every morning and/or evening, and more if you desire. As always in yoga, practice slowly and consciously. If you practice only a little yoga each day, practice Surya Namaskar. For people with limited time, the Surya Namaskar exercises every muscle and joint while stimulating the body. Surya Namaskar is performed to give reverence to the internal Sun, the creative force that radiates inside the body, and the external Sun, which shines outside the body.


What is Significance of Sun ?

Most of the ancient cultures worship the Sun. The Greeks called the Sun god Helius, the Romans referred to him as Titan and Hyperoin, the Egyptians called him Ra (Ra-Atum-Khepri). In Mexican culture, he is Kikich Ahau. The Germans call the Sun Sol. In Chinese culture, the Sun represents YANG (Pingala) and the Moon represents YIN (Ida),the basis of everything in nature.


What is the target of the Yogathon?

Together as a group, let us try to maximize the Surya Namaskara sequences in the count of 27, 54, and 108. Yes we can do it.


How can one register and practice?

Register Online Yogathon Registration

Registration can be done for individuals or the entire family using different forms. You can encourage your colleagues to participate in the event and form a group. This will give motivation to practice regularly and we will eventually make it a habit.

Sevathon details available at -          http://www.indiacc.org/Sevathon


When to start?

If you are new to Surya Namaskar, start as soon as you register. Participate our practice sessions and start practicing at home after learning. If you are the regular practitioner, you could continue your pace to meet 108 Surya Namaskara.


When is the event?

The event is on June 21st, 2015. For more info, http://www.indiacc.org/Sevathon


What is the suggested count per day?

No limit on how much you can do. Listen to your body and stop when you feel exhausted.


Can anyone participate?

Anyone with normal health including kids can perform the practice and participate.


What is the place of practice?

At home, at work, parks, yoga classes and wherever you can. For Sevathon organized classes, please visit Sevathon web site http://www.indiacc.org/Sevathon


What are the basic guidelines before start?

Please set a realistic, yet challenging, goal for yourself, be committed to your pledge and complete your goal every week. Every day practice ten or twelve steps at a stretch in the morning or evening (preferably in the morning). A set of 10, 12 or 18 counts is considered as one Surya Namaskar (depending on which version you are practicing). Please keep count of the number of sets you practice every day.  Discuss the count on a weekly basis to Suryathon co-ordinators.

Gradually increase the count every day/week. 

- See more at: http://konnectme.org/pages/view/2972136/surya-namaskara-at-sevathon-2014#.U1NNZP1VjKI

About Sevathon

Sevathon is the walkathon that supports, and nurtures a spirit of giving by empowering individuals of diverse backgrounds to unite and strengthen their communit


Yoga Bharati
7630 Kirwin Lane,
Cupertino,CA 95014



Pranayama for Children - Invitation 2014

Invitation for Research Participation

(Effect of left and Right Nostril on cognitive functions)

We are excited to do a research study to measure the potential benefits of right and left nostril breathing (chandra and surya anuloma viloma) on cognitive tasks that measure verbal and spatial memory for children. We did a pilot study for the Synopsis Science Fair and we would like to take the study to the next level. For our study, we are asking that your children be test subjects as there are numerous benefits for them which we will cover. 

Who can participate in the study?

For our study, we will need healthy and right-handed children from the ages of 7-12. The children will undergo a 10 day training to learn surya and chandra anuloma viloma. Then they will do 4 days of testing with with the tests involving paper pencil and software based questions

What are the benefits for my child?

The children will learn pranayama and be able to do 15 minutes of nostril breathing (chandra and surya anuloma viloma), a great achievement for a child, develop focus and concentration, and may see an increase in cognitive performance and test scores.

What and where is the training?

The children will have to do 10 days of training for 60 minutes of each day in which we will teach them the techniques of right and left nostril breathing. For your convenience, we will have 15 days of training at 3-4 locations each day at different times, but your child will only have to choose any 10 days at one of the below locations or time.

The training session duration: July 28th-Aug 8th, 2014 (Any 10 sessions to be attended by kids)

Tentative Plan

  • South Bay (covering Sunnyvale, Cupertino, W.San Jose, Campbell & Saratoga areas)
  • East Bay (Fremont area)
  • San Ramon Area
  • South San Jose
  • Other locations possible.

When will the testing take place?

The testing will be four days from Aug 9th -15th, 2014. The testing will take no more than 2 hours each day and will start at 5:00 PM.

How to sign up? - If you are interested in signing up your child, Please send email to research@yogabharati.org. For details contact us at research@yogabharati.org.

Details of Study - The study is conducted by Yoga Bharati youth and the project is guided by experts from Yoga Bharati. Dr. Erik Peper from San Fransisco State University (SFSU), a biofeedback specialist, is our mentoring scientist along with Dr. Naveen.K.V of S-VYASA.

Contact Information You can contact us at research@yogabharati.org if you have further questions.