School of Yoga, Sanskrit and Vedanta
Vidya Yoga is a School of Yoga, Sanskrit and Vedanta inspired by the Sampradaya of Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati and his Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in India. Reach Out Yoga, is our schools non profit movement created to give back proceeds to protect Bhumi Mata, mother earth: 3% of all proceeds from the courses taught here are given to environmental groups in a mission to help protect the environment for our future generations. In the likeness of our lineage teacher, Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati and his work to protect indigenous lands and plants, we too are reaching out and giving back to our local communities.
Ahimsa (non-injury) is our core value.
अहिंसा परमॊ धर्मः
Ahimsa paramo dharmah
SWAMI DAYANANDA SARASWATI
Teacher of Teachers
"The earth should not be taken for granted. You have no right to abuse it and you can not disuse it. Make sure you are a contributor not merely a consumer."
A Life of Balance
Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati was a distinguished, traditional teacher of Vedanta. His depth of understanding and nuanced appreciation of Western culture made him that rare teacher who communicated the vision of non-duality to modern listeners. He was able to make one see, with immediacy, the truth of oneself as the whole. His philanthropic efforts continue throughout the world today, carried on by devotees and students alike. Swamiji's All India Movement (AIM) for Seva, inaugurated in November, 2000, brings medical, educational, nutritional, environmental and infrastructure assistance to villagers in the remote areas of India.
REACH OUT YOGA
ॐ ईशा वास्यमिदँ सर्वं
Ishaavaasyam Idam Sarvam
“All that is here is Iswara”
In the vedic culture, Nature is never looked at as a commodity. All natural resources are there for the use of all living beings. We have to use them with care and caution and not abuse or plunder them. Tampering with the delicate balance is short-sighted. All environmental issues are due to not being in harmony with nature. When the ecology is disturbed then all economic activity and prosperity will be affected. Sustainable development and resource management entails using natural resources in ways that are beneficial to human beings and our environment. This must be done while maintaining their availability to support biological diversity and continuing human use in the future. On a simple level, environmental awareness is understanding the interconnection of all things and living in a manner that respects the ecological balance. At a deeper level, environmental awareness is an appreciation of Iswara, with reference to creation. When we are in harmony with the natural laws which are consistent, unbiased and non-separate from Iswara, we remain in harmony with ourselves.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
785 million people live without clean water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, or, twice the population of the United States without access to life’s most basic human need. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school and take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that make them sick.