Integral Yoga Study Groups in USA

Alabama

Sri Aurobindo Study Circle
163 Windsor Circle, Auburn, AL 36832

Bill Flick • (334)-826-7950 • billflick575@hotmail.com

Meets every other Sunday at 3:00 pm to study the works of Sri Aurobindo or the Mother. We listen to Mother's music, discuss the reading, and end with a meditation. We also have a small library of Sri Aurobindo and Mother's books.


California

East Bay Sri Aurobindo Circle
Pinole, CA 94564

Paul Molinari • 510-222-5229 • pjmolinari@usa.net

The East Bay Sri Aurobindo Circle, meeting since 1981, continues to offer an entry point and supportive atmosphere for the study and practice of Integral Yoga and living intentionally. We recently completed a deep reading of Savitri and are currently considering options for our next undertaking. At present we are reading the 1906 play Rodogune to discover some unexpected delight on the way. We welcome visitors and new members. Our group meetings occur at 10:15 am on the first Sunday of every month.

Sacramento Study Group
Sacramento, CA

Dave Hutchinson • dbhutchinson@ucdavis.edu

The study group meets on Wednesday evenings at present. We read from a text of Sri Aurobindo or Mother and discuss the text. Each meeting begins and ends with a short silent meditation. Meeting Times: 7:00 pm Wednesdays. We plan to continue to explore the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother through study and meditation.

San Diego Study Group

Chitta or Shila Goswami (858) 487-5623 shilagoswami@yahoo.com

The group meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rancho Barnardo area. We take up various texts of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother for study and close our meetings with a group meditation. Please call to confirm day and time.

San Francisco Study Group
San Francisco, CA

Chetana Deorah • chetanad@gmail.com

We meet alternate Thursday evenings from 6:45–8:00 pm. We are essentially reading and reflecting on two books, Conversations with The Mother and Mother’s Agenda. We start the study with AUM chanting and a reading from Prayers and Meditations. We end with a ten-minute meditation to music.

Sri Aurobindo Study Group (Silicon Valley)
1347 Castlemont Ave. #2, San Jose, CA 95128
45990 Tissiack Pl., Fremont, CA 94531

Kalpana Patel (San Jose) • 408-314-9168 • 2011.kpatel@gmail.com
Bhavi Saklecha (Fremont) • 510-770-1111 • bhavi@earthlink.net

We meet regularly twice a week.
In Fremont, we meet on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. to read from the Mother’s Questions and Answers. In San Jose, we meet on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. to read Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri.


Colorado

Savitri Circle of Boulder, Colorado

c/o Aubrey Hornsby and Shari Hindman
304-499-9665 • 303-944-8777 (cell) • sharilhindman1@comcast.net

Savitri Circle of Boulder Colorado continues the service that Lynda Lester provided through the Sri Aurobindo Circle of Boulder before she moved to be near the Lodi ashram community. The circle proceeds from its invocation in 1974 when Madhusudan Reddy from Hyderabad, Prabhat Poddar of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and Madas from the Sri Aurobindo Center for Progress in Los Angeles were invited to Boulder to participate in the World Invocation Day Conference, after which attendees decided to form the Boulder Sri Aurobindo Circle as a “point of light” for Sri Aurobindo’s vision in Boulder.

Savitri Circle is open to all those interested in Sri Aurobindo and the Mother as well as those already participating in the Integral Yoga or wanting to join in community group activities around the Yoga. Each month, we host several activities that offer a variety of ways to participate. Activities include group meditation followed by a potluck dinner, a Savitri reading circle (which includes meditation and reading), and mediation and conversation (which provides the opportunity to meditate as a group followed by a predetermined discussion of a topic related to the yoga or a spontaneous one). The dates for each event are determined in the previous month and email notification is provided.

Once or twice a year, we offer a four- or five-day Savitri retreat for intensive meditation and Savitri reading. Participants must be familiar and comfortable with Savitri to attend.

In addition, we host a Savitri reading circle online via Skype. Participants are part of a Skype conference call about once a week to read Savitri and meditate together. The sessions last 35 minutes.


Illinois

Sri Aurobindo Study Circle—Chicago Area
4324 Hammersmith Ln., Glenview, IL 60025

Ramesh and Jayshri Pandya or Kirit Purani • kpurani@aol.com

We meet on the first Sunday of the month from 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. and discuss the chapter that everyone has read in preparation from the book The Mother. We also meet on the closest Sunday to the darshan days from 3:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., when we gather for a reading, meditation, devotional music, and potluck prasad dinner. We rotate and meet at different residences, so please call to confirm address.


Nebraska

Gyanamritam

Sudhir Kalra(402) 492-9385 skalra@oppd.com

We are a study group meeting once a week in one of the participant's residence. Though we do not read exclusively the works of Sri Aurobindo, we are studying the Essays on the Gita.


New Jersey

Sadhana Study Circle
914 Douglas Terrace, Union, NJ 07083

Vijay and Vishaka Patel • 908-868-8051 • vijayvisha@yahoo.com

We are about 10–12 families (including children from age 5 to 18). We meet monthly and the sole purpose of our study circle is to grow individuals on the path of Integral Yoga. A typical agenda of a meeting includes mantra chanting, children’s presentations, collective meditation with music, readings, and discussion.We conclude with a prayer and dinner.

During the other days, our activity for the "bliss card" through email helps us to progress in our inner sadhana. The bliss card has a quotation from Sri Aurobindo or rhe Mother with meaningful (visual) presentation of the message. This serves as a "thought for the day" for the inner mind. We send bliss cards to nonmembers too; please contact us if you wish to receive.

New York

New York Sri Aurobindo Study Circle
4630 Center Blvd. #1407, Long Island City, NY 11109

Uday Arya • 646-644-9542 • uday.arya@gmail.com

We currently meet on Friday evenings from 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. We start out with chanting of Om, followed by 10–15 minutes of meditation. Then we read from Sri Aurobindo’s works (currently Essays on the Gita), followed by silence and reading of a few pages from Savitri which can be found at www.savitribysriaurobindo.com. We end with a short meditation. As per the Mother’s guidelines for study circles, we do not discuss the written word. Apart from the Gita, we read sections from other works as well. We also gather on the Darshan days for a special meditation. Newcomers are welcome; we are happy to send out directions, please inquire by email.


Pennsylvania

Auroville/American Research for Yogic Action (AARYA)
2401 Ionoff Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110

Hema and Naren Bhatt • 717-652-7750 • aarya1@aol.com

Started in 1969, we are a Sri Aurobindo yoga circle for study, research, and action in collaboration with Auroville, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and other Sri Aurobindo yoga centers around the world. We provide a good library and help members visit Auroville, the Ashram, and other centers in India and the U.S. We are also helping to support Matrimandir and other projects at Auroville.


Texas

Sri Aurobindo Circle—Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex
2625 Timberhaven Dr., Flower Mound, TX 75028

Sangeet Aurovatsa • 972-829-3161 • sangeet15@gmail.com

Started in 1995, the Sri Aurobindo Circle meets periodically for group meditation, reading from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and occasional viewing of videos and DVDs on Sri Aurobindo, the Mother, and related topics. We understand the demands of modern life, so we would also love to teleconference or web conference with other like-minded folks for satsang or just connecting.

Sri Aurobindo Study Circle of Houston

Radhakrishna 281-992-0045 rgkrishna815@hotmail.com

The Sri Aurobindo Study Circle of Houston was started in August 1991. Since then the study circle has been engaged in the activities of study and contemplation of the works of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, and participated in various activities.

Current activities include group meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays for reading and discussion from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother with brief meditation in the beginning and at the end. Retreats with a larger group from Houston and neighboring areas are held at a residence or a picnic place, where a theme in Integral Yoga is picked by the participants and excerpts from the the Mother and Sri Aurobindo are read and discussed with a potluck dinner at the end.

Special meetings are also held on darshan days and whenever visitors come from within the USA or from abroad. A small collection of the writings of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo are available. Please let us know if someone is visiting Houston from within the USA or from abroad; we will be happy to host them.

Sri Aurobindo Study Group of El Paso
7060-A Portugal Dr., El Paso, TX 79912

Charles Elerick • 915-833-9422 • celerick@utep.edu

We meet weekly during the academic year on Tuesdays at 8.00 p.m. We start with a reading from the Gita or an Upanishad, discussing it in the light of the Integral Yoga, and proceed to a reading from the work of Sri Aurobindo or the Mother. We end each meeting with a meditation. All sincere participants welcome.


Washington

Seattle Sri Aurobindo Circle
4615 Phinney North, #8 Seattle, WA 98103

Gennie Barnett (206) 784-0622
Karen Litfin • (206) 524-4440

The group was founded in July of 1996 for the purpose of studying the works of Sri Aurobindo and Mother, encouraging members in their sadhana, and meeting regularly for meditation. Study groups are held every Tuesday evening in Seattle. In addition, there are monthly meetings for special studies, the observance of darshan days, and weekend retreats in the spring and fall. Inquiries are welcome.

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