Integral Yoga study groups
Integral Yoga study groups in the USA hold regular meetings to study the written works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Some groups are associated with centers, though many are not. Individuals may hold informal study groups in their homes or at some other venue.
- New Jersey
- New York
Sri Aurobindo Study Circle
163 Windsor Circle, Auburn, AL 36832
Bill Flick • (334)-826-7950 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
East Bay Sri Aurobindo Circle
Pinole, CA 94564
Paul Molinari • 510-222-5229 • email@example.com
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.
Pasadena Study Group
San Diego, CA
Chitta or Shila Goswami • (858) 487-5623 • firstname.lastname@example.org
The group meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.. 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.
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 • email@example.com
Bhavi Saklecha (Fremont) • 510-770-1111 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Savitri Circle of Boulder, Colorado
c/o Aubrey Hornsby and Shari Hindman
304-499-9665 • 303-944-8777 (cell) • email@example.com
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. 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; and meditation and conversation, which provides the opportunity to meditate as a group followed by a predetermined discussion of a topic related to the yoga. The dates for each event are determined in the previous month and email notification is provided.
Occasionally, we offer a four-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.
Sri Aurobindo Study Circle—Chicago Area
4324 Hammersmith Ln., Glenview, IL 60025
Ramesh and Jayshri Pandya or Kirit Purani • firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Savitri Study Circle
Since 2008 we are meeting weekly in the North Potomac / Rockville area to read from Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Readings are on Wednesdays and Darshan Days at 7 p.m., meditation room and library are accessible on other days upon request. Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Sudhir Kalra • (402) 492-9385 • email@example.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.
Sadhana Study Circle
67 Gloucester Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054
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.
Manhattan Sri Aurobindo Study Circle
We meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Manhattan at rotating residences. We start with a 20-minute meditation to the Mother’s music and then move onto reading the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Currently we are reading Life Divine and end with Savitri. As per the Mother’s guidelines for study circles, we do not discuss the written word.
Auroville/American Research for Yogic Action (AARYA)
2401 Ionoff Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110
Hema and Naren Bhatt • 717-652-7750
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.
Sri Aurobindo Circle—Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex
2625 Timberhaven Dr., Flower Mound, TX 75028
Sangeet Aurovatsa • 972-829-3161 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Group of El Paso
7060-A Portugal Dr., El Paso, TX 79912
Charles Elerick • 915-833-9422 • email@example.com
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.
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.