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Deep Meditation – Pathway to Personal Freedom

Deep Meditation is Yogani’s principal book on meditation. It describes the process of meditation using a mantra and guides the practitioner through from the initial stages of meditation through to the advanced aspects of realization. 

Language: English

Pages: 112

Placement: First in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  4.5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

"If you have been wanting to meditate...then this is a great book to begin with. I have meditated for years but still this book offered some new explanations as to why I didn't feel like I was getting all the benefits I should from meditating....and it encouraged me to start afresh with new insight."

'Re

"I've experimented with meditation off and on for years (more off than on). I read one book on the subject and went to one temple in my time, but both didn't click for me. Years later, today as a matter of fact, I came across this book. I read the whole book in a couple of sittings and got my two, 20 minute meditations in. While I can't vouch for the long term benefits/results, I can tell you that I felt more calm and centered today. Even after my first meditation this morning, I felt different in some way, in a good way. I think the reason I've lost interest in meditation before is because it's been presented to me as some complicated thing. The author of this book presents it as something super easy and effective, which so far, it has been. In fact, my only apprehension with following the author's guidance was the 20 minutes. Really? I have to carve out 40 minutes during my busy day for meditation? Well, first of all, you don't need to be in a dark room with candles and incense chanting strange mantras for hours. You can be on a bus, in a waiting room, in the car (not driving of course!) or in a dark room with candles and incense if that's your thing 🙂 Secondly, 20 minutes actually goes by very quickly when doing this meditation. Every question that popped into my head about the meditation was quickly answered as I continued to read."

Eric

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Spinal Breathing Pranayama – Journey to Inner Space

Spinal Breathing Pranayama is one of the most effective forms of pranayama available. This book describes how to use the practice, and what will happen as the gradual process of inner awakening evolves. 

Language: English

Pages: 112

Placement: Second in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  4.5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

"This book teaches a very simple breathing exercise that you can do anytime any where, which is extremely effective in improving your well being. Thank you Yogini for writing this book. I find myself doing this practice often and it brings instant relaxation, energy and feeling of well being.."

Anurag

"This book is written in a simple language that everyone can understand and spinal breathing has been explained so clearly. I have enjoyed reading this book for the second time and I recommend it to everyone who wants to improve or add this practice to their meditation. I have used spinal breathing for 3 weeks now every day before my 20 minutes transcendental meditation and I have to say that I have noticed more energy during the day and clearer thinking. My creativity has also improved. I am still getting used to spinal breathing but it is enjoyable and I will persist with it. Thank you Yogani so much for your efforts to write this book for the benefit of humanity and spiritual growth."

Linda

"Together with the deep meditation book, this is life changing. Thank you for these books."

SB

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Tantra – Discovering the Power of Pre-orgasmic Sex

“Tantra – Discovering the Power of Pre-Orgasmic Sex” is a common-sense guide on how to utilize sexuality to complement a full-scope system of yoga practices.

Practical techniques are provided which enable both couples and solo practitioners to utilize the sexual response to cultivate ecstatic energy to its highest levels of spiritual manifestation.

Language: English

Pages: 113

Age: 18+

Placement: Third in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  4.5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

"Yogani is most definitely the most pleasant and deep spiritual teacher I have come across"

Simon

"A serious presentation of how sexual involvement can blend into yogic practices in order to raise spiritual development to higher realms. Details of private labwork are included."

Kriya Novice

"I bought this book as part of a series and perhaps I would not have read it had this book not come in a series. I'm glad I did. I had no idea what Tantra was and feel like I have a good understanding of what Tantra actually is now. I am learning the way of the yogi and this is an interesting part of practice. I look forward to exploring it further."

Matthew

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Asanas Mudras and Bandhas – Awakening Ecstatic Kundalini

Asanas, Mudras and Bandhas – Awakening Ecstatic Kundalini” provides a practical approach for incorporating yoga postures and specialized inner physical maneuvers into a compact daily routine of practices that includes spinal breathing pranayama and deep meditation. Kundalini awakening is covered with clarity, including a discussion of symptoms and specific methods for self-pacing and regulating the inner energies to provide for progressive and safe unfoldment of abiding inner silence, ecstatic bliss and outpouring divine love – the essential characteristics of rising enlightenment.

Language: English

Pages: 112

Placement: Fourth in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  4.5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

"These series by Yogani are the best introduction to understanding the science of yoga that I have come across. Simple, clear and concise. It's the perfect foundation, thorough and complete. For anyone who is truly interested in this journey of yoga these are a must. I'd give it infinite stars. Thank you Yogani."

Durga

"Any student of yoga can benefit from this. Especially those looking at moving into Kryia Yoga as this gives some important, extremely well written instructions on basic practices fundamental to advanced practices in Tantra and other areas of yoga/Hinduism/Buddhism. The language is plain and the explanations are quite wonderful. Maybe a little difficult for a beginner, but the beginning practices and asanas they have in it were quite nice and would be an excellent tool to enhance practice."

A Sonnee

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Samyama – Cultivating Stillness in Action, Siddhis and Miracles

“Samyama – Stillness in Action, Siddhis and Miracles” covers a powerful yoga practice that has been shrouded in mystery for centuries. Yet, it is as close to us as our most immediate hopes and dreams, for it is the principles of Samyama that are operating behind everything good that is happening in our life. The key methods of Samyama are covered here, simplified to enable anyone to engage in daily practice leading to profound results. Our deepest desires can be enlivened by systematically letting go into our inner silence. Whatever we surrender will come back to us a thousand-fold, purified in a divine outpouring. This is “Stillness in Action”.

Language: English

Pages: 112

Placement: Fifth in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  4.5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

"Samyama" by Yogani is the best book to date about Patanjali's third chapter of his classic Yoga Sutras. This book explains clearly and simply the practice of samyama - moving the stillness. It is the same principle involved in prayer. I warmly recommend the book to anyone who has practiced meditation for a while, and is interested in yoga in general.

B Johnson

I thought I knew enough about meditation until I read this book which led me into another amazing dimension altogether. Anyone can pickup the guidance, even a beginner.

Michael

Yogani boils Samayama down to its essence and makes it easy to understand and apply. The AYP enlightenment series are essential reading. Awesome additional information and life changing already. Great job. I am thankful Yogani took on the tasks and applied his clear thinking and simple voice to these subjects.

Anon

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Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli

“Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli” provides diet guidelines and practices for cleansing and optimizing the functioning of the inner neurobiology. This is more than a diet book. It is an integrated set of instructions on yogic nutrition, hygiene and rejuvenation, aiding and facilitating the process of human spiritual transformation. The human body is the doorway between our outer world and a boundless inner realm of peace, love and creative energy. When the doorway has been opened through balanced spiritual practices – health, productivity and happiness in daily life are the natural result.

Language: English

Pages: 112

Placement: Sixth in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  4 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

If you are on the path this book is absolutely essential. If you are not on the path this book is also great for you. If you are interested in a better understanding of a genuinely good diet in all aspects of the word, cleaning your body the way our parents should have taught us to... if they only knew, and the fantastic benefits of urine theory then this is the book for you. Explanations of all of these topics are covered in a way that makes it easy for anyone to practice. All of Yogani's books provide a simple yet profound overview of whatever the topic is, including this book. With all of the health issues in the world today everyone could use a little help from this book. A few simple modifications in daily bodily up keep taught in this book will change the vessel your carrying throughout this life. I HIGHLY recommend it!

Nicole Fisher

Once on the spiritual path, you will get a calling from within to watch what foods you put into your body and how you keep your body clean and healthy. This, namely saucha or purity, as Yogani explains in his book, belongs to the Niyama limb, one of the eight limbs of yoga from the sutras of Patanjali. Yogani has done an excellent job in covering various factors of diet, and explains why most "fad diets" fail. The concept that one diet plan will fit all is not practical and it is important to listen to your body when you decide to improve your diet. He covers what kinds of foods to eat, how much to eat, and ways to cook food. He explains the foods that help balance the Ayurveda doshas - vata, pitta, kapha. He also covers fasting, addictions, drugs and yoga, and talks about the relation between kundalini (specifically the inner processes of soma, amrita and ojas), digestion and diet ...

Shanti

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Self Inquiry – Dawn of the Witness and the End of Suffering

“Self-Inquiry – Dawn of the Witness and the End of Suffering” provides practical methods for making use of abiding inner silence (the Witness) cultivated in Deep Meditation, resulting in increased inner stability and happiness amidst the ups and downs of life. The practice of Self-Inquiry also aids us in realizing the ultimate truth of existence – the Oneness that we are and the Unity of all that exists. With the dawn of the Witness, we develop an increasing ability to observe our thoughts as objects. As our sense of self shifts from our thoughts to the silent Witness within, the grip of suffering is ended. 

Language: English

Pages: 112

Placement: Seventh in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  4.5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

I have read other books in the AYP series and they are all great. This one was particularly helpful to me as I have just started learning to meditate. For anyone new to meditation it would be beneficial to read this. It makes sense of a lot of inner thoughts and feelings I have been experiencing since beginning yoga practice and meditation. The style of writing is unique - a lovely blend of personal relation and universal spiritual concepts. I often felt like Yogani was speaking directly to me and I definitely found this book at the right time. If you are experiencing blocks or inner experiences you do not understand read this book, it will certainly help you.

Cara Lou

This is really simple, but very, very effective in teaching you how effective self enquiry is carried out. At just over 100 pages he gets right to the point, and doesn't waste any paper! There are no abstract, theosophical terms used, and no Sanskrit in sight! It is so simple to understand and is a much needed foundation to understand other self enquiry books - if you feel the need to read any after this one.

A Watson

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Bhakti and Karma Yoga – The Science of Devotion and Liberation through Action

“Bhakti and Karma Yoga – The Science of Devotion and Liberation Through Action” covers the systematic application of the essential principles of desire and devotion to aid us in achieving our goals and spiritual aspirations. Through inspired action we can transform our life experience to one of ecstatic bliss and outpouring divine love. In combination with an effective daily routine of yoga practices, the applied principles of bhakti and karma yoga elevate the relationship of our desires and actions to divine expression, greatly hastening our progress toward enlightenment.

Language: English

Pages: 112

Placement: Eighth in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

Simple yet direct and effective approach of how to love the Beloved. Thank you Yogani.

Eternal1

Another awesome book by Yogani. It's a must read if you have a very strong desire toward a chosen ideal or action, or if you feel that you cannot seem to be attracted toward a chosen ideal or action. If you are feeling overwhelmed because you have strong bhakti (spiritual desire), or if you are feeling frustrated because you seem to have no bhakti at all, he explains how to learn to transform emotions (positive or negative) to bhakti toward our chosen ideal (ishta) rather than getting frustrated. This can be done while still being completely engaged in this world. He emphasizes the need to self pace bhakti so that our journey is as smooth as possible. He talks about karma and explains how it is cause and effect and how the effects can be altered by changing the underlying causes. Hence we don't have to leave our lives in the hands of fate and can bring about positive consequences to ourselves and all around us.

Shanti

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Eight Limbs of Yoga

“Eight Limbs of Yoga – The Structure and Pacing of Self-Directed Spiritual Practice” provides an efficient integration of a wide range of yoga practices for use in a daily routine that is compatible with an active lifestyle, while staying in tune with the centuries-old “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.” Here, these ancient innovations are brought up-to-date and optimized for modern self-directed practitioners. The center of all spiritual progress is found within each human nervous system. When these time-tested methods for stimulating human spiritual transformation are applied in an integrated way, spiritual unfoldment can occur within any cultural or religious setting. Detailed instructions on the many individual practices discussed here are provided throughout the AYP writings. This volume ties them all together in a systematic way to facilitate long term self-paced cultivation of abiding inner silence, ecstatic bliss, outpouring divine love, and the rise of unity in Self-realization

Language: English

Pages: 112

Placement: Ninth in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  4 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

I started practicing Yoga about a year ago. Ever since, there have been many positive changes in my life. Certain things have been happening to me and this book is very good at helping to make sense of it all. I read a couple of other books in this series, and I have to say I love them. The style of writing and explanation is really great and makes me want to know more. This is a great book for those starting out on the path of yoga and developing spiritually. I will definitely be reading other books in this series - I'm hooked!!

CaraLou

This book by Yogani clearly describes all the Eight Limbs of Yoga and goes a step further and explains the significance and connectedness of all the limbs on the path towards enlightenment. To all those people who had trouble with many other systems this book is the answer. There are many systems of spiritual practices, especially the old traditional ones that say you have to start with asanas, yamas, niyamas before you can do your meditation -- the thing that you love most. But in actuality basing on the connectedness of yoga as this book clearly explains, you can start with any limb of yoga and the others will flow automatically.

Kirk Ven

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Retreats – Fast Track to Freedom

Since Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) was started in 2003, the number of people utilizing this open source system of full-scope yoga practices has grown steadily around the world. It has evolved from being primarily an internet resource to a shelf-full of books, and now to increasing “real-world” activities including meditation groups, hands-on training, and retreats organized and run by those who choose to share the knowledge and experiences that come with the effective application of the practices. This small volume called “Retreats” has been written to provide guidelines for assisting those who wish to organize and implement AYP retreats. It is also for those interested in attending retreats for personal benefit and for benefiting the world through the systematic cultivation of Abiding Inner Silence, and its practical applications in daily living.

Language: English

Pages: 110

Placement: Tenth in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

I can only warmly recommend all of the Yogani books. Yogani writes extensively, in detail, takes the reader by the hand and continues step by step. The reader receives very good guidance and support - by the way, also by email.

Satyam

A very helpful little handbook and a must have if you are planning on attending, organizing, leading an AYP retreat. And if you have never considered attending an AYP retreat, just read this book, it will change your mind and you will have a good idea on how much a retreat can boost your practices. Yogani covers the beauty of being in a group setting for the duration of a few days and how every individual in the group adds to the field of silence that enhances the experience of silence for every other individual in the room. I love the way he chalks out the experiences of a person who is attending the retreat for the first time.

Shanti

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Liberation – The Fruition of Yoga

This concise volume provides a survey of the methods of Yoga as they relate to the rise of the non-dual condition of enlightenment, or “Liberation” (“Moksha” in Sanskrit), and practices that can be utilized during the end stage of the journey. It is about the rise of the witness and the evolution to ripeness and relational self-inquiry for permanent realization of the observer being both beyond and in unity with all objects of perception, accompanied by the natural emergence of an unending flow of divine love in the world. While this book is about Advaita-Vedanta and Jnana Yoga for end stage realization, it is also about assuring that the prerequisites of Deep Meditation and related yogic methods are not ignored, as so often happens in modern teachings on enlightenment. Liberation is the cap-stone of the AYP Enlightenment Series, the “vedanta” of it so to speak, meaning, “the end of knowledge.” It is also an expansion on the discussion that began in the seventh book of the series: Self-Inquiry. As has always been said throughout the AYP Enlightenment Series, the center of all spiritual progress is found within each human being, and that theme culminates here. Liberation is in your hands.

Language: English

Pages: 114

Placement: Eleventh in the AYP Enlightenment Series

Reviews on Amazon:  4.5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

"I’d give this book infinite stars if I could. I have the kindle, paperback & audio version. As a long-time student of transformation, I’ve practiced numerous forms of meditation, yoga, bodywork & healing (PEMS). What I appreciate the most is that Yogani has consolidated, bridged & *reconciled* what once seemed to be paradoxical & seemingly contradictory paths, at least to me. I’m able to move freely ahead thanks, at least in part to Yogani’s help bridging the gap. I recently donated my entire bookcase & most of the books therein, because I no longer need them. I now have a daily practice (built upon AYP’s deep meditation) that works wonders for me. I’m gradually learning to access my own stillness in action. In the last 18 months since discovering Yogani & AYP, my life has changed in significant & revealing ways (including work, home, relationships, movement/somatics, etc.). Yogani has clarified Patanjali’s teachings in a way that’s accessible to me. He’s bridged the gap between stillness & action—frequently referring to active surrender & stillness in action & describing straightforward methods to cultivate this."

Field of Light

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Advanced Yoga Practices – Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living – Vol 1

The premise of Yoga is simple. There is an outer reality and an inner one, and our nervous system is the doorway between them. Effective Yoga practices stimulate and open that doorway. The result? Peace, creativity, happiness, and a steady rise of ecstatic bliss radiating from within us…Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) brings together the most effective methods of Yoga in a flexible integrated system that anyone can use. Instructions are given in plain English for deep meditation, spinal breathing pranayama, bodily manipulations (asanas, mudras and bandhas), tantric sexual practices, and other methods that are systematically applied to swing open the door of our nervous system to permanent higher experience. This is a non-sectarian approach that is compatible with any belief system or religious background. There are over 240 easy-to-follow lessons here, including many hands-on questions and answers between Yoga practitioners and the author. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran in Yoga, the AYP lessons can serve as a useful resource as you travel along your chosen path.

Language: English

Pages: 544

Age: 18+

Reviews on Amazon:  4.5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

"The only advanced yoga book you'll ever need - well, others will offer some food for though, but this one contains a complete and straightforward method that takes the reader all the way from the basic level to the most advanced yoga techniques. It is written in a clear style, and doesn't get you lost in jargon or mystical mumbo-jumbo. It has done no end of good to my personal yoga practice - I only wish I had found this book sooner. I heartily recommend it."

Luca W.

"Originally bought the Kindle edition due to significant difference in price. Read it a few times and put it to practice with awesome continuous results! I find myself going back to it the most of all my yoga books and since I despise reading books from the screen I bought the paperback one. Now I'm a happy camper. Note: there is nothing wrong with the Kindle version, it is just my personal preference. I like Kindle option for books that I read once and put away, which is definitely not the case with AYP. The latter is a lifetime companion and an inexhaustible source of inspiration!"

Veronica Maxim

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Advanced Yoga Practices – Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living – Vol 2

Yoga opens the doorway between our outer and inner reality, leading us to Oneness and Joy in all aspects of life. Our nervous system is the doorway…

Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP), Volume 2 refines and enhances the core practices presented in the first volume, and provides plain English instructions for new practices designed to cultivate middle and end stage development on the path of human spiritual transformation. Additional practices include advanced applications of samyama, diet, shatkarmas, amaroli, non-dual self-inquiry, bhakti and karma yoga, and a variety of approaches for building and managing a progressive and stable practice routine.

Volume 2 does not stand alone, relying on the first volume as a foundation, and building on it. There are nearly 200 additional lessons here for assisting the serious practitioner to realize a life filled with abiding inner silence, ecstatic bliss, outpouring divine love, and unity.

Language: English

Pages: 590

Age: 18+

Reviews on Amazon:  5 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

"Having read volume 1, volume 2 lived up to expectations. Yogani has a deep insight and capability to relate easily his teachings to the reader on the path of life. Certainly changed my life."

Alex

"This is an amazing book of advanced Yogic exercises (beyond asana) to assist one's path, including meditation, pranayama and other information. It is quite extensive and builds on Volume 1. Extremely beneficial to the dedicated spiritual seeker."

Rob MacDonald

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The Secrets of Wilder

What happens when a young Florida champion athlete and his high school sweetheart resolve to do whatever it takes to unravel the mysteries of human spiritual transformation? John Wilder and Devi Duran go on a revolutionary journey of change through heart, mind, body, breath and sexuality. Join them as they uncover “The Secrets of Wilder” – sacred techniques for cultivating deep Inner Silence, Ecstasy and Enlightenment. Their discoveries are destined to change the world, but at what cost?

Language: English

Pages: 238

Type: Spiritual Novel

Age 18+

Reviews on Amazon:  4 stars out of 5 (Average for USA and UK stores)

"This book should not be missed by anyone who is interested in their own spiritual evolution - or, for that matter, in the spiritual evolution of our planet. Framed within a cosmic love story that begins with the protagonists in high school, it encompasses a wide panorama of meditative teachings that can be applied easily both by young adults and by oldsters already set in their ways - such as me. Beautifully and sensitively written, I cannot imagine anyone coming away from its pages without having learned something profoundly new about themselves."

Ramon Barayon

"Reading this book has uncovered a hunger in me, I found it irresistible. We go through Life looking for mysterious truths to discover who we are, and when we find them in the pages of this book expressed in a simple and beautiful way the Joy is indescribable, its like finding a lost family member!"

Mark Rodel

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