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Summer Evening Series...

conversations with yogis 

July 21 to August 1, 2014


At McNeely Center, University of St. Thomas,

St. Paul, MN

on Cleveland Avenue between Summit and Grand

Swami Rama has many millions of disciples; some of his American initiates have founded wonderful meditation centers around the U.S. to serve his mission of connecting and uplifting aspiring yogis worldwide. Four of these elder American raja yogis have agreed to share their experiences, accomplishments, and understandings with the Twin Cities meditative community this summer. Come and be touched and opened by the depth and breadth of Love's unfolding vision; experience and share in "conversations with yogis" July 21 to August 1 at the University of St. Thomas.


6:30 – 7:30      Chai and Conversation, meet the yogis

7:30 – 9:00      Lecture, Discussion, Panels

9:00 – 9:30      Afterthoughts

9:30                 Evening Prayers/Chants


Series Pass: $140

5 lecture punch pass: $80

Individual online pre-sale: $18

At door: $25, Seniors/Students $20 


Click here to buy online at the HYT-TTP website.

You can now purchase tickets at The Meditation Center  with cash or checks payable to AHYMS, INC.


Monday, July 21: Dr. Phil Nuernberger:

"Freedom’s Path: the Dancing Soul”

Tuesday, July 22: Dr. Phil Nuernberger:

“Fearless Living: the Practical Science of Yoga”

Wednesday, July 23: Panel - Peter Fabian, Randall Krause,

and Chuck Linke:

“Creating a Holistic Healthy Lifestyle”

Thursday, July 24: Swami Jaidev Bharati (Dr. Justin O’Brien):

“Dialogues From ShangriLa”

Friday, July 25: Charles Crenshaw:

“Pathless Path”

Saturday, July 26: Charles Crenshaw:

“Improving Sadhana by Healing the Pranic Sheath”

Chanting with Charles on harmonium: 6:30pm gratis

Monday, July 28: Dr. Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev):

“Who Am I: A Deconstruction of the Soul”

Tuesday, July 29: Dr. Leonard Perlmutter:

“Understanding the Three Selves (Mortal, Semi-Mortal, Immortal) and How to Co-ordinate the Functions of the Mind”

Wednesday, July 30: Dr. Leonard Perlmutter:

“The Healing Power of Contemplation, Repentance, and Prayer

Thursday, July 31: Panel: Dr. Stephen Parker (Stoma), Michael Smith, and Jim Nelson:

“Hatha Yoga as a Gateway to the Subtle Body”   

Friday, August 1: Swami Jaidev Bharati (Dr. Justin O'Brien):

“Becoming the Eternal Student”


Bios of the Guest Speakers


Swami Jaidev Bharati (Dr. Justin O’Brien) is Co-Director of the Institute of the Himalayan Tradition of St. Paul. In 1972 he met his Guru, Swami Rama of the Himalayas, while on the faculty at Loyola University of Chicago. He helped Swamiji establish the Himalayan Institute in Illinois and Pennsylvania and its graduate school. He assisted with International Yoga conferences in England, Japan, India. Nepal, and the States. He holds a Doctoral degree in the Philosophy of Consciousness, a Doctorandus in Theology, Masters degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Fellow certified Hypnotherapist. He was Senior Reserach Fellow in Holistic Medicine at the University of London Medical School, Director of Education at London’s Marylebone Health Clinic, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Graduate school. He took vows of renunciation on the banks of the Ganges River in 1999. He is author of Walking with a Himalayan Master, The Wellness Tree, Superconscious Meditation, Running and Breathing, A Meeting of Mystic Paths, and numerous articles.


Charles B. Crenshaw Jr., M.S., M.Div.W., initiated by Sri Swami Rama, attended the graduate school Swamiji founded. His professors during his grad work in Eastern Studies/Comparative Psychology/Holistic Health included Usharbudh Arya, D.Litt (aka Swami Veda Bharati), H. David Coulter, Ph.D., and Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., amongst other notables. Charles was the co-director of the Himalayan Institute of New York City from 1986 to 1994. He is an ordained interfaith minister, and co-founder and co-director of the Inner Peace Yoga Center - Indianapolis, a 501 C3 non-profit educational organization that teaches yoga science, inspired by Swami Rama. He is the Indianapolis Examiner for Religion/Spirituality/Meditation for the internet news source, is on the faculty of the University of Phoenix College of Humanities and Sciences where he teaches courses in Eastern Religions and Philosophy. Charles has been on the path since 1974. He is the author of Pathless Path: God, Grace, Guru; and contributing author of The Clinical EFT Handbook.

"Improving Sadhana by Healing the Pranic Sheath".  This workshop and practicum will involve the subtle energy tools of breath, and energy psychology (Note: Jerry, Jerry, and Swami Veda Bharati's Chariots of Sadhana) and more to show you ways to deepen your meditation practice and improve your life by establishing the emotional stability that Swami Veda has been talking to us and teaching us about all these years.

Phil Nuernberger, Ph.D. is a direct disciple of H.H.Sri Swami Rama and was personally trained by Swamiji since 1970. Studying with Swamiji in the Himalayas in India and Nepal, Dr. Nuernberger is one of the few Americans to receive initiation by Swami Rama into the highest levels of the tantric tradition of the Himalayan Sages. With his Master’s instruction and blessing, Dr. Nuernberger has been teaching and initiating others in this tradition since 1972.
Beginning in 1970, he was instrumental in helping Swamiji build the Himalayan Institute, and served on its Board of Directors and as Senior Faculty member until 1992. At Swamiji’s suggestion, Dr. Nuernberger also studied Washin Ryu karate with Sensei Hidi Ochiai, a Japanese Samuarai, and achieved black belt ranking. Dr. Nuernberger is author of six books. The most recent is Freedom’s Path: The Dancing Soul. Other recent books include The Warrior Sage: Life as Spirit, Strong and Fearless: The Quest for Personal Power, and From Loneliness to Love: A Journey of Spritual Awakening. Dr. Nuernberger is President of Strategic Intelligence Skills, serves as adjunct faculty at the Wharton School of Business' Aresty Institute at the Univ. of Penn. and is Co-Director of the Center at Rock Ledge. Active in teaching the tradition of the Himalayan Sages, he teaches at meditation centers across the United States and holds yearly retreats in the mountains of Montana. His focus is on the science of Yoga, and in particular, the Sri Vidya tradition.

Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev) is a noted educator and founder of The American Meditation Institute. He is the author of The Heart and Science of Yoga: A Blueprint for Peace, Happiness and Freedom from Fear,™ and Transformation, the journal of meditation as mind/body medicine. Leonard has served on the faculties of the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine and the College of Saint Rose. He is a direct disciple of Swami Rama and has presented courses on Yoga Science at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Albany Medical College, The United States Military Academy West Point, and The New York Times Yoga Forum with Dean Ornish, MD. His Heart and Science of Yoga™ curriculum is accredited by the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and American Nurses Association for healthcare professionals to receive medical education credit.


Bios of HYT-TTP Teachers

7/23: “Creating a Holistic Healthy Lifestyle” with Peter Fabian, Randall Krause, and Chuck Linke

Peter Fabian, PT, CFP, E-RYT 500: Director of the Peter J. Fabian, PT, private practice Physical Therapy clinic in Larkspur, California and San Francisco, California, USA.  He holds a BS degree in Psychology (1973) and BS in Physical Therapy (1979).  He also holds a Certificate as a Feldenkrais Practitioner (1993).  He has taught Physical Therapy and advanced manual therapy approaches internationally.   E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance, USA.  His website: He is a member of faculty for the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program as well as Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, India.  He spends two months per year teaching in India.  He has been teaching yoga for many years. He met Swami Rama of the Himalayas and Swami Veda Bharati in the late 1970’s.  He remains a perennial student of his teachers.


Randall Krause, (Sanskrit name:  Mokshadeva) was initiated in the Himalayan Yoga tradition by Swami Veda Bharati in 1988.  Since that time, he has studied and practiced within the Himalayan Tradition under Swami Veda Bharati’s guidance.  He has spent time, in residence, at The Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, Sadhana Mandir, Swami Rama’s Ashram in Rishikesh, and at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh.  

Randall was on the Board of the Divya Jyoti Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center, in Napa, California, established by Swami Veda. Subsequently, he founded and now directs Himalayan Yoga Meditation Society of Los Angeles (known as Hym-LA).  

Randall was one of the first graduates from Swami Veda’s HYT Teachers Training Program, and is a Senior Faculty member and Senior Mentor in that program.  He been on the TTP teaching team both in Minneapolis and in Rishikesh.

He is registered as an “Experienced Yoga Teacher” (E-RYT500) with Yoga Alliance.
He mentors many students over the internet, and also has taught internet based courses in Pacifying and Purifying Emotions and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

In addition to his yoga-meditation training and experience, Randall has a Masters degree in “Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies” from JFK University in Orinda, CA, and a Law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He also has a Certificate in Yoga Philosophy from Loyola University, Los Angeles.  Randall is also qualified as a Life Coach, and employs the skills and knowledge he learned in that profession to most effectively work with those he mentors and guides in yoga.


Chuck Linke, RYT-500 received initiation into the Himalayan Tradition in 1970, afterwards spending twenty years travelling the globe studying and practicing meditation with monastics of various traditions. He has been teaching since 1973 and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Himalayan Meditation Societies International (India) and the Los Angeles branch and is the Director of the Teachers Training Program (HYT-TTP).


7/31: “Prana-Vidya Hatha-Yoga as a Gateway to the Subtle Body” with Jim Nelson, Dr. Stephen Parker, and Michael Smith

Jim Nelson MA holds a Masters degrees in Education and Counseling Psychology.  Jim has taught psychology and worked as a Consulting Psychologist for over twenty-five years at a Mental Health Clinic and in the Public School Systems.  He has spent the past twelve years working with at-risk youth until his recent retirement.  He was a member of the Who’s Who of American Teachers and was one of the first recipients of Medtronic’s Outstand Teacher Award.  He has taught yoga and meditation for thirty years and currently is Vice President of AHYMS-A, an association of North and South American Meditation Centers dedicated to non-violence and spreading the teachings of the Himalayan Tradition.  Jim has hosted many Silence retreats and spoken nationally and internationally on a broad range of Philosophical and Psychological topics.  He has written the book:  Running on Empty—The Seduction, Destruction, and Transformation of Our Youth, an assessment of the destructive changes and challenges that have eroded the well being of adolescents and young adults.

Dr. Stephen Parker (Stoma) E-RYT 500 was initiated in the Himalayan Yoga tradition by Swami Veda Bharati and was given the initiate name Stoma in 1971. Among the first teachers certified by the Himalayan International Teachers’ Association, H.I.T.A., he began teaching hatha-yoga in 1974. Stoma is a Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level of the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500). A member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, he serves on the faculties of the Meditation Center in Minneapolis and the Sadhanamandir and Sadhaka Gram ashrams in Rishikesh, India. He is also a senior faculty member of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition Teachers’ Training Program. He has lectured on yoga, meditation and spiritual practice in the U.S. and Canada as well as in Carribean countries, Holland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, South Africa, Korea, Hong Kong, and India. In 2004 he helped originate and teach the first course on yoga in an American medical school at the University of Minnesota Academic Medical Center. In 2007 he received took preliminary vows of renunciation from Swami Veda and the Shankaracharya of Karvirapitha.
Stoma has been a licensed psychologist in private practice in St. Paul, MN since 1985. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant School Professor of Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. He teaches on the faculty of the Introductory Workshops of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis. In addition to authoring journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Parker edited volume two of Swami Veda’s definitive scholarly work on the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali and he has been a peer review editor for the Journal of Men’s Studies, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

Michael Smith E-RYT 500 has been teaching yoga for over 40 years and is currently a curriculum coordinator for the International Himalayan Yoga Teachers Association.  He has also been certified by the Himalayan Institute Teachers Association and the Behram Guard School of Yoga Meditation (an Iyengar-based Hatha Yoga School) .  He was a public school teacher for 35 years and also a professor of Comparative Religion at North Hennepin Community College.   He has edited and/or illustrated many books on yoga and has lectured widely on stress management (the topic of his Masters Thesis) and also on holistic health.  Currently he is very interested in the cultivation of a yoga-based life style, incorporating the principles of Ayurveda.


The Meditation Center is an Affiliate of the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International