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What is Urban Sadhu Yoga?

Urban Sadhu Yoga is a method of applying ancient yogic wisdom in a contemporary context. The Urban Sadhu Yoga Method is a modern, integrated Yoga method that incorporates many unique aspects of a traditional Yoga sadhana (practice) for the contemporary urban spiritual seeker. The method draws from the ancient yogic wisdom of India – Raja Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Nada Yoga, Jappa Yoga, and Bhakti Yoga – but does not exclude spiritual teachings from other cultures. Spiritual activism is a key component within the Urban Sadhu Method.

     While Raja Yoga, also known as Ashtanga Yoga (Eight Limbs of Yoga), does not acknowledge Kundalini shakti, both Tantra Yoga (ritualization through a daily yoga practice) and Hatha Yoga (yoga asana) do. Urban Sandhu Yoga utilizes the latter two in order to reach the ultimate goal of Raja Yoga, which is samadhi or union. To help guide the practitioner to the goal of union with the Higher Self, the Urban Sadhu Yoga Method is supported by six pillars, SADHANA, AHIMSA, SVADYAYA, DHYANA, AIKYAM, and DHARMA.

     Yoga should bring about harmony within, and that harmony should be expanded externally into the world around us. Yoga makes us better humans, more loving, insightful, grateful, and compassionate toward others.  These attributes are useless unless expressed in the outside world around us. Urban Sadhu Yoga expresses yoga in the world through spiritual activism focused on key issues such as veganism, environmentalism, and social justice for all beings. 


The Loudest Sound Can Be Heard in an Empty Vessel

anahatasya sabdasya dhvanit-ya upalabhyta

dhvaner-antargatam jneyam jneyasya-antargatam manah

manas-tatra layam tad-visnoh paramam padam


One hears the un-struck sound (anahata shabda); the quintessence of the sound is the supreme object. On hearing that, the mind becomes one with that object of knowledge and is dissolved therein. This is the supreme state of Union with the Self.   

Translation: —  Austin Sanderson


According to Indian spiritual teachings, God first created sound (Nada). In the beginning of the cosmic cycle, the Absolute (Paramatma) whispered the divine sound vibrations into the mind of the creator (Brahma) and from that sound, the creator manifested our awareness of existence through consciousness, chit shakti or mind energy. Our minds became aware of our being and our vibrational energy within.  Later, in time as we know it, the great rishis while in deep meditation heard (sruti) that same sound vibration resonating from within. The sound that the rishis heard was the sound of AUM or OM, “the primal sound of the Divine in its essential manifestation.”

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new classes beginning in january

We are very excited to begin several new class types in January.

• Tri-Guna Yoga Class – In the Tri-Guna class the class is divided into three equal sections, giving equal time to the three energetics. 25 minutes vigorous Vinyasa Yoga, 25 minutes healing Yin Yoga, and 25 minutes pranayama and meditation with a final result of total yogic bliss.

• Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep) – Yoga Nidra is a form of Pratyahara (sensory withdrawal), where awareness is slowly drawn from the external world, the body, its functions, the mind, its thoughts and feelings, allowing us to connect to the deeper unconscious inner peace. 

• Pranayama Meditation – A new class beginning with breath work that allows us to enter a state of deep meditation with ease.

• Fundamentals & Foundational Vinyasa – Bringing back these classes.

For more info please see the updated schedule.

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Listed below are both in person and virtual classes. If you register for a virtual class, you’ll get a link in an email 30 minutes before the start of class.

Online Class Archive

We are also pleased to offer an archive of online classes where you can practice at your own convenience at usyogalive.com . Pricing is $35 per month for unlimited classes. You can cancel at any time..

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