Yoga has always included various cleansing techniques to clear the body of toxins, improve overall wellbeing, and steady the mind to be fit for deeper meditation and ultimate self-realization. Over the years, the shat kriyas or purification techniques lost their original significance from the days that Swami Satchidananda first came to United States sharing the benefits of yoga. Margabandhu and Dr. Amrita remember well those days and have learned many other techniques that help people in this age cleanse their bodies and minds. Pranayama and deep relaxation have also been found to be very cleansing, calming, and revitalizing.
In this weekend, people with all kinds of physical conditions are invited to learn the basics and beyond in using the full range of yoga practices to help heal their body and mind, and achieve an overall sense of peace and well being on a deeper level never experienced before.
Margabandhu and Dr Amrita worked together in the former Connecticut Ashram for several years in the 1970s helping people heal themselves. Now their private practices have merged once again to bring their experience, wisdom, and love of yoga to a new set of eager students, teachers, and health practitioners.
Margabandhu Martarano, E-RYT 500 has served as Director of the New Jersey Integral Yoga Institute, at the request of Sri Swami Satchidananda, for almost 40 years when classes first began and a food co-op opened in Garfield, NJ. Margabandhu is a Senior Certified Integral Yoga Instructor, proficient in all aspects of Yoga, having learned directly from Swami Satchidananda in the early years. Professionally, Margabandhu has a BA in Education and is a Certified Massage Therapist, specializing in Acupressure and Reflexology, and is a Master Herbalist. He has studied with many experts over the years including Viktoras Kulvinskas, Smoky Santillo and Dr. Ralph Alan Dale. Margabandhu is also the Director of the Well Being Center in Montclair, NJ, a wholistic center specializing in all aspects of health and healing. Margabandhu’s consultations cover the areas of Acupressure, Reflexology, Herbology, Nutritional Counseling, Relaxation and Stress Management techniques.
Amrita (Sandra) McLanahan, M.D., is a nationally recognized authority on preventive medicine, nutrition, stress reduction and primary family health care. As Director of Stress Management Training at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute for twenty years, she worked with Dr. Dean Ornish to document the benefits of dietary change and stress management to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease and cancer. Dr. McLanahan is the author of the book Surgery and its Alternatives: How to Make the Right Choices for Your Health and is the medical consultant for the book Dr. Yoga.