About the Ashram
Yogini Ashram is where the ancient, dynamic traditions of Kriya, Tantra, and Yoga are learned, cultivated, and practiced. The practical techniques (Kriyas) trigger changes in the consciousness, and turn the mind toward the inner Self, or Soul. The individual Soul (Jiva) incrementally merges with the Divine Cosmic Soul (Shiva). Kriya Tantra Yoga is about a grand spiritual tradition, indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, and expounded by the great Sages of Yoga and Tantra (Siddhars).
The climax of the tradition is a Yogi of perpetual youth, Babaji, Babaji is directly accessible as a protector and guide to all who seek him. Kriya Tantra Yoga is an integrated path of balance between all aspects of the Divine. Babaji’s tradition incorporates the main body of Shaiva, Vaishnava, and Shakti principles. Classical techniques awaken kundalini, and break through the blockages that inhibit spiritual awakening (grantha knots). The techniques control the nine gates, and include a wide variety of meditation practices, which are taught at various levels. Knowledge of Puja, Nysha, and Mudras are taught, and courses in the cosmology of Kriya Tantra Yoga are offered.
Yogini Ashram was conceived in 1988, through the guidance of Babaji. The Ashram and teachers provide an oasis of spiritual light and energy which houses the largest collection of traditionally hand engraved copper yantras in the western world. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced private and public trainings are offered.
About the Traditions
Saiva Siddhanta and Siddha Siddhanta
Saiva Siddhanta is historically the predominant tradition of Shaivism, which was once spread throughout the sub-continent, but now centered primarily in South India. The greatest exponent of Saiva Siddhanta is its first, Thiramoolar. Thiramoolar’s monumental work in Yoga is well known. Swami Ayyappa Giri’s introduction into the tradition was gradual, but relied on the contribution of the Siddhas, including Thiramoolar. Sathguru Babaji began working behind the scenes with Swami in 1957, when he was givin a mystical process by his mother.
In 1969, Swami was initiated by Babaji through a dream, and the great master continued to work with him energetically and spiritually. A year later, Babaji materialized to Ayyappa in a waking state, and blessed him with a profound bliss and assignment. Within a year, Satguru Babaji had guided him to his Kriya Diksha Guru, Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah, the celebrated Saiva Siddhanta Pranayam Siddha. At a naming ceremony at Mt. Shasta that same year, Yogiar bestowed upon him, the name Ayyappa (described by Yogar as master of the negative forces) This celestial Ayyappa is the progeny of both Maha Shiva and Maha Vishnu.
Progression of Training
The youthful Swami lived in Yogiar’s centers for two decades as he grew in experience. He spent many years engaged in Kriya Yoga practice. He received hands on training from Yogiar. The advanced training led to an increasing sensitivity to Babaji’s divine vibrations and messages. As the technical climax of the tradition, he received from Yogiar the Swara Yoga Kriya practice by the phases of the moon. He received many mantras and other practices, but the most important was initiation into the Kali Chew mantra, passed down directly from Babaji through Yogiars maternal grandfather, who received it from the peerless master in the Malaysian jungle. The path ultimately incorporated the teachings of the 18 Siddhas, including Goraknath, founder of the Siddha Siddhanta movement, which plays an important role in the teachings of Yogini Ashram as well.
Swami Ayyappa Giri was initiated into the Lahiri Tradition of Kriya, and began to practice the path of Advaita Vedanta. (for more information on these years, read “Kriya” in this site.)
Kaula Marg Tantra & Trika Yoga
Swami was formerly initiated into both Kaula Marg Tantra and Sannyas as “Swami Ayyappa Giri” by his Kaula Marg Tantric Guru, Swami Rudranath Giri, (for more information on this path read “Tantra” in this site.)