Rama Jyoti Vernon, founder of the California Yoga Teacher's Association, original publisher of the Yoga Journal was founder of the original B.K.S. Iyengar School for Yoga Teacher Education in the U.S. She is the founder of Unity in Yoga, International, which was the basis for the Yoga Teachers Alliance. Rama's studies of Sri Auroindo's Integral Yoga with Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri at the California Institute for Asian (Integral) Studies was the basis of her spiritual exploration of vast inter- disciplinary modalities of Yoga and its related fields. She taught Yoga at the San Francisco Ashram and was asked to start the first non-sectarian Yoga teachers training program through CIIS. Her vast background in Yoga inspired a unique approach to using the Yoga Sutras as an effective basis for Dialogue, Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies. Over the decades she was recognized for her work in using the Yoga Sutras as a basis for mediating conflicts in areas of national and regional concerns such as the Soviet Union, Middle East, Afghanistan, China, Cuba, Spain and Central America. A testimony of Integral Yoga, Rama is a mother of five and a grandmother of twelve.
Transformation of Psyche: The Psychology of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
To explore the future of psychology we have only to reach into our ancient past in Yoga.
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, which are said to be over 5,000 years old are a great treatise on Yoga and one of the deepest forms of psychology in the world of today. The Yoga Sutras stress the importance of the latent unseen depths of the human psyche through the subconscious mind and it's cyclic reinforcement of cause and effect. Yoga practices help to accelerate and bring the latent impressions - samskaras and vasanas - up to the surface of the conscious mind in a shorter time span then they would normally appear. The experiential outgrowth of these practices help the practitioner to access and transform the psyche and in turn, become a living bridge between Eastern and Western thought. The Yoga Sutras transcend past and future and are a timeless reminder that we are already one with the eternal source of creation and that we are all the architects of our own destiny.