Agenda and Speakers

Embracing the New Creation

12 Living Principles
June 20th-24th, 2018

The theme for the 2018 Integral Yoga Conference is: 'Embracing the New Creation'. What is the "New Creation"? It is the transformation of matter, life and mind into the Divine Consciousness, a process that is already underway. For the completion of this transformation, the Mother describes 12 attributes or 'Living Principles' that are required: Sincerity, Humility, Gratitude, Perseverance, Aspiration, Receptivity, Progress, Courage, Goodness, Generosity, Equanimity, Peace. Throughout the 3 ½-day conference, our focus will be on ways each of us can consciously collaborate in the emerging New Creation by cultivating these 12 Living Principles and incorporating them into our daily life and actions.



We are honored to host once again Dr. Alok Pandey, Sraddhalu Ranade and Narad Eggenberger. Joining them are Dr. Vladimir Yaksento, Professor of Sanskrit and Integral Studies at Auro University, Surat, India; Aadil Palkhiwala, founder of Alive & Shine Center in Bellevue, Washington and Sima Rama, who has worked with U.S. and International governments for over 15 years in areas of health and national defense. Please see below for details on each of our illustrious presenters.


Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, June 20th • Registration, 1:00-6:00pm • Dinner @ 6:00pm • Welcome Remarks/Introduction @ 7:00pm

Thursday, June 21st • Yoga Asana or Flower Nature Walk with Flower Significances (optional) • Evolution of the Divine Spark (Psychic Being) • Mother's Symbol: The Four Powers • Introduction to the 12 Living Principles: Redefining Human and Divine • 12 Living Principles • Purna Yoga • Questions and Answers

Friday, June 22nd • Yoga Asana or Flower Nature Walk with Flower Significances (optional) • From Within-Out and Above-Down • 12 Living Principles (con't) • Flowers & Colors of the Living Principles • Incorporating the Living Principles into Daily Life • Incorporating the Living Principles into Work Life • Questions and Answers

Saturday, June 23rd • Yoga Asana or Flower Nature Walk with Flower Significances (optional) • Integral Health • 12 Living Principles (con't) • Afternoon events, lectures and dinner will be held at our new Sri Aurobindo Integral Lifestyle Center in Fountain Inn, SC

Sunday, June 24th • 12 Living Principles (con't) • Closing remarks


EVENT SPEAKERS / meet with leaders

Narad Eggenberger

Narad (Richard Eggenberger) is a longtime member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville as well as a musician, poet, landscaper, horticulturist, and gardener.

As a youth he took voice lessons and prepared for an operatic career at the Metropolitan Opera on a scholarship from one of the leading mezzo sopranos of the day, Regina Resnick.

When he was 23, he came to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and had his first darshan of the Mother, who made him an ashramite and gave him permission to teach music in the ashram school.

Narad went back to U.S. in 1962, working with a landscape design and installation firm and attending college to learn plant combination theory and other aspects of subtropical horticulture.

In 1969, he returned to Pondicherry, where Mother gave him the task of creating a beautiful garden for the Matrimandir. He worked personally with the Mother on the spiritual significances of flowers and edited the book, 'Flowers and Their Messages', the first book published by the ashram on the spiritual significance of flowers. Mother also gave Narad the work of reading 'Savitri' every week under the banyan, which he did for 10 years.

About seven years ago he began the OM choirs, which have brought a new kind of conscious music to the Ashram, Auroville, and many places around the world.


Dr. Alok Pandey

Dr Alok Pandey is a well-known authority on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's writings, especially on the subject of Yoga, Psychology, Education and Health. He draws widely from the Indic and other traditions of Yoga as well as modern scientific discoveries weaving them together harmoniously. A Medical Doctor who has specialized in Psychiatry, he has served in various capacities in the Indian Air Force before taking voluntary retirement and settling down permanently in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry. A much sought after exponent on Sri Aurobindo's Yoga, he has written several articles and held many workshops on diverse subjects in India and Abroad. He holds regular weekly classes in Hindi and English as well as holding Savitri Camps bi-annually. He has authored three books, 'Death, Dying and Beyond', 'Patient at the Crossroads' and 'Veda of the Body'. He is the Editor of monthly magazine All India Magazine and co-editor of quarterly journal 'New Approaches to Medicine and Health' both published by the Sri Aurobindo Society. For more information on him one may visit the website auromaa.org where his talks and writings are regularly uploaded.


Sraddhalu Ranande

Sraddhalu Ranade is a scientist, educator, and scholar at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. He possesses a deep belief in the universality of the experience of oneness. Ranade spends a great deal of time delivering talks, seminars, and workshops on many topics he is passionate about including; Integral Education, Management, Self-Development, Indian culture, science and spirituality, and yoga. In the last few years, he has benefited over 4500 teachers at more than 200 schools and colleges all over India through his programs.


Lillah Schwartz

Known by appreciative students across the country as "the queen of alignment," yoga instructor and author Lillah Schwartz brings the benefits of her 35 years' training with yoga experts such as BKS Iyengar, Aadil Palkhivala, Eric Small, Mathew Sanford and others to the Southeast region and, through her workshops, to studios across the eastern and central U.S.

She pioneered the Iyengar method in North Carolina from 1981, led the way to establishing Asheville as a yoga destination, and held an Iyengar teaching certificate from 1985-2009.

Lillah is well known for her excellence in the therapeutic applications of yoga. Her "Healing Our Backs with YogaTM" program brings the science and spirit of yoga to hundreds of people each year who have connected with their healing potential, overcome their pain, and improved their functional ability with her guidance.

Through her popular DVDs, "Yoga: Your Freedom from Back Pain" and "Yoga: Relief from Neck and Shoulder Pain," Lillah brings the essence of dynamic alignment and yoga wisdom home in a practical, safe and unique way.

In addition to her weekly classes and individual yoga therapy sessions, she offers true transformation at her yearly 200-hour and unique 300/500-hour Transformation Yoga Teacher Training programs.

Visit her web site and blog at YogawithLillah.com; or contact her at Lillah@yogawithlillah.com or 828.273.9401.


Aadil Palkhiwala

Aadil and his wife Savitri are the founders of Purna Yoga, a holistic synthesis of yogic traditions based on the work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Aadil and Savitri also founded Alive & Shine Center in Bellevue, Washington, the home of Purna Yoga College, a 200-hour, 500-hour and Certificate-Level (2000 hour) teacher training program licensed by the State of Washington and Yoga Alliance Certified. Aadil teaches seminars, classes, teacher trainings, and workshops at the Alive and Shine Center and has taught throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, India, and other parts of Asia. He is the author of Fire of Love: for Students of Life, for Teachers of Yoga, a book that seeks to restore the rapidly fading essence of yoga.


Sima Rama

Sima Rama received her Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Emory University. She has worked with U.S. and International governments for over 15 years in areas of health and national defense. Sima has co-authored numerous articles and has won many awards for her work. Her expertise lie in behavioral science and conflict resolution, and training country ministries in identifying gaps, mitigating challenges and establishing policies.

She has also created partnerships and working relationships with many individuals and organizations internationally, continues to work with numerous groundbreaking projects that affect marginalized populations globally, and is frequently invited to speak at conferences and universities all over the world.Sima Rama received her Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Emory University. She has worked with U.S. and International governments for over 15 years in areas of health and national defense. Sima has co-authored numerous articles and has won many awards for her work. Her expertise lie in behavioral science and conflict resolution, and training country ministries in identifying gaps, mitigating challenges and establishing policies.


Vladimir Yatsenko

Vladimir Yatsenko, MA in Sanskrit language and literature, General and Theoretical Linguistics, PhD in Indian Philosophy, doing research in the field of Vedic and Vedantic Studies, Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Language and Integral Yoga Psychology. He is a visiting Professor of Sanskrit and Integral Studies at Auro University, Surat, and a facilitator at University of Human Unity project at Auroville, Indian Psychology Institute in Pondicherry, International Centre of Integral Studies in New Dehli and SACAR in Pondicherry.

"The psychic (soul) is the divine element in the individual being and its characteristic power is to turn everything towards the Divine, to bring a fire of purification, aspiration, devotion, true light of discernment, feeling, will and action which transforms by degrees the whole nature." Sri Aurobindo