Contact, Alignment & Flow (DVD)

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Contact, Alignment & Flow (DVD)


By Swami Chetanananda

Swamiji discusses the essential elements of spiritual practice (contact, alignment, and flow), what this means and how to accomplish it.  He also answers questions from the audience.

Recorded December 2014 at the Winter Retreat at the Movement Center in Portland, OR.

  • Disc 1:  1:09:04
  • Disc 2:  56:04
  • Disc 3: 1:57:00
  • Disc 4: 1:29:28
  • Disc 5: 1:44:46


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Swami Chetanananda is a master of Trika Yoga practice and a teacher in the lineage of Bhagavan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Swamiji’s life was transformed, in an instant, upon his first meeting with his guru, Swami Rudrananda (Rudi), in New York City in 1971. Swamiji studied with Rudi until Rudi’s death in 1973. At age 24, after Rudi’s passing and at Rudi’s direction, Swamiji became the head of the ashrams established by Rudi. He is now the abbot and spiritual director of The Movement Center, based in Portland, Oregon.

Like Rudi, Swamiji works with students to awaken their creative energy and support them in the process of its unfoldment. He teaches open eye meditation, a direct transmission practice in which teacher and student share the experience of the underlying unity of all things.In 1987, Swamiji took sannyas with Swami Muktananda, and took the name “Chetanananda,” meaning “the joy of consciousness.” In the course of his studies with Muktananda, he was introduced to Kashmir Shaivism. Recognizing that the treatises written by the practitioners of this tradition described much of his own experience, Swamiji studied Shaivism in depth. He spent time with Swami Lakshmanjoo in Srinigar and has collaborated with major scholars and sponsored translations of many important Shaiva texts.

Swamiji has a profound grasp of the philosophical and practice traditions he has studied. He conveys their essence in direct and accessible terms, making them relevant to everyday circumstances. He offers simple, practical techniques for working with creative energy that can be practiced by anyone. The fundamental method uses the power of the breath to circulate the creative energy (kundalini) and intensify its flow so that tensions and obstacles are dissolved, leading to a more refined awareness.