“In December 1989, when the communist regime had come to an end, Romania was an atheistic country in which any spirituality was forbidden; at that time I was a student. 10 days later I took part, together with over 1,000 people, in the first conference about yoga, held by the mentor of MISA, Mr. Gregorian Bivolaru. 25 years later MISA is a famous European yoga school with over 40,000 followers and branches in 30 countries all over the world and I have been teaching Yoga, especially Tantra-Yoga, together with my husband Advaita, for more than 22 years around the globe.
This year we invite you from the bottom of our hearts to participate in the IV. International Congress of Yoga and Alternative Therapies hosted by MISA in our beloved home country!
We believe that true and applicable spirituality should never be a means of earning money. This is why, for the fourth time, the entire congress is based on voluntary work and donations. Access for all participants is free of charge.
In Romania, where the Orient meets the Occident, in the beautiful mountain city of Braşov, we’ll spend 4 unique days together with more than one thousand experienced yogis from Romania and abroad, sharing the mysteries of peak states of consciousness reached through yoga practice!”
Adina Stoian, Program Commitee 2014
From 4th to 7th December 2014, the International Yoga federation ATMAN is organizing the IV. International Congress of Yoga and Alternative Therapies in Romania. The first three congresses brought together a few thousand yoga enthusiasts from over 20 countries who enjoyed a rich and intense programme of workshops, seminars and lectures given by leading Yoga teachers from all over the world.
The International Federation of Yoga and Meditation ATMAN offers courses, seminars and workshops in Yoga, Ayurveda, traditional Tantra, Kashmir Shivaism and Meditation in more than 250 locations spread across the globe. The ATMAN federation follows the teaching and spiritual guidance of its mentor Gregorian Bivolaru, who is a living example of the highest realizations in Yoga.
The subject of this year’s congress will be: “High states of Consciousness and exceptional experiences through the practice of Yoga” – a subject touching the very core as well as one of the supreme goals of yoga practice. Unusual and highly elevated states of consciousness are an essential element of Sadhana – the Yogi’s systematic spiritual practice – and have a special importance in our time, when yoga is becoming more and more popular, but its fundamental message is often forgotten. This congress aims to be a living reminder that yoga is fundamentally a genuine spiritual discipline leading to the full awakening of consciousness and not just methods for bodily fitness and relaxation.
For thousands of years elevated states of consciousness and exceptional experiences of fusion and union have been one of the main goals of all yogis, and also an important sign for the authenticity of one’s path. In the last two centuries, modern psychologists and psychiatrists such as William James, Carl Jung, Stanislaw Grof and Abraham Maslow, have studied these elevated states from the perspective of modern science. Maslow examined the biographies of the great leaders and personalities of mankind such as Albert Einstein to discover, to his surprise, that many of them had experienced “oceanic states of consciousness”, in which they felt their own personal consciousness fused with the universal spirit. Maslow named these states “Peak Experiences” and went on to study them in depth. His definitions of these states are both scientific and poetic: “Sudden feelings of intense happiness and well-being, possibly the awareness of an ‘ultimate truth’ and the unity of all things … the experience fills the individual with wonder and awe … he feels at one with the world, and is pleased with it“.
The tradition of yoga is known to have studied the many subtle functions of the human being in order to offer methods, techniques and guidelines for obtaining states of bliss, inner peace and oneness like Maslow described them. Through the attentive and systematic application of yoga practice and by means of self-observation we can easily find out where we really stand in our spiritual development. Along the path we might enjoy a variety of inner experiences such as the awakening of the heart and soul, an expanded consciousness that allows us perceptions beyond common-sense reality or an inner revelation of the Supreme Self (in Sanskrit: Atman). But spiritual high peak states may show in many different ways:
- States of strong uplifting and refinement of energies (sublimation)
- Rising of the fundamental energy Kundalini
- The opening of the crown chakra (in Sanskrit: Sahasrara)
- Supra-mental states like extreme clarity and wisdom, inner peace and silence, divine love, unshakable faith
- Experiences of miracles and phenomenal subtle worlds
- Extreme mental focus
- Being fully in the now
- Oneness with all things
- Blissful states like erotic, mystical or spiritual ecstasy (in Sanskrit: Samadhi)
These are just few of the many different forms of peak experiences known in Yoga, that will be subject of the congresses’ many lectures, workshops, panels and shows.
Applications for speakers on the topic are still open. Find here all needed information for the sign-up.
Program and speakers in 2014
International Yoga Teachers and honorable guests – well-versed and accomplished in a variety of Yoga traditions such as Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Bhakti Yoga, among them yoga professor and accomplished yogi Gregorian Bivolaru – as well as scientists, human researchers and health practitioners with an interest in spiritual yoga practice will gather at the 2014 International Yoga Congress to present scientific research proving the existence and describing characteristics of elevated spiritual states and offering profound theoretical and practical knowledge on the subject.
This year’s program including special seminars and workshops will provide practical yoga methods which lead the practitioner to higher states of consciousness. Perhaps the most interesting part of the congress centres on various authentic peak state testimonies given by advanced yoga teachers and adepts who experienced them directly due to the application of yoga methods. Past year’s congresses have shown a great interest of the audience in the open debates, panel discussions and satsangs to offer answers to questions and give space for opinions and sharing.
International Yoga Contest 2014
The congresses’ centrepiece of spiritual practice and method is the International Yoga Contest 2014 “Promoting the Values of Yoga”, which aims to determine true mastery over the physical body, the senses and the mind in an atmosphere of fraternity and mutual support.
Every day of the congress finalizes with different inspired and refined artistic performances and shows celebrating the beauty of life and touching the hearts and souls of the participants after a long day of study and practice with dances, movies, theatre plays, music performances and more.
The International Congress for Yoga and Alternative Therapies 2014 invites all people interested in the science and practice of yoga to a colourful event full of knowledge, wisdom and magical personal experience.