When the Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) online lessons
began in 2003, there was an immediate flow of
email coming to Yogani with questions on practices
and experiences. From the beginning, readers of the lessons were asking
for a support forum community so practitioners could communicate with each
was undertaken in 2005. Since then, the AYP
community has steadily grown in size and scope, covering every aspect of
spiritual practice in a well-moderated environment. Forum
membership is in the several thousands, which is
but the tip of the iceberg in terms of overall AYP
readership and practitioners. The AYP support
forums and free website lessons are seeing several
hundred thousand unique visitors each year, coming from nearly every
country and cultural background in the world.
largely to the public forums, with many experienced practitioners
participating in the support function besides Yogani. In this way, support for
spiritual practices and experiences has become much more efficient, and
beneficial for many with the ongoing public discussions. The forums are also
serving as a launching platform for many "real world" activities, like local
meditation groups, training, retreats, and research on practices. All of
these activities are on the rise worldwide.
This book contains about 2,000
posts, organized by 23 public forum categories.
The ebook edition contains live links
to the corresponding discussion topics in the actual AYP
forum. Therefore, the full benefits of this
book will be most accessible through the ebook edition,
accessed on a computer or reading device with browser and internet
capability. In this case, links in the post text
in the ebook can provide the full context of the
discussion in the actual forum topics and AYP
online lessons. For this
reason, a free download of the ebook edition is available
to anyone who obtains the paperback edition.
It should be emphasized that
Yogani's posts represent
a small fraction of the vast online resource the AYP support forums have
become for assisting many to navigate the path of self-directed spiritual
practice. Deepest thanks go to all who have contributed to the support
forums, whether it be with their experiences with spiritual practices,
administration or technical skills. Without the help of many, the AYP forums
and this book would not have been possible.
It is hoped you will find this book helpful as you
continue on your chosen path. Practice wisely, and enjoy!
The guru is in you.