Moksha festival was founded by Yogi Arvind. He is a spiritual: teacher, entrepreneur, activist and filmmaker. He is the spiritual director and executive producer of this festival. A number of staff members and volunteers assist him in organizing the festival in different cities. You may visit his website to find out more about him: Yogi Arvind (www.yogiarvind.com)
He was first introduced to yoga at the age of 8. At about the same age, he also learned other Indian spiritual philosophies and Sanskrit. He spent most of his childhood and adolescent years in a boarding school in Hyderabad, India. This school emphasized spiritual growth at a young age . He embraces a yogic lifestyle that integrates all the eight limbs of Raja Yoga. He studied and practiced yogic/vedic philosophies from different schools/traditions:
- Satyachetana International (India and US branches)
- Self Realization Fellowship (India and US branches)
- Various Mahayana Buddhist schools
- Self study of Yoga, Shaivism, Samkhya, and Vedanta
He generally teaches the non-asana aspects of Raja Yoga: Yama, Niyama, Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy, Sanskrit and Chanting. He has been teaching since 2008. He speaks on subjects such as: Yoga Beyond Asana, Meditation & Breathwork, Shaivism and Samkhya. He is passionate about using yogic principles to create a healthy, peaceful and harmonious life. He speaks and offers advice to people from different walks of life about living a yogic lifestyle.
He has embarked on a number of spiritual ventures since 2010, with the purpose of disseminating the wisdom of Indian philosophical systems (Darshanas) such as Yoga, Samkhya and Vedanta. Given below is a summary of these ventures. You may visit their individual website for more information.
1. Moksha Spiritual Center: An eco-friendly center of excellence for spiritual growth, health and wellness, located in Frazier Park, CA. Yogi Arvind lives and teaches here on the weekends. Frazier Park is a rustic mountain town located on the foothills of Frazier mountain and Tecuya mountain. It is far away from the hustle and bustle of city life and yet close enough to drive from Los Angeles. It is about 70 miles north of Los Angeles and the drive to Frazier Park is usually less than 1.5 hours. www.mokshaspiritualcenter.com
2. Yoga Next: A non-profit organization founded in 2011, dedicated to improving the education and practice of yoga and shaping the future of yoga in the West. www.yoganext.org. The mission of YogaNext is to:
- Promote the comprehensiveness of yoga as a science/art of self realization
- Develop and enforce standards for yoga education
- Promote conscious teaching and business practices
- Be an advocate for the yoga community
3. Moksha festival: An annual festival of Yoga, Ayurveda, Sacred Music & Spiritual Art. This festival is usually organized in different cities in Southern and northern California. It attracts more than 3,000 attendees each year. The festival is an offering of Yoga Next. For more info, please visit www.mokshafestival.com
4. Yoga Maya Movie: A documentary exposé on some of the misconception of yoga in the west; it addresses yoga is taught, practiced and marketed in America. It is a 77-minute documentary, featuring interviews with 12 senior yoga teachers in California, narration and confessionals by Arvind Chittumalla, producer and director of Yoga Maya. You may watch the movie here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeZLcRoH4XY&t=32s