Pina Russell

Poughkeepsie, NY
United States

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Pina has practiced Kundalini MahaYoga meditation for thirty years. She is a lineage-holder in the practice that was created and transmitted by Swami Rudrananda (Rudi). Born Albert Rudolph in the slums of East New York, Rudi's life was devoted to an uncompromisingspiritual search. During his 13 years as a disciple of Swami Muktananda, Rudi became one of the first Westerners initiated as a swami in the Saraswati Order of Kundalini lineage. Rudi developed a unique Kundalini meditation practice that is sensitized to the challenges of the rhythms, complexities, and pressures of contemporary life. Rudi distilled centuries of esoteric teachings into a breathing practice accessible to anyone. In February 1973,Rudi died in an airplane crash near Hunter Mountain, New York. His lineage is carried on by teachers and students all over the world.

Pina's 36 years as a student and teacher of energy work have integrated Classical Yang Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Sufi practice (through beloved “rapid method” master, Adnan Sarhan), and her core practice of Kundalini Mahayoga, for which she trained 9 years with one of Rudi’s closest students, Stuart Perrin. A second-degree Reiki practitioner, Pina is also trained in acupressure and shiatsu. Her numerous published books include Zen: A Spiritual Journey, and One Flash of Lightning: A Samurai Path for Living the Moment. As a peacebuilder and cultural worker, Pina has worked extensively in West Africa, Europe, the US and Canada. She is working on a new book, Doing Nothing Together: A Revolutionary Path to Meditation and Living. She offers meditation classes at her Hudson Valley ashram, Samadhi Bhavana Center for the Cultivation of Consciousness.

Pina's ongoing Monday and Wednesday classes can be accessed through video conferencing. Contact Pina to receive initiation in the practice and get on Samadhi Bhavana's listserv for classes, workshops, and retreat intensives.


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