March 16, 2014
To Whom It May Concern:
This past December and January, I had the privilege to study with Sri Ravi and to stay at his home. My India soujourn was a month long, and I spend two and a half weeks of it working with Sri Ravi. The remaining time, I travelled to Pondicherry, Auroville, Ramana Ashram, and Srirangam, all places recommended by Sri Ravi. The entire trip was an amazing experience on many levels—thanks to Ravi Shankar and his spouse and collaborator, Sheela Shankar. Ravi is a master yoga teacher. My main interest was to learn more about yoga philosophy, which I had already studied somewhat in the United States in the context of my yoga teacher training. But, as a professional philosopher, I found that training wanting. In our two-week long intensive study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, I found what I was looking for: Ravi made this text come alive not only through intense philosophical discussion, paying close attention to the nuances of the text and to the vagaries of translation, but also through chanting. Throughout, I found Ravi to be an extremely knowledgeable, intuitive, and gentle instructor. The Shankar’s hospitality is second to none and their organizational talents are most impressive. Especially for a first-time visitor to India such as myself, they offer not only a fully rounded yoga instruction, but also an introduction to the culture of Tamil-Nadu. I was treated to a variety of cultural experiences including music and dance performances, visits to sites such as the Theosophical Society, and meetings with Ayurvedic scholars. Last, but certainly not least, the South Indian vegetarian cuisine at Yoga Nidhi is outstanding.
Dr. Barbara Fultner
Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies
Director of Women’s Studies
Denison University, Granville, Ohio