Samata International Yoga & Health Center

Established in 1980: The Samata Yoga Center was established in 1980 by Larry Payne, Ph.D. The word “samata” in Sanskrit means “balance.” The style of Yoga taught at samata is inspired by the teachings of T.K.V. Desikachar, son of the late professor Sri T. Krishnamacharya of Mysore, India who was perhaps the most knowledgeable Yoga teacher of the 20th century. Krishnamacharya taught that Yoga postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama) should be adapted to respect individual differences in age, physical and mental health, culture, religion, philosophy and occupation. Some of Krishnamacharya’s other popular Yoga students in America include B.K.S. Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, and A.G. Mohan.

Mission Statement: The mission statement for Samata Yoga Center is to teach Yoga and health in a safe and loving environment.

35th Anniversary

One Tribe children

Larry Payne of Samata International & Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, of the Himalayan Institute, partner to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Samata International by giving to others. In a brand new YouTube video series, friends of Larry (some of the top yoga and health professionals in the world) share words and resources of wisdom learned along their life’s journey with yoga. We hope you enjoy them and that you will be inspired to help us spread these thoughtfully-prepared gifts across the globe.

We’ve also provided a way for you give a gift in return, and we invite you to join us in supporting the Himalayan Institute. Please help celebrate Samata’s 35th Anniversary by donating to this wonderful organization HERE. Every donation counts towards improving the lives of these children, and is appreciated deeply.


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