Chidambaram Puja

Chidambaram Puja with Rev. Sam Rudra Swartz, IYM

Sunday, September 22 • 12:00–1:30 p.m.

Every day at Satchidananda Ashram‒Yogaville, in Virginia, a special puja (a prayer service celebrating the light and inspiring our devotion) is offered to invoke the presence and blessings of our beloved guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, in the Chidambaram Shrine at the Virginia ashram, where his body was interred according to Vedic ritual. Here at the New York Institute we will perform the same special puja, connecting to that energy and inviting Sri Gurudev’s guidance and grace into our hearts. Please join us for this special puja, bring items you wish to have blessed, and wear all-white clothes if possible (but it’s not required).


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Reverend Sam Rudra Swartz, an Ordained Integral Yoga Minister. Also know as ”The Sarge,” is a KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) Trainer, and has a previous ordination as an Interfaith Minister from the All Faiths Seminary, New York City (2004). He is certified in Integral Yoga from Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville and The Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco as a Hatha Yoga (2011) teacher, having taken the Accessible-Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco, as well as a Meditation (Yogaville, 2011), and a Raja Yoga Teacher (IYSF, 2012). His teaching home base is the Integral Yoga Institute of New York and has been fortunate to travel internationally offering classes and training’s. As a minister he has performed wedding ceremonies as well as other life cycle events in many places both locally in the New York/New Jersey area as well all around the U.S.A.

He received his Bachelor of Music in Brass Performance, with a Tuba Concentration from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Music School in 1996 and is an accomplished musician having performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall and was an active busker (a street musician). Currently he uses his music training with his voice serving as a prayers leader (a lay cantorial leader) at the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Rudra, earned his certification to ”kid around,” as a Children’s Yoga Teacher from Kidding Around Yoga in 2012. He serves as a Counselor and Assistant Director of Camp Yogaville, at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville Virginia’s summer camp, where he was bestowed with the loving nickname, “The Sarge”, for showing an ability to discipline the children in a loving way. He continues to serve there annually, as well as participate in the Kidding Around Yoga Camp in Florida in the same capacity and lead Kidding Around Yoga trainings in New York and other places both domestically and internationally.