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Sri Stan Melancon

Stan Melancon has studied and practiced yoga for five decades. His spiritual quest has taken him through the studies of many spiritual disciplines. For ten years he lived in India and Nepal; studying Advaita Vedanta in the traditional method with Swami Dayananda Saraswati, India's most renowned scholar of Vedanta and Sanskrit. Stan continues his studies with Swami Dayananda to the present day.

During his years in India, Stan studied with many of the greatest spiritual masters to have lived in the past 100 years. He studied yoga and yoga philosophy with Shri T. Krishnamacharya of Mysore (South India), Shri Vidya (Tantric practice) with Smt. Revathi Viramani (Rema), and Vedic studies with Brahma Shri V. Jagadeeswara Sastrigal. Stan studied Ayurvedic medicine in Kathmandu,

Nepal with Mana Bajra Bajracharya and also participated in a resident Transcendental Meditation instructor’s course conducted by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at His Ashram in Rishikesh, North India.

Stan lived and taught in Kathmandu and had patronage by the Royal Family of Nepal where he formed the Royal Institute for Nepali Sacred Arts. He was instrumental in rediscovering Charya Dance (the world's oldest dance or ritual movement) and reinstating these ancient temple dances in the temples of Nepal. The Royal Institute had funding through the Rockefeller Foundation and worked in association with the Anthropological Film Center of the Smithsonian Institute.

Stan has toured the world, giving lectures on Hindu culture, Vedantic philosophy, oriental philosophy, and comparative religion. He has lectured at Oxford University, Hong Kong University, the Hebrew University in Tel Aviv, and Columbia University.

Stan has been teaching Vedanta, Meditation, Yoga, Pranayama and spiritual development seminars for over 30 years, and has more than 5000 teaching hours as a yoga instructor. He is a certified teacher of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Institute of Vedanta and Sanskrit.

Stan conducts 1st and 3rd Saturday Meditation Workshops at AVG in addition to Public relations activities and Children's Program co-ordination at AVG, Saylorsburg.


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