Agung Sangha & Lora Ariadne
Agung Sangha is a yoga and martial arts master. Originally from Bulgaria, he has dedicated his life to the exploration of the self-realization techniques inherent in many spiritual teachings. He was first introduced to yoga at the age of 8 when Swami Dev Murtivisited his hometown in Bulgaria.
After his introduction, his yoga journey continued with daily sadhana and austerities. His dream was to leave socialist Bulgaria so that he could practice yoga and his spiritual beliefs openly. Karma gave him the opportunity to immigrate to Switzerland in 1984. There, he began studying with Master Selvarajan Yesudian.
In 1986, Agung Sangha opened a kung-fu and yoga school in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and the Anima Mundi Creative Unfoldment Global Arts Laboratory in Zurich. It was at this laboratory that he cultivated the foundation of what would later become the Qi-Yo Multi-Yoga System. On New Year’s Eve 1990, Agung Sangha visited the grave of Nicholas Roerich in the Nagar village, Kullu Valley, India. There, during meditation, he received the message to form a spiritual and creative foundation in Eastern Europe.
All Who Seek Via All Paths was established a few months later in Bulgaria. In the years following, it flourished as the first spiritual center of synthesis in Eastern Europe. The center gathered spiritual seekers and healing artists from across the globe in order to present workshops and performances as well as, conduct lectures on esoteric disciplines. Agung Sangha’s other teacher, Helana Petrovna Blavatsky, provided him with ideas of synthesis that also served as a guiding light for the center in Bulgaria.
In April 1991, All Who Seek Via All Paths organized an international esoteric meeting in the Palace of Culture in Sofia which permanently transformed the spiritual movements of Eastern Europe. At the end of 1991, Agung Sangha received a personal initiation from Master Sri Chinmoy in Malta and was assigned the mission of bringing the Sri Chinmoy movement to Bulgaria, which he did in 1992. In 1994, Agung Sangha also brought Alice Bailey’s Lucis Trustto Bulgaria. Then, in 1995, he conducted research in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. In 1996, his research ended with an initiation in Bali, where Swami received his spiritual name of Agung (holy mountain of fire) and received a blessing to found the system later to be named Qi-Yo..
In 2003, Agung Sangha came to the USA, where he entered into a period of incubation. During this period, he tested and perfected the Qi-Yo method through his daily work with his students. The Qi-Yo Multi-Versal Yoga System finally debuted in 2012 in New York City, at the dawn of the new curve of our planetary evolution.
Ariadne is a teacher, artist and designer. She holds a B.F.A. in Design from Parsons School for Design, an M.A. in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Yoga Education.
Ariadne worked for the European Red Cross Organization for many years. In 2011, she founded the CNW Movement, an international not-for-profit that supports projects aimed at unfolding a new human consciousness and creating a positive, sustainable future for all.
Designer: In New York City, Ariadne has held design positions at the Calvin Klein Collection, the Michael Kors Collection, Jason Wu, Giulietta NY, Derek Lam and Rebecca Minkoff. In Italy, Ariadne has designed for Tod’s S.P.A. She has worked on design projects for A.L.C., Zac Posen, 3.1. Phillip Lim and Narciso Rodriguez. In 2006, she won the Uniqlo Design Award in Shanghai. Her design work has been featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, L’officiel, WWD and other top periodicals. In 2011, Ariadne founded C.N.W., LLC, a sustainable line of products for people with active lifestyles.
Artist: Ariadne has held many art exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York City, Italy and Bulgaria. Most of her works are large scale paintings. She has also explored theater and dance, taking part in total-theater productions staged by the Overground Arts Alliance in New York City. She currently examines creative strategies that promote the understanding of movement principles in relation to design.
Writer: Ariadne has authored and published a book of poems, The Roads of Life, and has written articles on art, design and sustainability. She is also the co-author of the books on the Qi-Yo Multi-Versal Yoga system.
Teacher: Her passion for sharing knowledge has led Ariadne to lecture on sustainable design at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. In the fall of 2012, she taught a sustainable design course at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Since January 2013, she has been co-hosting the Yoga Teacher Trainings in Auroville, India. Ariadne is a teacher of Qi-Yo Multi-Versal Yoga and the I AM Education curriculum.
Traveler: Ariadne has traveled the globe, visiting all seven continents, which has allowed her to gain an eye for the international perspective and share her deep love of yoga with people across the globe. In 2008, she co-founded a travel company, Yoga Globe Travel, with which she travels, researches, and helps communities around the globe.