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 described by multiple spiritual teachings. He was first introduced to yoga at the age of 8, when Swami Dev Murti visited his Bulgarian hometown.
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. Later, he founded the Anima Mundi Creative Unfoldment Global Arts Laboratory in Zurich. It was there 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 Nagar village, Kullu Valley, India. There, during meditation, he received a message that he should form a spiritual and creative foundation in Eastern Europe.
All Who Seek Via All Paths was established in Bulgaria some months later, and flourished as the first spiritual center in Eastern Europe espousing synthesis. It gathered spiritual seekers and healing artists from across the globe, presenting workshops and performances, hosting lectures on esoteric disciplines. The writings of his other guru, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, inspired Agung Sangha to use synthesis as a guiding principle 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 the following year. In 1994 Agung Sangha also brought Alice Bailey’s Lucis Trust to Bulgaria. In 1995 he conducted spiritual research in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. In 1996 his research culminated with an initiation on the island of Bali, where he 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 US, where Qi-Yo entered a period of incubation. Master Agung tested and perfected the Qi-Yo method through daily work with students. The Qi-Yo MultiVersal Yoga System finally debuted in New York City in 2012, at the start of a new whorl of our planet’s evolution.
Ariadne is a teacher, artist and designer. She holds a BFA in Design from Parsons School for Design, as well as an MA in Anthropology and a PhD 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 multiple art exhibits 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 is currently exploring creative ways to promote an understanding of movement principles in relation to design.
Writer: Ariadne has 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 a book on the Qi-Yo Multiversal 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 Multiversal Yoga and the I AM Education curriculum.
Traveler: Ariadne has traveled the globe, visiting all seven continents, which has allowed her to gain an international perspective and share her deep love of yoga with people worldwide. In 2008 she co-founded a travel company, Yoga Globe Travel, with which she travels, researches, and helps communities around the globe.