The Center for Kriya Studies is a place of learning, growth, and meditation. It is a place to study the metaphysical science of yoga, and to develop a deeper understanding of the application of yoga into daily life.
CKS was founded by Swami Vivechananda and Swami Ishtananda, Mary Beth Mangus Weber and Ed Weber, in 2008 in Charleston, West Virginia and is now based in Sarasota, Florida.
Our inspiration for the Center of Kriya Studies is Goswami Kriyananda. Goswami Kriyananda has been guiding souls along the spiritual path for over 50 years with his warm humor, deep mystical knowledge, and profound wisdom of the metaphysical sciences. He carries the Flame of the Kriya Lineage from his Guru, Sri Shelliji--a direct disciple of Paramanhansa Yogananda.
Goswami Kriyananda is the Guru and Spiritual Preceptor of the Temple of Kriya Yoga. He has taught and inspired us as individuals and as a couple. Our intent is to share this transformative knowledge and blessings of the Kriya Lineage that Goswami Kriyananda so generously offered in his lifetime.
Swami Vivechananda / Mary Beth Mangus
Mary Beth came to yogasana in 1980 and felt a lifelong connection to its philosophy and application. In 2000 the awareness of dedication to the mystical teachings of yoga and being as consciously aware as possible and to sharing this with all Life became clear. In 2002 she received 1000-hour certification in asana from teachers Betty Larsen and John Charping of the Southern Institute of Yoga Instructors. She has studied with Mira Mehta, John Friend, Ramanand Patel, Shiva Rea, Judith Laster, and Rodney Yee.
Mary Beth began studying at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in 2001. She is certified in Meditation Teachers' Training and the Temple of Kriya Yoga Seminary. She has been blessed to also study with Swamini Myatitananda at Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, and has taken courses in Japa Meditation, Women's Health, and Spirituality I and II.
Swami Ishtananda / Ed Weber
Ed became intrigued by Yoga philosophy after reading his first book on the subject in high school. He utilized basic pranayama techniques to handle the stress of earning two degrees in architecture and working in high pressure office environments. In 1988 he began taking Hatha Yoga classes, which led him to the Temple of Kriya Yoga. There he learned to explore life's greatest questions and deeper mysteries through the teachings of Goswami Kriyananda and his disciples.
Ed utilizes the lessons he learned studying yoga, world religions, astrology, and practicing sacred techniques to bring balance and wisdom to his everyday life. Aside from a thriving career as an architect, he has received 500 hour level certification in Hatha Yoga and received instruction from Patabi Jois, John Friend, Kim Schwartz, and Roger Eichens.