Ruth Hartung

Ruth Hartung (ERYT-500), 7 Center’s Director & Course Leader, began her journey into yoga in 1991 with the study and teaching of Kundalini yoga in Los Angeles. In 1994 she initiated with Swami Niranjananda in the Satyananda Saraswati lineage through the Bihar School of Yoga in Mungyr, India at which time she was given the spiritual name of Sraddhasagar (Ocean of Faith) While on that five month long pilgrimage she met Rama Jyoti Vernon leading a Yoga for Peace conference in Jerusalem and began studying with her in Hatha Yoga, the Yoga Sutras and Conflict Resolution in 1999. Rama’s mentorship of asana and pranayama as a way of practicing the yoga philosophy of the Sutras is f
oundational in all immersions. In addition, Muhammed Faust & Viskashananda of Nepal have been important teachers of transmission for kundalini yoga and the deeper understanding of yogic philosophy. Ruth has also been a practitioner of Vipassana Mediation as taught by S.N. Goenka for the past 25 years.


Alongside the growing of 7 Centers and the teaching of yoga as spiritual lifestyle, Ruth has a love for ongoing study that has included folk medicine and practical herbalism. More recently in 2008, Ruth became involved in the local food, agriculture and sustainability movement as an extension of the social consciousness movement that yoga is all about. Joining the local Crescent Moon Community garden and creating a Medicine Herb Garden at the center, led to the founding of the Spring Planting Festival, now an annual event in Sedona and her two year work with Gardens for Humanity as Vice-President. Integrating the growing of food & herbs as part of the yoga teacher trainings, she feels that yoga has an important role to play not just for the individual’ s health and well being but also for our local and global communities. (Kundalini, Vajrayogini, 5 Elements, Chakra Yoga)