Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association

We are A Yoga teachers organization founded by Yogacharya J. Oliver Black in 1966. Yogacharya, was one of Paramahansa Yogananda's most advanced disciples.

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Join Roy at YogaFrost!

In less than two weeks, longtime Song of the Morning member, YogaFest presenter, and GLYTA teacher, Roy E. Thibodeau will share two programs over the YogaFrost weekend:
5:00 p.m. EST Friday 2/19 - Chair Yoga Class
10:30 a.m. EST Saturday 2/20 - The Kingdom of Heaven is Within

See more of the schedule here:


Golden Lotus School of Yoga is our signature 200-hour teacher training program that has its roots in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi) , Self-Realization Fellowship and the teachings of a lineage of ancient yogis. It’s the oldest-known yoga teacher training program, originating in the 1950’s. It is based on the understanding that the goal of hatha yoga is to release all tension so that souls can cultivate an effective meditation practice where the body will be able to sit in comfortable stillness for long periods of time, open up energy centers, develop intuition and heighten conscious awareness.

This is a very special program that was created by our beloved founder, Yogacharya Oliver Black. Whether you're interested in becoming a yoga teacher or deepening your sadhana (spiritual practice), we have a heartfelt passion to share these practices with you, as did Paramhansa Yogananda when he brought these ancient teachings of yoga to the West in 1920.

For more information, please click the link below:


YogaFest at Song of the Morning

YogaFest 2020 is a free online festival celebrating all things sacred - which is everything! It is our attempt to bring the magic of YogaFest and the sacred vibrations of Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat to you, for free, in the comfort of your own home! We hope you will join us! See for full schedule and info.


Golden Lotus Yoga for Spiritual Awareness

Yogacharya Oliver conducted Hatha Yoga demonstrations for the public in Detroit in the mid to late 1960's. The participants were SRF Yoga teachers now GLYTA Yoga teachers. Quite an amazing display!!


The Golden Lotus Spring Banquet scheduled for May 2 has been canceled. We were unable to coordinate it at a later date. The next Banquet date is set for Saturday, May 1, 2021. 💛 11/16/2019

Om Namah Shivaya - Meaning and its Significance Om Namah Shivaya (ॐ नमः शिवाय) is the mantra dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the most important mantras in Shaivism and equally powerful Hindu Mantra. Om Namah Shivaya mantra literally goes… 09/14/2019

SECRETS OF YOGA from Detroit’s Mr. Black and India’s Yogananda ~ SRF Magazine   Paramahansa Yogananda and J. Oliver Black, Los Angeles, 1946 ~*~ “Secrets of Yoga from Detroit’s Mr. Black and India’s Yogananda” by Eileen Wood Jasnowski, Self-Reali… 09/13/2019

Yoga Teacher Training — Song of the Morning

Golden Lotus Yoga Teacher Training , 200 Hour Teaching Certificate. 2020 Schedule and Information. You can find more details at GLYTA website The Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association was founded by J. Oliver Black, known to thousands of Self-Realization Fellowship followers as Yogacharya Oliver. Yogacharya means yoga teacher. This title was given to him by his Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in 19...

[08/26/19]   I emailed this out, but many were undeliverable. If you are a voting GLYTA teacher and did not receive an email from me, please message me.
A reminder that our annual GLYTA meeting will be held this coming Sunday, September 1, just before Yogacharya's birthday celebration. We will meet in the domes from 2-3 PM, right after dinner. We have some important topics to go over, please try and make it. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!
In Divine Friendship,
Jessica Vendetti

Golden Lotus Spring Banquet 2019 05/09/2019

Golden Lotus Spring Banquet 2019

Golden Lotus Spring Banquet 2019 05/07/2019

Golden Lotus Spring Banquet 2019


Join us for our Sunday Meditation or join us on Facebook Live!

Join us Sunday for our Meditation Service - 'Curing Psychological Intoxication!' Or join us on Facebook Live!


SRF LakeShrine

Self-Realization Fellowship’s Lake Shrine Temple rests on a scenic hilltop, with views of the Lake, and the hills of Pacific Palisades. Surrounding a courtyard with a fountain, the Temple has a large Sanctuary, a Bookroom, a hall for special events, Sunday School rooms, and offices. Weekly lecture services and devotional events are open to the public and led by monastic and lay-member disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda. Sunday visitors will have the opportunity to attend a morning lecture service, meditate in the Sanctuary in the afternoon, and browse the Bookroom for take-home inspiration. Hosts are present to talk with guests and answer questions. We welcome families with children and teens. Lake Shrine Temple offers parents a Family Room where they may enjoy the Sunday service on video while attending to infants and toddlers. One of Lake Shrine’s goals is to help support efforts to spiritually enrich the quality and experience of family life. Please feel free to visit the Sunday School office to get acquainted, learn about the program, and discover how you can build a spiritual environment for your child in the home. New families are welcome to check in early at the Sunday School Reception Table located in the Courtyard near the entrance to the west wing of the building. For more information, please visit our website: 01/04/2019

Our website, about our Association and teachers The Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association offers Hatha Yoga classes. Our School of Yoga provides a 200 hour yoga teacher training program. All of our teachers have been initiated into Kriya Yoga, a sacred pranayama and meditation practice, brought to America by Paramahansa Yogananda. Our Hatha Yoga...


Graduation ceremony photo taken September 2018 at Song of the Morning, Vanderbilt, MI by Anisa Williams, GLYTA Yoga Teacher.


Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association

GLYTA Graduation 2018 01/03/2019

Photo credit: Anisa Williams

Photo credit: Anisa Williams

Fall 2018- GLYTA Yogananda Retreat 01/03/2019

Song of the Morning
Photo Credits: Anisa Williams and Linda Gabby

Song of the Morning
Photo Credits: Anisa Williams and Linda Gabby


GLTYA poses & training with Jim Pero
Kaye Thomas-Hogan and Sandi Jones
PHOTO CREDITS: Anisa Williams

GLTYA poses & training with Jim Pero
Kaye Thomas-Hogan and Sandi Jones
PHOTO CREDITS: Anisa Williams


YogaFest at Song of the Morning

Thank you all for an indescribably beautiful weekend. Jai YogaFest! Jai Guru! Jai Ma!


YogaFest at Song of the Morning

Roy Edward Thibodeau will bring decades of experience with yoga and meditation - and decades of friendship with Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat - to his YogaFest 2018 program, Meditation: From Lessening Mental Stress and Anxiety to Enlightenment. This Sunday morning workshop will give attendees a comprehensive, step-by-step description of how to build a meditation practice, and why it is important to do so, with support from science, philosophy and religion. Find out why yoga is the sophisticated science of divine realization, and why meditation is the heart of yoga, in this enlightening and engaging class!


The Missing Link!!!


Golden Lotus Yoga for Spiritual Awareness

Great story for the Christmas season!!!

Yogacharya J. Oliver Black experience with Paramahansa Yogananda and Rajasi at 8 hour Christmas Meditation!!!


Graduation Ceremony2017


Golden Lotus Yoga for Spiritual Awareness

Join us at our Annual Spring Banquet to support Song of the Morning. Saturday May 13th, 4:30 Meditation & Kirtan, 6:30 Dinner.


Golden Lotus Yoga for Spiritual Awareness

Golden Lotus Yoga for Spiritual Awareness was founded by Roy E. & Mary Ann Thibodeau to further the teachings of Raja and Kriya Yoga as passed on to them through Paramahansa Yogananda and his direct advanced disciple, our Guru, Yogacharya J. Oliver Black 02/14/2017

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain Meditation's benefits may derive from its impact on the shape of the brain, thickening parts associated with mind-wandering, memory and compassion, and shrinking the fear center 02/07/2017

The Tao Of Tom: How Tom Brady Uses An 80-20 Diet, Meditation, Yoga & One Book To Age Backwards "I’m 39 and I get to play football for a living. There are not a lot of people who get that chance," Tom Brady tells Dayna Evans of "Part of that is because of the way that I treat my body. There are not many people who get to play for as long as I have, and I want to be able to show the


I have posted this a couple of times before, but so easy to forget!!!

Always worth a reminder! We are always so quick to blame our problems on others or circumstances beyond our control. Take charge of your life!!!


Golden Lotus Yoga for Spiritual Awareness

Join us for our special 3 hour Christmas Meditation to inwardly celebrate this holy season!!!


ABC News

A Michigan woman still teaching yoga at 105 celebrated her birthday with her class, a group of people in their 70s and 80s young enough to be her children.


Join us this weekend for our Fall Yogananda retreat at Song of the Morning!!!!


Join us for this inspiring, fulfilling weekend!!


Join us this weekend April 15 - 17 at Song of the Morning for the Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association Spring Workshop 'Renew, Rejuvenate, Restore: A Yogananda Retreat'



Yet another successful 3 hour Christmas/Winter Solstice meditation. Thank you for keeping the true meaning of Christmas alive in our annual traditions!

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