At the KPJAYI Yoga Shala, Mysore India. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler
By Inna Costantini
With ample choices of teacher training courses branded ‘Ashtanga TTC 200hrs’, it can be difficult for new practitioners to differentiate and navigate the world of yoga qualifications.
The home of Ashtanga Vinyasa is Mysore, India. The practice is often referred to as ‘Mysore style’ because of the way it is taught – as a self-practice (silent, yet guided by a teacher through adjustments and minimal verbal cues), or, with led ‘counted’ classes once a week, for the student to learn the vinyasa count, correct breathing and keep track of the pace. ‘Open level’ or ‘led classes’, which we find in most studios, gyms, and wellness centers around the world are a far cry from the authentic practice of Ashtanga yoga. However, they follow the same sequence and guidelines and make the practice accessible (and often easier) for beginners to follow. Read the rest of this entry »
Every year Yogi’s from around the world flock to the Yoga capital of the world Rishikesh to celebrate one of the most popular and loved Yoga festivals in the world – The International Yoga Festival. This year is definitely a special year as it is the 30th Anniversary edition of this festival. Organized by Parmarth Niketan Ashram in association with the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, the festival will be held between 1st – 7th March 2019. Read the rest of this entry »
Meditation at Bihar School of Yoga. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler
THIS ARTICLE WAS SHARED FROM BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOGA
People come to yoga with various intentions: some wish to improve health and wellbeing, some want to de-stress and find peace and harmony in life, and others have spiritual aspirations. Many people begin their connection with yoga by practising asana, perhaps also with some pranayama, relaxation and meditation techniques.
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Sadhus at the Kumbh Mela. (Image: PTI), Picture Source: news18.com
The year 2019 begins on an auspicious note with the Ardh Kumbh Mela set to take place between the 15th January – 4th March at Prayagraj (Allahabad). Directly translated, ‘Kumbh’ means ‘pitcher’, and Mela means ‘gathering’ is an event where devotees from all walks of life gather to take a dip at the ‘Triveni Sangam’, a sacred confluence of the 3 holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. This festival is attended by pilgrims, spiritual seekers, saints and yogis from everywhere and is known as the largest peaceful spiritual gathering in the world. The last Kumbh Mela which was held in Nasik in 2013 saw about 120 million people attend the festival and this year organisers are well prepared to accommodate a high number of attendees. In 2017, UNESCO inscribed the Kumbh Mela on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity Read the rest of this entry »
Santosh Puri Ashram, Haridwar. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler
Yoga Ashram: A sacred place that is devoted to the development of spiritual activities in the field of yoga, such as studying scriptures and meditation.
To truly understand the essence of Yoga, it is recommended that one lives in an ashram in India. And also we at Yoga.in highly advocate an ashram experience as we believe ashrams allow you the space to practice Yoga, like no other.
Hence, we thought of creating a list on the top 12 authentic ashrams in India. One of the defining reasons for creating this list is the fact that our team members have visited most of these ashrams. Recommending ashrams is a big responsibility and we are open to your suggestions and feedback. We do believe that you cannot compare one ashram to another as each has its own special history and lineage. They also have different approaches to Yoga, therefore one is no way better than the other. Our question to you is, which one of these 12 ashrams suits you the best?
We have a longer article about Ashrams in India along with our recommended top 12 Ashrams. If you prefer the shortcut, here is a preview list of our top 12 Yoga Ashrams in India (in alphabetical order) Read the rest of this entry »
Geeta Iyengar Photo Credit: Film still by Jake Clennell (taken from the movie “IYENGAR: the man, yoga, and the student’s journey” 2014)
The following obituary for Geetaji was written by Parvez Irani, the man who handwrites the certificates so beautifully at RIMYI:
Dr. Geeta S Iyengar 7.12.1944 – 16.12.2018
In her father’s light, not shadow!
Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar, daughter of Yogacharya B K S Iyengar, and the seniormost teacher in the Iyengar community passed away today morning. She had completed 74 years on December 7.
Sister to her five siblings but a mother figure to the whole community of Iyengar yoga practitioners which now spans 59 countries across the world, Geetaji lived a simple life which embodied all the principles of being a yogini. She chose to lead a life of brahmacharya (celibacy) and devoted her life to yogic pursuits. Read the rest of this entry »
Shri Yogendra Ji, Founder, The Yoga Institute. Photo Credit: The Yoga Institute.
It is my satisfaction that instead of passing my life in the jungle, obscure and lonely, by some certain inspiration I have been directed to reveal to the public what I felt is truth about this science.” – Shri Yogendra Ji, Founder, The Yoga Institute
With this mission at its core, The Yoga Institute started on its noble mission of spreading Yoga to one and all. Spearheading the “Yoga for the Householder” movement in the world, the Institute helps over a thousand people every day for training, health benefits, and consultations. It also offers Yoga teacher-training courses, wellness workshops and has many published books on Yoga therapy, asanas, pranayama, to its credit. Read the rest of this entry »