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The author during her Asana practise. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Cheek

BY ELIZABETH CHEEK

I started practising Yoga about 3 years ago, and after exploring for a few months, I found Traditional Hatha Yoga at Atmavikasa in Mysore, India. My initial reaction to attending my first course was:
“The first few weeks were a complete mental battle. Everything I thought I knew about Yoga or myself was shattered leaving my mind in a broken mess of emotions (frustration, confusion, pain and self-doubt). I moved through the days being exhausted, with a body ache while also mentally preparing for the next class. We lined up outside the shala in silence and when we were inside, we waited for the next posture of pain that Acharya Venkatesh would make us hold for an eternity. “Enjoy the breath. It takes time”, he would say. Everything inside of me was screaming and my mind was running, if there was an asana for frowning, I would have mastered that.” Read the rest of this entry »

Yogis practicing Asana at AyurYoga Eco-Ashram. Photo Credit: AyurYoga Eco-Ashram

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

According to the holy book, The Bhagavad Gita, Yoga is defined as ‘’the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” Most Yogis who have been practicing Yoga will realise that the experience lies in the journey of Yoga, although there is the ultimate destination – Samadhi. This journey keeps evolving over time and our practice and our needs change to adapt our own growth through Yoga. This was one of the pointers founder and director of AyurYoga Eco-Ashram, Sri Krishna Chaitanya highlights in an enlightening chat. Read the rest of this entry »

The author Franziska practicing Yoga. Photo Courtesy: Franziska

BY FRANZISKA

The first feedback I received from Acharya Venkatesh was, “Your body will change, your face will change, your mind will change. The secret lies in the eyes, within”. And here I am! Three years later. Three years full of practice, study, and self-inquiry. Three life-enhancing winters with my teachers, every year leading me to find a deeper understanding and connection to myself. Uprooting and discharging the deep-rooted patterns, wounds and blind spots that kept me from peace, strength, and health. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Yogis from around the world during IYF 2018. Photo Source: https://www.facebook.com/internationalyogafestival/

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 BSY

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 »

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