Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019

 

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 more

Top 12 Yoga Ashrams in India as recommended by Yoga.in

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 more

Geeta Iyengar (7.12.1944 – 16.12.2018)

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 more

100 years of The Yoga Institute

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 more

Only Ujjayi will Help Me : Memories of a TTC in Rishikesh

Interior Hall at Siva Yoga Peet, Rishikesh. Photo Credit: Debra Galvin

BY DEBRA GALVIN

India was always my chosen destination for a Yoga Teacher Training course and my super-star husband Mike made it a reality this July – September. The 500-hour course was my birthday present. Based on Internet reviews and feedback, he chose, from the myriad ashrams, Shiva Yoga Peeth. Read more

Yoga for Every Body: Adapted Sivananda Yoga Course

Course Director, Lila Lolling, demonstrating an Asana adjustment on a student. Photo: Uma Ndam

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

Yoga is a personal practice. It’s a practice that caters to you on an individual level while keeping in mind your physical abilities and limitations. If we take a leaf from how traditional yoga was practised, the teacher personalised asana, pranayama and meditation methods based on the student’s needs. Cut to today’s modern studio environment where yoga teachers are leading students through pre-planned sequences, often unsure of how to adapt classical postures for the modern body. This could lead to students injuring themselves or feeling insecure by not having adapted postures for their varied abilities.

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The Role of the Guru and Self-Effort in Yoga

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati in front of an image of Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1)
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati in front of an image of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler

THIS ARTICLE WAS SHARED FROM BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOGA

The true potential of yoga and its capacity of transformation is discovered in the adoption of yoga as a complete way of life. This allows a balanced, integrated development of all the human faculties, including those of head, heart and hands, so that one is able to live well and manage all the challenges of life with balance, positivity and creativity. Such a person can live happily and with fulfilment, at the same time contributing constructively to others, their society and their environment.

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