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Remembering Iyengar on his birth anniversary

With much fondness, reverence and gratitude we remember Yogacharya Sri BKS Iyengar on the occasion of his 98th birth anniversary. In fact we found just the perfect jewel from our archives to share on this very special occasion as we reminiscence about the energy of Guruji.

While working on our book – Yoga in India: A Journey to the Top 24 Yoga Places, we were at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune and had the good luck of a meeting with Guruji. As we chatted about Yoga in India, the conversation wandered and we asked Guruji about his favorite animal. We captured that moment on video and here’s what he told us….

 

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T. Krishnamacharya – The Father of Modern Yoga

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” – T. Krishnamacharya

For the modern practitioner, Yoga translates to purely Asana or the physical limb of the entire 8 steps which, leads to the state of Samadhi. T. Krishnamacharya, studied Yoga during his childhood from his father and is known to have emphasised his teachings around the physical limb of Yoga – which are Hatha Yoga postures; although he studied the philosophy and other aspects in great detail as well.  Emphasising his teachings on Asana, is one of the reasons he is known as  the ‘Father of Modern Yoga’. The second reason would be the fact that he was the guru of two of the biggest and most renowned Yoga legends – Pattabi Jois (founder of Ashtanga Yoga) and BKS Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga). (more…)

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Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga – an introduction

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

Among the many forms of traditional Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style is known as a dynamic practice which weaves the movement of asana together with breath. This style of Yoga was founded by Sri K Pattabi Jois in Mysore, a city in Southern India. (more…)

5 Popular Yoga and Meditation Retreats in India

BY ROHIT AGARWAL

Though yoga originated in India, it is no longer just confined to the country. Today, it has thousands of followers all over the world and many yoga centres and ashrams in every country. With the United Nations declaring June 21 as the International Yoga Day, it has acquired more prominence. (more…)

Torchbearers of Traditional Yoga – Atmavikasa Center of Yogic Sciences

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Acharya Venkatesha

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

Enrolling in a Teacher Training Program in India is on the list of most Yoga aspirants. Many spend years just preparing by saving up financially, and thoroughly researching the perfect Indian Yoga school. Upon arrival in India and a week into their training program, that dream slowly starts to lose steam. They find themselves crammed into the program with over 50 students, while struggling for individual attention from a teacher they sought out to learn from. This is a regular state of affairs in India ever since the Yoga boom in the last two centuries, and that’s why the programs of Atmavikasa Center of Yogic Sciences are a breath of fresh air.

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Yoga for Everyone – Sivananda Yoga

 

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

There is an inspiring story about the guru-disciple relationship. As a young man Swami Vishnudevananda (disciple) was in the army and accidentally stumbled upon a booklet with a quote by Swami Sivananda (guru). The quote read, ‘An ounce of practice is worth tons in theory.’ Swami Vishnudevananda was so inspired by the quote that he set out and traveled the breath of India to meet the writer. The first meeting with Swami Sivananda left a strong impression on the young Swami, he was so inspired that he decided to return again and ultimately surrender to the feet of his guru and immerse himself  in learning everything about the Yogic science. This story in a certain way forms the premise of Sivanada Yoga – a traditional system of Yoga which is the dedication of a disciple to the teachings of his Guru.

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An introduction to Iyengar Yoga

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

There is a grainy, black & white film made in 1976 called ‘The Ultimate Freedom’. The film starts with an introductory monologue which pans close to a man with a youthful face and head full of light hair. His English is laced with an Indian accent, but what undoubtedly stands out is his strong confidence. He says, ‘’You all read the title of the film. The Ultimate Freedom. Ultimate freedom means, complete freedom in body, in the mind and in the self itself. In order to experience this total freedom, Indian sages and saints introduced the subject called Yoga. ‘’ Just few seconds into the brief introduction, you can’t help but be completely spell bound by the passion that is so evident in the speaker – BKS Iyengar, whose life is a testimony about the transformative power of Yoga.

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