At the KPJAYI Yoga Shala, Mysore India. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler
“Yoga is 99 percent practice and one percent theory.” – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
The pioneer of Ashtanga Yoga was yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) who was twelve years old when he first started learning from his teacher Krishnamacharya. In 1948, he founded the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, South India. This style of yoga has spread all over the world, providing a blueprint for many of the flowing Vinyasa yoga styles. Today, Jois’ grandson Sharath manages the institute in his grandfather’s spirit, and it is still a magnet that draws many “ashtangis” dedicated to this particular tradition practised in the so-called Mysore style. (more…)
People of different nationalities, religions and race participated in the International Yoga Festival 2017 to testify that Yoga is the uniting force of the entire world. This was the 29th edition of the Annual event which was held in Rishikesh during the first week of March. Here is a glimpse of the event which was organised with much aplomb by the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh.
All pictures courtesy – www.internationalyogafestival.org
On the 29th Annual International Yoga Festival, the day begins with a meditation session on the banks of the River Ganga.
Maharashtra Yoga Utsav 2017 will be held on 24th, 25th and 26th March.
The innumerable benefits of Yoga have been proven time and again by science. Today, Yoga is a force to reckon with and has gained immense popularity internationally and also in its birthplace, India. To spread the message of Yoga to the masses, the Kaivalyadhama Ashram is organising the Maharashtra Yoga Utsav 2017. The three day event will be held between the 24th -26th of March, in Mumbai and is supported by Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) and the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India. (more…)
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….
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…)
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…)
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…)