Yoga in Dharamsala During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Laura Lynch Dharamsala is a backpacker’s haven situated on the foothills of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh, northern India. The word Dharamsala translates as the resting place for pilgrims and travellers. It is no wonder visitors end up spending more time here than planned while on their…

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Ammaji About the Age and History of Asanas

In our interview Ammaji (Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani) is giving insights into the historical development of concepts and practices of Yoga. It was in 1967 when the journalist of US-American origin was literally drawn to India, where she is living ever since. She married Yogaguru Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri. Ever since the ICYER ashram in…

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Asana Intelligence – Free Instructional Yoga Video by Yogacharya Venkatesh

Atmavikasa Center of Yogic Sciences is one among the first three International Yoga Schools established in Mysore. Founders Venkatesh and Hema generously share some of their knowledge with us in these times of home practice in this free video (it is free with the code VENKAFREE). Please note: This video is for non-commercial use only.…

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Developing Your Self practice in Yoga

During these virus-shaken days many of us are seeking for online guidance on their yogic path. Numerous online courses pop up and it seems like business with virtual consultants and practice videos is booming.  Self practice surely is an often neglected virtue in our modern times as the options and possibilities to join Yoga classes…

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Swami Sundaranand on the Eightfold Path

Swami Sundaranand is a man of many skills and deep knowledge. He is a Yogi, mountaineer, naturalist, climate activist and a well-known photographer who has spent a chunk of time photographing and documenting the Himalayas. As the student of Swami Tapovan Maharaj, his fascination for the Himalayas began after he read his master’s book ‘Himagiri…

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Celebrating the Many Faces of Yoga: The International Yoga Festival 2020

By Adithi Mathews Over a period, a practitioner of Yoga sees a transformation within themselves. It could start off as simple as being connected to one’s breath, or by being mindful of the way they consume and move, or even the most obvious – more flexibility and having more energy to carry out their days…

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An Introduction to the Roots of Yoga Nidra

BY KRISHNA PRAKASH Nidra means sleep and Yoga Nidra is its antonym! Although appearing to be a practice of deep stillness, Yoga Nidra is a practice that allows one to rest, relax, rejuvenate, manage stress, understand oneself, realize desires consciously. With the word Yoga most of us predominantly associate postures, neglecting the true origin and complexity…

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Yoga Postures – A Forgotten History

by Chétana Jessica Torrens with insight from Yogrishi Vishvketu Recently, there have been discussions and writings suggesting that Yoga postures, other than seated meditation poses, are really no older than the modern era or the late middle ages. It is said that earlier spiritual practices did not include a wide variety of yogasana. This is…

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