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How to Practice Awareness in Yoga

The practice of awareness. Picture Courtesy: Coni Hörler

BY SUSHANT PANDEY

The practice of awareness in Yoga is a continuous process. Discipline of yoga is not restricted to the class room practice of a set of yogic techniques. It is slow, methodical, requires vigilance, effort, and discipline. In fact it almost seems too difficult a task and too lofty an ideal to follow, especially in a society that does not make it easy for us to stand back and watch ourselves. When everything is moving at such a frantic pace and so much of our attention is focused on just trying to keep up, how does one internalise the awareness? The answer is to make an active commitment to the betterment of ourselves which means setting aside a certain time that will be dedicated solely to self reflection. (more…)

Photo Essay: International Yoga Festival 2017

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.

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Yoga In Bangalore: A brief history

Art of Living – Meditation Hall, Bangalore. PC – pixabay.com

BY GOWRISHANKAR HOSAKERE

Bangalore, the third largest city in South India prides itself as the hub of information technology. Known as the “Silicon Valley of India” and “Garden City”, Bangalore exudes the energy of the best cosmopolitan cities in the world with its brisk, positive and welcoming community of people. It counts among the top entrepreneurial destinations in the world and boasts of a vibrant and active expat community. However, it is the ‘all year round’ good weather and friendly people that make you fall in love with this city. (more…)

International Yoga Festival 2017

The International Yoga Festival 2017

Image Courtesy: internationalyogafestival.org

The Yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh is all set to host the International Yoga festival from the 1st – 7th March, 2017. The festival is organised by Parmarth Niketan ashram along with The Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy), GMVN, and The Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board. Held annually, this year marks the 18th edition of the world renowned event.

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What are the Bandhas?

yoga is derived from the root yuj, which means to yoke, unite or to join together.  Source: Pixabay

yoga is derived from the root yuj, which means to yoke, unite or to join together.  Source: Pixabay

BY JESSICA BROOKES

Carl G. Jung the eminent Swiss psychologist, described yoga as ‘one of the greatest things the human mind has ever created.’  The Yoga Sutra defines Yoga as: yoga chitta-vritti-nirodah, which may be translated as: “Yoga is the cessation of agitation of the consciousness.” The word yoga is derived from the root yuj, which means to yoke, unite or to join together. Hence, the practice of yoga leads to the union of the human with the divine – all within the self. (more…)

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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…)

6 common expectations from an Intensive 200 Hr-Yoga Teacher Training.

Expectations can be high from a 200 Hr YTTC. PC – pixabay.com

BY SUZANA ALTERO

Choosing the right teacher training is a daunting task. And if you are doing it abroad, it can be even harder. It’s usually an intensive course, where we have probably never met the teachers or even someone who has really attended it!  There are great articles giving tips on how to better analyze the possibilities and choose the best. Tips vary from checking the course’s curriculum properly, taking the lead teacher’s class, checking faculty’s credentials and so on. Surely this analysis is a great part of the whole deal. After all, a great yoga teacher training will have less chances of disappointing any attendee, than a mediocre one.

However, that is surely not enough. Knowing what to expect from the 200-Hour YTTC it is also vital to be able to truly enjoy our journey and learn to the best of your potential.  Here are a few common expectations that get us frustrated in an intensive 200-hour yoga teacher training abroad and in our home country!

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