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.
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…)
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…)
The sounds of Sanskrit — the language of the gods . PC – pixabay
BY GANGA MA
Strong or soft, wild or serene —
Wherever breath flows there is song
Hear its whisper touching behind the face
Singing in the throat,
Dancing spirals in the sanctuary of your heart.
-Radiance Sutras ~ Lorin Roche
Spiritual traditions from all over the world have always known the power that lies in the vibration of voice. Since the beginning of time people have been using songs in temples, churches and caves to give extra power to their ceremonies and practices. Think of the passionate Sufi chants, the beautiful choir music of Christianity and the rhythmic chants of the Native Americans. (more…)
Yarang Michi with her Teacher Yogacharya Bharath Shetty
BY YARANG MICHI
Taking a long break from teaching and becoming a student once again really helps me to find the essence of yoga, which is “balance”. At the end of the day the skill of balance is what yoga really is all about, either on or off the mat. In Mysore, I’m beginning again into learning the beauty, depth and diversity of yoga in detail
The “Ashtanga Yoga” tradition involves putting the body through a progression of series of postures called Vinyasa while, synchronising the breath. The process produces intense internal heat and sweating, which detoxifies the body and the mind.
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…)