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The Ma YogaShakti Mission

H. H. Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati photo source: i.ytimg.com

BY VRITIKA JHUNJHUNWALA

The YogaShakti Mission is a Hindu organization founded in 1979 by Maha Mandaleshwar Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati, an Indian female guru whose philosophy is “Life is given to explore the Ultimate Reality, whatever it may be; besides learning the skills of survival”.

After migrating to the U.S. in 1977, she established ashrams in Ozone Park, New York, and Palm Bay and Deer-field Beach, Florida. She has also organized four ashrams in India; Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Gondia. The ashrams teach to maintain a balance between all forms of yoga; Hatha, Raja, Bhakti, and Karma. Devotional services, classes and retreats are held at all centres. (more…)

Spreading the word of peace: Brahma Kumaris

Spreading the message of one love. Image Source: http://bkinfo.in

BY VRITIKA JHUNJHUNWALA

Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937 by Dada Lekhraj Kripalani, who later took the name Brahma Baba, Brahma  Kumaris has spread to over 110 countries on all continents and has had an extensive impact in many sectors as an international NGO. (more…)

History and Lineage of Bihar School of Yoga

Bihar School of Yoga in Munger. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler

BY SUSHANT PANDEY

A few decades ago, yoga was the subject of only philosophical debates and study, very few people knew the practical side of it. It was Swami Sivananda (of Rishikesh) who completely changed the approach towards yoga. He presented before the people the practical and more scientific aspects of yoga. Indian culture has always been rich in terms of philosophical ideas, but teachings of Swami Sivananda equipped the people with certain techniques and modalities through which they could lead a life full of health, creativity and mental, emotional as well as spiritual fulfilment. Swami Sivananda gave a very clear mandate to his disciples to propagate yoga in society. Swami Satyananda who was a disciple of Swami Sivananda; was given the mandate to spread yoga from door to door and shore to shore.

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History of Yoga in Kolkata

BY VRITIKA JHUNJHUNWALA

“YOGA” is an ancient Sanskrit word which, in only two syllables, encompasses the entire body of spiritual experiences and experiments of tens of thousands of Realised Masters. These Masters have discovered the Ultimate Reality, Sat, and in their infinite compassion, have carefully marked a path for others to follow. Of these great saints and sadhus, Bengal and especially its capital city Kolkata have been fortunate enough to house some of the gems in the treasure chest of Indian spirituality. (more…)

Yoga in Contemporary India: North-western India

DR. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI

Direndra Brahmachari through his Ashram in Jammu and Prof RC Gupta and Prof GD Sharma through the Himachal University have been instrumental in propagating Yoga in the Northwestern frontier. It is to the credit of Prof RC Gupta and Prof GD Sharma that HP University Yoga Department a well-known name all over the country. (more…)

Yoga in Contemporary India: Northern India

DR. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI

Banaras Hindu University has been actively involved in Yoga Research, therapy as well as Yoga Education through the Yoga Sadhana Kendra in Malaviya Bhawan. Prof TR Anantharaman who was the director, Institute of Technology, BHU and the president of the Indian Academy of Yoga has contributed immensely to the union of ancient Yoga and Modern science through his literary works and lectures all over India and the world. He now runs the Ashram Atmadeep in Gurgaon near Delhi. Prof Dr KN Udupa who was the professor of surgery and director of the Institute of Medical Sciences and Prof RH Singh the Professor of Kaya Chikitsa have contributed early research works on Yoga that has set a standard for other researchers in the field. Their work in establishing Yoga therapy protocols for various medical disorders is to be highly appreciated. A physicist by training Sri UA Asrani was another scientist who had a great role in the Yoga work at BHU before he settled down in Lucknow. (more…)

Yoga in Contemporary India: Eastern & North-eastern India

Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Yoga lessons at The Bihar School of Yoga. Photograph – Coni Hörler

EASTERN INDIA

Swami Satyananda and his disciples have put Bihar on the Yoga map with the Bihar School of Yoga that has been a beacon light for the seeker of Yoga. With numerous branches all over the world and Australia in particular, Swami Satyananda built up the Bihar School of Yoga on the back of the Ganges at Munger in the 1960s. A favourite chela of Swami Sivananda, his Bani encompasses the Yoga, Vedanta and Tantric traditions dealing with Yoga as a medium to gain and control the Psychic energies. The signature practice of the BSY is the Yoga Nidra that was developed by Satyananda.  Swami Niranjananda continues the work of his Guru after Swami Satyananda attained Maha Samadhi. The Ashram in the mid period had become a deemed university under the name of Bihar Yoga Bharathi offering masters courses in the science of Yoga but then has changed back due to numerous developments. (more…)

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