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30th Anniversary of the International Yoga Festival

Yogis from around the world during IYF 2018. Photo Source: https://www.facebook.com/internationalyogafestival/

Every year Yogi’s from around the world flock to the Yoga capital of the world Rishikesh to celebrate one of the most popular and loved Yoga festivals in the world – The International Yoga Festival. This year is definitely a special year as it is the 30th Anniversary edition of this festival. Organized by Parmarth Niketan Ashram in association with the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, the festival will be held between 1st – 7th March 2019. (more…)

Top 12 Yoga Ashrams in India as recommended by Yoga.in

Santosh Puri Ashram, Haridwar. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler

Yoga Ashram: A sacred place that is devoted to the development of spiritual activities in the field of yoga, such as studying scriptures and meditation.

To truly understand the essence of Yoga, it is recommended that one lives in an ashram in India. And also we at Yoga.in highly advocate an ashram experience as we believe ashrams allow you the space to practice Yoga, like no other.

Hence, we thought of creating a list on the top 12 authentic ashrams in India. One of the defining reasons for creating this list is the fact that our team members have visited most of these ashrams. Recommending ashrams is a big responsibility and we are open to your suggestions and feedback. We do believe that you cannot compare one ashram to another as each has its own special history and lineage. They also have different approaches to Yoga, therefore one is no way better than the other. Our question to you is, which one of these 12 ashrams suits you the best?

We have a longer article about Ashrams in India along with our recommended top 12 Ashrams. If you prefer the shortcut, here is a preview list of our top 12 Yoga Ashrams in India (in alphabetical order) (more…)

Geeta Iyengar (7.12.1944 – 16.12.2018)

Geeta Iyengar Photo Credit: Film still by Jake Clennell (taken from the movie “IYENGAR: the man, yoga, and the student’s journey” 2014)

The following obituary for Geetaji was written by Parvez Irani, the man who handwrites the certificates so beautifully at RIMYI:

Dr. Geeta S Iyengar 7.12.1944 – 16.12.2018

In her father’s light, not shadow!

Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar, daughter of Yogacharya B K S Iyengar, and the seniormost teacher in the Iyengar community passed away today morning. She had completed 74 years on December 7.

Sister to her five siblings but a mother figure to the whole community of Iyengar yoga practitioners which now spans 59 countries across the world, Geetaji lived a simple life which embodied all the principles of being a yogini. She chose to lead a life of brahmacharya (celibacy) and devoted her life to yogic pursuits. (more…)

100 years of The Yoga Institute

Shri Yogendra Ji, Founder, The Yoga Institute. Photo Credit: The Yoga Institute.

It is my satisfaction that instead of passing my life in the jungle, obscure and lonely, by some certain inspiration I have been directed to reveal to the public what I felt is truth about this science.” Shri Yogendra Ji, Founder, The Yoga Institute

With this mission at its core, The Yoga Institute started on its noble mission of spreading Yoga to one and all. Spearheading the “Yoga for the Householder” movement in the world, the Institute helps over a thousand people every day for training, health benefits, and consultations. It also offers Yoga teacher-training courses, wellness workshops and has many published books on Yoga therapy, asanas, pranayama, to its credit. (more…)

Yoga for Every Body: Adapted Sivananda Yoga Course

Course Director, Lila Lolling, demonstrating an Asana adjustment on a student. Photo: Uma Ndam

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

Yoga is a personal practice. It’s a practice that caters to you on an individual level while keeping in mind your physical abilities and limitations. If we take a leaf from how traditional yoga was practised, the teacher personalised asana, pranayama and meditation methods based on the student’s needs. Cut to today’s modern studio environment where yoga teachers are leading students through pre-planned sequences, often unsure of how to adapt classical postures for the modern body. This could lead to students injuring themselves or feeling insecure by not having adapted postures for their varied abilities.

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Yoga Ashrams in India

Bihar School of Yoga. Photo Credit: Coni Horler

Ashrams have been a big part of spiritual and religious life in India for hundreds of years. When the Beatles went to India in 1968 and were refreshed and inspired by the time they spent at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram, the rest of the world realised that there was something of great spiritual value to be explored in India.

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Golden Jubilee of Ananda Ashram at ICYER, Pondicherry

 

 

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DR. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI

“Science and spirituality are met at Ananda Ashram, convincing even the most difficult mind that yoga is a complete mind science.” – Yogacharini Korina-Anandhi Kontaxaki one of the eminent Yoga teachers of Cyprus.

Very few Yoga schools are able to marry tradition and modernity in a seamless manner. One of the few is Ananda Ashram at ICYER, Pondicherry that is celebrating its 50th anniversary on 5 August 2018. Classical Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga (Gitananda Yoga) as expounded by Swamiji Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj is taught in this tradition that balances the ancient tantric and yoga wisdom with modern medical scientific knowledge. It is truly a Modern Yoga Gurukula in nature, spirit and manifestation as students live with the gurus and learn to live and love yoga as a 24-hour Sadhana of life itself. (more…)

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