Yoga at Sagar University. Picture Source: Youtube.com
BY VRITIKA JHUNJHUNWALA
Yoga is quickly being recognized by modern Indians and Westerners as a proper science and one of the leading institutions that help to impart this ancient knowledge is Sagar University.
Dr Hari Singh Gour University, formerly and more popularly known as Sagar University is located in the city of Sagar, the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. It was formerly named “Sagar University” when founded on 18 July 1946, during the British Raj. Based on a research study conducted recently by the government, more than 3,500 government and private Indian universities were assessed based on various parameters, including research facilities, students’ employability and popular perception and Sagar University along with IIT and IIM-I ranked as the top universities in Madhya Pradesh. (more…)
KPJAYI, Mysore, India. Photograph – Coni Hörler
BY GOWRISHANKAR HOSAKERE
One of the first things I asked myself when I started Samyama Academy of Yoga was, “What is it that I want to teach?” and “How much fees should I charge the students?” I wanted to find my expression in a wide variety of meanings, as yoga the age-old and oft-misrepresented science is taught in various schools today. (more…)
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.
Yoga Therapy was greatly influenced immensely by Guruji BKS Iyengar. A picture from RIMYI, Pune. from Photography: Coni Hörler
BY MEREL MARTENS
Since yoga is becoming more and more mainstream, yoga therapy is rising in popularity too. I have studied medicine myself and have been practicing, studying and working with yoga for many years now. It is beautiful to observe that yoga therapy is not only being embraced by so-called ‘alternative people’ and ‘yoga lovers’, but by medical professionals alike! For example, in the yoga therapy programs that my school offers we have students working as physiotherapists, as well as students who have never opened a medical textbook in their lives. (more…)
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…)
Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani
Bihar School of Yoga in Munger. Photography – Coni Hörler
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 Samdhi. 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.