Training Your Mind Through Your Body

The author during her Asana practise. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Cheek

BY ELIZABETH CHEEK

I started practising Yoga about 3 years ago, and after exploring for a few months, I found Traditional Hatha Yoga at Atmavikasa in Mysore, India. My initial reaction to attending my first course was:
“The first few weeks were a complete mental battle. Everything I thought I knew about Yoga or myself was shattered leaving my mind in a broken mess of emotions (frustration, confusion, pain and self-doubt). I moved through the days being exhausted, with a body ache while also mentally preparing for the next class. We lined up outside the shala in silence and when we were inside, we waited for the next posture of pain that Acharya Venkatesh would make us hold for an eternity. “Enjoy the breath. It takes time”, he would say. Everything inside of me was screaming and my mind was running, if there was an asana for frowning, I would have mastered that.” Read more

Ayur Yoga Eco-Ashram: Preserving Yoga and Ayurveda in India

Yogis practicing Asana at AyurYoga Eco-Ashram. Photo Credit: AyurYoga Eco-Ashram

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

According to the holy book, The Bhagavad Gita, Yoga is defined as ‘’the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” Most Yogis who have been practicing Yoga will realise that the experience lies in the journey of Yoga, although there is the ultimate destination – Samadhi. This journey keeps evolving over time and our practice and our needs change to adapt our own growth through Yoga. This was one of the pointers founder and director of AyurYoga Eco-Ashram, Sri Krishna Chaitanya highlights in an enlightening chat. Read 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) Read more

Torchbearers of Traditional Yoga – Atmavikasa Center of Yogic Sciences

Acharya Venkatesha
Acharya Venkatesha

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

Enrolling in a Teacher Training Program in India is on the list of most Yoga aspirants. Many spend years just preparing by saving up financially, and thoroughly researching the perfect Indian Yoga school. Upon arrival in India and a week into their training program, that dream slowly starts to lose steam. They find themselves crammed into the program with over 50 students, while struggling for individual attention from a teacher they sought out to learn from. This is a regular state of affairs in India ever since the Yoga boom in the last two centuries, and that’s why the programs of Atmavikasa Center of Yogic Sciences are a breath of fresh air.

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