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Yoga in India: Liberation Without a Twist!

Yoga in India

Yoga in India.  Photo by Coni Hörler


Yoga has a cluster of techniques distributed through a variety of branches. Their objective is the same: to experience oneness with the underlying reality that is the basis of the external word. Though they aim for the same goal they use different approaches for their journeys. (more…)

International Yoga Day Story Contest



Yoga, they say is a good practice which helps to boost creativity and here’s just the contest to put that to test.  (more…)

What is Tantra?

Written by Amala Klep

Photo courtesy - Coni Hörler

Photo courtesy – Coni Hörler

“But… What is actually Tantra?” How many times I have heard this question. And each and every time the same feelings arise inside of me, a mix of enthusiasm to share, from my personal experience, about this amazing and old philosophy. (more…)

Snapshots of The International Yoga Festival (IYF)


International Yoga Festival 2016 – A global gathering for Yoga

By Yarang Michi

The International Yoga Festival (IYF) represents that yoga is for everyone, irrespective of background, culture or religion. The need for yoga is everywhere, and this festival helps in bringing change and progressing towards a more healthy and peaceful life. The Yoga Festival is an annual event and this year it was scheduled between 1- 7th of March, 2016.  (more…)

‘Yoga in India’ now available on Flipkart

Yoga in India on Flipkart

Great news for those of you in India!

Recently, Coni, our photographer for the book “Yoga in India”, happened to see a local storage space for Flipkart not even a kilometer away from his home in Bangalore. He dropped in and by chance he bumped into one of the founders who instantly liked our book. This opened the doors for our book listing on, India’s No. 1 online bookshop.

Click here to find our book on Flipkart!

Study Yoga in India: Top 10 Reasons

Thinking of studying yoga in India? Here are 10 reasons why you should.


Photo by Coni Hörler Photography

1. Study in the birthplace of yoga

It is no secret that India is the birthplace of yoga. If studies are correct, yoga has been a part of India’s ethos for over 5,000 years. Understanding and connecting to the history and traditions of yoga will deepen your personal practice and bring new perspectives to those who are teachers. By being in India and meeting the people, you will gain a deep insight into the friendly and welcoming society. One way to participate in the Indian culture and traditions is to plan your trip during one of the many Hindu celebrations like Holi, Diwali or the festival of Ganesh. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss. If you want to become a yoga teacher, you can find teacher trainings on and in our book Yoga in India: a journey to the top yoga places.

2. Gain a broader view of yoga

In the West there is no doubt a large emphasis on the physical practice of yoga. That emphasis also exists in India to some extent, however, it is primarily a spiritual practice. No matter if you are coming to India to perfect your scorpion pose, to become a yoga teacher or to get away from your hectic lifestyle, most travelers to India find themselves on a spiritual and philosophical journey, whether they intended it that way or not. By immersing yourself in a daily physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga, you will return home with a calm mind, an inspired soul, a new lifestyle, and in good physical condition. Each center on lists the techniques and courses they focus on in order to help you find the right course for you.

3. Find a guru

Gurus are spiritual leaders who can help you in your journey through life. In our book, you can find respected teachers, gurus or swamis to guide you in the philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga. Many gurus have a daily satsang where people gather together and have discussions with the guru.

4. Experience the ashram lifestyle

No trip to India is complete without having stayed at least one week in an ashram, really one month is preferred if time permits. An ashram is like a hermitage or a monastery. It is not designed for luxury comfort but rather for simplicity, which can be a healthy challenge for any ego. After many early mornings, you might just realize you are not a night owl! You can research hundreds of yoga centers in India on ranging from ashrams to high-end retreats.

5. Break the bad habits

In an ashram (or typically anywhere you study yoga in India), smoking, drinking and eating meat are prohibited. For some people, the idea of breaking any of these habits seems impossible; however, when you are living in an ashram it is easy! For example, you have the opportunity to be vegetarian since most eat a sattvic diet. The positive changes in your body and mind after eliminating these toxic substances from your daily routine will encourage you to continue a similar lifestyle when you come home.

6. Learn to chant

Chanting is the blend of sound, breath and rhythm and can drastically change your internal emotional state as well as provide health benefits. It is said to strengthen your immune system, balance your nervous system and reduce stress. So drop your insecurities about singing, let the child in you shine through and chant away to good health!

7. A great value

Historically, yoga was an experience of learning between a yoga master and the student – and it was typically free. Nowadays, and especially in the West, it is a little different. The price of learning yoga can be steep. In India, you can find places to study as well as yoga teacher trainings at a great value to fit any budget – big or small. You won’t have to break the bank to have an experience of a lifetime.

8. Climate and Nature

From the foothills of the Himalayas in the North to the beaches of Kerala in the South, and everything in between – India has a wonderful climate as well as sublime natural beauty. So why not spend your vacation in a beautiful place that is inexpensive and where you can easily return home feeling enlightened? Now that would be a unique vacation! You can search yoga centers on by location including regions, cities and natural characteristics such as “in the mountains” or “near the beach”.

9. Travel in India is . . . easy and safe!

Yes, we said “easy” and “safe”! First, there is no need to learn another language because English is an official language in India. Next, India also has decent air, bus and train transportation that you can book online so it is fairly easy and inexpensive to get around the country. Last, traveling alone as a man or a woman is safe but like any foreign country, awareness of your surroundings and street smarts are the key. There are a few more yoga traits you will need to bring with you, like patience and detachment, and then travel in India will indeed be easy and safe.

10. Meet like-minded people

India attracts a certain kind of person, someone who is open-minded and searching for a deeper meaning to their yoga practice, or in fact, a deeper meaning to life. If any of the the 9 reasons above resonate with you, then you are guaranteed to find like-minded people, whether it be fellow travelers or welcoming Indians, with whom you can share your experiences.

Studying yoga in India is an experience of a lifetime.   We hope to see you soon in India!

Yoga class at the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh

It doesn’t really bother you to get up at 5 in the morning when you know that you will walk along the mother and the holiest of all rivers for half an hour. A cup of chai on the way to the yoga class helped start the day though.

Swami Sridarananda welcomed me at 6am and the class could start. I attended a 1-hour men-only yoga class, performing asanas and pranayama. The women session is conducted daily from 4.30 to 6.30pm.
It is definitely a very purist and traditional ashram with a simple (well, it seems so…) approach to life:

“Be Good. Do Good.”

Asana class at the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh

Asana class at the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh

There was something else on my to-do list today… Probably my last task for this part of the project: meeting Mr. Tiwari who had just come back from Canada 3 days ago.
So I took a rickshaw and went to Rishikesh town, where he spends some time of the year.

Do you still remember who Mr. Tiwari is? He is the general secretary of Kaivalyadhama, the yoga institute in Lonavla, which we visited last March.
He gave me a very warm welcome to his house, and he soon started talking about earlier times when Gandhi and the Nehru family got treated at the institute. He’s happy about today’s worldwide growth of yoga, and not so happy about the growth of Rishikesh.
By the way, here is Mr. Tiwari’s definition of yoga:

“Yoga is the Art of Living and the Science of Experience.”

Goodbye Rishikesh! No problem, it is getting slightly hot here…

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