An Introduction to the Roots of Yoga Nidra

BY KRISHNA PRAKASH Nidra means sleep and Yoga Nidra is its antonym! Although appearing to be a practice of deep stillness, Yoga Nidra is a practice that allows one to rest, relax, rejuvenate, manage stress, understand oneself, realize desires consciously. With the word Yoga most of us predominantly associate postures, neglecting the true origin and complexity…

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Yoga Postures – A Forgotten History

by Chétana Jessica Torrens with insight from Yogrishi Vishvketu Recently, there have been discussions and writings suggesting that Yoga postures, other than seated meditation poses, are really no older than the modern era or the late middle ages. It is said that earlier spiritual practices did not include a wide variety of yogasana. This is…

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Lessons from my Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training

by Evguenia Alechine, PhD Akhanda Yoga is a holistic Yogic approach developed by Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu (also known as Vishva-ji). He studied and practiced Yoga for over 40 years and holds a PhD in Yoga Philosophy. For the last 25 years, he has been sharing his learnings at workshops and conferences around the world. Vishva-ji…

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Finding Your Yoga Teacher Training Course in India – An Introduction

It is an excellent idea to invest in any kind of Yogic learning, especially in a Yoga Teacher Training, in India! Most likely you are about to have a life changing experience if you choose to do a Teacher Training Course on the peninsula. Primarily known as the birthplace of Yoga, India is an experience…

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Hansaji on Yoga in Daily Life

Each day, a 1,000 students pass through the gate that leads to The Yoga Institute, which Hansaji is in charge of. It is considered as the oldest Yoga Institute on our planet earth (it just turned 100 years). Her husband was the son of the founder, Shri Yogendra, one of the old great masters of…

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Learn from Living Traditions!

BY KRISHNA PRAKASH Today there are innumerable styles of Yoga and an equally impressive array of studios and great teachers. The obvious questions are, where to study, how to know whether the teaching is authentic, and what value to give to certifications etc. To understand the answers to these questions, it is important to understand…

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O.P. Tiwari on Pranayama

O.P. Tiwari (*1933 in North India) is one of the great living Pranayama masters of India. He is a direct disciple of Swami Kuvalayananda, the founder of Kaivalyadhama Lonavla Institute and Ashram. For many years he was the leader of this world-renowned institute, which links Yoga tradition and science. With great integrity, he has been…

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Training Your Mind Through Your Body

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…

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

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…

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How I healed my body from within and the miracle of life that followed

BY FRANZISKA The first feedback I received from Acharya Venkatesh was, “Your body will change, your face will change, your mind will change. The secret lies in the eyes, within”. And here I am! Three years later. Three years full of practice, study, and self-inquiry. Three life-enhancing winters with my teachers, every year leading me…

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Certification system for Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style

By Inna Costantini With ample choices of teacher training courses branded ‘Ashtanga TTC 200hrs’, it can be difficult for new practitioners to differentiate and navigate the world of yoga qualifications. The home of Ashtanga Vinyasa is Mysore, India. The practice is often referred to as ‘Mysore style’ because of the way it is taught –…

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