In my years of teaching and travel, I have been fortunate enough to visit almost every continent and interact with people of very different cultures. Back in the day, when I first decided to be a yoga teacher I never fathomed that this would result in so much travel and interaction with all kinds of people. What struck me most was the genuine and serious interest people around the world had towards yoga. As a result, we see millions of yoga practitioners around the world and thousands of teachers to teach them.Read More
In the year 2011, an interview was conducted on the topic of Hathayogapradipika, with three of the senior students of TKV Desikachar - Frans Moors, S Sridharan and Dr. Kausthub Desikachar. This interview was published in the newsletter called "Synergies in Yoga", published then by the Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation.
The interview is presented here for public interest and with an attitude of sharing this conversation on the most interesting topic of Hathayoga.Read More
The Sat Vaidika Darsana-s or the six philosophical schools as they were more commonly known, evolved in ancient India during a period which many consider as the Golden Era of Spirituality. The context and challenges that society faced at that time would have deemed such a revolution essential. Almost all of the great schools of wisdom originated at this time, and has not only been a great source of wisdom for generations through time, but also has been a great source of inspiration for other teachings that evolved later in other parts of the world.
The Yogasutra-s of Patanjali belongs to this collection of extra-ordinary teachings, and is presented through a series of 195 aphorisms.Read More
Trauma is an experience or situation that is often both emotionally painful and distressing, and leaves an enduring impression on the person experiencing it. We all experience painful and distressing events in life. But what makes one experience a trauma, and another not is dependent on a wide variety of parameters.
Viniyoga is an ancient word that has its origin probably in the Veda-s, and maybe even prior to that. The word appears in many of the most ancient meditation practices that are believed to be far more ancient than yoga itself. Considered the most ancient meditative practice, the Sandhyavandanam, was used as the way of honoring and being grateful to the Sun. In this practice, there is more than one occasion where the word viniyoga is used. The context of the meaning is one of application, use or employment. The third meaning from the dictionary meanings.Read More
The way of interaction among people has changed in the last 50 years. While the generation of our grandparents hardly left their towns and usually interacted with a manageable amount of people, we meet new people every day, be it through travelling, the Internet or our globalized work fields. We connect with colleagues over Facebook/Google Plus and might befriend hundreds or even thousands of people over social media platforms. Communication has become more indirect and chatting more prominent than face-to-face talk. Qualities like empathy or care can be expressed in a chat window. We can put a like-button to show appreciation. If we see something we dislike or don’t feel like engaging with another person, we can simply disconnect.
Our modern era is airy and Vata dominant. It is fast, superficial, quickly changing and able to spread ideas in a millisecond. If we give in to the speed, we can get increasingly agitated and overwhelmed. Cellphones, Internet and television increase Vata in the system. Nervousness, anxiety, worry and restlessness are indicators of a Vata aggravated society. Therefore we might question more often how to react to communication so that we can keep calm.Read More
The purpose of this paper is to examine the clinical implications of a close collaboration between a psychotherapist and yoga therapist and the application of their respective therapeutic techniques in the treatment of trauma.
The Yogis understood the human body in a very different way, compared to how modern science looks at it. One among this approach is the concept of Cakras. The viewed the Cakras as vital energy centers located at different places in the body, which controlled important functions of the body. Each of the Cakras are located along the spine and each has a specific role in our health and wellbeing, as well as in the expansion of our full potential.
Although there are some variations found in the classical texts about how many Cakras there are, it is widely acknowledged that there are seven major ones. The appropriate functioning of these seven energy centers was seen as an important focus for most Yogis. So they designed very specific practices including Asana, Pranayama, Mantra and Mudra to engage with these vital centers so as to improve overall quality of life.Read More
‘Asastra sastracikitsa’ is how the legendary Yogi T Krishnamacharya defined the process of Yoga Therapy. Literally translated this means that Yoga Therapy is akin to surgery without surgical instruments. The grand master Krishnamacharya was a pioneer of not just creating a renaissance in the field of Yoga practice, but also has been one of the foremost authorities on reviving the ancient art of Yoga Therapy for the benefit of mankind.Read More
Even though we know that human beings are complex, we are dealing with problems or imbalances in a unidimensional way. Society is used to address symptoms rather than congeries and uses one-pointed remedies to tackle them. When we have a headache we take a headache pill (no matter which headache or which cause), if we have emotional problems we seek the advice of a therapist and hope for a single solution and when our vitality is lacking we use coffee and other stimulants to feel more awake. Like that, we might have gathered an accumulation of symptoms- and an accumulation of single pointed remedies. People see a massage therapist for neck pain, take herbal pills against constipation and use painkillers for their headache.Read More
Yoga has become increasingly popular these days. Its popularity has not only raised awareness around this potent practice but has also brought forth a lot of questions. Yogatmata is a humble attempt to answer some of these questions through a series of video clips and share the true nature of Yoga. Welcome to the journey.Read More
Everyone knows that the breath is the most fundamental component of a yoga practice. It is this commonality of mankind that allows everyone to practice yoga, no matter how old or young, flexible or inflexible, sick or healthy they are. Yet very few of us actually know how to work with our own breath, let alone know our breath at all.Read More