All posts tagged: Yoga

Indica Yoga’s Europe Events – A Brief Report

Indica Yoga is a platform dedicated to spread awareness about the deeper psychological, spiritual & life-transforming aspects of Yoga by creating & curating authentic, immersive & transformative yoga experiences across the world. It was launched in the month of March, 2019 with an opening event by Sri Raghu Anantanarayan and Sri Vinayachandra at the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh early this year. Indica Yoga is the newest addition to the growing family of cultural initiatives by Indica. Following the launch, team Indica Yoga successfully completed a 2 month long tour of Europe conducting many events at several cities across Europe during May-June, 2019. About 20 events including workshops, courses, lectures and presentations were held in about 15 cities in Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, France and Ireland. Visits and lectures/interactions were also held in 5 Universities viz. University of Ghent, Ghent; University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen; Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAVY, Zurich; SRH Hochschule, Heidelberg and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Munich. Programs largely focused on highlighting the psychological dimensions of Yoga and …

The Play Of Consciousness and The Śiva Sūtras

Who are we? Why are we here? Are we free? If yes, what is the source of our freedom? Science tells us we are machines, and looking from it our freedom is an illusion. In science there is no place for the spirit. We are sure that there is something real to our inner world. But ordinary science cannot reveal to us the nature of consciousness. This is because science can only tell us of the laws of objects which are expressed in language. With language we can only speak of objects. But Consciousness is not an object. It is the searchlight with which we see objects in our inner or outer spaces or through the medium of the senses. Consciousness is the perceiving subject. Science, through its study of the brain in the search of the source of awareness can only reveal its limitations. It can show that the brain is like a machine but it cannot create a machine that is like the brain. We face paradoxes; science has reached its limits. That …

Yogasutra Of Patanjali – A Scientific Exploration

Tradition places the sage Patanjali’s life somewhere in the fifth to third centuries BCE. He is supposed to be a famous grammarian, writing a commentary on the discipline of grammar to better preserve the meaning of vedic literature. He is better known to practitioners of yoga around the world for his seminal treatise, the Yogasutra. His name itself is suggestive of his life’s purpose. “Pata” in Sanskrit means to fall and “Anjali” is a pose familiar to adherents as one of offering and salutation. Patanjali, thus implies the offering fallen from the heavens, to guide people toward a realization of the Unified Self. Yoga means unification and one effect of the Anjali pose is the connection it brings about between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, creating balance in the mind and body. While a philosophical understanding and the practice of yoga was prevalent in Patanjali’s time as seen from contemporaneous texts, the Yogasutra is likely the only compendium that is solely devoted to the subject. The term sutra in Sanskrit implies the …

Samyama: The key to everyday living

We are all aware about Yogacharya T.Krishnamacharya being a pioneer in using yoga (specifically asana and pranayama) for therapy and well-being. But little did we know that he was a great scholar of our sacred knowledge and traditions. One of his long-standing students Raghu Ananthanarayanan has put together an interesting note about how can one use yoga as a tool for deeper fulfillment and meaning in life? He has used the device of an innocent conversation between a young, curious child, Chiku who is Gayatri Iyer, and an elderly teacher Rita, just like the dialogues that used to take place between student and teachers at ashrams. In my discussions with Raghu who is Rita in the writings, I learnt how symbols and rituals of our Hindu culture have been misinterpreted for long and once you know the real meaning, you can only marvel at the profundity of the entire meaning and how it is part of the larger divine order. Chiku:  Today, I want to ask you some questions about everyday life and yoga. Rita: …

Yoga Wellness Counselor Certificate Course

Indica Yoga, Ritambhara and Yogavahini Foundation are launching a Yoga Wellness Counsellor Certificate course. The objective of this program is to transform Yoga enthusiasts into certified wellness counsellors. This course involves learning to personalize yogic tools and yogic understanding of the self for the well-being of ourselves and others. Students will also be taught to employ Yoga as a complementary healing approach for common health issues. This course contains several aspects of Yoga such as Asanas, Pranayama, Mantra as well as Ayurveda, namely Dosha, Dinacharya, Ritucharya, Strength of Agni etc. Program Content Learn yogic tools and terminology from the Indian yogic tradition Apply Yoga and it’s understanding of the self for personal well-being and preventive health care Yoga as a therapeutic tool for mild health conditions The Yogasutra’s approach to wellness Lenses of Observation: 5 pranas, 5+5 indriyas, angas, dhatus, tanmaatras, 5 bhutas, 5 koshas, 3 doshas, 3 gunas Defining a health vector from Yogic and Ayurvedic health parameters Classifying Causative factors behind symptoms: nimitta, upaadaana, aashraya and aalambana Details You may register for the …

Call for Papers – Seminar On Vedic Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. It is a means of paying attention in a particular way; on purpose and in the present moment, without any judgement. Contemporary Fame Individuals who have contributed to the popularity of mindfulness in the modern Western context include Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926– ), Herbert Benson (1935– ), Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944– ), and Richard J. Davidson (1951– ). Jon Kabat Zinn, an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, created the stress reduction program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations. Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR began to get increasing notice with the publication of his first book, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness (Delta, 1991), which …

Learning how to learn through Yoga

We are all aware about Yogacharya T.Krishnamacharya being a pioneer in using yoga (specifically asana and pranayama) for therapy and well-being. But little did we know that he was a great scholar of our sacred knowledge and traditions. One of his long-standing students Raghu Ananthanarayanan has put together an interesting note about how can one use yoga as a tool for deeper fulfillment and meaning in life? He has used the device of an innocent conversation between a young, curious child, Chiku who is Gayatri Iyer, and an elderly teacher Rita, just like the dialogues that used to take place between student and teachers at ashrams. In my discussions with Raghu who is Rita in the writings, I learnt how symbols and rituals of our Hindu culture have been misinterpreted for long and once you know the real meaning, you can only marvel at the profundity of the entire meaning and how it is part of the larger divine order. Chiku: Rita, you keep saying that learning is everything. What do you mean by it? …

Fulfillment through Yoga

We are all aware about Yogacharya T.Krishnamacharya being a pioneer in using yoga (specifically asana and pranayama) for therapy and well-being. But little did we know that he was a great scholar of our sacred knowledge and traditions. One of his long-standing students Raghu Ananthanarayanan has put together an interesting note about how can one use yoga as a tool for deeper fulfillment and meaning in life? He has used the device of an innocent conversation between a young, curious child, Chiku who is Gayatri Iyer, and an elderly teacher Rita, just like the dialogues that used to take place between student and teachers at ashrams. In my discussions with Raghu who is Rita in the writings, I learnt how symbols and rituals of our Hindu culture have been misinterpreted for long and once you know the real meaning, you can only marvel at the profundity of the entire meaning and how it is part of the larger divine order. ChiKu: I am very confused Rita. I read a lot of posts about the health …

Mahabharata Immersion Workshop

Our personal energy is immense and can act in heroic ways, however, it is often locked up in our subconscious self. The Mahabharata Immersion is an invitation to experiment with oneself, delve unto the depths of the invisible, the in-articulated and the disowned parts of ones self by donning the traditional masks from the Koothu tradition. The Mahabharata Immersion Workshop is intended to enable the participant to engage with inner work and the Purana fron an “inside -out” location. One wears the masks of the Heroes and in playing out the archetypal drama that occurs at various turning points, views oneself in the mirror of the emerging “here and now re-play” of the eternal motifs of life and relationships with significant others. This programme offers participants the opportunity to: Discover and foster one’s hidden heroic potential Introspect upon the relationship between outer and inner process Develop a personal foundation of Role effectiveness, interpersonal ethics and interpersonal discipline Introspect upon the way one holds and gives meaning to one’s mission in life The Learning Theatre An …

Self Reflection – An Introduction To The Yogasutra

We continue to look externally for ways to live a meaningful life. But why look outside when you can engage with yourself at a deeper level? The philosophy and pragmatics of yoga as given in the Yogasutra is a complete source of becoming aware of the workings of the mind and body i.e. the self. The Yogasutra of Patanjali is one of the most influential texts on Yoga ever written. This aphoristic work explains the path of Yoga in a series of concise steps, making it an invaluable work for any sadhaka. Over the millenia, it has been a guide to many in India and in more recent times, it’s fame has spread throughout the world. Raghu Ananthanarayanan conducted a workshop on the Yogasutras from the 26th to 28th January, 2019 in Pune, which shed light on the path of the Yogasutras. Indic Academy gave a grant to two students – Mr Anandhu Krishnan and Ms Renuka Joshi, in order to attend the workshop.