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Bikram Yoga

A misappropriation of yoga

Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the Yoga College of India and he ascribes a yoga exercise routine based on 26 postures performed in high temperatures making him the founder of ‘hot yoga’. He patented his name and always prosecutes people though today he has been disgraced.

Franchisees disillusioned with Bikram’s corporation have dropped out but retained elements like the heated room, but changed the Bikram name so as not to breech copyright. In 2006, he had 1,650 yoga studios around the world (up from 1,200 from the previous year)

The asanas in Bikram’s schools are the traditionally the same as in any school and he pushed the idea of exercising is a room heated to

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Paramahansa Yogananda

A modern mystic and spiritual teacher

(5 January 1893 – 7 March 1952)

One of the first great teachers to leave India for a Western country, the organisation that has grown from Yogananda’s teachings (the self realisation fellowship) to almost every country in the world. He teaches more by sharing his story rather than telling you what to do.

“You are walking on the earth as in a dream. Our world is a dream within a dream; you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here. For Him alone you exist. Him you must find.” – from the book The Divine Romance.

Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh,

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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

A modern father of Yoga

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950

Sri Ramana Maharshi is widely acknowledged as being one of the outstanding Indian Gurus of modern times. He was born in Tiruchuli (also commonly spelled as Tiruchuzhi), Tamil Nadu (South India) and named Venkataraman Iyer at birth. At the age of sixteen, Venkataraman became suddenly aware that his real nature was imperishable and unrelated to his body, mind, or personality.

Though many people have reported brief experiences of this, in Venkataraman’s case it was permanent and irreversible. From that moment on, his sense of being an individual person ceased and never functioned in him again. A few weeks after his sense of individuality

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Abbakka Chowta - Heroine

A legendary Hindu heroine

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Rani Abbakka Chowta was the Queen of Ullal (one of the oldest cities in India) who led the resistance against the Portuguese; she was one of the earliest Indians to fight against colonial powers and became known as the first female freedom fighter in India.

Abbakka was trained by her uncle Tirumala Raya in different aspects of warfare and military strategy which she later used against the Portuguese forces who attempted to take Ullal after first taking control of Goa.

The year was 1555 and the Portuguese colonial power was at its peak in the 1500’s. They destroyed the Zamorins of Calicut. Defeated the Sultan of Bijapur. Took away Daman from the

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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

A modern yogi, mystic and visionary

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Image from Isha downloads

Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic, philanthropist and author of over 100 titles in 8 different languages, a spiritual master with a difference, his life and work serve as a reminder that yoga is not an esoteric discipline from an outdated past, but a contemporary science that is vitally relevant to our times.

With a celebratory engagement with life on all levels, Sadhguru is actively involved in fields as diverse as architecture, ecology, sports, music, poetry and painting.

He is the founder of Isha Foundation, a non profit educational and charitable facility based in India and the USA.

A modern yogi, Sadhguru has a mission to

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Krishna Pattabhi Jois

The father of Ashtanga Yoga

Krishna Pattabhi Jois was an Indian yoga teacher who founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, in Mysore, India.

A student of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois’ ashtanga yoga concept provides a high cardiovascular workout. There is a great deal of similarity between the teachings of BKS Iyengar and but Patabi Jois, every asana is clearly defined and perhaps the key difference is that Patabi Jois moves quickly from one pose to the next to get the inner body warmed up and this is not to be confused with hot yoga which is a dangerous practice.

For those people who think or find that yoga practice is far too passive, the dynamics of Ashtanga

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Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

The father of modern hatha yoga

A modern exponent of Asana, Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989) was an Indian yoga teacher, ayurvedic healer and scholar. Often referred to as “the father of modern yoga,” Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and is credited with the revival of hatha yoga.

Krishnamacharya held degrees in all the six Vedic darśanas, or Indian philosophies. While under the patronage of the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wadiyar, Krishnamacharya traveled around India giving lectures and demonstrations to promote yoga, including such feats as stopping his heartbeat. He is widely considered as the architect of vinyasa, in the sense of combining breathing

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Yoga Charya B.K.S. Iyengar

A modern and great yoga exponent

B.K.S. Iyengar, a modern exponent of yoga asana and student of Krisnamacharya.

The late Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, (known as B. K. S. Iyengar) was born in December 14, 1918, in Bellur, Kolar District, Karnataka, India. He is the founder of the system of yoga widely known as Iyengar Yoga. He was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and his influence lives on. He practised and taught yoga for more than 75 years. He has written many books on yoga practice and philosophy and is best known for his books Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Iyengar yoga classes

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The Romani

Homeless in Europe

Romani woman, photographed by Tomasz Tomaszewski

First of all “Romanian” and “Romani” are not the same so don’t mistake them as synonyms and secondly the word “Gypsy” in relation to the Romani is a derogatory slur. However in many western colonies the term Gypsy came into popular use as a marketing ploy, a romantic notion and a description for those reluctant to conform although the origin remains a derogatory.

Origins

The Romani are Europe’s largest minority group and it’s generally accepted that they migrated from northwest India some 1,500 years ago. Over this period they have mixed with local populations and despite many tragedies and attempts at extermination, their numbers today are

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The Challenge of Governanace

And the need for a new paradigm

We have all been born into a social and economic system that has been steadily becoming more corrupt, unjust and entrenched over the generations. Over the past 600 years or so Europeans have exploited the world by taking resources and dispossessing populations of their natural heritage. This form of profiting by theft, and the rules governing money have allowed the concentration of wealth in the hands of the less than 1%.

Today our world is ruled by capitalism and supposedly free markets, but these markets are not exactly free, they are tightly controlled as is our system of governance. We believe that we are living in a democracy, but like the Greeks

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