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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

A modern yogi, mystic and visionary

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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master with a difference, his life and work serve as a reminder that yoga is not an esoteric discipline from an outdated past, but a contemporary science that is vitally relevant to our times.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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Ramadan

Its Origins and History

Muslims are told that the month of Ramadan is commemorative of Muhammad becoming “a prophet” and celebrated during the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. This practise was established as a Holy Month for Muslims after the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE on the occasion known as Laylat al-Qadr, frequently translated as “the Night of Power.

This is a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection for Muslims, but it’s also used an excuse to induce jehadi sentiments amongst the poorly educated to provoke and deepen their commitment to blind beliefs and the need for violence. In theory The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities,

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Politicking

And why things are the way they are

Most of us are familiar with ideas like politicians are the most untrustworthy species and that our world is in a mess due to their incompetence. But to understand why the world is the way it is and the failure of your political systems, we need to step back and summarise the evolutionary process that brought us to this point.

It’s fairly well known that we evolved from hunter gatherer tribes where sometimes one person was the leader and sometimes decision-making was more democratic. There is no one fits all description but things changed more quickly with the advent of agriculture and perhaps more importantly, the use of money and the development

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Seeking Heaven - Seeking Pleasure

Reward for service or escapism

Sometimes we wish life could be more heavenly. but what is heaven and where do we find it? Across the Middle East during a time of growing desertification, Heaven was most often described as an idyllic paradise with lush gardens, an abundance of food and no responsibility, all one’s needs are taken care of.

If we look at the temple Art from north-west India across North Africa, it depicts this idyllic heaven as something akin to the mythical hanging Gardens of Babylon. So perhaps we can say that this was in response to harsh living conditions and indeed those with means either created their own miniature paradise or spread and conquered other lands.

The carrot

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The Ascent of Women

An unfair history heralding our peril

A Dancer of Ancient Egypt (1916). George Owen Wynne Apperley (English, 1884-1960). Oil on canvas.

For the most part, men seem rather straightforward and uncomplicated yet somehow twisted by social pressure and the competition to survive and advance in modern life. Many women have also become masculine in their attitude and behaviour.

Woman are normally seen as being much more complex, less logical and often impossible to understand. While it is man who provides the spark for new life, it is woman who often induces that spark and facilitates new life into the world.

Cosmology

In an esoteric cosmological sense there are two aspects to life, yin and yang, internal and external, masculine

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