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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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Practical Yoga

A simple guide to practising yoga

The literal meaning of the word yoga is ‘unity’ however the general meaning of yoga is broad covering all positive and life sustaining activities. The practice of Yoga can be best described as the conscious action to create balance, peace and harmony.

Unfortunately modern life is not peaceful, and yoga is more commonly used as a tool for relaxation, stress release, improving fitness and health, while being gentle and enjoyable for people of all ages and states of health.

Yoga at a personal level may be It is our want and desire for unity can be described as a type of yoga and is found in all our lives and is an integral part

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Balance in Yoga

Defining Balance and how to find it?

The Buddha famously spoke of the middle way, of avoiding extremes and in simple terms physical balance is a state of equipoise whereby one can remain upright without rigidity. In yoga we typically think about balance in terms of the physical, but there are also states of mental and spiritual balance that comes about through right practice and mindfulness which of itself is another practice.

We could say that life itself is an exercise in finding balance in every area of life. However within yoga it is acknowledged that balance in all aspects of life enhances self-awareness, self knowing and ease of existence. So strive to balance inside and out – masculine

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The Core of Yoga

The path to truth and happiness

There is no absolute scientific certain, no proven origin or reason for mankind in this world. There is no proof of creation, there is no proof of evolution; there are many maybes and yet we know we have this potential and yet were are caught up in suffering when we have the potential to be happy….

But the fact that you wake up every morning is proof that you are alive and depending on the combination of your actions and circumstances, you are either happy or unhappy. For the happy, yoga is a celebration of life and for the unhappy, yoga is a journey to create an enduring happiness.

We all experience moments of

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Ethics in Yoga

The art and core of being

As with the ten commandments of the Christian bible and the more ancient Egyptian 142 commandments, the social and personal ethics known as Yama and Niyama are the rules which we must abide by for self realisation and for our survival as a society or civilisation. In other words, these constitute a formula for world peace and internal harmony.

Yama:

Peacefulness (ahimsa) Truthfulness (satya) Honesty (asteya) Continence (Bramacharya) Acceptance (aparigraha)

Niyama:

Purity (saucha) Contentment (santosa) Ardor or Austerity (tapas) Self study(svadhyaya) Dedication to the Lord (isvara pranidhana)

Why Ethics? Thesocial ethics, when practiced, bring about a harmonising of the community. They build trust and friendliness. Personal ethics assist us to see our true colours,

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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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Yoga Books

Essential reading for aspirants

The classic yoga textbook

Books are an important source of learning assisting all branches of yoga, especially the yoga of knowledge and wisdom. Light on Yoga pictured right is the all time classic textbook on asana and pranayama for all aspiring yogi’s.

Relax With Yoga by Arthur Liebers.

This book provides a complete Yoga practice including an extremely comprehensive classic book on Yogic Breathing, by Yogi Ramacharaka. This book covers not only the basics, but also includes the value of breath in the practice of healing yourself and others, including distance healing, thought projection, forming your aura, charging water, developing yourself mentally and physically, and regulating your emotions. Relax With Yoga

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