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ashtanga vinyasa and vinyasa flow

Clarity on Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow

One common misconception is in yoga exists between Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vinyasa, two of the most popular styles today. With a little reading, and an open heart, the differences will become clear. Similarities   Both styles arise from the Krishnamacharya Yoga lineage, and both highlight breath-centered movement. Movement and breath align and poses will not be […]

5 Yoga Poses to reduce Belly

5 Yoga Poses For Reducing Fat On Tummy, Hips & Thighs

Yoga is an effective way of losing body fat and toning your muscles. Sedentary lifestyles, high stress levels and unhealthy eating habits are some of the key reasons of gaining weight or growing body fat. And, hips, tummy and thighs are the major areas where you are more likely to gain fat. So here are […]

Teachings of Swami Rama – What, Who and Where is Guru?

In the effort to understand life and approach death meaningfully, vairagya [non-attachment] and abhyasa [practices] are the responsibility of the seeker. When these two are truly undertaken, another help follows. That help comes in the form of guru and grace, each linked to the other, each so beautiful and comforting, each so powerful. Unfortunately, each […]

International Yoga Day

To honor International Yoga Day, we’re going to dive into its rich history and unveil how this sacred practice came to be the worldwide phenomenon that it is today.  Although researchers aren’t totally certain when Yoga was born, we know that the first written documents (more like inscriptions on palm leaves), date back to about […]

Scientific validations of Yoga-Asanas

The anatomy of the body, the weight and size of the brain are almost the same in all humans. God has been uniformly kind to everybody in this respect. The white and the black, the tall and the short, the savage and the sage all have brains of similar size and shape with same anatomical […]

Dreams – Linkage between the visible and the invisible worlds

As most of us might have experienced, dreams appear to be arbitrary reflections of memory and abrupt creations of the agility of mind. We can hardly find any truth and logical basis or purpose in the broken sequence of what we usually dream in sleep. Interestingly though, when we are watching a dream, every scene […]

Miley Cyrus – Do Yoga or Go Crazy

Miley Cyrus is not just a pop star, but also a dedicated yoga practitioner. She regularly practices Ashtanga Yoga, a physically demanding yoga style that helps with core strength. Through practice and dedication, her strength and flexibility have impressively increased. The yogi often shares photos and videos of herself doing poses on her Instagram. In March 2016, she wrote, […]

Yoga made me Iron Man – By Robert Downey Jr. Aka – Iron Man

Iron Man? More like Yoga Man! Robert Downey, Jr. was arrested in 2001 on drug charges, but amazingly managed to kick his addiction and has stayed clean ever since. The actor credits a combination of 12-step programs, yoga, meditation and therapy with keeping him sober. From there, Downey started working steadily, appearing in films such […]

Kapha, Pitta, Vata – What is your Dosha?

Ayurveda is a holistic science of health, focusing on maintaining a physically and emotionally balanced state. Ayurveda began about 5,000 – 6,000 years ago when Indian monks were looking for new ways to be healthy. Revering their bodies like temples, the monks believed that preserving their health would help them meditate and develop spiritually. Over […]

Hatha Yoga

Why One should do Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga is a preparatory process of yoga. Hatha is made from two words “hakar” means the energy of sun, “takar” means the energy of moon. “Hatha” means the sun energy and the moon energy in you. Hatha Yoga is the Yoga to balance the sun energy and the moon energy in you. You can […]

Part 2 of 5 Ways Yoga And Meditation Can Help You Become Wealthy & Happy

One can Read Part 1 here. 2) High Thinking Yoga and meditation train us to focus our thoughts on higher things.  How valuable is that?  The Buddha put it this way: “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”  Confucius […]

Part 1 of 5 Ways Yoga And Meditation Can Help You Become Wealthy & Happy

We learned that one definition of rich is: “abundantly supplied with resources, means, or funds.”   In other words, wealth, or richness, is not limited to how much money one has. There are many other resources and means that we have at our disposal. To be rich is to possess a multifaceted gem.  The size of […]

सूर्य नमस्कार क्या है | What is Surya Namaskar in hindi?

‘सूर्य नमस्कार’ का शाब्दिक अर्थ सूर्य को अर्पण या नमस्कार करना है। यह योग आसन शरीर को सही आकार देने और मन को शांत व स्वस्थ रखने का उत्तम तरीका है। सूर्य नमस्कार १२ शक्तिशाली योग आसनों का एक समन्वय है, जो एक उत्तम कार्डियो-वॅस्क्युलर व्यायाम भी है और स्वास्थ्य के लिए लाभदायक है। सूर्य नमस्कार मन […]

योग क्या है? | What is Yoga in Hindi?

योग शब्द संस्कृत धातु ‘युज’ से निकला है, जिसका मतलब है व्यक्तिगत चेतना या आत्मा का सार्वभौमिक चेतना या रूह से मिलन। योग, भारतीय ज्ञान की पांच हजार वर्ष पुरानी शैली है । हालांकि कई लोग योग को केवल शारीरिक व्यायाम ही मानते हैं, जहाँ लोग शरीर को मोडते, मरोड़ते, खिंचते हैं और श्वास लेने […]

Yoga mudras for preventing Hairfall

Yoga Mudras for Hair Growth and Prevent Hair Fall

It is within the human’s capacity to get the healthy hair with the only condition you have to take out few minutes for yourself every day. These few minutes of your invested time can become a lifelong asset for us. Your hands can become a drugless therapy for you, when you get them in the […]

Teaching By Example at Akshi Yogashala

Some Tips to Make a Better Choice for Yoga Teacher Training Program

With spur of yoga teacher training programs around the world, deciding on a right program is not easy. You need to think the program that best conjures your needs and whether it is worth investing? However, these following tips will help you make a right choice? Go through the syllabus: Decide what you exactly want to learn […]

Swami Rama

A Myth Shattered By Swami Rama

Swami Rama has shattered the myth of western science about restrictions of human Physiology when in the year 1970 under the supervision of scientists from the clinic of Menninger in Topeka (Kansas) he has demonstrated that he is able to control his autonomic nervous system, and this according to Physiology, people can not do. Elmer […]

Mantra Chanting

Importance of Chanting Mantras

On the Benefits of Mantra Meditation:- Reduces Anxiety and Depression. By combining sound, breath and rhythm, mantra meditation channels the flow of energy through the mind-body circuit, adjusting the chemical composition of our internal states and regulating brain-hemisphere imbalances, contributing to a natural abatement of fear and despair–emotions that underlie both of these common afflictions. […]

Ganga Arti

Ganga Pooja – Divine Rituals For Devi Ganga

Ganga Pooja – Divine Rituals For Devi Ganga The Ganga is one of the seven holy rivers of Hinduism and perhaps the most important among them. The river Ganga is an earthly manifestation of Devi Ganga, who is the sister of Maa Parvati. She had come down to earth on the request of King Bhagirath […]

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6 Reasons for going on Yoga Retreat

Even if you haven’t been on a yoga retreat you may have a good idea what one entails. Daily yoga classes are a given, and many have several classes each day. Also on the agenda you can expect to see a combination of holisitic treatments, meditation time, healthy meals, nature walks and swimming as well […]

Yoga Teachers & Mentors at Akshi Yogashala

Points to be Consider For Ideal Place for Yoga Teacher Training Course

So, you want to do your yoga teacher training? That is awesome! In my opinion, doing a yoga teacher training program, even if you never intend to teach a day in your life, is one of the most amazing, life-transforming things you can do for yourself. That said, with so many options for trainings out there, how […]

Importance of International Yoga Day!

It’s time to stretch, flex and feel good! That’s right, International Yoga Day is coming soon, and fitness enthusiast around the word are prepping up for what is likely to be the most peaceful day of the year. Yoga has been around longer than anyone can remember and its popularity has spread on a global […]

200 hour yoga teacher training in rishikesh

Yagya – The Importance of Fire Ceremony

Yagya, the holy fire ritual Our ancient texts are full of legends wherein ancient sages performed Yagyas and the demons (asuras) tried to destroy them. The demons then had to pay a hefty price as the godly, valiant prince used to guard the Holy fire and eliminate the nuisance. Whether these are just folklores, myths, […]

Your Self practice Akshi Yogashala

Mentor Yourself Through Yoga Practice After Yoga Teacher Training Course

Completing your first 200-hour yoga teacher training is an incredible feeling. After spending 200 intense hours studying all things yoga, the inevitable bliss that envelopes you afterwards is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.  Soak it all in!  Spending that time to be vulnerable, cracking open your heart to unify your mind, body and spirit is no easy task! But […]

What Makes Kerala a Unique Destination for Yogis?

Towards the southern corners of India is the God’s own land, Kerala, where there is an amalgamation of nature’s blessings and soulful retreats. It is a place where the mind and body are idolized in a temple of health and the religiosity, beauty gives it a retreating balance and its atmosphere act as a catalyst to […]

Why Rishikesh is the Yoga Capital of the World

No matter where ever we go, each time we think of yoga, the first name that comes to our mind is India and then Rishikesh. This is not to say that Yoga belongs to India only, it is a universal gift which can be accessed by one and all, the only thing required is acceptance. But still, Rishikesh […]

Yoga Teacher Training India

Why choose India for Yoga Teacher Training?

Whether it is your first teacher training or your 27th, India always has more yogic wisdom to offer. Here are 10 amazing reasons to take your yoga teacher training in India: 1. Lineage: Going to the Source The Upanishads, a series of Hindu sacred treatises, literally mean “sitting near,” as in to sit as close […]

3 ways to change attitudes towards teaching yoga.

3 ways to Change Attitudes Towards Teaching Yoga

  When people come to the yoga teacher training course , they are inspired by the desire to share what they love with others. Difficulties arise when a beginner yoga instructor becomes a teacher and organizer of his own activity.It happens that the environment of yoga studios, which forces to sell more and more, discourages the conduct of classes. At such times […]

The Reason behind 108

The mystical meaning of number 108

The number 108 throughout the history was multidimensional. Shivaite small, tantric and Tibetan rosaries consist of 108 beads. The number 108 is also of great importance within the Rosicrucian Order, as it illustrates the time frame of some of their cycles. It is interesting that a leap year displays 366 days, and 3 × 6 × 6 gives […]

What is the Meaning of namaste?

Namaste: What does it mean?

You’ve probably seen the very funny video from “College Humor” showing what it might be like if Gandhi were to take a contemporary yoga class.  The hilarious (and highly-accurate) skit shows his steadily-growing frustration with teacher and fellow students, until he finally loses all composure and departs with a (very non-Yogic) expletive.  The unruffled students […]

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A Quote for All Yoga Learners

Far from everyone thinks of teaching yoga. Of these, not everyone will embody. Of these, not everyone will have the opportunity. Of these, not everyone can learn. Of these, not everyone will teach. And from them, not everyone will teach yoga in essence, not in form. Someone has circumstances, some people think that he is […]

The Story of Two Yogi’s

A person who does anything that he does to at most perfection, without being involved in its materialistic aspects and benefits is called a Yogi. However, since it is very difficult for a person to attain such a state, principled ways like vaanaprastham, sanyaasam have been suggested, to train a person to be detached from […]

Guide for Travellers to India

Things to do in Rishikesh for Cool Getaway Fun, Adventure and Thrill

Things to do in Rishikesh for Cool Getaway Fun, Adventure and Thrill Where heavenly abodes spray the rays of love, and nature spreads its mystical tentacles through the Himalayas, it is Rishikesh, in India. Situated towards the North of India, in Uttarakhand, it is a land of God and for adventure seekers for its religiosity fervor, thrilling activities […]

The Teacher & Student Mantra

  ॐ सह नाववतु । सह नौ भुनक्तु । सह वीर्यं करवावहै । तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै । ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ Om Saha Navavatu | Saha Nau Bhunaktu | Saha Vīryam Karavāvahai | Tejasvi Nāvadhītam-Astu Mā Vidvišāvahai | Om Śāntih Śāntih Śāntih ||   Om- supreme God; Saha- together; Nau- both/all Avatu- may he protect; Saha- together; Nau- both/all Bhunaktu- be nourished/energized; Saha- together Vīryam- energy Karavāvahai- work(karva-hand,avahai-bring in to […]

Omkaar Mantra

ॐकारं बिंदुसंयुक्तं नित्यं ध्यायंति योगिनः । कामदं मोक्षदं चैव ॐकाराय नमो नमः ॥१॥ Omkaaram Bindu-Samyuktam Nityam Dhyaayanti Yoginah | Kaamadam Mokssadam Caiva Omkaaraaya Namo Namah Meaning: Om, which is united with the Source, On which the Yogis ever dwell, Which grants desires and liberation, I salute the Omkaram.

Ganesh Mantra (obstacle remover)

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ । निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥     Vakratunda Mahākāya Sūryakoti Samaprabha; Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarvakāryešu Sarvadā.   Vakratunda- curved trunk Mahākāya- huge form Sūrya- sun Koti- billion Sama- equal Prabha- splendor (Brilliance) Nirvighnam- no obstacles Kurume- give me Deva- divine Sarva- all Kāryešu- endeavor (aim) Sarvadā- always Meaning – O Lord Ganesha, of Curved Trunk, Large Body, and with the Brilliance of […]

The Mantra for Masters (Guru) Invocation

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः । गुरुर्साक्षात परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः II Gurur Brahmā Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo Maheśwarah; Guru Sākshāta Param Brahma, Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah. Guru- teacher(one who dispels darkness of ignorance); Brahma- creator, Guru- teacher, Vishnu- preserver, Gurudevo- Supreme Master Maheshvarah- destroyer (Shiva), Sākshāt- verily, Param- absolute, Tasmai- to him, ShriGuruve- eminent teacher, […]

Let’s Start our day with Surya Namaskar

Sun is the major reason of life on earth which provide a great source of energy. To show gratitude towards the sun, ancient yogis found that Surya namaskar is the best way to gain the divine impulse of light and “salute to the sun” for the creation of life. Surya namaskar is said to be […]