If you have been thinking about getting certified in teaching yoga, the sheer volume of schools available now will leave you dumbstruck. These schools have created a huge volume of marketing material and flooded it where most new aspiring yoga teachers go to find schools, the internet. Due to the advancements in networking and communication capabilities of the internet, any school can get the best marketing teams to make their newly built school look better than seasoned schools with clever marketing tactics. We have compiled a list of some tips to help you choose the best school for your YTT Program. Experience Of The School When you are planning to take up the YTT course, the experience of the School can influence your learning tremendously. Make sure that the school you choose has been running for a minimum of five years. As the only prerequisite to opening a yoga teacher […]
Meditation is a wonderful way to make contact with the soul. It cultivates the mind and refines it gently and with love. Just as our body needs care, so too our soul requires attention, care and mindfulness.
Only you decide whether to listen to your soul in order to lovingly and consistently integrate it into your being. For this, constant mental hygiene, which can also be called "soul care", is of great importance. Meditation is an invaluable tool of mental hygiene and prepares the pathway to our soul. Singing also lifts the mind and connects us with soul, especially devotional singing and kirtan.
You know that feeling when you leave a good yoga class. You’re euphoric. Every cell of your body thanks you for giving it exactly what it needs. You tell yourself, “I’m going to practice yoga forever. I always want to feel like this.” And for awhile — three months, six months, maybe even a year — you’re committed to a regular practice and feeling wonderful. Then something gets in the way — a short illness, an important meeting — and you skip a class or a home session. You justify it because you’re busy and you’ve been doing so well. Then it happens again. Soon, you’re out of your yoga groove and struggling to get motivated again. Why resistance happens It’s part of human nature that we tend to self-sabotage and procrastinate. Psychologists find that this behavior is often learned in early childhood and continues into adulthood, unless you take […]
It is fascinating that each chakra determines our relationship to the world of matter, emotion and spirit, yet the seven chakras are also the energy vortexes of psychic propensities or tendencies, as for example, fear, hatred, lethargy, shyness, effort, pride, jealousy, etc. Yoga teaches the exact location of each psychic propensity and how we can free the mind from troublesome psychic propensities to find peace and tranquillity – the requirement for meditation.
At the core of true freedom and success – is to know reality. “We accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented. It’s as simple as that.” Christof (The Truman Show, 1998) If someone would offer you to be Truman, if you get the chance to be plugged into a world in which you would experience a pleasant, wonderful dream-life. Would you accept? You would be rich and famous, live a happy dream life, without sorrow or pain, have wonderful relationships with dream figures, experience great things and a great dream life. And that dream world would be your reality, your life, your everything. But, you would not know that it’s a dream, an illusion pulled over your eyes – until you die. You could never get out again. Never. Would you accept that offer? Why not? Think about that. You want to live a real life. You […]
Written by Ganga Devi Today I am going to share with you an amazing, little known exercize which you can do after your home yoga practice. How to maintain healthy and glowing skin has always been a hot topic and has become even more so in today’s world where our skin is increasingly exposed to free radicals due to heavy pollution, processed foods and sedentary lifestyles. Among the many practices of yoga, the one presented here is taught on our yoga teacher training courses and yoga retreats. Today I discuss the benefits and science of this tool but watch out for our future newsletters, where I will provide you with a complete step-by-step description on how to practice this massage. Busting the ‘Sweat = Detox’ Myth Have you noticed that people who regularly practice yoga and meditation often have a radiance about them which is quite unique and compelling? Glowing skin […]
Acquisition of a new site We are very happy to announce that we have now acquired a piece of land for our new ashram and healing centre in South India. It even has a huge beautiful banyan tree, which in India is the symbol of immortality. It’s located about 2 km from the beach, near the town Pondicherry, in Tamil Nadu, the Southern tip of India. We’ll keep you posted once we start developing the land and the construction of the ashram quarters. We plan to develop the land with beautiful landscaping incorporating elements of a Zen garden, which will provide the perfect setting for meditation and yoga practice. The idea is to create an oasis of peace in a green haven based on ecological architecture. Lots of emphasis will be given to the outdoors and the gardens, where we plan to have at least one pond with cascading waterfalls. […]
There are many benefits in undertaking additional yoga training, and these are not necessarily all related to the end result of becoming a teacher. Many of our trainees are interested foremost in the deepening of their own practice through a yoga retreat, and in doing so, learning about the many aspects of yoga, gaining a new perspective on their practice, and then ultimately teaching either full or part time. When I ask people about their motivation for becoming a teacher, they often say that it is because it has helped them so much in their personal life. So, whether yoga has helped them get over some physical problem, removed certain aches and pains they had, assisted in a speedy recovery from an accident, or relieved a psychological imbalance like depression, they have a very noble inspiration: to share the gift they have been given and become yoga teachers themselves. We […]
Although yoga can, and should ideally be practised on a regular basis, a great way to accelerate your learning and achieve rapid transformation in your practices is to attend a yoga retreat. Our yoga retreats can be enjoyed by anyone, and no previous experience of yoga is required. When you remove yourself from the stresses and strains of daily life and immerse yourself in an environment of complete tranquillity, your state of mind is also bound to change. Practising yoga in a serene, natural environment has a profoundly calming effect. Just the setting itself provides a stimulus to move within and find inner peace and clarity. The practice of meditation and yoga in a tranquil environment allows for reflection on the breadth and depth of the experience we call life. The deep peace and relaxation achieved by the end of a yogic retreat, will allow you to bring newly found […]