As we celebrate Teachers' Day today, September 5th in India, we honour a rich and timeless tradition of the Guru-Shishya parampara (Teacher-Student relationship) that has been the bedrock of our Indian civilisation. For millennia, seekers around the world have turned to some of the finest Teachers in history for spiritual, intellectual and emotional learning and that vast source of Knowledge continues to Inspire millions in the form of Yoga, Meditation and more. I've been privileged to attend the finest of schools and through the institution of St Joseph's, imbibe many qualities that great Teachers stand for. I've been blessed to also live many years with my Guru, wherein the subject I studied was Life itself. When you live with a Yogi, you don't go to learn Yoga - rather to become a witness to how a Yogi lives and through that you are inspired to grow yourself. We all have our boxes, pigeon holes that we exist in - however, to live around a truly liberated being shows us our own limitations; and hence drives us to break through our self-constructed barriers. Qualities of a Good Teacher Firstly, there is no such thing as a bad Teacher - cause if you give the person a couple of years; they probably won't be around as Teachers. That a person survives as a Teacher in the free market usually means that there is some quality worth learning from the Individual. Last year the BBC did a research piece on the toughest jobs to replace by AI and Counselling and Teaching were deemed to be the toughest jobs to replace. These require Emotional Intelligence. Having said that here are a few Qualities that would serve anyone well: Stay a STUDENT forever: [...]
International Yoga Day is an annual coming-together of Yogis all over the World to celebrate the Spirit and Community of Yoga! This #InternationalYogaDay, we've designed a Yoga & Meditation masterclass taught to live Music based on the frequencies of your Chakras! Experience each Chakra through specific Asanas, Pranayam & Meditations to the accompanying Music vibrations. 'CHAKRAS RISING' Manish Pole & Neetu Singh, co-Founders of Total Yoga "Designing a 70 mins Masterclass that focuses on each Chakra for 10 minutes, in an ascending order from Mooladhar to Sahasraar Chakra; and then combining the Asanas, Pranayam & Visualisation Meditations to live Music involved an immense amount of Research and Practice. We're terribly excited to now have People come in and experience 'Chakras Rising' as a Yoga session, as well as an Auditory & Visual sensory experience." - Manish Pole, co-Founder of Total Yoga. Anant Menon Chakras Rising is designed and taught by Neetu Singh & Manish Pole, who have both been teaching Yoga for over 15 years. And the accompanying Music based on the Chakras frequencies is created by Anant Menon, who's been a Blues Guitar maestro for close to 20 years. This fine-tuned combination of the Yoga & Music creates an extraordinary experience for the all those practising. "It's new ground for us even though we've been producing Yoga-to-Live-Music events for years." - Neetu Singh, co-Founder of Total Yoga. The event caters to everyone - from advanced Yogis and Meditators to new-comers in Yoga. "We will be experimenting with both the concept of The Unstruck Sound (Anahata), as well as try to create soundscapes that specifically address each Chakra as our Yogis proceed to systematically take participants through the Kundalini pathway." - Anant Menon URBAN YOGA: Sharing the vision in Bangalore, Mumbai & Pune [...]
Presenting 3 Yoga news from around the World today that we find significant or plain quirky! > Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati receives Padma Bhushan award Swami Niranjan began living with his Guru Satyananda Sarawati from the age of 4, going on to be initiated into Dashnami sannyas (a monastic order) at the age of 11. Interestingly his Spiritual training was started in Yoga Nidra, one of the most beloved practices for Yogis around the world today! Subsequently, he went to to establish Satyananda Ashrams across the Americas, Europe & Australia. In 1983 he returned to India to manage the Yoga Research Foundation, Sivananda Math and Bihar School of Yoga at his guru’s behest. In 1994, he founded the first university of yoga, Bihar Yoga Bharati and in 1995, he was declared as the spiritual preceptor and a successor of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. In 2000, he established the Yoga Publications Trust in Munger in Bihar. He has also written many classic books on the Upanishads, tantra and yoga. Incidentally during the Total Yoga TTC, these are the books that we recommend! > America's youngest Yoga teacher is a 11 year old Inspiration! https://youtu.be/9tZQeb5CWxw When Tabay Atkins was 6 years old, his mother Sahel Anvarinejad enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training while recovering from Cancer. Being inspired by the effect on his Mother, on age 11 - Tabay chose to undergo Yoga Teacher Training instead of visiting Europe. He teaches at his Mother's 'Care4Yoga' studio - the classes are donation based with the money going to Cancer charities that help Kids. > KungFu Yoga anyone?? Jackie Chan's latest 'Kung Fu Yoga' movie is the perfect Sino-Indian mass-audience draw!
Wishing everyone in India and abroad a Happy Republic Day!! :) What does 'INDIA' really mean to you?? The 'land of a Million Mutinies' continues to Amaze & Inspire People around the World; with Her sheer durability in maintaining the Essence of a millennia-old Culture & Civilisation! Every Culture has a common Ideal that keeps it going. In India, it's been a 'search for MOKSHA'; a search for your own Individual liberation! How do you feel about this? OSHO expresses it so beautifully in words: "I don't mean the country India when I use the word 'India'. It is a bigger thing for me, It is not just on the map as other countries. It is simply symbolic of the tremendous energy that India has put into the inner search. So wherever you are born, if you start moving towards godliness, you become Indian. Suddenly, your pilgrimage towards India starts. You may come to India or you may not come; that is not the point. But you have started your pilgrimage." #yoga #meditation #freedom What is it about India that you relate to the most? Spirituality, Festivals, Bollywood, Cricket, Dance, classical Music, Democracy, Himalayas, Goa, Taj Mahal, Yoga, or something else? Let us know.
Runner in the Great Outdoors I HESITATED for awhile, lingering in my warm bed, but my mind was focused on that run, it did not matter that it was cold, drab and misty. The sun still sleeping behind the glistening silver clouds. I stepped out, my breath heavy and visible, fingers numb, coldness stretching through the back of my shoulders. But my mind was focused. My headphones switched on, music filtered and absorbed my body. With phone in hand, my legs felt that rhythm; my mind was focused. My heart was pounding, the beat was in my bones, I knew this day was going to be a good day... with each passer-by a smile and a good morning, the energy flowing and filling every cell in my body. Then, momentarily the sun glowed from behind the cloud, with phone is hand, I wanted that click .... as I pressed to click, WTF my phone died, music left my ears - then a road I see, to double back . The choice in hand, do I take that short cut home and trash my run......my day! But my mind is in focus - I am here , I am in the now and I am present . In focus, there was no way I was going to give up on that run, I said to myself ... "I'm not going to trash my day " - and without that click and without that pumping music - I know the mind in focus will achieve come what may - lesson of the yoga mat came to me - Do I let the distraction get a hold of me, or do I get hold of it... there's [...]
“Ashtanga Yoga is 1% theory and 99% practice”. (Pattabhi Jois) In the popular context, yoga has essentially come to be associated with complex contortions of the body, its weight loss benefits and the elegant gymnastics. There are as many styles of yoga , as are the aspirants. However, there are some names who will forever be credited with reviving the lost ancient Indian philosophy of yoga, and introducing it to the modern world as a relevant health fitness disciple. Notable amongst these is Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, often called one of the founding Fathers of Modern Yoga. Pattabhi Jois, was one of the early students of the prolific yogi T Krishnamacharya, who presented knowledge of asana, pranayama and various aspects of ancient Indian and yogic philosophy learnt from his guru as the Ashtanga style of yoga. […]