• Welcome to mylifeYoga - your GURUKULAM for true studies of Yoga.

    In the past decade, the yoga craze has been sweeping the western world. Yoga as it is practiced in today all over is often simply the asanas, or yoga postures only. The nature of Yoga is even further confused in the public eye by the way the methods are promoted. Reviewing almost any list of the best known 10-12 modern Yoga "styles" will quickly reveal that almost all of the modern Yoga styles have been invented in the last few decades. Very few Yoga teachers today will simply teach the Yoga system of the past (that actually had spiritual goals), let alone true spiritual Yoga.

    The fact that physical postures (or modern revisions) are effective is not the question. Doing asanas is beneficial, but calling it Yoga is a different matter. The fact that the brick is useful does not make it a house. Any physical exercise, such as walking or playing tennis is useful, but that does not make it Yoga. The argument that the tiny piece of Yoga called asana is useful is not a legitimate justification to reverse the part and the whole, and thus claim that Yoga, when stripped of its essence and practices, is still Yoga.

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    "Realise that life is a school and you are here to learn and pass all the tests. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away; but the lessons and experiences learnt will last a lifetime and shapes your ever changing destiny."

    BODY:

    The conviction that 'I am the body', this ignorance, can neither be dried up nor can it be burnt down.

    MIND:

    The mind alone causes bondage and it is the mind again that liberates the individual. The play is called Maya.

    SOUL:

    The soul is neither the causes nor the effect of anything. It is divine changeless substratum for all changes.

  • About Yoga

    The word Yoga means “unity” or “oneness”, derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj,” which means to join – in spiritual terms, it means the union or joining of the individual consciousness and the universal consciousness. In other words, the main purpose of Yoga is to unite ourselves with our highest nature.

    What is Yoga?

    Yoga is life itself. It is the most humane subject, encompassing science, art and philosophy. It arose more than ten thousand years ago in the Sub-continent. It grew from the need to develop an understanding of the various aspects of our experience, from the physical and through, to the subtle. Throughout humanity it has proved an invaluable tool for dealing with the challenges of human existence. Yoga is the experience of unity, harmony and oneness. Yoga is life which embraces the inner and outer realities rather then it being a physical exercise. It is an individual experience that cannot be explained intellectually. It's a living knowledge and activity. Yoga has remained steady, without change as the path laid down by our ancient seers. Unlike medicine, yoga has never changed its principles. It has given clear cut guidelines to follow.

    Your Progress

    It will have little to do with how "perfectly" you can do the postures. Few of us ever do the postures "perfectly". Instead, it will have to do with how well you understand each posture. In Yoga there is no standard of comparison except yourself. To be 'perfect' in Yoga is to do the best you can do. Your reason for wanting to practice yoga or your reason for currently practicing yoga is not important. The important thing is that you have overcome previous prejudices and postponements to try yoga for yourself.

    Ashtanga Yoga

    The heart of Patanjali's teachings is the eightfold path of Yoga, which consist of teaching for living a better life.

    The eightfold path are called Ashtanga. It literally means “eight limbs” (“ashta” means eight and “anga” means limbs). These limbs or practices are defined in the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Yama (moral restraints or don’ts), Niyama (observances or dos), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breath extension or control of life force), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (super conscious state or meditative absorption.

    Yogic practices impact our lives at the deepest levels – physiological, psychological and spiritual. You gradually become aware of the interconnectedness between these levels. Therefore, Yoga is meant not only for health and fitness. Its benefits are immense. However, these can be experienced only through a regular and consistent practice.

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  • "Talent is an inborn gift,and the "Guru" is the one who inspires the discipline to blossom in to a full fledged individual and not an imitation of himself.
    His role can be linked to lighting a lamp; the student-shishya or sadaka must have the necessary potential and the burning desire to learn,and the discipline necessary for traning."

    Dakshinamurthy

    Universal teacher! He is the embodiment of knowledge and the destroyer of ignorance as represented by the demon being crushed under His feet. He is portrayed as being in a yogic state of abstract meditation which is beyond the comprehension of time, mind and matter. He represents the import of the mystic syllable 'OM' and is the absolute reality.

    His uniqueness as a teacher lies in the fact that he teachers through silence. The beginning to Spirituality starts with silence and has often been treated as simply a negative phenomenon rather than as a communicative device.

    "Man's progress in the world goes from infancy to a boy at play, to an adolescent in love and lust, to a married man with family and worry and eventually results in death. At no moment he thinks of the Supreme Almighty. The body, mind and senses are catered to, but the spirit is neglected and happens to be the most important for salvation."

    Why Dakshinamurthy?

    Because of his boundless compassion (Dakshinya) towards all creation. He is a supreme Yogi and a teacher beyond compare who teaches the true knowledge that liberates.

    Salutations to that Dakshinamurthy, Who is the meaning of the pranava, "OM", Who is the personification of unalloyed wisdom, Who is crystal clear in his thought, And who is the epitome of peace. Salutations to that Dakshinamurthy, Who is the teacher of the entire world, Who is the doctor to those, afflicted by the disease of birth and death, And who is the treasure hose of all knowledge.

    The Eternal Guru

    Students, you are the future of the world, therefore you should always think over the pursuit of life, which is the attainment of freedom. Lead a well-regulated life as it is the backbone to true progress. Develop faith in the Vedas and the power of Mantra. Practise meditation daily. Take Sattvic food. Admit your faults freely. Obey the laws of nature. Take plenty of physical practice daily. Develop simple living and high thinking. Give up worthless imitation. "Move amicably with all. Love all. Serve all. Develop adaptability and the spirit of selfless service and penetrate into the hearts of all through untiring service."

    FREEDOM

    The Lord is within you. He is seated in the hearts of all beings. Whatever you see, hear, touch or feel is God. Therefore, hate not anybody, cheat not anybody, and harm not anybody. Be self-disciplined. Be simple and harmonious. Shake off lethargy, laziness, fear. Be a seeker of the truth. Understand sorrow and conflict.
    Get yourself ready now. The hour draws nearer. It is not too late even now.

    MAN

    Man is the master of his own destiny. He sows an action and reaps a habit; sows a habit and reaps a character; sows a character and reaps a destiny. He will become an absolute fatalist and inactive man, if he attributes everything to a preordained destiny. Let him awaken his free will. God has endowed man with Buddhi, independent, free thinking principle, rational reasoning. In fact there is nothing impossible for him under the sun.

    PURPOSE OF LIFE

    The life of man is an indication of what is beyond him and what determines the course of his thoughts, feelings and actions. As life on this earth is characterised by incessant change, and nothing here seems to have the character of reality, nothing here can satisfy man completely. The ancient sages declared that the pursuit of human life is the realisation and the experience of Truth.

    GMA mylifeYoga Prayer

    We are one, bound to each other with love and respect.
    We serve disciplined and courageous, to fight against all low tendencies and false values, within us and in the world outside.
    We live a noble and honest life of sacrifice and in service for others.
    May grace flow through us and to the world around us, so that we touch others and being devoted to the supreme Self.
    Om Tat Sat

  • Class

    1

    The Practice At mylifeYoga(Ashtanga Yoga sthalam) is in small classes and the teachings are of true Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. This will meet the needs of students/practitioners as well as for the professional / vocational requirements of contemporary yoga teachers. Our role is to help you unfold your potential. The practicing programme aims at transforming proper practitioners through learning and self-realization. The principal objective of our yoga courses is to create and develop the deep understanding of yoga at beginners, intermediate and advanced level and to teach the principles and philosophy of yoga, its application in reference to applied aspects of yoga and eventually into meditation. The qualities demanded from an aspirant are discipline, faith, tenacity, surrenderness and perseverance to practice regularly without interrupts. Note: That importance of learning 'the Ashtanga method' is only from a traditionally trained teacher. Only such a qualified teacher can provide the necessary guidance to assure safe and a steady progress.


    2

    The practice is designed to give participants who are also willing to take up Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga T T C: A strong foundation on which to build their understanding, practice and teaching of Ashtanga Vinyasa. A high level of competency in all aspects of the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa, underpinned by an exceptional understanding of the meaning and processes of asana. To give students a clear understanding and to connect to the origins of Yoga. It's about the union of the body, mind and soul. Through each individual understanding, stemming from their own practice, our students bring health and harmony to their own body, mind and soul. To train students appropriately so that the classical practices of the asanas, are safely practiced at all levels.


    3

    The practice consists of a selection of asana practices that lead to the completion of competency that comprise of true Ashtanga Vinyasa training. This will develop over a period of months and will continue till the student is ready for the next levels. The practice is delivered daily except on saturdays and Sundays and selected holidays stipulated. Students will be expected to attend all classes and establish a personal Ashtanga Vinyasa practice.

    4

    The practice is 'Mysore Style'. Every student learns the sequence of postures, combining the linking movement known as Vinyasa. Mysore Style Ashtanga sequences are traditionally practiced daily, and students are taught individually within the class setting. You are advised to practice posture-by-posture slowly. Once into the practice you will learn the method and series. The teacher facilitates that process through verbal adjustments and instructions. The teacher will carefully monitor your practice and let you know when you're ready for new postures or to begin a new series. To get the most out of your Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice, a three-month stay in Mysore is advised. For those who have time constraints the one month practice would be a beginning.


    5

    Saturday and Sunday are rest days, never-the-less may have to come for workshops or special classes and so you must discuss your time table with your acharya or teacher at the Gurukulam when practicing there.


  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

    Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga began early in the 20th century, with the rediscovery of the Yoga Korunta, an ancient manuscript describing a unique system of Hatha yoga practiced and created by the ancient sage Vamana Rishi. The Yoga Korunta emphasizes vinyasa, (meaning 'breath-synchronized movement'), a method of synchronizing progressive series of postures with a specific breathing technique (ujjayi pranayama) - a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. On a practical level, the vinyasa concept of continuous flow aids the practitioner through movement (asana) that purifies the physical body, while mastery and refinement of the breath (pranayama) through concentration (dharana) quiets the senses (pratyahara), preparing the practitioner for meditation (dhyana) and eventually, Samadhi - the union of the soul with the divine. A balanced asana practice rests on ethical behavior (yama) and self-discipline (niyama). Under the guidance of a qualified ashtanga teacher - instructor, the practitioner properly can begin to cultivate the eight limbs in practice. In Ashtanga Yoga, the first of six sequences of postures, is commonly called Yoga Chikitsa (yoga therapy). Practice of the Yoga Chiktsa is designed to cleanse and purify the internal organs of the body through prevention of the accumulation of waste products. Each asana has specific benefits. For example, forward-bending asanas are helpful in toning the internal organs of the abdomen and relieving constipation. The next level focuses on back-bending postures, and the remaining four levels are very advanced. The Ashtanga Yoga system places equal emphasis on strength, flexibility, and stamina.

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  • mylifeYoga-Ashtanga Yoga Sthalam

    Perhaps you are doing yoga to develop a healthy body or a beautiful body.
    Perhaps you have some illness or body ailment which you want to eliminate.
    Maybe you have religious beliefs, but without any spiritual experience.
    You have no religious beliefs and you seek spiritual experience.
    Even perhaps you have no belief in the existence of spiritual experience.
    Whatever is your situation, whatever you believe in, whatever you want, Yoga will help you as it changes your whole being and hence your relationship with and attitude to life itself.


    mylifeYoga is a premiere traditional gurukulam, committed in maintaining its highest standards and expect our shishyas to make the best of what’s being provided in the form of a traditional Yoga Practice. Our gurukulam teaches you by practice, intensive advising, active learning,excitement and a productive learning environment. Your dakshana(Fee) helps support the activities that the Gurukulam has been set up for. We appreciate your enthusiasm in our Gurukulam and hope all your wishes are fulfilled by us. Ashtanga Yoga Sthalam welcomes you and wishes you all the best in your journey in Yoga!

  • Gurukulam at Mysore

    The life of man is an indication of what is beyond him and what determines the course of his thoughts, feelings and actions. The wider life is invisible, and the visible is a shadow cast by the invisible which is the real. The shadow gives an idea of the substance, and one can pursue the path to the true substance by the perception of the shadow.

    Earnest seekers used to seek shelter under great sages who lived the austere life of Yogis in order to attain freedom from the trammels of earth-bound life and rest in the beatitude of the Absolute for this they considered the true life, and thus the way of fulfilling the law of the Eternal.

    The Ashtanga Yoga Sthalam Mysore, brings together classes, workshops, and training courses covering all aspects of Yoga.

    Every single person who pursues ‘Yoga,’ no matter their faith, belief, religion, or their back ground and ideology they come from; experience for themselves the power of Yoga practice for a healthy body, mind and spirit.

    Ashtanga Yoga Sthalam – centre of excellence for yoga, plus much more... offers you a place that is dedicated to looking after you.

    Start or deepen your yoga practice here, learn about yoga philosophy and meditation plus much more. In addition we have workshops that are amazing. Whatever you choose, it takes place in an environment that practices the Age old Gurukulam Tradition, a system of education from which some off the greatest human beings have emerged!

    We have designed an environment with class schedule to nurture the individual; men and women, babies, kids and teens, through to seniors Remember that yoga is for everyone regardless of age, size, gender, fitness, diet, lifestyle likes or dislikes etc.

    At the same time we wanted to create a community of teachers, students and people working with the Foundation that feel they belong with the Foundation and its activities and that it’s their home for Yoga.

    The most important principle is to honor the tradition of yoga and practice its teachings in its original form without distortion and create the opportunity for people seeking the higher that is their journey starting now – a sacred road that is individual to his or her self. We wanted to dispel the illusion about who can practice yoga as it’s for everyone and most important – the most needed practice today for EVERYONE for the body, mind and soul.

    MYSORE GURUKULAM
    FACULTY OF YOGA
    Yadavagiri

    What we offer :

    Yoga
    Classes, Courses, Workshops.

    Progressive Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Practice
    Teacher training 6 weeks.

    Professional Yoga to become Vidyars and Acharyas
    The Yoga Foundation Course - 6 to 9 months, Professional Yoga Teaching Course - 3 to 6 years from level 1 to Level 9 teacher training.


    Mysore is in fact known as the 'Ashtanga Yoga Capital' of the world. It is India’s most popular yoga destination. Here we offer a comprehensive practice in yoga as day classes on a 30 day cycle at the YADAVAGIRI GURUKULAM. We also offer ‘Teachers Training’ for those who wish to become a teacher of yoga studies and practices.

    Please contact for more information. mylifeYoga
    Ashtanga Yoga Sthalam
    32 D/3 5th main Yadavagiri.
    Mysore 570020
    Karnataka-India

    mylifeYoga Wayanad Gurukulam

    A paradise insulated from the outside world by magnificent natural formations, plantation and forest. Approximately 120 kilometers from Mysore, in the district of Waynad amongst small villages and towns the property is conveniently accessible to Airports, as well as to railway stations and the main road between Mysore and Calicut.

    In this magnificent, exclusive, isolated environment, we have created a practice for personal and spiritual development. In this pristine atmosphere an individual is inspired to evolve through the structured and guided intensive practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice.

    Always you may find solitude in landscaped areas as well as plenty of natural open spaces for individual meditation, inner reflection and for the journey of the self.

  • Ashtanga Yoga Sthalam - Mysore

    Session Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Asana Practice 6am - 7am 6am - 7am 6am - 7am 6am - 7am 6am - 7am
    Asana Practice 7:15am-8:15am 7:15am-8:15am 7:15am-8:15am 7:15am-8:15am 7:15am-8:15am
    Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga 8:30am-10:30am 8:30am-10:30am 8:30am-10:30am 8:30am-10:30am 8:30am-10:30am
    Asana Practice 11:00am-12:00Noon 11:00am-12:00Noon 11:00am-12:00Noon 11:00am-12:00Noon 11:00am-12:00Noon
    Theory And Self Practice 3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm
    Asana Practice 4:30pm-5:30pm 4:30pm-5:30pm 4:30pm-5:30pm 4:30pm-5:30pm 4:30pm-5:30pm
    Pranayama,Meditation 5:30pm-6:30pm 5:30pm-6:30pm 5:30pm-6:30pm 5:30pm-6:30pm 5:30pm-6:30pm

    mylifeYoga Ashtanga Yoga Sthalam - Kalpetta Wayanad

    Session Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Asana Practice 6am - 7am 6am - 7am 6am - 7am 6am - 7am 6am - 7am
    Asana Practice 7:15am-8:15am 7:15am-8:15am 7:15am-8:15am 7:15am-8:15am 7:15am-8:15am
    Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga 8:30am-10:30am 8:30am-10:30am 8:30am-10:30am 8:30am-10:30am 8:30am-10:30am
    Asana Practice 11:00am-12:00Noon 11:00am-12:00Noon 11:00am-12:00Noon 11:00am-12:00Noon 11:00am-12:00Noon
    Theory And Self Practice 3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm
    Asana Practice 4:30pm-5:30pm 4:30pm-5:30pm 4:30pm-5:30pm 4:30pm-5:30pm 4:30pm-5:30pm
    Pranayama,Meditation 5:30pm-6:30pm 5:30pm-6:30pm 5:30pm-6:30pm 5:30pm-6:30pm 5:30pm-6:30pm

  • "Wisdom is not to be sold, it must be shared."

    Who are we, what is our goal?

    mylifeYoga is a part of GMA a non profit educational gurukulam and organization dedicated to the teachings, education and practice of Yoga and Kalari traditionally as it has been. Our mission is to provide an environment that performs its duties in educating and training human beings so that they have the ability to further their quest in the right manner and direction.

    mylifeYoga is a premiere gurukulam and is under the direction of Sri Dakshinamurthy. As a traditional gurukulam, mylifeYoga is committed in maintaining its highest standards and expect our shishyas to make the best of what’s being provided in the form of a traditional educational system. Our gurukulam teaches you by practice, intensive advising, active learning, excitement and a productive learning environment. Your dakshana helps support the activities that the foundation has been set up for. We appreciate your enthusiasm in our academy and hope all your wishes are fulfilled by us.

    Our Sessions

    Whether you are new to Yoga or if you've practiced in the past and are not sure if you remember the sequence, you need not worry. You will be taught slowly, safely and at a pace that's appropriate for you.

    Some of the benefits of practicing with us:

    We follow the traditional methods.

    You receive individual attention.

    You get to practice daily.

    You get to learn about pranayama and meditation.


    Our Mission

    Our mission is to provide every member the right training and individual supervision in his or her quest for physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being. We cater to individuals from all ages and walks of life. Whether you want your five-year-old child to build the foundations of a good, healthy future or you want to start living one, our sessions and seasoned guidance will help you achieve that and more.

    The FACULTY OF YOGA welcomes you and wishes you all the best in your journey in Yoga!

    Perhaps you are doing yoga to develop a healthy body or a beautiful body.

    Perhaps you have some illness or body ailment which you want to eliminate.

    Maybe you have religious beliefs, but without any spiritual experience.

    You have no religious beliefs and you seek spiritual experience.

    Even perhaps you have no belief in the existence of spiritual experience.

  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

    On a practical level, the vinyasa concept of continuous flow aids the practitioner through movement (asana) that purifies the physical body, while mastery and refinement of the breath (pranayama) through concentration (dharana) quiets the senses (pratyahara), preparing the practitioner for meditation (dhyana) and eventually, Samadhi - the union of the soul with the divine. A balanced asana practice rests on ethical behavior (yama) and self-discipline (niyama). Under the guidance of a qualified ashtanga teacher - instructor, the practitioner properly can begin to cultivate the eight limbs in practice.

    In Ashtanga Yoga, the first of six sequences of postures, is commonly called Yoga Chikitsa (yoga therapy). Practice of the Yoga Chiktsa is designed to cleanse and purify the internal organs of the body through prevention of the accumulation of waste products. Each asana has specific benefits. For example, forward-bending asanas are helpful in toning the internal organs of the abdomen and relieving constipation. The next level focuses on back-bending postures, and the remaining four levels are very advanced. The Ashtanga Yoga system places equal emphasis on strength, flexibility, and stamina.

    Pranayama
    Prana is a subtle invisible force. It is the life-force that pervades the body. It is the factor that connects the body and the mind.
    The term Pranayama is often translated as the control or restraint of Prana. The energy in the body is Prana. By controlling the motion of the lungs or respiratory organs, we can control the Prana that is vibrating inside. By control of Prana, the mind can be easily controlled, because the mind is fastened to the Prana.
    A life span is, not the number of years but by the number of ones breaths taken!

    Meditation
    "Meditation is an experience that cannot be described, just as colors cannot be described to a blind man. All ordinary experience is limited by Time, Space and Causation. Our normal awareness and understanding do not transcend these bounds."
    One cannot learn to meditate, anymore than one can learn to sleep. One falls into both states. There are certain points to remember regarding the techniques and stages of meditation. Meditation - it is both very complex and utterly simple at the same time.

    Karma Yoga

    Karma Yoga is consecration of all actions and their fruits unto the Lord.It is selfless service unto humanity without any attachment or egoism.
    Action of some kind or the other is unavoidable. You cannot keep quiet without doing anything. What binds you to phenomenal existence or Samsara is not the action but the idea of doership and enjoyership. When action is done without the expectation of fruits, it is liberating. If you act as a participant in the cosmic activity of Nature, without expectation of fruits, that Karma will not bind you.

    The practice of Karma Yoga prepares the aspirant for the reception of knowledge of the Self. It makes him a proper Adhikari (aspirant). Ignorant people jump at once to Jnana Yoga, without first having a preliminary training in Karma Yoga. That is the reason why they fail miserably to realize the Truth. They only talk of Brahman. Indulging in all sorts of useless controversies, vain debates and dry, endless discussions. Their philosophy is only on their lips. What is really wanted is practical ceaseless, selfless service.

    Mantra Yoga

    Mantras (or mantrams) are words, phrases, or syllables which are chanted thoughtfully and with growing attention! Both the rhythm and the meaning of it are combined to guide the mind safely back to the point of meditation.
    Generally mantram involves chanting out loud at first until the body is calm and the atmosphere around oneself is serene for meditation. Then whisper meditation almost automatically occurs and the life force begins to withdraw inward from "out-loud" chanting to whisper chanting. In whisper chanting the prana, the life force in the body, is balanced and harmonized, preparing the way for a deeper state of serenity - and of the balance of mind and emotions.
    What happens next? If your mental chanting first becomes effortless and ventilates the subconscious pressures, it then moves into your superconscious self. The words of the mantram fall apart and fall away. Only the energy surge of the mantram remains as your awareness becomes blissful and full of light.

    Ultimately a mantram meditator lives in the ecstasy of the mantram, always aglow with the meaning and spiritual insight of the special syllables.

    NOTE:
    In order to be sure a mantram is right for you, seek a mantram only from a Guru or Master who is qualified to teach and initiate you into such.

  • "Jumshid"

    Jumshid’s journey in Yoga is about his evolution from the physical to the spiritual. He has come a long way from being a martial arts instructor at a young age to becoming a well-respected traditional Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga teacher. While he always had a passion for fitness, he found the balance between the body and the soul in Yoga.

    Jumshid learnt Ashtanga Vinyasa from well-respected teachers from Sri T. Krishnamacharya’s lineage in Mysore. His flexibility, solid background of asanas and theory, and spiritual beliefs, with daily devotion to the Ashtanga practice have earned him respect among his peers and students. Over the past years, he has trained many Indian as well as international students to become teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa.

    Jumshid is from Wayanad, Kerala, in India.

    "Jeevitha"

    When Jeevitha was thirteen year old, she asked her mother if she could take classes in Vedic chants. Little did she know that her desire to learn chanting would lead the way for her into the world of Yoga. After observing her chant flawlessly, her teacher Guru Lakshmi Narasimha Sastri, whose entire life has been dedicated to teaching Yoga in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, started teaching her simple asanas. He noticed immense potential in her. Within a few weeks of training, he encouraged her to participate in Yoga championships. She stood first and went on to participate in state and national level Yoga championships. Since then, there has been no looking back for her.

    Few of Jeevitha’s noteworthy achievements are:
    National Championship in 2006, 2007, and 2008
    State Championship at Andhra Pradesh State Yoga Association in 2007
    Participation in International Yoga Competition held in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, in 2007
    Second in School Games Yoga Federation of Andhra Pradesh in 2006
    First in State Level Championship in 2005
    Judge in annual inter-district Yoga competitions in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, for several years

    Despite the rigors of participating in competitions, Jeevitha has always managed to find time to serve others by teaching Yoga. She has taught in Sangamitra Vidhyalayam in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, and Vishwa Poornima Yoga centre in Banglore, Karnataka. Her students are of all ages and from various backgrounds. She has also trained children in her hometown for various Yoga championships and continues to do so. She believes that all these have been possible only because of her passion for Yoga. Jeevitha has also dabbled in the Kuchipudi dance form and several sports at school. She has a degree in Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology. She is from Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, in India.

    Shilpi

    Her mother is her first guru and inspiration. A Yoga teacher, she played a key role in helping Shilpi build the foundations of Yoga at a very young age. She would regularly teach Shilpi the basics and always encourage her to practice for good health. As Shilpi grew in her practice, her love for Yoga started growing too. And before she knew it, Yoga had become an intrinsic part of her life.

    Shilpi’s desire to gain an in-depth knowledge about Yoga took her to Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, Bihar, in India. By then, she was prepared to learn and experience life in an ashram. In the ashram, she further developed her knowledge on pranayama, meditation, yognidra, and satkarma under the guidance of Swami Gorakhnanth and Swami Tyagraj. She also realized the oneness of the mind, body and soul and how one can benefit from the practice of Yoga at all levels.

    Shilpi is of the opinion that the teachings of Bihar School of Yoga is such that it can be safely practiced by anyone. And therefore, it has something for everyone, whether one is looking for physical, mental or spiritual benefit.

    Besides gaining a strong grounding in the traditional school, Shilpi also acquired experience in the contemporary methods. She has undergone training with Bharat Thakur, the founder of Artistic Yoga, and has worked with Artistic Yoga in Pune, India, as a teacher for private and group classes. Maybe that is why she can draw a fine balance between the traditional and the modern with a natural ease, which is also a unique characteristic of the city she hails from — Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, in India.

    Besides practicing and teaching Yoga, Shilpi loves travelling, dancing and cooking. She has an MBA degree from Pune University.

  • START WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG – IT’S EASIER! YOGA BECOMES A PART OF YOUR LIFE. IT’S WHAT YOU NEED NOW.

    Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. We usually don't think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children's lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy—and usually not for the better.
    We have found that yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life's challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that's noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.

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    A Child's Way

    "Yoga with children offers many possibilities to exchange wisdom, share good times, and lay the foundation for a lifelong practice that will continue to deepen. All that's needed is a little flexibility on the adult's part for, yoga for children is quite different than yoga for adults."
    Yoga for the younger generation – 6 years on to teenagers and on to adulthood.
    BENEFITS – Reduces Stress and Obesity – Promotes Positive Health, Releasing Tension, Increasing Muscle strength and Flexibility, ENLIVENS the SPIRIT and MIND. A practice and study for TRANSFORMATION!

    In an era of children acquiring conditions and diseases previously unknown in childhood, proper breathing, exercise and deep relaxation may be the powerful healing force needed. Yoga resonates with children. They love the practice, and they love how they feel afterwards. With all of the research and “proof” now available, it may well be just what the doctor orders. It seems simple. Children are suffering from a lack of connection to their own bodies, their environment and the food they eat. Yoga facilitates connection. It’s easy, low cost, and accessible; and anyone can do it. And now it’s being proven effective.

    CHILDREN

    Children and Adolescents
    In The Yoga Tradition, the ancient sages as “seers (rishi) ‘saw’ the truth, who perceived with the inner eye the hidden reality behind the smoke screen of manifest existence. Today’s discerning Westerner wants a little more proof. We have been taught to rely on empirical evidence, clinical trials and statistically significant results. This “proof,” along with those ancient texts written by the rishis, is available to us now.

    Experience has shown us that yoga is an excellent system for promoting healthy development and can be an incredibly effective means of facilitating wellness in children. It is noninvasive and its “side effects,” including improved self-esteem, emotional equilibrium, more energy and the ability to self-calm, are completely benign if not totally beneficial.

    Children who practice yoga may not only be better able to regulate their emotions, manage stress and calm themselves, studies now show that they may also choose better foods to eat and engage in more physical activity than children who do not.

    Whether over - or underweight, body image issues and poor eating habits plague our children today. Studies suggest yoga may help.
    One such study examined the benefits of yoga for adolescents with eating disorders. These teens attended yoga classes as part of their psychiatric day treatment program. Typically suffering from a lack of self-esteem, nearly 75% reported an increase in well-being. They used the words “relaxed,” “calm,” “energized” and “more awake” to describe how they felt after class.Reference (M.J Fury, MA, RYT, and L.C. Kaley-Isley, PhD, RYT)

    In another case study on anorexic, adolescents found that “focused breathing (pranayama), movement sequences (asana), meditation (dhyana), and alert relaxation (yoga nidra), reduced starvation-induced stress, safely reintroduced physical activity for a weakened body, minimized fatigue and corrected distorted self-perceptions.” Reference (Susana A. Galle, PhD, ND, CCN, CCH, and Tomas E. Silber, MD)

    Other studies on children and adolescents looked at anxiety, depression, trauma, mood regulation, sense of well-being, self-esteem and “increased wellness.”

    R. Fridholm concluded from a small sample study that a systematic use of breathing exercises, yoga postures and guided relaxation “provided useful strategies for emotional regulation for children with autism spectrum disorders.” Subjective outcomes included “improved focus, strength, flexibility, and balance; improved sense of self-awareness and pride; and improved ability to calm themselves.”

    Girls ages 14 to 17 who had suffered traumatic abuse attended a yoga class twice a week and showed “significant decreases in depression, anxiety, dissociation, and intrusive/avoidant symptoms.” It was further reported that “the girls overwhelmingly noted that they felt happier, more relaxed, less stressed, and more at ease in their bodies on the days they practiced yoga than on the days they did not.” Reference (A. Bortz, PsyD, RYT and K. Cradock, LCSW, RYT)

    Perhaps one of the more interesting studies, submitted by Molly Kenny, MS-CCC of The Samarya Center in Seattle, Washington, suggested that the physical act of balancing might improve self-esteem in teens. The positive effects of “balance training” on the subjects’ concentration and attention were “immediately observable,” and she proposed that the effects on self-esteem might become more apparent over time.

    More and more teachers and other interested adults are sharing yoga with children. Kids have a natural tendency to share what they are learning when they get home, so this is an easy way to get the whole family involved.

    Another way is for children’s yoga teachers to invite parents in for a first and/or last class of a yoga session. Family classes are another great way to help everyone feel an increased sense of well-being while learning a practice they can enjoy at home. With wide age ranges and levels of ability, family classes can be challenging but is especially rewarding.

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    It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character."

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    TEENAGERS

    Yoga, which is becoming increasingly popular for teenagers, is all about balance, strength, and harmony. Not only is yoga good for you physically, but it promotes relaxation and an overall sense of well being.

    During puberty and the later teen years, immense changes are taking place in the body's chemistry and physiology. The chakras are also developing and becoming more active at this time. Imbalances of the chakras, body chemistry, and physiology often show up in rebellion and mood swings. The regular practice of yoga can help you maintain balance in the different chakras and keep the spirit and soul strong and healthy, thereby benefiting both the body and mind.

    According to yoga philosophy, a healthy spine creates balance and is a conduit to a sound mind. Yoga is designed to stimulate the nerves running along the spine. Poses involving twists and upside-down positions are especially effective for this purpose. When you practice all categories of yoga poses-seated, standing, lying down on your stomach or back, and upside down-you cause each vertebra (bony segment of the spine) to be slightly separated from the ones above and below it. Creating space between the vertebrae serves to 'plump' the disks between them, allowing energy to flow freely to the brain and giving the blood a clear passageway to circulate in a healthy manner.

    Benefits of Yoga

    Yoga philosophy relies on the notion that a healthy spine creates balance and is a conducive to a sound mind. Yoga stimulates the nerves running along the spine. When all categories of yoga poses - standing, seated, and lying down are practiced, each spinal vertebra becomes slightly separated from the ones surrounding it. This space between the vertebrae allows the disks between them to expand, allowing energy to flow freely and gives the blood a clear passageway to circulate in a healthy way.

    During puberty and the later teen years, enormous changes are taking place in the body. Yoga practitioners believe that the chakras (metaphysical or biophysical energies) are also developing and becoming more active at this time. Imbalances of the chakras may manifest themselves in rebellion and mood swings. The regular practice of yoga can help to maintain balance in the different chakras and keep the spirit strong and healthy, benefiting both the mind as well as the body.

    Overall Health

    Regular yoga training offers a host of health benefits, from alleviating menstrual cramps to clearing energy blocks that may cause headaches, sinus problems, irritability or digestive problems. Also, the rapid growth experienced during adolescence can lead to tight muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Yoga helps ease the discomfort of "growing pains."

    Teenage Athletes

    Teenage athletes often focus on strength and endurance training, but may not consider the importance of flexibility. Yoga stretching poses lengthen muscles while improving overall strength and balance, valuable assets for every body, not just that of an athlete. Muscle and joint flexibility helps minimise the chances of injury resulting from athletic training and competition.

    A Sense of Calm

    A teenager's life is in a constant state of change. Physically, they are undergoing a huge transformation as their bodies mature. Additionally, the social, academic, and family pressures that they experience are causes of stress. Yoga promotes a sense of calm and emotional wellness, resulting in a sense of peace and a positive outlook.

    Body Acceptance

    In yoga philosophy, the body is to be cared for and revered. Teenagers often feel uneasy with the rapid changes that their bodies are undergoing - yoga helps to build self confidence as well as a sense of body acceptance. Boys, especially, tend to appreciate the way that yoga helps to build muscle, while girls enjoy the sense of grace and poise that yoga gives. For both genders, the sense of physical well being, combined with the appreciation of a strong, healthy body make yoga an ideal choice for quality practice.

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