Events >> Yoga Events organized by Embassy of India

Activities organized by EoI,Beijing in partnership with Yoga Institutes forInternational Day of Yoga, 2015


1.      Peking University 


Event 1 Beijing-Peking University

Activity

Mass practice of Yoga

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

08:30 hrs -1500 hrs

Venue

Peking University, Beijing

Access

Prior Registration

Contact Person

Ms. June(15810531170)

 


2.      2. Geely University

 

Event 2 Beijing-Geely University

Activity

Mass practice of Yoga

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

09:00 hrs -1200 hrs

Venue

Geely University, Beijing

Participation

Limited

Contact Person

Mr.  Wang Yichi (No. (0086-60750621)

For more Information

http://www.bgu.edu.cn/

 

3.      3. Yogi Yoga, Beijing

 

Event 3 Beijing-Yogi Yoga Center

Activity

Mass practice of Yoga

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

09:00 A.M. Onwards

Venue

Yogi Yoga, Beijing

Participation

Prior Registration with Center

Contact Number

4000005698

More Information

http://yogiyoga.cn/

 

4.      4. Hot Spring Leisure City, Beijing

 

Event 4 Beijing -Free Yoga" 2015 International Yoga Masters Festival & 5th International Yoga Championships

Activity

Mass practice of Yoga, Workshops and lectures

Date

21-25 June, 2015

Time

09:00 hrs-2100 hrs

Venue

Hot Spring Leisure City, No 55 Wangfu Street, Beiqijia County, Changping District, Beijing, China

Participation

Prior Registration

Contact Person

Jerry: 86 -13810682206 zhy@keepyoga.com

More Information

www.freeonyoga.com



Beijing-Chaoyang Park

Activity

Mass practice of Yoga

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

09:00 hrs -1200 hrs

Venue

Chaoyang Park, Beijing

Participation

Prior Registration

Contact Person

Mr. Fang Mobile 13466738833                                     13269816632

 


Yoga Summit Club

 

Yoga Summit Club

Activity

Qing Dao Mass practice of Yoga,

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

09:00 hrs

Venue

Qing Dao Yoga Club

Participation

Registration with Institute

Contact Number

Pei Qi Shen 13601256223

More Information

http://www.yogasummit.net/en/beijing/

 

JingZhiChan Yoga

Name of the Event

JingZhiChan Free Yoga

Venue/Location

JingZhiChan Yoga Schools:

1): 208-13, Enji Garden, WanShou Rd, HaiDian, Beijing, China, 100142

 

2):2-303, WangJing Soho, ChangYang, Beijing, China, 100020

Date

2015-06-21

Time

12pm-6pm

Contact Person’s name

Xiang Li

Event URL/ Facebook page if any

 www.jingzhichan.com

 

 

 

Event 2.

JingZhiChan Bikram YogaWorkshop

Name of the Event

JingZhiChan Bikram Hot Yoga Workshop

Venue/Location

JingZhiChan Yoga Schools:

1): 208-13, Enji Garden, WanShou Rd, HaiDian, Beijing, China, 100142

2):2-303, WangJing Soho, ChangYang, Beijing, China, 100020

Date

2015-06-27/28

Time

10pm-6pm

Contact Person’s name

Xiang Li

Event URL/ Facebook page if any

 www.jingzhichan.com

 

 

 

Event 3.

JingZhiChan Power YogaWorkshop

Name of the Event

JingZhiChan Power Yoga Workshop

Venue/Location

JingZhiChan Yoga School:

1): 208-13, Enji Garden, WanShou Rd, HaiDian, Beijing, China, 100142

 

Date

2015/06/12---2015/06/14

Time

10pm-4pm

Contact Person’s name

Xiang Li

Event URL/ Facebook page if any

 www.jingzhichan.com

 

 

Blue Bird Yoga

Blue Bird Yoga

Activity

 Mass practice of Yoga, yoga demonstration movie screening, lecture of Yoga.

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

09:00 AM Onwards

Venue

Bai Shi Qiao Branch of Blue Bird Yoga

Participation

Registration with Institute

Contact Number

Ms Wu Huiping Mob:13911309012

More Information

http://www.bluebirdyoga.com/

 

 

 Kamal  Yoga

 

Kamal  Yoga

Activity

 Free open to the public

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

10:00-22:00

Venue

Jingpin Branch of Kamal Yoga,Beijing

Yueti Branch of Kamal Yoga ,Beijing

Shidai Tianjie Branch of Kamal Yoga,Chongqing

Ikea branch of Kamal Yoga,Beijing

Zhuozhan Branch of Kamal Yoga ,Beijing

Participation

Registration with Institute

Contact Number

Ms Li Liaoliao  13651276226

More Information

http://kamalyoga.com/

 

Le  Yoga

 

Le  Yoga

Activity

 Free to the public whole day

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

8:00-19:00

Venue

Le Yoga

Participation

Registration with Institute

Contact Number

Tel:51358880

More Information

http://leyoga.com.cn/

 

Shanti  Yoga

 

Shanti  Yoga

Activity

 Mass practice of Yoga, yoga demonstration movie screening, Free lecture of Yoga.

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

10:30-12:00 Anzhen Branch

13:00-14:30 Dongdan Branch

Venue

Anzhen Branch of Shanti Yoga

Dongdan Branch of Shanti Yoga

Participation

Registration with Institute

Contact Number

Ms Ranran Mob:13581919689

More Information

http://www.omshantiyoga.cn/

Yihe Hot  Yoga

  

Yihe Hot  Yoga

Activity

 Free Yoga class whole day, yoga demonstration movie screening,

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

12:00-13:30,14:00-15:30,16:30-18:00

Venue

Solana Branch of Yihe Hot Yoga

 Lanbao International center  Branch of Yihe Hot Yoga

Sanlitun Shimao Branch of Yihe Hot Yoga

Participation

Registration with Institute

Contact Number

Tel:59056067

Tel:85997395

Tel:84059996




Ioneness yoga  Yoga

Acitivity

Free Yoga lecture

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

15:00-16:30

Venue

Ionenessyoga club(5th  floor of Wistin Hotel ,Beijing)

Participation

Registration with Institute

Contact  Number

Ms.Dong Qianqiong  Mobile No.13811458523

 

Chan  Yoga

Acitivity

Free Yoga lecture

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

09:00 AM Onwards

Venue

All branches of Chan Yoga club of China

Participation

Registration with Institute

Contact  Number

Ms.  Liu Hongbo  Mobile No.13699263110

 

Dhyana   Yoga

Acitivity

Free Yoga

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

09:00 Onwards

Venue

Dhyana Yoga (21st Century hotel, Beijing)

Participation

Registration with Institute

Contact  Number

Ms.  Yuan Shuang  Tel.65635668/64621818

 

Beijing Chang An   Yoga, Beijing Zhong Wen Yoga,

Xia Mou Yoga, Kapu Yoga

Acitivity

Yoga practice ,exchange and Chanting

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

9:00-12:00

Venue

Chao Yang Park, Beijing

Participation

Registration with Institute

Contact  Number

Mr.Weijia  Mobile:13901374160

  


 * The Exact time of the event is subject to change so it is requested to confirm with the  Contact person/institute about the activity as Embassy is not responsible for the change in schedule. 

 

City-Qingdao

Sanskruti Abhiman - Namo Yoga , Qingdao

Activity

1)Mass practice of Yoga 2) yoga demonstration, movie screening 3) lecture on  Yoga,

Date

21st June, 2015

Time

7:00AM to 9:30AM

Venue

1) 中国山东省青岛市市南区东海西路 6 号妇女儿童活动中心 

2) Women and Children's Activities Center, Donghai xi RoadNo.6, Qingdao City, Shandong Province, China

Participation

Prior Registration with Centers.

Contact Number

Jeet Kasar, 13616424324

Kalpesh Bramhankar +86 18561334307 

More Information

www.namoyoga.org ; www.namoyujia.com , www.sanskrutiabhiman.com

 

 

International Day of Yoga( Jimo, Qingdao)

 

Activity

1)Mass practice of Yoga 2) yoga demonstration, movie screening 3) lecture on  Yoga

Date

19th June ,2015

Time

08:30-10:00

Venue

The Square of the Postal savings bank of  China Long Shan road, Jimo, Qingdao

Participation

Prior Registration with Center

Contact Person

ContactMs.Xie Qianqian Mobile15066213833

More Information

http://www.timeyoga.com/index.html

 

Tianjin

 

Shangshan Yoga (Tianjin)

Activity

Yoga Demonstration

Date

21st June 2015

Time

07:00-16:00

Venue

Balitai branch of Shangshan Yoga, Tianjin Water park

Participation

Prior Registration with Institute

Contact Number

13821229798

 

City – Chengdu/Dujiangyan


Event

International Yoga Festival (17-21 June 2015)

Location

Sichuan Hong Kong Jockey club Olympics Games School, Dujiangyan

Time

0700-1800 Hrs (each day)

Access

Open to general pulic (through prior registration)

Contact Persons

1) Mr. P.V. Manoj, Consul, CGI Guangzhou (Mob: +86-18588885692, Email:consulic.guangzhou@mea.gov.in)

2) Ms. Xiong Min, Chengdu FAO (Mob: +86-18008064485)

 3) Ms. Li Jia, Dujiangyan FAO (Mob: +86-13518154305)

 4) Ms. Zeng (For Registration) (Mob:+86 13350339126)

Website

 http://en.indiachinayogafestival.org/

 

City – Guangzhou



Event

Yoga demonstration cum workshops

Location

Guangzhou polytechnic of sports, 338 Changxing road, Tianhe disctrict, Guangzhou

Time

0730-1300 hrs

Access

Open to general public (through prior registration)

Contact Person

Mr. Tarun Kumar, CGI Guangzhou ( Mobile No: 18588885691,

Email: visa.guangzhou@mea.gov.in

 

City – Kunming



Event

Yoga demonstration-cum-workshops

Location

Kunming University Indoor Stadium

Time

0900-1700 Hrs, with Lunch Break

Access

Open to general public (through prior registration)

Contact Persons

 1)   Mr. T.J. Suresh, Consul/HOC, CGI Guangzhou (Mob: +86-18588885690, Email: hoc.guangzhou@mea.gov.in)

2)   Dr. Ranvijay Sinha, Lecturer, Yunnan Minzu University (Mob: +86-13759599251, Email:ranvijaysinha@hotmail.com)

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City – Xiamen



Event

Yoga-demonstration-cum-workshops

Location

Xiamen University campus

Time

1330-1730 hrs

Access

Open

Contact Person

Mr. Tarun Kumar, CGI Guangzhou (Mobile No.: 185 88885691, Email:visa.guangzhou@mea.gov.in)

 

City-- Shanghai

Location

JingAn Park 

Time

8:00 am to 10:00 am

Access:

Prior registration with Consulate 

Contact Person

Ms. Vivien (13681671087)

More Information

The event is being organized in association with Jingan District Government, Shanghai 

 

 

Location

5th Floor, Pingpang Gymnasium

 Shanghai University of Sport 

Time

9:00 am to 11:30 pm 

Access:

Prior registration with Consulate

Contact Person

 Avinash Mishra (18930106937)

Email - avinash_mishra3@hotmail.com 

More Information

The event is being organized in association with Vivekananda Yoga and Shanghai Univesity of Sport and co-organized by Hatha Yoga and Yogi Yoga Centers 

 

Location

Art of Living Studio, 1407, 600 Tianshan Road, Tongda Building 

Time

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Access:

Open for public 

Contact Person

Ms.Myra Yu

(email :myra0407@gmail.com) 

 

Location

Pure Yoga, 999, IAPM Mall, Huaihai Middle Road Shanxi Road 

Time

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Access:

Open for public 

Contact Person

Mr. Charat (13585719895)

 Ms. Cynthia Lim (13918167290)

 

 

Location

Hatha Yoga Studio, 1 South Maoming Road 

Time

8:30 am to 3:00 pm 

Access:

Open for public

Contact Person

Mr. David Wei (No.13801712532)

 

 

Activity

Yoga Sessions  

Location

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala, Room 1210, Tianshan Mansion 30, Tianshan Lu, Changning District.

Time

June 21, 2015 

Access:

Free to all

Contact Person

Rajeev (13917866484)

 

 

Activity :

 

Yoga Photo Exhibition

Location

Shanghai Library 

Time

June 21, 2015 

Access:

Free to all 

 

 

Activity

Yoga Photo Exhibition

Location

Shanghai University of Sport

Time

June 21, 2015

Access:

Free to all

 

City Wuxi

 

Event

International Yoga Festival

Location

Front lawn of Worldhotel Grand Juna Wuxi 

Time

8:00 am to 11:00 am

Access:

Open to general public

Contact Person

Ms Xu Huijuan (18626373228)

 

City Hangzhou

 

Location

Hangzhou Chen Jinglun Sports School

Time

9:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Access:

By Registration through Hangzhou Yoga Association 

Contact Person

Ms Ju Sanbow (No.13606508401)

 

 

City Wenzhou


Location

Litian Group 

Time

8:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Access:

Open to general public 

Contact Person

Mr. Sun Jian Qiang (Johnson) (No.13625777799) 

 

 City Ningbo


Event

International Yoga Festival

Location

Ningbo Culture Square

Time

9:00 am to 17:00 pm

Access:

Open to general public

Contact Person

Ms. Ma Jing (No.13957819681)

Hong Kong


Event 1. Hong Kong- Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

Activity

Mass practice of Yoga

Date

21June, 2015

Time

07:30-0915 hrs

Venue

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

Participation

Prior Registration

More Information

http://www.yogainhk.org/

 

 

Event 2. Hong Kong- Integral Yoga

Activity

Free Introductory workshop on Yoga

Date

Monday, June 15, 2015 (1900-2030 Hrs)

Time

0600 hrs onwards

Venue

All About You Wellness Centre,

14-03 Kaiseng Commercial Building

4-6, Hankow road, Tsim Tsa Tsui Hong Kong

 

 

Event 2. Hong Kong- Integral Yoga

Activity

Free screening of Documentary “LIVING YOGA” 

Date

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Time

10 am to 11am

Venue

PLATFORM Co-Working Space

120 Connaught Road West, 1/F

 

 

 

Event 2. Hong Kong- Isha Foundation

 

Activity

Free Yoga workshop

Date

Sunday, June 21, 2015  

 

Time

at Hong Kong University (HKU) (5:00 - 5:30 PM/ 6:00 - 7:30 PM)

at Tung Chung (12:30 - 2:00 PM)

Participation

These workshops are open to everyone above 7 years of age.

More Information

For information and registration, please visit ishafoundation.org/hk/idy.html

Free corporate wellness workshops can be availed by writing to: hongkong@ishafoundation.org

 

 

 

Event 2. Hong Kong- Prajna Yoga

Activity

Free Yoga workshop

Date

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Time

11:30am – 12:45pm

Venue

Shakti Yoga Shala @ 9/F

Yuen Shing Industrial Building, 
No. 1033 Yee Kuk West Street, 
Lai Chi Kok , Kowloon

Participation

Enroll at reception counter

More Information

Tel:23712515; Website: www.prajna-yoga.com

Email: info@prajna-yoga.com

 

Event 2. Hong Kong- Sahaja Yoga

Free Yoga Programs 

Free Yoga Programs 

Date

Every Monday

Time

19:30-21:30 Hrs

Venue

7/F Committee Room, High Block, City Hall, Central

Participation

All beginner classes are free admission and no reservation needed; all except public holidays

 

 

 

Event 2. Hong Kong- Sahaja Yoga

Free Yoga Programs 

Free Yoga Programs 

Date

Every Wednesday (10 June and then 8 July 2015 onwards)

Time

20:00-22:00

Venue

Lecture Room #2, Shatin Town Hall

Participation

All beginner classes are free admission and no reservation needed; all except public holidays

 

 

 

Event 2. Hong Kong- Sahaja Yoga

Free Yoga Programs 

Free Yoga Programs 

Date

Every Saturday

Time

19:30 – 21:00 Hrs

Venue

Room 507, 5/F., Henry G.Leong Yau Ma Tei Community Centre, 60 Public Square Street, Kowloon

Participation

All beginner classes are free admission and no reservation needed; all except public holidays

 

 

Event 2. Hong Kong- Sahaja Yoga

Free Yoga Programs 

Free Yoga Programs 

Date

Every Tuesday

Time

15:00-17:00 Hrs

Venue

Unit C 4/F, Gee Lok Ind Bldg, 34 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, HK

Participation

All beginner classes are free admission and no reservation needed; all except public holidays

 

Event 2. Hong Kong-  The Yoga Room

Free Yoga Programs 

Free Yoga on the Beach event for IDY

Date

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Time

 5-6 pm

Venue

Repulse Bay

Participation

Tel: +852 2544 8398

Website: www.yogaroomhk.com

 

    

 

To commemorate the '1st International Day of Yoga-21 June', declared by the United Nations,  Consulate General of India, Guangzhou along with Chengdu Municipal Foreign and Overseas Affairs Office and Dujiangyan Municipal People's Government, will be organising the First India-China (Chengdu) International Yoga Festival in the city of Dujiangyan from 17-21 June, 2015.  

The theme for the event is 'Taking yoga back to its roots'.  

Twenty renowned Yoga gurus from India including Sharath Jois, Deepika Mehta, Ajay Tokas, Om Prakash Tiwari, Bharatha Kumar Shettty, Rapisarda Rudolph (Nataraj), Ashvina Balakrishnan etc. representing K.Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Kaivalyadhama, Indea Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and Isha Hatha Yoga would be participating in the event. 

http://www.indiachinayogafestival.org/

Logo 中合十的双手代表着 Yoga (瑜珈),意味着结合,它反映了个人意识与共体意识的结合,这是一种身体与心灵、人与自然的完美融合,一种收获健康与幸福的整体观。

褐色叶子代表大地,绿色叶子是自然的象征,蓝色象征着水,光明是火的化身,而太阳则意味着能量与灵感的源泉。

 Logo 代表着人类社会的和谐与和平,这才是瑜伽的精髓所在






Yoga: Its Origin, History and Development

April 23, 2015

*By Dr. Ishwar V.Basavaraddi 


Introduction :Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on anextremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind andbody. It is an art and scince of healthy living. The word ‘Yoga’ is derivedfrom the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. Asper Yogic scriptures the practice of Yoga leads to the union of individualconsciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness, indicating a perfectharmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature. According to modern scientists,everything in the universe is just a manifestation of the same quantumfirmament. One who experiences this oneness of existence is said to be in yoga,and is termed as a yogi, having attained to a state of freedom referred to asmukti, nirvana or moksha. Thus the aim of Yoga is Self-realization, to overcomeall kinds of sufferings leading to 'the state of liberation' (Moksha) or‘freedom’ (Kaivalya). Living with freedom in all walks of life, health andharmony shall be the main objectives of Yoga practice."Yoga” also refersto an inner science comprising of a variety of methods through which humanbeings can realize this union and achieve mastery over their destiny.Yoga,being widely considered as an ‘immortal cultural outcome’ of Indus Saraswati Valleycivilization – dating back to 2700 B.C., has proved itself catering to bothmaterial and spiritual upliftment of humanity.Basic humane values are the veryidentity of Yoga Sadhana.

A Brief History and Development of Yoga:

The practice of Yoga is believed to have started with the very dawn ofcivilization. The science of yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, longbefore the first religions or belief systems were born. In the yogic lore,Shiva is seen as the first yogi or Adiyogi, and the first Guru or Adi Guru. 

Several Thousand years ago, on the banks of the lake Kantisarovar in theHimalayas, Adiyogi poured his profound knowledge into the legendary Saptarishisor "seven sages”. The sages carried this powerful yogic science todifferent parts of the world, including Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africaand South America. Interestingly, modern scholars have noted and marvelled atthe close parallels found between ancient cultures across the globe. However,it was in India that the yogic system found its fullest expression. Agastya,the Saptarishi who travelled across the Indian subcontinent, crafted thisculture around a core yogic way of life.


A number of seals and fossil remains of IndusSaraswati valley civilization with Yotic motives and figures performing yoga indicate the presence of Yoga inIndia.


The Number of seals and fossil remains of Indus Saraswati valleycivilization with Yogic motives and figures performing Yoga Sadhana suggest thepresence of Yoga in ancient India. The phallic symbols, seals of idols ofmother Goddess are suggestive of Tantra Yoga. Presence of Yoga is available infolk traditions, Indus valley civilization, Vedic and Upanishadic heritage,Buddhist and Jain traditions, Darshanas, epics of Mahabharat and Ramayana, theistictraditions of Shaivas, Vaishnavas, and Tantric traditions. In addition, therewas a primordial or pure Yoga which has been manifested in mystical traditionsof South Asia. This was the time when Yoga was being practised under the directguidance of Guru and its spritual value was given special importance. It was apart of Upasana and yoga sadhana was inbuilt in their rituals. Sun was givenhighest importance during the vedic period. The practice of ‘Surya namaskara’may have been invented later due to this influence. Pranayama was a part ofdaily ritual and to offer the oblation. Though Yoga was being practiced in thepre-Vedic period, the great Sage Maharshi Patanjali systematized and codifiedthe then existing practices of Yoga, its meaning and its related knowledgethrough his Yoga Sutras. After Patanjali, many Sages and Yoga Masterscontributed greatly for the preservation and development of the field throughtheir well documented practices and literature.



Suryanamaskara


Historical evidences of the existence of Yogawere seen in the pre-Vedic period (2700 B.C.), and thereafter till Patanjali’speriod. The main sources, from which we get the information about Yogapractices and the related literature during this period, are available in Vedas(4), Upanishads(108), Smritis, teachings of Buddhism, Jainism, Panini, Epics(2), Puranas (18) etc.

Tentatively, the period between 500 BC - 800 A.D. is considered as theClassical period which is also considered as the most fertile and prominentperiod in the history and development of Yoga. During this period, commentariesof Vyasa on Yoga Sutras and Bhagawadgita etc. came into existence.This periodcan be mainly dedicated to two great religious teachers of India –Mahavir andBuddha. The concept of Five great vows – Pancha mahavrata- by Mahavir and AshtaMagga or eightfold path by Buddha - can be well considered as early nature ofYoga sadhana. We find its more explicit explanation in Bhagawadgita which haselaborately presented the concept of Gyan yoga, Bhakti yoga and Karma Yoga.These three types of yoga are still the highest example of human wisdom and andeven to day people find peace by following the methods as shown in Gita.Patanjali’s yoga sutra besides containing various aspects of yoga, is mainlyidentified with eight fold path of Yoga. The very important commentary on Yogasutra by Vyasa was also written. During this very period the aspect of mind wasgiven importance and it was clearly brought out through Yoga sadhana, Mind andbody both can be brought under control to experience equanimity.The periodbetween 800 A.D. - 1700 A.D. has been recognized as the Post Classical periodwherein the teachings of great Acharyatrayas-Adi Shankracharya, Ramanujacharya,Madhavacharya-were prominent during this period. The teachings of Suradasa,Tulasidasa, Purandardasa, Mirabai were the great contributors during thisperiod. The Natha Yogis of Hathayoga Tradition like Matsyendaranatha,Gorkshanatha, Cauranginatha, Swatmaram Suri, Gheranda, Shrinivasa Bhatt aresome of the great personalities who popularized the Hatha Yoga practices duringthis period.

The period between 1700 - 1900 A.D. is considered as Modern period in which thegreat Yogacharyas- Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, ParamhansaYogananda, Vivekananda etc. have contributed for the development of RajaYoga.This was the period when Vedanta, Bhakti yoga, Nathayoga or Hatha-yogaflourished. The Shadanga-yoga of Gorakshashatakam, Chaturanga-yoga ofHathayogapradipika, Saptanga-yoga of Gheranda Samhita, were the main tenents ofHatha-yoga.

Now in the contemporary times, everybody has conviction about yoga practicestowards the preservation, maintenance and promotion of health. Yoga has spreadall over the world by the teachings of great personalities like SwamiShivananda, Shri T.Krishnamacharya, Swami Kuvalayananda, Shri Yogendara, SwamiRama, Sri Aurobindo, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, Acharya Rajanish, Pattabhijois, BKS.Iyengar, Swami Satyananda Sarasvati and the like.




B.K.S. Iyengar was the founder of the style ofyoga known as "Iyengar Yoga" and was considered one of the foremostyoga teachers in the world


Clearing Misconceptions:

For many, the practice of yoga is restricted to Hatha Yoga and Asanas(postures). However, among the Yoga Sutras, just three sutrasare dedicated toasanas. fundamentally, hatha yoga is a preparatory process so that the body cansustain higher levels of energy. The process begins with the body, then thebreath, the mind, and the inner self.

Yoga is also commonly understood as a therapy or exercise system for health andfitness. While physical and mental health are natural consequences of yoga, thegoal of yoga is more far-reaching. "Yoga is about harmonizing oneself withthe universe. It is the technology of aligning individual geometry with thecosmic, to achieve the highest level of perception and harmony.”

Yoga does not adhere to any particular religion, belief system or community; ithas always been approached as a technology for inner wellbeing. Anyone whopractices yoga with involvement can reap its benefits, irrespective of one’sfaith, ethnicity or culture.Traditional Schools of Yoga :These differentPhilosophies, Traditions, lineages and Guru-shishya paramparas of Yoga lead tothe emergence of differnt Traditional Schools of Yoga e.g. Jnana-yoga,Bhakti-yoga, Karma-yoga, Dhyana-yoga, Patanjala-yoga, Kundalini-yoga,Hatha-yoga, Mantra-yoga, Laya-yoga, Raja-yoga, Jain-yoga, Bouddha-yoga etc.Each school has its own principles and practices leading to altimate aim andobjectives of Yoga.

Yogic Practices for Health and Wellness:The widely practiced Yoga Sadhanas(Practices) are: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana(Meditation), Samadhi /Samyama, Bandhas & Mudras, Shat-karmas, Yukta-ahara,Yukta karma, Mantra japa, etc.Yama's are restraints and Niyama's areobservances. These are considered to be pre-requisits for the Yoga Sadhanas(Practices). Asanas, capable of bringing about stability of body and mind ‘kuryat-tad-asanam-sthairyam...’ , consists in adopting various body(psycho-physical) patterns, giving ability to maintain a body position (astable awareness of one’s structural existence) for a considerable length andperiod of time as well.



Different postures of Pranayam

The Fundamentals of Yoga Sadhana:

Yoga works on the level of one’s body, mind, emotion and energy. This has givenrise to four broad classifications of Yoga: karma yoga, where we utilize thebody; bhakti yoga, where we utilize the emotions; gyana yoga, where we utilizethe mind and intelect; and kriya yoga, where we utilize the energy.

Each system of Yoga we practice would fall within the gamut of one or more ofthese categories. Every individual is a unique combination of these fourfactors. "All the ancient commentaries on Yoga have stressed that it isessential to work under the direction of a Guru.” The reason being that only aGuru can mix the appropriate combination of the four fundamental paths, as isnecessary for each seeker.Yoga Education:Tradiitionally, Yoga Education wasimparted by knowledgeable, experienced, and wise persons in the families(comparable with the education imparted in convents in the west) and then bythe Seers (Rishis/Munis/Acharyas) in Ashramas (compared with monastries). YogaEducation, on the other hand, aims at taking care of the individual, the'Being'. It is presumed that a good, balanced, integrated, truthful, clean,transparent person will be more useful to oneself, family, society, nation,nature and humanity at large. Yoga education is 'Being oriented'. Details ofworking with 'being oriented' aspect have been outlined in various livingtraditions and texts and the method contributing to this important field isknown as 'Yoga'.

Present days, Yoga Education is being imparted by many eminent YogaInstitutions, Yoga Colleges, Yoga Universites, Yoga Departments in theUniversities, Naturopathy colleges and Private trusts & societies. ManyYoga Clinics, Yoga Therapy and Training Centers, Preventive Health Care Unitsof Yoga, Yoga Research Centers etc. have been established in Hospitals,Dispensories, Medical Institiutions and Therapetical setups.

Different social customs and rituals in India, the land of Yoga, reflect a lovefor ecological balance, tolerance towards other systems of thought and acompassionate outlook towards all creations.Yoga Sadhana of all hues andcolours is considered panacea for a meaningful life and living. Its orientationto a comprehensive health, both individual and social, makes it a worthypractice for the people of all religions, races and nationalities.

Conclusion:
 Now-a-days, millions and millions of people across the globe havebenefitted by the practice of Yoga which has been preserved and promoted by thegreat eminent Yoga Masters from ancient time to this date.The practice of Yogais blossoming, and growing more vibrant every day.

*​Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi is the Director of Morarji Desai NationalInstitute of Yoga


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