Origin of Ashtanga Yoga – Yoga Korunta

Ashtanga Yoga History  The method of AshtangaYoga is derived from an ancient Sage Vamana in his text called “Yoga Korunta.” Although many books on Yoga written, Vāmana Ṛṣi (devanāgarī: वामन ऋषि) is the one who has focused on a complete practical method. Yoga Korunta: Background and Findings The discovery of Yoga Korunta: Sri T. Krishnamacharya travelled to Calcutta…

The meaning of OM and its essence in Yoga

OM or AUM (Sanskrit: ॐ) is a sacred sound scripture symbol, representing the universe within its vibration. It is also a mantra in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. I notice in my Yoga classes that everyone accepts and enjoys chanting OM. However, chances are they have little ideas of its essence. It just feels right! Isn’t it? I thought to…

Chakra and Yoga – An introduction to the ancient Science

The word Chakra derives from the Sanskrit word “Wheel” or more precisely, The rotating wheel. The chakra is such an extraordinary system that governs and channel energy in our body. Chakra system defined in different ancient cultures including ancient Vedic/ Hinduism, and Buddhism, and widely mentioned in Mayan, Inka, Egyptian, Babylonian and more cultures in history.…

Jal Neti – An important Yogic purification

Jal Neti is something that I learned in early childhood in my family seeing my uncle, father and mother performing it. With the time, it also integrated into my morning ritual. I experience the powerful benefits of Jal Neti kriya and would love to share in this post. It is not a surprise it is…

100 benefits of Meditation

Meditation has profound effects on mind, body and emotional being. We know that the mediation is a powerful remedy for stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The list goes on and on. Meditation also improves one’s immune system and regulate blood pressure so effortlessly. Here are 100 benefits of meditation Physiological, Psychological and Spiritual benefits: Physiological benefits:…

Why not practice Ashtanga Yoga on the Full Moon

We all have this question – Why not practising on the Full Moon?  In this article, I would like to shed some light for a better understanding. Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are…

Buddha Purnima- Happy birthday to Gautam Buddha

Buddha Purnima is a festival celebrated with great fervor in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia. Buddha’s full name is Gautam Buddha and apparently, my youngest brother’s name is Gautam 🙂 The birthday of Gautam Buddha is celebrated as Buddha Purnima across…

Surya Namaskar origins and tales

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is not only a physical exercise or warm-up.  It is something much more profound, which needs a deep understanding of  Sanskrit Vedic literature and Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). The Sun Salutation or Sūryanamaskāra is a dynamic sequence of postures; it is a ritual in honor of the rising sun (ideally just…

The important history of your Yoga Mat

Few people know, but the yoga mat is a recent discovery in the life of yoga practitioners. People can’t imagine practicing Yoga without this plastic/ rubber carpet made in Chain – we call it “XYZ Yoga Mat”. Before all that, it was Rugs and Carpets. “I have never bought a Yoga mat in my 20+…