The meaning of OM and its vibrational essence within

What is the meaning of OM and its essence? Why it is so important that almost everyone knows this ancient Hindu/ Vedic Symbol. 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…

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 the…

Krishna – A Yogi and the god of compassion

According to legends, Lord Krishna was the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and was born in ‘Dwapur Yug’ as the eighth child of Devaki and Vasudev but was brought up by Mata Yashoda and Baba Nand. He led a simple life and gave us a guidebook for happy living. His teachings are simple yet meaningful;…

Origin of Ashtanga Yoga – Yoga Korunta

Going back in time around 1000 BCE, you would have called Ashtanga Yoga – Yoga Korunta. The method of Yoga taught at KPJAYI is that which has been told by the ancient Sage Vamana in his text called “Yoga Korunta.” Although many books on Yoga have been written, Vāmana Ṛṣi (devanāgarī: वामन ऋषि) is the…

Surya Namaskar – Sun salutation A and B in Ashtanga Yoga

The Mysore Ashtanga yoga, sun-salutations, called “A” & “B” have been developed by Sri Krishnamacharya & Sri Pattabhi Jois. Sūryanamaskāra serves as a transition between postures and as a postural preparation – smart, isn’t it 🙂 Warm-up (muscles) Release of large articulations Limbering up of the spine Every asana is done with the synchronization of…

Ashtanga Yoga Guru – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Gratitude (कृतज्ञता) – Something unconditional love and acceptance of the metaphor wisdom and teaching of guru, or a person who we really look up to and motivated to practice and learn a great tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Thursday – गुरूवार – the day of guru | बृहस्पतिवार – the day of the planet Jupiter. Today 18th May…

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…

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…