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A Welcome note to our upcoming February 2016 YTT students!!

Ashtanga yoga is a powerful form of yoga which has an emphasis on strength and stamina. In Ashtanga yoga the breath is synchronized with the postures in a process that detoxifies the body. Practicing Ashtanga Yoga gives a strong body, calm mind and better circulation.

It is the royal eightfold yoga, standardized by the ancient sage Patanjali. It’s outset and conclusion is the state of unlimited ecstasy and freedom that forms the core of our being. The practice of these eight limbs can take up a copious amount of time of one’s daily life.

Learning Ashtanga Yoga in the refreshing weather of February month in Rishikesh is very pleasant. Cool breeze motivates to take up new challenges. Also it is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of wonderful health.

The Ajarya Yoga Academy 200hr Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course is set to begin from February,2016 at Rishikesh.
We are especially happy to have students from all over the world in this batch.

This post is restricted to the arriving trainees for the 01 February, 2016 YTTC

Through your comments below, feel free to connect with your fellow batchmates. You can get to know each other better, sync your travel plans or your transit stays at New Delhi OR just talk about anything under the sun!

Just to let you know, we will be organizing the following:

(1) Some pre-TTC recreation on Arrival, through a Group visit to the Taj Mahal, Agra January 30, 06 A.M. onwards)
(2) Group transfer between Delhi and Rishikesh (January 31, 06 A.M. onwards), for a safe, economical and hassle-free transfer for you.
(3) Return transfer from Rishikesh to Delhi after the closing ceremony (February 28) to get you back to central New Delhi / Airport for your return

The above are OPTIONAL.
Simply, let us know your interest in these through the comments below.
We look forward to having you all over in February!!

Virabhadrasana II (Warrior Pose II): - If while you are practicing and your thighs cannot handle any of the pressure or anytime life demands a great deal of you, maybe you should invoke the spirit of the great warrior for whom this pose is named.

Virabhadra

The Story….

Sati, Shiva’s first wife was the daughter of king Daksha. Sati’s family had not seen Shiva, and did not know much about him except from their trusted daughter’s words that he is the love of her life and the Lord of Universe “Jagadisha”. In Indian tradition, the groom goes to the brides house on horseback accompanied by his friends. Shiva however arrived in a very inappropriate form, with long hair, body covered with ashes, wreathed in snakes, and accompanied by a troop of ghosts and demons. Sati’s Family was appalled and wanted to cancel the wedding. Shiva, however decided to please Sati and re-represented himself in magnificent aspect, radiantly handsome, dressed in silk and gold, and accompanied with splendid courtiers. The marriage took place, but Dakhsa did not let go of the incident.

Short time later Daksha was planning for a magnificent Yagya “religious ceremony” at his court. However, Shiva and Sati did not receive an invitation. Shiva kept ensuring Sati that her father must have meant to send it but forgot, but she was not convinced, and found it very disrespectful, considering the fact that her husband is the Lord of the Universe and must be invited to such an important event. As the day of the ceremony had come, Shiva refused to attend, even though he felt bad for Sati, but could not push himself to do it. So Sati decided to go to understand the situation of her family. The Yagya was a mockery in itself; Daksha was offering nothing of value, only flaunting his wealth and power.

When Sati arrived to her Family’s house, it was quite obvious that she was not welcome anymore; she was insulted multiple times by her Father and his friends about her husband, her wedding and her taste in men. In addition, to the fact that the Lord of the Universe was not invited and mocked. The Veda tells us that in a true sacrifice, God is the offering, the one who offers, the recipient, the flames, the fuel, the ritual. This all became too much to bare for Sati, so with one swift movement she flung herself into the fire and was burned to ash, herself becoming the sacrifice.

Shiva heard what happened, and was overcome with grief and fury. His eyes stood out, his blood boiled, his hair stood on the end. In an ecstasy of rage, he tore a hair from his own head and flung it to the ground. The next moment, where the hair had been stood a warrior, the personification of Shiva’s emotions, red-faced and grunting with the lust of vengeance.

This was Virabhadra, the personification of righteous anger and the noble impulse to defend the innocent.

The warrior Virabhadra saluted Shiva, the flew to Kind Daksha’s Palace where he ripped and roared through the sacrifice, destroying everyone and everything in his path. He tore off Daksha’s head. As for Sati, she was reborn as Parvati, this time with a father who supported Shiva and her love for him. As for Daksha, Shiva forgave him and restored him to life, but he had to live with the head of a goat.

Virabhdadra is not simply a bloody warrior. Like Shiva, they destroy to save: Their real enemy is the ego. “By cutting off the head of the ego, Virabhadra help remind us to humble ourselves.”

For a fulsome learning experience of Yoga – complete with practice and the meaning behind – come experience the immensely satisfying Yoga Teacher Training Programs at Ajarya Yoga Academy

During the practice session on Mudras of the Ajarya Yoga TTC program, the following question was brought up in relation to Mudras.

What are the main types of Mudras? What is their significance? What are the limitations while doing Mudras?

The Yoga teacher in session, Acharya Narender, explained that there are two major categorizations of mudras. These are:

  • Hand Mudras (Hasta Mudra)
  • Body Mudra

Mudras are the next progression after Asana and Pranayama. Each Mudra is set up differently, some of which the students will experience during the course of the Teacher Training Program. What is important to note is that Mudras are powerful tools that work at the physical and emotional level besides manipulating the energy.

According to Tantra, mudras are important tools to open spiritual locks as well as mental blockages.

Their limitations depend upon individuality, hence must be taught only by a teacher.

While understanding the working of Yoga upon body fitness, the following question was raised by a TTC student, during the daily interchange of ideas:

Stiffness due to Parkinsons

Diana: How is it that stiffness develops during Parkinsons?
The Yoga Anatomy teacher responded that the over usage of neurons degenerates the basal ganglia which in turn causes a disturbance to the Dopamine levels. So, the imbalance of the two control systems – the nervous & the endocrine systems – disturbs the coordination of muscles.

This leads to issues such as a stiff body, short step walk etc.. It also leads to tremors at the extremities of the body (hands/ fingers)

Correlation of Yoga practices to help in Parkinsons is an important subject for yoga therapists. If you feel you have a perspective that you would like to share regarding the above question or something that may help the questioner further, please share by commenting through the box below.

The following question was raised by a student of the Ajarya Yoga TTC program, during a discussion on the larger meaning of Yoga:

Georgina: How can one live without being overwhelmed by the senses and their emotional functions – such as, anxiety during examinations or while caring for someone?

YTTC Student Question

The teacher responded that it is the branch of Karma Yoga that answers such questions. Karma Yoga, which teaches the skill and art of seeing work as a duty without getting ´attached´ to the work emotionally is the way forward.

It is because of this that the TTC program included components of Karma Yoga for the student to witness and understand this new ´way´ of daily action.

If you feel you have a perspective that you would like to share regarding the above question or something that may help the questioner further, please share by commenting through the box below.

Course Progress and Highlights!!

The September batch is proceeding well and the students have taken to the program like fish to water.

A small batch of lovely people from across the world has helped in creating an informal family setting where students are bonding well and are able to share freely with the teachers and within themselves. This is making the entire TTC program extremely enjoyable and satisfying.

Follow the progress of this wonderful lot through pictures. It is said pictures speak more than a thousand words, and this is exactly how we intend it to be.

September 2015 – YTT Course Progress and Highlights

 

A Welcome note to our upcoming November 2015 YTT students!!

Rishikesh is gifted with the wonderful weather all year around. It is always relaxing and pleasant spending time here. Wonderful breezy nights and golden shiny days make it worth visiting.

Winters knocks in the month of November at Rishikesh. Amazing cool weather influences to take up new things or to bring up changes. This is the best time to indulge in Yoga and grow your inner strength.

Yoga-Learning only requires quality dedication and you will feel the change. Devote yourself to Yoga this November and become a certified Yoga Teacher!!

Ajarya Yoga Teacher Training is all set to commence from November, 2015.
We are especially happy to have students from all over the world in this batch!!

This post is restricted to the arriving trainees for the 09 November, 2015 YTTC

Through your comments below, feel free to connect with your fellow batchmates. You can get to know each other better, sync your travel plans or your transit stays at New Delhi OR just talk about anything under the sun!

Just to let you know, we will be organizing the following:

(1) Some pre-TTC recreation on Arrival, through a Group visit to the Taj Mahal, Agra November 07, 06 A.M. onwards)
(2) Group transfer between Delhi and Rishikesh (November 08, 06 A.M. onwards), for a safe, economical and hassle-free transfer for you.
(3) Return transfer from Rishikesh to Delhi after the closing ceremony (December 06) to get you back to central New Delhi / Airport for your return

The above are OPTIONAL.
Simply, let us know your interest in these through the comments below.
We look forward to having you all over in November!!

This section serves as a window to specific program batches at Ajarya; a course progress diary as well as a notice board for announcements etc. related to particular batches of the Yoga Courses including the Yoga Teacher Training Programs being held at Ajarya Yoga Academy.

It will include specific course and batch related information – issues for the benefits of students such as Pre Arrival information, Travel advisories and issues that may need interaction between students of a batch.

It is also a chance for students of a particular batch to get to familiarize with each other even before arrival. Such interactions help in smooth integration into the course, which is extremely helpful considering the cultural and environmental differences that understandably makes one uneasy and nervous.

This single initiative of Ajarya has been greatly welcomed by students and highlights the commitment of Ajarya to integrate its students as part of the large Ajarya family.

Joining Students are encouraged to post in their respective batch page to have their queries sorted by fellow students.

This category is also an attempt to give a peep into the Teacher Training Programs at Ajarya. We will also try to highlight the course progress in pictures whenever possible and much more.

A Welcome note to our upcoming October 2015 YTT students!!

October month brings festivity with it in Rishikesh, India. Current of energy and enthusiasm flows everywhere. Festive rituals and customs purify the atmosphere and make it very suitable for practicing Yoga. Light breeze flows in this month and encourages opting Yoga in Rishikesh.

Yoga practice in this calm and soothing weather is very fruitful. Learn Yoga with us this October in Rishikesh and also get internationally certified.

Ajarya Yoga Teacher Training is all set to commence from October, 2015.
We are especially happy to have students from all over the world in this batch!!

This post is restricted to the arriving trainees for the 05 October, 2015 YTTC

Through your comments below, feel free to connect with your fellow batchmates. You can get to know each other better, sync your travel plans or your transit stays at New Delhi OR just talk about anything under the sun!

Just to let you know, we will be organizing the following:

(1) Some pre-TTC recreation on Arrival, through a Group visit to the Taj Mahal, Agra October 03, 06 A.M. onwards)
(2) Group transfer between Delhi and Rishikesh (October 04, 06 A.M. onwards), for a safe, economical and hassle-free transfer for you.
(3) Return transfer from Rishikesh to Delhi after the closing ceremony (November 01) to get you back to central New Delhi / Airport for your return

The above are OPTIONAL.
Simply, let us know your interest in these through the comments below.
We look forward to having you all over in October !!

 

 

A Welcome note to our upcoming September 2015 YTTC students!!

The Peace and holiness of September month is worth experiencing in the magnificent surroundings of Rishikesh. It is the best time to absorb nourishment by focusing on being poised.

Wonderfully calm atmosphere of Rishikesh also known as World Capital of Yoga, helps to connect with divine during this time.
Groom and upgrade yourself as a Certified Yoga Teacher this September in Rishikesh!!

Ajarya Yoga Teacher Training is all set to commence from 31 August, 2015.
We are especially happy to have students from all over the world in this batch!!

This post is restricted to the arriving trainees for the 31 August, 2015 YTTC

Through your comments below, feel free to connect with your fellow batchmates. You can get to know each other better, sync your travel plans or your transit stays at New Delhi OR just talk about anything under the sun!

Just to let you know, we will be organizing the following:

(1) Some pre-TTC recreation on Arrival, through a Group visit to the Taj Mahal, Agra August 29, 06 A.M. onwards)
(2) Group transfer between Delhi and Rishikesh (August 30, 06 A.M. onwards), for a safe, economical and hassle-free transfer for you.
(3) Return transfer from Rishikesh to Delhi after the closing ceremony (September 27) to get you back to central New Delhi / Airport for your return

The above are OPTIONAL.
Simply, let us know your interest in these through the comments below.
We look forward to having you all over in August !!