Here with all delight, we conclude our November 2015 YTTC and congratulate all the students for becoming successful Yoga Teachers. A fitting end to an intensive 4-week program. Students are awarded with Certificate of accomplishment.
In the footsteps of...05 December
Yoga is 'chitta vritti nirodhah' or can be translated as the cessation of mental activities. This can happen through time-tested Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and other systems. It can also be experienced in the presence of seers, in the presence of good people as also in places which have been inhabited by yogis. In such a place, one can experience silencing! Come, experience silencing of the mind @ Ajarya
Post Dinner Sessions04 December
Although the sessions are called self-study sessions, Ajarya teachers make themselves available for the sessions to help students with various projects and activities. The students find greater focus in the presence of the teachers who are always available with the students, at their beck and call!
Smart Classrooms03 December
Ajarya classrooms are equipped with Projector, Laptop, Whiteboard, Charts, Props, Accessories, Mats and all that is required to aid teaching, learning and evaluation. With such interactivity, learning becomes easier and interesting. Come, learn yoga combining the best of the east with the best of the west!
Service with a Smile02 December
Anna daana or donating food is considered the highest service. Serving food is no less. Serving food with a smile, more so. Serving food with a smile to strangers, especially ones who are hungry and in need, is all the more so! Join the Ajarya team serve food and experience bliss!
Beatles' Ashram01 December
Maharshi Mahesh Yogi has not only given us TM (Transcendental Meditation) but also many beautiful Ashrams. The Chaurasia Kutiya at Rishikesh more popularly known as the Beatles' Ashram all over the world, is one such Ashram. Every batch, our students are taken to the now, uninhabited but well-maintained ashram in the midst of nature for tryst with destiny and the Beatles! Join us in the adventures during your TTC @ Ajarya!
A truly global yoga academy27 November
At Ajarya, we get students of all nationalities from across the globe! This time, we asked the students to translate the Sanskrit prayers. We had students translating the prayers into their languages. The charts of the translation of the opening prayer and the closing prayers were then handed over the teachers who were absolutely delighted. Come and become a part of one world @ Ajarya!
Whole Personality Development26 November
As the days progress, we experience cleansing at all levels. The beginning is made using the body with yamas, niyamas, asanas, pranayama and pratyahara! The techniques include kriyas, mudras, bandhas and advanced techniques. Stimulation and relaxation are taught cyclically to understand cosmic laws. These experiences leave our students radiant, glowing like yogis do! Come, become a yogi @ Ajarya!
Both internal, ongoing, mid-term and final examinations are conducted at Ajarya. Examinations are a time-tested method to assess the level of learning in the student. Ajarya conforms to tradition and has only improvised the types of examination to ensure quality learning. Certificates are not awarded unless all exams are diligently taken by the students.
Invigorating Effect23 November
Natural Incense can aid meditation and relaxation. Natural Greenery can bring peace by merely seeing. Pristine Nature can have an uplifting effect. At Ajarya, you are very close to Nature. There are waterfalls everywhere in the Himalayas as though the waters are heading eagerly towards the holy Ganges. These waters seep through the mountains and get naturally purified. And as you stand under these waters, one can experience a mind-body-soul cleansing!
Offerings to the Gods!20 November
The very first day at Ajarya, students are introduced to the concept of 'offering to Gods!' The fire ceremony marks the beginning of a journey of offerings. Fire has a unique quality - it rises up, against the laws of gravity! This is the reason why fire is the vehicle or the medium to take the offerings to Gods! Then we slowly align ourselves to offering everything we are to a higher power! As we experience transformation, the flowers we float in the holy river Ganges too become a medium, a vehicle for our offerings to God!
Deeply Relaxing Vibrations - Mantra Chanting19 November
Meditation Mantra Chantings have been scientifically validated to induce soothing positive vibrations. These have a deeply relaxing effect that make us refreshed and energized. Ajarya Yoga Teachers are specialized in inducing these harmonious vibrations within the group. Meditation and vibrational chanting are a vital part of the Ajarya TTC.
Blissful Smiles18 November
This would be a way to sum up our experiences at Ajarya! We oftentimes experience bliss in our lives. But when we start chasing bliss, we fall short! Many times, the chase takes away the goodness of the experience too. What, then, can make us sustain the bliss? Yoga is the answer! Come, learn the secrets to sustained, continuing bliss at Ajarya!
Good Yoga Teacher17 November
A good yoga teacher need not necessarily need six-pack-abs with rippling muscles. A good yoga teacher is one who is firmly established in yoga practice, one who is genuinely interested in teaching and sharing knowledge with students while learning during the bipolarisation, one who is supple and flexible, one who leads by example from the front, one who is able to welcome the most difficult of questions with patience. Come find the best teachers at Ajarya!
Karma Yoga by Students - featured in Local Newspapers16 November
"One who understands Karma Yoga finds eternal bliss!" Karma Yoga is one of the strongest principles of Yoga wherein one learns to enjoy the process rather than the goal... and this leads to liberation. This is aptly considered treasure learning. Ajarya Students performed their Karma Yoga Project of "Saving the Holy Ganges" by cleaning the banks of the holy river. And while they quietly did this selfless work, the entire local community took note. So much so, that they were featured in the local newspapers. That is the power of Karma Yoga!!
As the learning sinks in, one realises yoga is all about becoming one with everything else, within and without! And when there is no other, there are no conflicts. Each step of your journey in yoga, you get a glimpse into this secret. Just close your eyes, take a deep breath and feel the bliss! Yoga is a time-tested methodology for accelerated growth to liberation! Yoga is right here, where I am! Come, learn and experience yoga @ Ajarya!
As the night, the day! We oftentimes forget the 'rest' part in our lives as we focus on the 'doing' or the 'action'. Like the night has a complementary day, as inhalation complements an exhalation, as diastole complements a systole, so do action and non-action go together. Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutras give us the secrets of action and non-action, karma and akarma. Learn the secrets of action and non-action at Ajarya!
Any technique or posture, when practised improperly, can cause harm. So, we can sit back and not do anything and so, make no mistakes. And for those of you who can '...force your heart and nerve and sinew...', you can come to Ajarya and learn how to use the props optimally. Stretch your body beyond its limits and find new secrets hidden inside you. You will be surprised to learn the application of simple props from Ajarya teachers!
A new beginning11 November
Everyday is a new beginning! But sometimes, when the Ajaryans decide to look at the sunrise in the Himalayas, it is yet another startling revelation! The morning Sun rays bathe you in their glow, engulfing you in the warmth. The Sun seems to be just a dot rising up from amidst the mountains, eager to make its presence felt to the world, as though there was no yesterday and as if there is no tomorrow. Just now, in the here and now! Experience holistic yoga at Ajarya!
Many a student wishes to continue the learning offered at Ajarya beyond their course time-frame. Then, we introduce to them the concept of internship. During internship, the students deepen their understanding of yoga with a continued immersion programme of learning, teaching and evaluation. The students not only participate in the practise sessions during the internship but also deepen their understanding through extensive research into the scriptures and texts of yoga. They learn the subtler, higher aspects through conscious contact with Ajarya teachers.
Ushering in another beginning!!09 November
A start of a new TTC is always accompanied by a freshness to Ajarya and its team! We are influenced and learn from many factors in our life. Many of us arrive at Ajarya having learned yoga too in many different ways, different from how it is in India! This would mean that sometimes we have to start the process of learning by unlearning! Unturn the bucket and let all the old water drain out and make room for fresh water! Come, let us make a new beginning at Ajarya!