Turning Inward

What does it mean by turning Inward? Many people might even wonder what is inward or inside, why should I see inside, majority of the masses consider that looking inside is a wastage of our precious time, energy and resources. That is the thought process of our current generation where our life is calculated in terms of the wealth we accumulate. No doubt that wealth is needed but it has crossed way beyond the level of need. Wealth is important but not at the cost of health. Holistic approach is the need of the hour where everyone is just focusing on accumulation of wealth out of insecurities and fear related to future. One has to be successful materialistically but it should not be at the cost of one’s health and neglecting the inner dimensions. Our yoga teacher training in India is composed carefully with so many simple yoga techniques that can be included in your daily routine which can help you dive deeper inwards while not at all compromising on your success in the material world.

The Modern day hectic work culture and achieving more in less time and sky rocketing targets would definitely create a lot of stress. Stress is the major cause for most of the psychosomatic diseases and yoga is the one of the best solution for dealing with stress. The best thing about the yogic sciences is that it does not limit itself to solving the problem but it gives insights into the cause of the problem and gives a permanent solution so that it can be eradicated from roots. The yoga teacher training in India predominantly focuses on stress management as it is one of the major problems faced by the world today. One of the major reason for the new age traumas and problems is that we have been living mechanical lives running in a mad rat race not being aware of what exactly we want? What makes us happy? Why are we running a mad race daily? Where are we going and what exactly are we achieving and what are we missing? Is it that in collecting pebbles are we losing diamonds. In terms of achieving more money, are we losing our precious health and vitality. Balancing both is needed and this balance can be brought by studying ancient scripts and turning towards the yogic sciences which are formulated by turning inward by the age old yogic scientists by investing in their entire life into it. Now we don’t need to invest our entire life into that but by mere studying and knowing these yogic sciences and implanting them under the expert guidance of a true teacher would lead us onto holistic way of living.

Turning inwards at a beginner’s level means at least taking some time out of our busy schedule and spending for ourselves, to truly understand ourselves, to get grounded. For this, one may consider contemplating over questions like – am I running madly and missing myself, am I happy and contended with whatever I am doing now, am I happy with my profession, how am I dealing with my family members, am I giving them enough time, am I taking care of my health in this busy schedule, so on and so forth. Simple thing is to take some time, switch off your mobile or at least put it in silent mode, turn off your TV and all other gadgets, selecting a silent and serene place and sitting with a pen and book, where no one disturbs you and contemplating on oneself by asking right questions would give a lot of clarity into ourselves and also gives a lot of inputs on the ways which are not working for us and what truly can be done to achieve it. Just ten or fifteen minutes of our time would enrich us like anything. Most of them are afraid and terrified to spend time with themselves and cannot take it if something happens to their gadgets or televisions or anything which throws them in to being with themselves. Such is the state of the world, but once we start spending time with ourselves, we can see the results and changes in ourselves and slowly we can get into meditation and yoga postures and how important they are in maintaining the balance in our system and slowly one can study and practically know and get the benefits of this tremendous yogic sciences. Turning inward is the first step and turning inwards is stopping our external vision and looking within to check our emotional state, what kind of thoughts are we entertaining and a whole lot about ourselves and thereby taking the holistic path.

At the conclusion, taking action is important. Fix a time and stick to it either morning or evening and even if gaps are there in between fine, but not to leave it. And as one moves higher and wants to learn more about yoga, it is always advisable to do it from the experts and right gurus from that field. Because only a right guru can guide you rightly through your inner path. Our yoga teacher training in India is imparted under the guidance of such highly efficient faculty.

Yoga for Stress Management

An expected 80 to 90 percent of visits to the specialist are anxiety related however just under 3% of specialists converse with their patients about how to diminish stress. Yoga, meditation and other mind-body workouts train your body and mind to have the capacity to adapt to push better and enhance general wellbeing and prosperity. This is the prime reason that the yoga teacher training in India emphasises on regular practice of yoga. In a national overview, more than 85% of individuals who did yoga reported that it helped them soothe stress. Workouts can be an exceptionally valuable approach to soothe stress, however yoga is not the same as a cardio or weight-lifting in that it effectively consolidates both physical wellness with an essential viewpoint of compassion for self and mindfulness. One of the principle ideas in yoga is being non-judgmental towards both yourself as well as other people, which is an intense instrument to deal with anxiety since a lot of our anxiety originates from us due to either self criticism or disappointment with others.

Yoga is a state if mind that is clear, intensely meditative and tranquil. A mind that can see with clarity in every single circumstance, empowers you to prefer peace and congruence over clash or dispute. Regular practice of yoga helps you cultivate immunity to the situations that subjects you to stress. Here’s the way. Our yoga teacher training in India has special chunk of curriculum dedicated to deal with stress using yoga as it is the major problem faced by the world today.

A key standard of yoga is that your body and mind are one and associated. Stress in one area will influence the other and the other way around. Most of us live basically in either our mind or our body, which leads to imbalance and even to dearth of awareness. For instance, individuals with exceptionally scientific vocations may invest a great deal of energy in their mind, and may not understand how much strain is put away in their body. Likewise, an athlete might be acutely mindful of his body, yet could profit by turning out to be more conscious of his mental state. Wherever you fall on this range, yoga adjusts and conditions the association of your body with your mind.

A prudent routine of asanas and pranayama can relieve the mind and body of anxiety. Always, yoga has characterized stress as a projection of our mind’s misshaped view of reality. A befuddled, divided mind perpetually controls us to act in ways that extend distress rather than solving it. Every hurting experience and all negative feelings get stowed in the physical body, which in the long run lead to various kinds of diseases. Thus with the regular practice of yoga on a daily basis, most of the long-term effects of stress can be cleared from your body and mind. The yoga teacher training in India has designed a special routine of asanas and pranayama that can relieve you from both the physical and mental stress if practiced daily. Practising asanas every morning that specifically targets those areas of the body that accumulate tension like the lower back, upper back, shoulders and the neck. Yogasanas that involve backward curves, forward twists, turns and sideways stretches of the spine in standing position clears the absorbed tension and release the stiffness from all joints in the body. Utilizing the breath effectively as a part of asana helps further purifying, eliminates heaviness and revives the system increasing your energy levels. Likewise, the mind also clears up and you will be prepared to confront the day with intelligibility and inspiration.

Pranayama helps us interface all the more profoundly with the breath – our cozy companion and partner in healing. Around 20 breaths of stretched inward breath and exhalation through basic throat breathing (ujjayi) with a trivial breath maintenance after inward breath can have an enchanted impact. The individuals who don’t have time in the morning can utilize a 20-minute night practice before supper or possibly two hours later. This includes workouts similar to morning practice but focusing on longer exhalations which clears off the emotional disturbances accumulated throughout the day and aids in inducing sound sleep. Our yoga teacher training in India helps you find the right blend if yogasanas with meditation in order to alleviate stress from your life.

Yoga additionally improves your response system that helps you handle stress which is called the parasympathetic nervous system. With consistent practice of yoga, your stress hormone levels during daytime can drop considerably and your heart rate variability expands, which is a measure of your capacity to endure stress. This seems to have been observed to enhance even just after a couple of sessions of yoga.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra, it is also called as Yogic sleep or psychic sleep. The familiarity of Yoga Nidra these days signifies that people are seeking Yoga and ancient age old methods for their modern age problems. Yoga Nidra is the best solutions for the enormous stress everyone is going through. In yoga nidra, one enters into a state which is in between the sleeping state and the wakeful state. Before knowing more about Yoga Nidra, first let us focus on something which we are familiar with i.e. our regular sleep and how much are we aware of it. The best method to gain more understanding into something is to ask yourself the right questions and to contemplate on them. Have you ever thought over

What happens in sleep?

Why do we get up drained sometimes and rejuvenated at other times?

What exactly happens in sleep state which helps in rejuvenation of our body?

Continuous contemplation over such questions would lead us to more understanding and clarity on the areas which we are focused upon. The other important and more vital area where we need to focus and gain more clarity and understanding is upon the WAY WE ARE LIVING OUR LIFE. Have you ever wondered

Are we living a conscious life or unconscious life?

Are we consciously doing our actions or unconsciously?

How much are we aware of our body/mind/emotions?

How are we going on with our Life?

Something worth noting here, is that the advent of science and technology which has brought us more of outside comforts where in the entire focus was on researching on the external situation. But the irony here is we have never tried to look within and never tried to understand what is happening with in us. What are emotions? Why are we continuously occupied with numerous thoughts and how exactly am I operating my life? Such countless questions may arise, for such is the level of ignorance we are in when it comes to inner world. So let us all take some time to observe our inner mechanism and try to know more about ourselves. It is the right time to go back to our ancient tradition, our spiritual gurus who would give us enormous insights into this inner world who have dedicated their lives and researched in this inner phenomena.

 We spend more than a quarter of our time in sleep, approximately around 6 to 8 hours and for some people it might go way beyond 10 hours to 12 hours too. Overall, when we analyze our sleep it is evident that most of the time we can see that the mind is still active but at a different level.  During sleep, we get into different states. Sometimes we would be occupied with nightmares, disturbing dreams, deep sleep state where we do not remember anything and wakeup drained. On the other hand, when we are in a deep sleep state, we wake up quite rejuvenated and with more energy and enthusiasm. Studying this state gives us some insights into the Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra is a dynamic sleep state where the body is utterly relaxed whereas the mind is absolutely active and aware of all the things going on around. This is the difference between yoga nidra and normal sleep state. In our normal sleep state we are not conscious of our surroundings, but here in yoga nidra we are absolutely aware and conscious of the surroundings. The mind is still and in the present while the body is in deep relaxed state. Swami Satyananda Saraswati is one of the persons who has reached this kind of state apart from other yogis like swami rama and few others have achieved such a state. Many yogis have devised a guided step by step process of instructions to get into yoga nidra.

Our Yoga teacher training in Goa takes utmost care in imparting this technique of Yoga Nidra. We choose a place where the atmosphere is serene and it is practiced in a calm and pleasant environment. The guided steps by the trained teachers would take the aspirants in to a deep relaxed state and at the same time emphasizing on alertness of mind. It helps in reducing the stress and tension which the body and mind goes through the wakeful time.

Our Yoga teacher training in Goa and at all centers of our yoga teacher training in India, we emphasize of certain specific benefits of Yoga Nidra like achieving single minded focus, where mind is focused on one aspect leaving the rest which helps in achieving the assigned goal. Various other benefits like better memory power and increased creativity and a better cure for psychological disorders can be achieved by practicing Yoga Nidra regularly.

It is always advisable that yoga nidra is practiced on a blanket or mat, not directly on floor as the temperature of body might drop and not to practice immediately after meals and away from external noises preferably in nature.

Yoga – an effective means to attain ideal weight

Obesity or excess weight is one of the major problems faced today. People have been trying every means from diet alterations to rigorous workouts, in order to achieve ideal weight and sustain it. But results are only to majorly disappoint inspite of numerous weight reduction programs and supplements available in the market. The major reason for the failure being the wrong kind of lifestyle we lead. And hence the ideal weight does not sustain even after having been achieved once. In fact, India is the only country that is blessed with a lifestyle integrated with yoga, the only solution for all the problems faced by the mankind. But the influence of western culture had an enormous negative impact on the lifestyle of Indian society. The yoga teacher training in India aspires to spread the importance of yoga and its benefits through out the world.

There are a number of supplements available in market that can aid in weight management. But all of them come with side effects for sure.  If not side effects, they fail to give sustaining results. But on the contrary, yoga helps you achieve your ideal weight without side effects and also helps you to sustain the result. Because yoga is just not only an exercise for body, but also for mind and soul as well. A simple set of yogasanas incorporated into your daily routine can give you satisfactory and sustaining results. In addition, these yoga asanas does not require any special equipment or environment. It can be practiced anywhere. Yoga has the solution for both weight loss and weight gain issues. The yoga teacher training in Goa teaches all the yoga techniques that can address a multitude of health issues. As a yoga trainer you can customize the techniques as per the needs of your clients.

Many people are of the opinion that only high intensive workouts can be more effective than yoga asanas. But this is actually not true. Yoga can achieve much better results than high intensive workouts. Yoga can turn out to become a solution for cases where even these high intensive workouts fail.  People who suffer with excess weight and cannot even think of high intensive workouts can actually resort to yoga. These people can start up with very simple yoga poses and later on gear up to advanced postures after building sufficient strength and flexibility in body. Yoga aids in increasing the body metabolism, maintaining ph balance of the body, stimulating the liver, activates the thyroid gland, gets the heart rate up and activates the internal heat. Thus yoga works efficiently in maintaining ideal weight. Apart from this, yoga leaves you relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated at the end of every practice. Regular practice of yoga also helps you remain healthy, fit and makes you look younger than your age and as a result aids in improving the longevity. Yoga teacher training in Goa would also educate you in regard to the endless list of health benefits yoga can have.

Apart from daily yoga practice, one should bring in necessary changes in diet habits as well. With changes in diet along with yoga practice, one can witness noticeable changes very soon. Thus, keeping away from foods high in fats, starch and sugar is extremely important if you want to see faster results. In some cases, unrestricted diet may lead to undesired results too. Thus taking care of diet becomes the next important thing to daily practice of yoga.

As you can see yoga is just not only for a sector of people and as it can be practiced by anyone irrespective of age restrictions, anyone can learn yoga to make their life healthy and happy. In fact, yoga should be introduced into each and everyone’s life. Hence yoga teacher training in Goa is not alone for those who aspire to become yoga trainers. Anyone who wishes to learn yoga, to lead healthy and stress free life can join yoga teacher training in Goa as well. We aspire to make yoga reachable to everyone and help them all avail its benefits. Because only yoga can address the health issues that cropped up due to the current trend of hectic lifestyle.

Swami Veet Jayo

Pranayama

Pranayama is the fourth limb which comes after yama, niyama and asanas according to Patanjali’s “Ashtanga Yoga”. It is believed to be one of the subtle part of the Yoga though most of the people are unaware of this. Most of the people focus their attention mainly on physical practices and attribute yoga as some form of physical exercises pertaining to body. This attitude towards yoga has to change and one should approach yoga for something far beyond physical health benefits though these are fulfilled as mere byproducts of practicing yoga. Initially when an aspirant joins any Yoga training institute or enrolls into a Yoga teacher training in India, in the beginning he puts his entire efforts into mastering the yoga postures i.e. practicing various asanas, after that he is slowly introduced to the basic parts of the pranayama techniques. Only when one is ready and equipped himself with the basic pranayama techniques, the aspirant is exposed to the advanced practices of pranayama and that too it should always be learnt and practiced under the expert guidance of a teacher.

Pranayama is generally termed as the controlling of the breath or control of the prana through breath, here prana is referred as the vital energy or the universal life force and ayama is termed as regulation or control of this vital force. So the term pranayama is the regulation of the breath thereby regulating the vital prana in our body. It is said that we have thousands of subtle energy channels called as ‘nadis’ and various energy centres called as ‘chakras’ and that this prana flows through these nadis and the energy centres called chakras. The way this prana flows through these nadis and chakras determines the state of those centers which in turn impacts the state of mind and also the overall well-being of an individual. Most of the time due to unhealthy habits and unorthodox ways of living and breathing, various blocks are formed in these nadis and obstruct the natural flow of prana through these nadis and chakras which leads into various kinds of diseases pertaining to those nadis and chakras. Pranayama is one of the effective technique and tool to get these blocks cleansed. Hence pranayama is considered the most vital integral part of the course of yoga teacher training in India. For that matter, apart from the course of yoga teacher training in India, any institute imparting the knowledge of yoga in India cannot teach yoga without including pranayama in its contents.

In a much deeper aspect, Pranayama is defined by a different connotation where prana is termed as the Life force which dwells inside every living being and leaves once the being dies and Ayama literally means expansion or enlarge, the cumulative of these two words gives rise to the meaning of extending the life force within each of us i.e., pranayama increases the vital life energy and enhances our life time.

There are different types of Pranayama like Quite breathing, Fast breathing, Deep breathing, Tribandha and pranayama, Nadhishuddhi Pranayama which are called as Anulom and viloma pranayama, Suyra bhedan Pranayama which involves right nostril breathing, Ujjayi pranayama, Bhramari Pranayama, murchha pranayama and others like bhastrika, Shitali and Sitkari. All these pranayama techniques can be learnt under the guidance of specialized faculty as a part of course content of yoga teacher training in India. Often it is observed that most of the aspirants gets too much immersed in the technicality of Pranayama while learning and also practicing it but one forgets the intricate and subtle aspects of Pranayama which are pivotal in achieving the main aim of Pranayama. Only when one focuses on the subtle nature of the practices alongside the deeper understanding of the techniques will lead one into experiencing the deeper aspects of spirituality.

Most people throng to yoga institutes and also the teacher training institute with only one aim in mind i.e., achieving physical health and having a better body shape and coming out of various chronic diseases, though all these are achieved through yoga asanas and pranayama but these are like mere byproducts of pranayama and yoga asanas. One must aim to achieve the higher aspects of yoga and pranayama like achieving liberation (moksha) which is the ultimate goal of Yoga.

It is always advisable that one learns Pranayama techniques specially the advanced pranayama techniques only under a well-trained and expert teacher and never practice it by reading a book or just listening to it as it involves the controlling and channelizing the vital prana and the subtle energies. So always approach a right training institute and a right trainer to learn the subtler elements of yoga and pranayama. Yoga teacher training in India is well facilitated with the necessary environment naturally and faculty trained skillfully to impart the knowledge of this beautiful art and science.

Swami Veet Jayo

Kapalabhati

Kapalabhati, it is considered as an important part of the Shatkriya or also termed as Shatkarma. The Shatkriya or Shatkarma are 6 yogic techniques or ways of cleansing the body in the Hatha yoga tradition. These Shatkriyas are prescribed to be done before starting the Hatha yoga asanas, it is a kind of preparing as well as cleansing our system i.e., the body and the mind before going on with the Asanas similar to washing our hands before having food. It is a part of the Pranayama techniques of breath control.

Kapalabhati is famously called as Skull-shining breathing, this name is derived from the first half of the word kapal which in Sanskrit means ‘skull’ and the later part bhati is termed as shining. Here skull includes all the parts underneath it like brain and other nerves connected to nose and all other parts of the brain. It is believed that by regular practice of kapalabhati, the skull or the face of the aspirant gets illuminated and looks bright, thus the name is termed as skull-shining breath technique. Not only the forehead glows but the intellect gets refined and sharpened. This definition in a way limits the infinite benefits one can derive by practicing this powerful technique. It is considered one of the best cure for sinus related problems and also acts as detoxifier helping in release of toxins from the body via the outgoing breath.

Kapalbhati is a technique of breathing which involves short, strong and forceful exhalation of breath wherein inhalation is automatic. There are three forms of kapalabhati, they are Vatakrama kapalabhati, Vyutkrama kapalbhati, and Sheetkrama kapalbhati. Vatakrama kapalbhati is a technique which is similar to bhastrika, except that the active part is the exhalation and the inhalation is passive which is quite opposite to that of the normal breathing. Vyutkrama kapalabhati is like the jala neti which involves sniffing of water through nostrils and letting the water flow down and out from the mouth. The last one is Sheetkrama kapalabhati which is the reverse version of vyutkrama kapalabhati, here water has to be taken from mouth and expelled via the nose.

Let me describe a general way of doing kapalabhati, but again the caution is always practice the asanas, specially the pranayama techniques under the supervision of a teacher only. It is always safe and better to learn these techniques and also implement them in the presence of a teacher until you master the art of doing it properly. You can however avail our course of yoga teacher training in Goa to attain mastery over these techniques. Kapalabhati is done while sitting in padmasana which involves crossing the legs. This posture is best suitable for kapalabhati. Sit in this posture relaxing your body and mind for few minutes and when you are completely relaxed, the actual breathing process can be started. One way of relaxing is to take deep breath. Keep the spine erect while placing the hands on knees and the palms facing the sky. Start the process by deep breath and follow it up by fast or rapid exhale by pulling your stomach inside, while the inhale happens naturally, again do exhale fast by expelling air out forcefully and repeat this process again and again. A second’s time can be used to exhale in order that one doesn’t get tired too quickly. If you feel tired you can take a short break for a minute or so and start doing it again. Initially it is advised that you don’t overdo it, yoga is something which has to be approached with lots of patience and again the emphasis is not to try on your own. Always practice under expert’s guidance only. The steps described here are to give you the theoretical idea only. Our yoga teacher training in Goa takes the trainee through a detailed step by step process of practicing kapalbhati as an integral part of the course apart from various other techniques. Last but not least, people suffering from hypertension, heart diseases and diabetes should not attempt without expert guidance. And intimating the teacher about the problem is mandatory and very important else it might lead into negative results instead. It should not be practiced by women during monthly cycles and also during pregnancy and after that for few months.  One should join the yoga teacher training in Goa to learn these exceptional breathing techniques like kapalbhati along with all the care to be taken while practicing them.

As discussed earlier, the results are numerous right from physical benefits to that of the deeper, subtle and spiritual benefits. It is considered to be effective in weight reduction as the metabolic rate increases during the process and other benefits like improved digestive system, energizes nervous system, rejuvenates cells of the brain, improved blood circulation where the glow and radiance is seen on the face. Apart from these it helps is cleansing the nadis and various other benefits on the spiritual front. The benefits of kapalbhati might seem luring you to start practicing it right away as the theoretical description of practicing it also seems extremely simple. But learning and knowing the right way to practice it is of utmost importance. Yoga teacher training in Goa can be of great help for learning various other such breathing techniques along with kapalbhati.

Hatha Yoga – An integral part of Yoga teacher training in Goa

Hatha yoga is a part of yoga which though at the primary level deals with the physical aspect of ourselves i.e. the body. But this doesn’t mean or to be taken that its entire focus is just on the body. The initial focus is on the body, slowly the awareness is taken to the higher aspects of ourselves. When we delve deep in to ourselves, we can easily see that there is a connection between one’s internal state and that of the body. India is a country where a lot of research has been done on studying the integral aspects of human psyche. Our ancient scientist whom we call as rishis and yogis have researched a lot into these aspects of one’s self and have discovered that the influence of mind and emotions have a tremendous impact on the physical body and the organs. This was proved when it has been observed that the body gets into different postures according to the state of mind and emotions. When in happiness, the body takes a certain shape or posture and when in sadness, it takes a different posture. So just by seeing the position of the body it is clear and evident about the state one is going through within. This observation has prompted to think in terms of the doing the reverse of it, i.e. can we get or take the body into different postures and observe the nature of mind in this new body posture. Here we can take into consideration the desired state i.e. for instance, the happiness state of the body and enacting the same body posture. When the body was taken into this posture, something incredible was observed. The state of mind was getting altered and it was getting into the state of happiness, this research is one of the breakthrough in the yogic sciences which is one of the major reasons and science behind the Hatha yoga. The yoga teacher training in Goa is the best course that deals with these aspects in detail.

In this way, one of the meaning of Hatha is derived as willful or forceful, i.e. disciplining of the body. Using a little force, so to say being a bit tough with the body initially but as we discipline, we can get into each posture gracefully rather than perceiving it as mere exercise which happens with most of the beginners, who take it as series of routines and do it mechanically thereby missing the enormous significance of what yoga can do to oneself. This is where the need of great teacher comes into picture. It is always advised that one should learn the art of yoga, particularly the hatha yoga from an experienced trainer who can guide the beginners and lay the right foundation in transforming and transcending the limitations of body and mind and reaching the higher levels of yoga. This is the reason we have endorsed our yoga teacher training in Goa with faculty endowed with extremely high competency.

Another way of defining the word Hatha is by splitting the word hatha into two, i.e. ha means “sun” and tha means “moon”. So here hatha is taking into consideration the two energies that of sun and moon which means that the balance is maintained between the two opposite energies which in yogic tradition has resemblance to two nadis, the ida and the pingala nadi where ida refers to moon energies and pingala to that of sun. In the Ayurvedic treatment a lot of emphasis is given to these two nadis and it points out that major diseases are born out of the imbalance caused in energies in these two nadis. One of the aims of hatha yoga is to bring balance in the ida and pingala nadi which is achieved by driving the prana which is the vital energy into the sushumna nadi, where sushumna nadi is the balancing point of the ida and the pingala nadi. This balancing of energies and thereby aligning the energies into the sushumana nadi can be achieved by practising hatha yoga, leading one into better health and slowly transcending the limited nature and ascending toward the higher realms of consciousness.

As a part of our yoga teacher training in Goa, we teach asanas of Hatha yoga broadly classified into five categories termed as standing asanas, sitting asanas, resting asana, back bends and the last, balancing asanas. In these there are basic, the so called primary asanas and as one gains mastery over them, the advanced asanas are taught by the trainer. It is of prime importance that one has to learn the Hatha yoga asanas by an expert trainer who has practically understanding of all the nuances of the intricate details of each posture. Our yoga teacher training in Goa is facilitated with well trained and expert trainers, and adepts in the yogic practices who teach in a traditional way while at the same time uses the modern techniques like videos to illustrate each posture, thereby emphasizing the importance of the posture and on the part of the body which it would impact.

Swami Veet Jayo

Yoga Teacher Training for inner Transformation

It may be amazing to know that a simple structured course designed with regular curriculum to turn you into an expert at yoga teaching, actually possess immense potential to bring in an extremely deep transformation in you. Yes, but it is absolutely true. A transformation as profound as in the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly is possible. A transformation after which you cannot get back to your old personality like a butterfly that cannot get back to its state of being a caterpillar is possible. A transformation from a selfish living like a caterpillar which only spends its whole life feeding on leaves to a selfless and boundless being like a butterfly which enjoys enormous freedom while actively discharging its duties in the process of pollination towards creation, is possible. Especially, our yoga teacher training in Rishikesh is effectively configured with such high potential and capability that turning yourself into an outstanding yoga trainer can constitute a minimum expectation from the course. You can actually expect much more from it. It can actually serve as a stepping stone in your journey towards your source, and it has been to many in the past.

Today, yoga is just perceived as an effective tool to achieve physical fitness, but yoga is an inward journey of self transformation. A yogi is just not someone who can move his physical body into any posture with perfection and ease, but he is someone who makes an inward journey with an aim to realize the self. Asanas, breathing and meditation constitute the three vital aspects of Yoga each connected to one vital aspect of nature. Asanas deal with being one with earth. It defies stability and strength. Our spine is considered to be the base of our being that provides stability and strength. Breathing is connected to the atmosphere, the next vital aspect of nature. It signifies becoming one with the atmosphere as our breath by itself constitutes an atmosphere being the life energy of our being. And meditation is becoming one with all that is because the light of world inside us is our own mind. Thus yoga practices are integrated with sophisticated technologies that enables you to explore yourself in and out thoroughly. Hence the capabilities of yoga are beyond the comprehension of normal social beings. Exceptional people like Swami Rama have demonstrated how one can gain control over involuntary aspects of our psyche which was verified by the medical fraternity. This has proved scientifically and has served in removing the doubts and fears of many regarding the practice of Yogasanas, Pranayama and Meditation. Thus Yogasanas, Pranayama and Meditation form the three strong pillars of our yoga teacher training in Rishikesh.

Focusing on the current trend, it is evident that slowly but steadily the concept of perceiving yoga as a mere physical exercise is changing and paving way to the understanding of yoga from a higher perspective and from that of higher dimension thereby considering the holistic approach of yoga towards health and a balanced way of living and slowly progressing towards the higher dimensions of human psyche. Hence, we have designed our course in order to address every aspect of yoga from a beginner’s perspective to a seeker of higher dimensions. For this reason, the yoga teacher training in Rishikesh is embedded with a strong foundation of Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga doesn’t focuses just on the physical well-being but it takes in to the account of balancing the energies in the two nadis, the ida and the pingala nadi and when this balance is achieved the energy flows naturally through the sushumna nadi which constitutes the center point of the ida and pingala nadi. This balancing plays an important role in the physical health and also it plays a major role in the transcendence of energies form earth bound to that of higher aspects of human psyche. Thus hatha yoga constitutes simple and effective way to start small and reach high. However, the yoga teacher training in Rishikesh equally emphasises on the importance of pranayama and meditation as well for journey towards higher dimensions apart from being an exceptional yoga trainer. The advanced pranayama techniques taught here helps you to sustain and remain focussed through your inward journey irrespective of the sociological, emotional, mental and psychological impacts you may encounter. The natural beauty, serenity and spiritual fragrance in the atmosphere of Rishikesh makes it the best place for meditation on earth. No wonder, yoga teacher training in Rishikesh attracts so many aspirants worldwide who ardently desire to witness the transformation.

Swami Veet Jayo

Preparation for Yoga Teacher Training in India

Having registered for Yoga Teacher Training in India in any of our Yoga Teacher Training centers which are located at various places in India like Dharamshala, Goa and Rishikesh the next thing which comes into our mind is preparing ourselves for the Yoga teacher training course. Right from going through the brochure to making umpteen calls to the Yoga Training institutes, all our focus would be to get into the groove of being a yoga teacher. Apart from the experienced yoga practitioners, we also find people who are completely new to yoga, so called beginners joining the yoga teacher training in India. One of the reasons for this is the growing need for yoga teachers as the demand for yoga teachers is rapidly increasing on an international scale. This makes Yoga, one of the best career options to be chosen amongst the routine mundane jobs. It comes with the double advantage of keeping oneself fit and healthy to that of healthy income source and also having the opportunity of helping others regain their health. Overall the satisfaction one derives from being a yoga teacher is immeasurable and the experience is invaluable. People from all over the world are planning their visit to India to learn the art of yoga and thereby becoming a yoga teacher.

For a seasoned practitioner of yoga, heading towards the yoga teacher training would be rather smooth and with ease whereas for a beginner who knows nothing about yoga goes through a lot of anxious moments pertaining to preparation for the course. Going through a lot of yoga books, browsing in the net, having discussions pertaining to yoga, going through the videos and the constant chats with the coordinates from the training program, all this goes on with the beginners paving their way to teacher training program.

To be precise, there wouldn’t be any pre-requisites for the yoga teacher training except one’s keen intention and passion to become a yoga teacher. Still, given the occasion it would be a great advantage if one prepares himself ahead of the yoga teacher training program both physically and mentally. Right from minute changes in the food habits to putting the body through slight work out would be an added advantage.

Some of the aspects which would help one in the preparation leading to the Yoga Teacher Training in India, for that matter anywhere:

Practicing being in Silence – It would be ideal if one practices being in silence for few hours of the day before the course starts. The subtle aspects of yoga can be better grasped if one approaches yoga in deep silence state.

Food Habits – Taking care of the food habits would be an added advantage as in our daily life we are accustomed to consume junk food and fast foods, slowly and steadily bringing changes in the food habits would help us in easily adjusting ourselves with the kind of diet we need to follow during the yoga teacher training course. It would also be ideal to reduce the intake of intoxicants as much as possible like caffeine, alcohol, etc.

Being open minded – As the old proverb indicates that we need to empty our cup before filling it with new content, so as we need to unburden ourselves from our preconceived ideas and come with an open mind to experience it as it is instead of listening and perceiving through our filters of preexisting ideas and notions. Willingness to learn and letting go of our preconceived expectations would immerse us completely in the moment thereby allowing us to experience every bit of it.

Finishing of all pending tasks – To have a clutter free mind, finishing of all our pending projects and tasks would make our minds free from unnecessary mental chatter. As much as possible finish of all the emergency tasks and realign the tasks so that one is not bothered about them anymore during the course period. Meeting up with friends and having good time with the family as one would be away from them for a month or more depending on the program.

Having a fair idea about the weather and climatic conditions would help us in taking care of necessary arrangements regarding clothing and any other needs.

Lastly, keeping in mind that we have enrolled for a yoga teacher training course rather than a practitioner program, we should be physically and mentally being prepared for the intensive work-out sessions for more than two to three hours a day. One need to concentrate on the aspect of learning the art and nuances of yoga and its related science at the same time learning the art of teaching yoga from a teacher’s perspective.

However, all the centers for yoga teacher training in India are furnished with the necessary environment to aid both the beginners and regular practitioners with all the support needed for the training. So finally, one just need to embrace the art of joyful and playful way of learning rather than approaching with a serious mind. It is always advisable that one approaches the entire learning process with a playful mind so that the same can be transferred in future personal trainings too.

Swami Veet Jayo

International Yoga Day

With the UN declaring 21st June as the International day of yoga, Yoga has taken its prominent role all over the world now. Being originated in India and having a 5000 years old history, Yoga focuses on overall Well-being of humanity. It is not something which is just focused on health and some kind of exercises, it takes all the aspects of human endeavors and gives a meaningful insight into all of its intricacies. This is one of the major reason that UN is taking Yoga into account for accomplishing sustainable goals. Being Proposed by Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his speech at UN General Assembly and accepted by almost all the 175 nations unanimously paved way for 21st June being International Yoga day. Prior to that many sages from India have taken Yoga to western countries, great sages like Yogananda Parmahamsa, Swami Rama, Swami Vivekananda have practically taught and emphasized the importance of yogic science being integrated into our daily life. All the students of our yoga teacher training in Dharamshala as well have actively participated in spreading the awareness about yoga on the occasion of international day of yoga.

When we get into the roots of Yoga, yoga means to join or unite which is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’. Here the union is referred to as the individual self-merging with universal consciousness or universal spirit. According to Indian mythology, Yoga has evolved during the period of ‘Sat Yuga’ which is termed as the Golden age. During the Indus-valley civilization which is termed as the largest civilization ever, the origin of the knowledge about yoga has surfaced. The first name which comes into picture when we talk of yoga or meditation is Patanjali, the great Indian sage who wrote ‘Patanjali Yoga sutras’. The famous line “Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha “was coined by Patanjali and this is being taken as the guiding principle for the yogic sciences, here “Chitta vritti nirodha” means the cessation of mental fluctuations which can be attained by yoga.

Patanjali has prescribed the eight limbs of yoga, famously called as Ashtanga Yoga. In the modern world it is being considered as a set of postures and a particular way or style of doing yoga but the actual meaning given by Patanjali constitutes of several stages. They are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana and Samadhi. Though they have been divided into eight different stages or layers, each one overlaps into the other. However, none of them are distinctly discrete by themselves. The first two i.e Yama and Niyama focuses on the restraints and observances one has to endeavor in daily life and the goal is to have balance and harmony with in one self and protruding further into family and society level. There are five yamas and five Niyamas as per patanjali but in vedas they are given in a broader perspective almost 10 each for yama and niyama. The five yamas are Satya, Ahimsa, Asteya, Aparigraha and Brahmacharya which briefly talk of being truthfull, following non-voilence and abstaining from stealing, non-collecting and living a balanced sexual life without being over-indulgent. Whereas Niyamas talk of personal mode of conduct such as cleanliness, contentment, self-discipline, self-study and surrendering to the will of God which means total acceptance of life.

Asana is the third limb which focuses on physical postures. Yoga sutras attribute it as ‘Sthiram Sukham Asanam’ meaning a steady and comfortable posture and this leads into the advanced and higher practices of yoga. Some of the benefits of Asana are physical strength, balance, steadiness and health benefits apart from various spiritual benefits.  Our yoga teacher training in Dharamshala focuses majorly on training the students to attain posture perfection in each and every asana.

 Pranayama focuses on regulation of breath. As it is closely associated with mind, it is used to calm the mind and it helps in cleansing the nadis which are the pranic pathways. Pratyahara, the next limb focuses on withdrawal of mind from the five senses and the objects which they focus upon. This prepares the mind for meditation. The next limb is Dharana which is concentration of mind on one point or object. The next limb is Dhyana which is called as meditation where mind is focused on one point or idea for a prolonged period of time without distractions. The last limb is Samadhi which is termed as merging into the super consciousness, a blissful state where one liberates from all limitations of body and mind and enters into the higher realms of consciousness.

All the above steps are practically taught in the curriculum of our yoga teacher training in Dharamshala. Apart from this various styles of yoga like Hatha yoga, Iyengar Yoga are taught by well versed senior teachers. Enroll soon for our yoga teacher training in Dharamshala to learn all the aspects of yoga.