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Supta Virasana

'Supta' translated into English from Sanskrit is “reclined or supine" and 'Virasana' translated means "hero's pose". Reclined hero's posture can be described as a passive backbend or a classic front-opening pose. Sitting comfortably between the heels allows the front of the ankles, shins and lower legs to feel a stretch. As you lie back, the...

Yoga Therapy for Women

According to the „Hatha Yoga Pradipika”, the female energy in yoga is represented as Ida the lunar pole opposite of the male energy Pingala. Ida represents the emotional, nurturing, intuitive wholistic and introverted aspects of humanity, it is these lunar energies which keep the world in a more harmonious state. It is said that...

Hatha Yoga Asanas

Hatha Yoga Asanas - Is Yoga About Physical Postures? Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – The Obstacles on the Yoga Path Most of the people start doing yoga with a physical practice which is called asana (posture). In the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, a book 2500 years old, all that was related to yoga is compiled in...

Focusing on the Foundations: Fostering World Peace through Inner Peace

We live in a world where violence is commonplace, ubiquitous. We see it everyday on television, social media, we experience it in our neighborhoods, our homes, and at times even exert it on ourselves. Based on statistics, the status of peace in our world has not seen much improvement. The Global Peace Index 2014...

Freedom

What does it mean to be free? Why is it so important to find freedom so we can live in harmony with ourselves and others? Freedom in the physical body is experiences when there is a feeling of unending space, comfort, balance and ease. Freedom in the mind is experienced when there is a silence, stillness and...

Why We Don’t Practice Inversions During Menstruation?

Here at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre we practise inversions… lots of inversions. Many of us are pretty addicted  to them and so missing out on shoulder stand, Halasana and of course - everybody’s favourite – hanging Sirshasana – for four to six days when you have your period can feel very inconvenient....

Be the Change! Walking the Talk toward Peace

The question: How do we foster peace in our society? Mahatma Gandhi’s famous aphorism, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” gives us a sensible clue. If we want to change anything toward a certain direction, we must, as individuals, exemplify that tendency. We must “walk the talk” that we promote. Hence,...

Yoga and Music in India

How Hatha yoga and music connect… I will here share my experience of being a Hindustani musician as well as a Hatha Yoga practionner for about 20 years. Recently I have completed a 6 weeks retreat at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram of HIYC which helped me a lot bringing all this together ! The goal...

Hatha Yoga: Doing or Not Doing?!

The Ha-Tha Forces, Foundations in Asanas, Breath, Sensations, Meditation… How Is Hatha Yoga Taught at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre by Guruji Sharat Arora? What are the mistakes in practice bringing imbalance of Ha-Tha Forces? Among the yoga practice, asanas are postural practices. Asanas, looking at a bigger pictures are part of Hatha yoga, one of the...

Space in Yoga Practice

In Ayurveda Space is the element in which everything is manifested and within which all other elements are held. Just as sound cannot exist in a vacuum, and chemical reactions cannot take place without oxygen around them, life and we as manifestations of living, cannot exist without space. Without Space nothing can happen. It...
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