Sunday, September 26, 2010

Climbing Mount Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai

One of my lazy mornings in Tiruvannamalai I decided to walk towards the Arunachaleswar Temple to visit it for the first time, but when I was almost there an Indian guy crossed my way and told me that the temple was closed but he could show me the way to the Virupaksha Cave in the Mount Arunachala (this cave has been venerated since more than 700 years ago because it was used by the saint Virupaksha and because Ramana Maharshi lived in it for 16 years from 1899 to 1916).

The Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi Ashram in Tiruvannamalai


The Sri Ramanasramam, in Tiruvannamalai, is the ashram of one of India's greatest saints, Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, also known as the Sage of Arunachala. His main teaching was the practice of Self-enquiry, answering questions such as "Who am I?" as a means to remove ignorance and discover the true Self.

Tiruvannamalai

After 6 days in Pondicherry it was time to leave my nice room with sea view at the Park Guest House and continue with my journey to Tiruvannamalai. The decision was not that difficult; when I went to the reception to pay I said "maybe I will stay another couple of days" and they answered "No, you can't". I asked why not and they said that the room was already booked so I said "I thought it wasn't possible to book a room in advance" and the lady replied "YOU can't.... only devotees that we know can book in advance". Grrrr.

Yoga dance performance

During my stay at the SVYASA Yoga University in Bangalore I was able to be present at the celebration of the 25 years (I think) of the University. For two days they had a special program with some shows. The first day they had some sketches prepared by some of the students. They were a bit funny cause they had only one day to prepare. But the next day they had a presentation by a group of professional dancers.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Chilling out in Pondicherry

Ghandi Statue in Pondicherry
Pondicherry Ghandi Statue
Finally, after 3 weeks in Bangalore, I've made a move. At the end of my last day at the Atma Darshan Yogashram I took a night bus to Pondicherry, a French colony in India. The bus left at 10pm and we were supposed to arrive at 06h00 but not surprisingly something happened with the bus and we arrived at 08h00. That was actually pretty convenient cause earlier everything would have been closed and I would have had to wait in the bus stand for 2 hours, so I can't complain :-)

Atma Darshan Yoga Ashram in Bangalore, India


Atma Darshan Yogashram is a small and beautiful yoga ashram in Bangalore. It's branch of the Bihar School of Yoga, a very well known and respected ashram in Bihar founded by Swami Satyananada Saraswati. Bihar School of Yoga is also famous for it's great collection of yoga books, like one of my favorites, "Taming the Kundalini," so you can find all the BSY books at this ashram in Bangalore.

Mantra chanting for health, wealth and more

During my stay at the Atma Darshan Yogashram, a Branch of the Bihar School of Yoga, I realized that they focus a lot on mantra chanting. Everyday at 5.30 am they would gather to recite the "Mahamrityunjaya Mantra" 11 times, the "Gayatri Mantra" 11 times and the "32 Names of Durga" 3 times.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Yoga Instructor Course (YIC) at SVYASA

SVYASA, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana is a University that has been created following the ideals of education from Swami Vivekananda. I found the website surfing the web. The program seemed interesting so I decided to follow the one month Yoga Instructor Course (YIC).