Monday, March 23, 2020

Interview with Swami Brahmdev of Aurovalley Ashram Rishidwar

Interview with Swami Brahmdev

While I was staying at Aurovalley Ashram, an ashram near Rishikesh, I asked the founder, Swami Brahmdev, if he would give me a few minutes for an interview. I wanted to ask him a few questions about the ashram and about yoga. Luckily he said yes.
Sunday, March 8, 2020

Aurovalley Ashram: a Beautiful and Quiet Ashram for Meditation

Aurovalley Ashram Rishidwar

Aurovalley Ashram Rishidwar, founded by Swami Brahmdev, is a peaceful ashram near Rishikesh. It's a great place to spend time in silence, reading or focusing on meditation.

I could easily stay several months at this ashram but at the same time, for one particular reason, I wouldn't. Let me explain.
Sunday, February 16, 2020

My Experience at Blue Indigo Yoga Retreat Siem Reap

Blue Indigo Yoga Meditation Retreat Siem Reap

After two disappointing weeks at a yoga retreat in Phnom Penh, I moved to Blue Indigo Yoga Siem Reap, a small but lovely yoga and meditation retreat in Cambodia.

I felt much more comfortable at Blue Indigo so I ended up staying there for almost four months (from Oct-2019 till Jan-2020), working as a traveling yoga teacher.

Let me tell you the whole story.
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Manduka Begin and Pro Travel Yoga Mat: 2020 Review

Manduka Begin and PRO Travel Yoga Mat

After 10 years on the road, it was finally time to get a decent travel yoga mat that I could also use for my daily practice. So I decided to try the Manduka PRO Travel Yoga Mat and the Manduka Begin Yoga Mat. Believe it or not, I chose the beginners mat. Here is why.
Sunday, December 8, 2019

Ashtanga Yoga Opening and Closing Chants [Free PDF Download]

Ashtanga Yoga Opening and Closing Chants

One of my favorite things about practicing ashtanga yoga in Mysore is to experience the opening and closing chants that we recite during each yoga class.

Just imagine the beautiful energy that is created when twenty, thirty, fifty people or so, from all around the world, recite these Sanskrit chants with energy, devotion, and dedication. It's really inspiring.

So I decided to look for an online video to learn the proper Sanskrit pronunciation of these mantras. Unfortunately, the quality of all the videos I found is... let's say, not the best.
Monday, October 21, 2019

7 Unique Yoga Retreats in Sri Lanka for Every Budget

Yoga Retreats Sri Lanka

After spending a couple of months at a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka, as a volunteer yoga teacher, I thought of visiting some of the best yoga retreats before leaving the country.

But although there are many top-yoga-retreats lists out there, it is hard to find real advice on unique and authentic yoga retreats that can fit your budget. Have you encountered the same problem?
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Affordable Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka's Best Eco-Lodge

Budget Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

If you are into yoga, hiking and eco-tourism then you'll love Polwaththa Yoga and Meditation Retreat.  This is a new budget-friendly yoga retreat/eco-lodge right in the middle of the Sri Lankan jungle, near Kandy. I've been here since the beginning of July, as a yoga teacher, and I've been really enjoying my stay. Let me tell you all about it.
Sunday, July 14, 2019

What is the BEST Yoga Teacher Training in India? My TOP 10 List

10 Best Yoga Teacher Training Courses in India

If you are looking for the best yoga teacher training in India then this blog is for you. I created this TOP 10 list based on my own personal experience, on friends recommendations and also on people's reviews. It includes 200-hour, 300-hour or even 500-hour yoga TTC in Rishikesh, Goa, Dharamsala and more.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Sri BNS Iyengar: a Hidden Treasure in Mysore [Biography]

BNS Iyengar Bio

In this blog, you can find a brief biography of Guruji BNS Iyengar, a senior yoga master based in Mysore. This bio is courtesy of Andrew Eppler, who directed the documentary Mysore Yoga Traditions, and of Kanchen Mala of Mysore Krishnamacharr Yoga Shala.
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Learning the Secrets of Yoga with Guruji BNS Iyengar in Mysore

Studying Philosophy and Pranayama with BNS Iyengar

This February I was very fortunate to join a yoga philosophy and pranayama course with the living legend, BNS Iyengar, in Mysore. It was a priceless experience and I'm really excited to share it with you. Studying with Guruji felt like traveling back in time to learn the secrets of this traditional and authentic yoga, old-school style.