Thursday, July 28, 2011

Forever young: Swami Yogananda, the 103 years old yogi in Rishikesh

103 years old yogi: Swami Yogananda
One day my friends at the Parmarth Niketan ashram told me "Hey, we met an amazing 103 years old yogi called Swami Yogananda and he is going to give us a class tomorrow at 6am, do you wanna join?". "Yeah, absolutely!" I replied. Imagine that, a yoga class with this 103 years old yogi in front of the Holy Ganga River in Rishikesh! Amazing, and for sure, if somebody knows the secret to health and longevity it is him.

A Good Yoga Teacher in Rishikesh? Try Surinder Singh's Class

Surinder Singh Yoga Teacher in Rishikesh

I gotta be honest, I have a big ego problem. Every time that I go to a yoga class I'm always judging the teacher and his/her class. I find myself with my cup completely full (full of preconceived ideas and judgments). I try to empty it but it is quite hard for me. Luckily from time to time, I meet a good teacher with whom I can naturally become very humble and just break my cup. This was my experience with Surinder Singh. From my point of view a really good Hatha Yoga teacher in Rishikesh.

The Parmarth Niketan Intensive Yoga Course in Rishikesh

I came back to Rishikesh looking for an intensive yoga course but July is not the best month, most courses stop until October when the season starts again. Luckily by "coincidence" I notice an ad at the reception of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, where I was staying, announcing a two weeks beginners yoga course and a 4 weeks intensive yoga course starting the 1st of July. This was perfect for me since I will have to leave India the 31st of July. I was already following the open yoga class at this ashram so I thought I could get a better insight into the practice if I follow one of these courses.

Where to stay in Rishikesh? Try the Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Ashram to stay in Rishikesh

After over 20 days of solitude in Kukuchina, I felt I wanted to come back to Rishikesh, to "civilization" again. I didn't want to spend any time looking for a good place where to stay, but as usual, I wanted to find something comfortable and clean. I found my answer in "Whereiscallie's" blog. The Parmarth Niketan Ashram. One of the main ashrams in Rishikesh and famous for its Ganga Arati

Samatvam is Yoga, Equanimity is Yoga: Swami Sivananda's Teachings

Samatvam (Equanimity) is Yoga

What is Yoga? “Samatvam is the yoga that Lord Krishna talks about at length in the Bhagavad Gita. He defines yoga as: Samatvam Yoga Uchyate (2:48): Samatvam is Yoga; equanimity is yoga... He [Lord Krishna] explains that samatvam is being able to maintain one's balance of mind in success and failure, gain and loss, pleasure and pain, and that is the aptitude of a perfect master who remains equipoised in all circumstances. That is samatvam, the yoga of equanimity ” Swami Sivananda.