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?
Monday, July 29, 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.
Monday, July 15, 2019

15 BEST Yoga Teacher Training Courses in India [My Curated List]

10 Best Yoga Teacher Training Courses in India

(updated June 2023) If you are looking for the best yoga teacher training in India then this blog is for you. I created this TOP 15 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, Varkala, 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.
Monday, May 20, 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.
Monday, April 22, 2019

My Six Months Yoga Journey in India [Mysore and Rishikesh]

My Six Months Yoga Journey in India

I had so many wonderful experiences during my recent six months yoga journey in India, from Sep 2018 till Mar 2019. I spent one month in Rishikesh and five months in Mysore.  But somehow I feel as if I learned a lot more and was more productive in Rishikesh compared to Mysore. Why? Let me explain.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Yoga Therapy and its Basis in Ayurveda [with Sanskrit Quotes]

Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda

In this interview, Dr. Ashutosh, the director of an ashram in India, talks about yoga as a tool for mental, physical and spiritual health. With a good sense of humor, and quoting Sanskrit texts, he explains what is yoga therapy, its basis in Ayurveda, and how these two sciences relate to modern medicine.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Inteyoga: Best Budget Yoga Therapy Training in India [Review]

Inteyoga Yoga Therapy Training India

I recently came to know about Swami Krishnananda Yogashala (Inteyoga), a small ashram in Mysore. One of my friends did their yoga therapy course and he loved it.

It's not just an affordable yoga therapy training in India and a Yoga TTC. It's like a one-month intensive retreat, in an ashram setting, and it has excellent reviews (4.5 stars).
Monday, February 4, 2019

Top 7 Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats in Kerala [With Reviews]

The Best Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats in Kerala

You asked for it, so finally, here it is! My curated list of the best yoga and Ayurveda retreats in Kerala. Only the best wellness retreats, based on personal experience and people's reviews [minimum 4.5 stars]. If you've been searching for an affordable health and yoga retreat in Kerala that people love, then this Top 7 list is for you.