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What’s the Story with Kirtan?

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Yoga is a vast subject, and just when you think you know all about it, a whole new yogic practice hoves into view that you know nothing about – step forward, kirtan. So what’s the story of kirtan? Put simply, it is yogic chanting, meditation through song, or communal meditation. It is an ancient practice that is being brought bang up-to-date and steadily rising in popularity here in the UK. So here’s a handy guide to kirtan, from its ancient origins to its modern-day form. (more…)

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If you know Yoga, then you NEED to know Mysuru

If you know Yoga, then you NEED to know Mysuru

On June 21, Indian yogis made international headlines when 54,101 of them practiced together on Mysuru’s Race Course to celebrate International Yoga Day for the third time. Whilst it didn’t quite make a world record, it has put Mysuru on the yoga map for more yogis than ever before. (more…)

Indian PM Leads 50,000 Yogis on International Yoga Day

Indian PM Leads 50,000 Yogis on International Yoga Day

The world’s third International Yoga Day is TODAY!

This morning India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi led more than 50,000 yogis in an outdoor yoga practice in Lucknow. Inaugurated by Modi in 2014, International Yoga Day is celebrating its third birthday with yoga sessions being held in its honour worldwide, from Macchu Pichu to an Indian Navy submarine. (more…)

Indra Devi: The First Lady of Yoga

Indra Devi: The First Lady of Yoga

Born in Riga, Latvia to European aristocracy in 1899, Indra Devi was the first female to been allowed into an Indian ashram (let alone the first woman to study in an ashram) in the 1930s.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Studying with the “godfather” of modern Hatha Yoga, Krishnamacharya (famous for also teaching Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois), Indra Devi is one of the biggest influencers in modern day yoga practice. Indra Devi’s journey is a fascinating one, and here we take just a glimpse at the life of this game-changing woman. (more…)

7 Things I Found In An Ashram

7 Things I Found In An Ashram

We might not always have to fall to stand up. We might not always have to make mistakes to learn lessons. But sometimes we do need a jolt to bring us to our senses. Sometimes we do need to burn and rise from our ashes to grow stronger and wiser.

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