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Yoga in Dharamsala

Importance of Following a Healthy Lifestyle while Practicing Yoga

Contrary to the popular perception, Yoga is not just about exercise and breathing or twisting up one’s body like a pretzel or leading an austere life, but is rather a holistic way of life. Embracing a yogic lifestyle allows one to achieve the much sought after harmony of the mind, body and the spirit. It brings in a balance to all aspects of the life and also enhances the quality of life. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra talks of the eight aspects […]

Ashtanga Yoga TTC Student: Alice

200 Hrs Nov 15 Ashtanga Yoga TTC In Patnem: Second Week Student Experiences

Britni’s Experience Britni is 31 years old hair stylist living in Austin, Texas, US. Britni was attacked by a dog several months ago and could not have done any physical activities for half a year. Since that moment she has started to change her life considerably and brought yoga to her life. Britni had not had any expectations from coming to India and joining the yoga teacher training at the Abhinam Yoga School. Now during the second week of the […]

How to do Virabhadrasana 2: Warrior 2 Pose

Facing Fears: The Art of Learning to Trust and Being Courageous

Let’s face it, we have all experimented them; Fear of failure, rejection, heights, public speaking the list goes on and on. The 4th Day of our Teacher Training Course was all about tackling those fears and learn how to deal with them. We focused on a calming Pranayama techniques called “Anulom vilom” which balances our energy channels and help us to attain a blissful state of peace and fearlessness. In our afternoon Teaching Methodology Class we started with Iyengar’s Wall […]

Ashtanga Yoga TTC Student: Sara

Ashtanga Yoga TTC Nov 15: First Week Student Experience by Sara

The new 200 hours Ashtanga yoga teacher training in Goa has started last week at Abhinam Yoga School in Patnem, Goa. Twenty one students from all around the world came to study, practise and learn how to teach ashtanga vinyasa yoga. Sara is one of the students. She has lived on four continents and currently is settling down in New York. Sara used to study law. Later she decided to follow her passion for photography and yoga. Sara has been practising […]

Sharing Circles

5 Reasons why ‘sharing circles’ aren’t a Yogic thing

Compassionate Sharing Circles and other so-called “spiritual awakening” Rituals are often associated with Yoga in the West. Let’s throw some light on why they are not a part of Yoga, from an eastern perspective. #1 Yoga is Meditation. Meditation is observing one’s thoughts without judging them. By Sharing we tend to let those thoughts and feelings manifest in us as Emotions – Emotions live in the past- which defeats the purpose of Meditation: Being in the Present. #2  While recognizing […]

What is Karma

Karma: What does it really mean?

Karma is a word we use a lot without really knowing its meaning and where it comes from. Does it mean Fate? Good or Bad Luck? Find out some interesting Facts about Karma you probably didn’t know before The Sanskrit meaning of the word Karma is ‘action’ or ‘deed’ and refers to the law of actions – Cause and Effect.  Every Effect has its Cause with the Effect being already present in the Cause! Say whaaat? Think of an apple […]

Oct 15 Yoga TTC Student Review

Abhinam Yoga Center TTC Review By Pavlina: Week 1

Having just completed the first week of the 200 hour Teacher Training Course in India, Pavlina’s eyes are glowing when i asked her how she is feeling “ I feel so very happy to be here and I’m enjoying the Teacher Training Course and its definitely meeting my expectations ” Although, she did feel physically challenged with the intensity of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Practice for the first few days, she got used to the routine pretty fast and she is […]

8 Reasons Why I Practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

 “Why I Can’t Live without Practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga” After practicing various styles of Hatha Yoga for many years I reached to a point where I felt no progression in my practice, until I discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga which opened up a whole new world to me. Here are some motivations on why you should become a badass Ashtangie too #1 Early Morning Practice Traditionally Ashtanga Vinyasa is practiced at 6am, every day apart from Sundays and Full moon days. It […]

Using straps as props

Prop Up Your Poses!!

“The importance of incorporating props into your practice.” When I first stepped into a yoga studio I was overwhelmed by all the tools. Blocks, straps, balls, chairs, ropes, bolsters ,benches, blankets… what are these mysterious things and how do you use them? I powered my way through many yoga classes hardly using any props at all. I wanted the challenge and in my eyes props were just a waste of time, something a total beginner would need and a sign […]