Continuing my series on Fitness & Wellbeing, Travel & Adventure and Spirituality, we take a look at Yoga as a means of Fitness, Wellbeing & Spirituality in this article. Yoga sutras a compilation of asanas with mindfulness is credit to Yogi Patanjali. they are a set of physical asanas along with meditation which help in the union of body with consciousness resulting in both physical and spiritual well-being. We will not dwell deep into the origins of Yoga since many books and literature is available on internet.
In this article and series of articles i will discuss my experience at various Yoga centres across India during my spiritual sabbatical apart from my experience in Vipassana meditation.
We begin our journey by discussing the very famous Sivananda Ashram which is spread across the world with headquarters in Canada (not surprised since Canada is emerging as a spiritual hub in the world). Founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, Swami Vishnudevananda, was a world authority on Hatha (yoga symbolising physical postures) and Raja Yoga. Swamiji was also known as the “Flying Swami” for the different peace missions he accomplished around the world.Swami Vishnudevananda was a disciple of Swami Sivananda, who was one of the greatest Yoga masters of the 20th century, Swami Sivananda, is the inspiration behind the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. The teachings of Master Sivananda ( photo on right) are summarized in these six words: Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize. ( Source: Sivavanada.org) Continue reading “Yoga at its Best:Sivananda Ashram”