It seems like a World War out there, but it is not people of some countries fighting people of other countries, and there are no bombs or guns, no fighter aircraft, no trenches. It is the whole of the terrified human population fighting an invisible, silent, microscopic virus.
At every level we are being tested like never before, and nations are locking themselves down to shut out the spread of the disease.
Human beings have been around for thousands of years, and fought and survived incredibly difficult circumstances. They have thrived, in spite of, maybe because of those difficult times.
Yoga and Ayurveda and traditional sciences are testimonials to man’s wisdom collected over so many experiences over the millennia. They cull out the essential...
It is cold, I am somehow feeling really cold, as the evening sets in and the winter darkness quickly envelopes everything. I have just finished a disturbing text conversation with someone, and I am very upset, and miserable. And cold.
Harish is teaching the class tonight, and eventhough I have a couple of people to meet and counsel about their well-being, I am not in a mood for anything, not even to practice. Usually, helping people find a way is therapeutic for me, but so close to an upset, and feeling as cold as I am, I cannot thaw out.
I step into the class, my mind and body in a state of trauma.
I am in a miserable world of my own. Mostly I am talking to myself and cannot hear Harish giving instructions. The initial part of the class, the openi...
Much has been written, discussed, debated and analyzed about yoga, and more specifically about Asana.
This is not surprising, since yoga has been around for a long time, (it is said, for a few thousand years) and what is more, it has survived, and thrived.
(That is some customer satisfaction and product longevity. But let us keep the story of the continued survival and success of yoga over the ages for another blog, for another day.)
(There is also ample mythology, mystery, magic and mysticism, some rumours, quite a few wild claims, many misunderstandings, and much clear evidence of Asana being the be all and end all of health and well being. And that story, also, for another day!)
A monograph of musings on health, and how, awareness and education can bring health into our lives forever.
As that enlightened master, Swami Vishnudevananda declared so famously over half a century ago – “Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness, yoga shows the way”.
Read on to find out how.
Once upon a time in the 1990s
It is a long time since I needed medical attention.
We set up the Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gurgaon in April 2004, Deeksha and I.
This is November 2018.
In a highly hostile and polluted environment, in an unknown arena called yoga, and therefore requiring extraordinary efforts, and highly stressful, I have spent the last twelve years working on shoestrings of money, time and sleep.
Yet, today, at 55, I do not take any medicine, I have...