Since many years we have been emphasising the danger of bottled water in India. And here you go. The article from today's prestigious Kerala daily press says: more than 60% of bottled water is not just unhygienic but dirty. When it is not contaminated, it contains nano particles of plastic harmful to health. In India there is no central board that would control the quality of bottled water.
During our courses, retreats and tours, we encourage all students and guests to fill their bottles with either filtered or boiled water from restaurants or ashrams. At Arsha Yoga we are proud to say that you can fill your bottle even from the tap, as we have our own well and we test the water for quality. We don't use any chemical detergents neither for cleaning, nor for washing dishes or laundry. We strongly discourage consumption of plastic in any form (plastic bags in shops, plastic bottles, tooth brush, toys, straw, ear cleaners....) Yes, indeed, we do brush our teeth, yet we use one toothbrush for a long time or get a degradable one made out of bamboo, or use a tooth powder on the finger sometimes.
Yoga in India cannot be described with words or even experienced. It must be lived.
I invite you to read my latest blog post what living yoga in India can be all about:
Do you see yoga as your love and passion and fancy a retreat in India: https://www.facebook.com/events/1515904115145721/
do you see yoga as your guide to life and fancy a deeper insight into the human psychology:
do you see yoga as a way to re-establish your health and happiness:
In Kerala, South India, it is common practice that captive elephants are used for temple festivals. Arsha Yoga refuses to give donations to festivals, where elephants are being involved. They have to stand still in the hot sun for hours while listening to the loud sound of the drums and trumpets. In order to get them from one temple to the other, they either have to walk alongside the highway on the hot tar or they are being transported in a truck chained to the sides with no roof over them.
Nevertheless, there is something to think about in connection with this issue. Why do people have to suffer just by taking a mere look at them? Does it help the elephant when we suffer along? Sometimes I have a feeling, that our guests suffer more than the elephant itself. 😉
Let's look at another situation.... Your close family member has been diagnosed with cancer and has to go through chemotherapy - a common situation nowadays. Does it help him or her if you suffer along?
Therefore: if you don't agree with something, stay calm and say NO! That's all it takes. -MM-
The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon is known as Shivratri. Among all the twelve Shivratris that occur in a calendar year, Mahashivratri, the one that occurs in February-March is of the most spiritual significance. On this night, the northern hemisphere of the planet is positioned in such a way that there is a natural upsurge of energy in a human being. This is a day when nature is pushing one towards one’s spiritual peak. It is to make use of this, that in this tradition, we established a certain festival which is nightlong. To allow this natural upsurge of energies to find their way, one of the fundamentals of this nightlong festival is to ensure that you remain awake with your spine vertical throughout the night.
Mahashivratri is very significant for people who are on the spiritual path. It is also very significant for people who are in family situations, and also for the ambitious in the world. People who live in family situations observe Mahashivratri as Shiva’s wedding anniversary. Those with worldly ambitions see that day as the day Shiva conquered all his enemies.
But, for the ascetics, it is the day he became one with Mount Kailash. He became like a mountain – absolutely still. In the yogic tradition, Shiva is not worshipped as a God, but considered as the Adi Guru, the first Guru from whom the science of Yoga originated. After many millennia in meditation, one day he became absolutely still. That day is Mahashivratri. All movement in him stopped and he became utterly still, so ascetics see Mahashivratri as the night of stillness.
Legends apart, why this day and night are held with such importance in the yogic traditions is because of the possibilities it presents to a spiritual seeker. Modern science has gone through many phases and arrived at a point today where they are out to prove to you that everything that you know as life, everything that you know as matter and existence, everything that you know as the cosmos and galaxies, is just one energy which manifests itself in millions of ways.
We at Arsha Yoga will keep our spine straight at least during our Shiva puja tonight. Stay receptive and enjoy the upsurge of energy. 🌙
Arsha Yoga has a blog and we find it is a nice way to stay connected. Check it out: http://arshayoga.org/category/blog/
As part of our community service at Arsha Yoga we offer yoga classes and teacher training courses for locals free of cost. Slowly it is bearing fruits. Today, another branch of Arsha Yoga opened in Padiyoor, Kerala.
During the inauguration ceremony I was asked why I had come to India. My answer started with this statement: Today, Westerners are on the quest for peace of mind turning towards Eastern philosophies and Indians look up to the West for material riches wanting to buy a bigger TV. Lucky them, they still have hope. 😉 Once we realise that no external object can make us happy, we start looking for answers. This quest might lead us even to India one day. Happy life journey! #communityyoga
Hledáme spolehlivou jogínku z ČR do našeho rodinného ášrámu v Indii.
Sezónní pobyt v ášrámu
Do našeho rodinného ášrámu v jižní Indii (Češka, Ind a naše 4 letá dcera) ve státě Kérala hledáme na příští sezónu (říjen 2018 - únor 2019) zodpovědnou jogínku na výpomoc za stravu a ubytování (www.arshayoga.org). Vlastně to není něco za něco. Karma jóga je jedna z klasických jógových cest, jak dosáhnout osvícení nebo pro nás smrtelníky alespoň klid a mír v mysli. Karma jóga je činnost bez kladení důrazu na její výsledek. Činnost vykonáváme pouze z čisté radosti a zapálení, a ne kvůli tomu, jak moc nám to “vynese”. Pokud do hloubky pochopíme podstatu karma jógy, bude nám jakákoli činnost pouze prostorem pro seberealizaci a potěšení. V dnešní uspěchané době orientované na výkon si to již málokdo dokáže představit. A právě Indie jako země přirozeného plynutí nám dává prostor na to, abychom na svůj život dokázali nahlédnout z jiného úhlu.
ájurvédskou vegetariánskou stravu a ubytovaní 150m od pláže
možnost osobního růstu
vzdělávání v oblasti jógy
radost ze života (i když to je jen na vás)
ukončený lektorský kurz jógy (200 hodin)
V případě zájmu zasílejte svůj stručný životopis na email@example.com. Během letních měsíců se potom sejdeme v Praze na pohovor.
We feel that today the topic of women health and empowerment through cognitive approach and traditional knowledge is more needed than ever before. January 13,14 we conduct a workshop on Yoga for Woman.
I always liked mantras and I never had to take the effort to learn them. Only after becoming a mother, I could explore my voice while singing as this was often the only "spiritual" practice I could do on the go. To my own surprise as an amateur singer, I could feel my own voice improving and filling my whole being with love and peace. My students have finally motivated me to record the mantras chanted at Arsha Yoga and now I have managed to put them up on our website along with their text and meaning for free download: www.arshayoga.org/chants.
The word mantra consists of 2 words: manas (mind) and trai (to be free from). Therefore mantra is a tool to make your mind free from unwanted thoughts and attain peace of mind, even if it is only for a few minutes 🙂 Download, listen, chant and become free! #powerofmantra #meerayoga
Sometimes, the truth lies somewhere else than what we can see with our naked eye. It all depends on the viewpoint. This is also the aim of our retreats: step out of your comfort zone and go beyond the familiar and obvious to discover a whole new dimension of your life. Tomorrow we welcome 7 guests from the UK and 1 guest from the Czech Republic for the South Indian Ashram Retreat with my yoga colleague and dear friend Pradhipa. #arshayoga #pradhipayoga
Today we visited Swamiji in the Narayanashrama Tapovanam, where the Bhagavad Gita retreat will take place starting on November 21st. You can see knowledge and mindfulness at every step. Nothing is done accidentally here. If you want to experience Swamiji's teaching, there are still seats available. What else to add? Food is delicious and the melody of the Bhagavad Gita chanting will find its' way deep into your heart. #swamibhoomanandatirtha #narayanashramatapovanam #bhagavadgitaretreat
"This too shall pass". Repeat this mantra during times when you feel strong to bring you down. Repeat this mantra during times when you feel down to bring you up. Yesterday morning I was in the hospital at the ENT department and today morning I am looking into the peaceful face of Buddha. Meera #powerofmantra #inhaleexhalerepeat #impermanentandfree
Day 2 of teaching in the UK: the biggest lesson I have learnt is to let life happen and make the best out of it according to your abilities. Have a great evening everyone!
Look around and see the beauty. This weekend teaching in the UK. Yesterday’s topic was: Love Yourself - Yoga for Ladies. Today we have Stress-free life on the menu accompanied by Yamas and Niyamas - yogic guidelines of conduct. Tomorrow’s morning topic Yoga for busy people. Spaces still available. Our thanks go to Pradhipa Yoga for the loving and caring organisation.
Happy Vishu (the Malayalam New Year) from Arsha Yoga.