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Daaji’s Message from Kanha! 

Heartfulness proposes meditation on the heart with an aim of attaining subtler levels of consciousness. The heart is not merely a pump for blood circulation – its role goes far beyond that. References in ancient Indian literature on Yoga, especially that from Sages like Patanjali,…

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30 Nov 2021

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Becoming a Noble Human Being through Yoga 

The science and art of Yoga has for millennia guided humanity in its search for truth. Even in each individual’s personal and social life, Yoga has provided tools and techniques to manifest health, happiness, social harmony and spiritual realization. So many cultural concepts of Yoga…


Yoga Therapy or Yogopathy? 

The art and science of Yoga aims to help us regain our psycho-physiological balance by removing the root cause of the disharmony (duhkha samyoga viyogam yoga samjnitham — Bhagavad Gita VI: 23). Yoga understands health and well-being as a dynamic continuum of human nature and…


Yoga and Adaptive Resilience 

As human beings, it is inevitable that we have our share of ups and downs. Something always pushes us down, throws us off-balance and makes us uneasy. During such moments, it is imperative that we stop, take a step back and observe ourselves objectively to…


Thoughts on Yoga as a Science 

According to Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj, one of the foremost authorities on Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga in the last century, Yoga is not only a science but is also the “Mother of all Sciences” because it contains within its vast ambit of ancient…


Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Misappropriation of Yoga 

Cultural Appropriation’’ or “Cultural Misappropriation” in the field of Modern Yoga is a topic that keeps coming up and many write to me about it. When my Guru-Father came to Pondicherry in the late 1960s, he settled permanently, founding the Ananda Ashram initially in town,…


Celebrating IDY 2021: 

Uniting the World Yoga Family in Virtual Mode On behalf of the Vishwa Yoga Parivaar (World Yoga family) and myself, I offer everyone special heartfelt greetings on the occasion of the upcoming International Day of Yoga, to be celebrated on 21st June 2021. The Government…



Yoga makes us better at whatever we are. It makes us a better ver­sion of ourselves, irrespective of the culture to which we belong. Whatever way of life we are liv­ing, we become a better version of that through the practice of Real Yoga. This…


Yogic Toolbox for Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Yoga, our ancient cultural heritage, understands health and wellbeing as a dynamic continuum of human nature and not a mere ‘state’ to be attained and maintained. Yogi Swatmarama, author of the Ha­thayoga Pradipika, gives us the assurance, “One who tirelessly practices Yoga attains success irrespective…


Yogavani is now One-year old! 

Yogavani completes one year of its existence, and, as we look back at the year that was, it truly feels that the yoga community has so much more relevance in the world that we live in today. The Indian Yoga Association’s mandate was to bring…