Practice of the Month


Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…

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Yoga and Vasudhaiva  Kutumbakam

Yoga and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam 

Despite the many divisions of modern life, the ancient science and art of Yoga and the timeless Indian philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam hold within them the possibilities of guiding humanity towards unity, harmony, and interconnectedness. These two concepts, deeply rooted in Indian spiritual traditions, are more relevant today than ever, offering not just physical and mental well-being but also a path towards global prosperity, abundance and sustainability.

Yoga, has transcended geographical boundaries and cultural differences to become a global phenomenon since the honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in 2014, marshalled the support of a record number of member UN countries for International Yoga Day. Through our country’s concerted and consistent efforts Yoga has become a global phenomenon with immense potential to offer well-being, connectedness and mindfulness solutions to the fractured world that we live in today. The word “yoga” itself is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj,” which means to unite or connect. Therefore, there is much more to Yoga than the simplistic idea that it is a set of asanas or breathing techniques. Beyond the physical aspect, yoga is deeply intertwined with spiritual and philosophical ideas, including the belief that everyone of us is connected at a fundamental level. This very idea of connection also lies at the heart of the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam or that we all part of one family, one essence.

In yoga, the individual aims to connect the body, mind and spirit, fostering a sense of inner balance and peace. It encourages us to connect with our inner selves, and this journey inward often leads to the realization that one is part of a larger whole, inextricably connected to the world. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, often cited in the Upanishads and other ancient Indian texts urges us to recognize that our actions impact not only our immediate surroundings but the entire world. When we embrace this philosophy, we are motivated to act with yogic mindfulness, compassion and responsibility towards the global community.

At The Yoga Institute, these principles are deeply ingrained, not only in our teachings but also in the very fabric of our institution’s culture. Our doors are wide open to individuals of all backgrounds – regardless of their religion, caste, creed, or nationality – all coming together with a shared purpose: the exploration of our shared humanity. Our ultimate goal is to recognize the divine essence within each of us. This is the essence of the yoga journey – a unifying thread woven into the tapestry of yoga ashrams across the nation.

While every yoga ashram may have its unique teaching methods and distinct practices, we all harmoniously strive toward a common objective: leveraging the power of yoga to alleviate humanity’s myriad challenges. This serves as a prime example of the Universal Unity principle in action.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam encourages us to appreciate the diversity of cultures, languages, and traditions that enrich our global family. This celebration of diversity resonates with the concept of yogic attitudes or the four parikramas of karuna, mudita, upeksha and maitri and vice versa as well. An awareness and acceptance of these parikramas in our daily lives allows us to assimilate more closely with others despite our differences and to maintain a state of equanimity despite the extant externalities. At The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, we provide a classical interpretation of Yoga for individuals embarking on their path of self-discovery and personal growth. Our perspective emphasizes that Yoga essentially involves cultivating a serene outlook on life by embracing the four yogic parikramas. Technically, Yoga is the science of mastering the mind, and as such, our instructional approach is firmly rooted in classical Yoga principles, emphasizing the cultivation of a compassionate and affectionate disposition towards others. In its essence, Yoga inherently fosters the growth of universal unity.

The world as it is today, stands to gain tremendously from the ancient wisdom of yoga and the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. Global issues like climate change, economic inequality and pandemics highlight the urgent need for cooperation and understanding. These provide a moral compass, guiding us towards responsible and compassionate actions in the face of these grave modern challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, has shown us how interconnected the world truly is. The virus knew no borders, and the only effective response was a collaborative one. It gives me pride to recount how India was at the forefront of the endeavour to foster equitable access to vaccines and healthcare during the pandemic. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam too underscores that, in the face of shared challenges, we must put aside differences and work together for the common good.

To embrace the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and Yoga and integrate them into our lives, education and awareness are crucial. Schools and educational institutions need to go beyond the rigours of traditional academics and incorporate the wisdom of these lived traditions in the lives and thoughts of their students. Yoga and meditation need to be integral components of educational programs, helping young minds cultivate the four parikramas and other yogic bhavas. Organizations like Indian Yoga Association have a pivotal role to play in promoting these ideals and designing the mindset of the future generations of our country. The Indian Yoga Association has proactively devoted its efforts towards this objective. I would like to commend the Indian Yoga Association for their efforts in disseminating the ideals of a yogic lifestyle and values worldwide despite differences of geography, culture and traditional societal value systems.

Yoga teaches us to connect with our inner selves, promoting inner peace and self-realization. Meanwhile, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam reminds us that we are part of a global family, encouraging us to treat every individual with love, respect, and compassion. As we navigate the challenges of the 21st century, these philosophies serve as a guiding light, reminding us that we are not alone but part of a vast, diverse, and interconnected global family. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” By living with these principles, we can indeed be that change.

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