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Amma’s Message for IDY 2019: Yoga Promotes Love and Solidarity in the World

Yoga is the means of realizing the infinite potential within by properly training and integrating body, mind, and intellect. Yoga helps us become more efficient in day-to-day life as well. It enhances our health, our sense of well-being, and our sensitivity to universal values. Indeed, in these times of lifestyle diseases and tension, yoga is a real boon to humankind, says Mata Amritanandamayi in her message on International Yoga Day. Yoga is the means of realizing the infinite potential within by properly training and integrating body, mind, and intellect. It is for these reasons that the relevance and popularity...

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Diksha Initiation – Workshop for Teachers at Amrita Vidyalayams: Mangalore, Secunderabad and Amdavad

Everybody was enthusiastic about the Initiation, an exclusive workshop for school teachers. The slogan for the workshop was Inspire, Ignite, Innovate. The teachers didn’t mind at all staying after school late for this session. They were happily chatting and enjoying their snacks. Amrita Vidyalayam schools are more than just educational institutions. Created with Amma’s blessings and Sankalpa, they have immense value in preserving the culture and developing values in children, based on ancient Indian traditions. In this age, when the world is changing so fast and India is getting so influenced by the West, it is very important to...

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Amma’s Words Manifest: Amazing Journey to Handstand

I have had a great relationship with a handstand. For months after my spinal injury, it was the one pose I most dreaded. I kept trying this asana every day for three months, as much as possible. I would fail each time I tried to kick up and felt my entire left leg was numb. I tried every day without fail, and I always had the same result. I spent so much time flailing around. I would toss the right leg up in the air, while the left acted as a dead weight pulling my torso back to the...

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Yogasana and the Spine

One part of the body of particular interest in yogasana practice is the spine. To understand why a healthy spine is crucial to our health, it is important to know a little about the structure of our bodies, of the spine, and the movements the spine can make. Our head houses our brain which is crucial in controlling almost all the voluntary and involuntary processes in our bodies. The brain is connected to the spinal cord which is connected to the rest of the nerves throughout the body. The brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves are soft and easily...

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Awareness and Listening are the Keys to a Therapeutic Yoga Session

As yoga teachers, we have the opportunity to work one-on-one with students in a therapeutic capacity. A holistic approach to yoga has transformed my relationships with students in a profound way. Here is an example of just how powerfully therapeutic yoga can work. A student I will call Prema had previously practiced yoga, but in recent years had surgery on both knees, an injection for hip and low back pain, and was suffering from arthritis. While she came to me to address these physical issues, it was quickly apparent that they were connected to some life stresses. Suggesting asanas to...

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