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Amrita Yoga at Various International Yoga Conferences

Amrita Yoga has been presented at multiple international yoga conferences, in Australia, Europe and India. Yogafest: Somers, 2019 Amrita Yoga was presented at Yogafest, in Australia, on November 1-4th. Yogafest is for those interested in yoga and meditation. The event is run entirely by volunteers and located at Somers on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Yogafest was started by Eugenie Knox, the founder of Dance of Life. The initial event was to raise funds for the tsunami victims in Asia. After this first community-based and volunteer run event began in 2006, it has been running annually, and biannually 2011. It’s one...

Spirituality is the Practicality of Life

The worm also eats, sleeps and procreates, so what is the difference if we merely do the same? Just as we pardon our hand when we poke our eye, we should be able to show compassion and forgive the faults of others. Their joys and sorrows become our own when we see ourselves in them through compassion. That is the essence of spirituality. Knowing we will get burned touching fire, and an electric shock from a live wire, we will also come to understand the nature of the world and its relationships. We will learn to deal with them...

Amrita Yoga at Various International Yoga Conferences

Amrita Yoga has been presented at multiple international yoga conferences, in Australia, Europe and India. Yogafest: Somers, 2019 Amrita Yoga was presented at Yogafest, in Australia, on November 1-4th. Yogafest is for those interested in yoga and meditation. The event is run entirely by volunteers and located at Somers on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Yogafest was started by Eugenie Knox, the founder of Dance of Life. The initial event was to raise funds for the tsunami victims in Asia. After this first community-based and volunteer run event began in 2006, it has been running annually, and biannually 2011. It’s one...

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India, the Land of Sages and Ancient Tradition

A peculiar fascination held me from the beginning when I began to formulate the idea of traveling to India; and planning for the adventure grew in its infant stages some years ago. I knew nothing about the landscape, the people, or the religions; yet for some reason I felt that my spiritual journey required a trip to this land. Learning from friends about their amazing experiences with spiritual masters further awakened my spiritual yearnings. I wanted to live in an ashram in India and experience these things for myself. In India I discovered an entirely different world, a people...

Amrita Yoga at Various International Yoga Conferences

Amrita Yoga has been presented at multiple international yoga conferences, in Australia, Europe and India. Yogafest: Somers, 2019 Amrita Yoga was presented at Yogafest, in Australia, on November 1-4th. Yogafest is for those interested in yoga and meditation. The event is run entirely by volunteers and located at Somers on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Yogafest was started by Eugenie Knox, the founder of Dance of Life. The initial event was to raise funds for the tsunami victims in Asia. After this first community-based and volunteer run event began in 2006, it has been running annually, and biannually 2011. It’s one...

Benefits of Surya Namaskarah Practice

Saluting the Sun – How to live in Harmony with Nature “In the olden days, people would wake up in the morning, bow down to Mother Earth, and then, facing the sun, they would chant prayers and perform Surya Namaskarah. The whole time they were praying they were exposed to the rays of the rising sun.” —Amma It was an idyllic time. They lived life in communion with Nature and her rhythms. People understood the context of their lives within the whole of Creation. Their routine was constant awareness and worship. Their lives existed in harmony with the cycles...

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Shivaratri – A Peep into our Blissful Silent Nature

This year Shivaratri falls on the 11th of March. We must not think of Shivaratri as only the night of Shiva. Shiva is beyond both night and day and causes the operations of the innumerable stars and planets. Shivaratri is that night on which we remember and offer our worship to Him by staying awake. Lord Shiva has taught us many valuable lessons. He cannot be won easily. One needs to surrender. Vasanta Deva, the god of flowers and spring, and Kamadeva, the god of love, tried, with all their tremendous might, to help Goddess Parvati win Lord Shiva....

Where Amma is, there is Amritapuri

It was the beginning of dawn, but the sun seemed hesitant to rise. The Ayodhyavasis, dwellers of Ayodhya, were praying that the sun never rose. This day would take away Lord Rama. All Ayodhyavasis mourned their immanent loss. Many were agitated at the injustice of Rama’s exile. He was their God in human form. Only three people enjoyed divine peace: Lord Rama, His inseparable divine consort, Sita, and His beloved brother, Lakshman. They were a family who cared nothing for luxury, sensual enjoyment or personal comfort. Theirs was a life of duty, dharma and sacrifice. Even Valmiki, the author of the...

Amrita Yoga at John Scottus Secondary School, Dublin, Ireland

In 2016, for Amma’s cultural program in Dublin, Amma Ireland contacted the John Scottus School in Rathmichael to perform Vedic chanting for Amma under the wonderful teacher Rutger Kortenhorst. It was very lovely indeed to see these young people chanting in Sanskrit, and Amma thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The school runs a junior certificate course based on Ayurveda for physical wellbeing, and on the Yoga Sutras for mental wellbeing, for 1st and 2nd year students ages 12 to 14. As part of ShobhaJi’s visit to Ireland for the first time this February, she was invited to the school by...