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EXPLORE AMRITA YOGA

Seeing Light after Darkness

A lady from Switzerland had a moving experience to share about meeting Amma. She has suffered a deep mental depression and had eventually entered a psychiatric hospital. The following year she met Amma and took a long list of questions to ask her, hoping that she would take away her illness. Amma answered only that she should meditate ten minutes each day. The woman felt she did not have the strength to do so. She was able to leave the hospital three months later, but without much hope of overcoming her illness. Even though it was clear to her...

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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...

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Ayurvedic Home Remedies

Ayurveda is the science and art of life and longevity. The rishis of old gifted us with the understanding of how the five great elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth are orchestrated for our embodied life by the three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. Each person is a combination of all elements and all doshas in a unique way. When we understand our doshic pattern, we can work harmoniously with our environment. We tend to stay in balance physically, mentally and emotionally so that we may pursue and practice what Amma guides us to: love, transformation and Self-Realization. Any person can experience any imbalance. A vata imbalance is marked by experiences of dry, cold, scattered, spacy, airy, anxious, nervous, frail, and ungrounded. A pitta imbalance intensifies the experiences of heat, anger, impatience, sensitivity, stress, and judgment. The kapha imbalance overextends the experiences of heavy, sleepy, inwardly depressed, cold, stagnant, and tearful. The types of practice for tridoshas A deep relaxing prana flowing asana practice neutralizes the airy and spacy vata dosha. A calming, heart-centered practice of asanas balances the aggressive and agitated pitta dosha. A dynamic and energizing practice reduces the sluggish, lethargic energy. For vata imbalance Avoid cold, windy conditions; too much exercise and travel; too much stress; foods that are hard, dry, rough and cold. Sesame oil abhyanga daily is one of the best balancers....

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Yogi Ramsuratkumar on Amma

Mata Amritanandamayi or Amma from Kerala had spent ten days in Tiruvannamalai in the mid-eighties. Yogi Ramsuratkumar happened to catch a glimpse of the young Ammachi on the streets of Tiruvannamalai during the Karthigai Deepam or festival of lights. The ‘divine beggar’ looked at her and remarked, “Goddess Kali is walking on the streets and no one recognizes her.” Witnesses described their meeting at the great temple chariot tower as sweet and delightfully spontaneous. He would later often say, “This beggar has had the darshan of Mata Amritanandamayi.” On the other hand, Amma referred to Yogi Ramsuratkumar as an...

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Amrita Yoga at Prisons in India

The Circle of Love, an initiative by Mata Amritanandamayi Math, has started Amrita Yoga classes in the prisons of Kerala. Mata Amritanandamayi Math helped prison inmates by conducting holistic workshops that motivated them to willingly pursue the path of good citizenship. The Amrita Volunteers reached out to more than 50 prisons including central prisons, district prisons, sub-jails, and special sub-jails spread across Kerala. The session started with a brief introduction followed by Yoga practices, ice-breaking games, philosophical discussions, and Ma Om meditation. The sessions were concluded by chorus chants of the universal prayer for world peace and happiness, Lokaha...

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