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July, 2008

From Neurons to Nirvana … a scientific experience of cosmic proportions

On Dec. 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor woke up to a pounding pain behind her left eye, what she described as “the kind of caustic pain you get when you bite into ice-cream.“  Gradually, over the next four hours, she watched as, one by one, her brain functions, speech, movement and comprehension began to leave […]

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India Bends Toward Yoga Regulation

The formation of the Indian Yoga Association signals recognition of the need to create global standards in yoga education. … Indian-yoga-associationAfter years of consultation with eminent yoga experts, India’s Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddhi and Homeopathy (AYUSH), along with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has overseen the establishment of the […]

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Ganga Dussehra

On the tenth day of the bright half of the month of Jyeshta, this year falling on June 13, an important festival, known as Ganga Dussehra occurs in Northern India. It celebrates the descent of the holy Ganga River down to the parched earth.

Each year at this time, big Melas, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘gathering’, are held at important centres along the banks of the river. Here, hundreds of thousands of people throng the ghats to bathe in the waters known as the river of India, and wash away their sins.

The Ganga, largest of the rivers in India, has been sacred since ancient times. She is seen as the mother who washes away all the sins of mankind, and has been venerated in India through countless generations. Today, she remains a potent symbol of life and salvation, representative of both the intimate connection between mankind and nature, as well as the vital thread of life upon which humanity’s very existence depends.

The Story of the Ganges:

Long ago there was a king named Sagar who, aspiring for Indra-hood (king of all the Gods), performed one hundred Asvamedha (horse) sacrifices. But in fear of being dethroned, the great God Indra stole the hundredth sacrificial horse and left it within the premises of the reclusive Rishi Kapila.

All the sixty thousand sons of Sagara went out after the horse. When they found it, they mistook Kapila for a thief and attempted to destroy him, whereby they were cursed by the great sage and burnt to ashes. Kapila then claimed that “they would be renewed only if the water of the Ganga flows over this land”.

Sagar’s grandson Anshuman tried but did not succeed in bringing down the Ganga to earth. Then his son Dilip tried, but also without success. Finally his son Bhagirath, after performing severe austerities, managed to please Mother Ganga.

She appeared before him, but told him to seek the help of Lord Shiva to help check her flow, as otherwise the whole earth would be submerged in her torrential waters.

Again performing rigorous penance, Bhagirath pleased Lord Shiva who then received the deluge of Mother Ganga in his matted locks and let her drip over him and spill gently to the earthly planes.

WebSite News

The first half of 2008 has been a busy one at International Yogalayam. For starters, we’ve completely re-designed our website, a monumental task that remains a work in progress. We took our first foray into video production in the spring too, adding another dimension to our groundbreaking yoga e-course, which is now available on our website.

And of course, you’re reading the inaugural edition of The Yoga News, our new monthly Yoga E-zine, which features current yoga news and yoga special interest pieces, while also providing a platform for all you yogis to promote your upcoming yoga-related events.

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3-Weeks of Yoga goes live!
Continuing to work on merging modern technology with ancient wisdom, we’re happy to announce the addition of 3 Weeks of Yoga, a 21-day introductory yoga E-COURSE, to our yoga training programs. For more information, visit our Yoga Training Center.

The Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali – Home Study Program is now under revision and should be available again this fall, along with the much-awaited Language of Yoga, a comprehensive Yoga/Sanskrit reference manual, as well as The Power of Thought, an exploration of the powerful potential of the mind.

Visit our Yoga Training Center for more information on all of our programs and yoga resources.

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