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The Legitimacy of Desires
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Last week I was conducting a session on life and spirituality during one of my meditation and spirituality retreats in Chengdu (China). One of the attendees asked a very relevant question about desires which I am rephrasing below: Is having desires a bad thing? Now this is a very interesting subject and especially relevant to …

Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh by Ekattva Yogshala – #Throwback
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With each passing year, yoga is gaining acceptance as the best means to physical health and inner peace. That’s why Ekattva Yogshala regularly hosts yoga teacher training batches and meditation retreats in Rishikesh for students and yoga enthusiasts. In this series a special introductory program was organized for a Chinese group of students in February 2017. …

Women Empowerment Through Yoga
Yoga & Women Empowerment

We have come far-off from the age when the great-grandmothers of many of the readers of this blog were married off at a very young age. They spent most of their lives serving the family and depending on the family-head male for all key decision making. Child marriage, malnutrition, high maternal mortality rate, financial insecurity, …

200 Hours Yoga TTC in Rishikesh – Local Insights
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We know you are excited to join 200 hrs yoga ttc in Rishikesh, India and can’t wait to start your yogic and spiritual journey. The challenges of yoga training await but there are other things you need to know before we begin. Located on the banks of river Ganga, Rishikesh (India) is quaint town city …

Ekattva Yogshala’s Yoga Teacher Training at Rishikesh (India)
200 Hours Yoga TTC

200 Hours Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Rishikesh – Course Details 200 hour yoga teacher training’ doesn’t convey a lot to people just starting their yoga journey. That’s why we are sharing more course details and insights to give aspiring yoga teachers a better understanding of internationally certified Hatha yoga teacher training course from Ekattva Yogshala. …

Why Are We Unhappy?
Why are we unhappy

She asked “I always have this gnawing feeling that what I have is not enough. I am unhappy. Why?” her eyebrows raising and smile drooping in an inverted arc. She was a middle aged woman, married into a seemingly well-off family. She is not an exception though. There are plenty of us. Why is it …

The Unrealistic Expectations You Might Have from Your Yoga Training Program
Setting Your Expectations Right

I have been trained in Yoga and Music at the Parmartha Niketan Gurukul from a very early age. Ever since, I have never been lackadaisical about my practice of both. And yet, every time I conduct a yoga or a musical session, I get a feeling that I am on a learning curve. I am …

Whatever We Focus On Becomes Beautiful
Whatever we focus on becomes beautiful

As my car was moving eastward on expressway on the night of 11 April, I chanced to glance outside the front screen of the car to be captivated by the striking beauty of pink full moon in clear April sky. It was a divine sight. A perfect luminous silvery disc dominating the ink blue summer …

Embrace the Emptiness
Embrace the Emptiness

Are we afraid of emptiness? Once I had read ‘work is the only remedy possible (for all miseries of life)’. Unfortunately, I had believed in the same for some considerable duration of time. No one can challenge the remedial nature of work. I too believe that contemplation alone does not solve problems, acting upon it …

And so it begins…
So it Begins

His eyes beamed bright, bright enough to light up the dark summer evening that had engulfed the familiar sight around us. His bright eyes focused on me as if recognizing me from long past as he pointed with his right hand towards a large Pipal tree by the temple in the ashram yard. He gestured …