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Yoga

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Cultivate mindfulness, strength, and flexibility as you delve into ancient techniques and modern practices tailored to enhance your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Join our vibrant community and embark on a path to holistic wellness with yoga.

Yoga

Discover the transformative power of yoga with our comprehensive online resources. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or just starting your journey, explore a variety of yoga styles, from gentle hatha to dynamic vinyasa flow.

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"Cultivating excellence in Bharatanatyam, fostering artistic growth, and inspiring a lifelong love for this classical dance form."

- Guru Smt. Arundhati Singha John 

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Yoga Courses

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Yoga, an ancient practice originating in India, has evolved over thousands of years into a multifaceted system that encompasses physical postures, breathwork, meditation, and philosophical principles. Its profound impact on physical, mental, and spiritual well-being has made it a popular practice worldwide, attracting millions of practitioners seeking balance, harmony, and inner peace.

At its core, yoga is a holistic discipline that integrates the body, mind, and spirit. The word "yoga" itself means union or connection, reflecting the aim of harmonizing the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. Through various practices, yogis seek to cultivate self-awareness, mindfulness, and a deep sense of interconnectedness with all living beings.

One of the most recognizable aspects of yoga is its physical component, consisting of postures or asanas. These poses range from gentle stretches to challenging balances, each designed to promote strength, flexibility, and balance in the body. By moving through asanas with mindful awareness of the breath, practitioners not only enhance their physical fitness but also develop concentration and presence of mind.

Breathwork, or pranayama, is another integral aspect of yoga practice. Prana, often translated as life force or energy, is believed to flow through the breath, nourishing the body and calming the mind. Through specific breathing techniques, practitioners learn to regulate their breath, increase vitality, and quiet the fluctuations of the mind. Pranayama practices range from simple deep breathing exercises to advanced breath retention techniques, each offering unique benefits for physical and mental well-being.

 

In addition to its physical and breath-centered practices, yoga encompasses meditation and mindfulness techniques. Meditation, known as dhyana, involves training the mind to achieve a state of focused awareness and inner stillness. By observing thoughts without attachment and cultivating present-moment awareness, practitioners develop clarity, insight, and emotional resilience. Mindfulness, often incorporated into yoga practice through mindful movement and awareness of sensations, thoughts, and emotions, encourages a non-judgmental acceptance of the present moment.

Beyond its physical and mental benefits, yoga is deeply rooted in spiritual philosophy and ethics.

 

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a foundational text of classical yoga, outlines the eight limbs of yoga, guiding practitioners on a path toward self-realization and liberation. These limbs include ethical guidelines (yamas and niyamas), physical postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), sensory withdrawal (pratyahara), concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana), and ultimately, samadhi, or union with the divine.

Yoga is not just a practice confined to the mat; it is a way of life that extends beyond the physical postures and breathwork. Its principles promote compassion, kindness, and self-awareness, fostering a sense of interconnectedness with others and the world around us. As such, yoga has the potential to transform not only individuals but also communities, inspiring greater harmony, empathy, and understanding in the world.

In conclusion, yoga is a holistic practice that offers myriad benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. Through its physical postures, breathwork, meditation, and philosophical principles, yoga empowers practitioners to cultivate self-awareness, inner peace, and a deeper connection to themselves and the world. Whether practiced for physical fitness, stress relief, or spiritual growth, yoga offers a path toward greater well-being and wholeness for all who embark on the journey.

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Meet our Yoga Guru

Brief profile of our Guru who forms the bedrock of Nritta Dhyana. Her journey and passion is a lighthouse, eternally illuminating a path toward the revival of Indian art forms. 

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Arundhati Singha John

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NAPA offers diverse classes, including Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kalaripayattu, and contemporary dance. Explore the rich tapestry of Indian arts and contemporary expressions with us.

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