India is the birth place of yoga. Yoga began in India about 10,000 years ago. Ancient monks and sages developed yoga asanas for the well-being of their bodies. It was essential for them to keep their bodies fit and disease free in order to achieve higher stages of meditation and eventually Samadhi. Yoga when practiced properly helps to keep the body healthy and young. Even today it is a dream of every serious yoga practitioner to study yoga in India.
Every year thousands of people come to study yoga in India. According to a report of the Indian Foreign ministry, in the year 2013 more than 9,000 people visited India for studying yoga. These numbers are growing steadily. So lets see what are the reasons why so many people visit India to learn Yoga.
1. Authentic Yoga Teachings
Most of the people, who choose to go to India to study yoga, want to experience authentic yoga. There are different yoga styles popular these days; Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Integral Yoga, Iyengar Yoga etc. Most of these styles have been developed in India by Indian Yoga masters. People come to India to experience these yoga styles and get first hand teachings directly from the masters or their students. Therefore you get a chance to learn yoga which has not changed its original form during the rise of popularity of yoga in the West.
2. Philosophy of Yoga
In the rest of the world yoga is mostly known as only a form of physical exercise. But in India, yoga is practiced as a lifestyle, as a way of life. Therefore when you learn yoga in India you also understand the underlying philosophy of Yoga. In order to reap the full benefits of yoga – to experience the tremendous positive effects of yoga- it is very important to understand the philosophy and lifestyle of yoga. When you study yoga in India, you will understand the right reason and right way to do yoga and its various practices like Pranayama (Life force expansion exercises), Dharana (concentration) and Dhyana (meditation).
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3. Proper Understanding
All ancient Yoga texts and books were written in ancient languages like Sanskrit and Prakrit. In India, yoga teacher trainers study these texts in their original language therefore their understanding of these texts is more accurate. And consequently their understanding of the principles and practices of yoga is also more accurate. When you study with a yoga teacher in India you get proper understanding of yogic principles.
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4. Right Environment
In India you will get right environment for learning and practicing Yoga. The best place to learn yoga is a Yoga ashram. A Yoga ashram is a place where practitioner gets a chance to live next to the teacher and follows intensive yoga practice. The Yoga ashram provides distraction free environment where everybody has similar goal of learning and studying yoga. The complete daily routine is structured around the learning and practicing the principles of Yoga.
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The Arhanta Yoga Ashram in India teaches authentic Classical Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Our courses are suitable to beginners as well as advanced yoga practitioner. The ashram provides an ideal location to study and concentrate on the yogic practices and learning philosophy and background of Yoga.
Ram Jain (ERYT 500) is the founder of Arhanta Yoga Ashram in India and the Arhanta Yoga Ashram in Europe. He is the course director of the various yoga teacher training’s at the traditional Arhanta Yoga Ashram.
He teaches professional Hatha Yoga teacher training courses, Yin Yoga teacher training courses, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, Ayurveda and Advanced Asanas. Ram Jain started teaching in 1998 and he has trained over 4000 yoga teachers worldwide.