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 Samadhi. Yoga when practiced properly helps to keep 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 Indian Foreign ministry, in the year 2013 more than 9,000 people visited India for studying Yoga in India. These numbers are growing steadily. So lets see what are the reasons why so many people visit India to learn Yoga.
Authentic Yoga Teachings
Most of the people want to experience authentic Yoga. There are different Yoga styles popular these days; Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga (Astanga) Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Integral Yoga, Iyengar Yoga etc. Most of them 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 transition from east to west.
Philosophy of Yoga
In rest of the world Yoga is mostly known as only a form of physical exercise. But in India Yoga is practiced as lifestyle, as a way of life. Therefore when you learn yoga in India you also learn the philosophy of Yoga. In order to reap proper benefits of Yoga it is very essential to understand the philosophy of Yoga. It explains the right reason and right way to do Yoga and its other practices like Pranayama (Life force expansion exercises), Dharana (Concentration) and Dhayan (Meditation).
All ancient Yoga texts and books were written in ancient languages like Sanskrit and Prakrit. In India Yoga teachers 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.
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.
Study Yoga at Arhanta Yoga Ashram in India
Arhanta Yoga ashram in India teaches authentic Classical Yoga and Hatha Yoga. There are various courses suitable to beginners as well as advance yoga practitioner. The ashram provides an ideal location to relax and concentrate on the yogic practices and learning philosophy and background of Yoga.
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