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The History and Significance of the Gayatri Mantra (Excerpts from the CD) The Gayatri Mantra has been chronicled in the Rig Veda, which was written in Sanskrit about 2500 to 3500 years ago, and the mantra may have been chanted for many centuries before that. For ages, this beautiful prayer has seemed mysterious to the Western mind and was out of reach even for most Hindus. It was a well guarded secret, withheld from women and from those outside the Hindu Brahmin community. Today, it is chanted, meditated to, and sung around the world with reverence and love. It is often compared to The Lord’s Prayer in significance and impact.
Contents 1. Omkar This is written as ‘Om (ॐ)’ and is considered as the sacred vowel. Not only is Omkar a mahamantra with a single letter but is also labelled as the monosyllabic Brahman in the Shrimadbhagvadgita.
Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989) [ 1 ] [ 2 ] was an Indian yoga teacher, ayurvedic healer and scholar. Often referred to as "the father of modern yoga," [ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ 5 ] Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and is credited with the revival of hatha yoga . [ 6 ] Krishnamacharya held degrees in all the six Vedic darśanas , or Indian philosophies. While under the patronage of the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wadiyar , Krishnamacharya traveled around India giving lectures and demonstrations to promote yoga, including such feats as stopping his heartbeat. [ 7 ] He is widely considered as the architect of vinyasa , [ 6 ] in the sense of combining breathing with movement.
on May 18, 2009 Update: In Boulder, a memorial service at The Yoga Workshop . A new post , one of the best yet.
The 2 legends of Yoga, probably among the most influenciall, they both had the same guru by Dec 28
BKY Iyengar, one of the great living legend of Yoga. by Dec 28
One of the leading figures in the world yoga community, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, has died at the age of 93. Jois, from India, was widely considered to be the modern founder of the ashtanga branch of yoga and credited with popularising it in the West. His many thousands of students include the pop musicians Sting and Madonna, and the actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Ashtanga yoga is based on synchronising the breath through a progressive series of postures. It is the most rigorous form of yoga, and its practitioners claim it can produce positive effects on mind and body.
B. K. S. Iyengar , or Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar , (born December 14, 1918), is the founder of Iyengar Yoga and is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] He has written many books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga , Light on Pranayama , and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali . Iyengar yoga classes are offered throughout the world. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002.