Wednesday, 5 June 2019


If you are reading this article, you are already in the yogic path or you are willing to pursue this path.
In whichever side you are now, welcome to this beautiful, transformative, life-changing, healing,
unique experience.

I am Tugba, from Turkey. At the end of May 2019, I completed my
500-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh at Vinyasa Yoga Academy. In this article, I would like to share my own experiences on

how to choose. a right Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh for yourself. Since yoga has grown in
popularity, yoga teacher training course has started to pop up everywhere. So, with lots of options
for the training, you should watch out before deciding on which training you will choose.
Which training is the best one for you?

Step 1: Is your training registered by Yoga Alliance?

Yoga Alliance is a nonprofit organization for the yoga community and it sets standards and
procedures for the training. If you want to become a qualified yoga teacher and teach yoga, it is
important to attend a course which is registered to Yoga Alliance. Otherwise, your training will not
be valid in many places.

Step 2: What kind of yoga training do you want?

Think about your ideal yoga teacher training. Is it one which fundamentally focuses on asanas or
both asanas and philosophy? Or the one with more focus on pranayama and meditation? Do you
want a program which will be a transformational life experience? Also, do you want intensive
training which will be completed in 4 weeks or one which is extended over the whole year?
You may not have a clear answer now but spend some time to discover your own need. Because
it is a big investment of both money and time.

Step 3: Deep dive the schedule of the training!

Not all teacher training are the same even though Yoga Alliance sets the procedures. Ask;
- How many classes of asana, pranayama, philosophy, meditation, etc are included in the

- Which pranayama techniques do they teach?
- Which meditation techniques are included in the training?
- Which style do they focus? Iyengar, Yin, Vinyasa, etc?

Step 4: Get some information about teachers?

Background of teachers is another important topic. Try to get an idea about the experiences of the
teachers, their educational background. However, it doesn’t always mean that a teacher with
more experience is a better teacher. If is it possible, before the training joins a drop in the class of the
In the end, my yoga teacher training experience at Vinyasa Yoga Academy has been a
wonderful, transformational life experience with an excessive amount of new information. Since yoga
is not only asanas, learning yoga here in this school with deep knowledge of yoga philosophy,
pranayama, meditation has been a unique time of my life.
This will be a big investment in your life. Would you like to make it an extraordinary one? So, start
to search for the right training and enroll without losing your time.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Benefits Of Warrior Pose Veerabhadrasana| Vinyasa Yoga Academy

Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana or Virabhadrasana)

This pose is named after Veerabhadra, a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The story of the warrior Veerabhadra, as all stories from Upanishads, has a moral that adds value to our life.

Veera – vigorous, warrior, courageous; Bhadra – good, auspicious; Asana – Posture

The asana is pronounced as Vee- Ra- Bha- Dra-asana.

How to do Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana):

Veerabhadrasana or Virabhadrasana is one of the most graceful yoga postures and it adds beauty and grace to one’s yoga practice.
Stand straight with your legs wide apart by a distance of at least 3-4 feet.
Turn your right foot out by 90 degrees and left foot in by about 15 degrees.
Checkpoint: Is the heel of the right foot aligned to the center of the left foot?
Lift both arms sideways to shoulder height with your
palms facing upwards.
Checkpoint: Are your arms parallel to the ground?
Breathing out, bend your right knee.
Checkpoint: Are your right knee and right ankle forming
a straight line? Ensure that your knee does not overshoot the ankle.
Turn your head and look to your right.
As you settle down in the yoga posture stretch your arms further.
Make a gentle effort to push your pelvis down. Hold the yoga posture with the determination of a warrior. Smile like a happy smiling warrior. Keep breathing as you go down.
Breathing in, come up.
Breathing out, bring your hands down from the sides.
Repeat the yoga posture for the left side (turn your left foot out by 90 degrees and turn the right foot in by about 15 degrees).

Benefits of the Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana)

Strengthens and tones the arms, legs and lower back.
Improves balance in the body, helps increase stamina.
Beneficial for those with sedentary or deskbound jobs.
Extremely beneficial in case of frozen shoulders.
Releases stress in the shoulders very effectively in a short span of time.
Brings auspiciousness, courage, grace, and peace.

Contraindications of the Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana)

Practice Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana) only after consulting your doctor if you have experienced spinal disorders recently or just recovered from a chronic illness.

High blood pressure patients should avoid this posture.

Veerabhadrasana especially benefits pregnant ladies in their second and third trimester provided they have been practicing yoga regularly. Practice Veerabhadrasana while standing close to a wall so you can support yourself if required.  However, do consult your doctor before doing this yoga posture.

Avoid this posture if you are suffering or had recently suffered from diarrhea.

If you have knee pain or arthritis, use some support at the knee to hold this yoga posture.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Benefits of Availing 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga is a form of exercise that cleanses the body, soul, and aids in normal. People are getting more and more inclined towards yoga nowadays due to its innumerable benefits. There are various options for yoga teacher training available in India, having their individual curriculum, trainers, and methodologies. The 500 HourYoga Teacher Training focuses on giving advanced training to teachers regarding the concepts, procedures and correct methodologies of yoga. Yoga Teacher Training Rishikesh, Uttarakhand and in various other historical places of India aims at training a large of teachers through workshops by which they can imbibe the various methodologies of yoga and impart the knowledge to others. 

Inclusions of 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training
During this training, the various methods and practices that are taught are as follows:
    The various techniques of Yoga
    The various concepts related to yoga such as Asana, Pranayama, Vrittis, Kriya Yoga, Dhyana, Theory of Karma, etc.
    Specific slokas of the Bhagwad Geeta is read in front of the learners and explained to them for a better understanding of the inter-relationship between yoga and our daily lives. There is various registered yoga school in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand and other places where you can avail this course.

Benefits of 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training 

    This training is provided by experienced institutes which focus on imparting the maximum knowledge of yoga to its learners within the mentioned period of time.
    After receiving training from such organizations, you receive certificates which are acceptable in any part of the world and can thus, teach yoga to students, wherever you want.
    This type of yoga training not only teaches you the basic theory of yoga but also help you to learn yoga through practical knowledge and understanding.
    The entire program is affordable and since food and lodging are included within the curriculum, it is cost-effective too.
    You can be a part of health and wellness camps and gather more insight and practical knowledge on yoga if you avail this training program.
    Since food is included within the training program, proper diet is maintained, which benefits your body.
    Such institutions generally have an in-built library where you can avail numerous books on yoga and increase your knowledge regarding the same, free of cost.
    Yoga not just affects your body but also influences your mind. It makes you calmer, more patient, relaxed, at peace and removes the feelings of anxiety, tension, anger from you. All these can be attained through this training program.  
Thus you will possess a more holistic and positive approach towards life if you avail the 500 Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016


Once you know exactly how many calories you need to prompt weight loss, and how you want to structure your diet, make those calories consist of whole, unprocessed foods. Skip the refined sugar and grain options that may fit the definition of vegetarian, but add excess calories and limited nutrients.

Poached eggs or egg whites with veggies, scrambled soft tofu with salsa or a fruit smoothie made with yogurt or vegetarian protein powder make nutrient-dense breakfasts that have protein to help keep you full. A large salad with chickpeas, vegetable soup with kidney beans or a black-beans-with-brown-rice dish are all high-fiber lunches. The beans add fiber as well as protein, both of which help make you feel more satisfied and not deprived. For dinner, stir fry tempeh or tofu with minimal oil and serve with a mound of roasted vegetables, or steam the veggies and spritz with lemon juice. A small serving of whole grains, such as quinoa or wild rice, or a starchy vegetable round out the meal. The size of your servings depends on how many calories you’ve figured you need daily to achieve your goal.

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables : These are storehouse of vitamins, minerals, phyto-nutrients, and antioxidants, proteins and fibers. The dark green leafy vegetables like Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Kale etc. contain fewer calories and reduce the levels of fat in our body.

Nuts and Seeds: These are also store house of fiber, proteins, vitamins, minerals. These also include fatty acids, but the essential healthy fats. Nuts and seeds like Flaxseeds, Sesame seeds, Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds not only keep our heart healthy and reduce cholesterol, but also strengthen bones and brain functioning. Nuts and seeds also contain rich amount of omega-3 fatty acids. These should be included in our veg diet but in a limited quantity.

Soya Products and Beans:  Protein rich food like fish and chicken are excluded in a veg diet. Hence, we should incorporate more of dairy products, soya products and beans in a vegetarian diet as these contain ample quantity of protein and other nutrients and soluble fibers which help to process fats in our body. The soy products like Soya Beans, Tofu, Kidney beans, Baked Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Black Beans etc. increase our metabolic rate, reduce our appetite and help in weight loss.

Cereals and Grains: Include Whole Wheat Bread, Muesli, Brown Rice, Oats, Porridge, Semolina, Barley in your veg diet. These type of grains and cereals have ample nutritional values. They are a great source of iron and zinc and give energy to our body.

Fruits : Yes, ofcourse we cannot ignore the fruits. They are anyday the best part of any kind of diet. With fewer calories and enormous quantities of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients, fruits are great for a weight loss diet. Fruits not only enhance our metabolism but also lower our blood pressure levels, cholesterol levels and make our heart healthy. For weight loss, always opt for fruits with rich water content like as Watermelon, Muskmelon, Apple, Papaya, Orange, Berries
Foods to Avoid

Meats, poultry, fish, eggs (both whites and yolks), and all dairy products (regular and non-fat), including milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, cream, sour cream, and butter.
Added oils, such as margarine, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and cooking oils.
Fried foods, such as potato chips, French fries, onion rings, tempura, and donuts.

Vinyasa Yoga In Rishikesh

Yoga Alliance Certified 100 hours200 hours300 Hours500 Hours Vinyasa Flow, Hatha & Ashtanga yoga Teacher Training courses for beginners, intermediate and advance Yoga Students in Rishikesh India. Affiliated with the highest Yoga organizations, Yoga Alliance USA, Yoga Alliance UK, Yoga Alliance International, Vinyasa Yoga Academy is one of the most prestigious Multi-style yoga teachers training school in India, India is known as the "birthplace of yoga" and for thousands of years seekers have flocked here to learn the ancient ways of yoga and meditation Teacher Training courses. Vinyasa Yoga Academy is one of the most reputable Yoga TTC centre in Rishikesh India today. Combining age old techniques with our naturally evolving world, our school has a perfect modern day facilities where guests gain quality education and experiences from our expert instructors that prove to be life changing. The VYA home is open to you and our family awaits. We welcome you into our lives as we share in this unique opportunity where you will gain skills that will help to create the peaceful world we all seek to live in. It is our hope that you leave with a full mystical comprehension of your practical experience.


At VYA our goal is to provide Seekers with unique spiritual, religious, and mind/body experiences by applying our expertise in Vedanta philosophy, and yoga. We are a young, ambitious and modern-day ashram that differentiates itself from others by offering not just practices, but also understanding, context, meaning, and relevance of what we teach. The product we provide must also be the result you require, and when your program concludes, it is our hope that you leave with a full mystical comprehension of your practical experience.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Testing Our Spiritual Life By Sri Swami Atmaswarupananda

It is normal in human life that if we put a lot of time and effort into any endeavour, we want to be able to measure our progress. Whether it is studies, professional life, or business, we want to know in some way what our score is, how well we are doing. The same seems to apply to the spiritual life. After we have put in sufficient effort, sufficient time, there is a factor in us that wants to know whether we are getting proper results.

Normally that inclination is discouraged in the spiritual life, and it is discouraged for three reasons. First of all, scriptural. “Yours is the effort. The result is up to God. Leave it to Him.” The second reason is a very practical one. There is no practical way that we can judge whether we are being freed from egoism, lust, greed, hatred, anger and jealousy or whether divine virtues are developing in our heart. If we try to keep score, it will normally be a matter of self-deception. Rather, as Pujya Swami Chidanandaji once said, “From time to time you discover what changes have come about. Sometimes, this can be a pleasant discovery. Sometimes it can be rather a shocking oneë¾±ome negative factor that you thought had long ago disappeared suddenly comes to life again. Therefore, any judging we do on our progress should be left to discovery rather than to analysis.
But there is a third reason that we discouraged from trying to keep score on our spiritual life. And that is that the ultimate spiritual life is at a level deeper than virtues and vices. One teacher has said that there are only two things, finally, in this universe: one is love; the other is fear. This love, of course, is not the normal type of love, but rather a divine love that has no object. It is just love or perhaps more correctly, it is described as universal goodwill. The other factor, fear, is also not fear with an object, but rather an underlying sense of fear that at any moment can light upon an object such as death, old age, ill health, loss of money, security etc. Therefore, in the final analysis the only way our spiritual life can be judged is to the degree that universal goodwill and trust has replaced that nagging feeling of uncertainty or fear in the depths of our being.
How do we bring about this ultimate change? There is no other way than a total letting go and trusting in God. That is why Lord Krishna told us that the only way we can cross samsara is by taking refuge in Him alone. And even more specifically, in the last teaching verse of the Gita, He tells us to abandon all dharmas and take refuge in Him alone.