Body Opening & Alignment Class
as part of our TTCs and Yoga Retreats in Rishikesh India
“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered
the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar #yogattcrishikesh #lilyyogarishikesh #rishikeshyoga #rishikesh #himalaya #balance#yogattc #ttcrishikesh #ttcindia #ttc2020 #ttc200 #bodyalignment #yogicalignment
Everything in the world is part of one sacred unity. Our ancestors worshipped trees, rivers, birds and stones and connected to universal principles. This attitude and way of living went beyond utility or usefulness. It had to do with reverence for all of God's creation. "I am the Self seated in the heart of all creatures. I am the beginning, the middle and the very end of all beings". All beings have, therefore to be treated alike."
– Bhagavad Gita, sloka 20, Chapter 10 “Eart
The Lily Yoga team has decades of combined experience and conducts classes and retreats to provide a good knowledge foundation of the system of Yoga and insights on healthy, holistic lifestyle and the spiritual culture of India. Here a short introduction: #rishikeshyoga, #yogattc, #yogattcindia, #lilyyogarishikesh, #rishikesh, #yogapractice, #200hrsttc, #yogaalliance, #yogaformillennials, #yogasana, #hathayogarishikesh, #yogapracticerishikesh, #yogattcrishikesh, #yogattc200,
The coconut is believed to be an auspicious fruit and gets used in many rituals. In temples as well as on special occasions such as weddings, festivals or during the inaugurations of a new vehicle or house. The coconut is usually broken, placed before a deity and later distributed as ‚prasaada‘. The Top 3 meanings of the coconut: The coconut can be seen like the head of a human being. Breaking a coconut symbolises the breaking of the ego. Tender coconut water used in abhishek
"Hatha yoga practice has many elements, both behavioral and of practice. The Hatha yoga texts state that a successful yogi has certain characteristics. Section 1.16 of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, for example, states these characteristics to be utsaha (enthusiasm, fortitude), sahasa (courage), dhairya (patience), jnana tattva (essence for knowledge), nishcaya (resolve, determination) and tyaga (solitude, renunciation)."
– The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Brian Akers "In the Western
This is the entrance area of the historically significant Shri Bharat Mandir in Rishikesh – one of the most beautiful and ancient temples here. According to legend, God Vishnu expained:
"I will reside here for ever as Hrishikesh Narayan and this place will be known as Hrishikesh. Those who worshiped me as Varah in Satyug, as Parashuram in Treta Yug, Vaman in Dwapar and Bharat in Kaliyug are certainly entitled for liberation." Start or deepen your yoga journey with Lily Yoga
Did you know that prayer flags originate in the Bon tradition, the ancient shamanic folk culture of Tibet? Bon predates the arrival of Buddhism and is the native religion characterised by worshopping nature and the ancestors. Traditional prayer flags are made of colorful pieces of cloth and include woodblock-printed text and images. The flags are often found strung along trails and peaks high in the Himalayas – basically in high places where wind will carry the blessings depi
When we start on the path of spiritual life, our physical health is an essential pillar. Even a householder needs to keep fit and healthy to be able to deal with daily duties in a systematic manner. The system of Yoga has assigned an important role to the practice of yoga asanas. In fact, Asanas should be practiced daily. Yoga Asanas are beneficial for everybody, whether you are a householder or spiritual seeker.
At Lily Yoga, we focus on all the essential asanas, also thos
It is a seated back-bending asana in modern yoga and one of the more challenging poses for which you need both stability and flexibility. It is particularly demanding because it requires you to remain centred and fluid, all at once. If you aren’t stable in your legs and core, you’ll topple over and if you aren’t fluid in your hips and spine, you risk forcing the pose and hurting yourself. King Pigeon Pose is about balancing these extremes, in both your body and mind. Move car
While Rishikesh belongs to India's TOP 3 most sacred cities (next to Haridwar and Varanasi) and has innumerous temples and ashrams, it would be appropriate to say that the most important and grandest place of worship in Rishikesh is stream of Ganga Ma, the all accepting, all forgiving mother. The river is even personified as Goddess Ganga in ancient texts and art. She is the holy river that flows sometimes peacefully and sometimes turbulently, eager to enrich, purify and sust
“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself....”
― Paramahansa Yogananda photo: #ashram between #laxmanjhula and #ramjhula, rishikesh #rishikeshyoga #yogattc #yogattcindia #lilyyogarishikesh #lilyyogaindia#rishikesh #yogapractice #yogaquotes #yogaformillennials#millennialyogis #yogadaily #yogapracticerishikesh #rishikeshyogis
“If Ganges is the mother, Himalayas is the father. One nurtures and nourishes, the other provides and protects.”
― Vinita Kinra, author #rishikeshyoga #yogattc #yogattcindia #lilyyogarishikesh #rishikesh #yogapractice #yogaquotes #yogaformillennials #millennialyogis #ganga #gangaquotes #himalayas #himalayaquotes #devboomi #northindia #uttarakhand #himalayadogs #rishikeshdogs #rishikeshyogis
Perhaps the oldest written texts on our planet, India’s most ancient teachings The Vedas date back several thousands of years BC and hold the early seeds of yogic thought and wisdom. These authoritative teachings were 'received' as divine wisdom by the Rishis (sages) who undertook long periods of asceticism and meditation. The knowledge, rituals and prayers of the Vedas describe what it takes to live an exalted life, be liberated from worldly attachments and entanglements, a
The word Yoga means union of the individual soul with supreme consciousness – of one's individual spiritual self, the Atman, with the Parabrahman or Paramatman. In short: Yoga is about self-realisation. Our Yoga Retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings contribute to your personal growth and spiritual evolution. Even though the practice of yoga is much broader than just body moves, when practiced with precision – with attentive movements of the body, breath control and mental disci
Did you know that the Indian Government has formed an entire Ministry for the propagation of Yoga and Holistic Medicine? The Ministry of AYUSH was formed in November 2014 to ensure the optimal development of health care. The department of AYUSH puts focused attention on the development of education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. image: depiction of ancient sages learning ayurvedic wisdom from Lord Atreya (top) and surgeon Susrut
This is a variation of Parivrtta Parsvakonasana and considered one of the most challenging standing poses. It requires your focus, balance, flexibilty and strength. It is a great pose to flow into from Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II) and to create length in your side body.
It builds strength in your lower body as you’re forced to balance most of your weight on the bent leg, deepens flexibility in your hips, engages your core and relieves tensions in your shoulders. Here you se
Detail from the facade of one of the oldest havelis / temple mansions in Rishikesh, located near Laxman Jhula. The entrance is titled: Maharani Sri Vidyawati Kuor of Tikari, pointing at the original owners. The Tikari family (sometimes spelled Tekari) played an important role in the socio-economic and political history of Bihar from medieval times, during the Mughal period. The Tikari Rajas were Brahmins of the Bhumihar Brahmin sub-caste, chief of the Drontikar clan of the Bh
“This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore nil desperandum. March forward hero!”
– Swami Sivananda Saraswati (1887 - 1963) photo: garden detail at The Lily Resort http://www.lilyyogarishikesh.com #yog
A treasure in Rishikesh: Astha Path Walk. Ashta Path means “Way of Belief” and starting at the famous Triveni Ghat with its temples and flower sellers (in Rishikesh Market), this 3 km path is perfect for early morning walks. The beautiful promenade with its many benches gives you plenty opportunities to sit and enjoy the views at sunrise. The walkway leads all along the banks of Ganga and eventually straight onto one of the nicest Shiva temples with its own ghat in Rishikesh
A general reminder: Being playful at times is important too. Here you see Deepak Ji, one of our teachers in yoga flow with another intructor on the banks of Ganga Ma. After all, yoga is about communion with nature, and there is nothing static about it. We develop ourselves through playing. Through playfullness, we learn to think creatively and to surrender ourselves completely to one thing. Not part of our schedule, but just for information: in Acroyoga, there usually is one