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iHanuman is an online community of yoga teachers dedicated to serving the yoga community. iHanuman is the monkey bridge between students, teachers and the ancient wisdom of yoga. We have created an avenue for people to connect with others through new technology and positive social media. Here you will find audio and video of your favorite teachers for free as well as for download. Our focus is yoga including ayurveda, sanskrit, philosophy, meditation, thai yoga, and yoga therapy.
Credit: Woven - Montauk Beach Finally March has arrived and we can begin to wake ourselves up from our long winter's nap. In March, we clear away the clutter from the windy cold winter to allow the new green sprouts to show their color. We plant seeds for what we want to grow and blossom this spring and summer and prune the last of the dead limbs. What remains? What are we bringing forth into the new year to nourish the seeds and tender green shoots? And who are the people in our lives that will support us on this journey?
Credit: Lululemon Athletica Love is in the air this month. And if it's not, we need to ask ourselves, 'Why not?" There have been many a February in my life where I did not have a significant other and often felt lacking and inferior in the days leading up to Valentine's Day. What I discovered is that sense of lack was usually due to missing self love. I had not learned to love myself, so how could I expect to someone else to love me?
GaneshThe Solar New Year has returned again, not only ringing in a new year, but a new decade! It is a time most of us vow to rid ourselves of the excesses of the holidays in favor of resolutions for our highest expression of ourselves.
Attitude of GratitudeNovember is Gratitude Month at iHanuman. Our intention is to make gratitude a daily practice, and in an effort to set that practice in motion we are encouraging you to join us by posting something that you are grateful for every day during the month of November.
Leena Patel, Yoga Teacher and Meditation Practitioner from Las Vegas, Nevada submitted this free audio clip last week. Leena has been a seriously playful student and practitioner of yoga, Buddhism, philosophy and meditation since 1992. Listen to an enticing introduction before beginning your meditation practice. [audio:http://www.ihanuman.com/media/audio/Leena_Patel_The_3_Steps.mp3]
, we were taught how to lead a ceremony. This particular ceremony's intention was to let go of grief from this past year; this could be the loss of a loved one, a job, or anything else which you chose to let go. Three days later on the autumnal equinox our cat died and I found myself holding ceremony for 24 hours which concluded with a full moon circle.
As much as we all hate to admit it, summer has wound down. However, as I mentioned last month, the late summer season into Fall are my favorite seasons. I say seasons because Ayurveda, the science of Life or sister science to Yoga, claims there are six seasons. The additional seasons are the late summer/early fall and the late winter/early spring.
If you need some inspiration to reinvigorate your daily yoga practice, September is a great month to start.
AHHH August! August brings the beginning of my favorite season of the year. The summer months are too hot and the winter months are too cold, but the end of summer and early fall are just right. My emotions are more balanced, my physical body feels more comfortable and everything just seems to flow more easily. Being out of balance can be very uncomfortable and unsettling. There are seasons of the year, cycles of the moon, transits in the sky and just periods in our lives that can bring us slightly out of balance. Two of these periods of life are Adolescence and Menopause.
We have now come to the midpoint of the year, the hottest time of the year, the longest days of the year, the peak of the summer. During these transitional times of year, is the ideal time to rest, cleanse, and reflect on where we are and where we see ourselves headed. Read this beautiful post written by iHanuman Yoga Teacher, Sara Avant Stover, which helps us to formulate an action plan for our goals, dreams and passions. We are happy to have accomplished three of our big goals this year.
Leslie Kaminoff, of the Breathing Project in New York City, found a 10 year old video of TKV Desikachar, son of Sri Krishnamacharya, and founder of the Viniyoga Tradition. This video was presumably made around the time of the publication of The Heart of Yoga. It contains a short interview in Madras, India, but the interviewer is unknown. Thanks for posting this, Leslie
The mission of the Africa Yoga Project is to empower youth, build a global community and increase well-being in East Africa. They have introduced hundreds of students in Kenya to the practice of yoga, as well provided educational scholarships, job training food stipends, temporary housing and health services. Our core group of students are from impoverished backgrounds in Nairobi, Kenya, are between 16-30 years old and live on under $2 per day. Many are personally affected by HIV/AIDS and are living/have once lived on the streets.�Â� Visit the Africa Yoga Project for More information.
Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1923 - 2009) RAM RAM SATYA HAI OM NAMAH SHIVA http://www.yogavision.net/home.htm
2009 - December: Maha Sadhana Intensives with Chandra Come join Chandra for the advanced Maha Sadhana Shiva Namaskar advanced vinyasa series. The advanced series is a unique, beautiful and vigorous sequence, incorporating many of the little known postures and their advanced variations. For Intermediate thru Advanced Yogis, though all are welcome, and may work at your own pace. Chandra will help you according to your abilities and needs. Friday, Dec 11 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, Dec 12 5:30pm-8:30pm $50/intensive (pre-registration),
$60/intensive (one week prior--space permitting)
2010 - January: 250 hour Teacher Training
John Schumacher is making headlines in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for his pioneering efforts to bring Yoga to the area 30 years ago this year! Watch a short News Clip of John on Washington Business Tonight and then go visit him at his Bethesda, Maryland Studio. If you do not reside in the area, remember you can Practice Yoga Daily with John Schumacher by downloading his classes. His Spring 2009 class recordings are now available through our download store and Summer 2009 will be available in December.
September is Yoga Month so we hope to provide you with lots of ideas and opportunities for practicing yoga this month. On September 20, 2009, Los Angeles Yogis are inspiring yoga communities around the world to come together and practice yoga collectively. Events are being coordinated world-wide in the name of yoga, seva and collective consciousness. The aim is to show the power of prayer and meditation when practiced communally and intentionally world-wide. From the Global Mala Project website:
We are pleased to announce that Kino MacGregor will sell her first yoga video, " A Journey, A Workshop" with iHanuman. From her website: "In this two part DVD certified Ashtanga yoga instructor Kino MacGregor makes the mastery of strength available for everybody. All levels from beginner to advanced will benefit from learning the techniques presented here. Easily applicable to all yoga practitioners, the explanation given will greatly improve your ability to understand and actually do some of yoga's most challenging strength-based postures.
Practice at home with Betsey and Jaye as they lead you through 12 progessively taught 55-minute sessions in Anusara Yoga. Betsey and Jaye teach a logically sequenced series of poses within each class, gradually advancing the poses across a series of 12 classes. Perfect for beginners or experienced students looking for inspiration in their home practice. Get the entire set and experience the fun and power of progressive teaching. View Samples of the Videos and Download...
A weekend program September 18-20 at the beautiful Barn at Split Rock Farm. Because it is sponsored by Charlottesville Yoga School, CEUs from Yoga Alliance are available. The intention behind an equinox intensive is to take advantage of the changing of the seasons to inspire students to rejuvenate their yoga practice. Given the time of year it is safe to say that over the course of the weekend there will be lots of core work and twisting postures; in the Level III/IV classes I also plan to work in some challenging backbends, deep forward folding, and work on inversions.
Lighten Up Yoga, located at 60 Biltmore Avenue, announces FREE YOGA DAY and Fundraiser for Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Saturday September 12th Open to all students, the classes are an opportunity to learn about yoga in a safe and supportive environment and support the local farms that nurture and sustain us. In the spirit of community, Lighten Up will be collecting donations for ASAP. Clear your mind and connect with heart at Lighten Up Yoga while helping this great cause.
Yoga Outreach teachers help people from underserved communities move in life-affirming directions through the transformative power of Yoga.
, the highly regarded Yoga teacher and Buddhist practitioner, was interviewed by The Agony Column's Rick Kleffel on her new book Insight Yoga: Integrating Yin/Yang Yoga and Buddhist Meditation. In this excellent interview they discuss Sarah's unique approach to yoga practice which she developed through her wide-ranging personal explorations into Yoga, Buddhism, Chinese Medicine, and Transpersonal Psychology. As one of today's most authentic, grounded, and spiritually mature voices in Yoga, this interview with Sarah is not to be missed.
Have you been looking for a cool Hanuman shirt but have been unable to find one? If so, look no further! Bhakti Ware, a company based out of California that makes wearable art from sustainable and organic materials, has many clothing offerings with images of our beloved Hanuman.
The Karma CollectioniHanuman is pleased to announce the release of the Karma Collection, a special collection of recordings available for purchase from iHanuman's Yoga Digital Download Store that directly benefit charities around the world.
iHanuman was honored to present Ramana's Garden founder Dr. Prabhavati Dwabha with a check for 5% of the profits from the iHanuman Digital Download Store during her most recent visit to the U.S. We would like to thank each and every yogi and yogini who has purchased an audio class, yoga video, or workshop from iHanuman! Know that your purchase not only benefits you and your practice, but through the included charitable contribution it goes on to make a direct, positive impact in the lives of people around the world.
began in 1996 with a group of Canadian yoga teachers working together to bring yoga into British Columbia's correctional system. Since then they have expanded their focus, promoting healing and transformation by bringing yoga to many other populations who would not have access otherwise. Volunteers now teach over 30 classes per week in settings ranging from health care to transition houses, shelters to treatment and recovery centers. On May 22-24, 2008, Yoga Outreach will hold its 10th Annual Fundraising Retreat to support its services and important mission:
Tibetan Children's Education FoundationIn 1997, The Tibetan Children's Education Foundation built an education center and boarding hostel in Clement Town (in Northern India) for children of the exiled Tibetan community.
Yogitoes has created a line of Skidless Mat Towels that helps support not only the practices of yogis using them, but supports charities around the world with a percentage of their proceeds. The Altruism Deity Skidless mats come in five colors, each with a specific deity and respective charity. The Kali Ma mat is black and supports the Meg Foundation, helping orphans in India. The Vishnu mat is gold and supports the Ravi Shankar Foundation.
Louies KidsSaturday, Oct. 13th from 12:00 to 3 p.m. in Marion Square, Downtown Charleston, SC.
Global MalaThe Global Mala Project is a day-long event honoring the Autumnal Equinox and the UN International Day of Peace. September 21 also marks the beginning of YomKippur - the Jewish High Holiday which marks their deepest day of intimacy with the Divine. It is a powerful time on earth and a powerful time to collectively bring energies together. The center of the event will be hosted at the Solar Powered Convention Center in Los Angeles, by such well-known teachers as Shiva Rea, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Sean Corn, Julia Butterfly Hill and many others.
In quintessential west coast style, fifteen hundred people will gather together in Vancouver, BC to practice Yoga at the 5th Annual Yogathon and Blissfest on Saturday July 21, 2007 to raise money for Camp Moomba, an organization that provides Canadian children impacted by HIV/AIDS with an unforgettable summer camp experience.
Ramana's Garden On May 29th & 30th, Dr. Prabhavati Dwabha, Founder and Director of Ramanaes Garden, will be in the Washington DC area sharing the story of this marvelous refuge in Northern India for abandoned orphans and children of of the poorest of the poor.
Casa De MilagrosAnusara Yoga teacher Tanya Beilke is leading a Yoga and Seva Retreat May 10-19 to the Sacred Valley in Peru. While there the retreat participants will be volunteering at Casa de Milagros (House of Miracles), a home for orphaned and abandoned children.
KarmapaloozaOn March 17th, yogis will gather in Miami Beach, Florida at The Dezerland Plaza Hotel to participate in the 4th Annual Karmapalooza.
Karl Straub, a Jivamukti yoga teacher and Regional Director for the Yoga Studies Institute (founded by Geshe Michael Roach), along with some friends in NYC, have begun a project called Ahimsa School.
Rama's BridgeThe recently discovered bridge, currently named as Adam's Bridge, made of chain of shoals, c.18 mi (30 km) long, in the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka, reveals a mystery behind it. The bridge's unique curvature and composition by age reveals that it is man made.
(from Biswajeet Banerjee, writer for the Associated Press) "Thousands of Hindu holy men threatened Monday to boycott ceremonies at a weeks-long pilgrimage to wash away their sins in the Ganges, saying the divine river was too polluted. The saffron-clad, ash-smeared holy men, or sadhus, gathered at the fair grounds in Allahabad to demand the state of the waters be improved by Jan. 12, the date of the next great immersion. Allahabad, the venue of the "Ardh Kumbh Mela" or Half Grand Pitcher festival, is nearly 120 miles southeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.
As Weblogging software becomes increasingly accessible and user-friendly, a growing number of yogis are creating blogs to share their thoughts on yoga, insights from their practice, and yoga news from around the world. Here are a few yoga blogs you may enjoy:
holiday_gift This holiday season, more and more people are turning to charitable gift giving as a way to find deeper meaning in the experience of gifts and giving, as well as a way to share this perspective with their children. Here are just a few charitable organizations with gift catalogs to consider:
BKS Iyengar, or Guruji, as he is affectionately called, has begun a generous rehabilitation project of his childhood village in Bellur, India. Guruji turns 88 this year and both he and his daughter, Geeta, celebrate birthdays this month, December. In honor of their birthdays and the generous contributions they have made to the development of yoga in both India and the West, they are asking for help with raising funds for their Rehabilitation Project in Bellur. The project consists of four main fundraising areas: Education, Social, Health, and Cultural. You can read more about the specifics of the project and how to get involved on the National Iyengar Yoga Associations Website.
Channel YogaKira Ryder and friends at Lulu Bandha's have launched Channel Yoga, a video search site akin to YouTube but devoted solely to yoga. The staff there have scoured the internet and compiled a collection of hundreds of streamable video clips including teacher interviews, asana demonstrations, yoga video clips, and much, much more! You can also submit video links to share your practice with the wider yoga community.
was created by Lara Cestone as a "place online where yogis and yoginis can listen to their peeps (people)." Lara interviews some of the best yoga teachers on the planet and, with help from her partner, Erick Hedin, turns these into free podcasts for the yoga community to download and subscribe to. Check the archive for past episodes with your favorite teachers, see who Lara is going to interview next, listen to meaningful and insightful conversations on how yoga practice can to make a lasting difference in your lives and a positive impact on our world.
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