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It doesn’t matter whether you are a complete beginner to yoga or an ever-evolving instructor with a minimum of ten years of asana practice under your belt – there is no doubt Mittra will be able to bring an enhancement to your personal practice, and importantly you’ll have fun in the process. Trained at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana and Sivinanda in Kerala, Mittra returned to Rishikesh after several years of working abroad to follow his dreams and unit forces with his brother in Yoga Vini. They both wanted to provide students with the highest standard of teaching with unparalleled passion in every element of practice from asanas and pranayamas to meditation. Mittra’s classes are all based on traditional Hatha Yoga with a strong focus on proper body alignment, controlled breath, and prioritising movement in ways that are healthy and safe. Mittra takes great pride in helping each and every student with hands-on adjustments in class and provides numerous modifications for different asanas tailored to the specific needs of his pupils. If he can’t help you in the class, rest assured you will have his undivided attention and guidance if you ask for it after class. And that’s what really set Mittra apart as a teacher – his heart and dedication, to you, your journey, and your personal practice. It’s also what has students lining outside the door to try and get a spot! Mittra brings an unmatched level of heart and soul into every class. He provides his students with the tools and inspiration to enhance their own practice and grow and flourish with self-love. He does all this, with an unequivocal skill of bringing playfulness back into your practice. With Mittra you are guaranteed to learn, grow, and laugh.
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Yoga came to the attention of an educated western public in the mid-19th century along with other topics of Indian philosophy. In the context of this budding interest, N. C. Paul published his Treatise on Yoga Philosophy in 1851.

The modern scientific study of yoga began with the works of N. C. Paul and Major D. Basu in the late 19th century, and then continued in the 20th century with Sri Yogendra (1897-1989) and Swami Kuvalayananda. Western medical researchers came to Swami Kuvalayananda’s Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center, starting in 1928, to study Yoga as a science.


Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self

According to Jacobsen, “Yoga has five principal meanings:

  • Yoga as a disciplined method for attaining a goal;
  • Yoga as techniques of controlling the body and the mind;
  • Yoga as a name of one of the schools or systems of philosophy (darśana);
  • Yoga in connection with other words referring to traditions specialising in particular techniques of yoga;
  • Yoga as the goal of Yoga practice.”

Yoga is my favourite way to pretend to work out


The West, in the early 21st century typically associates the term “yoga” with Hatha yoga and its asanas or as a form of exercise. During the 1910s and 1920s in the USA, yoga suffered a period of bad publicity due largely to the backlash against immigration, a rise in puritanical values, and a number of scandals. In the 1930s and 1940s yoga began to gain more public acceptance as a result of celebrity endorsement. In the 1950s the United States saw another period of paranoia against yoga, but by the 1960s, western interest in Hindu spirituality reached its peak, giving rise to a great number of Neo-Hindu schools specifically advocated to a western public. During this period, most of the influential Indian teachers of yoga came from two lineages, those of Sivananda Saraswati and of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.Teachers of Hatha yoga who were active in the west in this period included B.K.S. Iyengar , K. Pattabhi Jois , Swami Vishnu-devananda, and Swami Satchidananda . Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini Yoga to the United States in 1969. Comprehensive, classical teachings of Ashtanga Yoga, Samkhya, the subtle body theory, Fitness Asanas, and tantric elements were included in the yoga teachers training by Baba Hari Dass, in the United States and Canada.

Source: Wikipedia