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Vini’s journey into Yoga started many years ago. As a young boy he practiced daily as part of his school routine merely as a form of exercise where there was no form of any spiritual intent. As a young adult he began to work a very busy schedule for a large Japanese corporate company which resulted in an extremely hectic lifestyle. It was at this point where he started to discover the true form of Yoga. His daily practice enabled him to find not only the relaxing power of his action but also developed the true consciousness inside of him. This consciousness inside of him rapidly developed into challenging questions about his life, about the way of living and about himself. He felt that his true self and soul were hidden somewhere. This curiosity encouraged him to leave his busy job, hectic lifestyle and return to India, his motherland. He began a spiritual journey around India meeting with sincere people, sharing thoughts about life and serving the community. This newfound energy gave him the power to begin a new chapter in his life. He traveled to Rishikesh, Northern India, where he sought out potential locations for a Yoga Shala. The perfect location was sought at the foot hills of the Ganges in Laxmanjhula, the tranquil setting was perfect for finding inner balance and silence. After much hard work and help from friends and family he succeeded in his dream and opened his own Yoga Shala, known today as Yoga Vini Welfare Society. Situated below the famous Trivambkhula Temple Yoga Vini is the perfect host for those wanting to deepen their practice through higher spiritual awareness.
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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.

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