In the foothills of the Himalaya, on the banks of the holy Ganga river, the journey into yoga continues…
“The secrets of the ancient science of yoga were passed down from the divine rishis, saints and sages who came to the Himalayas for divine inspiration. Through their meditation, austerities and prayers, a treasure-chest of wisdom was bestowed upon them for the benefit of humanity. The sage Patanjali is the one most renowned for compiling this treasure chest of yogic wisdom for the benefit of the world. Yoga is not about physical postures, it is much more…Yoga is not a religion. It does not require you to believe in a certain God or to chant certain mantras. Yoga is an ancient science which leads to health in the body, peace in the mind, joy in the heart and liberation of the soul. Yoga is a way of life, and it’s teachings should penetrate every aspect of your being…”
-Pujya Swamiji, saint and spiritual leader, head of Parmarth Niketan ashram (below, speaking in his garden during darshan)
Since arriving to India, life has been yoga. Total and complete union. Recently, yogacharayas (teachers) and students from 31 countries came together in Rishikesh for an energy filled week at the International Yoga Festival hosted by Parmarth Niketan. The classes were truly insightful and inspired, as were the lectures on yogic philosophy, consciousness, living yoga 24 hours a day, and the research-based benefits of authentic yoga. A perfect place to begin…4 or 5 classes a day, learning, listening, and making connections for the photography that is to come.
We begin with the purifying ritual of Havan…
Stay tuned for “Bhakti”…now being created in Vrindavan. The light is beginning to get good...time to go shoot.