Two Weeks in India – Two Millennia of Indian History & Philosophy

Found this lovely statue lying almost buried on the side of the road.

What do you get when you take a handful of meditators, mix them with three teachers and put them in Northern India on the banks of the Ganga River?

An experience of a life time and a deep exploration of the roots of Eastern wisdom, spirituality, meditation and yoga.

I have been studying yoga for years.  I have been practicing yoga and meditation for years.  I have read the Bhagavad Gita, The Ramayana, the Sutras of Patanjali, and many more texts central to the world of yoga.    In fact, I have even read most of these books several times and always I learn and grow from the experience.  I have even felt familiar with these texts.  But it was not till I traveled to India, that they really came to life for me.

I went to the source of the Ganga River – Devi Ganga and bathed in her waters (brrr).  I joined pilgrims on their trails to shrines and pujas dedicated to Vishnu, Siva, Krishna, Hanuman and others. I sat in the same cave where Arjuna and his brothers rested after their battle in the Marabarata.  I was even served coffee by a Sadu in that same cave as he told us of his practice of meditation and Brahmacharya.  I meditated in the cave of Vishnagupta of the Shankara lineage.  The Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita are now vibrantly alive for me in so many new ways, it will take months for me to be able to unravel and fully absorb these learnings.

I spent hours meditating and practicing yoga.  I explored the towns of Rishikesh, Uttarkashi and Gongotri, and shared their streets with monks, beggars, holy men and holy cows, scavenging dogs and prankster monkeys.  Yes, of course I drank lots of chai and ate lots of curry.  Oh, and I spent hours on the roads of India – which is, in and of itself, an adventure.

There are so many stories to tell and wisdom to share – give me time and space and it will come.  In the interim, I wanted to let you know I am back, teaching full time, available for privates and will be restarting the Meditation Circle next week.

Meditation Circle:  Thursdays at 7:00,  Village Green Yoga.  Join us every week for an hour of guided meditation, pranayama and community support.

Speaking of meditation, maybe you are wondering if you should try it.  Well, according to several scientific studies, meditation is good for the brain as well as for the heart, body and spirit.  Yoga Journal recently published a review article that has done an excellent job of summarizing the most recent findings, click here to read their article.

 

 

With great gratitude and prayers for peace & well-being for all beings everywhere,
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

 

 
Shalom & Namaste
Diana Bonyhadi
Kharmabellayoga.com

Yoga Reading List – My Favorite Yoga Books

Yoga Book List

Today I thought I would share with you a list of some of my favorite yoga books.  This list is not complete by any means, and I hope that if you have any books that should be added to this list, you will post them as a comment at the end.

Happy reading.

Shalom & Namaste,
Diana Bonyhadi

ASANA
Dancing the Body of Light by Dona Hollerman and Orit Sen-Gupta
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
30 Essential Yoga Poses by Judith Hanson Lasater
Yoga the Iyengar Way by Silva Mira and Shyam Mehta
Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy by Gregor Maehle
The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga by Srivatsa Ramaswami
The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V Desikvhar

ANATOMY
Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
Yoga Body, Anatomy, Kinesiology and Aasna by Judith Hanson Lasater

YOGA  – A DAILY PRACTICE
Living Your Yoga – Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Hanson Lasater
Mindful Yoga – Mindful Life by Charlotte Bell

YOGA PHILOSOPHY
Poised for Grace – Annotations on the Bhagavad Gita by Douglas Brooks
The Radiance Sutras – 112 Tantra Yoga Teachings by Lorin Roche
The Bhagavad Gita – I have three different translations I refer like, try a few and choose what calls to you.
The Unpanishads translated by Eknath Easwaran
The Essence of Yoga by Bernard Bouanchard
Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh