One of the most fundamental principles of the tradition of yoga is to become absorbed in the teachings: philosophical, theoretical and practical.
At Yog-Ganga, this tradition is adhered to. Rajiv and Swati Chanchani, students of BKS Iyengar and founders of Yog-Ganga feel a great discomfort at the prospect of any kind of self-promotion. It is this conformity to the true spirit of yoga that has enabled them to impart a comprehensive approach in their yoga classes.
There are many places in India where a seeker may pass through briefly with one eye on the next stop on their yoga journey. Yog-Ganga is not one of these. This centre is for committed students of yoga. As BKS Iyengar\'s own centre in Pune has a waiting list of two to three years, and joining this waiting list is only possible after a minimum of eight years of Iyengar Yoga training, students of the method will feel graced with admission to Yog-Ganga. The teaching here is very much in the true Iyengar tradition.
Applications for admission are completed via the website: A personal recommendation from an Iyengar teacher or a student of Yog-Ganga is required. Several yoga students return to the centre year after year. Accommodation is available through a billeting system within comfortable homes a few minutes walk from the Yoga Centre.
Rajiv and Swati have played a significant role in the introduction of yoga to the Indian school syllabus. Besides, they work with various projects involving cultural and environmental conservation. At the centre itself, Ashtanga Yoga of Sage Patanjali takes centre stage. The three week long courses are popular with international students. These courses are conducted seven or eight times each year. There are on-going classes for local residents and occasional short courses for beginners. Asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy are taught.
Old Rajpur is a quaint quiet village with all essentials available but few distractions. This beautiful location in the foothills of the lower Himalayas is thus a conducive place to imbibe the basics of yoga practice and to commence more profound inner explorations in the pindanda-- the small universe of a human being.
Our upcoming course dates are as follows:
October 6 - October 25, 2011 This course consists of twenty-two lessons of asana/ pranayama and three talks and the Patanjali Jayanti Celebrations.
November 1 - November 21,2011 This course consists of twenty-two lessons of asana/ pranayama, seven lectures on Yoga and Ayurveda and a personal consultation for each participant with Ayurvedic physician Vishwas Ghatnekar of Pune.
February 11 - February 29,2012 This course consists of twenty-two lessons of asana/ pranayama and three talks.
March 04 - March 22, 2012 This course consists of twenty-two lessons of asana/ pranayama and three talks.
March 27 - April 14, 2012 This course consists of twenty-two lessons of asana/ pranayama and three talks.