Touching Innocent Hearts

There is an inexplicable joy in watching a child play. A mother experiences a surge of love when she sees her child play happily. Love and compassion are two sides of the same coin and the yogis know this very well, because somewhere the yogis are nurturing their own inner Self very lovingly. Yoga being an art of loving – loving without conditions – it is best experienced in a non-judgmental, pristine attitude of the heart. Continue reading “Touching Innocent Hearts”

Workshop at European Commission, Belgium

“At the beginning of the workshop, Prasad promised us a guided tour through yoga, touching many different aspects of it, which are normally not part of our yoga courses.

But what he managed to do with us was much more than a simple guided tour, it was an intensive experience of many aspects of yoga, touching deep feelings in a secure environment. He managed despite the huge group to provide a feeling of security to everybody and was present for anyone who needed more assistance.

It has been for me, and I am sure, for most of the participants, a fantastic discovery of what yoga can do for us and has given me a much deeper understanding of the completeness of yoga.

Many thanks for this excellent workshop and looking forward to have other opportunities to work with Prasad.”

Irmgard Heiber
Scientific Officer, European Commission

Nansen Environmental Center, Norway

“We, the staff at the Nansen Center, had the pleasure of being taught Yoga during a week workshop in May 2009 by Prasad. He is an outstanding teacher of Yoga, including motivation. He got us very interested in the wisdom of Yoga, and got us highly motivated to continue doing Yoga, so that we can use Yoga in our work and science, which includes important problems dealing with climate and global warming.”

– Ola M. and Bente E. Johannessen
Leaders of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center,
affiliated with the University of Bergen, Norway

Yoga Myths

When most people think of yoga, they get images of the Himalayas, incense, chanting and mystical gurus from India sitting in their caves or on the floor, cross legged and chanting OM in a deep ecstatic state of relaxation. Though Yoga has become a widespread practice during the last 30 years, misconceptions about this ancient method have kept people away from trying yoga or have created more and more confusion.

Here are some of the common Myths that I have heard of from across the world:

1. Yoga is a form of Physical Exercise:
This is perhaps the most common view of yoga, that it is a form of physical exercise. Yoga has classically been a spiritual practice, but nowadays yoga is better known as a sport or physical exercise because of its evident physical benefits and appeal.

2. You have to be initiated by a Guru:
In the initial stages, any teacher who can take you through yoga practice sincerely and safely is your Guru. For a keen spiritual seeker, anything and everything can become a Guru till the Master comes and then everything is dropped.

3. You have to be flexible to do Yoga:
Yoga improves your flexibility, along with your strength, balance and all aspects of your health. Any one can practice yoga to gain these. It will improve your flexibility from the point from where you begin. Yoga is designed to be practiced by all.

4. You must be vegetarian to practice Yoga:
This is not true. There are tremendous benefits of being vegetarian on our psyche and physical body but it is not a requirement in order to practice yoga.

5. Yoga is mainly for wimps or women:
Yoga is for those who are conscious and are making efforts towards self-evolution through working on their body and mind. In that sense its for everyone, men and women alike.

6. My style of Yoga is the only authentic style:
The needs of individuals vary according to their physical structures and capabilities, therefore it is best to start with a yoga practice that is suited to your own individual needs. It is best to find a teacher who is able to prescribe the postures that are best suited to your particular needs. Yoga is fluid, don’t let yoga fanaticism limit your explorations. If you practice yoga diligently and with a proper understanding of its holistic nature, you will surely realize great benefits in all spheres of life including physical and spiritual.

7. Yoga is boring:
It is interesting and beautiful to watch the workings of your own mind, breath and body. Taking the awareness deeper into the body and mind through the practice of yoga and meditation is very interesting especially when you start making more discoveries about yourself and then use this wisdom to generate peace in your life. Thus, yoga is a way of life, and Life is interesting.

8. Yoga is just a passing fad:
The first evidence of yogic texts goes back 5000 years, though physical asanas and other new disciplines have sprung up within the last fifty years. Yoga, in its spiritual aims and techniques, has always been a part of Indian culture and lifestyle.

Slumdog Yogi

In the back alleys of South Bombay, a small Municipal school gives shelter to a “paper bag” making unit and a Dream. A dream, that’s growing slowly but steadily over the last 3 years. A small batch of 12 boys from economically difficult backgrounds started building steps towards empowering themselves through the path of Yoga. Over the last 3 years hope was baked in the furnace of diligent practice and hard work, and sincerity nurtured the spirits of these boys who have achieved the stuff dreams are made of.
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Nina Steininger, Owner of YogaKula Studio, Vienna

Throughout the years of my trainings as a Yoga teacher I have learned from many different teachers. Still there was something in me that thought there must be something more to it than that… In my search of deeper sense of Yoga, I have met Prasad. It was a stunning experience for me. I felt the very essence of yoga he is transmitting through his teaching. Learning yoga with Prasad is like connecting directly with the very Source of Existence. It is enlivening and enriching. I am thankful for having the privilege of meeting Prasad, who is living and passing on the tradition of Yoga, this great science of Life.

Nina Steininger, Studio Owner
YogaKula, Vienna

Israeli Yoga Teachers’ Association

“The Israeli Yoga Teachers’ Association had the great pleasure of hosting Prasad Rangnekar for a series of workshops in our country. We were privileged to meet and study with an intelligent and very inspiring teacher.
Prasad succeeds in bringing the traditional teachings of yoga together with a here-and-now approach that makes each lesson deep, relevant, and again, an inspiring reminder as to why we are practicing this yoga!
During his stay in our country, I can truly say that Prasad touched the hearts and minds of all who met him.”

Honi Rosen, Administrative Director
The Israeli Yoga Teachers’ Association

Carla Rieger – Author and Motivational Speaker

“Prasad has a rare combination of strength, flexibility, grace and wisdom that brings a whole new level of possibility to yoga. He delivers his programs with wit, humor, intelligence and passion.
While some people are excellent at doing yoga and others are excellent at teaching it. Prasad has the ability to do both. He becomes a living bridge for others to master themselves both inside and out.”

Carla Rieger, author and speaker on Creativity at Work
Artistry of Change

Bill & Dierdre Cowley @ Surya Yoga Workshop, Spain

“Casa Mayor hosted a yoga group led by Prasad Rangnekar in May 2004. In all there were 7 participants, all completely new to yoga. During the course his undivided attention was given not only to the entire group but also to the needs of each individual.
By the end of the course all participants agreed that the week had been of tremendous therapeutic value, thanks to the effort put in by Prasad. It is hard to express the level of gratitude that was shown to Prasad.”

Bill and Dierdre Cowley – Directors, Casa Mayor
Organizers of ‘Surya Yoga’ Workshop, Spain

Maeylas @ Munich, November 2008

“Prasad is a living proof that wisdom does not necessarily have anything to do with biological ‘old age’. Wise, knowledge, with a surprising clarity of mind and common sense, and an ability, which can not always be taken for granted, to pass his experience onto others.
Prasad succeeded in less than three hours to sow and water the seed of meditation in a group of lively, talkative but also stressed Spanish-speaking ladies, who had hardly ever come close to even the concept of meditation. He returned to India leaving behind a group fully devoted to a conscious daily practice. We heartily thank him for this.”

Maeylas
Munich, November 2008