My name is Santhosh Kasi, I have been traveling the path of the traditional Indian yoga for over three decades and have had the opportunity to teach yoga at Ashrams and studios all over the globe - from India, Europe, Asia and United States of America. In my yogic journey i have had studied world renowned yoga institutes such as Sivananda Ashram, Kaivalyadham, S-VYASA in India. And i worked as a full time yoga teacher at Sivananda Ashram, neyyardam and uttarkashi in India (2003-05). My journey has lead me to establish Kasi Varkala Yoga Shala (in 2005). Our centre is situated in a peaceful and spiritual location in the majestic South India.
Our philosophy at Kasi Yoga is based around the notion that every individual is important!! Every soul is filled with divine power and the practice of Yoga helps to harness the eternal energy that dwells inside us all. Each day is the opportunity of a fresh beginning or self-purification. Modernity has birthed many distractions and impurities, these all affect the body and mind negatively - it is important to take action. If we neglect to understand this and fail to purify ourselves this negative energy will manifest and have an adverse affect on the physical and mental state. The ancient practice of yoga helps to cleanse and balance the mind and body & establish unity. Yoga is essential for every human being! It may be practiced by anyone regardless of age, sex or physical ability.
WHO WE ARE
Kasi Yoga is a residential center for those who wish to deepen their practice in a calm, healing and peaceful environment. At the center you can learn yoga, meditation, mantras, yoga philosophy and its application in modern times. Our programs are made for rejuvenating and recharging every cells, body and mind with right environment and guidance. You will feel the inner connection with your body, mind, senses, thoughts, emotions in a pleasant way. We offer drop-in classes and short-term work shops (yoga and mediation) or the opportunity to study with experienced Yoga Masters to become an internationally certified Yoga Teacher (Yoga alliance 300 or 200 hours certified). Our primary focus is to demonstrate the traditional and authentic meaning of yoga practice thus providing a platform for you to achieve your divine nature and attain inner peace. To equip you with the knowledge and skills to implement Yoga into you everyday life and to connect to your higher-self.
The courses are extremely structured and organized. All modules compliment each other and a holistic approach to the Hatha Yoga practice is provided. We have a really good balance of Western and Eastern influence. The food and refreshments are delicious and plentiful. We have specially prepared menus for vegan, raw vegan and gluten free guests upon on request. While curry and rice is a staple here, we offer salads, soup, home made porridge as Indian traditional foods.
Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga that emphasizes physical exercises to master the body along with mind
exercises to withdraw it from external objects. The word haṭha means "force" in Sanskrit, and may have
this association because the early Indians believed that its practice was challenging and "forced its
results to happen" on the yogi. The term "Hatha yoga" connotes a system of supplementary physical
techniques within the broader concept of Yoga.
The Hatha yoga origins have been credited by some scholars to the Nath yogi tradition of Shaivism, particularly to Gorakhnath. However, according to James Mallinson, Hatha yoga has more ancient roots and the oldest known twenty texts on Hatha yoga suggest this attribution to the Naths is incorrect. Hatha yoga was a broad movement that developed over a range of sectarian yoga traditions in India, one that was available to all and in some formulations and could be practiced by the householders (grihastha). Important innovations in Hatha yoga, for example, are associated with the Dashanami Sampradaya and the mystical figure of Dattatreya.
The Hatha yoga practice emphasizes proper diet, processes to internally purify the body, proper breathing and its regulation particularly during the yoga practice, and the exercise routine consisting of asanas (bodily postures). The methodology sometimes includes sequences such as the Surya Namaskara, or "salute to the sun", which consists of several asanas performed as a fluid movement sequence.
The aims of Hatha yoga have traditionally been the same as those of other varieties of yoga. They include physical siddhis (special powers or bodily benefits such as slowing age effects) and spiritual liberation (moksha, mukti). In the 20th century, techniques of Hatha yoga particularly the asanas (physical postures) became popular throughout the world as a form of physical exercise for relaxation, body flexibility, strength and personal concentration. It is now colloquially termed as simply "yoga". It has also developed into new movements and styles, such as the Iyengar Yoga, but these are not same as the traditional Hatha yoga.