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5 Reasons To Choose Isha Yoga

Updated on July 30, 2017
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I am presently leading the HR team of a Global Digital and PR firm. A nature lover, I balance my time between work, writing & travelling.

In 2006, 852,587 saplings were planted by Project GreenHands, a grassroots ecological initiative established under the aegis of Isha Foundation, which earned the project a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
In 2006, 852,587 saplings were planted by Project GreenHands, a grassroots ecological initiative established under the aegis of Isha Foundation, which earned the project a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

As I sat after completing the daily Isha (the word ‘Isha’ means the formless primordial source of creation) Kriya yoga practice, the thought of sharing my experience at Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore crossed my mind.

Four days in the Isha Yoga retreat spread over 150 acres of lush green land, in the lap of Valliangiri mountains was truly an experience to cherish. Not only because of the surrounding beauty and serenity but also because of the amazing take-aways from the program.

Though, there is much to talk about but for your quick guide, here are the 5 things that I learned and attained from the inner engineering program:

A flexible mind and body

Apart from a flexible body, an adaptable mind which now knows how to shrug off stress and negative emotions whenever these try to lock horns with my tranquil state. I no longer get distressed by issues concerning workplace or personal matters, at least not as often as I used to get before going through the inner engineering program. Not only this, the daily meditation practice has also elevated my energy levels.


A beautiful evening view of the retreat center from outside
A beautiful evening view of the retreat center from outside

Happiness is not a goal but our very state of being

Knowing that happiness is a personal choice, relieves me from placing a burden of expectation on other people, and on life itself. A person can be equally as happy (or unhappy) in solitude, as when in the company of another. Happiness is not a goal but our very state of being which often gets clouded by our ambitions, emotions, expectations and desires. The idea is to let the cloud dissolve and drench us in the rain of gratitude, consciousness, and boundlessness.

Center is a home to Lotus ponds and Peacocks along with beautiful landscapes well maintained with the support of over 2 million volunteers.
Center is a home to Lotus ponds and Peacocks along with beautiful landscapes well maintained with the support of over 2 million volunteers.

Against all preconceived notions, Spirituality is not a damn serious business

It is a pity as most people remain from being benefited by the spiritual practices as they never take the first step towards it. Often, spirituality and seriousness is taken as synonymous.Though, meditation practice requires a great deal of discipline but it definitely does not mean to shun living our lives to the fullest. It helps us live life sensibly. Spirituality is never against life, it is about making our lives wholesome, and boundless. I learnt the science of opening doorways to reach our highest possibilities and not to settle with our limitations.


2 streams flowing through the forest, one of nature and the other of joy and life running within Yoga participants (during a walk through the forest)
2 streams flowing through the forest, one of nature and the other of joy and life running within Yoga participants (during a walk through the forest)

Choice between being a believer or a seeker

Consciously or unconsciously we have always grown up being believers. Beliefs, not our own, but inherited by our families, acquired by social influences, or imposed upon us by the religion in which we are born.

It felt liberated to know that while I can park aside my beliefs, I have a path to walk upon to seek the answers to millions of questions that have haunted me all through my life. As I know for a fact that beliefs are the thick shields behind which dwells the truth waiting only to get unveiled.

The center houses the Dhyanalinga yogic temple, a space for meditation that does not ascribe to any particular faith or belief system.
The center houses the Dhyanalinga yogic temple, a space for meditation that does not ascribe to any particular faith or belief system.

To appreciate life in its gloom and glory

To live a sensible life, it is important to be consciously aware of our thoughts and acts. By brooding about what we perceive as our miseries, we give these energy to manifest and multiply. Consequently, we end up attracting more miseries in our lives. Accepting this simple fact has helped me have gratitude towards life the way it is, complete with all its gloom and glory.

Have you been to any spiritual or meditation program? Would love to know, how it helped you shape your life?

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