The 21-day Isha Hata Yoga program at the Isha Yoga Center recently came to close. We bring you some highlights from the program.

The 21-day Isha Hata Yoga program at the Isha Yoga Center concluded on June 1st. Conducted within the powerful space of the Adiyogi Alayam, participants were initiated into several practices including Surya Kriya, Angamardhana, and Upayoga. The participants also experienced a whole new dimension of practice when it came to asanas, with sessions dedicated to intensifying and deepening the practices.


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Marie, one the participants, described how these 21 days brought about a sudden change in her health and her experience of yoga:

“The symptoms of lupus, an auto-immune disease that results in severe joint inflammations and extreme tiredness, which have tormented me for 10 years, disappeared as if by magic, telling me that there was much more to yield from this program.

The gentleness of the teachers’ instructions has helped to open a great sense of willingness within me and changed my mindset from ‘I’ll do it only if I can’ to ‘let’s try everything.’ I was able to break my limitations so easily that a feeling of joy from within has blossomed.

Through these 21 days I became so receptive that this program is without any doubt the deepest experience I have had since I have been with Isha. I am well aware of having received a wonderful gift and I am committed to explore it in depth.”

Neha Barot decided a poem would be the easiest means to convey her experience of the program:

The Body which was my abode is no longer now,
The Body which I thought was me is no longer now
The Body says it’s too much,
The Mind says no more yoga as such,
But the pain within is more torturous than this,
As the world is too beautiful to miss
The commitment of Teachers makes me cry,
They push us just to make us fly.
Time for me to take the flight
As ignorance is no longer insight
When hopelessness grew inside
Came my Master and took me by his side
May all experience the Sun and the Moon
Hata is here to take us soon
Let this body break the illusion of mine,
Let the Sun and the Moon within us shine.

Editor’s Note: Isha Hatha Yoga programs are an extensive exploration of classical hatha yoga, which revive various dimensions of this ancient science that are largely absent in the world today. These programs offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore Upa-yoga, Angamardana, Surya Kriya, Surya Shakti, Yogasanas and Bhuta Shuddhi, among other potent yogic practices.

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