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Dr. H. R. Nagendra Dedicates S-VYASA’s New Houston Yoga Center

Dr. H. R. Nagendra Dedicates S-VYASA’s New  Houston Yoga Center

                By Manu Shah Houston: On 27th April, S-VYASA inaugurated its Yoga Center at the West Oaks Mall, in the presence of its Founder Dr. H. R. Nagendra, yoga teachers and students. The “phones in meditation mode” policy set the tone for the event and the Vedic chanting […]

Gujarat State Signs MOU with Texas-based SAYI & Vidya Dham

Gujarat State Signs MOU with Texas-based SAYI & Vidya Dham

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: For pomp and pageantry that highlights the diverse cuIn the recent Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019, inaugurated by Prime Minister of India Narinder Modi, two Texas based non-profit organizations have signed Memorandums of Understanding with the Government of Gujarat for imparting knowledge and service in the field of Sanskrit, Hindi Ayurveda and […]

Yoga Gurus Under Siege in the Western Media, The Assault on Swami Ramdev Today

Yoga Gurus Under Siege in the Western Media, The Assault on Swami Ramdev Today

By David Frawley Gurus from India since Swami Vivekananda in 1893 have gained a phenomenal and unexpected influence and prestige not only in the United States but also worldwide that remains extraordinary. Yet they have also invariably been subject to extensive criticism, if not attempts at outright personal defamation.  Such media denigration occurred in the […]

VYASA Houston’s Annual Yoga Retreat 2018

VYASA Houston’s Annual Yoga Retreat 2018

HOUSTON: VYASA-USA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) Houston chapter recently conducted its 6th annual Yoga Retreat from 13 to 15 April in Camp Cho-Yeh near Livingston, an ideal setting for practice and contemplation of the great gift that India has offered to the world – Yoga. Yoga, a scientific way of life crafted by ancient […]

Daksha Shah’s Deeper Connect with God, Yoga!

Daksha Shah’s Deeper Connect with God, Yoga!

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: After waving her younger child off to college, Daksha Shah, then 40, took a decision that would change her “perspective on life” and give it a purpose. With husband Dinesh Shah’s whole hearted encouragement, she went to India and enrolled in a 6 month rigorous yoga course at the SVYASA Institute […]

Benny J Tillman Becomes the Executive President of VFA

Benny J Tillman Becomes the Executive President of VFA

HOUSTON: Benny J Tillman (Balabhadra Bhattacarya Dasa) has become the Executive President of Vedic Friends Association beginning January 1 this year. Previously director of VFA Atlanta, Tillman is the first African American President of the organization. The Vedic Friends Association (VFA) is an international body of people who have embraced the Vedic culture or deeply […]

Stop Diabetes Movement (SDM) Yoga Camps Motivates Participants for Healthy Lifestyle

Stop Diabetes Movement (SDM) Yoga Camps Motivates Participants for Healthy Lifestyle

By Nikhil Jain HOUSTON: Sewa International and VYASA organized ten-day yoga camps from February 24 to March 5.  The camps were held simultaneously at three locations in the Houston area (Sugar Land, West Houston & Katy) and 65 people participated. The camp is specially designed for diabetic and pre-diabetic people to help them manage and […]

Top 8 yoga postures for pregnant women

Top 8 yoga postures for pregnant women

YOGA: It is this ancient form ofexercise that has contributed in the holistic living of individuals in the most natural and trusted way since years. Yoga is like a spiritual route to a relaxed mind and healthy body. In times of pregnancy, whenwomen are battling mood swings at varying levels, fatigue and sickness, painful leg cramps and breathing problems; yoga […]

Spring Yoga Retreat by VYASA

Spring Yoga Retreat by VYASA

HOUSTON: Houston residents from all walks of life came together on April 29, 30 and May 1,  to immerse themselves in a fun, relaxing weekend of yoga and ashram living with yoga enthusiasts from across Texas. The focus of this year’s retreat was “Bhagavad Gita in everyday life” conducted by the learned and knowledgeable Yoga […]

East Meets West: Yoga as a Metaphor for Western Life

East Meets West: Yoga as a Metaphor for Western Life

By Jennifer Buergermeister HOUSTON: On 21 June, the new International Day of Yoga– Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, hopes the world will join in the biggest single yoga session ever held, with up to 45,000 people running through a 35-minute routine. The grass near India Gate will be transformed into the venue to lead the […]

Spring Yoga Retreat by VYASA

Spring Yoga Retreat by VYASA

HOUSTON: Houston residents from all walks of life came together to immerse themselves in a fun, relaxing weekend of yoga and ashram living with yoga enthusiasts from across Texas. This was a community of like-minded students and teachers who wished to strengthen their connection with one another and share ideas and obtain information and inspiration […]

US court: Yoga doesn’t bend rules on religious freedom

US court: Yoga doesn’t bend rules on religious freedom

LOS ANGELES: Yoga taught in a public school is not a gateway to Hinduism and doesn’t violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court ruled Friday. An appeal court in San Diego upheld a lower court ruling that tossed out a family’s lawsuit that tried to block Encinitas Union School […]

Yoga vs Gym

Yoga vs Gym

Find out which one works better for you… Confused what to choose — yoga or gym? Each has its own benefits and we cannot really say one is better than the other. Fitness and lifestyle professional, Nawaz Modi Singhania, says, “Different schools of yoga yield different fitness and health benefits. On the fitness front, by […]

Health Benefits of Yoga

Health Benefits of Yoga

  You’ve probably heard that yoga is good for you. Maybe you have even tried it and discovered that it makes you feel better. A regular practice can offers all kinds of mental and physical health benefits. Some, like improved flexibility, are clearly evident. Others, including mental clarity and stress reduction, may be more subtle […]

Hindus of Greater Houston at the Institute of Spirituality Annual Event

Hindus of Greater Houston at the  Institute of Spirituality Annual Event

By Dr. Venugopal Menon HOUSTON: Hindus of Greater Houston sponsored a table at the annual fund-raising luncheon of the Institute of Spirituality and Health event, thus supporting an essential element of the role of the mind playing in health and illness. The Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH), the 60–year-old organization at the Medical Center […]

Sewa & VYASA Concluded 4th Camp to Manage Diabetes Through Yoga Therapy

Sewa & VYASA Concluded 4th Camp to Manage Diabetes Through Yoga Therapy

HOUSTON: “This was by far the best program in this center with highest rate of retention”, said William Rees ‘Billy’, Senior Consultant with DAWN (Diabetes Awareness & Wellness Network) facility in the 3rd ward area of downtown Houston. The 20 hour program to manage Diabetes through Yoga therapy was conducted in partnership with City of Houston […]

Yoga’s Benefits Proved in a Lab

Yoga’s Benefits Proved in a Lab

By Manu Shah   HOUSTON: Why do we conduct clinical investigations to prove the benefits of yoga? Are the effects seen in the laboratory similar to those described in the ancient scriptures? Are the results described by the sages still applicable today as the environment and the food we eat is radically different? These were […]

Dr. Shirley Telles Aligns Science and Yoga

Dr. Shirley Telles Aligns Science and Yoga

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: In her calm measured manner, Dr. Shirley Telles speaks of plasma cytokines and yoga in the same breath, explains the concepts of dhayana (meditation) and dharana (concentration) to an extremely interested Dalai Lama and shares an interesting study at a yoga camp which found the side effects of chemotherapy for cancer […]