Genesis and inspiration of Evergreen Yoga Chitwan
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”” BKS Iyengar
“The lightness and stability in the postures comes when you work from the source of the movement.”
“It is a visceral connection with the World that I discovered through Yoga and Meditation.”
A natural yoga hall located by the river and with an exceptional view of the Chitwan National Park.
Iyengar Yoga what's that?
Yoga for all - Meditative Yoga- Therapeutic yoga- Use of props
This type of yoga is named after B.K.S. Iyengar. He was one of the first yogi to think that yoga was for everyone. Whatever the challenges – physical, mental or age – he saw no limitation. In addition, he was constantly looking for new ways to help his students to increase their ability to become aware of what was happening inside their bodies and minds. What distinguishes Iyengar yoga is also the very high level of attention given to alignment. Finally, his approach is of a therapeutic nature. For all these reasons, the use of propos has been one of the fruits of Mr. Iyengar’s innovative genius. How the material is used, how it is drawn and how it is applied will depend on many factors. For an injured student, an accessory can be a support for physical or mental comfort; For a student for whom the prospect of inversions or backbends is scary, theprop will be used to appease and overcome fear. For a more advanced student, the same accessory can be a way to refine the penetration into the pose and into one’s being. For all, the props allow to increase the duration of the pose, which develops the physical and mental stability, the balance and the concentration. As we stay in a pose, the spirit goes inward, unnecessary thoughts are repressed and we experience more objectivity and humility. Patanjali calls this cittaprasadanam, or “uniform distribution of consciousness”. This brings us to the inner journey to the Self.
Sharat Arora went through intensive, full-time training for seven years with BKS Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune and assisted B.K.S. Iyengars on all levels of Asana classes. However, more significant in his development as a practitioner and teacher was his involvement in the daily therapy sessions, serving countless patients. His fusion of this experience, with his extensive study of Western medicine, greatly influenced his continually-evolving Yoga technique and sharpened his unique Yoga therapy skills. During this time of his growth and transformation, Sharat was living in a Buddhist community and became interested in meditation, particularly Vipassana. With this added insight, Sharat made a breakthrough in understanding what Yoga techniques were meant to bring about in himself and others. He was further inspired by the teachings of J.Krishnamurti and later by HWL Poonja (the linage of Ramanamaharishi), leading to a more holistic practice and Yogic life. Sharat’s clear and precise instructions, constant and detailed attentiveness, focus on providing students with the tools to practice and explore independently, and therapeutic knowledge for treating ailments and injuries, are combined with a spiritual depth that makes his instruction unique.
The basis of his method is the use of the qualities of the earth, focusing on the physical connection points with the ground: A great attention is paid to the feet in the standing postures, on the bones of the buttocks in the postures Sitting, shoulders on shoulders … By doing this we eliminate disturbances of all kinds by releasing them to Earth. The master selected a series of postures for their qualities and their effectiveness and established a respectful progression of the body and energy flow. This is a simple but precise and rigorous method. The focus is on using the material in a search for freedom, not strength or flexibility.
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Everything started with life ...
It was in South America that I had planned to land, but life chose ochoose a different way for me and bring me in Nepal in 2010. Quickly linked to the country,and to a jungle boy of Chitwan , I invested lots of energy in humanitarian activities. I also discovered Vipassana meditation which, in a few years and almost without knowing it, moved my structure in depth, allowed me to face traumas of the past and to open a new dimension to my humanity. If I had found a spiritual practice that awakened dormant faculties , my youth had been marked by years of synchronized swimming in competition and I needed to add movement to my meditative practice. Yoga naturally attracted me, but despite my researchs, no Asian yoga school sounds to be for me. Waiting for the right moment, I continued meditation and invested energy with my husband in the realization of Evergreen Ecolodge, a small ecological hotel for the backpakers of the whole world. It is with joy and energy that we have been architects, designers, workers of this little piece of paradise.Then customers who became friends, directed me to Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center. That was it!
I went to India in early 2016 to take two 5-day courses, which allowed me to experience peace in my body. I also discovered that I was carrying a little being inside of me. I went home to announce the wonderful news to my husband and then went back to join my teacher in Dharamkhot and take an intensive course of one month, in the idea of being able to practice in autonomy during the pregnancy. I continued with a teacher training, attended the yoga therapy course, taught at a yoga and meditation retreat, and continued my further training by assisting the school teachers until the 6th month of my pregnancy. Back home, I maintained 3 hours of daily practice until the eve of delivery, including all the inversions and back bends! Simultaneously discovering yoga and pregnancy was a revolution of the senses and perceptions. Since then, yoga has never quit me. I continue my training by returning one to two months a year in India to my teacher Yogasharya Sharat Arora, and develop my knowledge in Ayurvedic and energetic medicine.
Evergreen Yoga Studio
The center of Evergreen Yoga Chitwan is located in one of the most beautiful places of Sauraha. About fifteen minutes walk from the tourist center, the hall surrounded by nature overlooks the river and faces the Chitwan National Park. Every day you will be able to see different scenes of Nepalese life: jungle animals, grass cutting, fishing boats, domestic elephants bathing, buffalo grazing. The studio is simple and made of bamboo to be integrated to the environment as much as possible, but is spacious and is equipated with the necessary material for a pleasant practice. An idyllic place for who loves nature.