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Vivekananda in yoga posture
Yoga (Sanskrit, योग Listen) is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. (Full article...)

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  • February 11 Sunday Vijaya Ekadashi
  • February 12 Monday Kumbha Sankranti
  • February 12, 1824, Birth of Dayananda Saraswati
  • February 13 Tuesday Maha Shivaratri
  • February 13: 1913 – Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama, declared the independence of Tibet from the Republic of China.
  • February 15 Thursday Surya Grahan *Anshika
  • February 18: 2007 – Terrorist bombs exploded on the Samjhauta Express train in Panipat, Haryana, India, killing 68 people.
  • February 21, 1878, Birth of Mirra Alfassa
  • February 26 Monday Amalaki Ekadashi
  • February 27: 2002 - Godhra train burning. A Muslim mob set fire to a standing train, killing about 60 Hindus, an act which triggered the Godhra riots
  • February. Chinese New Year
  • February. Losar in Bhutan and Tibet

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Vedic Origins of Yoga - Dr. David Frawley - India Inspires Talks

Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) D. Litt., is a western born teacher or guru in the Vedic tradition. In India, Vamadeva is recognized as a Vedacharya (Vedic teacher), and includes in his unusual wide scope of studies Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta and Vedic astrology, as well as the ancient Vedic teachings going back to the oldest Rigveda.

Vamadeva is a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, one of the highest civilian awards granted by the government of India, “for distinguished service of a higher order to the nation,” honoring his work and writings as a Vedic teacher, which he received in March 2015.

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To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.
~ Swami Vivekananda ~

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