Moksha Yoga Festival: A Taste of 8-Limbs Yoga
“True is One, Paths are Many” – Sri Swami Satchidananda
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More people practice yoga globally than ever before. Yoga is reputed to be a $27 billion industry. Particularly in the West, yoga has seen a dramatic rise in popularity, especially over the past 20-30 years. Today yoga is pegged as the cure-all for everything from back pain to weight loss and even spiritual healing. There are an estimated 20 million Americans who practice some form of yoga (source). With many recent developments in technology, a beginner to the most advanced students can find resources such as online classes, videos, yoga apps, and even on demand private yoga teachers to guide an at-home practice as well.
In fact, there’s so much material available, that it can be a little overwhelming. What IS really “yoga”? What differentiates it from other fitness or health practices? And why does it work for so many people? Arvind Chittumalla, founder of LA’s Moksha Yoga Festival, wants to help everyone find the answer to this question.
“Yoga is not a religion, but is one of the few universally respected healing practices. Many Westerners may not realize or understand yoga’s rich, subtle, and complex depths,” Mr. Chittumalla clarifies. “Most only know asana [the majority of yoga classes offered]. Asana – is just one limb, or aspect, of eight total which are traditionally observed. It’s not a complete approach – it’s like eating only salad and wondering why your health isn’t improving.”
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Moksha means liberation in Sanskrit. It means liberation from ourselves, dissolution of the ego. Our ego gives us a perception that we are different from others or that we are different from the divine. In the state of Moksha, all these distinctions and divisions disappear.
Moksha Yoga Festival’s intent is to serve as the launching point for people to get an informed perspective of what yoga is. You may be inspired to adopt a new practice, or to try a totally different direction to your practice and your life.
“It can take years for yoga practitioners to realize their true yoga path. It could be as simple as a daily meditation, or a lifetime of service. Moksha encourage the 8-limbed approach because it envelopes all available paths,” advocates Mr. Chittumalla.
“Moksha Yoga Festival is an invitation to learn about and integrate the other seven limbs of yoga beyond asana. We want to make it easier for people to find and adopt their own version of a balanced yoga practice. That is our purpose and our message,” says Mr. Chittumalla.
In response to why a yoga festival is the best remedy to this dilemma, Mr. Chittumalla explains: “We are offering yoga classes, Ayurveda (life science) seminars, music, spiritual art, sacred geometry, a conscious marketplace, and more. All of the speakers have at least ten years of experience and are considered experts within their respective fields. This is my way of creating a conscious community for practitioners and the yoga-curious. Here it will be easy to find a mentor and connect with like-minded people.”
Moksha Yoga Festival is happening July 11 – 12th, 2015 at the L.A. Convention Center. To check out the schedule and learn more about the festival, visit Facebook here or visit www.mokshafestival.com. Please share the event invitation with your friends on Facebook.
Use coupon code GREENLIFESTYLES to get 25% off your Moksha Yoga Festival tickets!!! Tickets can be purchased for one day or for the whole weekend.
For Yoga Teachers and Teacher Trainees (Students): Moksha Yoga Festival is offering a 50% discount to you.
Discount code for teachers: MOKSHATEACHER
Discount code for teacher trainees (students): MOKSHASTUDENT
Want to connect more with Green Lifestyles Network? GLN will be sponsoring a photo booth at Moksha Yoga Festival! To meet with our correspondent covering this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Instagram @missykaiyoga.
To learn more about the Eight Limbs and Arvind Chittumalla, please visit his website about his wonderful documentary Yoga Maya. It is available for viewing and download here or at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/yogamaya.
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