Tapasya Yoga

Life without tapas is like a heart without love…

Yoga school Tapasya Yoga has existed since 2010. Its founder is Master Ravinder Jangra. In order to save, organize and transfer the knowledge and many years of experience of personal practice with his disciples, he left the ascetic small hut on the banks of the Ganges and founded the Yoga school in Rishikesh – a small Indian town in the foothills of the Himalayas.
The approach to the practice and philosophy of Tapasya Yoga is closely connected with the ancient text of the sage, Patanjali “Yoga Sutras”. This text is the most fundamental and significant Yoga work nowadays.

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Meaning of the “Tapasya”

The name “Tapasya Yoga” symbolizes the deep essence of the school: discipline and consistency in practice. Discipline – this is the first necessary condition for the practice beginning with the first sutra, with which Patanjali begins his guidance in Yoga: «Atha yoganushasanam».
Tapasya is derived from the word “tapas”, one of the most semantically multifaceted Sanskrit words. In Buddhism this term means self-discipline and in Hinduism the word is derived from the root, “tap”, that means “to burn, shine, suffer pain.”

Such a definition of tapas can be found in BKS Iyengar “Yoga Dipika”:
“Tapas is a conscious effort to achieve ultimate union with the Divine and to burn up all the desires which stand in the way of this goal. A worthy aim makes life illuminated, pure and divine. Without such an aim, actions and prayers have no value. Life without tapas is like a heart without love. The mind can’t reach up to Lord without tapas.”
“With the help of tapas yogi develops strength in body, mind and character, and gains courage, wisdom, integrity, straightforwardness and simplicity.”

Also it is worth mentioning another meaning of the word “tapas” in Hinduism, namely – “asceticism”. “The practice of asceticism brings about perfection of the body and sense organs after destroying impurities” (Sutra 43: The fruit of tapas).

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Approach to yoga teaching

But at Tapasya Yoga school (as in this sutra) asceticism is not the practice of strict limits and body deprivation. Tapasya Yoga aims to achieve a healthy and strong physical body as the foundation and basis for the next, more advanced, practices of energy and mind control. With the help of the top-to-bottom approach to yoga teaching and practice, we use not only a body but also a mind and create an absolute balance of the physical body, mind and energy interaction.
Creation of a healthy and strong body is only the first step on the path of spiritual self-discipline.

Tapasya Yoga consists of such three stages:

  • Tapasya of the body – cleansing from poisons and toxins, strengthening and improving the health of all the systems and organs of the physical body, restraint from food, chastity and non-violence.
  • Tapasya of the speech – honesty, avoidance of evil and hurtful words, sacred text reading and seeking harmony in relationships with other people.
  • Tapasya of the mind – it is, in fact, harmony with oneself, piece and satisfaction of the mind, a natural state of inner balance and peace that does not depend on external circumstances.

Principles and rules of moral conduct Yama-Niyama

Great attention at the school «Tapasya Yoga» is paid to 10 principles and rules of moral conduct Yama-Niyama, as described in the Yoga Sutras.

“Without knowledge and understanding of these 10 principles the real yoga practice is impossible,” says Ravinder, the school founder. “Even if you are still not able to perform all the rules of Yama-Niyama you should at least try to keep them in mind and be aware of your own reactions and relationships with the outside world and with your own body and mind. Let your thoughts and emotions be conscious. Watch them and ask yourself, “Do they help me and as well as others?”. Do not be a slave of your own mind and emotions. Conscious actions, thoughts and emotions are what distinguishes us from animals and open the way to freedom. In yoga we learn how to become the real owners of our lives”.
Discipline, persistence and consciousness are the essence of Tapasya Yoga practice. This is the path of Love, Heart and Soul, this is a magical journey into yourself. And if your heart is open then there is no obstacle that will stop you along the way.

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About yoga hall

Spacious, light hall with large windows accommodates up to 20 people. The classes are also held on the 4th Floor (roof top), from where a breathtaking view of the mountains and the Ganges River opens up. Group and personal classes, trainings, seminars, instructional courses with subsequent certificate are held in the studio. Those wishing to restore their health are offered an individual program: yoga therapy, developing a special diet, Ayurvedic components and changing daily schedule. Yoga therapy classes may be 6 to 8 hours a day and they may show fast and striking results for rejuvenation of the entire organism, getting rid of many diseases, positive life perception and its full harmonization.

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