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  1. A lot of people still hide and go for meditation and yoga practices in Norway. How do we work around this?

    There are different types of prejudices in different places in the world. A progressive society should just do away with prejudice. In Norway, I am sure many people meditated. The others (who are not for meditation) are either misinformed or not ...
  2. What is the plan for the yoga day? Do you think everyday should be a yoga day?

    Of course! Everyday should be a yoga day. But there is an occasion for everyone to collectively come together and do yoga. United Nations has declared 21st June as a Yoga Day on all our requests. So, people can celebrate and remind those who have forgot ...
  3. What is the true dimension of yoga?

    Yoga is connecting with the truth. It is going beyond the constraints of the mind and connecting with what is, and that is truth. ...
  4. Gurudev, in Yoga Sutras, it says that the purpose of yoga is to remove misery. Isn’t there a spiritual purpose of yoga?

    Yes, it is preventing the misery which might come. It eliminates the sorrow that might come in future. The root cause of sorrow is eliminated by yoga. It is just a by product. It is not the end of it. ...
  5. Gurudev, if we are all born yogis, then why do we have to learn and practice yoga?

    Well, that is because you lost touch with it somewhere along the way. Yes, everyone is a born yogi, but if you had retained that same child-like innocence as you grew up, then there would have been no need to learn and practice yoga again. We hav ...
  6. Gurudev, across the world yoga is a billion dollar industry, India now has a Minister for yoga too. Could you list out what India should do to become the crest jewel of yoga once again?

    We need to have a quality control in yoga; anyone cannot say anything and call it yoga. All yoga teachers should do certain hours of the practice of yoga each day.Today someone attends a yoga class for a week and then they become yog ...
  7. The controversy of Sun Salutations being religious is painful. If the mantras are not chanted during Surya Namaskar, isn’t it just a beautiful yoga?

    The word Namaskar has two meanings: worship and greeting. When you meet somebody, you say 'Namaskar'. Namaskar means that you are greeting the person, and not worshiping them. Do you see what I am saying? It is used b ...
  8. My colleagues are stressed, how do we bring them to learn yoga? How do I get them started?

    I leave this thought with you, because with this thought you will find ways to bring them in. You can either tell them, or you take up some research on pre-yoga and post-yoga and come up with a paper. Submit the paper and invite people for a discussion. ...
  9. I am talking about clinical depression.

    Yes, depression is always clinical depression. It is in the mind. The clinical depressions have been treated at NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences).Have you heard about this institute? It is a premier institute based i ...
  10. You said yoga is a cure for depression, not Prozac. When people are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, how can reach out for yoga? This may be long term, but I am unable to understand your logic.

    You can through our research work. AIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) and also NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences) in Bangalore, they have published papers on this. They have given all the scientific data on how ...
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