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Exploring the Voice of Yoga
Welcome to Yoga Vāṇi!
On the occasion of the birthday of Sri TKV Desikachar, son of Yoga Acharya Sri T Krishnamacharya, which also happens to be the International Day of Yoga, I am making a humble beginning to start a newsletter dedicated to the global yoga community. My sankalpa (intent) for this newsletter is to be a space where diverse authentic voices of Yoga can find its eloquent expression staying true to the guru parampara (lineage).
Vāṇi in Sanskrit refers to:
A Voice - In the Shākta tradition, commentaries of certain Tantric texts mentions Vāṇi as a voice.
Speech or utterance - the same as वाच् (vāc) which is believed to be of four kinds as cited by the grammarians and explained by Bhartrhari.
Eloquence - As per Shivapurāṇa, one could achieve eloquence through the worship of Shiva.
Saraswati - purāṇās also use the word Vāṇi to refer to the Goddess of Knoweldge, Saraswati.
As I begin this journey, I am in touch with a deep sense of gratitude to my teachers on this path who continue to show me through their living and teaching how to be a pātram (vessel) to hold the thread of this living heritage and tradition with grace and humility. My pranāms to Raghu Ananthanarayanan, Saraswati Vasudevan, R. Sriram, Jyotsna, Sujaya Isaac (Yoga Kalaa), Dr. Latha Satish, Srivatsa Ramaswamy, Sashikala Ananth, Apoorva Jalan, Mamatha Talluri and numerous other mentors and Sangha members from YogaVahini and Ritambhara Ashram communities from whom I learn, draw inspiration and receive support on this journey.
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