Yoga, Ananda Marga

Yoga: Finding your path of bliss

More than just meditation and exercise, it´s finding your path to bliss as a way of life.

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People of Echague played part as yogis during the International Day of Yoga last June 21st 2017.

Got an invite to witness a celebration of self-realization as yogis celebrate the International Day of Yogaon 21st of June 2017, and enlightenment came in handy.

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I´ve always thought of doing meditation and yoga then I came across this video awhile back. On how to meditate anywhere and anytime.

But as for someone who doesn´t regularly practice deep meditation more so yoga, knew little about it. Apart from it being a workout for most people, it is a lifestyle.

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

acarya of ananda marga

Acarya Jiitendra Brahmacarii, a monk of Ananda Marga.At such a young age, he wanted to learn how to meditate. That grew into the desire to be a monk, as he was inspired by the monks who taught him meditation and the mantra of Ananda Marga.

The yoga instructors were from Ananda Margaa global spiritual and social service organization founded by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti . Their organization will celebrate their 50 years in practice next year. 

During our stay in Isabela, the more I knew about Ananda Marga. For about 3 days, I was able to witness their way of life. It´s  unique in the sense that they promote self-realization yet at the same time service to all. Ironic in a way rather for them, it´s complementary to each other. As their ideology promotes,

“the welfare of each and everyone is linked to the welfare of society, and the welfare of society depends on the welfare of each and everyone.”

Jayadeva Sadvipra, yoga instructor.

And since we were with Margis, practitioners of Ananda Marga, we also got a taste of their lifestyle. Margis are strictly vegans. As Margis respect and consider the emotion and well-being of animals due to the Indian origins of the practice. Furthermore, any food that is not good for the mind and maybe harmful for the human body is not patronized.

My almost vegan plate, our meal prepared by an Outstanding Isabelino, Chef Cocoy Ventura.

Veganism is what binds their philosophy, as it would be for better health, religion teachings and lifestyle for a balanced and fulfilling life.  Ananda Marga advocates the holistic way of life and of others. Certainly, these teachings were imparted to the people of Echague, Isabela.

To know more about them:
Ananda Marga
Quezon City Center – Sikatuna Village
46 Maamo St., Sikatuna Village
Quezon City 1101 Metro Manila
+6302 433 4583

Disclaimer: My visit was part of a press trip sponsored by the Department of Tourism of the Municipality of Echague, Isabela. No money involved.

21 thoughts on “Yoga: Finding your path of bliss

  1. Kevin says:

    I’ve only ever done yoga for the fitness aspect of it so it is very interesting knowing a little more about its roots.
    I had no idea that the origin of Yoga dated back as far as it did.

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  2. alisonrost says:

    I’ve been practicing yoga for a couple of years now, and it’s made a huge difference. Not just in how I move, but I’m far calmer (mentally) than I’ve been in the past. I’m so glad there’s a day devoted to celebrating it! Hopefully it will raise awareness and more people will be curious enough to give it a try. x

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  3. Violinkit says:

    Well first off I had no idea that there was a day to celebrate yoga. International Yoga Day is new to me. I have practised Yoga in the past but never seem to stick with it after the first few months. I think the Yoga way of life is very appealing to anyone seeking a healthier body and a calmer mind.

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  4. hal says:

    because i train in the gym..i feel as i have got bigger…i started to feel less athletic
    so you are right to practice yoga is a great way of life

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  5. Brittani says:

    I really enjoyed reading your article on Yoga. Yoga isn’t a form of exercise I enjoy myself, though I know it can have some really great benefits. I had no idea that the origin of Yoga dated back as far as it did.

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  6. Catvills says:

    It is amazing how some people put in so much discipline to practice yoga. I don’t do yoga but I know of some friends who do.

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  7. Chelsea Elizabeth says:

    My boss has recently turned vegan and some of the meals she eats sound delicious but I’m not sure how I’d cope without cheese and meat!

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