Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Bangalore Office ?
How do we get there ?
Where is Prashanti Kutiram ?
How do I get to Prashanti Kutiram ?
What is the objective and what kinds of things will I be involved in during the Visit to Prashanti Kutiram (Campus)?
Do you Publish any Newsletter or Magazine ?
What is Yoga ?
How does Yoga differ from other forms of exercise, such as jogging, aerobics, cycling, tennis or nautilus-type workouts?
How many types of Yoga are there ?
What are the benefits of doing yoga over other forms of exercise?
I'm not flexible. Can I still do Yoga ?
What is Bhagavad Gita ?
What is Veda ?
What is Upanishad ?
Where is the Bangalore office located ?
Our City office is located at ;
19, Eknath Bhavan
Bangalore - 560 019.From Airport:
We recommand you hire a CITY TAXI, Prepaid Taxi or a Prepaid Autorickshaw to our office.
From Bangalore City Bus Stand:
You can either hire a CITY TAXI or a Prepaid Autorickshaw to your office. Or you can walk across to the other side of the road to the City Bus Stand located opposite the Bangalore City Railway Station and travel in the Bus Nos. 35 (will stop opp. to our city office. alight at Gavipuram Circle) and 36 Series (Alight at Ramakrishna Ashram and walk for 5 min).
The Bus stop where you have to alight is called Ramakrishna Ashram Stop. You can enquire at the Ashram for Gavipuram Circle. Or you can hire a autorickshaw to the circle. It amounts to minimum distance charges currently charged at 10.00 rupees.
From City Market :
You can travel on bus number 35 to Ramakrishna Ashram or hire an autorickshaw to our city office.Prashanti Kuteeram is located 32 kilometers off Bangalore. The address of Prashanti Kutiram is;
Bangalore District.You can either travel with your own transport or travel in the VYASA Bus that leaves from the City Office every morning at 7.30 a.m. You have to confirm at the City Office by phone before you actually pay up to travel to Prashanti Kutiram.
What is the objective and what kinds of things will I be involved in during the Visit to Prashanti Kutiram (Campus)?The main objective is to create rich Yoga awareness among the participants. There will be many one-hour lectures-Q/A sessions covering wide topics on Yoga, Spirituality, Ayurveda, Vedic Sciences, Indian Philosophy etc. The camp will also include Yogasanas, games and other fun filled activities. There will be lectures on specialized subjects by invited speakers. In short, it will be a very unique Yogic experience!
Prashanti Kutiram houses a library facility and a book store which houses many publications of the Vivekananda Kendra. Publications include books, Audio Cassettes and Video CD's.
Select the Publication you want to view from below.
Books , Audio , VideoThe VYASA publishes a monthly Magazine called 'Yoga Sudha'. It can be subscribed for a fee of Rs.75.00 per year.Developed in India, Yoga is a psycho-physical discipline with roots going beyond 5,000 years. Today, most Yoga practices in the West focuses on the physical postures called "asanas," breathing exercises called "pranayama," and meditation. However, there's more to it than that, and the deeper you go the richer and more diverse the tradition becomes. The word "Yoga" means union. Linguistically, it is related to the Old English "yoke." Traditionally, the goal of Yoga is union with the Absolute, known as Brahman with Atman, the true self. These days the focus is often on the more down-to-earth benefits of Yoga, including improved physical fitness, mental clarity, greater self-understanding, stress control and general well-being. Spirituality, however, is a strong underlying theme to most practices. The beauty of Yoga is in its versatility, allowing practitioners to focus on the physical, psychological or spiritual, and/or a combination of all three.How does Yoga differ from other forms of exercise, such as jogging, aerobics, cycling, tennis or nautilus-type workouts?Most forms of exercise involve a limited range of repetitive movements. As a result, some muscles and joints get a lot of work, while others are not worked enough. These imbalances pull the body out of alignment, causing a loss of efficient functioning of the whole system. For those who do these exercises, yoga is a healthy complement, enhancing their athletic experience. Yoga emphasises the balanced development of strength, stamina and flexibility, and matches outer movement with inner awareness. Yoga students learn to identify and relax tension in their bodies so they do not tire as easily. They learn to pay attention to the condition of their nerves, glands and organs, as well as to the musculo-skeletal system. They learn how to honour, rather than abuse, their bodies.There are four paths of Yoga:
a. Jnana, the path of knowledge or wisdom
b. Bhakti, the path of devotion
c. Karma, the path of action and
d. Raja, the path of self control.Yoga helps you to :
improve posture, support and nourish vital organs, boost the immune system, calm and balance the nervous system, encourage balance and harmony in the glands of the body, become more flexible in body and in life, radiate your innate beauty, clears the cobwebs in the brain, reduces stress, connects one to the Infinite, lose weight, balance hormones, age gracefully, transform from the inside out, connect to the world in a compassionate manner.Yes!!! Yoga is for everyone. Beginners are always welcome, as well as anyone just coming back in to Yoga.The Bhagavad-gita is one of the most popular scriptures in the world. It is the sacred text of the Hinduism. Its a book on philosophy of life and was delivered by Lord Krishna to Arjuna during the war against evil thousand of years ago. Because of Bhagavad Gita's lucidity and practical approach, even an ordinary person without a background in philosophy or theology can grasp its message and apply it in daily life. The message of the Gita is universal, not limited to a particular class of people. It delineates absolute truth and teaches the art of living, by which one can obtain ultimate happiness and attain the supreme goal of human life.The Vedas (plural of Veda) are a vast set of spiritual teachings dating from the dawn of history. They consist of mantras (sacred sanskrit texts) of numerous great Himalayan yogis and seers, who were said to have founded the spiritual paths for humanity at the beginning of this world-age over ten thousand years ago. The Vedas are the origin of Indian culture and have influenced religions and philosophies all over the world. The Vedas contain the basis for the spiritual traditions of India that arose in the Himalayan region. The Vedas also contain keys to the Pre-Christian traditions of all Indo-European people - the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Germans and Slaves - whose ancient languages and cultures resemble the Vedas. The Vedas reflect the ancient solar religions and enlightenment traditions that once dominated the world from Mexico to China. As such the Vedas represent the ancient global spiritual culture and yogic approach to life behind the earliest mystical traditions of the world.The word "Upanishad" consists of three wordsó"Upa" means "near", "ni" means "down" and "shad" means "be seated". So, "Upanishad" means, "be seated at the feet of the Guru to receive the teaching." The Upanishads constitute what we call the Vedanta (Veda-anta), the end of the Vedas, not merely because they constitute the last part of them, but above all because they are their ultimate teachings, reaching to the highest metaphysical state, beyond which is the realm of Silence. The Upanishads are clearest and most understandable portion of the mysterious Vedas. They present the spiritual secret of the Vedas, the knowledge of the Supreme Self or Divine I-am.