Inspired from the 9 manifestations of mother Durga, we at Navadurga School of Yoga help you explore deeper aspects of yoga in a traditional & balanced manner – physically, mentally and spiritually.
The mother-child bond starts much much before the birth of child. Same way, the bonding of a seeker with the divine mother begins much before the spiritual journey. She feeds, protects and hand-holds the seeker with her grace. For this same reason, Goddess Durga / the divine mother plays a huge role in every individual who sets into the path of spirituality.
In yogic culture, it is considered that she resides dormant in the Muladhara Chakra in the form of serpentine power or coiled up energy known as the “Kundalini Sakti”. Worship of the Divine Mother with intense faith and self-surrender helps a seeker attain her grace which eventually helps him/her gather the knowledge of the imperishable.
Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963)
One of the great saints of modern times, this renowned sage and humanitarian is the inspiration with which the ancient science of Yoga and Vedanta became a household name all over the world, by giving the knowledge according to the need of the time. Born in South India, he served many years as a medical doctor before renouncing worldly life and establishing the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, North India. Founder of the Divine Life Society (www.dlshq.org) this Self realized master was an embodiment of love, humility and compassion. Sri Swami Sivananda’s teachings continue to enrich the lives of millions worldwide through his more than 300 books.
Swami Vishnudevananda (1927 – 1993)
Born in Kerala, South India, while serving in the Indian army, Swami Vishnudevananda met his Guru Swami Sivananda in his early years of adulthood and was trained in the ancient science of Yoga. Sent to the West in 1957 by his Guru Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnudevananda is recognised worldwide as a leading authority on Hatha and Raja Yoga. He founded the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (www.sivananda.org) and was a tireless campaigner for world peace. Swami Vishnudevananda is the author of the classics: “The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga” and “Meditation and Mantras” and was the inspiration behind the beautiful Sivananda Companion to Yoga. He also wrote a commentary on the “Hatha Yoga Pradipika,” “Sivananda Upanishads” and “Karma and Disease”