In late 2014, I ventured to Rishikesh, India to pursue my advanced 300 hour yoga teacher training certification. In an effort to seek out the ultimate yoga teacher training, I had done my research, interviewed various teachers, and read and absorbed as much as I could. Along the way, all affirming signs pointed me to Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram. I had heard of Yogrishi Vishvketu in passing but admittedly did not know a tremendous amount about him or his teachings.
300 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India
I earned my 200 hour certification just south of Los Angeles, California. I had read books by Baron Baptiste, BKS Iyengar, Judith Lasater, Deepak Chopra, and Stephen Cope. I studied Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. I attended workshops with some of the most renowned and recognized teachers and experts in the United States and Canada. I had taken yoga classes around the world from thousands of teachers. Yet somehow I learned more in my first week of 300 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram than I had with all previous teachings and exploration combined. Most notably this education was broad – I was of course learning about yoga on all levels, but I was also learning about myself, my own patterns, and my own body. Throughout my training with Vishva-ji, I felt more inspired, educated, blissful, and peaceful with each passing day.
Online Yoga Classes with Vishva-ji
Now over a year later, Vishva-ji’s teachings are the ones I always return to. My notes from training, his books, and his online musings are continually inspiring me. Previously I had born witness to the elements of yoga, but always separately. All these elements reached deep into my soul and I continually wanted to deepen my knowledge and grow my practice. But it wasn’t until I heard Vishva-ji’s teaching and practiced his style that it all connected and I understood the holistic nature of yoga. Yoga is not simply a series of postures. Meditation is not a stand-alone activity. While these things have merit on their own, asana, pranayama, meditation, and mantra are meant to be practiced together and are most effective when in alignment.
Which is why I am so thrilled for the launch of Akhanda Yoga Online Classes. With this launch, I have instant access to Vishva-ji’s peaceful nature, encouraging voice, and holistic practice. I will see and hear wisdom directly from him. As a bonus, he has filmed these classes all over Rishikesh, so I may imagine practicing alongside him at beautiful locations like the Ganges River and the Beatles Ashram.
Whether you are brand new to the practice, are a yoga studio regular, or a student of Vishva-ji yourself, these videos are a gift. They are an investment in your self-care. They will give you the tools to deepen your practice, help you find peace, connect all elements of yoga, and assist you in finding bliss.
Marisa Atula was always intrigued by yoga, but for years was too intimated to try it out. When a quaint studio in her hometown offered a special beginner’s series, she finally decided to give it a chance… and it was one of the most beneficial decisions she has ever made.
Her initial curiosity grew into a deep desire to expand her knowledge. In 2013, she completed her 200-hour certification in California. In 2014, she ventured to India, earning her 300 hour certification at the Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram under the guidance of Yogrishi Vishvketu.
Marisa is drawn to and continuously inspired by the balance of power and grace found in yoga. It has become her daily renewal, exercise base, therapy session, and continual support in self-care. As a 500-hour registered yoga teacher, holistic health coach, writer, and wide eyed explorer, she specializes in helping others nourish their body, mind, and soul, allowing them to improve their lives bit by bit. For yoga & wellness bits from Marisa join her @yogi_bug // www.bitbybitwellness.com