The International Yoga Teachers Association (I.Y.T.A.) was founded in 1967 in Australia by Roma Blair and has branches in six countries, contacts in another twelve, and members in a further eleven countries. The primary aim of the I.Y.T.A. is to provide a pre-eminant teacher training course with ongoing training and support for members and to promote the growth and understanding of yoga. The Sydney based and correspondence course has graduated over 760 teachers. For enquiries contact: Moina Bower P.O. Box 31 Thornleigh, N.S.W. 2120 Australia Ph: (02) 9484 9848
This is the official site of the Yoga Fellowship Movement and Satyanada Yoga. Swami Satyananda Saraswati and the Bihar School of Yoga in India have developed yoga practices designed to harmonize all levels of human life and experience through practical means. Sri Swamiji has brough to light ancient yogic teachings from sacred scriptures and lost traditions and framed them in a modern language which incorporates both traditional and scientific understandings. Satyanada Yoga uses asanas (postures) to balance the body and mind through the physical body, pranayama (breathing practices) to work on the energy body, and meditation to calm the mind. It also adopts the attitudes of Jnana Yoga (the path of knowledge), Bhakti Yoga (the path of heart and emotion), Karma Yoga (the path of service), and other yogas which enable the practitioner to frame all aspects of their lives in a way which is conducive to spiritual growth.
Yoga Synergy was established in Sydney in 1984 with the teaching being a synthesis of traditional Hatha Yoga and modern medical science. The directors Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss are registered physiotherapists who have studied yoga intensively in India. Simon is a certified teacher of Iyengar Yoga and Oki Yoga, while Bianca is an ACHPER-certified physical instructor. The Hatha Yoga taught at Yoga Synergy is derived from the work of Professor T. Krishnamacharya and his three main students. These three masters are B.K.S. Iyengar (who developed Iyengar Yoga which is structurally very precise in its approach to the physical hatha yoga), Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (who developed Ashtanga Yoga which is a very dynamic form of hatha yoga), and Sri T.K.V. Desikachar (who teaches a softer gentler style of yoga aimed at suiting the student's individual needs. The foundation of teaching at Yoga Synergy is a vinyasa or flow-style meditative practice, linking postures with the breath while maintaining an awareness of anatomical and physical alignment, and allowing students to progress with guidance at their own pace.
The Yoga For Health Foundation is a registered charity promoting the practice of yoga for all-from the fittest to the most seriously disabled. It's founder and director is Howard Kent. It's residential centre at Ickwell Bury in Bedfordshire, England has attracted thousands of people and become a second home to many. Many of these come to maintain their fitness, mentally and physically; others come to lighten the stresses of modern life; many more to oppose problems presented by such debilitating illnesses as cancer, MS, Parkinson's, arthritis, asthma, heart troubles, and so on. The Foundation has taught some hundreds of yoga instructors and itself runs local activities across the British Isles. Further, it is represented or has active branches in some 20 countries worldwide including Australia.
The Yoga Site is an eclectic collection of yogic connections in Australia. It contains a teacher directopy, information on yoga postures, yoga retreats, yoga styles, yoga therapy, teacher training, pranayama (breath control practices), meditation, as well as publications and products, and much more including articles and interviews. himalayainstitute.org/ The Himalaya Institute is a non profit institution nestled in the rolling hills of the Pocono Mountains near Honesdale, PA., U.S.A.. Founded by Sri Swami Ramain 1971, the institute offers teacher training, retreats and workshops, residential programs, and wholistic health services to mention a few. The HI website also has much information on yoga in the way of books, tapes, and articles, and even a posture of the month with excellent photos and descriptive text.
The Himalaya Institute is a non profit institution nestled in the rolling hills of the Pocono Mountains near Honesdale, PA., U.S.A.. Founded by Sri Swami Ramain 1971, the institute offers teacher training, retreats and workshops, residential programs, and wholistic health services to mention a few. The HI website also has much information on yoga in the way of books, tapes, and articles, and even a posture of the month with excellent photos and descriptive text.
Founded in 1975 by the California Yoga Teachers Association, Yoga Journal has information on yoga postures, yoga for health, yoga teachers, products, yoga related events, and more. It has a readership of 700,000 and is published 7 times a year at a price of $4.95 U.S..
Yoga Directory is a resource of information on yoga including events and workshops, jobs and opportunities, retreats and vacations, a discussion board, personal ads., and special services including Web development and Online marketing. There are many products related to yoga and health advertised including books and publications,clothing, gifts, etc., plus information on music and videos, health and healing services, yoga traditions, teachers and training, and centres and organizations.
Yoga Finder.com was established in 1997 and is the largest directory of yoga classes/studios on the internet. There is also information on retreats and teacher training courses, and yoga products.
Shelter Online are publishers of books and software on stretching (most notably by American stretching guru Bob Anderson) as well as fitness, running, Chi Gung, and weight training amongst others.
Yoga International is a yoga magazine with many feature articles on topics from yoga postures to chakras, meditation, yoga therapy, and yoga philosophy.