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  About IndeaYoga  

Why IndeaYoga? 

During Yogacharya Bharath Shetty’s teaching experience of more than 2 decades he tried to understand his students’ idea of practice, their expectation from yoga and the short cuts taken to meet the expectations.  He observed that the focus for yoga was limited to the physical and external level. In pursuit of happiness, people went on holidays to exotic location, went shopping etc. only to realise it offered fleeting happiness - once it loses its appeal they are on to the next thing. Material things can be enjoyed with an understanding that none will ever provide lasting source of peace, happiness or contentment.

With this backdrop originated ‘tamaso ma jyotirgamaya’ the Shanthi Mantra from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad which says ‘Lead me from darkness to inner light’ and from this ‘IndeaYoga’ came into existence.

Indea’ is combination of two words -

In    = refers to ‘inner’ in English

Dea = is ‘light’ in Sanskrit

When put together ‘Indea’ means ‘in

ner light’

Yoga’ personifies the journey of moving from external darkness to inner light. This inner light guides us during our arduous journey through life. The inner light brightens all aspects of life, driving away darkness (of ignorance) and usher in the light (of knowledge).

With Presence’ implies ‘Being awake’, ‘Being in the moment’, ‘Living mindfully’. 

Being awake means being in the moment; we are not missing life as we walk through it. Being awake means we are conscious of what is going on inside us, as it happens.

Learning to live mindfully with a heart that is open to all life—its pain and pleasures, ups and downs—is how we come to know real peace, happiness, and contentment.

IndeaYoga, With Presence’ was founded with the philosophy to activate each practitioner’s inner light and enable him/her to lead life mindfully.  To do this, Yogacharya designed series of practices to bring about coordination between body, breath and mind.

 IndeaYoga's Vision  

IndeaYoga is one of the oldest Yoga Alliance (USA) accredited schools in India. With RYS 200, RYS 300 and RYS 500 registrations, it has been known for providing the best yoga teacher training courses for more than a decade. Over 650 students from 60 countries have graduated so far from the institute as teachers.

 Vision

           IndeaYoga’s vision is 'Health' and 'Bliss' for all. 

  Core Value

  • IndeaYoga will admit all without any discrimination.
  • IndeaYoga will take a holistic approach in assessing each student and teach a yoga practice that is individually tailored for each student, taking account of any specific conditions.
  • IndeaYoga will make the practice of yoga a pleasant experience, emphasizing the motto ‘Nahathath, nabhalath’ (no force, no pressure).

Mission

  • To teach yoga to all levels, through the coordination of body, breath and mind.
  • To offer tailor-made yoga practices based on Abhyasa, Arogya and Ananda (Practice, Health and Bliss), catering for specific needs of people of all age groups, considering their present health conditions.
  • To establish contemporary IndeaYoga shalas across the globe with well-trained Yoga shikshakas under the guidance of Yogacharya, Bharath Shetty.
  • To provide continuous support to all Yoga shikshakas and IndeaYoga shalas across the globe by ensuring that their learning, technique and practice is up-to-date, in addition to providing guidance on how to maintain ideal IndeaYoga shala ambience.

  The Yogacharya  


Yogacharya Bharath Shetty is the first yoga teacher in India to be certified as E-RYT 500 from Yoga Alliance. He also has RCYT and RPYT to his credit. Having more than 2 decades of yoga teaching experience, he has trained more than 650 teachers from over 60 countries.

Bharath Shetty started practicing yoga at an early age, and was further drawn to the practice after it helped him recover from chronic asthma.  His first teacher was Yogacharya Kumara in Shantivana Trust, a Yoga and Naturopathy Centre.

An accident with a bus in 1993, incapacitated his legs, through his recovery, he could experience the strength of his inner self, he believes was acquired through practice of yoga. In 2002 he one pointedly studied and trained with world renowned Yoga Guru, Padma Vibhushan B.K.S. Iyengar, in Pune, India, which helped further deepen his knowledge and insight of yoga.  He decided to become a professional yoga teacher to pursue his passion and use his immense knowledge to spread the benefits of yoga to the world.  

He is a certified Yoga Teacher by the Indian Yoga Institutes, Vivekananda Kendra, Bangalore (A-Grade) and International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum (Grade-Excellent) and was awarded with Yoga Siromani and Yogacharya titles on completion of his training. He is the winner of Himalaya Yoga Olympiad (Indian National Yoga Championship) Haridwar and Bangalore in 1998 and 2001, respectively. 

Bharath believes the key to tapping into yoga's transformative powers is through parampara (lineage).  He hopes to continue to pass on the knowledge that he has gained from his Guruji with his students and together spread the wealth of knowledge with as many people, as everyone deserves Arogya (Health) and Aananda (Bliss). 

He founded the 'Creative Yoga Center' in 1998 at Bangalore and this marked a new beginning in his teaching career.  In 2005 he relocated to Mysore and rechristened his school.  He has been conducting Mysore Style classes and Teacher’s Training courses, which are internationally recognized by Yoga Alliance USA.

Bharath is a presenter at International Yoga Festival every year at Paramarth Ashram Rishikesh and conducts workshops regularly around the world. 

He is also managing ‘Indea Foundation Charitable Trust’ which provides education scholarships to under-privileged students.

IndeaYoga's Courses 

 

Teacher Training

Yogacharya Bharath Shetty exclusively designs the Ashtanga yoga and Hatha yoga teacher training programs at IndeaYoga. With more than 2 decades of teaching experience, he puts in his profound knowledge on yogic sciences in the training content and structure. These yoga programs focus on training teachers on a holistic level and we believe that learning is a continuous process. Therefore, apart from the actual training period, we also offer students the much-needed support before and after the yoga teacher training programs. One can attend the Mysore Style Classes at IndeaYoga for 1 to 3 months as a preparation for getting trained as a teacher. During this time, the student is exposed to our style of practice and hence, teaching others will flow naturally.

A student may also stay with us after they have completed their yoga teacher training course for deepening their practice. Selected students may also choose to stay with us for Karma Yoga. All Karma Yogis get an opportunity to practice in our classes and assist the teachers at IndeaYoga. They may also get opportunities for assisting or hosting Yogacharya Bharath Shetty at various events and workshops around the world.

IndeaYoga teachers may also affiliate to our school if they decide to teach and spread our style of yoga back in their place. We always help and support our teachers in terms of teaching methodologies, asana techniques and aspects of running a yoga shala successfully. Based on teaching experience, we also plan to award teachers with higher grades.

Mysore Style Classes

Four weeks of intense training, in IndeaYoga system, imparted by Yogacharya Bharath Shetty, for beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners, in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga. Mysore Style classes include personalized sequences based on every individual’s capabilities.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is the way to begin yoga practice as it teaches one to breathe with the help of Breathing Kriyas like Mukha Dhouthi, Agnisara and Kapalabathi. This develops the base to physically prepare the body by bringing balance to “ha” sun, “tha” moon or the left and right side or the Pingala and Ida.

 IndeaYoga has designed series for all kinds of practitioners.  If one is completely new to yoga or not too flexible or elderly, they can start with the Beginner’s Series.  Advanced practitioner fallen out of practice for any reason, can also re-start with this series for a few days to pick up momentum. The practitioner can progress to Preparatory and Foundation series at their own pace.  A personalized program is designed to support the progress of the practitioner while receiving personal attention and instruction from the teacher, as well as physical adjustments.

 As one advances through the series of asanas i.e. forward bending, back bending, twisting, balancing and inversion the body gets grounded, the breath slows down and one experiences deep inner silence and good health.

 For those who suffer from stress related health issues, a personalized program is designed to address the imbalance of health.  One could term it as Therapeutic Hatha Beginner Series or Wellness Program.  But at the end of 4 weeks one experiences the difference. Few practitioners are ready to advance to the next level of practice.  Self-practice is important to maintain good health.

Our Teachers

Our teachers are more than 650 in number and are spread over 60 countries around the world. While every teacher adds his/her own flavor to teaching yoga, the distinctive methods taught at our institute are evident. The IndeaYoga style of Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga strictly adheres to our motto “Na hathat, na balath” meaning no force, no pressure. A good number of our teachers have built strongly knit yoga communities in their countries and that makes us very proud! At the end of the day, that is our major concern – to make yoga accessible to every human being on this planet. We believe that everyone deserves to be healthy and happy.

Testimonials

  • Amazing experience, got to learn so much that can't be explained in words. I opted for the Month long Mysore style course and it was intense, fun and a great learning. Bharat sir, thank you so much for a beautiful journey of Ashtanaga! I'll be coming... View More

    Apurvaa From India

  • I had gone to Indea yoga for a 2 week Mysore style vinyasa practice last year...my personal practice has improved ever since, especially in inversions. Bharath Sir is an extremely good teacher and he gives personal attention to each and every student... View More

    Premila Shetty From India

  • attended 1 month of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga practice with Indea yoga in 2016, It was one of the best practice I have ever experienced till now. The practice under the guidance of Bharath Sir helped me to understand myself better in terms of asana prac... View More

    Chandrashekar Channaveeraiah From India

  • I came to Mysore and to Yoga India not knowing what to expect! I had some knowledge on yoga and practice for a little while but, my journey here open my mind, my heart and made my body do asanas that I only couldn't believe I could do! I learn fro... View More

    Sylvana Gelinas

  • Yoga India is a fantastic mix of ancient yoga put into the context of our modern lives. I heard that this Shala had a fantastic reputation, is rated as one of the top yoga institutions in India and is focused on developing high calibre of teachers an... View More

    Duncan Rice

  • Bharath really is an inspiring teacher, when I first came to him, I had done some yoga, but learning with him was, in the beginning more a process of unlearning what I already knew. He takes you right back to the beginning and allows you to understan... View More

    Mariza Smith

  • The Yoga Teacher Training course gave me everything I had hoped for and so much more! Not only am I more strong and flexible than ever before but I have received the knowledge to continue pushing myself and progressing in every direction. The whol... View More

    Claire Butters

  • Once I was back , the first couple of days my head was constantly in the Shala .. Could not stop thinking abt all That we used to do :) my self practice has been going good :) I have managed to make 2 hours a day to practice .. I have even been able ... View More

    Arundhati Baitmangalkar

  • I feel it is a privilege to study and practice with Bharath. I did TTC level 1 in 2009 and level 2 in 2011. Bharath has clearly a deep understanding of the body andits potential through the Asana and Pranayama practice. In each session there is ca... View More

    Gyan Jorge

  • Wonderful! A special line of appreciation for Nikhil for being seamlessly beautiful with his asana classes he was more than just patient never let classes remain boring never seemed disinterested watched us all sharply and made timely suggestion /cor... View More

    Deepti Sherawat From India

Abyasa

Practice of Meditation and Pranayama techniques that instills a state of bliss on the individual. IndeaYoga’s vision is Health and Bliss for all; and the overall objective of our Arogya and Abyasa systems is to balance and stabilise our practitioners mentally and direct them towards the state of Ananda. 

Arogya

Health isn't a goal; it is lifestyle.

Our Beginner Series, formerly the Therapy Series, was designed at IndeaYoga for complete beginners as well as people with health challenges. The Arogya approach was developed to improve aspects of health and fitness in the practitioners. The asanas and practices allow the individual to transition into the next stage of practice, the Abhyasa.

Aananda

“It is only when the correct practice is followed for a long time, without interruptions and with a quality of positive attitude and eagerness, that one can succeed.” – Patanjali At IndeaYoga, the Foundation Sequence is the prescribed practice. The Sequence is developed by the Yogacharya after years of observation and study, backed by his extensive teaching experience. The practice makes one healthy and strong and is developed to bring about a balance between the ida and pingala (heat and cold) in the pranic body.

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