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About HSTY and beginning of Devi's Yoga practice

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About HSTY and beginning of Devi's Yoga practice

Biljana Mohan

During Devi’s search for her own self, she learnt yoga while in India in 2007. Since then, she has augmented her training through multiple special and advanced courses. Her passion for the yogic way of life led to the creation of the Himalayan School of Traditional Yoga (HSTY), of which she is the main proponent and lead teacher.

DEVI MOHAN AND THE LATE YOGACHARYA SANJAY WITH THE FIRST BATCH OF HSTY TEACHERS ATTENDING HSTY TEACHER TRAINING COURSE IN GANESHPURI, INDIA IN JANUARY 2018.

DEVI MOHAN AND THE LATE YOGACHARYA SANJAY WITH THE FIRST BATCH OF HSTY TEACHERS ATTENDING HSTY TEACHER TRAINING COURSE IN GANESHPURI, INDIA IN JANUARY 2018.

The Himalayan School of Traditional Yoga (HSTY) has been set up by Mohanji in 2016 to propagate traditional yoga as per the original teachings codified by Maharishi Patanjali. Yogacharya Sanjay, a golden medalist in Yoga and a great soul, who tragically lost his life in 2018, was the key initiator of HSTY. His spirit lives on through HSTY.

Elevation in awareness is the true purpose of yoga. HSTY does not look at yoga as exercise, rather as a set of practices that help take one back to one’s original state. With a holistic approach combining asanas, pranayama, chanting, meditation and diet, HSTY’s yoga programs are designed to bring peace and health to all people.

Through the yogic teachings, the ancient sages shared with humanity how to live in perfect harmony with nature, be completely natural and balanced, thus setting a solid base for not just health and inner harmony but spiritual awakening as well.

In its deeper sense, Yoga is a state of communion of the human soul with the Supreme Soul and the path of attaining that state. The true challenge for all Yoga instructors and Yoga practitioners is not to invent a new form of Yoga, but to dive deep into the true practice and lifestyle of Yoga, the way it was traditionally taught millennia ago.

What makes HSTY sessions special is the loving invocation of the subtle presence, grace and blessings of the Yoga sages from the past; in-depth use of the power of intention, the process of conscious direction of attention to the parts of the body where the painful blockages are stored while performing Yoga asanas and breathwork; increase in the flow of Prana through the subtle meridians of aura by the right usage of asana, pranayama, bandhas, mudras, visualization, focus and meditation. The beautiful saatvic (balanced) effect of the entire practice is then soaked in through a sublime process of Yoga Nidra in the end, leaving one with a tangible experience of a positive difference in the body and awareness.

Most importantly, through Yoga practice HSTY way, one’s connection with the inner witness (saakshi) is strengthened, as the meditative aspect of Yoga practice by far outshines the physical exercise aspect of asanas. Without practicing awareness and inner witnessing while performing asanas, the Yoga practice loses its depth and becomes yet another exercise. Through HSTY the deeper, meditative aspect of Yoga is honored and accentuated, so much so that the same awareness starts being translated into one’s daily life. And awareness is the key in rising above the waves of karma. That is the blessing of Yoga.

DEVI MOHAN AND THE LATE YOGACHARYA SANJAY WITH SOME OF THE FUTURE HSTY TEACHERS IN GANESHPURI, INDIA, IN JANUARY 2018.

DEVI MOHAN AND THE LATE YOGACHARYA SANJAY WITH SOME OF THE FUTURE HSTY TEACHERS IN GANESHPURI, INDIA, IN JANUARY 2018.

This is how Devi describes the impact of Yoga practice in her life:

“The practice and teaching of Yoga since 2007 has had a profound impact in my life. Yoga helped me sail through some really tough challenges of life, avoiding deeper scars, and Prenatal Yoga helped me a lot during pregnancy, ensuring a smooth, natural delivery of my daughter Mila. Moreover, after being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, the daily practice of Yoga and Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) in particular, helped me get off the Eltroxin medicine I was taking. I developed this thyroid hormone deficiency after delivery, while working in the corporate world where I felt only 10% of me was alive and being expressed.

Most importantly, the shift from a corporate lifestyle to Yoga teaching helped me realize and embrace my uniqueness and allowed me to express myself fully as I started to really enjoy what I do. For this, I am forever grateful to my husband and spiritual guide Mohanji who encouraged me to take the plunge and leave the false comfort of my office job in 2014. With Yoga, suddenly everything made a lot of sense – my studies, life journey, my dreams and aspirations, a whole new meaning of it all flowered within me when I started teaching Yoga full-time.

The blissful expressions of my students after coming out of Yoga Nidra at the end of a Yoga session are one of the most beautiful moments of my day. Hearing testimonials of my students about headaches, sleep disorders, back pain, high blood pressure, menstrual pain and other physical ailments leaving them after they embraced the practice of Yoga gives me immense joy.  I invest all my love and energy into teaching Yoga and truly consider it a privilege to be in a position to serve as an instrument of this profound ancient science in the fast-paced world we live in.
I strongly feel there has never been a time when Yogic wisdom was needed more. Our lives have become so hurried, food and lifestyle habits so unhealthy and planetary energy changes on Mother Earth so great, that a practice like Yoga is not only needed, but vital for the inner balance, health and overall well-being of an individual.
Finally, while Yoga practice alone may not guarantee one’s enlightenment, it definitely provides one with a solid sattvic (balanced) base for full spiritual blossoming.

I welcome you to join me on the journey of Yoga through all the insights, practical tips and heart-felt experiences shared here for the benefit of all.”
 
Namaste,
Devi Mohan

DEVI AT THE FEET OF KAILASH, THE CROWN CHAKRA OF MOTHER EARTH, JULY 2014

DEVI AT THE FEET OF KAILASH, THE CROWN CHAKRA OF MOTHER EARTH, JULY 2014