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There are some pretty weird types of yoga out there. You’ve probably heard of Bikram and Anusara, but maybe basic yoga classes sound a bit too boring for your tastes. If so, you might consider trying some of the crazier yoga classes out there. Just be forewarned: Some of them don’t sound very relaxing. Here’s a look at a few of the weird types of yoga classes that really exist:

Table of contents:

  1. Co-Ed Nude Yoga
  2. Doga
  3. Voga
  4. Snowga
  5. Stiletto Yoga
  6. Laughter Yoga
  7. SUP Yoga

1 Co-Ed Nude Yoga

When it comes to weird types of yoga that might make you feel uncomfortable, it’s hard to top this one. If you’re worried about your yoga pants being too see-through, then the classes available at the Bold & Naked Yoga studio in New York definitely aren’t for you. The studio offers co-ed completely nude Vinyasa yoga, but emphasizes that the classes aren’t meant to be sexual in any way. The FAQ section for the website features crazy questions like “Will I get an erection?” and “Will I have an orgasm?” The answers to these questions are “maybe” and “no,” in case you’re curious.

Source: boldnaked.com

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2 Doga

This class takes the downward-facing dog pose literally. If you feel like your dog is as just as stressed out as you are and needs a way to unwind, then you might want to see if this crazy partner yoga class is available near you. The Dogadog.com website describes doga as “yoga doggie style.” This makes it sound like the perfect form of yoga for those who are disappointed that nude yoga isn’t as naughty as it sounds. However, judging from doga videos and photos, it basically looks like you just do simple yoga poses while holding your dog in various positions. You’ll definitely get a workout trying to make sure that your poor pooch doesn’t flee.

Source: dogadog.com

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3 Voga

This incredible yoga hybrid class isn’t as weird as it is wonderful. It combines yoga with “vogueing,” the 80s dance craze that Madonna mentions in her song “Vogue.” Upbeat voga classes will have you feeling fabulous while you strike a pose to an amazing playlist of awesome 80’s tunes. Voga is the brainchild of Juliet Murrell, an artist who instructs classes in various London locations. One of these is Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, a space that the voga website describes like this: “It reflects the vibe of the original Harlem halls of the 80s as seen in the documentary ‘Paris is Burning.'” If you want to learn more about vogueing, you should definitely check that movie out.

Source: vogalondon.co.uk

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4 Snowga

If you’re not a fan of hot yoga, perhaps you should consider this chillier hybrid class. “Snowga” combines yoga with snow sports like skiing and snowshoeing. At the Mohawk Mountain ski resort in Connecticut, snowga classes are all about using yoga to improve your performance on your skis or snowboard. You do a few different yoga poses before hitting the slopes. The classes at the Yogachelan studio in Washington State consist of a long snowshoe hike and an outdoor yoga session. If there are no classes available near you, you can create your own form of snowga by doing standing yoga poses before or after a snowshoe hike or cross-country skiing trek.

Source: today.com

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5 Stiletto Yoga

New York yoga instructor Yamuna Zake believes that yoga is the secret to being able to rock high heels without pain. Yamuna offers special Foot Fitness classes that help women learn to rock their high heels comfortably and confidently by using small half-ball props called Foot Wakers to massage and exercise the feet. On her website, Yamuna writes, “We stretch and work out the rest of the body and yet the feet, are left out of most fitness programs.” She believes that women should be able to wear stilettos at every age, and she thinks that her innovative exercises will help them be Carrie Bradshaws forever. If you can’t make it to a class, you can purchase Foot Wakers and an instructional DVD on Yamuna’s website.

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6 Laughter Yoga

You’d be surprised how popular this bizarre form of yoga is. According to Laughteryoga.org, a laughter yoga session “strives to cultivate childlike playfulness.” Exercises include clapping while reciting a “HO, HO, HA-HA-HA” chant, speaking gibberish, deep breathing exercises, and playful pantomime exercises. These include “milkshake laughter,” which is laughing while you pretend to mix and drink a milkshake. Some classes even include laughter meditation, light physical exercises, and dancing. The idea of a laughter yoga class might make you laugh, but this is a good thing – the Laughteryoga.org website points out that studies have shown that laughter can lower stress hormone levels.

Source: laughteryoga.org

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7 SUP Yoga

No, this isn’t yoga for cool kids who are too lazy to say, “What’s up?” It’s a hybrid class that combines yoga and stand up paddle (SUP) surfing. You get to really become one with nature by paddling out onto the water on a paddle board to do poses like the the bow pose, the downward-facing dog, and the camel pose. You get more of a workout because the motion of the water makes you engage your core as you try to stay stable. Poses that are more challenging include the tree pose and the warrior pose. This form of yoga is getting pretty popular, so you might be able to find a class near you.

Source: yogajournal.com

Some of these weird types of yoga might annoy yoga purists. However, they might appeal to those who think that traditional forms of yoga aren’t exciting enough. Do any of these classes sound like fun to you?

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10 Weird-Looking Yoga Poses – DoYou

Yoga and its practice is all sorts of wonderful, but we have to admit that there are some poses that if you didn’t understand or practice yoga, would look either painful, funny, or just plain weird. It’s not all intimidating though! Far from it. If you want to build up your strength, so you can start practicing some more challenging poses, the free 30 Day Yoga Challenge is a great place to start. Start at the beginning and work your way up from there!

Here are some weird-looking yoga poses that get our vote.

While we think this is one of the most fantastic arm balances you can do, you have to admit it also looks like an evil push-up that your fitness instructor would come up with just to make your life harder.

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We don’t have to say much on this because it’s pretty clear even just from “Happy Baby” why this pose looks funny. If you ask us though, it really does look happy and just plain relaxing.

It’s the delicious back stretch with your butt in the air that (almost) always gets voted as a funny-looking yoga pose. Why? Because if not for yoga, why would anyone even get in this position?!

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A great hip opener that can easily be made theatrical by adding jazz hands.

Personally, I find this pose relaxing because it forces me to focus on my breathing. However, I also remember my sister walking in on me holding this pose and the only thing she said was: “what the f*ck are you doing?!” So….I guess it DOES look weird?

Don’t you hate it when you’re meditating in Lotus and your big toes start itching like crazy? Better get into Baddha Padmasana and scratch ‘em – said no one ever.

Another arm balancing pose that without the yoga perspective, kind of makes us look like frogs suspended in mid-air.

Source: YogaTrail.com

Okay, first of all, we recognize that this takes mad skills to practice and perform (as with most of the other poses on this list, really). That said, it’s not that hard to imagine if everyone held Firefly and walked with their hands. Maybe a step up from crab walk?

Source: Matt Champoux on Tumblr

Because it’s perfectly normal and commonplace to put your legs behind your head while you eat a cupcake.

Source: Krista Shirley (The Yoga Shala) on Flickr

Yogi Krista looks so serene in this picture that we almost forget she’s folded her body into a size that would fit into a luggage. Okay maybe this one doesn’t count as funny or weird, but it’s definitely jaw-dropping and way out of the ordinary.

Now yoga is obviously not about being able to transform into gravity-defying human pretzels…but man, these poses sure make us want to reach that level of practice—no matter how funny or weird we’ll look to everyone else.

10 Weird and Wonderful Styles of Yoga

So you’ve decided you want to check out what all the yoga hype is about and want to a attend class. You look at a class schedule and see lots of exotic and unfamiliar titles like power and rocket yoga. Let’s be clear, these aren’t types of cars or vegetables, but different styles of yoga.

Let’s look at what kinds of metamorphosis some of the traditional forms of yoga have gone through and most importantly, the ones I get asked about by my students.

Power Yoga

An offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga, it has many of the same qualities and benefits, including building internal heat, increased stamina, strength and flexibility, as well as stress reduction.

This style of yoga was created to make flow yoga more accessible to more people.

I love that the Power yoga has made the Ashtanga series more accessible and is opening up this great practice to a wider audience.  Donna Noble

Rocket Yoga

Rocket Yoga, aka ‘The Rocket’, is a style of yoga developed by Larry Schultz.  A dynamic fast paced flow of yoga also rooted in the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa. It is composed of poses from the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga.

Students are encouraged to make their own interpretation of the traditional asana and can remove or modify binding postures that tend to cause students to get stuck in the traditional series, allowing this method of yoga to be accessible by all students.

Triva:   Schultz’s yoga was first called “Rocket Yoga” by Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, because Weir said, “It gets you there faster.”

So great this practice has evolved to accommodate yogis like me who enjoy a more dynamic paced yoga practice.  At the same time allowing me to adapt the yoga to work for my body and not adapt my body to the pose. Donna Noble

Heavy Metal Yoga

A power based Vinyasa flow class, set to a heavy metal sound track to push your body.

Consisting of all the usual yoga postures like Downward Facing Dog and Tree poses. You can expect however to rock out the air guitar as there’s a lot of this in heavy metal, and this is used in yoga to mobilise the shoulders.  As much as possible the class mimics things that would occur in a heavy metal environment, so the stage dive that the band would do, becomes a back bend for the yogi.

A class to make you relax and release your inner beast.

It would be great to see how this style of music would impact my yoga practice.   Will really allow me to release my inner beast.  I suppose it would be good as yoga is all about letting go.   Donna Noble

Yin Yoga

This is a practice developed by teacher Paul Grilley to stretch the body’s connective tissue, particularly around the joints.

It is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time ranging between 45 seconds to five minutes or more.  The initial intention of this practice was to prepare the body to be able to sit in long meditation sessions and to act as a counterpoint to movement-oriented vigorous yang styles of yoga.

I have started to incorporate more yin into my practice as I have long followed the yang styles of yoga like Bikram and dynamic styles.  Don’t be fooled: staying in postures like pigeon pose for longer periods of time can be quite intense which has been the case for me.  However the reward of my body opening and releasing is satisfying.  That would explain why if you seen me lately, I have been walking like John Wayne!  Donna Noble

Beer Yoga

Beer Yoga integrates beers bottles into standard yoga poses.   Practitioners are welcome to use the bottles however they want, including holding it in their hands or balancing it on their heads or even drinking between poses.

I suppose drinking in class is fun, but after a few bottles, balance must become challenging. I certainly know this would be the case for me after a couple of bottles! I do believe that there is a non-alcoholic option available which may be more up my street. Donna Noble

Naked Yoga

The title is self-explanatory, a class where you perform all the standard Vinyasa yoga poses naked: certainly a class where you don’t have to worry about what to wear.

Not only are you removing your clothing, but anything that separates and this helps us address body issues. The advantages are that any misalignments can be readily seen as they will not be hidden by clothing.

I suppose the removal of clothes removes any restrictions that you may have both mentally and physically. In this class you really do get to see what a yogi looks like in all their glory.  Donna Noble


Is this the reason why we have upward and downward facing dog in yoga?

Doga presents you with an opportunity to bond and get in harmony with your dog on the yoga mat through gentle massage, stretching and meditation.   A yogi and dogi practice.  This is where we can see the dogs stretching at their best and bring calm and relaxation to both parties.

It has been great seeing all the images on social media where owners and their dogs practice together.  Donna Noble

Rave Yoga

Consists of practising energetic styles of yoga like Vinyasa and Power yoga followed by a Rave. Essentially this is where you get to shake you asana to electronic music.

There’s no need for drugs and or alcohol, as you get a natural yoga high. After your have shaken you asana, you get to participate in a huge group savasana to relax your body from all the dancing and excitement of the rave.

It’s a great way to create connection bringing together those that love yoga and dancing. The added bonus is you don’t get a hangover – but get that natural yoga high.   Donna Noble

Stand Up Paddle Board aka (SUP) Yoga

Swapping your yoga mat for a paddle board to practise traditional yoga on water. The yoga becomes more challenging but you have additional benefits as you have to apply increased focus, concentration and balance.   You will get instant feedback as to whether you’re doing the poses correctly, if not you will make a splash.

I have tried wind surfing whilst on a yoga holiday and really had to try my best to balance.   This would be a good way for me to combine my love of water with yoga.   I just love how these styles of yoga allow you to combine activities that you enjoy. Donna Noble

Goat Yoga

Appears to be the newest kid on the block (no pun intended). It is essentially animal assisted therapy. In other words, you are practising yoga while tiny goats amble around and sometimes you can cuddle them. They are clambering on your back, licking your toes or nibbling your yoga mat.

The humour to be obtained from the actions of the goat is what makes it therapeutic.

I have personal experience of Horse animal assisted therapy, so am aware of the potential benefits of practising with the Goats might bring.  However I am not sure how my focus will be trying to connect mind and body – but I suppose connection is now with mind, body and goat.   Donna Noble

I know a lot of people can feel intimidated when they venture into a yoga studio. Yoga is continually evolving and it is great to see how yoga is being adapted to welcome more individuals to this great practice.

There is certainly something for everybody.

Although some of these may seem weird and wonderful, so did Acro, Bikram and Aerial yoga when they first appeared and now they have become more mainstream.

I can’t wait to see what develops next on the yoga scene.



Donna Noble has been practising yoga since 1999. She is the Creator of CurveSomeYoga. She has been a certified Yoga Specialist since 2011 with the Yoga Alliance and British Wheel of Yoga. She is also a Certified NLP Master Practitioner. As well as teaching in New York and Texas she teaches all over the UK, and also taught at the Om Show and runs Workshops and Yoga Retreats. She hosts her own show “The Noble Art of Wellbeing” on Natural Health Radio as well as being a Fitness Writer and Blogger.

She is on a mission to make yoga more accessible and diverse.

You can find out more about Donna at her website www.thenobleartofyoga.co.uk

The most bizarre yoga classes on the planet

There are as many different forms of yoga as there are stars in the sky, but none as bizarre as these.

From warrior poses without clothes to downward dogs on a horse, we have tracked down some of the weirdest yoga classes on the planet.


Luba Shumeyko, a yogi, model and nude-yoga fan. Photo: Courtesy of Petter Hegre For many, practicing yoga with all your dangly bits on show doesn’t sound that relaxing.

However, practitioners of nude yoga claim that the ancient art of yoga was done without clothes and that there is a real freedom to downward dogging without pants on.

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The Bold & Naked yoga studio in New York, for example, offers co-ed, completely nude Vinyasa yoga, but they stress that the classes aren’t sexual in any way.

That’s despite the FAQ section on their site including such questions as “Will I get an erection?” (answer: maybe) and “Will I have an orgasm?” (answer: no). More than ever, the placement of your studio mat will be crucial to your enjoyment.


2. Dog Yoga or simply Doga

As you already understood, this is yoga for dogs who brought their owners with them.If I may say so.

This kind of yoga strengthens the bond between owner and dog. And it helps pets to stretch their muscles, because this is so important for domestic dogs leading a sedentary lifestyle, and it is possible to develop pet obedience. During the classes, meditation, stretching, massage of both representatives of the couple is carried out.

There is a popular belief that this kind of yoga originated in ancient India, when dogs watched dervishes during meditation.

There is also a kotoyoga, but cats are too freedom-loving to allow them to do whatever their owner wants to do with them.

3. Naked Yoga

Naked yoga began in California in the 1960s, during the hippie era.

Getting rid of clothes, you expose not only your body, but also your soul. Clothes will not hinder your movements and interfere with high-quality asanas. Students are asked to free their minds of sexual thoughts and leave them outside the hall.

So you can skillfully fight your complexes, get rid of shame, gain self-confidence. 😅

And in a way, to start having some courage, otherwise I can’t imagine a visit to such a group.

4. Yoga for real guys or boys, as they often translate.

In the original Yoga for regular guys . Its founder was the three-time world wrestling champion Diamond Dallas Page. Professional injuries prevented him from pursuing a wrestling career. But DDP did not want to give up just like that and decided to rebuild his body.

I can hardly imagine a professional wrestler meditating or performing various asanas. And DDP himself had no idea, so I decided to combine yoga poses with rehabilitation exercises. It turned out to be very brutal yoga. And he began selling tapes with his exercises with great success, now he gives master classes and even wrote a book. He has several channels on Youtube, several sites with his training program.

You can find many examples online where the training of a former wrestler helped not only improve health, but also significantly lose weight.

For example, here is one of the lessons

5. Yoga on a surfboard or SUP yoga

Classes are held in the water and on a surfboard. This yoga teaches concentration, stability, flexibility, balance, coordination of movements. The slightest wrong move can wet your reputation.

6. Funny yoga or yoga of laughter, hosier yoga.

Yoga of laughter involves the implementation of techniques to stimulate laughter, breathing and light exercise and does not require special preparation. It is easier to achieve enlightenment with laughter. Laughter relieves tension, improves mood, makes us more open, fills us with positive emotions. There are centers for the yoga of laughter in more than 50 countries of the world, and this already says something.

The founder of this direction of yoga was Dr. Madan Katarya.

Studying various studies done on laughter, Katarya came to the conclusion that the human body does not feel the difference between laughter and imitation – the result is equally good.Imitation is not always bad. And artificial laughter provokes a real one. This is how “funny yoga” was born

From the outside, this yoga looks very wild, but on the other hand, but also very funny. But isn’t this the purpose of Hosier Yoga.

7. Some more oddities

I will add another list of yoga types, whose names speak for themselves: karaoke yoga, cannabis yoga, rave yoga, hysterical yoga, circus yoga, hip-hop yoga. ….

Probably the list can be replenished endlessly. Now even aerial yoga does not look unusual.

You can see yoga can be transformed as you like!

Which direction seemed the most surprising to you?

90,000 Sri B.K.S. Iyengar

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundaraja Iyengar was born on December 14, 1918 in the small village of Bellur in the state of Karnataka. The newborn and his mother fell ill with the flu, as at this time the area was covered by an epidemic.Both survived, but the illness left the boy weak, seriously affecting his physical and mental development. The health problems did not end there: at the age of 13 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and then typhoid and malaria. The parents did not have the money for the necessary medicines. At school Sundaram (that was the name of his relatives) had difficulty moving from class to class, he was so weak that he could not spend half an hour over books.

In 1924 the Iyengar family moved to Bangalore, a rather large city, where his father got a job, but he died just three years later.In 1934, the husband of Namagiri, the elder sister of Sundaram, came to Bangalore. Tirumalai Krishnamachar was a unique person in all respects: he was well educated, spoke several languages, was an expert on the Vedas, musician, poet and philosopher – in Europe he would be called a Renaissance man. In addition, he taught yoga in Mysore at a yogashala founded by the Maharaja himself. That year, Maharaja asked Krishnamachar to visit Bombay and Lonavala to see how the art of yoga was developing in these cities. The trip was planned for several months, and Krishnamachar stopped by his family in Bangalore to ask one of his wife’s brothers to move to Mysore during his absence to help her with the housework.Sixteen-year-old Sundaram willingly agreed to help his sister and at the same time see Mysore with its magnificent palaces and gardens. It was a turning point in the fate of young Iyengar, although at the time no one, including himself, suspected it.

Two months later, Krishnamachar returned to Mysore and Sundaram was about to leave for Bangalore as the summer holidays were drawing to a close. However, Krishnamachar persuaded him to stay and go to school in Mysore, promising to show several asanas that would strengthen his fragile health.One day, three or four months later, Krishnamachar actually invited the young man to his place and showed him several poses. However, his body was so weak and rigid that, leaning forward, he could not even reach his knees with his middle fingers. Guruji – as Sundaram began to call his sister’s husband ever since he began to teach him yoga – was an extraordinary and complex person in equal measure. Seeing young Iyengar doing asanas, he told him: “In this life you will not do yoga. You are anadhikarin (not the chosen one), ”and lost all interest in him.Yoga classes stopped before they could really start.

It was a period of loneliness and fear. Old friends remained in Bangalore, it was not possible to make new ones, since Sundaram was forbidden to go anywhere except school. The teacher, with his unpredictable mood and heavy hand, struck terror into him by his very presence. Krishnamachar had his own disciples, however, they all had families and lived separately, so he could not completely control them. Besides, if he taught them too harshly and asked too much, they would leave him.The only exception was Keshava Murti, who lived in his Master’s house. He was the same age as Iyengar and his only friend, they spent a lot of time together, starting at four in the morning, when Krishnamachar woke them up to water the garden. Keshava Murti was a gifted student and excellently performed asanas, the Teacher had high hopes for him. But one fine day the young man disappeared without a trace, they were looking for him throughout the city and even in the palace, alas, all searches were unsuccessful.

As luck would have it, this happened shortly before the International Yoga Convention, which was supposed to be held in Mysore.Krishnamachar was sure that Keshava Murti would demonstrate the poses, but now there was no one to do it. The teacher again drew attention to his wife’s younger brother: a significant age difference, family ties and life under one roof made the young man completely dependent on him. The very next day after the disappearance of the best student of Guruji, which was the next milestone in Iyengar’s life, the Teacher again invited him to a yoga lesson, a little light, immediately after watering the garden. This time he showed him thirty or forty asanas at once, one after another, saying briefly: “You must do this.”It was a situation in which both had no choice. Krishnamachar taught Iyengar all complex deflections for three days, he was then still young and strong enough to force the young man to do deflections on his raised legs, which served as a support. Too intense practice of the back bend at such a young age and for a very short period of time subsequently led to serious problems in mastering pranayama.

So, the Teacher showed the novice student more than a dozen difficult poses, which are usually performed after several years of regular practice, and he had only a few days to perfect them and demonstrate them on the podium during the conference.Iyengar begged Guruji to at least once see if he was doing asanas correctly, but Krishnamachar did not want to hear about it. He stated that he would see everything only during the demonstration, along with everyone else, and remained adamant. The young man understood that if he did something wrong, the reputation of his Teacher would suffer. During the demonstration, he tried his best and even more, tears welling up in his eyes from pain. The demonstration was successful and made a huge impression on everyone, including Maharaja and Krishnamachar himself.From the hands of the Maharaja, Iyengar received a reward of 50 rupees – for him it was a fortune. The teacher asked him how he managed to do it, and admitted that he did not expect such a result from him. This event forever linked Iyengar’s life with yoga, however, the price he paid for this was considerable – pains in his whole body tormented him for many months.

The teacher changed his attitude towards him, and Iyengar began to attend his yoga classes. Classes were held in the Maharaja’s palace, and were mainly intended for members of the royal family, it was very difficult for everyone else to get there: this required a special permission or an invitation from the Guru.Iyengar, who was then seventeen, was among the elect and was the youngest student. In addition to yoga, he continued to attend school. Yogashala and the school were a five minute walk from each other and three miles from Krishnamachar’s house. However, the Teacher did not allow the young man to come to the yogashala directly from school and demanded that he return home from school and then go to the yogashala from there. Perhaps Iyengar was the only one who was able to endure such harsh treatment, but excessive physical exertion did not go unnoticed: at the end of the school year, he did not pass the exams at school and thus lost the scholarship that he received as an orphan.On this, Iyengar’s education ended, and now he had no choice but to do yoga.

One day a distinguished guest from Madras visited the yogashala. All the students took turns doing different asanas. When it was Iyengar’s turn, Krishnamachar demanded that he do Hanumanasana, none of the senior disciples was able to do it. Iyengar did not know this position and told the Teacher about it. Krishnamachar explained that you need to stretch one leg forward and the other back and sit up straight (Hanumanasana is actually a longitudinal split).To avoid performing such a difficult pose, the young man referred to too tight chaddies – underwear. Chaddies really fit very tightly to the body, it was impossible to stick even a finger between the skin and the fabric, the linen cut into the body, leaving marks on it like a corset. However, even this circumstance did not save the young man. Krishnamachar immediately asked one of his disciples to bring scissors and cut the chaddi. Thus, Iyengar was forced to do an asana. As a result of its execution, he injured his hamstrings, which healed only after a few years.This situation was not exceptional, according to Iyengar, he mastered most of the difficult poses, including the handstand, not in the process of regular and lengthy classes, but during demonstrations, when the asana had to be performed flawlessly the first time, and all the explanations boiled down to two or three concise instructions.

In 1936, at the request of the Maharaja, Krishnamachar went on another trip to India, some of his disciples followed him, Iyengar was among them. In Dharvar, one of the cities they visited, women became very interested in yoga practice.In those days, it was impossible even to imagine that men and women were engaged in training together, therefore, in order to teach them, it was necessary to create a separate group. Krishnamachar wanted one of his old students to teach the classes, but the women refused to study with a grown man and insisted that Iyengar teach them, since he was still very young. The teacher was forced to agree, and Iyengar, himself not having much experience in yoga, taught women for two weeks. Those, in turn, were very pleased with him and informed the Guru about it.Thus, a young man who took his first steps in his own practice became a teacher at the age of seventeen.

From Dharwar Krishnamachar went to Belgaum. There, a lecture followed by a demonstration was attended by a doctor from Pune. What he saw made a great impression on him, and he asked the Guru to have one of his disciples go to Pune for six months to teach yoga. This time, Krishnamachar also wanted to send some of the experienced students there, but fate was again on the side of Iyengar. No one wanted to move to another city for six months without any prospect for the future.In addition, none of Krishnamachar’s disciples knew English or Marathi, which is spoken in Pune. The teacher again found himself in a desperate situation and, as before, resorted to the help of his most uncomplaining student, because he did not want to miss such an opportunity. Iyengar spoke a little English, since he studied this language at school, but, nevertheless, he was not sure if he wanted to accept this offer – after all, he himself knew so little. However, the Guru did not want to listen to any objections, and Iyengar, as usual, was forced to yield.The only consolation was the freedom he found when he left the house of the stern Teacher.

In the East, apprenticeship lasts for many years, often several decades. In comparison, the two years Iyengar spent with his Master was difficult to take seriously. If, moreover, we take into account the fact that these were not two years of regular studies under the guidance of the Guru, then Iyengar’s case can be safely called unprecedented.

Young Iyengar, filled with conflicting feelings, arrived in Pune in August 1937 penniless.Then no one could have thought that thanks to him, by the end of the century this city would turn into a real Mecca of yoga. Yoga was not popular in India in the thirties. Therefore, in the beginning, Iyengar even thought about finding another job for himself. Subsequently, he repeatedly admitted that he could not even imagine that he could earn his living by teaching yoga. For the next three years, Iyengar taught yoga classes in schools, colleges and universities in Pune, however, his position remained extremely precarious.After six months, the contract was extended for another six months, but on the condition that it could be terminated by the employer at any time.

In 1940, the contract was not renewed, and Iyengar was forced to be content with individual lessons. There were few students, and the money earned was not even enough for food, they had to live in a small room with five or six other young people. He was so thin that his students made fun of him, saying that yoga does not promote muscle development.But their ridicule contributed to the increasingly stubborn pursuits of the novice teacher: he devoted up to ten hours a day to personal practice, although the conditions for studying were terrible.

In the same year, an Industry Conference was held in Pune, and one of the organizers asked Iyengar to make a demonstration for the Conference participants. He responded to the offer in the hope that after the demonstration he will have new students. One wealthy publisher did take an interest in the studies.He really wanted to have a son and asked Iyengar if yoga could help him with this, he replied that two or three years of regular practice could give the desired result. Thus, Iyengar began to study not only with the publisher himself, but also with his wife and two daughters. The money he received for this was enough to rent a private room and rent a small room in the same hotel where group classes could be held. Unfortunately, it was not possible to assemble the group, and the financial situation remained precarious.Iyengar barely made ends meet, but he helped his mother and paid for the education of his younger brother.

Over time, the number of individual students has increased. Basically, he was approached by people who had some kind of health problems. At that time, Aingar did not yet have sufficient experience in yoga therapy, and in especially difficult cases he turned to the Teacher for advice. One of the students suffered from severe eczema, and Iyengar had no idea how to help him. He wrote a letter to the Guru, but Krishnamachar replied, “If you don’t know how to teach, refer your patient to me.”Iyengar accepted the challenge. He knew that inverted poses had a cleansing effect, and their application over time gave the desired result. Now Sri B.K.S. Iyengar constantly emphasizes that, first of all, it is the practitioner, and that only direct practice gives direct knowledge. Even the best yoga books and a great teacher will never replace the personal experience that comes with self-study.

In 1943, during a regular visit to Iyengar’s mother, Krishnamachar, who also came to Bangalore at that time, asked him why he was still not married.At that time, Iyengar did not even think about getting married: meager earnings did not allow him to support his family. However, these arguments did not seem valid enough to the family; they insisted on getting married. Twenty-four-year-old Iyengar was introduced to girls, but he decided to avoid marriage at all costs. To scare off potential brides, he oiled his body and did not shave, growing a beard and mustache, which made his face unattractive. He behaved strangely, so that the girls themselves and their parents thought that he was not himself.Perhaps Iyengar would have managed to achieve his goal, but fate decreed otherwise. One of the girls came to his house, accompanied by her sister, they came early in the morning, but Iyengar was not at home, he left on business and had to return by noon. It so happened that he stayed late and came home only late in the evening. The girl waited patiently for him. The knowledge that a young, unmarried woman had spent the whole day in a strange house made his heart flutter. On July 9, 1943, Iyengar married Ramamani.

He had to borrow a fairly large sum of money to pay all the expenses associated with the wedding.He immediately returned to Pune, leaving his wife in Bangalore. An unpleasant surprise awaited him: almost all of his students refused to continue their studies. Although Iyengar did not need to pay back the debts (the students said that this money is a wedding gift), the situation seemed almost hopeless. For the next three months, he did not manage to earn a penny. The first students and an offer to teach classes in one of the schools appeared only in November. Only then did he write a letter to his wife, the first in all these months, before that he could not afford to buy even a postage stamp.Ramamani finally moved in with him in Poona.

There was only enough money for the essentials. Iyengar used every opportunity to earn money to provide for his family. He was almost never at home, Rama, as he called his wife, completely ran the household, barely making ends meet. She was infinitely devoted to her husband, for all thirty years that they lived together, they never quarreled. She not only never reproached him for anything and did not demand anything for herself, but provided invaluable assistance in Iyengar’s personal practice.He taught her how to correct and build a posture, and she was always ready to help. Sometimes Ramamani taught especially Orthodox women who wanted to do yoga, but did not consider it possible to be taught by a man.

The practice of Iyengar himself, despite the fact that he studied a lot himself and taught a lot, developed very slowly. Krishnamachar said that in this life he is not destined to engage in pranayama. Everything was against him: illnesses experienced in childhood, a poorly developed chest, a weak spine – the result of an overly intense and harsh practice of flexing in youth.He repeatedly asked the Master to teach him pranayama, and each time he was invariably refused. When Iyengar once again came to Mysore, he secretly watched the practice of pranayama of his Guru. Krishnamachar did pranayama very early in the morning when everyone was still asleep in the house. Taking advantage of the fact that no one could take him by surprise, Iyengar went out into the garden, walked around the house outside and watched the Teacher through the window.

In 1944, based on what he was able to see and remember, Iyengar began to independently and regularly practice pranayama.Although what he did in the beginning it was difficult to call pranayama. The first steps were given to him with the same difficulty as in the practice of asanas, which he began almost ten years ago. He was not able to do even one breath. If he took a deep breath, he no longer had the strength to exhale correctly. To exhale properly, it was necessary to “save” on inhalation. All the arguments that yoga makes a person more calm and balanced seemed a mockery. He will be given to experience this state only many years later.In the meantime, the only supporter of Iyengar remained his unyielding will. He radically changed his asana practice, avoiding postures that were particularly painful, and emphasizing bending forward, giving the spine the necessary strength and stability. After a few years he returned to pranayama again, this time his practice was much more successful.

By 1947, the number of students began to increase. Yoga has helped many people gain health, Sri B.K.S. Iyengar became more and more famous in India. In 1952 the world famous violinist Ehudi Menuhin visited the country. The stress of constant concerts and the pain of years of playing the violin made him take up yoga. He went to classes with Iyengar, and they made a tremendous impression on him. Ehudi Menuhin named Sri B.K.S. Iyengar was his best violin teacher and invited him to visit Europe.

In 1954 Sri B.K.S. Iyengar made his first tour of Europe.Over the following years, he traveled to Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Russia, Japan, and many other countries. Thanks to him, the West discovered yoga. Ancient art, which at the beginning of the twentieth century was not very popular even in its homeland, was experiencing a rebirth, it was a real boom. Among the students of Iyengar were the largest politicians and the military, musicians, actors and writers, the famous philosopher and thinker Jiddu Krishnamurti and Her Majesty the Queen of Belgium.Published in 1966, Yoga Deepika (Yoga Clarification) has been recognized as the bible of yoga.

As Iyengar yoga became more popular, more teachers were needed. Over time, a unified certification system was created for Iyengar yoga teachers in all countries. Thanks to this system, millions of people in different parts of the world have the opportunity to practice yoga according to a unique method created by Sri B.K.S.Iyengar.

However, fate continued to test Iyengar after success came to him: in 1973, Ramamani died.This happened three days after she laid the foundation stone for the yoga institute in Pune. The institute, which opened its doors to students in January 1975, was named after Ramamani Iyengar. (Today people from all over the world come to it. The number of applicants is so great that one can visit the institute no more than once every two years and only by appointment.)

More than sixty years of practice of Guruji himself was also full of difficulties, and not only at the beginning of the path, it serves as the best proof that the true goal of yoga is not to achieve an external result, but internal, deep changes that occur in the process of practice.Until 1958, one problem continuously replaced the other: when the asanas improved markedly and there was some progress in pranayama, Iyengar began to lose consciousness in the poses. Many advised him not to take yoga so seriously and not pay so much attention to it – after all, he was already a family man of mature age. But Iyengar continued to study, and his perseverance was once again rewarded. The next twenty years became a truly golden age for his practice. Then in 1978, shortly after the sixtieth birthday celebrations.Krishnamachar advised Iyengar to reduce physical activity and devote more time to meditation. After just three months, Guruji’s body lost its elasticity. He started practicing again for four to five hours a day, but he was never able to regain his former shape. He was prevented by an accident in which he was involved in January 1979, injuring his left shoulder, spine and knees. Guruji could not do forward bends, balances and twists, he practically returned to where he started forty years ago. And just three months later, he suffered another accident, as a result of which he injured his right shoulder and right knee.It took the next ten years to learn how to do 75% of the asanas that Guruji was able to do in 1977. Shortly before his eightieth birthday, he injured his leg again, and at the end of 2001, his shoulder. Despite this, he has preserved and continues to increase all the most valuable that the art of yoga gives a person: clarity of mind, strength of mind, harmony and inner integrity. Guruji is still practicing for several hours a day, he says: “I want to die with the knowledge that I have done everything in my power with the body that I have.”

  1. 70 Glorious Years of Yogacharya B. K. S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga Research Trust, Bombay, 1990, pp. 1-19

  2. Yogadhara, The Light on Yoga Research Trust, Mumbai, 2000, p. 53-79

  3. Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar on Yogacharya T. Krishnamacharya, p. 10-25; Guruji’s Interview on Sri T. Krishnamacharya, pp. 33-43 in Yoga Rahasya, vol. 4 No. 2, RIMYI and The Light on Yoga Research Trust, 1997


Not everyone who is interested in yoga , I think, know about this chakra :

“… Hamsa Chakra is a part of Vishuddhi and is located between the eyes on the bridge of the nose. It is associated with a sense of discernment and discernment. This chakra is very important, because at the level of Hamsa , the parts of Ida-nadi and Pingala-nadi come out and manifest … ”(http://www.poznaysebya.ru/hamsa.htm).

Illustration from an 1899 Yoga Manuscript in Braj

What does the word HAMSA mean?

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“… There is a wonderful verse on this in Sanskrit , which says that the crane and swan are both white, and what makes them different? If we mix water and milk together, then Hamsa Chakra will absorb only milk, since it can distinguish water from milk, while the crane cannot … ”(http: // www.poznaysebya.ru/hamsa.htm).

Hints to the value SWAN .

Compare with this:

“HANSA – goose, flamingo, swan. HANSA – the first incarnation Vishnu

(“Sanskrit-Russian Symphonic Explanatory Dictionary of the Mahabharata” Academician of the TSSR Academy of Sciences BL Smirnov. Publishing House of the TSSR Academy of Sciences, Ashgabat, 1962).

“Swan geese”

And with this:

Hamsa or Hamsa (Skt.) “Swan or goose” , according to orientalists: a mystical bird in Occultism, similar to the Rosicrucian Pelican. A sacred mystical name that, when preceded by Kala (infinite time), i.e. Kalahansa, becoming the name Parabrahma, means “ Bird outside space and time “. Therefore, Brahma (male) is called Hansa Wakhan , “ Chariot of Hansa” (Birds ).

We meet the same idea in the Zohar (maybe it was taken from there ?!- my note.) , where Ein Soph (infinite and limitless), as said, descended into the universe for manifestation, using Adam Kadmon (Humanity) as his chariot or guide “
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Looks like German “Hans” – “goose” that is? I wonder how it will sound in Yiddish , language German Jews ?

But let’s return to the description of the HAMSA chakra , and see how this word decomposes into syllables:

“… When we say ” Ham “ and ” Sa “, then these two words actually mean the Vidya-mantra of the Agnya chakra.At its base, at the root, is Hamsa . And here “Ham” means “I am” … “Sa” means You (you) , means – You are God. You are the One … . So, the word Hamsa consists of two types of prudence, where “I am” and where “You are”

So, the qualities of Hamsa-chakra are: discernment and prudence … “(http://www.poznaysebya.ru/hamsa.htm).

Now – “Theosophical Dictionary” E.P. Blavatsky :

Hangsa (Skt.) Mystical syllable , used to denote evolution, and literally meaning ” I am he “, or Ahamsa”
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All this is undoubtedly interesting – and “geese-swans” , and “You are God” ; but why is this notorious chakra depicted like this:

Now let’s take a look at this:

Hamsa (arab. خمسة Hebrew חמסה: quintuple ) – Middle Eastern protective amulet in the form of an open palm with five fingers . Muslims also call this symbol “ hand of Fatima “, and Jews – “ hand of Miriam “.


As a rule, hamsa is symmetrical, with thumbs on both sides, and does not copy the anatomical shape of the palm. Muslim hamsa contains the image of the eye , and Jewish contains the Star of David or the letter he.

Miriam’s hand

Archaeological evidence suggests that the downward hamsa was used in the region as a protective amulet even before its use by adherents of monotheistic religions. A universal sign of protection, the image of an open right palm can be seen even in the Mesopotamian amulets “Inanna’s hand” (or “Ishtar’s hand”), the Mano Pantea amulet, the Buddha’s mudra of teaching and protection (Dharmachakra mudra).

Other symbols of divine protection based on the image of the hand include the hand of Venus (or Aphrodite) and the hand of Mary, which were used to protect women from the evil eye, increase fertility, lactation, ensure a healthy pregnancy, strengthen a weak body …

… Outside the Middle East region, the symbol of the hamsa is found in India, where in Jainism it means non-violence …

… In Islam five fingers on the hand means the family of the Prophet Muhammad : Prophet Muhammad, Fatima Zahra, Imam Ali, Imam Hussein, Imam Hasan.Also, the hamsa amulet symbolizes the five pillars of Islam : faith, fasting, hajj, prayer, charity …

… Hamsa is popular among the Berbers, and due to its importance for the Berber and Arab cultures, it became part of the coat of arms of Algeria …

… The path hamsa in Jewish culture and its popularity, especially in the Jewish communities of Sephardic and Mizrahim, can be traced through its use in Islam. Hamsa was adopted and used by Jews living in the Islamic world.

(Is it true or what – the Jews took this from the Muslim Arabs ??? Do you believe that? .. – my note.) .

In Judaism hamsa is also known as “ Yad ha-hamesh ” (“ Hand of five “) or “ Hand of Miriam “, named after Miriam, sisters of Moses and Aaron. Hamsa is also associated with five books Torah .

Hamsu is used as a protective amulet against the evil eye. It can be found at the entrance to the house, in the car, on key chains, on bracelets and in the form of pendants.Often in the center of the hamsa other symbols are placed to protect against the evil eye – the image of fish, eyes or Star of David

… In Judaism hamsa are often decorated with prayers for protection, such as “Shema Yisrael” (“Listen, Israel” is one of the main prayers), “Brahat ha-Bayt” (blessing of the dwelling), “Tfilat ha-Derekh” ( prayer of travelers) or other blessings taken from Judaism … “(https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A5%D0%B0%D0%BC%D1%81%D0%B0_(%D0%B0 % D0% BC% D1% 83% D0% BB% D0% B5% D1% 82)).




Let’s look in the dictionary Hebrew this word and related words:

חַ’מסָה, חַמסָה

ha’msa, hamsa f.R.

image of a palm, often with an eye in the middle ( talisman for good luck )


hamas rob ( lit. )


Hamas m.

1. robbery, robbery ( lit. ) 2. guard!

Well, yes – RUNS , that is, RUNS with what? HANDSELS , of course …

These are words with the letter “ס” (Samech) at the end.

Now let’s look at words with the letter “ש” (“shin”) :


hamesh f.r.



himesh I

1.divide by five 2. multiply by five

Himesh II

to arm, equip.

Don’t be surprised – in fact, these letters in and Hebrew are often used interchangeably.





Look at another quote from “ of Theosophical Dictionary ” by Mrs. H.P. Blavatsky :

Hansa (Skt.) According to the “Bhagavata Purana”, the name “One Caste” , when there were not yet many castes , but truly one Veda, one Deity and one Caste



(see also: https://zen.yandex.ru/media/id/5caa2bad1a50ee00afbe6499/otkuda-je-takaia-strannaia-chakra-v-ioge-a-mojet-byt-i-sama-ioga— 5e3c25fc37d38c51a311fd7f).

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner tries goat yoga: weird and funny

Sophie Terener is a British actress who gained worldwide popularity for her role as Sansa Stark in the cult TV series Game of Thrones. By the way, on April 14, the first episode of the last, 8th season of the telesagh will be released. The 23-year-old actress looks great and admits that she loves fitness very much, even boxing. But he hates yoga!

And all the more interesting, because the editors of British Vogue invited Sophie Turner to try something unusual for the first time, namely yoga with goats! What came of it? We watch in the video 😉

Sophie Terener doing goat yoga (still from VOGUE video)

Turner: Making an exception for the goats

Turner notes that the doctor does not recommend her to do it
yoga.But the actress is ready to make an exception for the sake of goats and fun

“I felt excitement all over my body when I saw the goats. It was complete ecstasy. I have never been so excited in my life…. They made an offer to me, but it was not the best in life, now it was better ”, – Sophie Turner shares her first impression with humor.

Sophie Turner does yoga with goats

Goat yoga: what is it anyway?

The world first heard about goat yoga or yoga with goats in 2016.The idea originated on the farm of American Lanie Morse . The woman was going through a divorce and felt terrible emotionally. Regular yoga helped to relax. But one day, performing another asana, Lanie was joined by her pets – goats.

Goats are climbers by nature (still from VOGUE video)

So Morse found out that the presence of goats during physical activity improves mood, improves emotional background and even helps to more significantly “pump” muscles.After all, when cute kids climb onto your back, under the additional weight, your muscles tense and become stronger.

Another plus of such classes is massage. With their hooves
goats are walking around your body well.

Sophie Turner: It was painful but difficult to leave class

In the video, the kids jumped on the actress’s back, and a large
the goat walked on it.

“It hurt enough, like a sports massage,” – explains how Sophie felt when a big goat jumped on her.

As a result, Sophie Turner did not want to leave the class (still from VOGUE video)

As the trainer explains, goats are excellent climbers. And when they see an uneven surface or some kind of protrusion, they tend to jump there.

And yet, not without the most pleasant “adventures”.
The kids wrote on Sophie’s rug. In addition, they should have been fed and distracted.
from classes. Regardless, Sophie Turner was upset when the lesson ended.

“All I did was play with the kids … Yes, it was not easy to leave the classroom.”

Goat yoga: more for than against

From the video with Sophie it is not difficult to guess that yoga with goats can hardly be called “yoga”. Animals distract you, it is difficult to concentrate. And this destroys the very essence of yoga – concentration and meditation.

Sophie Turner and her yoga experience with goats (still from VOGUE video)

But if you get the hang of not paying attention to the goats jumping and chewing everything (even your hair and mat), then everything will be fine.In addition, exercising with animals is a great anti-stress. And he had his success in the United States. The founder of Goat Yoga, Lanie Morse, has already opened 9 certified centers in America. And yoga with goats is growing in popularity.

Let us remind you that Alina Astrovskaya told how she lost 22 kg and shared her beauty secrets.

90,000 Five creeping yoga myths that even smart people believe in

Can I, an ordinary person, do yoga? What if my legs are bent with difficulty? By the way, that sounds like a religion, doesn’t it? Isn’t it necessary to drink bio-yogurt and some other strange substance after class, which probably makes me sick? Yoga, alas, is still surrounded by a lot of myths and the time has come to get rid of them decisively.

Myth: The body must be flexible to do yoga

This is probably one of the most enduring myths, generated, of course, by the visual aesthetics of yoga – everyone strives to slip some stunning photos in which people look like real acrobats. In fact, everyone starts with very simple exercises that absolutely anyone can do. Well, how far you can (and want!) Go in “gymnastics” – you will figure it out in the course of the play.

Myth: a body doing yoga must be thin

A myth that has nothing to do with reality. Here’s Instagram of one of the brightest trainers and yoga enthusiasts in the world – Jessamine Stanley. As they say, the lady is in the body.

Myth: yoga is not a sport

Of course, some practices focus on relaxation and calm movements designed to calm and balance the mind and body, but there is a completely different yoga, the exercises in which lead to quite serious physical stress.And whatever “subspecies” of yoga you do, they all teach you to breathe, make you stronger and more flexible – what you need in order to go hand in hand with any other sport.

Myth: yoga is part of some religion

The roots of yoga really lie in India and are related to Buddhism and Hinduism, but yoga in the Western world today is very far from religion. It can be spiritual and even religious (especially if you decide to send to, in fact, India itself), but most trainers focus on the practical and “physical” component of yoga.Look for spiritual guides yet!

Myth: Men don’t do yoga

Surprise: yoga was created by man and for men. Western men often consider it too “feminine” occupation and complain about the lack of the necessary flexibility, but in recent years yoga has reappeared on the pages of men’s gloss, many professional athletes began to promote it and the myth of the “non-masculine” nature of yoga is becoming a thing of the past.

90,000 Yoga and Meditation Do strange things to the brain :: Coronavirus :: Days.ru

Scientists have become interested in how meditation, yoga and other oriental practices affect a person’s consciousness, behavior and body condition. It turns out that such practices get rid of drug addiction and put nerves in order.

“Both yoga and meditation concentrate the attention and resources of the brain on solving a very small set of tasks, such as controlling one’s breathing and posture, and also help a person isolate himself from all unnecessary information. Both can help a person to better concentrate their attention. and other tasks in their daily lives, “said Peter Hall of the University of Waterloo, Canada in an article published in Mindfulness.

Yoga and meditation, despite their immateriality, quite significantly affect such an indicator as the level of oxytocin, the hormone of family happiness, in the body. In addition, these practices help women fight inflammation after breast cancer surgery. In the meantime, Japanese scientists have discovered that meditation can help get rid of drug or alcohol addiction.

All of these facts led Peter Hall and his colleagues to the idea that meditation can tangibly rewire the brain and make it more resistant to stress.To test the inference, studies were conducted with the involvement of volunteers. Those who practiced yoga and meditation solved various problems faster. There was also an improvement in the mood of the volunteers, as well as a surge of their energy. By the way, yoga works stronger than meditation, why is not yet clear.

“There are many theories that explain why exercise and yoga can make you more energetic and improve brain function. This could be due to the release of endorphins, improved blood flow to the brain, and suppression of wandering thoughts.On the other hand, the real reason for all these improvements is still a mystery to us, “concludes fellow researcher Kimberly Luu.


90,000 weird yoga pose? – Sleepless in Toronto – LiveJournal

Aleister Crowley doing yoga

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) – English poet, occultist, kabbalist, creator of the Tarot Tota deck, mentor to Adolf Hitler at the beginning of his career.

* Intolerance is a sign of powerlessness.
* Whatever our thought may be, we will never be able to transmit it to another person in its entirety and in its entirety – for in this case the seed of our thought falls into someone else’s soil, and its fruits will no longer be the same.

* Every event is carefully recorded by the mechanism of our brain; but if it is unpleasant for us, we cannot remember it, or we remember it incorrectly – for it hurts us to remember it.

* The method of gaining Magical memory … is to learn to think in the opposite direction … If we do not allow surface thoughts to arise, we plunge into a deeper layer; this is how childhood memories are awakened.Even deeper, we discover thoughts, the source of which seems to us mysterious. Some of them clearly belong to previous incarnations.

* The Bible, a collective work of unknown authors. The Hebrew and Greek originals are of kabbalistic value. In addition, it contains many magical apologues and references to folk legends and magical rituals.

* Don’t be cattle; refine your delight! If you drink, drink according to the ninety-eight rules of art; if you love – excel with refinement; and if you do something joyful – let there be subtlety in it!

* … before a nation begins to exist, it must realize its character.