Ganga Puri

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baba_ganga2mataji_gangaGanga Puri enjoys the privilege of being born in Haridwar (the Gate of Heaven), India, on the bank of the holy river Ganga (Ganges), in the foothills of the Himalayas. His father, Baba Santosh Puri, having become a Juna Akhara, naga sanyasi at a young age, practiced severe yogic austerities on an island in the middle of the Ganga River, until he was blessed with a vision of goddess Ganga. His mother, Narmada Devi Puri Ma, was a young seeker of Truth from Germany, who arrived on the island to renounce all heritage, to devote her life to her guru and do meditation along the Ganga, and eventualy take sanyas. After ten years of austerities together, Ganga Puri was born as an expected gift of Mother Ganga. His childhood passed in the company of holy men and women as his only relatives. santoshpuri0007

Ganga Puri graduated with a degree in Physics & Mathematics from the Grahwal University in Srinagar. After the mahasamadhi of his father (soon after the 2001 Allahabad Maha Kumbh Mela), a fundamental change of realization overcame the student of Science causing Ganga to change his life path onto the complete devotion to the Divine Truth. Meditation and yoga practices became his main activities. At the Gurukul Kangry University of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Ganga Puri received his post-graduate diploma and Master’s Degree in Human Consciousness and Yogic Science.

santoshpuri0005After over twelve years of self-study, continuous practice and deep devotion, he developed his original yoga style he calls “āyāsa vinyāsa YogAnga abhyāsa“, a seven limbed hatha yoga practice which includes: Shatkarma, Asana, Mudra, Pratyahara, Pranayama, Dhyaan and Samadhi as mentioned in ancient scripture. Designed to instill enthusiasm and discipline in aspiring yogis, as well as inspiration to maintain one’s own self-practice, Ganga’s yoga sessions bring precise alignment of the physical body, awareness of the breath as well as the prana, clarity to the mind, balance of the three gunas as well as the male/female energies within, opening of the chakras and a heightened connection with the natural and supernatural universe around us.DSC_1411

As a Yog-Acharya (master of yoga), he devotes all his life‘s prana to serve and promote a yogic lifestyle, leading yoga courses and Vedic studies for curious aspirants of truth who visit his father’s namesake, Santosh Puri Ashram. Together with his younger sisters, Mandakini Puri and Alaknanda Puri, he shares responsibilities of running the spiritual heritage of his yogic family, Santosh Puri Ashram, which has developed into a Yoga Retreat Centre for spiritual research, Ayurveda and the yogic art of living, popular among foreigners who are serious about their sadhana. His East and West origins help him, to naturally connect ancient Indian wisdom with our current modern lifestyles and mindsets, making his teachings relatable to wide audiences abroad. With all his heart he speaks the teachings of traditional scriptural based yogic philosophy (Hatha Yoga Pradipika; Gheramd Samhita; Tantra; Yoga Sutras; Shiva Sutras, and Advaita Vedanta), embracing every individual soul. Every single day Ganga Puri brings his hands in prayer, holds space in his heart and is a living example and inspiration to many spiritual seekers, who are willing to go to the depths of practice with him. IMG_3667

Over the years Ganga has been invited to share his knowledge in some of the biggest Yoga Festivals, Studios and Retreat Centers around India, Europe and the USA. Since 2006, Ganga has conducted annual three month tours to teach in Europe, traveling to many countries and cities, including regular workshops in Granada, Madrid, Ibiza, and Menorca in Spain; Montpellier and Paris in France; Utterecht in Holland; Brussels in Belgium; Basel in Switzerland and Burgas in Bulgaria. In 2011 and 2012 Ganga also shared his teachings in the United States, visiting Om Factory in New York City; Ananda Ashram in Upstate New York; Shangrila Dharma Center in Seattle; and Castle Hills Yoga, (formerly Krama Yoga Center) in Dallas, Salt Lake City and Park Lake City, Utah. He also taught at several Sivananda Centers including those in Los Angeles, Grass Valley and San Francisco, California. In 2013 and 2014 he was invited to teach in various international yoga festivals, including the Berlin Yoga Festival; the Barcelona Yoga Conference.; the Indian Shanti Yoga Festival in Goa; and the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh.

In Fall 2014 he began leading two Teacher Training Programs (one month / 200 hour & three month / 500 hour courses) at Santosh Puri Ashram.

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“We came here, unknowing
We saw many people, we watched them
We saw people singing before every meal,
We opened our mouths and uttered some similar sounds
In the evening we saw how people offered flowers to a statue with a big brand, while singing
We watched with big eyes, opened our mouths and again uttered some sounds.
There has something with this place, but we didn’t know what.
The following morning. The sunrise the Ganga.
I still didn’t know, but felt something
Something right and strong
We decided we would leave.
We couldn’t pray. We didn’t want to belong to a sect.
We didn’t know
Then we heard we are free to do and don’t what we want.
We decided to stay.
We watched with bigger eyes. Bigger ears, bigger hearts
We cleaned the meditation hall, without expecting a reward.
We opened our hearts, slowly.
We opened our mouths a bit more and sang the right words.
We still saw many people, but were among them now
A party. Two birthdays. The smell of flowers everywhere.
Singing, offering, we couldn’t help but felt part of a family.
Love everywhere, like the smell of the flowers
Impossible to use another word than love.
A man, physically gone out of this world
Is holding this place together.
A man who is living through his beloved ones.
Who is thought of every second of the day
A man who has become love and flower-smell.
A Babaji.
A woman who’s life can be called devotion.
A woman who speaks uninterrupted with closed eyes for more than two hours about her passion. Yoga.
A woman who every day gives little pieces of herself to anyone that enters her life.
A woman who still has many pieces for many more years to come.
A woman who inspires you to give away your own little pieces.
A woman who’s eyes laugh like a child
A woman who’s body sometimes falls asleep during meditation, but who’s mind never does.
A woman who’s eye see everything. Even when closed.
A woman who’s actions can be called love
A Mataji.
A place that can be called the right one.
At the right time, for most of it’s guests
Coming from over the world.
Coming and going and mostly coming back
Like children, always returning to their favourate toy.
A river that unites
Daily and holy life
A river that vibrates through the country, nourishing, inspiring, healing any
Non-attachment to this place is difficult.
But a lesson
A good one.
Could be gone tomorrows
But now it is here
And that’s all there is
We’re going now
We know now
Something made us come.
Something made us stay
Something makes come back
Like a child to his favorite toy.
That something could be called God.
Thank God.
With all my respect and gratitude.” – Maaike Nueville

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