Who can practice yoga?

Who can practice yoga? If you are a human, if you have a brain, if you have a spine, if you have internal organs you can practice yoga regardless of religion or any identity.

Who get more value out of yoga? Those who like the idea of yoga, those who show more interest in the idea of yoga, and knowledge seekers/learners/open-minded people.

There are many types of yoga to reach the higher awareness. You can choose which type of yoga is best for you based on your character and personality. Some types of yoga are Chanting Mantra (Japa Yoga), Action (Karma Yoga), your Intellectual studies (Knowledge/Gnana Yoga), your Devotion (Bhakti Yoga), and Stopping the Mind (Raja Yoga). These are all paths of yoga that can help lead you to higher awareness.

If you are already happy with your life and completely satisfied, you may not need yoga in your life. But if you want more out of your life I strongly believe yoga may help.

Newest Yoga Studio in City of Lowell is in the Newspaper

Awaken Yoga Shala made the front page of the Business section on October 28, 2018. Being in the Sunday newspaper of The Lowell Sun was a great achievement for us and we are so very thankful for all the support from friends, family, and students!

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Ashtanga yoga by Krishnamacharya vs Ashtanga Yoga by Patanjali

Ashtanga vinyasa yoga - Aravind Sattaiyappan

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga by Krishnamacharya


·      Asana practice with Ujjayi pranayama (breathing), bandha (energy lock), dristi (eye gazing) , and vinyasa (synchronizing breath with body, movement meditation).

·      No sutras.

·      This practice originates from the Yoga Korunta (text book on yoga from 15th century), and was reconstructed by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya around 1930’s, 20th century.

·      Practice based .

·      Not the originator of yoga.

·      This practice can follow either Ashtanga (8-Limbs of Patanjali's Yoga) or Sadanga (6-Limbs of Hatha Yoga).

Citta Vitti Nirodha - Awaken Yoga Shala

Yoga Sutra

"Citta Vritti Nirodha"

Stopping the modification of mind. Reaching no mind state.


Ashtanga Yoga by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras


·      Theory and Principles of yoga practice in 195 yoga sutras (verses).

·      195 sutras (verses like a poem, or thread), but only 1 sutra mentions how asana (physical poses) should be performed.

·      Patanjali could be a person or organized school of yoga, and the sutras were compiled around 500-350 BC..

·      Philosophy based. 

·      Not the originator of yoga.  Patanjali simply compiled sutras in a systematic way.

·      Ashtanga (8-Limbs of Patanjali's Yoga) philosophy principles to reach Samadhi (enlightenment, pure bliss).