Bishnu Yoga® Toronto: ABOUT OUR YOGA

Our 22nd Year Teaching the Bikram/Bishnu Ghosh Yoga Tradition!

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"What is desirable in body culture is the harmonious development of power over the voluntary action of muscles and the involuntary processes of heart, lungs, stomach and other organs and important glands. This is what gives health, and is the scientific principle underlying the Yoga exercises."

--- Bishnu Ghosh



Our school is known for its high quality instruction and high standards.

In our studio we strive to develop and strengthen our body, mind and spirit. We aim to achieve this by lovingly disciplining ourselves during our yoga practice to become the best person we can be. Both self-love and self-discipline are needed. By themselves alone, these qualities lead to unhealthy extremes; while fusing strength and sensitivity leads to a balance.

We welcome and invite all of our students to consciously participate in improving themselves on an ongoing basis. We offer our studio to be your ashram (centre for learning and practice).


Yoga and Health

The concept of harmonizing the twofold energies in man is very important for health considerations, because the two forces remain in an unbalanced and unharmonized state. Either the prana shakti is dominant or the mental shakti, and the other one is subservient. Due to this imbalance, either physical or mental diseases manifest.


Our Yoga Tradition

Our yoga lineage can be traced to a series codified by the Nath sect between the 5th and 10th century. A.D. The Nath sect was founded by Yogi Matsyendranath, regarded as the first human teacher of hatha yoga. Matsyendranath's chief disciple, Gorakhnath, was guru to Yogi Swatmarama, who compiled the wisdom and techniques of hatha yoga in the Hatha Yoga Pradipikas.


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Swami Sivananda Saraswati


Over the centuries this lineage was passed down to Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh Ashram in the Himalayas. Sivananda worked closely with Bishnu Charan Ghosh to help him develop a system of hatha yoga asanas for health and fitness, based on the original classic 84 postures.


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Paramahansa Yogananda and Bishnu Charan Ghosh


Bishnu Charan Ghosh, youngest brother of Paramahansa Yogananda - author of the best selling Autobiography of a Yogi, established Ghosh's College of Physical Education in 1924, in Calcutta. Bishnu was trained at an early age in the arts of yoga and meditation at the Ranchi School for Boys founded in 1917 by Paramahansa Yogananda. Ghosh became a celebrated physical culturalist in India and abroad. He traveled world wide and gave amazing demonstrations of mind's control over body. Bishnu's son Biswanath (Bisu) Ghosh followed in his father's footsteps. Bisu's daughter Muktamala is now in charge of Ghosh's College.


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Bikram Choudhury


Bikram Choudhury, Bishnu Ghosh's most talented student, opened his Yoga College of India headquarters in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles in 1965. Bikram developed his series of 26 postures, based on the main 84 taught by his Guru Bishnu Ghosh. He named it Bikram Yoga, a beginner level class.


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Sasha
(our studio founder) is performing
'Devas Salutation' from Bishnu Yoga® Class.


Our yoga tradition is the Bishnu Ghosh Yoga tradition. These yoga series are highly effective therapeutic yoga methods. The series work synergistically and cumulatively to return the body to a balanced state. The warm environment relaxes the body and helps prevent injury. These exercises systematically move refreshed and oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, thus driving circulation to each organ and fiber within you, and restoring all systems to healthy working order. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health, and a sense of well-being will automatically follow.
Sasha Shkolnikov introduced Hot Bikram Yoga to Canada back in 1993, thus pioneering the hot yoga movement in the country. He has undergone an intense 4 month Teacher Training with Bikram in 1994, being among the first few in the world to do so. Since then, Sasha has personally trained dozens of hot yoga teachers and introduced many thousands of people to the health benefits of yoga practice.


These are the classes that we offer at this point

Bishnu Basic:

All Level Foundation Class, consisting of about 30 yoga exercises. Based on the Bishnu Ghosh Yoga Tradition. Safe, balanced, thorough, challenging.
The class may be led by teacher performing the practice. Watch, Listen, Follow.

Bishnu Intermediate:

This Intermediate Level class draws on 70 to 80 yoga exercises, adding many more strengthening and opening exercises to the practice.
They were arranged by Sasha to bridge the Basic and the Advanced Levels of the Bishnu Ghosh Yoga Tradition, making a gradual transition between them. Not suitable for beginners. Solid foundation in Bishnu Basic is expected. The class is led by Sasha performing the practice.
Watch, Listen, Follow.

Yin:

Foundation of a quiet practice. Deep tissue workout for the whole body. A floor based class.
Yin Yoga for all bipeds equipped with hips that click or crack sometimes, with backs that ache and nag at night, and knees that could be functioning better, for Gumby girls and boys, who have the flexibility, but need more stability.
Here mostly floor poses open and defuzz the delicate but cobwebbed nooks and crannies of the yogi, holding postures for 2-6 minutes each. A delicious mixture of gentle and soothing movements and long held stillness. The mind is at ease, the breath is smooth, while the body is on the mend. The yogi walks on clouds after each class.