Sri T.K.V. Desikachar guiding me through a Meditative Practise. Such a precious moment.
EXPERIENCES OF STUDENTS 


“EXISTENCE ON THIS COSMOS AS A LIFE TRAVELLER IS TO PURSUE MY INNER CALLING OF TRUTH AND LOVE, PART OF WHICH HAS BEAUTIFULLY BRANCHED INTO MY WORK. I AM AN INSTRUMENT TO STREAMLINE THINGS FOR PEOPLE’S LIVES USING VARIOUS METHODOLOGIES HANDED OVER TO MY MIND BY GREAT MASTERS, STUDY OF ANCIENT SCRIPTURES & MY OWN EXPERIENCES.

EXPERIENCING LIFE AND LIVING IN JOY WITH LOVE.” 

I HAD TO TAKE MY TIME TO DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I MET SAMITA...THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WORDS CAN NOT EXPLAIN! MY LIFE WAS VERY PAINFUL BEFORE AND I COULD NOT FOCUS ON WHAT REALLY MATTERED. I USED TO WASTE A LOT OF ENERGY IN FUTILE THINGS AND MAKE THE WRONG CHOICES. I WAS JUST WALKING DOWN A PATH THAT WAS DRIVING ME TO THE WRONG PLACE BUT THEN I SAW A LIGHT ON THE SIDE OF THAT TUNNEL. WHEN SAMITA FIRST TALKED TO ME IN HER ASHRAM, I FELT SOMETHING THAT CAN NOT BE DESCRIBED...IF I HAVE TO PUT IT SIMPLY... I FELT FOCUS, ENERGY, HAPPINESS ALL IN ONE MOMENT...HER LIGHT WAS CONTAGIOUS AND IT MADE EVERYTHING SO CLEAR. AFTER I HAD THE HONOUR TO FOLLOW SAMITA'S CLASSES, MY LIFE BECAME FULL OF HAPPY THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS AND THAT STRENGTH AND AWARENESS HAS NEVER LEFT ME SINCE THEN. 

I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO THANK HER ENOUGH FOR WHAT SHE HAS DONE FOR ME. EVERY TIME A PERSON I LOVE IS IN TROUBLE OR IS SUFFERING, I ALWAYS REMEMBER WHAT SHE HAS TAUGHT ME ...IT'S A CHAIN OF LOVE THAT MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND WE SHOULD ALL BE PART OF IT  ELENA, ROME, ITALY

I MOVED TO BANGALORE FOR A MONTH TO STUDY WITH SAMITA. MY TEACHER IN ITALY INTRODUCED ME TO HER AFTER SHE STUDIED WITH SAMITA. I DECIDED TO GO DEEPER IN THE STUDY OF YOGA AND LIFE ITSELF, SO I WANTED TO SPEND MORE TIME IN BANGALORE TO BE FOLLOWED PERSONALLY BY SAMITA AND LEARN AS MUCH AS I COULD IN THAT SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME. MY STUDIES BACK HOME WERE MORE ABOUT READING BOOKS AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOGA IS. I WAS PUSHED BY CURIOSITY AND THE WILL TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT, SO TO APPLY THAT TO MY LIFETIME EXPERIENCE. WHILE IN BANGALORE, I WAS STAYING AT A HOTEL CLOSE TO HER HOUSE SO EVERY MORNING I WOKE UP EARLY AND WENT TO HER PLACE. SINCE I WAS ALONE FOR THE FIRST 2 WEEKS, I USED TO WALK AROUND THE CITY OR STUDY OR PRACTICE IN MY HOTEL ROOM FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. THOSE DAYS WERE VERY INTENSE, BEING ALONE HELPED ME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT I HAVE TO FOCUS ON AND REORGANIZE MY LIFE BETTER. SAMITA'S CLASSES WERE VERY INDIVIDUAL, BEING ME AND HER EVERY MORNING TALKING ABOUT ''LIFE'' WAS THE MAIN PRACTICE, AND I NEEDED IT SO MUCH. I HAD THE TIME TO ASK HER ABOUT EVERYTHING I ALWAYS HAD DOUBTS ABOUT, AND LISTEN CLOSELY TO EVERY SINGLE WORD SHE SAID; I FELT LIKE THE SHORT TIME I HAD THERE WAS VERY PRECIOUS AND I COULDN'T WASTE ANY CONCEPT SHE WAS EXPLAINING TO ME. EVERY WEEKEND WE HAD A CLASS WITH OTHER STUDENTS ON THE ''PATANJALI'S YOGA SUTRAS'', AND 5 HOURS WOULD PASS SO FAST THAT IT FELT LIKE 5 MINUTES. I FELT ON MY SKIN WHAT FOCUS IS. I UNDERSTOOD THAT ''PRACTICE'' IS NOT WHEN YOU PHYSICALLY DO SOMETHING BUT INSTEAD IS HOW YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE EVERY MOMENT, HOW DO YOU RELATE TO OTHERS AND TO YOURSELF; THE PRACTICE NEVER STOPS. IT'S VERY HARD TO EXPLAIN WITH WORDS WHAT I'VE LEARNED THERE, I STILL FEEL THAT I NEED TO SPEND SO MUCH TIME WITH HER IN ORDER TO THROW AWAY MY OLD HABITS. WHEN I LEFT INDIA AND WENT BACK HOME, I REALIZED THAT THE REAL CHALLENGE WAS TO KEEP ALL I'VE LEARNED IN MIND AND TO APPLY IT TO MY DAILY LIFE. EMMANUEL DEZZ, ROME, ITALY


SAMITA IS A RARE JEWEL OF A TEACHER WHO SHARES HER PROFOUND KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM, PASSED DOWN TO HER FROM HER TEACHER, SRI DESIKACHAR AND HIS FATHER, SRI KRICHNAMACHARYA, (AMONG OTHER ENLIGHTENED MASTERS) FROM A PLACE OF LOVE, TRUTH AND SINCERITY. I WILL BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR HAVING MET SAMITA AND FOR HER SETTING ME OFF ALONG THE YOGIC PATH.THE EMPHASIS OF PERSONAL SHAPING OF YOGA PRACTICE WHICH SAMITA ADVOCATES, COMPRISES OF A PERSONAL AND HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HER STUDENT’S MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING, THROUGH ASANAS, PRANAYAMA, CHANTING, MEDITATION AND DIETARY ADVICE. IT IS YOGA THERAPY IN THE TRUE SENSE OF THE TERM. MY WEEKLY SESSIONS WITH SAMITA WERE LIKE A POCKET OF CALM IN THE STORM OF MY LIFE AT THE TIME AND WOULD TAKE PLACE IN A SEEMINGLY TIMELESS ZONE, WITH HOURS PASSING LIKE MINUTES. I REMEMBER VIVIDLY THE SENSE OF PEACE AND TRANQUILITY I EXPERIENCED THROUGH HER KIND INSTRUCTION AND THE SENSE OF TRUST AND FRIENDSHIP SHE CREATED. SARAH, NEW DELHI


SAMITA IS ONE OF A KIND, A WONDERFUL PERSON THAT CAME ACROSS INTO MY LIFE. SHE IS SOMEONE WHO PROJECTS A SENSE OF GRACE IN HER WELL BEING. HAVING A SESSION WITH HER WAS DEFINITELY AN EYE OPENING EXPERIENCE FOR ME IN TERMS OF HOW MY BODY SHOULD BE MOVING AND BREATHING THE RIGHT WAY IS THE INTEGRAL PART IN ATTAINING TRUE SYNCHRONIZATION WITH THE ENERGIES AROUND US. SHE HAS A UNIQUE WAY OF MAKING YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE AND AT PEACE WITH SELF. I WISH HER ALL THE LUCK I CAN GATHER. ALL GOOD THINGS SAMITA. RAJEEV THOMAS, BANGALORE


I AM BLESSED TO HAVE MET SAMITA AND HAVE STUDIED WITH HER FOR SOME TIME NOW. SAMITA PASSES DOWN HER KNOWLEDGE OF TRUE YOGA AS TAUGHT TO HER FROM HER TEACHER, DESIKACHAR, SON OF KRISHNAMACHARYA. THROUGH THE ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS WE HAVE HAD TOGETHER SHE HAS TAUGHT ME MANY THINGS I CAN APPLY TO MY YOGA STUDY, AND TO MY LIFE. SPECIFICALLY, CHANTING, PERSONALISED ASANA PROGRAMS AND DIET, HEALTH, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL ADVICE. HOWEVER SAMITA WILL TAILOR YOUR SESSIONS SPECIFICALLY TO YOUR NEEDS, AS SHE DOES NOT BELIEVE ONE SIZE FITS ALL. KELLY BARRS, LONDON, UK


SAMITA TAUGHT AND INTERPRETED THE PATANJALI YOGASUTRA TO ME. I DON’T UNDERSTAND SANSKRIT VERY WELL BUT WAS KEEN TO READ AND UNDERSTAND PATANJALI YOGASUTRA IN SANSKRIT. SAMITA MADE ME READ THE YOGASUTRA IN SANSKRIT AND THEN PAINSTAKINGLY EXPLAINED THE MEANING OF EACH SUTRAS. IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO GO THROUGH THE MANY SUTRAS OF YOGASUTRA BUT EVERY CLASS WAS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD. SAMITA IS A RADIANT PERSON AND HER RADIANCE COMES THROUGH WHEN SHE TEACHES YOU. YOU FEEL BLESSED AND THE ENERGY OF PATANJALI CAN BE EXPERIENCED BY YOU DURING AND AFTER EACH CLASS. TRY IT. AUM.  RAJNISH, BANGALORE, INDIA WHEN I MET SAMITA IN JANUARY 2013, I HADN'T SLEPT ON MY BACK IN THREE MONTHS. I HAD LEFT MY TRAVELING JOB AND WAS STILL IN PAIN ALL THE TIME. WITHIN A MONTH OF STARTING OUR SESSIONS, I WAS ABLE TO LIE ON MY BACK AGAIN. THE NEW PRACTICES I ADOPTED HELPED ME EMBRACE A NEW JOB, MARRIAGE, PREGNANCY, AND MOTHERHOOD. CHANGE IS A CONSTANT, BUT I KNOW THAT WITH HER COUNSEL, I CAN NAVIGATE WHATEVER COMES MY WAY. MEGHNA PRASAD, BANGALORE, INDIA


I THANK YOGARPANAM AND SAMITA RATHOR FOR THE ONE TO ONE TEACHING METHOD,UNDERSTANDING AND EFFECTIVE CUSTOMIZED PRACTICE WHICH HELPED ME BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY AND ENABLED MY QUICK RECOVERY WITH MINIMAL OR NO SIDE EFFECTS....THANKS A LOT SAMITA RATHOR FOR WITHOUT YOUR GUIDANCE THINGS WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT. REKHA, BANGALORE, INDIA


HI! JUST TWO MONTHS AGO MY TEN YEAR OLD SON WAS A HIGH STRUNG, HIGH MAINTENENCE LITTLE BOY PRONE TO TEMPER RAGES. HIS EXTREME BAD HANDWRITING WAS PROVING A DETERRENT IN SCHOOL AND HE WAS ALSO QUITE RELUCTANT TO GO TO SCHOOL. HIS CHILDHOOD THAT SHOULD HAVE BY ALL INDICATIONS BEEN A HAPPY SECURE ONE SEEMED TO BE A DARK DISMAL LITTLE WORLD. IT WAS IN THIS SCENARIO THAT WE CAME TO SAMITA.HER ONE-ON- ONE APPROACH SEEMS TO HAVE WORKED WELL FOR HIM. AND HER HOLISTIC APPROACH TO THE SITUATION INVOLVED THE ENTIRE FAMILY. SHE SPOKE TO MY BOY AND RIGHT AWAY SEEMED TO BREAK A BARRIER WHERE HE LET OUT THAT HIS RELUCTANCE TO ATTEND SCHOOL WAS BECAUSE OF SOME BULLYING ISSUES. THAT TACKLED SLOWLY A VERY LIGHT YOGA REGIMEN TO IMPROVE HIS UPPER BODY AND INCREASE HIS CONCENTRATION WAS PUT IN PLACE.WE HAVE SEEN STEADY PROGRESS IN HIM. HE'S CALMER NOW. HE CONCENTRATES LONGER AND HIS WRITING TOO HAS IMPROVED - HIS TEACHERS HAVE COMMENTED ON IT. HE LIKES HIS SESSIONS AND CHEERILY ACCOMPANIES US TO EACH ONE. WHICH IS CONDUCTED IN A NON-THREATENING, EASY WAY.SAMITA HAS SPOKEN TO EACH OF US INDIVIDUALLY AND WORKED WITH US AS A FAMILY, A UNIT, TO DEAL WITH HIS SITUATION. SO EACH OF US IS AWARE AND PLAYING A VITAL ROLE IN HIS PROGRESS.THOUGH IT IS JUST THE BEGINNING AND A JOURNEY OF HEALING FAR FROM OVER, I AM  FULL OF GRATITUDE TO HAVE BEEN PLACED IN A PATH WHERE I COULD MEET SAMITA. AND SHE IN TURN COULD HELP MY SON. SANGITA, BANGALORE, INDIA


WHEN I CAME TO SAMITA ABOUT A YEAR AGO, MY LIFE WAS IN SHAMBLES. I WAS TRYING TO RECOVER FROM THE BREAK UP OF A 24 YEARS OLD MARRIAGE. PSCHOLOGICALLY AND PHYSICALLY I WAS A MESS. THEN ONE DAY I SAW AN NOTE AT IIC WHERE A YOUNG LADY CALLED SAMITA RATHOR WAS OFFERING PERSONLIZED YOGA CLASSES. WHAT ATTRACTED ME TO THE NOTE WAS THE FACT THAT SAMITA STATED - SINCE EACH PERSON IS UNIQUE AND HAS UNIQUE PROBLEMS, GROUP YOGA CLASSES ARE NOT A SOLUTION TO PROBLEMS, THE CLASSES HAVE TO BE WORKED OUT ON A ONE TO ONE BASIS, WITH THE TEACHER UNDERSTANDING HER PUPIL AND THE PUPIL COMMUNICATING HER DISCOMFORTS. THATS, HOW I DECIDED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH HER AND START THE CLASSES. I HAVE NEVER REGRETTED MY DECISION, QUITE ON THE CONTRARY, I BLESS SAMITA FOR THE WAY SHE APPROACHES HER PUPIL AND HOW SHE GRADUALLY EVOLVES AN APPROPRIATE SCHEDULE. SHE IS EXTREMELY SENSITIVE AND IMMEDIATELY UNDERSTANDS WHAT ARE THE NEEDS ON A PARTICULAR DAY. I REMEMBER COMING ONE DAY, FEELING SO LOW THAT I JUST SLUNK ON THE SOFA WITH NO DESIRE TO GET UP. ONE LOOK AT ME AND SHE SAID - TODAY WE WILL DO BREATHING EXERCISES AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET UP. I WAS AMAZED ! I AM NOW FEELING MORE IN CONTROL OF MY LIFE AND PHYSICALLY TOO, WHENEVER I AM REGULAR, I FEEL POSITIVE ENERGY FLOW AFTER MY SESSION. I WISH MORE PEOPLE DISCOVER HER.MAYA, NEW DELHI, INDIA


YOGA HELPS ME CONNECT TO MYSELF. EACH HOUR I SPEND ON THE MAT ISN’T JUST ABOUT PERFORMING THE ASANAS BUT IT’S ALSO ABOUT GIVING MYSELF THE SPACE TO COLLECT MY THOUGHTS. AND TO DROP SOME OF THOSE THOUGHTS AND GET RID OF THE CLUTTER. I’VE BEEN PRACTICING YOGA FOR A YEAR AND A HALF, AND I’VE MADE SOME VERY IMPORTANT DECISIONS OF MY LIFE IN THIS TIME.  SOMEHOW, I’VE HAD THE COURAGE TO SAY YES TO THE THINGS AND PEOPLE I WANT AND SAY NO THE STUFF THAT I DON’T, AND KNOWN THE DIFFERENCE. PERSONALLY, I FEEL THAT THE CONVERSATIONS I’VE HAD WITH MY YOGA TEACHER HAVE HELPED ME UNDERSTAND THE KIND OF LIFE I WANT TO LEAD AND FOR THAT, I’M EXTREMELY GRATEFUL. THESE CONVERSATIONS AND INSIGHTS HAVE HELPED ME GET MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE PERSON I AM. KOMAL, GURGAON, INDIA 


DON'T KNOW WHAT TO  REALLY WRITE ABOUT SAMITA  AS WORDS WOULD NOT DO JUSTICE IN DESCRIBING THE PERSON SHE IS . I THINK SHE IS ABLE TO UNDERSTAND PEOPLE VERY QUICKLY AND FORGETS THE TIME WHEN SHE IS HELPING A PERSON OUT (SHE GETS THAT INVOLVED )I HAD TO REMIND HER VERY OFTEN THAT THERE WAS ANOTHER PERSON WAITING FOR HIS OR HER TURN .THE BEST PART IS THAT SHE UNDERSTANDS THAT ONE HAS TO LIVE THE SO CALLED NORMAL LIFE ,IE, WORK , EARN A LIVELY HOOD AND HAVE A FAMILY ETC AND THAT IT'S NOT REALLY POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE TO LIVE THE LIFE OF A RECLUSE AND TRIES TO BRING IN A BALANCE BETWEEN THE TWO WORLDS. SHE DOES NOT BRAG THAT SHE KNOWS ALL AND IS ALSO HAPPY TO LEARN , THAT'S WHAT MAKES HER DIFFERENT . SHE HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN MY LIFE (ALTHOUGH WE COULD NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ) IN HELPING ME RESET IT AND START AS IF IT WERE NEW WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF THE MISTAKES MADE IN THE PAST AND NOT HAVING TO PAY FOR THEM. HER QUOTES IN HER CALENDARS THAT SHE DID FOR THE CIVIL SOCIETY ARE TO DIE FOR !!! SIRISH, BANGALORE, INDIA


SAMITA IS A WISE, WARM, CARING TEACHER WHO NOT ONLY GIVES YOU HER TIME, BUT MAKES YOU FEEL THAT YOUR INPUT IS ALSO VERY VALID. FROM HER LIFE EXPERIENCE TO MINE, WE CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER. SHE HAS TAUGHT ME SO MUCH, I TRULY VALUE HER AS A TEACHER AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SPENDING MORE TIME TAKING IN AS MUCH OF HER KNOWLEDGE AS POSSIBLE IN FUTURE. I AM HONOURED TO BE A PART OF THIS VERY UNIQUE AND SPECIAL LINAGE, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEADING A PURER, MORE HONEST, MORE CONTENT AND COMPASSIONATE I.E. A YOGIC WAY OF LIFE, THEN SAMITA CAN HELP YOU WELL ON YOUR WAY. ANONYMOUSSAMITA IMPARTS HER KNOWLEDGE OF YOGA AND ITS PHILOSOPHICAL TEACHINGS WITH A CLARITY AND DEPTH THAT BRINGS AN UNDERSTANDING OF YOGA BEYOND ASANA PRACTICE, ENABLING THE DEEPENING OF ONES PERSONAL PRACTICE AND THE CULTIVATION OF ITS RELEVANCE AND INTEGRATION INTO DAILY LIFE. HER TRANSMISSION OF YOGA'S SPIRITUAL WISDOM IS BOTH ILLUMINATING AND INSPIRING. I AM HUMBLED BY HER GENEROSITY AND WILLINGNESS TO SHARE THE BREATH AND DEPTH OF HER KNOWLEDGE OF YOGA, FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BEINGS.   CHARLOTTE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA


SAMITA IS A VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE TEACHER; VERY WISE AND OPEN WITH HER TEACHINGS. IN MY SESSION I LEARNT NEW MEDIATIONS TECHNIQUES AND SOME BEAUTIFUL CHANTING. I FOUND SAMITA TO BE VERY INSPIRING WITH MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY. SAT NAM. MEGAN GEACH, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIAI MET SAMITA AT A TIME WHEN ASPECTS OF MY LIFE FELT UNRESOLVED, UP IN THE AIR AND I HAD A VAGUE RESTLESSNESS PLAGUING ME. OUR WEEKLY SESSIONS FELT LIKE A SPRING CLEANING OF THE SOUL- EMOTIONALLY, MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY. SAMITA HELPED ME GET TO A PLACE WHERE I RELY ON MY OWN TRUTH TO NAVIGATE LIFE'S UNCERTAINTIES. IT'S NOT JUST A YOGA ROUTINE THAT SHE GIFTS YOU BUT A LIFESTYLE- ONE THAT FITS THE PERSON THAT YOU ARE. HER LACK OF JUDGEMENT, GENTLE QUESTIONS AND INTUITIVE SUGGESTIONS RESONATE VERY DEEPLY WITH ME. SHE FEEDS THE SPIRITUAL SEEKER IN ME JUST RIGHT- ALWAYS HELPING ME FIND MY PEACE IN MY OWN HRIDAYA. SHE HAS HELPED ME TRUST THE FLOW OF LIFE. SRI, BANGALORE, INDIA


I'M A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR AND IT'S BEEN THE BEST TEACHER I HAVE EVER HAD.... IT'S SCARY EVEN I HAVE MY DAYS OF WORRY BUT IT'S NOT A SYNONYM FOR DEATH ...IT'S MERELY A WAKE UP CALL TO LIVE AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST, ADMIRING EACH AND EVERY CREATION AND EMOTION!!!! LIFE IRRESPECTIVE OF WHERE OR WHAT YOU ARE IS UNCERTAIN SO WHY NOT MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS!!!! REKHA, BANGALORE, INDIA


 MY RECENT MEETING WITH SAMITA RATHOR MA'AM HAS REALLY BEEN A SIGNIFICANT ONE THAT HAS PROVIDED ME AN ALL NEW DIRECTION TOWARDS YOGA, THUS, OPENING A NEW DIMENSION WHICH IS INDEED PROFOUND AND HOLISTIC. I APPROACHED HER TO GAIN UNDERSTANDING ON YOGA ASANAS. LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT MY ENTIRE APPROACH TOWARDS YOGA, THAT HAD BEEN THERE FOR YEARS, IS GOING TO BE QUESTIONED YES YOU HEARD ME. THE ACCOMPLISHED MASTER SHOWED ME THE WAY AND LITERALLY CHANGED MY ENTIRE OUTLOOK TOWARDS YOGA. SAMITA MA’AM IS A RESERVOIR OF KNOWLEDGE AND AFTER HAVING FEW SESSIONS WITH HER I WAS ECSTATIC AND CURIOUS TO KNOW ABOUT THE ENTIRE SCIENCE THAT IS INVOLVED BEHIND YOGA. SHE HAS AN EXCELLENT COMMAND OVER HER TEACHINGS AND SHE DELIVERS IT WITH UTMOST EASE AND CLARITY. HER TEACHINGS ARE PRAGMATIC WHICH WE CAN APPLY IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIVING. I ATTENDED HER YOGA SUTRA SESSIONS BY PATANJALI WHICH HAS LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK ON MY BEING. THE WAY THESE SUTRAS ARE SO STRUCTURED AND LOGICAL THAT ONE IS BOUND TO JUST IMBIBE THEM WITHOUT THE NEED TO QUESTION. ONCE YOU HAVE A HANDS ON EXPERIENCE ON THIS THEN PROBABLY IT WOULD BE CLEAR AS TO WHY I AM SAYING SO. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE KNOWING SAMITA MA'AM, AN IMPRESSIVE PERSONALITY AND ABOVE ALL A VERY STRONG AND ARDENT BEING, WHO KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT SHE IS DOING. NOT MANY PEOPLE YOU COME ACROSS ARE LIKE THIS. ANYONE WHO WOULD CONNECT WITH HER WOULD FOR SURE BE THOROUGHLY INSPIRED. I AM GRATEFUL AND HUMBLED TO HAVE KNOWN HER. ISHA, BANGALORE, INDIA


SAMITA WAS INTRODUCED TO ME BY A CLOSE FRIEND SOME YEARS AGO. AT THE TIME, I WAS BORDERING ON AN UNREASONABLE FEELING OF RESTLESSNESS, ANGER AND LOW SELF-WORTH. CHANGES WERE IMMEDIATE AND I AM GRATEFUL! A FEELING OF WELL-BEING EMBRACED ME ALONG WITH THE DEEP SENSE THAT EVERYTHING WAS FINE, AND ALWAYS WOULD BE. THIS BECAME STRONGER IN MY SUBSEQUENT MEETINGS WITH HER. SAMITA TAUGHT ME TECHNIQUES, ON HOW TO STAY STILL, BREATHE CORRECTLY, AND A YOGA WORK OUT, TAILORED TO MY NEEDS. SHE ALSO THROWS IN CONVERSATIONS ON SPIRITUALITY AND IS GENEROUS AND PATIENT WHEN ASKED UNINFORMED, IGNORANT QUESTIONS. IN TIME I HAVE RECOMMENDED HER TO A FRIEND, AND HE TOO, LEFT FEELING ‘GROUNDED’. SAMITA HAS A ONE-POINT MISSION OF HELPING EVERYONE INDIVIDUALLY, HOW TO BE AT PEACE BY TAPPING INTO THEMSELVES. SHE IS A NECESSITY IN TODAY’S CHAOS! SUDHA, BANGALORE, INDIA


SAMITA IS LIKE THE GURU I'VE ALWAYS READ ABOUT. THE ONE WHO APPEARS WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY. I MET SAMITA IN 2013 AT A TIME WHEN I HAD SORT OF REACHED A PLATEAU IN MY YOGA PRACTICE AND WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DEEPER. SHE OPENED NEW DOORS INTO UNDERSTANDING FOR ME AND HEALED ME IN SO MANY WAYS I DOUBT SHE EVEN REALISES. SHE IS SO INSTINCTIVE. LIKE I'LL JUST GET A MESSAGE OUT OF THE BLUE FROM HER WHEN I PROBABLY NEED HER THE MOST AND SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW BUT SHE JUST HAPPENS TO MESSAGE ME AND OFFER ME THE RIGHT KIND OF ADVICE WHEN I NEED IT THE MOST. SHES ALSO TAUGHT ME THE POWER OF SOUND AND HEALING THROUGH CHANTING. HER VOICE AND CADENCE WHEN SHE CHANTS IS STRONG. SHE'S AMAZING AND I HOPE SHE KNOWS IT :) SUZANNA GAYATRI KURIAN, BANGALORE, INDIA




    Samita has personally studied with Sri Desikachar, son of Krishnamacharya, since she was 20 years old



    • Yoga One on One Private Sessions
    • Consultation
    • Master Mentoring Session, Guidance and Counselling
    • Traditional Diet
    • Pranayama (Individual Breath work)
    • Postures/Asanas
    • Yoga Philosophy
    • Yoga Therapy
    • Dhyana-Meditation - 
    (Techniques from Ancient Traditions are passed on to Yoghacharya Samita Rathor by Living Masters through a one on one personal study transmission of knowledge).



    Sri Gurubhyo Namaha

     Sir, Sri Desikachar left his body and attained the Lotus feet of The Lord 
    Tuesday, 21st June 1938 - Monday, 8th August 2016
    Samita in Adhoumukha Svanasana, an asana of complete Surrender/ Shraddha & Faith

    In Arunachalam, where Sri Ramanna Maharshi resided



    TEACHERS, INSPIRATIONS AND MENTORS
    Krishna Arjuna Series art by Keshav Venkataraghavan (artist/cartoonist), an inspiration, friend deeply revered and loved.
    “In recommending Yoga practices, teachers should always consider an individual's particular circumstances. Just as other activities and practices must be adapted to the changes in one's life, such as ageing, so too Yoga practices need to be adapted as the practitioner changes.” Sri Gurubhyo Namaha
    Sri Desikachar on his father Sri Krishnamacharya and how he got interested in Yoga
    Dr Shivram Singh, Samita's grandfather with Mr V V Giri, President of India
    Sri Amritapadananda Saraswati (Professor Seshan)
    Sir (Sri Desikachar)
    His Holiness The Dalai Lama

    Sri Ramaswami Srivatsa

    Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswathi



    PROF. KRISHNAMACHARYA'S APPROACH TO YOGA- HOW TO DEVELOP A YOGA PRACTICE THAT SUITS YOU?

    Individual Pranayama Practice. One size does not fit all.
    BEAUTIFUL CONNECT MOMENTS WITH BEAUTIFUL SOULS-YOGA FAMILY









    CAN 2 PEOPLE HAVE THE SAME PHYSICAL MENTAL & EMOTIONAL MAKE-UP ? IT’S NOT POSSIBLE. THEN HOW CAN WE TEACH THEM THE SAME THING? 
    We have a unique physical, mental and spiritual level, which differs from person to person. This is when we need a one-on-one instruction, the real, best and 
    long-established form of Counselling and Yoga practice. 

    The student consults the teacher regularly and practices what’s specifically designed for them daily. The Counselling and Yoga support becomes an individual journey and the learner develops the skills to observe the subtle changes that occur in his or her own physical, mental and spiritual level.

    To heal these different areas of the body and mind a very specific grounding based on the individual’s need is taught to be followed daily. 

    Especially after a certain age Yoga needs to be individualized. Getting to know a person on these 3 levels is a time consuming process, which evolves over a period of time. 


    This kind of Individual attention that Prof. Krishnamacharya and his son Sir Desikachar  gave thier students is rare to get.It can evolve only from Unconditional Love without which nothing can happen on a deeper level.

    FAITH IN YOGA
    In Pangong Lake, Ladhak.
    Rather pursue truth than pretend to know. 
    Rather share knowledge than proclaim to be an authority on it. Rather practice than preach. Rather be in stillness than sound. 

    When we think we are an authority on something it’s a manifestation of powerlessness and fear. 

    To be a spiritual practitioner one requires a great amount of love, compassion and selflessness. 

    Knowledge without these qualities is as good as an ocean without water. 
    Achieving tough asanas and bending in all directions has no meaning if the foundation of truth is missing. 

    The toughest part of a yoga sadhana. 
    This is what the inner core truly believes. 

    PARINAMA WITH REFERENCE TO YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI 

    By Samita Rathor

    "Yoga serves the individual, and does so through inviting transformation rather than by giving information." T.K.V. Desikachar


    The mention of the word Parinama comes in SADHANAPADAH 2.15 as one of the causes for dukha.
    2.15 Parinama tapa samskaradukhaih gunavrittivirodhacca dukhameva sarvam vivekinah
    According to a viveki (discriminatory knowledge) the world is full of dukha (suffering) due to Parinama (change), samskara (conditioning), tapa (craving) and guna vritti (movement in the gunas). The background of every spiritual teaching is to get out of dukha. If we get out of suffering dukha ends and that in itself is Parinama.
    Change in place, change in relationship, change in relationship can cause dukha.
    According to the Kapila’s Samkhya philosophy there are 3 causes for suffering
          Ahdyatmika-caused by self

          Adhibhoutika-caused from the bhutas. E.g. a snake bite.
          Adhidaivika-caused from supernatural forces. E.g. tsunami or floods.

    In VIBHUTIPADAH SUTRAS 3.9 - 3.16 talk about the 3 Parinama
    3.9 Vyutthananirodhasamskarayoh abhibhavapradurbhavau nirodhaksanacittanvayo nirodhaparinamah
    The samskaras of one who is in a state of vyutthana(coming out), when he is trying to be in command of the thought waves as they appear and disappear, then the mind connects with the moment it is a Nirodha Parinama.
    How does one get Nirodha Parinama?
    After continuous practice and lot of effort one gets the power to be in command of the mind. The moment the samskaras accumulate during vyutthana state, the practitioner is able to recognize them. The connection of the mind at this moment is Nirodha Parinama.
    The samskaras are the characteristics of the mind. The Parinama of samskaras are taking place in us every moment.
    According to Sri Desikachar-“the mind is capable of 2 states based on 2 different tendencies. These are distraction and attention. However at anyone moment only one state prevails and this state influences the individual’s behavior attitudes and expressions.”
    3.10 Tasya prasantavahita samskarat
    Fruits of Nirodha Parinama
    When the habit of restraint and nirodha is formed there is effortless flow of peace tranquil and spontaneous flow of movement of nirodha where the thought waves have restrained themselves.
    3.11 Sarvatataikagratayoh ksayodayau cittasya samadiparinamah
    When all pointedness of the mind subsides and one pointedness rises it is called Samadhi Parinama. The nature of the mind is sarvart (all pointed). It can be made one pointed and when this is done there is an inclination towards Samadhi. A mind in ekagrata itself is a Parinama.
    3.12 tatah punah santoditau tulyapratyayau cittasya ekagrataparinamah
    When the mind is no more bothered when the thought waves rise or subside and is being able to concentrate on one single point it is called Ekagrata Parinama.
    We all have a state of shanta (undisturbed/down) and udita disturbed (up) mind. When it is in a state of balance there is one pointedness.
    How can we visualize these 2 different states of shanta and udita?
    Pranayama and abhyasa helps us visualize shanta and udita. Only in a state of santa we can reflect on an object .It is a state of no thought waves.
    3.13 Etena bhutendriyesu dharma lasksana avastha parinamah vyakhyatah
    The dharma, laksana and avastha can change. Kala brings change.
    Parinama can be divided as
    1. Dharma (properties) gets influenced by the 3 gunas and food. Astanga yoga, diet and moderate activity are the factors.
    2. Laksana (character) gets influenced by external factors like sangha.
    3. Avastha(condition) which gets influenced by kala and factors like which stage of life one is in. One’s activity should synchronize with kala.
    3.14 A dharmi who possesses dharma may have characteristics that may be (santa) dormant), udita (arisen) or avyapadeshya (manifested). Dharmi does not undergo any change.
    3.15 The dharma possessing different characteristics in the (santa) dormant), udita (arisen) or avyapadeshya (manifested) is the cause of the different modifications of the thought waves.
     3.16 If we practice dharma, laksana, avastha and samyama then one can get past knowledge and what is going to happen in the future.


    KAIVALYAPADAH 4.12-4.15 talks about the Concept of Parinama
    4.12 Atitanagatam svarupatatah asti adhvabhedaddamanam
    Whatever will appear in the future or has appeared in the past is essentially in a dormant state. What is past has not disappeared forever.
    The substance of what has disappeared as well as what may appear always exists. Whether or not they are evident depends upon the direction of change. the past existed as past and also the future. Objects and events are closely related. Without any object there are no events. Past seems like imagination but it does exist. Past and future is not a fabrication of the mind. Sat karya vada.The world is real and exists but it is subject to change. Consciousness and matter exists. It is neither created nor destroyed. It undergoes change continuously. Creation is nothing but change.
    4.13 Te vyaktasuksmah gunatmanah
    Objects make events. All objects are made of 3 gunas. These are sometimes fully blown and sometimes subtle.
    4.14 Parinamaikatvat vastutattvam
    The raw material of objects are the 3 gunas. Difference in these objects is merely a difference in the combination of the gunas.
    4.15 Vastusamye cittabhedat tayorvibhaktahpanthah.
    Objects are always the same but perceived by different mind in different ways. Sri Desikachar gives an example how a Hindu temple is a place of worship to the devoted believer, an artistic monument to the tourist, a place of solicitation to the beggar and even a place of ridicule to atheist. This is a very important sutra for personal relationship. We always find fault in others. Allow the other persons opinion to be heard by you.


    RESULT OF PARINAMAS
    4.32 Tatah krtarthanam parinamakramasamaptigunananam
    Our activities are nothing but combination of the gunas. Gunas are controlled by samskaras. At this stage the gunas totally cease.
    4.33 Ksanapratiyogi parinamaparanta nirgrahyah kramah
    Parinama is a quality in prakriti based on a particular karma. Citta vrittis and gunas are going away here as is no samskaras. Klesas become inactive. Parinama comes to an end. Citta vritii nirodha.


    SOME IDEAS ABOUT PARINAMA
    ·                  Parinama is one of the most important concepts in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.
    ·                  It means change from the philosophical and practical point of view.
    ·                 The concept of Parinama is not just for the mind but also the bhutas (elements) and        indriyas (senses).
    ·                 How the universe came into existence is due to Parinama. The universe is constantly     going through changes.
    ·                Parinama is present in Prakriti which is always changing due to the presence of the 3 gunas rajas, tamas and satva.
    ·        It is a key-concept in the Samkhya philosophy on which Patañjali's Yoga Sutras are based, and also in the philosophy of the Vedanta. It is a key concept, because, Samkhya or Yoga thought in Indian philosophy is classified as 'parinama-vada' or also 'satkaryavada'.
    ·       Samkhya and Yoga believe, that when e.g. a tree grows out of a tiny seed, this proves that this mighty tree must already have been present in the seed, be it in a hidden way. For the tree cannot emerge out of nothing. In the same way the whole visible world must have emerged out of a world-seed, in which it existed in a non-manifest way before it appeared.
    ·       In Yoga and Samkhya the whole of life is a projection of something that lies hidden deep inside.
    “The Mastery of Yoga must not be measured simply by the ability to master the techniques of yoga like asana and pranayama, but by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationship and how it promotes clarity and peace of mind.”
    T K V Desikachar
    ARTICLE ON A WORKSHOP CONDUCTED BY YOGACHARYA SAMITA RATHOR ON UNDERSTANDING & DEVELOPING AN INDIVIDUALIZED PERSONAL YOGA PRACTICE


     A Yoga Workshop with the 240 energetic bunch of Symbiosis Internationa University, Lavale, conducted by Acharya Samita Rathor
    Individualised Yoga- The Essence of Healthy Living:
    By: Priyanka Chakrabarti
    Located among lush hills, Lavale offers a chance to coexist with nature as it stands over a valley surrounded by clouds and painted green in its best season. Powered by solar sources, its eco-friendly functioning makes for a perfect setting for contemplative and incisive study far from the worries and hustle of the city. Designed to conserve natural resources, the Lavale campus incorporates a rain water harvesting project to conserve water and re-use it effectively for various purposes. Envisioned as a green zone, students are encouraged to walk and bicycles have been provided for transport. Known as the Symbiosis Knowledge Village, Lavale is home to Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC)
    October 7th, 2009, at the fag end of the semester, when the threshold of the exams had just passed, the students of Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication were exposed to a scintillating experience of yoga. Samita Rathor conducted this session, and enlightened about 240 students about the importance of the practice of personalized yoga and how it helps one to regulate the inner self.
    Samita Rathor has been a student of yoga , under the guidance of Sri T.K.V. Desikachar son of Sri T Krishnamacharya, who happens to be one of the greatest yogis of contemporary times from a 9th century Yoga lineage. Her primary focus is to educate people about different kinds of healing techniques from physical, mental and emotional trauma, through the implication of Individualised Yoga.
    Students were projected to six hours of authentic informative session, where different kinds of yogic postures and breathing techniques were unveiled. These help one to accomplish sync between the body, mind and soul. But most importantly prominence was laid on formulation and connotation of individualized yoga.
    Samita Rathor chanted “Samatvam Yoga Uchyate ( from the Bhagwad Gita),” which means equilibrium of the mind is yoga. She believes in the fact that every human being is composed of different components and hence each one of them is unique. Every individual have distinctive mental, physical and emotional stratum, thus to cure the various sections of the body and mind, a very explicit and detailed form of yoga, catering to the essential needs of a person is to be appropriately designed. This is the time when the need for a personalized instruction is required for attaining best and incorrigible form of yoga training. In fact, this is the customary yoga philosophy and faith of Sri Krishnamacharya and his son Sri Desikachar.
    Yoga helps one to enhance one’s intuitive powers. A personal yoga practice is a very private experiential course of action, which leads to the inspiration of higher senses. It helps to build up awareness on emotional level; whereon it leads to obliteration of negativity. Moreover yoga essentially helps one to focus more, get distressed, it slows down the pace of aging and lastly it helps one to totally get detached from one’s own body and get connected to the universal energies. After certain age yoga needs to be individualized, hence all these results cannot be accomplished in group practice.
    Samita portrayed different forms of asanas, which eventually is a course of journey from noise to silence, self-adherence and composition. She imparted the knowledge imbibed with rationality and logic.