Nitya has been practicing yoga and Vedanta for over 38 years. He studied Yoga with Swami Vishnudevananda at his Ashram in South India and learned Vedanta from Swami Brahmananda of Devine Life Society Rishikesh. Both these teachers were disciples of Master Sivananda. Nitya spent many years living in Ashrams in India, running successful Yoga centers in Toronto and London, Canada and is having a retreat place or Ashram in Kerala, South India. He is currently residing in Ottawa, Canada.
Studying Yoga with Nitya, I learned that what is impossible is not as far away as I think. All of the yoga and meditation at the studio is guided by this principle, and that if I can quiet the mind, all kinds of doors will open.
When I met Nitya, I knew I’d found the right yoga teacher. He taught me that yoga is not about the physical postures; it’s an approach to life, a way of tuning the body and mind towards a new benchmark of living. Nitya has always supported me to question, to grow, and to explore. Nitya’s own dedication to the practice has encouraged me to take my practice to a deeper level, both on and off the mat. Uplifted, is probably the best word to describe how I feel after one of Nitya’s classes.
Lisa T , Instructor
In 2003, I took the teacher training program at Swami Vishnu Yoga Centre with Nitya Kandath. Now, almost 6 years later, I am still regularly practicing and teaching at the centre. Nitya is an unending source of information and inspiration for all that have the fortune of knowing him and experiencing his teachings. The centre is a place where people gather and are encouraged to explore themselves and learn what yoga truly is. Classes are taught with pure joy, in the spirit of sharing, and everyone is always welcome.
Nitya’s Yoga gave me the spiritual insight of being. As a long time practitioner of martial arts, I now have a better understanding of non-violence practice through the smallest of actions. I recommend Nitya’s teaching and guidance to everyone.
Classical Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga is one of the practice that unites mind and body. It also helps an individual to tune with their body. The various practices of Yoga appear to be different in the beginning, but in the end, all of them conclude purposefully at one place. Similarly, many rivers start from different places, but end up in same sea. There are many aspects of Hatha Yoga including Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Kriyas, Bandhas, and Mudras. Its Savasana and Yoganidra are a treat for all practitioners. The teaching of Yoga respects an individual’s ability to perform certain postures. Yoga postures require a gentle, sustainable exertion of energy that is not forceful or strenuous. The practice encourages one to “let go” while the mind is focused. There are many styles of hatha yoga practices including but not limited to power yoga, kripalu yoga, ashtanga yoga. The differences between the styles are regarding the movement into and out of the postures. Some styles find it helpful to make use of heated room, blocks and straps. All of them looks different in its beginning levels, but the next levels of practices yoga is one and the same. Yoga is also a great practice to continue for those who are taking vedanta and bhakti approaches. The beginning levels of yoga creates wonderful foundation for every one.
Any one and every one can practice yoga.