Arvind Chittumalla: How To Be A Healthy Yogi

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Yogi Arvind was my first ever proper meditation teacher! Since meeting him in Venice Beach, CA about 7 years ago, his presence has certainly influenced my path and understanding of health.

In this conversation, Arvind and I discuss yoga and how it is such a powerful intervention for health and life when applied in its truest form. Arvind's work is to inspire and educate the world of the full depth and breadth of yogic wisdom, focusing beyond the yoga mat/yoga studio. We talk a bit about the other 7 limbs raja yoga, beyond Asana, or the physical movement practice that we are so familiar with. We didn't cover them all, but here is a brief snippet of the 8 limbs of yoga:

1 - YAMA - Restraints, moral disciplines or moral vows.

  • Ahiṃsā: Nonviolence, non-harming other living beings.

  • Satya: truthfulness, non-falsehood.

  • Asteya: non-stealing.

  • Brahmacharya: chastity, marital fidelity or sexual restraint.

  • Aparigraha: non-avarice, non-possessiveness.

2 - NIYAMA - Positive duties or observances.

  • Sauca: purity, clearness of mind, speech and body

  • Santosa: contentment, acceptance of others and of one's circumstances as they are, optimism for self

  • Tapas: austerity, self-discipline, persistent meditation, perseverance

  • Svadhyaya: study of self, self-reflection, introspection of self's thoughts, speeches and actions

  • Isvarapranidhana: contemplation of God (Supreme Being, Brahman, True Self, Unchanging Reality) and attunement to the supreme consciousness

3 - ASANA - Posture.

4 - PRANAYAMA - Breathing techniques.

5 - PRATYAHARA - Sense withdrawal.

6 - DHARANA - Focused concentration 

7 - DHYANA - Meditative absorption 

8 - SAMADHI - Bliss or enlightenment.

Arvind also shares about all of his projects, from the documentary film he created, to his retreat center, as well as the yoga festival that he directs. He also of course shares about his personal practice and continual fine tuning to balance himself in his life just outside the hectic city of Los Angeles.

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About Arvind

Yogi Arvind (Arvind Chittumalla) is a yoga practitioner, yoga teacher and a yoga entrepreneur. Arvind was first introduced to the different limbs of yoga at the age of 7 in Hyderabad, India. At about the same age, he also learned other Indian spiritual philosophies and Sanskrit. He spent most of his childhood and adolescent years in a boarding school that emphasized spiritual growth. He embraces a yogic lifestyle that integrates all the eight limbs of Raja Yoga. He studied and practiced yogic philosophies from different schools/traditions:

  • Self study of Yoga, Samkhya and Vedanta

  • Satyachetana International (India and US branches)

  • Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (India and US branches)

  • Self Realization Fellowship (India and US branches)

  • International Buddhist Meditation Center (Los Angeles, USA) and other Mahayana Buddhist schools 

He generally teaches the non asana aspects of Raja Yoga. He has been teaching Meditation, Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Sanskrit and Chanting for the last 6 years. Arvind uses a number of meditation techniques during his classes, depending on the needs of the students and their level of practice: Vipassana, Chakra meditation, World Peace meditation, Mantra & Japa, Yoga Nidra, Visualizations, Analytical meditation and more. Arvind is passionate about using yogic principles to create a healthy, peaceful and harmonious life. He speaks and offers advice to people from different walks of life about living a yogic lifestyle. 

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