The name, Indra Yoga Institute, is inspired by both mythical and historical figures. We flow with the ease and power of Indra, Vedic deity, god of lightning, thunderstorms, rains, rivers and water (Apas). Indra nourishes us, reminding of our need to soften, allowing us to maintain balance, and step into our highest Self.
Indra’s twin brother, Agni is the fire-god of Hinduism, second only to Indra in the Vedic mythology of ancient India. He is equally the fire of the sun and lightning, as well as the fire of the home and hearth. Indra reminds us that just as the day balances itself with night, we need to balance our internal fire with flowing water.
We also honor Indra Devi. At a time when Yoga in South Asia was exclusively male dominated and considered a masculine pursuit, Indra Devi became a pioneer for Women in Western Yoga. Indra Devi developed a fascination for Yoga at age 15 after reading a book by Yogi Ramacharaka. She moved to India and would eventually become Krishnamacharya’s first female student and studied alongside B.K.S Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois. She met every challenge Krishnamacharya set out for her over almost 10 years until he allowed her to become the first female yoga teacher to study with him in 1938. She went on to share Yoga across the world for the next 70+ years, living until age 102. We appreciate Indra Devi for persevering with a practice that excluded her and creating more accessibility for others. It is our hope to honor the ancient African and Indian lineage wisdom practices, always working towards making these practices inclusive and accessible to everyone.