Bala Yoga School is a Yoga Alliance accredited yoga school located in the international town of Auroville. Bala Yoga School has the added advantage of having a traditional Yogic practitioner as the lead trainer, Balaganesh Siva. Balaganesh SIVA, also known as Bala, was born in a village near Auroville, Pondicherry, India. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management, and his corporate career spanned more than 12 years in various fields like wind energy, interior design, and organic food products. His focus has now turned towards restoring the physical and mental health of people using traditional practices and methods like Yoga, Kalaripayatu, Karlakattai, and more.
Bala had his first experience of yoga while living in Amsterdam. After returning to India and practicing with wonderful teachers in various styles like Sivananda style of classical Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Vinyasa flow for many years, he founded Bala Yoga School based in Auroville, India. Bala Yoga School is a Yoga Alliance accredited yoga school that conducts 200 hrs & 300 Hrs Yoga TTCs in Auroville, India, and Bali. They also organize yoga retreats, philosophy classes, and other events in stunning locations in India and abroad.
Bala is also a practitioner of Kalaripayatu, the martial art from Kerala, along with Karlakattai and silambam. He is involved in projects like father's role in childbirth, researching and educating about improving the bonding of father with his child through classes. Additionally, he runs a small NGO for the care of street dog’s sterilization & vaccination.
Bala believes that everyone should take care of their physical and mental health, as it is the best gift we can give to our friends and family. He is a change maker with experiences in diverse fields, bridging people to their health and fitness goals He is also well-traveled and has lived in Europe (Netherlands and Spain), making him a great cultural ambassador bridging the eastern esoteric practices to western mind and lifestyle.
Auroville is an international spiritual town, and practicing yoga and doing a TTC in Auroville is special for the following reasons:
Auroville's connection to the spiritual traditions of India: Auroville has a deep connection to the spiritual traditions of India, including yoga. The community offers various yoga classes.Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry also boost a culture and traditions going back thousands of years providing a rich and authentic experience for practitioners.
The natural surroundings of Auroville: Auroville is situated in a lush, green environment that is conducive to yoga practice. The community is surrounded by forests, gardens, and parks, providing ample space for outdoor yoga sessions. The natural surroundings also help to create a peaceful and calming atmosphere, which is essential for the practice of yoga.
The diversity of yoga styles and teachers: Auroville is home to a diverse community of practitioners and teachers, who offer a wide range of yoga styles and approaches. The community also attracts renowned yoga teachers from around the world, who offer workshops and retreats on a regular basis.
The community spirit of Auroville: Finally, practicing yoga in Auroville is unique because of the strong sense of community and collaboration that pervades the community. Practitioners are encouraged to share their knowledge, experiences, and insights with others, creating a supportive and enriching environment for yoga practice. This sense of community also extends beyond the yoga studio, as residents of Auroville work together to create a more sustainable, peaceful, and self practice