Divine Yoga has organically evolved from a “yoga studio” into a community of diverse members from all over the world, connected by a feeling of fellowship with common attitudes, interests and goals. Yoga means “union” or “connection.” Just as the practice of yoga brings balance within an individual by connecting the body, mind and soul, individuals practicing together have united to create the Divine Community.
At Divine, we believe yoga is for everybody. Our inclusive attitude fosters special bonds to form among members irrespective of age and background. Some members call Divine their “home away from home.” We take this as the ultimate complement. The strength of the Divine Community lies in the willingness of our members to make Divine Yoga a welcoming place for new comers and their desire to propagate yoga to help others. Members generously give their time to participate in yoga shows and dance performances to inspire. Read more about our activities in the chapter Community Activities.
“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.” ― Jean Vanier, Canadian Philosopher
Festivals are a great opportunity to unite communities and to share cultural customs. At Divine, we love to celebrate various Indian festivals to have fun and also to better understand the heritage of yoga.
Holi, often called the “Festival of Colors” is celebrated the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun (February – March). It celebrates the triumph of good over evil as well as the coming of spring. People eat sweets, smear colored powder on one another and enjoy merry making. More about Holi you can find here.
Guru Purnima, is a sacred festival honoring the enlightened beings who have come to earth to teach others seeking to know their true selves. In Sanskrit, the word guru means “dispeller of darkness” there fore a Guru is a great teacher who leads students away from ignorance and towards enlightenment. It is celebrated on the day of full moon in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August). It is especially a special day for Divine as the Gurus of the Bihar School of Yoga are celebrated. See more about Guru Purnima here.
Ganesha Chaturthi, the Ganesha Festival, is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati during the Hindu month of Bhadra (August – September). The celebration spans over 10 days. The festival begins on Shukla Chaturthi which is the fourth day of the waxing moon period, and ends on the 14th day of the waxing moon period known as Anant Chaturdashi. There are four main rituals during the festival - Pranapratishhtha - the process of infusing the deity into a murti or idol, Shhodashopachara - 16 forms of paying tribute to Ganesha, Uttarpuja - Puja after which the idol could be shifted after it's infusion, Ganpati Visarjan - immersion of the Idol in the river. See more information on: Why is it celebrated?
Thai–Indian Fun Fair is a festival hosted in collaboration by the Indian Social Club of Thailand, the Indian Embassy and the Indian Studies Center of the Chulalongkorn University in February to celebrate the Indian heritage and community in Thailand and the friendship between the countries. The event show cases Indian dance and yoga which Divine has proudly been taking part for several years. See Divine members’ yoga show performance.
Festival of India in Thailand is a celebration of music, dance, literature and exhibitions, serving as a platform for cultural exchange between the artists of India and Thailand. Spread over 12 days, the festival show cased the rich heritage of the Indian culture including food and traditional customs. Divine Yoga was honored to participate in in the event, partnered by the Embassy of India, in March 2014 and, its precursor event, the Indian Independence Day Celebration, in August 2013. Yoga workshops were lead by Master Sanjiv, Director of Divine, and the Divine dance members performed Bollywood dances. You can appreciate all what the Festival of India had to offer here.
Indian Film Festival Thailand , Divine Yoga was pleased to organize a Flash Mob Belly Dance at the Indian Film Festival which took place at Siam Paragon in August 2016. The dance members were very excited to participate in this glamorous Bollywood event celebrating Indian Films which have come to be loved all over the world, crossing all cultural boarders. Watch the Flash Mob Belly Dance!
Watch out for these and other celebrations on the Divine Yoga’s weekly schedule and notices.