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Bishnu Ghosh

& The Ghosh Yoga Linage

 

"Ghosh Yoga” is a system and style of classical Hatha yoga created and taught by Bishnu Charan Ghosh from the 1920’s till his death in 1970.

What most distinguishes Ghosh’s system is the use of stillness during and after yoga postures (as opposed to the continuous flow found in other types of yoga) and his focus on the therapeutic culture of yoga.

 

Postural practice

Ghosh Yoga uses postures (asanas) to bring agility and control to the body while quieting the mind. It uses breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation to reduce stress and anxiety while initiating a path to spirituality.

Some of Ghosh's most prominent students were forerunners in combining yoga and western science.

Variations on these practices from the Bengal region of Kolkata, India, have been passed down through his students which include Buddha Bose, Gouri Shankar Mukerji, Monotosh Roy, Biswanath Ghosh, Bikram & Rajashree Choudhury, Prem Sundar Das, Tony Sanchez and Muktamala Mitra.

In Kolkata, this yoga has traditionally been prescriptive, catering to the individual needs and limitations of students while being taught one-on-one.

 

Ghosh in the west

Ghosh Yoga first came to the west with Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s. Bikram (with his instructor Bishnu) created an asana based (instead of therapeutic based), routine that was challenging and sequenced.

Other prominent—and noteworthy— teachers of the Ghosh Yoga linage and philosophy include Tony Sanchez, Esak Garcia, and Ida and Scott Lamps. These teachers are leaders in the Ghosh Yoga community and pioneering the system in both modern and traditional ways.

 

Ghosh's Yogic Physical Culture Guidelines

  • Exercise the body gradually and try not to force.

  • Prevent overexertion and go ahead slowly and intelligently.

  • Performing a few repetitions correctly is of far more value than any number done in clumsy way.

  • Individual training is better than working in a class setting.

  • Class work will produce average students but the super yogis have to pay a lot of attention to the way the asanas are done. This can only be done effectively in the privacy of your own space and time.

  • Practice in a well ventilated space.

  • It is better to breathe through the nose, but if you feel exhausted you can exhale through the mouth.

  • Great exertion in youth hinders their growth and brings early maturity, which tends to shorten life.

  • Simple foods are best.

  • Eat whatever you can digest, but remember that you should eat to live and not live to eat.

  • Keep your stomach light eat several small meals during the day, so the digestive system may not be taxed.

  • Masticate thoroughly the food you eat.

  • Enjoy your meal and feel that every morsel of food you eat is supplying your body with vitality, strength and energy.

  • Take a short rest before and after meals.

  • At least seven hours of sleep are necessary for the student of yogic physical culture.