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Discovering Our Inner Teacher Through Vairagya

The Inner Teacher

The only way to hold the infinite is to expand and grow—to create the space to hold this awareness.

—Ishan Tigunait

In part two of The Inner Teacher series, we learned that abhyasa (practice) is the first step to discovering the inner teacher—our boundless inner wisdom. Here, Ishan Tigunait explains how the practice of active vairagya (non-attachment) brings us closer to this goal. Follow along to expand your understanding of vairagya and its role in helping us know and experience the teacher within.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 5 mins

About the Teacher

Ishan Tigunait

Growing up at the Himalayan Institute, Ishan Tigunait received his first spiritual lessons from Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and has continued his spiritual education for the past 30 years under the guidance of his father, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Ishan serves as Executive Director of the Himalayan Institute and Chairman of Yoga International, and has been a driving force for the Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian projects in Africa over the past 15 years. He also serves as Managing Director of Himalayan Institute India, and spearheaded the establishment of the Institute’s newest campus in Khajuraho, India. Ishan’s passion is sharing modern reflections on the ancient wisdom of the yogic and tantric traditions. As a Himalayan Institute faculty member, he is a key contributor to the Vishoka Meditation program and the Institute’s 500-hour yoga teacher training program, and also leads annual pilgrimages to India and the Himalayas. Holding a degree in computer engineering, Ishan worked for IBM before returning to the Himalayan Institute in 2006. Ishan is also co-founder of Moka Origins, a socially conscious bean-to-bar chocolate maker and specialty coffee roaster. He is an avid social entrepreneur, and is committed to sharing the transformational power of yoga to unleash our full potential.

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