This week we had the opportunity to speak with Mukesh Kothari, who took us deeper into the meaning of Yoga.
Thank you for your time answering the questions. Please tell us a little bit more about yourself. When was the first time you’ve started practicing Yoga and give us a bigger picture of what are you doing regarding Yoga?
I was born in Rishikesh, India in a Brahmin family. My father is a doctor and my mother is a social activist. I have two younger brothers, one of them is a Yoga teacher and manages our school in India and the other one choose to stay with Bank. I started doing yoga from my early school days, I studied in a Hindu school where spiritualism is a core of education and also included Sanskrit and yoga education. In 2003, I went to the Yoga school to finish my education in yoga and naturopathy (Ayurveda).
Now I share what I have learned from masters and school through yoga classes and courses. I conduct courses for general students who want to deepen their practice and also those who wish to share the same what I did by becoming a yoga teacher through yoga teachers training 200 and 500 hours.
Please explain a little bit for the readers, what is let’s say the difference or “better” in Bindusar Yoga and other kinds of Yoga, or Yoga is One and there are no differences? How can Yoga and Bindusar Yoga help people in generally speaking?
Technically yoga is the same, and no one can brand it to his invention. All yoga styles taught in modern time are inspired by Hatha yoga, and they are representing its method irrespective of the name used. Only difference occurs how much of its authentic nature is kept as per Hatha yoga teachings.
In Bindusar we try to deliver the lessons purely and practically, we include awareness of all yoga contents such as purification methods, asanas (posture control), pranayama (breathing methods), meditation and even enhancing its effectiveness by assimilation of Ayurveda in the form of diet, lifestyle and yoga therapy. Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences, and yoga widely quotes ayurvedic terms and concepts, so involve both for better understanding and effectiveness. We also explain why the practice is relevant and how it can be significant in the students’ life.
As some big yogis say, that Yoga is actually a way of life, and more than in western society people understand (not just exercise or respiration techniques), what do you think is it easy to adapt in daily lifestyle for people in western countries, or there are cultural or other boundaries?
There are no big, or small yogis, where big and small exists, then ego also exists, and yoga is all about dropping the ego. They are also right when they say it because postures and respiration method are just a tip of an iceberg of the yoga world. It needs well-trained teachers to grow awareness about the depth of yoga. But anyway, yoga is all about flexibility, either body or mind or even attitude to yoga itself. People can begin with postures and respiration method, and soon with the help of a good teacher, they can deepen the practice. Yoga is not meant for one culture; it is flexible and can be adapted to cultures, just keeping its effectiveness.
We understand that you are teaching in lots of countries, but you are living in Budapest. How Hungarians or people in Central and Eastern Europe understand Yoga or particularly Bindusar Yoga, is it easy to adapt in people’s daily lifestyle?
Precisely Hungarians and Romanians are deep thinkers, and their understanding and orientation to yoga are excellent. They are adapting the yoga in their daily life very well, even with 20 minutes of sun salutations. I have been teaching in Hungary for the last ten years, and yoga has evolved here a lot. In Bucharest, I came to train trainers in 2015, and during that time just a couple of small yoga studios exist and yoga is more seem like either a physical exercise in gyms or as a cult, but as I see now in 4 years, yoga has grown all over Romania and even in smaller towns. Our trained teachers have opened around ten studios all over Romania. We have done many Yoga teachers courses even in cities like Cluj, Brasov, etc. and are invited to Sibiu, Timisoara, Iasi, and Oradea. So, this shows Romanians are very keen to practice yoga and learn it well.
As a Yoga instructor, we are sure that you’ve met many people from different cultures, and as we know nowadays Yoga is a trend, too. From your experience have you seen people who really could adjust Yoga or particularly Bindusar Yoga as a lifestyle/way of living, or people just want to learn Yoga for their specific needs (ex. weight loss, for muscular system, relaxation or curiosity), and then they just quit.
People come to yoga for different reasons, such as you mentioned Philosophy, practice, and effects of yoga on health. My experience in Romania have proved people want not just health with yoga but also wants to accept yoga effectiveness in lifestyle such as eating, positive thinking, joyful living, good relationship, stress reductions, etc. With Bindusar we bring a method, where we analyze the student’s health, body and mind state, starts with easy yoga and slowly grow them with the safe practice to an advanced level at the same time improving the different dimension of life.
As we see you have several upcoming events in Hungary, Romania, Austria, one of those is this weekend, ” Bindusar Spine Yoga Therapy” in Romania, what can people learn there?
We regularly conduct workshops and courses in Europe. Mainly we run the series of workshops that are designed to help students either with their physical health, mind or spiritual motive. The Bindusar spine is our standard class that is taught by our trained teachers, and its primary purpose is to prepare students safe movements of the body with keeping spine and back safe. It helps students to understand their body so have an injury-free yoga practice. The Bindusar spine is also recommended for people with issues with the back, as the class is gentle and can help them to progress in the world of yoga safely and effectively.
Your Yoga classes have specific needs for people, dietary changes, for ex. Ayurveda or you accept anybody, who is willing to learn?
Yes as I mentioned with, we have system placed to introduce people to yoga in steps by steps. Our studios or course always invite beginners with spine classes after six weeks, they can enter to hatha and then to basics, basics 2, etc. Here is our chart attached that shows our method.
What do you think, why people should invest in Yoga?
Just for two reasons and those are health and good state of mind.
Take an example that most people want to amass wealth, career, status, family goals, etc. in their life the journey cost their health and peace of mind during the process. So, yoga helps you to achieve everything you need but keeping you healthy to enjoy the fruits of hard work.
Second, is a state of mind; every second we are becoming Vikshipta (distracted either with desires or fears) as said by sage Patanjali. Distracted state of mind always keeps us unsatisfied and anxious. Therefore yoga is the only solution to attain the Ekagara, the focused state where we keep the mind quarantined from negativity.
In conclusion, Bindusar Yoga system brings yoga in daily life to help students to enjoy fulfillment and stay healthy without moving to caves or jungle for peace of mind.
About Mukesh Kothari
Mukesh Kothari is a spiritual counselor for some and yoga guru to others. He was introduced to yoga at an early age due to the surrounding of his native village in Rishikesh (The yoga capital of the world” a town in the Himalayas). Later, the quest to understand it in depth took him to many Himalayan gurus and yoga school.
He has been teaching yoga since 2003, immediately after finishing his formal education in Yoga and Ayurveda. His teaching includes the style of Hatha yoga and inspired modern styles such as Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa, and self-created Bindusar yoga system.
His teachings also include the study of classical texts like Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Hatha yoga texts such as Hatha yoga pradipika, Gherand Samhita, Hatha ratnavali, where the complete approach of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and Vedanta emerges.
He has regularly been teaching in India and West since last 15 years, where he has gained the competency to explain the old tradition of Vedic yoga and Ayurveda knowledge to western students easily.
He was introduced to Ayurvedic lifestyle since from his childhood due to family and social environment, as his father is a doctor in an Ayurvedic system. He started learning yoga concepts at an early age under the guidance of Swami Hanumant Giri.
Mukesh Kothari has a high influence of yoga and spirituality during his school education of 14 years at the school of Honorable Swami Omkarananada Saraswati (www.omkarananda-ashram.org).
He is actively teaching around the world with his courses and Yoga teachers training 200 and 500 hours and set up his stable teachings along with a very dedicated team in European cities such as Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Moscow, Bratislava, London, Moscow, Sardinia, Cluj, and Bucharest. He has trained over 600 Yoga teachers in the European continent since 2012.
He is the founder of BinduSar Yoga Rishikesh and Yoga studio in Budapest, where more advanced courses and teacher development programs are conducted regularly.
For his courses in Europe and India, please visit: www.bindusaryoga.com
Ledger and YouHodler SA Announce Strategic Partnership to Expand Ledger Live Services
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — YouHodler, a Swiss-based Web3 platform providing innovative fintech solutions that bridge fiat and crypto financial services, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Ledger, the global platform for digital assets and Web3. This collaboration is set to open new avenues for Ledger Live App’s users, providing them with seamless access to the dynamic world of cryptocurrency trading and investment.
The partnership between YouHodler and Ledger marks a significant step forward merging the strengths of two incredible technologies. Ledger Live users will now be able to leverage YouHodler’s cutting-edge platform to trade and participate in the thriving cryptocurrency market. This collaboration aims to provide Ledger Live users with a seamless and user-friendly experience, bridging the gap between financial services and the innovative world of digital assets.
“We are thrilled to take our partnership with Ledger to the next level by offering an upgraded integration into Ledger Live’s secure ecosystem,” said Ilya Volkov, CEO at YouHodler. “This enhancement aims to provide Ledger Live users with a frictionless pathway to explore and engage in cryptocurrency trading, empowering them to make the most of their digital assets directly within the Ledger Live ecosystem. As a token of appreciation, YouHodler is happy to provide an offer exclusively for Ledger users, enhancing your trading experience and maximizing the value of your digital assets.”
Ledger Live’s commitment to delivering secure and efficient digital asset management aligns perfectly with YouHodler’s vision of creating a seamless financial ecosystem for crypto users.
“Ledgers are the most secure way to self-custody your assets, which is more important than ever. Pairing your Ledger with Ledger Live provides an easy to use gateway to the world of digital assets, through a number of services made better with Ledger. YouHodler is now offering its advanced FinTech services through Ledger Live, expanding the range of possibilities for our users, allowing them to actively participate in the cryptocurrency market and explore new opportunities” said Jean-Francois Rochet, VP Consumer Services at Ledger.
As the crypto industry continues to evolve, collaborations like this one highlight the importance of building strategic partnerships to create a more secure, inclusive and user-friendly ecosystem. The YouHodler and Ledger Live partnership is set to redefine the landscape of digital asset management, offering a bridge between different financial services within the innovative world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
YouHodler is a Swiss-based Web3 platform providing innovative fintech solutions that bridge fiat and crypto financial services with simplicity, efficiency and transparency. It offers a comprehensive suite of offerings, including crypto-backed loans, crypto savings accounts, innovative crypto multiplication engines, and universal currency exchange. While user-friendly and intuitive for everyday consumers, the internationally licensed and regulated platform is also progressive enough to conduct advanced strategic trading in the crypto market. Using Web3 technology, YouHodler, unlike legacy banks, puts ownership of digitally unique assets in the hands of its users, which in turn has the potential to unlock income equality. For more information, please visit YouHodler.com.
Founded in Paris in 2014, LEDGER is a global platform for digital assets and Web3. Ledger is already the world leader in Critical Digital Asset security and utility. With more than 6M devices sold to consumers in 200 countries and 10+ languages, 100+ financial institutions and brands as customers, 20% of the world’s crypto assets are secured, plus services supporting trading, buying, spending, earning, and NFTs. LEDGER’s products include: Ledger Stax, Nano S Plus, Nano X hardware wallets, LEDGER Live companion app, and Ledger Enterprise. With its ease of use, LEDGER allows a user to begin investing in digital assets and ultimately, achieve financial freedom in a safe and stress-free environment.
Goldpac Debuts Innovative Software Platforms at Trustech Paris 2023
Fostering partnerships to better serve consumer payment needs
PARIS, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — To tackle increasing demand for the mass customization of payment cards, Goldpac is introducing two innovative service platforms; a B2B and consumer online management portal, UMV; and DTS, a personalization bureau management system. Available also are a selection of payment solutions including self-service kiosks, desktop smart terminals and printers, SIM and superlative card finishings.
DTS (Data Task System) is a bureau-grade management solution designed for in-house, in-source, or remote applications. It is a highly secure and scalable platform which streamlines inter-department operations by coordinating data processing tasks, production, quality control, and shipping activities while addressing increasing demand for customized cards. The system helps to reduce production errors from non-automated workflows and enhances production lead times by removing inefficiencies. It allows organizations to gain deeper insights into production patterns and details. The system currently powers the world’s largest single-site personalization center with an annual output of over 400 million cards.
UMV offers issuers and distributors an extensive card gallery, smart design tools, comprehensive comparison of bank card benefits, and order processing automation to help accelerate the sales cycle. Automated tasks from the ordering platform reduces manual processing to improve accuracy of documentation and allows for faster, more efficient order handling. Consumers get a host of payment card related services helping them to choose and select the right card product and issuer for their needs. Furthermore, UMV is fully connected to DTS to enable the management of product life-cycles. It also opens up a new channel for customer acquisition for partnering banks.”
Visitors can also experience a complete self-service card issuance journey starting with the onboarding process on the multifaceted smart terminal (SST502). Convenient and feature rich, it integrates identification, document scanning, and numerous account administrative operations onto one device. Visitors can then approach the self-service kiosk (ACE301) to instantly issue the chosen payment card selected during onboarding.
A host of desktop card issuance solutions will also be showcased including the compact, all-in-one onboarding and card issuance printer (PIE001) with edge computing processing in collaboration with Marvel Digital AI. Visitors can realize their creativity with AI-driven image generation using the on-demand DIY card printer (DCE160).
Telecom SIM cards are also featured as the company makes its first rollout into the wider telecom industry.
Also showcased are captivating premium card effects, finishings, eco-friendly materials, LED, encrusted diamonds and more.
About Goldpac Group (03315.HK)
Goldpac Group provides products and solutions that addresses the financial industry’s diverse needs for secure, convenient, and easy-to-use payment solutions. These solutions cover user onboarding, personalization and payment device issuance systems, software, self-service kiosks, and desktop printers.
Its operations cover a wide range of businesses and sectors including financial services, telecommunications, social security, healthcare, transport, retail, mobile payment, identity, third-party payment platforms and other security services domains.
JENTIS raises €11m Series A to make universal data capture a reality
The funding round led by Bright Pixel Capital, joined by 3TS Capital Partners and Pragmatech Ventures, will fuel product development and accelerate market expansion.
VIENNA, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — JENTIS, a leader in next-gen data capture technology, today announced that it raised €11 million in a Series A funding round led by Bright Pixel (former Sonae IM) and new co-investor 3TS Capital Partners, with participation by existing investor Pragmatech Ventures. JENTIS empowers businesses to own and control their web data capture independently of third parties. Its breakthrough technology enables radically improved data accuracy for business insights while complying with privacy regulations worldwide.
The funding round follows a year of high growth for JENTIS as businesses demand first-party data capture and data protection compliance. Its breakthrough server-side tracking technology that shifts website data collection from users’ browsers to a secure cloud has found rapid adoption by large European e-commerce retailers, among trusted brands in banking and finance, and at major digital publishers in the US and Central Europe.
JENTIS’ Data Capture Platform, positioned at the beginning of the data value chain, enhances data accuracy, availability, and compliance in real time. This positively impacts all upstream and downstream tools and platforms, including Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) and analytics platforms. Its broad compatibility enables quick implementation and cost-effective operation without changing existing technology setups. Customers report significant performance improvements, with data uplifts of up to 30%, data correction rates of up to 60%, and significantly faster web page load times.
In an era where data control and ownership are becoming increasingly vital, JENTIS empowers businesses to adapt seamlessly to this changing landscape, offering them a competitive edge in data management and strategy. This capability is crucial in the context of Google’s anticipated 2024 phase-out of third-party cookies.
The company was founded in 2020 by a team of data analytics and web tracking specialists around CEO Thomas Tauchner. The company opened its German office in 2022 and was named the Austrian Scaleup of the Year in Digital Transformation by Ernst & Young in 2023.
JENTIS will utilize the new investment to accelerate its geographic growth in key European and US markets and enhance its product development efforts, leading the way to realize universal data capture from all digital data sources – including web, mobile, and the Internet of Things – on one platform.
Thomas Tauchner, Founder and CEO, JENTIS, said: “We see first-party data capture rapidly gaining traction but marketers and advertisers are struggling to realize the full potential for their businesses. We developed our platform to make it easy for businesses to capture the highest web data quality while complying with data protection regulations. With this funding round, we are ready to accelerate our growth and bring our technology to new markets across the globe.”
Leonor de L’Hermite, Operating Partner, Bright Pixel Capital, said: “We are seeing the demand for accurate data rising across industries while availability has plummeted. JENTIS has developed an elegant and powerful solution to a complex problem and is positioned to be the first to achieve universal data capture at the beginning of the value chain. We are excited to be part of the journey to make it vastly easier for businesses to achieve data-driven growth while respecting their users’ privacy.”
“We are impressed by JENTIS’ breakthrough Data Capture Platform, which is defining a new, rapidly growing segment in the web infrastructure market. Clients from multiple verticals have realized significant increases in marketing and revenue results leveraging higher data quality, while taking back control over their customer data and ensuring compliance. We are thrilled to join forces and work alongside the JENTIS team as the Company scales.” added Sever Totia, 3TS Partner, who is also joining JENTIS’ board of directors.
Evgeny Sergeev, Founder and General Partner, Pragmatech, said: “We are excited to continue supporting JENTIS as they grow into a leading vendor in the first-party data capture and privacy compliance space. From their early days, when we first met, the company has grown exponentially, which clearly demonstrates a strong market demand and relevance of innovation made by JENTIS. With this new backing, the team under Thomas’s leadership is well-equipped to continue its global reach in key markets.”
For more information about JENTIS, please visit: https://jentis.com/en
JENTIS is an Austrian scale-up specializing in advanced server-side web tracking and data protection technologies. Its Data Capture Platform is an all-in-one tracking solution that provides enhanced data quality and data sovereignty to businesses while enabling compliance with GDPR and other global data protection regulations. JENTIS raised a seed funding round of €3 million in 2022 ahead of a €11 million Series A round in November 2023.
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