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/Jagdeep Dosanjh

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So far Jagdeep Dosanjh has created 28 blog entries.

Shall I take the short cut ?

Runner in the Great Outdoors I HESITATED for awhile,  lingering in my warm bed, but my mind was focused on that run, it did not matter that it was cold, drab and misty. The sun still sleeping behind the glistening silver clouds.  I stepped out, my breath heavy and visible, fingers numb, coldness stretching through the back of my shoulders. But my mind was focused. My headphones switched on, music filtered and absorbed my body. With phone in hand, my legs  felt that rhythm; my mind was focused. My heart was pounding, the beat was in my bones, I knew this day was going to be a good day... with each passer-by a smile and a good morning, the energy  flowing and filling every cell in my body. Then, momentarily the sun glowed from behind the cloud, with phone is hand, I  wanted that click .... as I pressed to click, WTF my phone died, music left my ears - then a road I see, to double back . The choice in hand, do I take that short cut home and trash my run......my day! But my mind is in focus - I am here , I am in the now and I am present . In focus, there was no way I was going to give up on that run, I said to myself ... "I'm not going to trash my day " - and without that click and without that pumping music - I know the mind in focus will achieve come what may - lesson of the yoga mat came to me - Do I let the distraction get a hold of me, or do I get hold of it... there's [...]

By | October 25th, 2016|Uncategorized, Yoga for Runners|Comments Off on Shall I take the short cut ?

Today, I just wanted to give my Teachers’ a Big Hug !

Monday morning … No longer is there trepidation with saluting the sun with 108 – but have I learnt to do and go beyond to that place where we meet the glory of life? In this space of glory, an overwhelming feeling of compassion resides … is this love? I see it in others, I know when I am there…. Life is beautiful... In this time, today ...my arms dangled by my sides, itching to move... there was no thought, it was only my heart ... I just wanted to hug everyone, particularly my teachers …  I stalled, I didn’t, a thought came in ...  did time stop? Was I the only one feeling this? I leave class with a formal goodbye, it didn’t feel right, as soon as I’m in the car I want to rush back, but I didn’t … Now, for my long drive home … music blaring, high on life/love… this energy nurtured from my yoga practice, inside so strong… need those running shoes ... I’m stuck in the car… everything is beautiful… Then, again time stopped, I’m mesmerized by a kind face, her wrinkled skin like a walnut shell, eyes wide open, a witness to depths of life beyond what I know. She is perfectly dressed in a yellow sari, hair oiled, neat, clean, proud… I notice a loaf of bread in her hand, she stalls for her rupees...she leaves without it ... empty …I want to go to her …but I didn’t, time moves me on… What I know ...Life is about taking a risk, we all fear rejection or think we may make a fool of ourselves... but if we can stay in that present moment and be [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Surya Namaskar, Uncategorized, Videos, Yoga for Runners, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Today, I just wanted to give my Teachers’ a Big Hug !

Poem – Can I be a Happy Valentine?

This Valentine’s Day… ask yourself, what is that you are grateful for? Look not far… for you will see the open door, But with these thoughts… comes rushing in … things lost, hidden, misplaced, misunderstandings... Life is cruel? Hurt sweeps in.. Is it going to leave? In the mind it rings.. On this very present moment focus on that what is … real right now.. it is that breath you have …. Embrace it, focus on it …let it absorb into your very being... Think not what was or will be, with a free mind let your heart love me (yourself) This Valentine’s Day focus on what is and not what you think the future might  be ..… Give it at a go and see how  your day will be …. With these words I bid you my family, friends near and far a Very Happy Valentine’s Day!!   Author - Jagdeep Dosanjh-Badwal-

By | February 14th, 2016|Total Yoga, Uncategorized, Wordpress, Yoga|Comments Off on Poem – Can I be a Happy Valentine?

Every Breath You Take ….Experience it !!

Total Yogi Run Group Running is a beautiful sport because of it’s simplicity. Just lace up your shoes and run (after a dynamic warm-up, of course). There is much controversy over whether the breath in running should be just through the nose,  the mouth only or whether in patterns with your stride and so on.... if you care to take the time to read on it, the subject boggles the mind.... and I would even go as far as saying, that it could put you off a sport that is considered as one of the most simple.... particularly  if you are that type of person who follows the letter of what you read.. Since establishing my yoga practice with Total Yoga, I recounted during one of my runs, my yoga teacher mentioning Ujjai breath could be utilized  by runners, so I decided to give it a go and it worked well for me not only in my running, but I have also incorporated it into my day to day life. It is a calming breath, and the best way I would describe what it does for me, is that is takes me from the outside world to my inner being....it has taught me to let go of the past and future and stay connected in that present moment...if we can learn to do this during part of our day, we will undoubtedly feel connected with our true self... Funny, when your yoga teacher throws out a question like this : How long do you think it will take to become a yogi? Audience replies...in 10 years, maybe next year, then someone piped out, why not now ? ... Yes, absolutely.. smiles my teacher, we do it now, what [...]

By | January 15th, 2016|Pranayam, Uncategorized, Yoga for Runners, Yoga in Daily Life, Yogis-on-the-Run!|Comments Off on Every Breath You Take ….Experience it !!

Run-Yogi-Run a path Into Mindfulness!

My main  passion today is Yoga but my first passion was running. When I was younger, at school I secretly enjoyed those long cold cross country runs over the frost, crisp ground into fields and past hedgerow, my peers would be moaning but my heart would be pounding I couldn't wait for that feeling of freedom in mind and body..Today, on my yoga mat I relate  to this freedom to a concept of being unplugged, a practice of self love and an over powering feeling of  gratitude. 30 years on, running still has that same appeal - what is that makes it so special ? As I get into stride, I connect with my breathe, this breath connects with my mind and the mind connects with this very moment and nothing else matters... past or future; any thoughts whether they be of anger, hurt, frustration,  those unanswered questions,  the burdensome complexities of life that can shroud you like a dark cloud, intoxicating and suffocating life out, fall away piece by piece, dissolving into insignificance... then - life pours back in... Ask yourself ? Do you have a routine or practice that allows you to feel that freedom. I believe it is an an experience that takes you to your true Self, beautiful, pure, simple, its the Divine in you; its like no other, when nothing else matters other than that very moment. It is powerful, like your  going to burst out of your skin! All senses are connected... Then that thought .. its so good to be alive !!! You might relate to this in a different way, through the warmth of a passionate embrace, a soft kiss maybe analysing the beauty of a red rose... Maybe you find your path [...]

By | December 2nd, 2015|Pranayam, Yoga for Runners, Yogis-on-the-Run!|Comments Off on Run-Yogi-Run a path Into Mindfulness!

Yoga for Love & Devotion -Bhakti Yoga

A time for reflection ...I  felt a deep sense of need to reflect on my yoga practice and consider what it is I do, my thoughts led me... where is love ? This is what I found ..... We know yoga is more than just a set of physical postures. Its a philosophy of life and performing the postures is just a tool to maintain that harmony within our bodies.  There is no single yoga philosophy, no one methodology; if  you study all the different types and schools from the most classical to the most modern, you will notice certain underlying similarities in all of them, whether they are physical or not. Among the most classical types of yoga we can find: Karma Yoga (the yoga of action), Jnana Yoga (the yoga of wisdom) and Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion). Bhakti Yoga is a beautiful practice, most famously  practised by  Mother Theresa. It requires us to be compassionate, kind and love unconditionally. In this way we can open our hearts and fully live each moment of our lives, finding happiness in service and loving others. By this practice, our responsibilities will stop being recognized as obligations and instead, they will add value and meaning to our lives. As famously said by Mother Theresa, “It is not about how much we do but how much love we invest on each one of our actions”. AND "Best of all, by practising love we stop doing things for the expectation of results only, because love itself will become the best and only reward." How to Practice Bhakti Yoga? Some people chant, pray, or use love based mantras during meditation. Others like to build simple and personal altars containing [...]

By | November 15th, 2015|Knowledge Articles, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Yoga for Love & Devotion -Bhakti Yoga