PADMASANA is a classic Yoga Asana and is immediately identified with images of the Buddha, Agiyogi and other legendary Yogis throughout history! It's also perhaps the first asana that comes to mind when one tries to imagine a Yogi. What makes Padmasana so special? Actually, more than the form of the pose; it is what Padmasana stands for that has defined it's iconic status - the complete mastery over Body & Mind which Yogis are renowned for, and a certain Composure that we all aspire to! There are thousands of other asanas that we see all over Instagram, but nothing comes to close to Padmasana if we were to attempt to encapsulate all of Yoga in a single posture. KNOW YOUR ASANA! Padmasana or Lotus pose is one of 4 classic meditation asanas. A Meditation pose needs to fulfil one main criterion - that your back should be kept straight! And Padmasana accomplishes this. Also, meditation poses (Siddhasana, Vajrasana & Sukhasana being the other classic poses) generally lock the legs so that there is less loss of Energy (Prana) through your feet, whilst your hands are held in a Mudra to conserve Prana inside the body for the purpose of Meditation. Significance of the Lotus in Eastern Philosophy The 'Lotus' symbolises Transcendence, growing deep from the dirt and mud, yet rising out of it to full bloom and beauty beyond the water. It is symbolic of our Seeking to transcend our basal nature in our Journey of Life. Hence the Lotus finds repeated allegorical reference in ancient Indian and far Eastern philosophical writings. Benefits of Padmasana: Pranayam: Padmasana is the best posture for practising Pranayam. Also, it the the right pose for Om chanting. Chakras: In terms of form, Padmasana is special because it aligns all the [...]
YOMASTE BHUTAN: Yoga – Travel – Culture Mark your dates: from Nov 1-5, Total Yoga & Byond Travel host YOMASTE BHUTAN in 'the Happiest Country in the World'. Immerse Yourself in Yoga, Meditation & Detox, Trekking up the Tiger's Nest Monastery, riverside Picnics and a whole lot of Celebrating with a group of like-minded Travellers! Join us on this Yomaste Adventure! >> Firstly, why should You embark on a Yomaste Yoga Retreat?! (This video was shot at our Retreat “Days of Zen” in Devbagh in Novemeber, 2014) Yomaste! Rishikesh rafting May 2015 So you’ve been learning Yoga for a while now, and you would like to take your practice to the next level – where you learn to Cleanse your body internally, and immerse yourself deeply into Asana, Pranayam & Meditation. These are practices that once learned will help you throughout life. Importantly though, you don’t need to be an expert at Yoga at all; even first-timers can join us! Yomaste! Yoga atop Mcleodganj, Nov 2015 Our Retreats are never restricted to just Yoga & Meditation. They embody the principle of Celebrating Life to the fullest – and so we ensure that there are Dance sessions, Movie screenings, Trekking, Cultural trips, Yummy food and other activities. You’ll also enjoy community-time and bonding. And of course, there’s the need for all of us to getaway and find ourselves! Yomaste! Pangong Lake, Ladakh May 2016 In May 2015, we led a Retreat in Rishikesh – “Unplug”, which included Trekking, White-water Rafting et al. Read about Unplug in the World Capital of Yoga >> And in November 2015, we led a Yoga+Meditation retreat in Mcleodganj – “Himalayan Yoga Adventure”. Read about the ‘5 Things we Learnt about doing Yoga in the Himalayas!’ In May 2016, we led 43 Yogis to a [...]
CHAKRA literally mean a 'wheel'. Chakras are vortices or wheels of Energy that are part of our 'Prana' or Energy body. Of the thousands of Chakras we have, 7 are of great significance (acc to the Tantra/Yoga system). Depending on which Chakra is pre-dominant in a Human Being, his/her perceptions and quality of life are moulded. Let's understand this further. How do the Chakras really effect our Life? In Tantra/ Yoga study, we treat a Human Being as being composite of 5 different 'Koshas' (Sheaths) or Bodies - each one being more subtle than the other. From the (1) Physical body to the (2) Prana or Energy body to the (3) Thought body to (4) Psychic experiences body and finally to the (5) Bliss body. The Art of Yoga is to seek this refinement from our gross to our subtle - to transcend our physical to the metaphysical. First though, the Chakras do not belong to the physical body per se - they are part of our Prana body. 6 of the 7 Chakras are loosely located along the region of our spinal column - with the 7th being beyond. We have a dormant energy called 'Kundalini' residing in the base or 1st Chakra. And within an energy pathway called 'Sushumna Nadi' lie these Chakras. Everything practised in Yoga aids in the flow of this Kundalini Energy upwards. Hence the focus in Yogis is to train their Body to sit straight in Meditation. Getting back to the significance of the Chakras on our Life. Each of the Chakras has a particular quality and when that Chakra is functioning fine; we are balanced in that aspect of our life. Let's put this into context. When the first, that's Mooladhar (Root) Chakra is balanced, [...]
International Yoga Day is an annual coming-together of Yogis all over the World to celebrate the Spirit and Community of Yoga! This #InternationalYogaDay, we've designed a Yoga & Meditation masterclass taught to live Music based on the frequencies of your Chakras! Experience each Chakra through specific Asanas, Pranayam & Meditations to the accompanying Music vibrations. 'CHAKRAS RISING' Manish Pole & Neetu Singh, co-Founders of Total Yoga "Designing a 70 mins Masterclass that focuses on each Chakra for 10 minutes, in an ascending order from Mooladhar to Sahasraar Chakra; and then combining the Asanas, Pranayam & Visualisation Meditations to live Music involved an immense amount of Research and Practice. We're terribly excited to now have People come in and experience 'Chakras Rising' as a Yoga session, as well as an Auditory & Visual sensory experience." - Manish Pole, co-Founder of Total Yoga. Anant Menon Chakras Rising is designed and taught by Neetu Singh & Manish Pole, who have both been teaching Yoga for over 15 years. And the accompanying Music based on the Chakras frequencies is created by Anant Menon, who's been a Blues Guitar maestro for close to 20 years. This fine-tuned combination of the Yoga & Music creates an extraordinary experience for the all those practising. "It's new ground for us even though we've been producing Yoga-to-Live-Music events for years." - Neetu Singh, co-Founder of Total Yoga. The event caters to everyone - from advanced Yogis and Meditators to new-comers in Yoga. "We will be experimenting with both the concept of The Unstruck Sound (Anahata), as well as try to create soundscapes that specifically address each Chakra as our Yogis proceed to systematically take participants through the Kundalini pathway." - Anant Menon URBAN YOGA: Sharing the vision in Bangalore, Mumbai & Pune [...]
Presenting 3 Yoga news from around the World today that we find significant or plain quirky! > Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati receives Padma Bhushan award Swami Niranjan began living with his Guru Satyananda Sarawati from the age of 4, going on to be initiated into Dashnami sannyas (a monastic order) at the age of 11. Interestingly his Spiritual training was started in Yoga Nidra, one of the most beloved practices for Yogis around the world today! Subsequently, he went to to establish Satyananda Ashrams across the Americas, Europe & Australia. In 1983 he returned to India to manage the Yoga Research Foundation, Sivananda Math and Bihar School of Yoga at his guru’s behest. In 1994, he founded the first university of yoga, Bihar Yoga Bharati and in 1995, he was declared as the spiritual preceptor and a successor of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. In 2000, he established the Yoga Publications Trust in Munger in Bihar. He has also written many classic books on the Upanishads, tantra and yoga. Incidentally during the Total Yoga TTC, these are the books that we recommend! > America's youngest Yoga teacher is a 11 year old Inspiration! https://youtu.be/9tZQeb5CWxw When Tabay Atkins was 6 years old, his mother Sahel Anvarinejad enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training while recovering from Cancer. Being inspired by the effect on his Mother, on age 11 - Tabay chose to undergo Yoga Teacher Training instead of visiting Europe. He teaches at his Mother's 'Care4Yoga' studio - the classes are donation based with the money going to Cancer charities that help Kids. > KungFu Yoga anyone?? Jackie Chan's latest 'Kung Fu Yoga' movie is the perfect Sino-Indian mass-audience draw!