International World Yoga day has become a buzz since last year, thanks to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative to make it an official celebration not just in India but throughout the world. With such a political figure playing such a significant part in the importance of Yoga, lets look at who else in India has had an influence in making this 5000 year old tradition more popular in the more recent times. Another Prime Minister who had a connection with Yoga comes to mind. Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had a Yoga guru named Dhirendra Bhramachary. His influence in politics grew in the late 1970s when Indira Gandhi was in power. He featured on the National TV channel called Doordarshan and would do a weekly broadcast on the benefits of Yoga. This was considered to be quite an innovation in that time. He introduced Yoga to Delhi schools and later introduced them to Kendriya Vidyalayas, which are Central government schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education. He also wrote books on Yoga, one of which was also a documentary filmed in its time "Sukshma Vyayama shown by Dhirendra Brahmachari". This covered Yoga that the general masses could do to aide them in their day to day living. Dhirendra Bhramachari Researching Dhirendra Bhramachary brings up a lot of controversial reading material, links to Politics, another other issues that I personally am not interested in. What I am impressed by is that even in the 70's this yogi has used TV and film as a medium to promote Yoga and bring it to the masses. He made Yoga popular in his time in the way he could. If you are interested in watching [...]
Good day Workaholics! Here is a reference sheet for you to use to energise your mornings. Do this routine which will take you not more than 15mins and will make a difference to your day! You can click on the image and download it or print it so that you have it as a reference at home! Let me know how you go! Energise your mornings!
Good Day Morning Yogis! You have heard of the 5 Elements of Nature, also known as the Panchmahabhutas in Ayurveda. Our universe is made up of these 5 main elements and are an integral part of us. Being an integral part of us, I started thinking of how we could use these in the work environment. Using the elements of Nature not literally but adapting them to our daily working life. There are many interpretations of the 5 elements in Ayurveda, in Vastu shastra, in identifying our body types but I'm keeping it simple. Here is my take on the 5 elements at work! Air - Vayu - Breathe! Use your breath to energise yourself. Beat stress, stay calm, stay centered. Using Ujjayi breath during the day will just help you keep your wits about you and keep your nerves calm. At least once in your 9-5 work day, take 10 minutes out and do Pranayam and meditation. Sidhasana for Meditation Water - Jala - Hydrate throughout the day. Water does amazing things to your body, keeps you fresh and alert, cleanses, oxygenates. Keep a bottle by your workspace and measure how much water you drink everyday. Earth - Prithvi - At work be grounded! Be strong. Have dreams and expectations, work hard, but make sure you have your feet firmly on the ground, not floating away with your ideas. Fire - Agni - Keep the fire in your belly burning! Have the grit and determination to go behind your goals, your dreams. Do what you think is right and to believe in yourself. You can keep the fire in your belly alive by doing 3 rounds of Agnisar Kriya every day! Be [...]
Don't hesitate - grab happiness with both hands and hug it as strongly as you can! I have been feeling nervous and almost sick with something that has been happening in my life recently. Did you think it was something bad? No actually it was something good, very good and I felt like it was too good to be true for me! Nervous butterflies in the stomach, is this really happening to me? I could not even sleep at night because of the nerves! Its only in hindsight when my fellow Yogi suggested that maybe its just that I was not accepting that I have this happiness waiting for me, that I realised that is what was making me feel funny! That took me by surprise! Is that what it is? are my doubts, fears, nerves, a result of me being worried about being happy! Believe in yourself Today, on Women's day, I share that thought with you! Are you not exploring the full potential of being happy? Women all over the world, are these strong pillars in the family, who are always full of love, empathy, sacrifice. Within the family, we mothers, usually are the ones (there are Dads too) who everyone goes to for any and every need. We always (well in most cases) makes adjustments in our lives to put the needs of everyone else first. We are the ones rushing around making sure you get to your appointment/school/work on time. Making sure there is food on the table every day, make your house look like a home, and much more. This is a good thing. We can do this because we are strong and courageous. We are balanced and can [...]
Good Day Yogis! "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life" - Confucius As it was Valentine's day when I wrote this, I couldn't help myself but mention about love! There are many experiences of love in one's life, from falling in love with your soul mate, unconditional love for your children, respectful love for your parents, love for siblings and friends, love for your work! And as we are focussed on the workplace, lets talk about "Love for your work"! If you are someone who loves what you do for work then you are really lucky as most of us tend to be at work for most of our life! So if you are in a monotonous job that you dont enjoy or love, how do you get into a frame of mind to love your work? Here are a few pointers: Practice Gratitude. Be grateful for all the things that you have in your life. Consider that in this economic situation, with inflation, redundancies, lack of job opportunities, you are grateful to have a job. Dont focus on the negatives, look at the positives. Make a list of what you like about your work, the hours, the people you work with, proximity to work, could be anything. Make your workspace a brighter place. Have pictures of your loved ones, inspirational sayings, a flower that brightens your day. Remove clutter, keep your desk tidy! Whatever works for you. Practice doing at least one kind deed everyday! Doing a deed for the pure pleasure of making someone else happy will brighten your day immensely. Karmayoga, is something we do often, come join us! Look at the bigger picture. It may be that [...]