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13 10, 2014

Why PM Modi sought Indian ownership of Yoga?

By |October 13th, 2014|Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga News|0 Comments

At the 69th UN General Assembly held at the end of September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a striking impression. While stressing India’s claim on  having a permanent seat on the UN Security Council; Modi made a speech about India and what was eye-catching was the love Modi showed to Yoga. It’s a known fact that PM Modi is a regular Yoga practitioner. One of the key aspects of this UNGA was on how to address Climate Change. Modi specifically spoke about how YOGA helps People to People relationships and also our relationship with Nature. Modi then went on to categorically state that ‘YOGA was India’s gift to the World.’ 

This is very poignant, because the West – and especially USA, where the UNGA was being held has taken to Yoga like a fish to water! India’s biggest 3 exports (culturally speaking of course) are IT, Bollywood and Yoga! Whilst Indian IT usually conjures ideas of ‘Outsourcing’, and Bollywood is still exotic entertainment – Yoga has acquired mainstream acceptance all over the west. The savvy Modi realizes that this certainly gives India ‘soft power’. This also means that Modi claiming ownership of Yoga for India (this is factual of course) immediately transforms India’s image from a nation asking for UN Security Council permanence for over 3 decades in to a country (read Ancient land) that is rightfully the Teacher to the World! For the last decade as western yoga teachers found it less important to connect to India, Modi has delivered a timely statement of intent – stressing that Yoga originated in India and is her gift to the World!

1 10, 2014

Total Yoga Retreat: “Days of Zen!”

By |October 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Yogis, it’s time you joined us on a TOTAL YOGA Retreat!

We’re hosting a 3-Day Retreat in Devbagh Beach Resort, Karwar that will immerse You into Yoga & Pranayam (of course!), Meditation (lots of it!), Internal-Cleansing Yogic Kriyas (Neti, Kunjal, Shankhaprakshalan, Trathak…), Partner-Stretch Therapy & Yoga Massage, an unforgettable experience of Tandav Yoga and lots of Dancing & Celebrating(!!) And you’ll get to see the Dolphins! :)

Why should You embark on a Total Yoga Retreat? 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 Pranayam & Meditation. These are practices that once learned will help you throughout life.

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 led by wonderful Teachers, Theatre, Movie screening and other activities. Whilst you have time on your own, you also enjoy community time and bonding. And there’s always yummy food!

Then of course, there’s the need to getaway! So we’ve chosen Devbagh – a quiet Beach Resort that’s nestled on a private island, offering you opportunities to soak in the beauty and spend time in quiet reflection.

“A young Rabindranath Tagore once made a moonlit tryst with destiny on the magical Karwar shoreline. The place where he found his calling. That night he penned “Prakritir Pratishoota” or ‘Nature’s Revenge’, his very first play – the piece that Tagore prized as the genesis of his literary career.  Visit Devbagh Beach Resort >


Day 1, Sat Nov 22: Land in Karwar; head to Resort by ferry – Beach time!

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26 09, 2014

5 Yoga Steps to get a Flat Stomach!

By |September 26th, 2014|Asana, Core Strength, Meditation, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga, Yoga for Sports|0 Comments

The one area of their body that most people would like to improve is almost always their abs! With sedentary lifestyles and easily accessible high-calorie foods, everyone (even the thinnest people) seems to be struggling with bulging stomachs and weak abs. This has spawned weight-loss and diet industries that only seem to be growing by the day. So, is there an effective lifestyle solution to this modern-day phenomenon? While many exercise and diet routines claim to be able to blast the fat and whatnot, Yoga appears to offer the most holistic approach to strengthening your Core muscles. Here are 5 Yogic steps to a flat stomach! (If you have any chronic Back pains, please consult a qualified Yoga Teacher before practicing these techniques.)

1)  Agnisaar Kriya: Before worrying about Calories consumed and burnt, first fix your digestive system! Most people continue to eat the same food and same quantity as they did when they were much younger, but the fact is that at that time their digestive system could cope with it. As we grow older our digestive system becomes less effective. Agnisaar Kriya is a Yogic technique to stimulate the digestive ‘agni’/ fire. Practicing this every morning will improve your digestion dramatically. In fact yogic scripture says that practicing this daily will make you strong enough to digest glass!

>> How to do Agnisaar Kriya! Stand with your legs wider than shoulder width and place your hands with your palms facing inwards on your thighs. Exhale and without breathing anymore; flap your stomach in and out – drawing in and releasing your stomach muscles!

2)   Surya Namaskaar: Your basal Metabolic rate (BMR) is maintained by Thyroxin hormone and hormonal secretions also control most bodily functions. Yoga […]

25 09, 2014

Yoga News: Edition 1

By |September 25th, 2014|Asana, Photography, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga, Yoga News|0 Comments

Here’s a round up of some news on Yoga that I found interesting.

My yoga mat has been in a bad shape for a few months now and I finally decided to buy a new one. But what do I do with my old one? I don’t want to just throw it away, I’m a BIG believer of recycling . So I stumbled upon this interesting article on reusing old yoga mats! Talk about timing:) check it out..

Do you want to go on a Yoga retreat but haven’t made up your mind yet? This article gives you 10 reasons to go on a yoga retreat. It might help you decide! Read more…

J-Lo’s new video includes some yoga moves that I think you would instantly recognize. Yes okay maybe some of them are not actual yoga postures but it sure does resemble them! Read more to see what I’m talking about.


Shwetha Seshadri: Yogi, Kindergarten Teacher & Graphic designer.

24 09, 2014

FAQs about Yoga!

By |September 24th, 2014|Asana, Bandhas, Core Strength, Meditation, Meditative Asanas, Pranayam, Pranayam, Relaxation Asanas, Surya Namaskar, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga, Yoga for the Back, Yoga News|0 Comments



How yoga helps in treating backpain?

Yoga is perhaps the most important methodology to treat Back Pain. Most Back Pain is caused because of the sedentary nature of our modern Lifestyle; and hence due to weakened Back and Core muscles. Add mental Stress to this, which causes stiffening of muscles and we find that Back Pain has become a global epidemic! Yoga exercises or Asanas were designed to keep the Back supple yet strong as a straight back was pivotal for sitting long hours in Meditation. Asanas are often used in Physiotherapy exercises in the therapeutic alleviation of Back Pains. Also, Yoga’s Breathing exercises or Pranayama helps us de-stress; so then our Body can relax and heal itself.


Is yoga a good workout?

Take a peek in to any gym in the world and you will see a Yoga class on the schedule. Yes, Yoga has universally been accepted as an effective work-out! Yoga helps us get Fit, lose Weight, tone our muscles, improve posture, alleviate back pains and strengthen the back. It helps us make our bodies more supple and Flexible while also Strengthening to create a lean, toned look. Worldwide sportsmen and athletes are swearing by yoga! It is an exercise that caters to people of all age groups. Yoga is arguably the most complete workout in the world as it benefits all aspects of Fitness – flexibility, strength, cardio, balance and mental wellbeing!


Is yoga good for respiratory system?

Yoga lays a high emphasis on Breathing. In fact an entire range of practices called Pranayama are dedicated to Breathing completely. This makes the Body stronger and eliminates toxins. The right balance of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide is vital for Health. People suffering from Asthma, Bronchitis and […]

24 09, 2014

Yogi Trek! Skandagiri

By |September 24th, 2014|The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Total Yogis on the Road, Yoga, Yoga for Sports, Yoga News, Yogi Brunch, Yogi Trek|0 Comments


‘Yogi Trek’ was conceptualized as an outdoor fitness cum meditative experience – to take yogis outside the yoga studio!

The Ancient Yogis did a lot of trekking and walking in the Himalayas; however as modern yogis we find that our range of physical training is limited to asanas. So in order to have a well-rounded natural fitness experience as well as to do Pranayam outdoors; we introduced monthly Yogi Treks to places around Bangalore city. We also found that Meditation happened spontaneously to students in the great outdoors as compared to in the studio classes!

This Yogi Trek we are going to Skandagiri!

From Wikipedia: This mountain is also known as Kalavara Durga, is an ancient mountain fortress located approximately 70 km from Bangalore city, and 3 km from Chikballapur in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is off Bellary Road and overlooks Nandi Hills, Muddenahalli, and Kanivenarayanapura. The peak is at an altitude of about 1350 meters.

We’ll be trekking up the hill nearly 1hour and 30 minutes followed by Yoga and meditation atop the hill; Brunch at Silver Oaks Farm near Nandi Hills.


Saturday, 27th September

Departure from Total Yoga Indiranagar- 6:00am

Reach destination – 7:30am approximately

Mode of transport: Carpool

Price: No charge for Total Yogis and Rs.500 for others. Breakfast charges additional for all.

Things to carry: Trekking shoes,Fruits, Energy Bars, Water, Cap & Yoga Mat! (Avoid wearing shorts)

Please write into director@total-yoga.org or call +91 9740980200 for all details about joining Yogi Trek.