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28 07, 2014

Understanding the different Yoga styles

By |July 28th, 2014|Asana, Corporate Yoga, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga News|0 Comments

There are so many Yoga Styles being taught in Studios around the world that most students don’t have a clue what all the different styles can do for them. Also, a lot of yogis start off with a particular style of Yoga and then never change, ever! And even if you try another class; you end up comparing how the new Teacher teaches Surya Namaskar or sequences the Asanas differently from your own teacher!

In this article, we’ll try and understand 4 of the most famous yoga styles around the world and in India. I’m drawing from my decade long experience of being a Yoga Teacher and studying various yoga styles, to analyze these legends of modern yoga and their iconic yoga styles.

Before we get into the brands of Yoga; it’s better we are clear on the three primary forms of modern yoga – Hatha, Vinyasa and Power yoga.

Hatha is a classical form of yoga wherein your focus is on holding poses for long so that your body strengthens and your mind becomes one-pointed. Vinyasa is a flow of poses; you’ll be moving from one posture to the next and so on, while focusing on your Breath. Power yoga is usually a combination of vinyasa-inspired yoga and exercise.

1) ASHTANGA Yoga

I’m not exaggerating when I say that most of the Yoga that is taught in Yoga studios around the world derives from the Ashtanga Yoga established in Mysore (South India). From the 1970’s Ashtanga has slowly spread its message across the western world; and in the last decade Indians are taking to this style in larger numbers. Ashtanga yoga was developed by Sri Pattabhi Jois (who passed away nearly 5 years ago); he adapted the form […]

4 07, 2014

Top 7 Reasons Why People join a Yoga class!

By |July 4th, 2014|Meditation, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga News|0 Comments

Yoga is more popular today than it has ever been; and Yoga classes and studios worldwide are brimming over with aspiring yogis. The image of the yoga-pants clad and yoga-mat laden fitness enthusiast is ubiquitous all over the world – from Bangalore to San Francisco; and Dubai to London or New York! Yoga teachers are growing in numbers as there seems to be an insatiable appetite for the Yogic way of life and all its trappings – exotic YTTC retreats, organic foods, green tea, et al!

In this blog-post I’ll explore the Top 7 Reasons Why People join a Yoga Class in the first place. There are of course many more but over a decade I’ve observed people usually fall into one, more or even all of these categories!

1) Fitness and Weight Loss: There are more women attending classes in Yoga studios than men; estimates put it at about a 4:1 ratio. This even though traditionally most Yogis were Men! And that is simply because Modern Yoga seems to stand primarily for Asana – and so Yoga classes are seen as a Fitness class. Most women would like to lose a little weight or tone their bodies and so Yoga seems to fit their need perfectly! From Ashtanga yoga, which in many ways was the world’s first yoga program that catered extensively to Fitness, to Bikram Hot Yoga and Bharat Thakur’s Artistic Yoga – all have helped thousands of women and men lose weight and tone up; where other traditional fitness regimens like the gyms were failing. The hormonal changes brought through Yogasanas helped people lose the extra kilos that the calorie-burning workouts could not alter.

2) Flexibilty: At the start of the modern Yoga boom, most […]

16 06, 2014

Patanjali Yoga Sutras

By |June 16th, 2014|Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga News|0 Comments

Yoga, as we know it today, is often considered an alternate means of staying fit and healthy. Although Yoga has become a mainstream activity worldwide, it’s usually just Asanas that has remained the focal point for millions of practitioners. Yoga is not just a fitness routine – it’s a Science, a Philosophy and a Way of Life that can take anyone dedicated enough to Practice with Awareness to the state of Enlightenment!

Since over 2,ooo years the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali has been the definitive text on the system of Yoga; or Yoga Darshana as it is known in Sanskrit. Yoga is one of 6 Darshanas (or Philiosophical systems) of Ancient India; each meant for the Individual to ‘see’  Reality (Darshan means ‘to see’), or in other words to attain Enlightenment. Yes, 6 different systems! The  six systems are Nyaya, Vaishesika, Mimamsa – Uttara, Mimamsa – Purva (also called Vedanta), Samkhya and Yoga. Yoga is the most practical of these philosophies and is a way of life in itself. It borrows most of its philosophical premise from Samkhya, with at least one essential difference though.

All our knowledge of Yoga has come to us through an uninterrupted chain of Guru-Shishyas that has lasted millennia! Gurus have distilled their omniscient knowledge of Yoga to allow students to understand what they needed to grasp. A few important texts authored by enlightened seers have helped codify and preserve the research and knowledge that countless great yogis have discovered. That includes Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagvad Gita and later on Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gherand Samhita, Shiva Samhita and a few more. The Yoga Sutras however are widely regarded as the Alpha and Omega of the Yoga Darshana. Patanjali was a great […]

27 05, 2014

#beYOGI – Yoga in the Park & Karma Yoga

By |May 27th, 2014|Asana, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga-in-the-Park|0 Comments

TOTAL YOGA invites you to come out and do YOGA for a good cause. YOU will be donating the nominal fee for Yoga-in-the-Park session to the Little Sisters of the Poor’s ‘Home for the Aged’. So that’s 2 good reasons to join us this Saturday morning!!

YOGA-in-the-PARK is a great way to experience the dynamism of Asana, the power of Pranayam and the serenity of Meditation in the outdoors as we host a session at Cubbon Park this Saturday. The 1 hour session will involve a dynamic, Hatha-yoga inspired TOTAL YOGI work-out which is composed of Sun Salutations, Asanas to stretch and strengthen every major muscle group, Balance postures and Inversions. This is followed by Relaxation, Pranayam and Meditation making it the most complete program for a Yogi working on Body, Mind & Spirit. This may be the last chance to do YOGA in Cubbon Park before the Monsoons kick in!

SAT, 31 May at 8:15am @ Cubbon Park (at the rock formation opposite the Queen Victoria statue & Bal Bhavan); Carry your Yoga Mats; Rs 350 (which you will donate at the Home for the Aged)

Once we have wrapped up YOGA-in-the-PARK, we proceed for a quick breakfast and then head on to engage in KARMA YOGA Volunteering work. For 30 minutes, YOU will be part of the team to help teach basic Yoga stretches and breathing to the wonderful Seniors at the Home for the Aged. Even spending time interacting with them is very special for them and a wonderful experience for us. The Little Sisters of the Poor run this Missionary Home with donations from well-wishers and it is truly one of the best institutes for Seniors in the city – you’ll in fact, meet […]

13 05, 2014

Yoga for Kids

By |May 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

 Today’s generation of kids is very smart and knowledgeable. World is getting smarter, IQ scores have significantly gone up. Kids are more into technology than the adults. No wonder, you may see 7-year kid teaching an adult how to operate smartphone. Kids nowadays live a past paced lifestyle juggling between school, tuition, sports and activities. It may not seem but they are have to deal with stress of competition and finding balance between academic and non-academic subjects.

Teaching yoga to children at a young age has tremendous health benefits. There are so many choices available to parents for activities; like dance, martial arts, gymnastics etc. What makes yoga distinct?

Yoga is an ancient science, which promotes optimal physical and mental health. Its helps in overall well-being by building awareness, strength and flexibility in body as well as mind. Yoga for children is certainly one way to ensure that our kids grow up healthy and happy. Following are few benefits of introducing yoga to kids.

 Focus – The practice of balancing postures helps to increase focus. Yoga will help them clear their mind and increases ones ability to concentrate.

 Physical Exercise – Many schools including famous international schools don’t have playgrounds in the campus. In this Technology Era, kids spend time on Internet and Television instead of playing games on playground. Yoga promotes physical strength because kids learn to use all of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups.

 Balance and co-ordination – Balance is the only one aspect of exercise at which adult are better than kids. Balance is a key element of yoga. Coordination is closely tied to balance and promotes overall dexterity.

Along with […]

30 04, 2014

TANDAV Yoga!

By |April 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dear Yogis,

We welcome you to an amazing TANDAV YOGA experience! It’s 1 hour of  TOTAL YOGA, PRANAYAM & MEDITATION with Thaalavattam creating music alongside; followed by a Drum Circle for all participants. Thaalavattam creates music on waste objects (Dijeridos & Drums from PVC pipes!)

And we sit together for a wholesome Yogi Brunch right after! What better way to start the weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

> Previous Yogi Brunch to Live Music: http://bit.ly/PPFJfd

> See more of Thaalavattam’s mind-boggling percussionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCzLlFoQ6bc

RSVP as we are limiting this to 25 Yogis.
+91 9900097056; director@total-yoga.org
Carry your Yoga Mat! :)