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#Yoga365Days Can Yoga still transform a person?

By |May 22nd, 2015|

Can Yoga still transform a person?
I’ve been teaching Yoga for over 12 years, and it’s been a magnificent dozen! During that time I’ve gone through phases of highly intensive self-practice to weeks of laconic indulgence. Both however have helped mould me into the sort of Yogi that I am today – fierce yet at ease. Or so I think! :)

Years ago when I read the yogic texts I came across a wonderful couplet that said – the dedicated, intense Yogi reaches Enlightenment in 7 years, the mild one in 9 and the laggard-type in 11. Which brings me to a critical appreciation of my own yoga journey – 12 years and no enlightenment! :( Which also brings us to a pertinent question; does modern Yoga still retain its capacity for self-transformation? It has been a roadmap of the inner journey for over 6,000 years. But in it’s modern day avatar has it become just a Health-fix; or worse still, a Fitness-fad? The whole world is practising Yoga today – it’s become so mainstream these days that even real estate ads are mentioning that their properties have a Yoga hall! :) But as the science has come down from the Himalayan caves to the ubiquitous Yoga studios worldwide, can it still claim to bear resemblance to the science that transformed Adiguru, Buddha, Patanjali and other such luminaries!  Well, there’s only one way to find out…right?

 
Practise Yoga EVERYday! #Yoga365Days
If I were to practise Yoga and Meditation daily with the perseverance that the ancients called for; will I be able to see a significant change in myself? I’ve understood over years that the basic nature of a human being is really tough to change – the ‘Swabhava’ largely […]

Chronicling Yoga Trends worldwide

By |May 18th, 2015|

For the past many months I have been a regular feature contributor to the Deccan Chronicle newspaper on the subject of Yoga trends worldwide. As Yoga has literally ‘flooded its banks’ in terms of popularity, this has meant that millions of people practice Yoga and hence there are many different styles and innovations in Yoga practice. In the previous article I had covered MODO Yoga and its growing popularity in North America.

In the current article I’ve covered the Yoga Rope. This is a fine piece of Fitness equipment that can be carried anywhere you go. Once you attach this rope to a door or pillar, it gives you the chance to ‘tone’ your body through a series of exercises – 4 of which are depicted here.

In the summer months when everyone travels, most people miss out on their fitness routine. The Yoga Rope is a portable piece of equipment that allows you to carry your fitness regime with you wherever you go! Simply by fixing the rope on to a pillar or door, you can then set yourself up to train your core muscles. The resistance offered by the rope helps you to train your core muscles effectively.

Exercise 1: Leg Raises with the rope. 
Place your legs in the rope loops and slowly move your lower body up and down whilst holding onto the rope with your hands also. Do 20 repetitions.

Exercise 2: Modified Bicycle with rope 
The Bicycle is considered the most effective abs exercise. Placing your legs loops and grasping the rope ends with your hands to keep them tight; start to raise and stretch your legs alternatively so that the abs muscles are crunched. Your torso remains slightly above the ground. Do 15 repetitions […]

#UNPLUG Rishikesh: Yoga Retreat with Trekking & River-rafting by Purnima Trasi

By |May 11th, 2015|

 

When Total Yoga announced that the yoga retreat was in Rishikesh, I just knew I had to be there!

Rishikesh known as the yoga capital of India, really is the yoga capital of the world. Set at the base of the Himalayas, surrounded by the Shivalik hills and the holy river Ganga winding her way down from the great Himalayas, it is the perfect setting to find the spiritual, inner you. I guess that is why the Beatles chose it to experiment with their spiritual journey.

Our group was International and of various ages! There were people from Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Dubai and even from China, some friends from previous retreats some new friends to make. The youngest energetic yogi was about 6 years and the oldest was about.. oh well we yogis never age!…

We all congregated at Dehradun airport where our exciting weekend began! Our first destination was lunch at Chotiwala restaurant for a truly authentic experience. The walk to find the restaurant, started out, by crossing the Laxman Jhoola bridge by foot. The narrow swing bridge, had crowds of peaceful smiling locals, tourists stopping to take selfies, two wheelers trying to honk their way past people and gentle doe eyed cows, stopping to nudge and ask us if we had a good journey in.

 

Laxman Jhoola

Meandering through the friendly lanes, crowded with funky pants, yoga mat bags, necklaces of rudraksh and semi precious stones, scarves with scribbles of shlokas we could turn into fashionable yogis in an instance! There were also lots of food stalls with samosa, chat, gol gappas, deepfried breads and lime water and soda that were too yummy to resist! The banks of the River Ganga, were all flanked by renowned ‘yoga shalas’ […]

Yoga News Daily (10 May ’15)

By |May 10th, 2015|

Dear Yogis, we’re going to collate the most important news on Yoga every day and present it to you for easy reading. Here’s everything that we find newsworthy in Yoga today; and also a little bit of Inspirational content with an occasional Wacky story thrown in for good measure (there’s plenty of those in the modern yoga world!!)

Yoga at Pop-up Urban Beach, Singapore

Yoga will be one of the main activities that are organised for Singapore’s first pop-up urban beach which is being laid out in the Marina Bay Financial Centre. The Stand-up Yoga and Stand-up paddling will be conducted in the 15m knee-deep pool of the man-made beach. It will be a part of the South East Asia Games being held next month. Read More>>>

 

RSS to conduct yearlong Yoga yatra

In collaboration with Bengaluru-based Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Sansthan (SVYASA), the upcoming yoga campaign will see participation from at least four frontal organisations of the RSS. The focus will be on fighting diabetes. Read More>>>

Cavaliers have yoga session on Saturday instead of practice

It’s been an incredibly frustrating postseason for the Cleveland Cavaliers. To release some of that negative emotion and get his players some rest, head coach cancelled practice on Saturday and instead had the team do a group yoga session at its hotel. Read More>>>

 

Tomorrow we’ll have 3 more stories on Yoga!

Yoga News Daily (8 May ’15)

By |May 8th, 2015|

Dear Yogis, we’re going to collate the most important news on Yoga every day and present it to you for easy reading. Here’s everything that we find newsworthy in Yoga today; and also a little bit of Inspirational content with an occasional Wacky story thrown in for good measure (there’s plenty of those in the modern yoga world!!)

Yoga sessions in Nepal to handle quake trauma
Meditation classes in Kathmandu help survivors cope with the stress of the aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake.

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Laughter yoga Guinness record
More than 1,000 elderly Hong kongers will attempt to laugh their way into the record books on Saturday by taking part in the biggest laughter yoga class.

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NYC: Yoga Cruises
‘Spirit of New York’ is offering monthly Yoga Cruises on select days to experience the state of zen as you actually glide along the East River

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Tomorrow we’ll have 3 more stories on Yoga!

Yoga News Daily (5 May ’15)

By |May 5th, 2015|

Dear Yogis, we’re going to collate the most important news on Yoga every day and present it to you for easy reading. Here’s everything that we find newsworthy in Yoga today; and also a little bit of Inspirational content with an occasional Wacky story thrown in for good measure (there’s plenty of those in the modern yoga world!!)

First lady of china practicing yoga
Despite its traditional tai chi fitness practice, China is taking up yoga big time. First Lady Peng Liyuan is said to be learning and practicing yoga for sound mental and physical health.

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Yoga room to kill time at airports
Travelling is stressful, so is a layover between flights. Instead of getting bored or drinking alone at a bar, you can now de-stress and make the layover pleasant by flowing into yoga sequences.

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Double amputee, Iraq veteran is now a yoga teacher
Sgt. Dan Nevins lost both his legs in the Iraq War, but refused to let that hold him back. He went on to inspire many people with disabilities who gave up shame and pooled strength to lead life in dignity.

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Tomorrow we’ll have 3 more stories on Yoga!