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Yoga@Workplace – Your morning routine!

By |April 12th, 2016|

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!

Indian Govt to pass Law of 33% Reservation for Men in Yoga classes

By |April 1st, 2016|

India’s HRD Ministry today announced that the Government is looking to pass a Law regarding 33% Reservation for Men in all Yoga ashrams and centers across India. The Indian Government has been closely associated with Yoga ever since the PM had called for the United Nations to adopt June 21st as the International Day of Yoga in 2014. In fact, at the International Yoga Day last year, the PM was part of 35,000 people who did Yoga together at Rajpath in Delhi. This was organised by the AYUSH Ministry creating the Guinness World Record for the largest Yoga class!

The HRD Minister said that, ‘Yoga is a part of India’s spiritual and cultural heritage, and traditionally most Yogis were Men. In fact, even the Gods do Yoga!’ The statement went on to say that the trend of Women being a majority in modern, studio Yoga classes was a Western Yoga influence where Yoga is treated mainly as an exercise form. In fact, the latest Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance statistics in the U.S. show that 81% of Yogis in studio classes are women.

India’s Yoga Gurus throw their weight behind the proposed law
This announcement from the HRD Ministry has been hailed by India’s pre-eminent troika of Yoga Gurus. Incidentally, Baba, Sri Sri and Sadguru had supported the PM’s call for International Day of Yoga and had conducted mass events last June 21st. In fact, Sri Sri had conducted a Yoga session at the UN General Assembly in New York.
International Yoga Brands to wait and watch before launching in India
Lululemon, Gaiam and Manduka – the best-known international Yoga merchandise brands have been waiting to enter into the booming Indian Yoga market. Lululemon has said that they will wait and see if the Law […]

5 Self-Transformation lessons that Easter teaches Us all

By |March 27th, 2016|

I was born a Christian and for years I’ve reflected on the significance of Jesus’ message in my Life and on the Culture of our World. For starters, we call this year we’re living in 2016, mainly because it’s 2016 years since Jesus’ birth! For one MAN to mark Time for the entire Human Race is perhaps the greatest tribute that could be paid to anyone! Amongst the greatest luminaries and Men of Ideas of the Western Civilization; from Socrates to Newton, da Vinci to Darwin, this simple Man’s Idea of LOVE has stood the test of time….of 2 Millennia! So today, I reflect on what Easter means in terms of daily living.

> (In recent years, rightly so, it has been changed from B.C. (before Christ) to BCE (before Common Era) and A.D. (Anno Domini) to CE (Common Era). That’s how it should be, promoting a more inclusive World Culture and so we find ourselves in 2016 CE.)
1) The Ultimate TRANSFORMATION.
Easter represents the Ultimate Transformation; a transformation from Death to Life. Overcoming Death is a Metaphor for overcoming the negative, repetitive habits we possess and transforming ourselves into the Person we aspire to be. It would be naive to say from Good to Bad; but transforming from undesirable habit patterns deeply ingrained in our Psyche to our true, liberated, joyful Selves. This is at an everyday level.

Easter is all about such Transformation, about being Re-Born. In Indian philosophy we use the prefix Dwij…twice-born, to represent a Master. Proficiency in any subject merely makes you an Expert; the word Master (or Buddha) is reserved for those rare Individuals who have through self-study, ‘Master’ed the workings of their own Self and thereby Transformed!
2) Transformation is HUMANLY possible!
The beauty of the entire story is how Jesus becomes Christ. As Jesus, […]

5 Life Lessons my Doggie taught me …

By |March 23rd, 2016|

Most of us have had a Pet at some point in our Life, and if we haven’t then we should definitely experience it. It’s a remarkable experience and our lives will certainly be more richer through it. Exactly 2 full moons ago, my Partner and I chanced upon a post on Facebook asking if someone would adopt a rescued Labrador. We had been looking for a Dog and immediately volunteered. By that night, not only had She attended a full moon Meditation session with us, she also had a name…LOVE! :) Over the next 50 days, she became the centre of our attention and an integral part of our Yoga classes, as she would attend every class that Neetu taught at our Total Yoga Centre. During these 2 months, here are 5 things that I learnt …
1) Life has Multiple Perspectives.
Walking LOVE everyday, I would be surprised at what caught her attention. While we Humans are more reliant on Seeing things, Love would Smell her way, curiously discovering the neighbourhood. I quickly gathered that LIFE CAN’T BE HUMAN-CENTRIC ONLY and that even amongst us Humans, every Environment and Experience pivoted differently depending on our own interests. MY PERSPECTIVE can never be the sole one, in fact everyone sees life differently. That has helped me be more patient and inclusive in my relationships with everyone.
2) Unconditional Love!
Real Love. Unconditionally. It was incredible to be welcomed with the same loving affection every single day irrespective of whether I came late, didn’t walk her in the morning or didn’t play with her. I experienced what is meant by ‘non-judgemental’, and that sort of love is what truly liberates a person in any relationship. To look into her compassionate eyes was worth much more that I knew […]

Yoga@workplace – Be a cool yogi bear at work!

By |March 23rd, 2016|

Good Morning Workoholics!

Every week, I will be posting some information about Yoga at the workplace to try and assist you, the office goer, money spinner, bread winner with some tips on how to use Yoga at your workplace.

Summer months are upon us and it is unbearably hot by 8:00 am as you are heading to work! You get a sweat on, travelling in the heat and dust, frustrated in traffic and cant wait to get to your air conditioned office (if you are
lucky to have that). Air conditioning does feel good in this heat and is a luxury a lot of us can afford these days but how do we beat the heat without it! Here are some tips that are very simple and basic to follow:

1. Yoga: At work, you can try Sheetali Pranayama. Anyone having low blood pressure should be aware that these cooling pranayamas can bring the pressure down even further.

Sitting in a comfortable position at your desk, back is straight. Hands are on your palms (ideally this is done sitting in a meditative posture).

Then rolling your tongue, take a breath in through the mouth for 4 counts. The breath as it goes into the body is cooled down by the tongue.

Exhale through both the nostrils for 6 counts. Do this for a few rounds and slowly increase the time after practicing for a few days.

The other variation is Sheetkari Pranayama which is also a cooling breath and Bhramari pranayama to reduce anxiety and stress that the heat may cause. Also try the silent OM chant, that brings the heart rate down and cools the mind! And fall back on the best most effective practice of sitting down silently in meditation of the heat and […]

Yoga@Workplace – The 5 Elements at work!

By |March 15th, 2016|

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.

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!

Ether – Akasha – Aim for the sky! Aim high, soar high! Use the […]