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24 10, 2014

Unplug with Wisdom 2.0

By |October 24th, 2014|Asana, Meditation, Yoga, Yoga News|0 Comments

Wisdom 2.0 was started by Soren Gordhamer in 2009 as a way to examine how we can live with technology without it swallowing us whole. To put it in his words, “What the culture is craving is a sense of ease and reflection, of not needing to be stimulated or entertained or going after something constantly. Nobody’s kicking out technology, but we have to regain our connection to others and to nature or else everybody loses.”

Wisdom 2.0 claims to be one-of-kind event that brings together technology leaders, Zen teachers, neuroscientists, and academics to explore how people can live with deeper meaning and wisdom in our technology-rich age. It includes speakers like Ariana Huffington, Eckhart Tolle, Tony Hsieh and Evan Williams just to name a few. It attracts mostly young audience from in and around of the Silicon Valley tech scene and entirely fed up with taking orders from Siri. Speakers present apps and courses named “Search Inside Yourself”, “GPS for the Soul”, ” Get Some Headspace” while the Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz told Wisdom 2.0 audiences about modeling his current software start-up, Asana, after lessons learned in his yoga practice. Speakers claim that meditation thickens the brain’s cortex, lowers blood pressure, it can heal psoriasis and “it can help you get a promotion.”

The first conference in 2009, held outside in the San Francisco Bay area, gathered a modest 325 people. By 2012, the wait list ran to 500, with headliners that included co-founders of Twitter, Facebook, eBay and PayPal. Last winter’s lineup featured Ford’s chairman, Bill Ford, interviewed by his meditation guru, Jack Kornfield; Congressman Tim Ryan on using mindfulness to transform education; and Marianne Williamson, on ending world hunger with the aid of […]

23 10, 2014

100 benefits of Yoga

By |October 23rd, 2014|Asana, Asanas Directory, Meditation, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga|0 Comments

How does practicing yoga benefit you? The first two benefits that come to your mind would be increase in flexibility and reduce stress levels. But that’s not all! Yoga has many many hidden benefits that you may not be aware of. I’m going to take this up as a challenge and share one benefit a day for the next two weeks to start with. I’ll top it up with a posture for every benefit!

Let me start with saying a few minutes of yoga everyday can do wonders to your body and mind. So if you haven’t already started then you must now! Spend at least 10 minutes every day to do a few sun salutations (surya namaskars) and Pranayama. Once you notice the positive change in yourself you’ll crave for more! Trust me on that one, that’s how I started my practice.

Here’s benefit number one:


If you are experiencing a lot of sleepless nights, you may be suffering from insomnia or other sleeping disorders like the restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea. The effects of these disorders may include; drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, not refreshed after sleep and fatigue. Restful sleep is extremely necessary and an average adult requires around 8 hours of sleep a day.

Insomnia maybe caused by numerous reasons but the most common include; stress, depression, snoring partner and certain medications. According to University of Maryland Medical Centre, about 50% of insomnia cases have no identifiable cause.

Yogis use ‘Yoga Nidra’ or ‘Yogi Sleep’ to help relax the whole body and in order sleep better. To perform Yoga Nidra you need to first lay down in Shavasana (Corpse pose) with your feet slightly apart and palms facing up. Now concentrate and […]

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.