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Total Yoga Blog

Happiness by Total Yogi Kuldeep Singh Bist

By |January 25th, 2015|

Life is valuable. It has some purpose and aim. It becomes self discipline when one considers oneself valuable; one will take care of oneself in all ways. The meaninglessness of life results in mental depression and one may commits suicide also. When we don’t values our life we don’t values other life either. Life is for achieving some higher ideals, the highest of which is God realization. Like the real purpose of a seed is to manifest the tree within, taking the help of water etc., the real purpose of life is to manifest this ideal God within, taking advantage of all the necessities that are provided in life.
Worldly ideals like acquiring wealth, power and position will not give real meaning and happiness to life, for they are less valuable than life itself. Life is more valuable than anything in this world, since its human life that gives value to everything.
The warmth and comfort of happiness is hidden with the self when individuals turn within and take strength from the internal powers of peace and silence. At present some make effort to earn wealth. Believing that will bring happiness. Some who have wealth may not have health, and that causes unhappiness. Some seeks happiness through profession, relationships etc. Yet however such measures may bring much happiness, they are temporary and limited sources of the material world. We are looking happiness outside, not inside ourselves and that is why even though we have built up such a wonderful affluent society, we have all the comforts, we have been unable to create a society of great happiness! That’s why the Upanishad, a holy scripture tell us, if you want real happiness, search in the right place, look […]

Yoga in pain management of Migraines headaches by Yashodhara Pawar

By |January 20th, 2015|

 
Increasingly, many of us urbanites find ourselves falling prey to our hectic lifestyles, succumbing to work and social pressures. The resulting stress and anxiety manifests itself in a various physiological ways in the body. Acute headaches and Migraines are reported to be one of the leading lifestyle related conditions affecting nearly a quarter of the urban population today. According to the NHS, nearly 37% of the US population, between ages of 15 to 60 suffers from clinically diagnosed chronic Migraines. Typically a migraine manifests as a dull, throbbing one-sided pain in the front temporal regions, gradually increasing in intensity, leading to nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light and sound, and in extreme cases even causing a blind-spots in vision, loss of co-ordination and inability to perform basic regular activities.

Different people might experience varying levels of intensity and frequency of the headaches. A migraine episode is usually induced or brought-on by certain specific conditions or “Migraine triggers”, most commonly – Stress  (The number one culprit!); Erratic sleep patterns; Dehydration (ideally, a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water a day of water is a must); Weather (usually starts with a feeling of tensing and tightness in neck and shoulders on rainy days); Intense light (flickering lights or harsh sunlight); Hormonal imbalances ( menstruation, birth-control medication, hormone replacement therapies, IVF treatments etc.); and unfortunately and most commonly, even Diet (some of our favourite foods like Caffeine, Cheese, Fermented foods and pickles, Yogurt, citrus fruits and juices, Salty and processed foods, beans, nuts, crisps, chips, Red wine etc. ). Recent studies have also shown that certain genetic mutations and even physiological conditions such as obesity may be linked to increased suseptibity to migraines.

While migraines are more common in women […]

Total Yoga Teacher Training Course

By |January 19th, 2015|

Total Yoga Teacher Training is a unique opportunity to train in 3 different Yoga styles together with Pranayam and Meditation! And you get to train with Total Yoga founders Neetu Singh and Manish Pole; who have a combined Teaching experience of nearly 25 years!

The Total Yoga TTC is meant for dedicated yoga students who have a decent level of proficiency in Yoga and have a desire to learn more as well as to Teach people whole-heartedly.

The 200hr program lasts 1 month and is followed by a 1 month-long internship. It covers 4 distinct areas of Theory and 2 areas of Practice.

> Human Anatomy and Physiology and its relation to Yoga practices.

> Understanding the basic Philosophical principles of Yoga through the ancient texts: Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Bhagvad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

> Learning the deeper lying Yogic anatomy (Chakras, Nadis & Koshas systems)

> Exercise Physiology and how exercise affects the body. Yoga practice as compared to modern exercise.

> All elements of the Total Yoga program including Surya Namaskar, Vinyasa-flow, Asanas, Exercise, Partner-Stretching, Pranayam, Bandhas, Yoga Nidra, Chanting, internal Kriyas & Meditation.

> Teaching Skills, Voice Modulation, Class planning & execution, Modifications for therapeutic purposes and giving Presentations on Yoga.

At the completion of the course, book review, presentation and internship each participant is given a Total Yoga Teacher’s certificate and an opportunity to work with us.

Total Yoga Teacher Training begins on FEB 2, 2015. Interested Yogis need to attend classes over the next 2 weeks before the program starts!

New Year’s resolutions reality check

By |January 16th, 2015|

Recently, my husband came home and announced that he was making a significant progress on a project he started five years ago and that the end was in near sight. I was speechless and in awe as I have given up on the idea of this project ever getting completed while he was steadily working and not giving up  for the past five years. Later on at dinner time I made sure to take the time to give a little speech to the kids praising my husband for his perseverance and hard work. In this day and age when we rush from one appointment to the next, one activity to the next and often take our near and dear ones for granted I felt that it was important to appreciate my husband for not giving up and teach the kids an important lesson.

We are only two weeks into 2015 and many of us have already given up or started slacking on those New Year’s resolutions. According to some research more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only about 8% achieve those goals. According to a Forbes article simply setting a goal does raise your chances of achieving that goal, significantly. But within weeks or months, people begin abandoning their resolutions as they hit bumps in the road that throw them off their stride.

So, do something different this year. Really think of that goal, that ‘sankalp’ or pledge you have made just couple of weeks ago, set your willpower and determination, set that ‘drishti’ or point of focus on it and don’t give up. Your might fulfill your ‘sankalp’ in five days, five months but also be prepared as it might take five […]

New rules for visa to study yoga in India by Total Yogi Purnima Trasi

By |January 14th, 2015|

“Yoga day is India’s Pride” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when on December 11, 2014, the UN decided to declare June 21st as the International day of Yoga.

He also said that it was India’s responsibility to ensure that the right spirit of yoga is conveyed to everyone.

Its probably a result of this sensible decision by the UN, and “the right spirit” of the Indian officials, that the Goverment of India, has introduced a “Yoga Visa” for tourists visiting India to learn Yoga.

Following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century, Yoga became popular in the Western world, as a system of physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline, that aims to transform body and mind. Since then, students have flocked to India to learn Yoga, explore their spiritual side and to awaken their kundalini!

Until recently, the wanderlust Yogi, could study yoga from any yoga institution by visiting India on a “Tourist Visa” or a “Student Visa”. However “Toursit visas” normally have a duration of only 6 months (180 days) and “Student Visas” had formalities like going to the Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) at the police headqurters and getting other formalities sorted.

Applying for a “Yoga Visa” will require the student to provide a letter from a Yoga Institute recoginsed by the Ministry of Home affairs, Govt. Of India where they will study. It is important to know that in India, the authorities and Yoga schools use the term “Yoga Visa” but this is not a term used by any visa service center or embassy where the visa will be obtained – they only recognize “Student Visa”.  The “Student Visa” will last the duration of the Yoga program which can be up to 5 years and can be extended […]

Shoulder Trouble by Jagdeep Dosanjh-Badwal

By |January 12th, 2015|

In October 2014 my shoulder pain was it’s worse. I knew a medical diagnosis was required. The x-Ray and assessment by the orthopedic consultant revealed that the most likely cause of the pain was an impingement on the rotator cuff, bone calcification was ruled out, which I was told was good news !

I was recommended physiotherapy for period of 7 days and given a series of exercises that were required to be done 2-3 times daily; as long as no pain was felt. Some exercises had to be done with a physio band, or Swiss ball, against a wall and another from the top of a door frame.

I leant the importance of stretching exercises and only when stretched without pain would the shoulder strengthen.

My 3 favorite stretches include

1. Anterior Shoulder Stretch
. Grasp something above such as a door frame
. Move forwards, leaving arm behind to stretch in front if shoulder
. Hold position 20-30secs and repeat 3x

2. Posterior Shoulder Stretch
.Place one arm across the front and pull it in tight with the other
. Hold for 20-30secs and repeat 3x.. Should feel a gentle stretch in the back of the shoulder but no pain

3. Supraspinatus stretch
.Place the hand on the lower back and use other hand to pull the elbow forwards
. Keep hand on lower back
. You should feel a gentle stretch at back of shoulder
.Hold for 20-30 secs, repeat 5 x – if painful discontinue

I went back to the yoga studio after a 2 week break and recalled my consultants words, “no headstands! ”
I continued my practice mindful of my injury, this meant fewer rounds of surya namaskara, less time holding sampat and santolan and an attempt at eka hath santolan on my right side was […]