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Managing Diabetes with Yoga by Yashodhara Pawar

By |March 26th, 2015|

Diabetes is one of the most common metabolic disorders today, with nearly 20 million diagnosed cases reported in the United States alone.  It is estimated that it is also the most rapidly growing lifestyle-related metabolic conditions in the South-east Asia and the peninsular region, as more and more children and young adults continue to be diagnosed every- year.

There are mainly three types of Diabetes: A). Type-1: Diabetes mellitus or Insulin-dependant diabetes; Juvenile diabetes; genetic condition; no insulin produced in body. B). Type-2: Non-insulin dependant or Adult-onset diabetes, insufficient production of insulin or loss of cell’s ability to efficiently utilize Insulin. C). Gestational diabetes: common during pregnancy due to elevated levels of glucose developed during pregnancy; affects both foetus and mother.

Diabetes is characterized by high levels of Glucose the body (Hyperglycemia), caused due to insufficient production, and/or the inability of the  cells to utilize insulin, the principal glucose regulating hormone in the body.  Insulin is produced and secreted in the Pancreas, and transported through the blood into the cells in response to elevated levels of glucose in the blood. Inside the cells, glucose eventually breaks down to release energy and other essential molecular by-products. Thus, insulin is essential for energy metabolism, to balance glucose levels in the blood, and transport of glucose into the fat and muscle cells.

Diabetes can be a highly debilitating condition with various systemic complications. It is characterized by the presence of Glucose in the urine (Glycosuria), elevated levels of Urea in urine (Polyuria), ketoacidosis (ketone bodies and increased acidity of blood) leading to Ketone breath, blurring of vision that could lead to diabetic retinopathy, Glaucoma, Cataract; Polyphagia (excessive hunger), frequent urination, Chronic fatigue and lethargy. It reduces immunity, delays the wound healing […]

5 Awesome Years of Total Yoga! Now, Looking Ahead….

By |March 26th, 2015|

The Total Yoga Idea:
On March 1st 2010 I broke my ankle playing football in Dubai. My wife Neetu and I would come to Bangalore for surgery and recuperation. This was our first break in over 7 years of Yoga and Meditation training, living with our Guru Bharat  Thakur.

During the month and a half of bed-rest I started wondering about setting up a Yoga school of our own. I now know how in subtle ways my Guru had nudged us in this direction. Parting ways with our Guru was the toughest decision we ever had to make, but having done so we felt at peace and ready to take on the challenge of setting up a Yoga school. Little did we know we would be embarking on the most fulfilling journey of our lives and closely interacting with so many wonderful people over the next 5 years and counting…

We wanted to create a Yoga school that taught yoga for the sake of enjoying yoga! That meant we were not going to market it as a weight-loss regime, or as a therapeutic class. We were looking for healthy people who we would help make fitter and then start to explore Pranayam and Meditation. This was the way we had been taught and the way we approached yoga – we were sure there would be more people like that looking for a true Yoga experience!

The first decision was what do we call our school? There were many options and the temptation to use a Sanskrit sounding name. We thought about this long enough and also asked friends. Finally, we settled on Total Yoga. Firstly, we have always represented a complete experience of Yoga training – from Asana to […]

Yoga:holic! India to lead World Yoga Day event in China

By |March 20th, 2015|

India has decided to flex it’s soft power by hosting a MEGA-event on the 1st World Yoga Day this year. For those not in the know; India’s PM Narendra Modi proposed and the UN adopted June 21st as World Yoga Day.
To celebrate this year’s event India will jointly host a Yoga event in ….. China (!!) Apparently, China is the world’s fastest growing market for Yoga.
Quoting from Outlook: “Over 10,000 Yoga enthusiasts are expected to take part in the Yoga meet being organised in Dujiangyan in Chengdu, China’s Sichuan province from June 17 to 21, K Nagaraju Naidu, Consul General of the Indian Consulate in Guangzhou told PTI.

China was one of the 170 countries voted for the UN Yoga Day proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

Yoga, India’s age old physical, mental and spiritual has become immensely popular over the years in China, which has also promoted it more like a physical exercise. The Yoga event will also feature India’s Ayurvedic medicine being promoted by the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). The event is  being organised in coordination with China’s southwest Sichuan provincial government.”

The Need to UNPLUG through Yoga & Meditation

By |March 18th, 2015|

In today’s uber-connected world, where we are constantly checking mails, twitter feeds and other social media channels; the need to Unplug and de-clutter our minds becomes paramount. More than ever we need as oasis of calm through the day where we are just “being” rather than “doing”. In this era of multi-tasking, focusing on one thing without any distraction is truly priceless.
Yoga in the modern world, trains us in the Art and value of mono-tasking.
Through the history (5000 years of it) of Yoga, people have practised it for a variety of reasons.  For most of that time, people did Yoga solely in search of liberation or Moksha. It’s only in the last 50-60 years that Yoga has been practised for Health and as a therapy to cure themselves from physical discomfort and disease. Sri Krishnamacharya, often titled the Father of Modern Yoga, pioneered therapy-based Yoga with the use of innovative props that patients could use to heal themselves. This was taken to the maximum extent by his student, the peerless BKS Iyengar. Iyengar Yoga is still the best form for therapy.

In the last 25 years, Yoga has slowly  become a mainstream Physical fitness regimen thanks to the untiring work of Pattabhi Jois (and his student-teachers) and the spreaad of Ashtanga Yoga worldwide. Bikram’s Hot Yoga and also in India Bharat Thakur’s Artistic Yoga spawned a fitness-driven yoga style, where people came in to lose weight, tone up and get fit.

When we sat down at the start of this year to decide on what the main reason for people to take up yoga would be – now and in the years to come; we concluded that it will be in order to UNPLUG. Mindfulness has become […]

RUN+YOGA Bangalore & Pune

By |March 17th, 2015|

RUN+YOGA! is a Fitness session that brings together Runners and Yogis. Starting with a 3-5K run, all participants then practice 1hr of Total Yoga, pranayam & mindfulness.

It’s designed for everyone – from the fittest folks to people wanting to embark on a fitness regime. It’s great because you get to train in the 2 most natural fitness activities that require NO equipment! (and that you can do wherever you travel) After Running the body will be warmed up enough allowing you to stretch to your limit in Yoga; and then you will also strengthen your Core muscles and learn to Breathe, Relax and become Mindful.

RUN+YOGA! happens at BANGALORE (Indiranagar: Total Yoga ONEness Centre & Whitefield: Jagriti Theatre) and PUNE (Kalyaninagar: Joggers’ Park + Artsphere Pune)

TIMING: Assembly at 7:30am.
RSVP: 9740980200 (B’lore), 9503582479 (Pune)

Ujjayi pranayama to become victorious

By |March 11th, 2015|

As you have probably noticed we start all our classes with 3 deep Ujjayi breaths and keep using this breath throughout our practice. Ujjayi pranayama is the only pranayama used simultaneously with asanas. It is a style of breathing, which translated into English means “to gain mastery” or to “become victorious”.

Anatomically speaking Ujjayi breathing is a type of pranayama which develops awareness while the “glottis” is partially closed. The glottis refers to the vocal folds, and the opening between them or, to put it more simply, the opening between the vocal cords in your throat.

The Ujjayi Breath consists of inhaling and exhaling through the nose. There’s a noise that always accompanies it, which is often compared to the ocean, fogging a window, or slight snoring sound.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Sit or stand with your back straight.

2. Start inhaling and exhaling slowly through the nose, until you attain a steady rhythm.

3. Keeping your mouth closed, gently constrict the glottis muscles in the back of your throat (the muscles you use when you whisper) and continue breathing. You should hear an ocean-like sound.

4. If you’re still not sure if you’re doing it right, try this method: Inhale, and on an exhale, open your mouth and make the same “hhhha” sound you would make if you were actually fogging a window. Halfway through the “hhha” exhale, close your mouth and complete your exhale.

Some of the benefits of ujjayi pranayama are that it invigorates the nostrils. For most people, the nostrils connect to emotions; you only have to notice how when someone is really mad, sad or frustrated, their nostrils seem to flare (as their jaw simultaneously clenches). Ujjayi simply exploits this connection, but in a positive way. […]