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Shall I take the short cut ?

By | October 25th, 2016|Uncategorized, Yoga for Runners|

Runner in the Great Outdoors I HESITATED for awhile,  lingering in my warm bed, but my mind was focused on that run, it did not matter that it was cold, drab and misty. The sun still sleeping behind the glistening silver clouds.  I stepped out, my breath heavy and visible, fingers numb, coldness stretching through the back of my shoulders. But my mind was focused. My headphones switched on, music filtered and absorbed my body. With phone in hand, my legs  felt that rhythm; my mind was focused. My heart was pounding, the beat was in my bones, I knew this day was going to be a good day... with each passer-by a smile and a good morning, the energy  flowing and filling every cell in my body. Then, momentarily the sun glowed from behind the cloud, with phone is hand, I  wanted that click .... as I pressed to click, WTF my phone died, music left my ears - then a road I see, to double back . The choice in hand, do I take that short cut home and trash my run......my day! But my mind is in focus - I am here , I am in the now and I am present . In focus, there was no way I was going to give up on that run, I said to myself ... "I'm not going to trash my day " - and without that click and without that pumping music - I know the mind in focus will achieve come what may - lesson of the yoga mat came to me - Do I let the distraction get a hold of me, or do I get hold of it... there's [...]

Yomaste Sikkim & Darjeeling! Yoga Travel

By | July 3rd, 2016|Meditation, Pranayam, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, TY Events!, Yoga, Yoga Challenge, Yoga Festival, Yoga Retreat, Yogi Trek, Yomaste|

Embark on an Adventure in the mythical, magical, mystical...Himalayas! The Himalayas have always been a whole lot more than just another Mountain range. Breathtaking beauty aside; they have since the beginning of Time been the abode of the great Sages, Gods and Yogis. Indian mythology tells stories of epic Himalayan journeys of searching and of austerities performed here. And even today, there is a certain reverence for these mountains for any spiritual Seeker. In fact, it's safe to say that it's a dream come true for all of us modern Yogis to take our Yoga & Meditation practice to the land from where... Yoga originated! Practising Yoga in the Himalayas: On the Bucket List of every Yogi in Yoga studios over the world! Yomaste! We invite you to join us to Sikkim & Darjeeling for a 7-Day Yoga, Travel and Cultural adventure! Mark your dates; from Nov 20-26th, Total Yoga & Byond Travel hosts a Retreat that will immerse You into Yoga & Pranayam, Meditation, Detox internal-cleansing Kriyas; and also Trekking through the Fambong La Wildlife Sactuary, visiting Changu Lake, watching the Sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga; visiting Happy Valley Tea Estate and riding on the UNESCO world heritage site Darjeeling Toy Train!! Firstly, why should You embark on a Yomaste Retreat?! https://youtu.be/fleDZw4Irdo (This video was shot at the our Retreat “Days of Zen” in Devbagh in Novemeber, 2014) Yomaste! Rishikesh rafting May 2015 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 Asana, Pranayam & Meditation. These are practices that once learned will help you throughout life. Importantly though, you don't need to be an expert at Yoga at all; even first-timers can join us! Yomaste! [...]

The 21-Day Headstand Challenge!

By | June 30th, 2016|Asana, Inversions, Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga Challenge, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life|

SIRSASANA is the most iconic and admired Yoga Asana and for thousands of years Yogis have been identified with standing on their Heads! The Headstand conjures up ideas of Mastery over the Body, overcoming Fears in the Mind and an immersion into the Meditative arts. Why Sirsasana? 5 Benefits of the 'King of Asanas!' By inverting the Body, blood flow is re-directed to the Head; thereby stimulating the functioning of the Brain. As we grow older and the neck muscles tighten, lesser Blood flows upwards and while this may be marginal - by re-directing the blood flow upwards, we ensure that brain functions like Memory, Focus & Creativity don't diminish. Sirsasana re-stimulates the functioning of the Pineal gland. This small gland calcifies once we reach the age of about 8. However, unlike the Appendix, the Body continues to nourish the Pineal gland. For a long time, Medical researchers were searching for the function of the Pineal gland. Apart from its role in Sleep, the Pineal gland is also very active in Meditation. This was seen in Electro-Encaphalogram studies of Buddhist monks while Meditating. This corroborates the Pineal gland's importance in Yogic lore - where it relates to Bindu Visarga, one of 8 chakras in some Yogic systems. It connects Man to spiritual insight. Sirsasana is not recommended for people with High BP initially, although over time and if the practitioner can rightly do Headstand, it helps alleviate the condition. In addition, it gives the practitioner a unique Confidence in his Body's abilities. We naturally walk upright but by learning to stand on our Heads, we overcome not just Fears but also various limiting conditioning of our Minds. Finally, the Core gets toned as it engages in order to raise your [...]

Trailblazers of Modern Yoga – Pattabhi Jois

By | June 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

“Ashtanga Yoga is 1% theory and 99% practice”.                                                                    (Pattabhi Jois)       In the popular context, yoga has essentially come to be associated with complex contortions of the body, its weight loss benefits and the elegant gymnastics. There are as many styles of yoga , as are the aspirants. However, there are some names who will forever be credited with reviving the lost ancient Indian philosophy of yoga, and introducing it to the modern world as a relevant health fitness disciple. Notable amongst these is Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, often called one of the founding Fathers of Modern Yoga. Pattabhi Jois, was one of the early students of the prolific yogi T Krishnamacharya, who presented knowledge of asana, pranayama and various aspects of ancient Indian and yogic philosophy learnt from his guru as the Ashtanga style of yoga. […]

Look into Life and Teaching of B.K.S Iyengar on World Yoga day

By | June 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

International Day of Yoga also referred to as World Yoga day is celebrated annually on 21st June, since Prime Minister Modi initiated this day on 2015. On account of World Yoga day, lets take a look at some significant figures in the field of Yoga  like B.K.S Iyengar, Baba Ramdev & Pattabhi Jois. I will be speaking about B.K.S Iyengar, who created and propagated one of the most famous style of Yoga, Iyengar Yoga. Lets have a look at his life, teachings, vision and his work in Yoga. B.K.S Iyengar  (Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja), dearly called Guruji by Iyengar yoga practitioners was born on December 14, 1918 in Karnataka. His initial few years weren't amongst his fittest as he suffered from many ailments including malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis. His father sent him to Mysore to learn Yoga from T.Krishnamacharya, also known as father of modern Yoga. T.Krishnamacharya was teaching at Parakala Math at that time, with support from King of Mysore. We all know that T.Krishmacharya trained most famous personalities in yoga; Pattabhi Jois, Indira Devi, Desikachar, A.G Mohan to name a few.      Krishnamacharya sent Iyengar to Pune to teach Yoga at age of 18 years after two years of training with him! It is said that Iyengar couldn't complete his Yoga training with his teacher & most of his teachings are from his own practice! I myself trained under one of his students in my first few years of Yoga.  He went through lot of struggle in his initial days of teaching at Deccan Gymkhana. He would practice 8 hours a day besides teaching and managing his family. 8 Hours of sadhana!! That is incredible.  “I pushed myself to the limits in my practice in order to [...]

A look into Yoga Televangelists

By | June 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

International World Yoga day has become a buzz since last year, thanks to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative to make it an official celebration not just in India but throughout the world. With such a political figure playing such a significant part in the importance of Yoga, lets look at who else in India has had an influence in making this 5000 year old tradition more popular in the more recent times. Another Prime Minister who had a connection with Yoga comes to mind. Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had a Yoga guru named Dhirendra Bhramachary. His influence in politics grew in the late 1970s when Indira Gandhi was in power. He featured on the National TV channel called Doordarshan and would do a weekly broadcast on the benefits of Yoga. This was considered to be quite an innovation in that time. He introduced Yoga to Delhi schools and later introduced them to Kendriya Vidyalayas, which are Central government schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education. He also wrote books on Yoga, one of which was also a documentary filmed in its time "Sukshma Vyayama shown by Dhirendra Brahmachari". This covered Yoga that the general masses could do to aide them in their day to day living. Dhirendra Bhramachari Researching Dhirendra Bhramachary brings up a lot of controversial reading material, links to Politics, another other issues that I personally am not interested in. What I am impressed by is that even in the 70's this yogi has used TV and film as a medium to promote Yoga and bring it to the masses. He made Yoga popular in his time in the way he could. If you are interested in watching [...]