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Yoga@Workplace – Stress

By |February 8th, 2016|

Good Day Workaholics!

Every Monday, 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.

“Tough times don’t last; Tough people do”

We are half way through February! Wow, where has Jan gone? How are you doing with you resolutions for 2016? Be honest? Are you still giving your fitness goals a priority? Healthy eating habits are still on going? Long work hours are slowly creeping in? Are you managing to find the work life balance you had promised yourself? I call it “Walking the tight rope”, its a rope that sways and jolts and wants to drop you off it, and its very easy to fall off. How do you find the balance between giving 100% at work and also have fun in life along with exercise and healthy living. Thats an answer you have to find for yourself and prioritise what is most important for you. Burning the candle at both ends can cause tiredness which in turn can cause a lot of stress at work! It is very important to manage stress levels at work. Stress can cause health issues, ulcers, hair loss, sudden changes weight, relationship issues.

How does Yoga help manage stress.

Firstly lets understand stress. Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it’s an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. When we practice Yoga, and holding Asana for a certain length of time, we are putting our bodies through stress and […]

Yoga@Workplace – Back

By |January 25th, 2016|

Goodday to you working Yogis!

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

Every Monday, 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.

Last week we covered Eyes, I hope that you are exercising and resting your eyes at work now. Today I am going to cover another common issue with our generation of economy builders! Back Ache!

Back ache is very common for people sitting at the desk, people doing heavy lifting, standing all day. Infact most professionals usually suffer from back ache. The most common reason for a bad back is not having a strong core! I know, coz I have suffered from both those symptoms so I am talking from personal experience. Getting the core strong is a tough challenge, but an achieveable one! The core consists of not just the abs, it is the entire mid section and even the top of your thighs. When you exercise the core you need to work your upper, middle and lower abdominal muscles, your obliques, your back, your glutes too! Having strong glutes (a tight butt) is not just pleasant for the eyes :) it also supports your lower back! Abs are the lasiest part of the body, they need to be shaken and shocked into waking up. Once they are awake, they need to be kept alert and interested. You cannot let them relax. If you let them slack even a little bit, these indolent muscles will go straight back into […]

You Rest, You Rust: Learning a New Skill

By |January 19th, 2016|

 

It is third week in January and time to look at the New Year’s resolutions and assess where you stand. You have either given them up 20 minutes into the New Year or you are still hard at work and making a good progress. My New Year’s resolutions this year ended up unveiling themselves through an early morning slumber dream.

As I was waking up one day over Christmas vacation, a small voice inside whispered: “Learn a new skill.” I didn’t give it much thought at first but as we geared toward 2016 and setting new goals and resolutions I remembered that little voice and thought that learning a new skill in 2016 would be a great idea.

Our holidays were a mix of good food, restful time, local travel and meeting family and friends. Somewhere in between that a few electronic devices had to be taken away from my kids who spent too much time playing games and watching Netflix.  As a result we had some great times bonding, playing board games, doing a 1000 piece puzzle and going on long walks. And so it went, when my 12 year old who is currently obsessed with K-Pop and fast approaching teenage years, came and asked me to learn Korean I could not refuse. There I had a chance to learn a new language and also keep my daughter close to me for a little while longer.

Learning a new language, especially at my age and not from a familiar group of Slavic and Latin languages is not a joke. Although I am multi lingual, this new adventure has challenged me to the core. At moments, I feel like giving up and fear that my brain has become […]

Karma yoga – being selfless!

By |January 19th, 2016|

Karma Yoga means – the YOGA of Action(one of the four paths of Yoga). there are different components that determines your action as Karma Yoga. we will look at three of them today.

Right Attitude – It is not what you do but the attitude and selfless motive to the giving is utmost important. “It is not how much we give but How much LOVE we put into giving” – Mother Teresa. Karma Yoga has to be done increasingly and selflessly.

Do your best – Do your best in whatever way possible to be a Karma Yogi. It should be done without thinking about results/rewards. Recently in an interview Sudha Murthy, social worker from Bangalore heading different Ngo’s beautifully said that every time it is not money that the needy require. They require love, compassion and time.

Give up Results – Every human being starts analyzing or estimating at what’s in it for them whenever something is mentioned. It is important to disengage from that and do something selfless for Karma Yoga. When someone says karma yoga – most of us think selfless service. It is so true and it is important that we live up to it in the true sense.

Join us for the Karma Yogathon on 26th Jan to Sponsor a child through school

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Yoga@Workplace – Eyes

By |January 18th, 2016|

“The Eyes are useless when the mind is blind”

Hola again, Working Yogis!

Every Monday, 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.

Our Eyes are one of the most precious parts of our body! Of course they are all precious (what am I saying!!), we need each and every part but our Eyes are a gateway into our Soul! You try talking to a person with sunglasses on, or who does not look at you when you speak and its hard to connect!

In this technology driven era (computers, phones, ipads, ebooks) our eyes are taking in gazillion images at any given time and need a break. So, this week we look at how to try and relax our eyes.

1. Sitting straight, start with closing your eyes and taking 5 deep Ujjayi breaths, into the belly, holding and slowly breathing out.

2. Rubbing your palms till they are warm, and then cup your eyes with your warm hands. Take a deep breath.

3. Slowly opening your eyes, bring your hand up to eye level and raise your thumb (like you are doing a Thumbs Up)

4. Move your hand from left to right, and back, and follow your hand with your eyes without moving your face. Do this slowly, three or four times.

5. Then move your hand to make a circle still following your thumb with just your eyes (not moving your head). Do two clockwise and two anti-clockwise.

6. Then lower your hands. Now look at your nosetip so as to squint your eyes, hold a few seconds. Do that twice.

7. Then close your eyes […]

Yomaste Ladakh! Yoga Adventure

By |January 17th, 2016|

Friends, it’s time you joined us on a Total Yoga Retreat …… and this May, we’re going to LADAKH!

Ladakh is one of the most stunning destinations to visit worldwide. And if you live in India, then it’s an absolute must-visit! As a Himalayan outpost, it is both scenic and geographically unique as well as culturally distinct. While the landscape and natural beauty is stunning, the Tibetan Buddhist culture is rich and intriguing. Doing a Yoga retreat in Ladakh is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, that too with 100 other yogis! And we’ve timed it so that we’re in this mystical land for Buddha Purnima on May 21st!

We’re hosting a 9-Day Retreat in Ladakh (May 14-22) that will immerse You into Yoga & Pranayam, Meditation (including the Full Moon of Buddha Purnima), Yoga Philosophy & Living, Internal-Cleansing Kriyas (Neti, Kunjal, Shankhaprakshalan, Trathak), Relaxation & Reflection and also Trekking, visiting Buddhist Monasteries, sight-seeing, Adventure & Celebrating(!!)

We’ve also included a shorter (5-day) program too, in case you’re only comfortable getting away for a shorter break. That would be May 18-22.

 
Why should You embark on a Total Yoga Retreat?

(This video was shot at the our Retreat “Days of Zen” in Devbagh in Novemeber, 2014)

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.

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, Movie screenings, Trekking, Cultural trips and other activities. Whilst you have time on your own, you also enjoy […]