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Yoga for a Great Cause!

Want to get fit, challenge yourself, inspire change and use yoga to sponsor a child through school? Head to Cubbon park on Sunday, the 26th for our Karma Yogathon.  First of all, thankyou dear yogis for coming out in hordes and supporting #Karma Yogathon 2016. It is that time of the year again and we have loftier goals this time around. We are hopeful about raising enough money to put 10 kids through a year of school at Vidya.   Vidya foundation : Vidya is an amazing non-profit NGO that specialises in the education, empowerment and transformation of lesser-privileged children and women through programs that include award winning schools, computer training, micro finance and social entrepreneurship. Founded in 1985, Vidya now offers programs in some of the poorest neighbourhoods of Delhi, Haryana, Mumbai and Bangalore creating better futures for children.    Total Yoga : Here at Total yoga, we have always been about being a socially conscious yet fun-loving band of yogis who believe in the importance of community. Being good at Yoga for us translates to being good at life and about inspiring people to take yoga from beyond the mat and into the world. Join us for a morning of 108 surya namaskars as a way to bond with the yoga community and help a great cause. Ways you can participate : This year we hope to sponsor 10 Children through a year at Vidya.  SPREAD THE GOOD WORD! Please share the event, invite your friends and Inspire your colleagues to join us – they’ll get fit as we help them train to be able to do 108 Surya Namaskaars; and they’re contributing to a wonderful cause! Do use #KarmaYogathon #108SuryasforVidya when you share socially! SALUTE THE SUN [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Pranayam, Surya Namaskar, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga, Yoga-in-the-Park|Comments Off on Yoga for a Great Cause!

Yoga News Daily: Jan 27, 2017

Presenting 3 Yoga news from around the World today that we find significant or plain quirky! > Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati receives Padma Bhushan award Swami Niranjan began living with his Guru Satyananda Sarawati from the age of 4, going on to be initiated into Dashnami sannyas (a monastic order) at the age of 11. Interestingly his Spiritual training was started in Yoga Nidra, one of the most beloved practices for Yogis around the world today! Subsequently, he went to to establish Satyananda Ashrams across the Americas, Europe & Australia. In 1983 he returned to India to manage the Yoga Research Foundation, Sivananda Math and Bihar School of Yoga at his guru’s behest. In 1994, he founded the first university of yoga, Bihar Yoga Bharati and in 1995, he was declared as the spiritual preceptor and a successor of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. In 2000, he established the Yoga Publications Trust in Munger in Bihar. He has also written many classic books on the Upanishads, tantra and yoga. Incidentally during the Total Yoga TTC, these are the books that we recommend! > America's youngest Yoga teacher is a 11 year old Inspiration! https://youtu.be/9tZQeb5CWxw When Tabay Atkins was 6 years old, his mother Sahel Anvarinejad enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training while recovering from Cancer. Being inspired by the effect on his Mother, on age 11 - Tabay chose to undergo Yoga Teacher Training instead of visiting Europe. He teaches at his Mother's 'Care4Yoga' studio - the classes are donation based with the money going to Cancer charities that help Kids. > KungFu Yoga anyone?? Jackie Chan's latest 'Kung Fu Yoga' movie is the perfect Sino-Indian mass-audience draw!  

By | January 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Yoga News Daily: Jan 27, 2017

What does INDIA mean to You?

Wishing everyone in India and abroad a Happy Republic Day!! :) What does 'INDIA' really mean to you?? The 'land of a Million Mutinies' continues to Amaze & Inspire People around the World; with Her sheer durability in maintaining the Essence of a millennia-old Culture & Civilisation! Every Culture has a common Ideal that keeps it going. In India, it's been a 'search for MOKSHA'; a search for your own Individual liberation! How do you feel about this? OSHO expresses it so beautifully in words: "I don't mean the country India when I use the word 'India'. It is a bigger thing for me, It is not just on the map as other countries. It is simply symbolic of the tremendous energy that India has put into the inner search. So wherever you are born, if you start moving towards godliness, you become Indian. Suddenly, your pilgrimage towards India starts. You may come to India or you may not come; that is not the point. But you have started your pilgrimage." #yoga #meditation #freedom What is it about India that you relate to the most? Spirituality, Festivals, Bollywood, Cricket, Dance, classical Music, Democracy, Himalayas, Goa, Taj Mahal, Yoga, or something else? Let us know.

By | January 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What does INDIA mean to You?

YOMASTE BALI! Yoga – Travel – Culture

We invite you to join us to Bali for a 6-Day Yoga, Travel and Cultural retreat! Mark your dates; from May 16-21st, Total Yoga & Byond Travel host YOMASTE BALI in pristine Ubud that will immerse You into Yoga & Pranayam, Meditation, Detoxing internal-cleansing Yogic Kriyas; and also Trekking up the Mount Batur volcano, Beach time & Water sports at Tanjung Benoa, Temple visits to Tanah Lot, Taman Ayun; and a whole lot of Celebrating! :)  Join us on this Yomaste Adventure! >> Firstly, why should You embark on a Yomaste Yoga Retreat?! (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! Yoga atop Mcleodganj, Nov 2015 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, Movie screenings, Trekking, Cultural trips, Yummy food and other activities. You’ll also enjoy community-time and bonding. And of course, there’s the need for all of us to getaway and find ourselves! Yomaste! Pangong Lake, Ladakh May 2016 In May 2015, we led a Retreat in Rishikesh – “Unplug”, which included Trekking, White-water Rafting et al. Read about Unplug in the World Capital of Yoga >> And in November 2015, we led a Yoga+Meditation retreat in Mcleodganj – “Himalayan Yoga Adventure”. Read about the [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Total Yogis on the Road, TY Events!, Yoga, Yoga Retreat, Yomaste|Comments Off on YOMASTE BALI! Yoga – Travel – Culture

Top 10 Fitness Trends in 2017

(>> Paraphrasing from acsm.org who conduct the most extensive survey each year.) The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced its annual fitness trend forecast and, unsurprisingly, exercise pros say Wearable Technology will again be the top fitness trend in the coming year. The results were released in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017” published today in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. “Technology is now a must-have in our daily lives. Everyone can easily count steps taken or calories burned using a wearable device or a smart phone,” said Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey and associate dean in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta. “The health data collected by wearable technology can be used to inform the user about their current fitness level and help them make healthier lifestyle choices.” Now in its eleventh year, the survey was completed by more than 1,800 health and fitness professionals worldwide, many certified by ACSM, and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments. Forty-two potential trends were given as choices, and the top 20 were ranked and published by ACSM. (Yoga continues to make the Top 10 Fitness list) The top 10 trends for 2017 are: 1. Wearable Technology: includes activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices. 2. Body Weight Training: Body weight training uses minimal equipment making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness. 3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): HIIT, which involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, [...]

By | January 1st, 2017|Asana, Asanas Directory, Corporate Yoga, Knowledge Articles, Total Yoga, Weight Loss, Yoga, Yoga for Flexibility, Yoga for Sports|Comments Off on Top 10 Fitness Trends in 2017

Shall I take the short cut ?

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 [...]

By | October 25th, 2016|Uncategorized, Yoga for Runners|Comments Off on Shall I take the short cut ?