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Top 10 Fitness Trends in 2017

(>> Paraphrasing from 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

Wackiest place you’ve ever done Yoga?

A few months ago, when the Bangalore Mirror newspaper wanted to highlight the odious traffic problems that we have in Bangalore; they came out with an interesting idea. What are the different things that people could actually do at a Traffic jam? Maybe play Chess? Or set up a Stall selling fashion accessories? How about shaving? And the wackiest idea of them all - how about doing Yoga on the car-tops?? We loved the idea and jumped in headlong. Of course, it's all in good humour and you're better off sticking to Pranayam and Breathing-based Meditations sitting 'inside' the car. Although the occasional Asana on roof-top never hurt anyone! :) Breathing-based Meditation at Traffic signals: This is best done at a traffic signal that has a counter so you know how much time you have! Often the eyes get really tired when driving and so start by closing your eyes. Sit straight and place your palms on your thighs. Start breathing deeply (Ujjayi pranayam if possible) while holding the breath inside for a considerably longer duration. Count down the breaths from 11 to 0. Hopefully, you've timed this well enough to finish before Red turns to Green! (Else reduce the number of breaths) And if you're worried whether the light would turn whilst you're sitting pretty with your eyes closed - no chance of that happening in India....everyone behind you will serve up a timely 'horny' reminder! :) Only, this time you'll not be stressed with all the horning noise!! Key Learning: We learnt that the roofs of almost all cars are quite flimsy and in case you ever do any asanas on top. keep both feet close to the edges of the roof! :) [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|Asana, Corporate Yoga, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Total Yogis on the Road, Yoga, Yoga Challenge, Yoga Festival, Yoga for Sports, Yoga-in-the-Park, Yogi Trek, Yogis-on-the-Run!|Comments Off on Wackiest place you’ve ever done Yoga?

Bangalore TCS Run, for a cause

Bangalore's TCS Run - the city's biggest Running event is back this year on the 17th of May with about 10-15,000 runners expected to participate! Total Yoga is proud to be associated with VIDYA Foundation that works for Women's Empowerment (by providing training for employment) and also works tirelessly towards getting children to receive an Education in School. All those who would like to be a part of this cause can kindly mail and also cc to The categories of Running events include the World 10K, Open 10K, Majja Run 5.7K, Seniors' Run 4.2K, Disabled Champions' Run and Corporate Team Run. Most of the Yoga students could choose between the Majja (Fun) Run of 5.7K or the Open 10K Run (which will require some running training). The entry fee is Rs 600, and to register we'll need your ID proof and Photo. Message from VIDYA Foundation: If you are interested to participate and run with the VIDYA team, kindly take a print out of the application form, fill it up and submit it at our office (MALI Foundation, Navajeevana Nilaya, Kundanahalli Gate, Opp. Star Bazaar, Whitefield Road, Marathahalli Post, Bangalore – 560037) along with a passport size photograph and a govt. ID proof on or before 20/04/2015. The registration fees for the general category(Majja Run) is Rs.600/-.  Alternatively, you can log on to the above link (To run) to do the online registration and run for us.  There are also drop boxes mentioned in their website, please check it out. Kindly do whichever is convenient to you. TO DONATE    :    TO RUN          :     VISIT              :    

By | April 20th, 2015|Corporate Yoga, Total Yoga, Total Yogis on the Road, Yoga, Yoga for Sports, Yoga News, Yogis-on-the-Run!|Comments Off on Bangalore TCS Run, for a cause

Understanding the different Yoga styles

There are so many Yoga Styles being taught in Studios around the world that most students don’t have a clue what all the different styles can do for them. Also, a lot of yogis start off with a particular style of Yoga and then never change, ever! And even if you try another class; you end up comparing how the new Teacher teaches Surya Namaskar or sequences the Asanas differently from your own teacher! In this article, we’ll try and understand 4 of the most famous yoga styles around the world and in India. I’m drawing from my decade long experience of being a Yoga Teacher and studying various yoga styles, to analyze these legends of modern yoga and their iconic yoga styles. Before we get into the brands of Yoga; it’s better we are clear on the three primary forms of modern yoga – Hatha, Vinyasa and Power yoga. Hatha is a classical form of yoga wherein your focus is on holding poses for long so that your body strengthens and your mind becomes one-pointed. Vinyasa is a flow of poses; you’ll be moving from one posture to the next and so on, while focusing on your Breath. Power yoga is usually a combination of vinyasa-inspired yoga and exercise. 1) ASHTANGA Yoga I’m not exaggerating when I say that most of the Yoga that is taught in Yoga studios around the world derives from the Ashtanga Yoga established in Mysore (South India). From the 1970’s Ashtanga has slowly spread its message across the western world; and in the last decade Indians are taking to this style in larger numbers. Ashtanga yoga was developed by Sri Pattabhi Jois (who passed away nearly 5 years ago); [...]


In the next of our ongoing series of Blog posts on Total Yoga students; here's an interesting read about Rita Mishra. We're featuring her to drive home the point of 'Going Green!' While Yoga is all about Health and Wellbeing; there's another benefit of Yoga to the planet - it's a totally Zero-Carbon workout! You don't even use the fan usually; and definitely no A/Cs, or mechanized Treadmills and the other energy-draining Gym infrastructure. So, we go one step ahead and look to encourage students to cycle, walk or jog their way to Yoga class instead of driving! Right? To learn how Yoga can help Cycling, read Yoga-for-Cycling. Here's what Rita Mishra has to say..... "I love cycling and I love yoga. Putting them together is my favorite recipe for a great start or a grand finish to a day. While both hold value from a physical fitness perspective, I particularly enjoy the positive psychological impact of these two activities. Cycling is a very earthly experience for me. Feeling the rush of breeze, the open skies and observing people go about their business gives me happiness and surges my energy. I feel connected with nature and often find myself smiling when I ride (albeit at the cost of looking funny). Morning hours are my best bet for a good and safe ride in Bangalore. Yoga is my way of unplugging from distractions and diving into a deeper universe. It is an experience that melts my individual thoughts into a pool of universal consciousness. It connects my mind, my body and the universe at a spiritual level. Just as a good shower cleanses the physical self, a good yoga session cleanses the mind.   Put yoga and cycling [...]


Stress at the Workplace is today considered a part and parcel of modern living! While we generally enjoy our jobs – the other associated factors often make our lives miserable. Longer working hours, sedentary jobs, uncertainty over job security, reduced incentives and greater demands of output from management; have started fueling the downward spiral of your health. It is important to understand the mechanism of Stress so that we can eliminate its negative effects. The external event (that causes us stress) is simply a ‘trigger’; and it’s only the individual’s internal response to that event that becomes the Stress. In other words we are choosing (generally due to lack of awareness) to get stressed with changes in our life. Having a sanguine, Zen-like demeanor would ensure that we go through the day without getting stressed! How Stress effects the Body? Stress is experienced as our Body’s sympathetic nervous system’s “flight or fight” reaction to external events. In ancient times this reaction was our primary defense mechanism and served us well. For instance, when we would come upon a dangerous wild animal in the forest, our sympathetic nervous system would send signals to our adrenal glands and they would enhance adrenaline secretion to give us the boost of energy needed to defend ourselves - by fighting back or running away. However, when triggered in the office, we cannot fight or run away. Instead our bodies become saturated with bio-chemicals like the steroid hormone, cortisol. Without the associated energy-expending response, our own bodies begin tearing themselves apart. Cortisol has been identified as a major contributor to “belly fat” which can promote heart disease, diabetes and lowered self-image. Unnatural Working conditions: The human body is designed for movement and not to sit for long [...]