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Yomaste Sikkim & Darjeeling! Yoga Travel

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! [...]

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|Comments Off on Yomaste Sikkim & Darjeeling! Yoga Travel

The 21-Day Headstand Challenge!

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 [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Asana, Inversions, Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga Challenge, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on The 21-Day Headstand Challenge!

What is Yoga?

As the crescendo of International Yoga Day builds up; it's worth spending awhile contemplating what Yoga really is? In it's modern-day avatar, Yoga has become a Panacea for all manner of ills. It's a Fitness regime, Stress-buster, a Holistic lifestyle, Spiritual discipline and much more. So how can a single stream of study cater to so many different human needs? At the outset, it's interesting to consider that Yoga is perhaps the most comprehensive study of a Human Being ever conducted. Both in terms of Breadth of Subject matter (body, mind, consciousness) studied and Duration of the research (5,000 years!) Yoga is an Experiment with one's Body, Mind & Spirit in the quest of Liberation and Transcendence. That's what Yoga essentially is. Since ancient times, when a Man/Woman began questioning Life and their place in the vastness of the Universe; they turned towards Introspection and Meditation to seek Answers. That process is what we call Yoga. As incredulous as it may seem, this 5000 year-old discipline has never gotten outdated! In spite of several Millennia worth of transformation; Man's essential Questions have remained the same. And hence Yoga still is relevant. In fact not only is it still relevant, Yoga is thriving like never before. From a spiritual pursuit undertaken by a few under their Guru's watch; Yoga has metamorphosed into something of a Pop-Culture phenomenon! Yoga is one of 6 traditional 'Darshans' (literally 'to see') of Indian philosophy: Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa - Uttara & Purva (also called Vedanta), Samkhya and Yoga. Yoga is the most practical of all philosophical systems in the world and has gained popularity being a holistic regime that is beneficial for body, mind and spirit. Traditionally there are 4 forms of Yoga, and based on [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga Festival|Comments Off on What is Yoga?

5 Self-Transformation lessons that Easter teaches Us all

I was born a Christian and for years I've reflected on the significance of Jesus' message in my Life and on the Culture of our World. For starters, we call this year we're living in 2016, mainly because it's 2016 years since Jesus' birth! For one MAN to mark Time for the entire Human Race is perhaps the greatest tribute that could be paid to anyone! Amongst the greatest luminaries and Men of Ideas of the Western Civilization; from Socrates to Newton, da Vinci to Darwin, this simple Man's Idea of LOVE has stood the test of time....of 2 Millennia! So today, I reflect on what Easter means in terms of daily living. > (In recent years, rightly so, it has been changed from B.C. (before Christ) to BCE (before Common Era) and A.D. (Anno Domini) to CE (Common Era). That's how it should be, promoting a more inclusive World Culture and so we find ourselves in 2016 CE.) 1) The Ultimate TRANSFORMATION. Easter represents the Ultimate Transformation; a transformation from Death to Life. Overcoming Death is a Metaphor for overcoming the negative, repetitive habits we possess and transforming ourselves into the Person we aspire to be. It would be naive to say from Good to Bad; but transforming from undesirable habit patterns deeply ingrained in our Psyche to our true, liberated, joyful Selves. This is at an everyday level. Easter is all about such Transformation, about being Re-Born. In Indian philosophy we use the prefix Dwij...twice-born, to represent a Master. Proficiency in any subject merely makes you an Expert; the word Master (or Buddha) is reserved for those rare Individuals who have through self-study, 'Master'ed the workings of their own Self and thereby Transformed! 2) Transformation is HUMANLY possible! The beauty of the entire story is [...]

By | March 27th, 2016|Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga|Comments Off on 5 Self-Transformation lessons that Easter teaches Us all

5 Life Lessons my Doggie taught me …

Most of us have had a Pet at some point in our Life, and if we haven't then we should definitely experience it. It's a remarkable experience and our lives will certainly be more richer through it. Exactly 2 full moons ago, my Partner and I chanced upon a post on Facebook asking if someone would adopt a rescued Labrador. We had been looking for a Dog and immediately volunteered. By that night, not only had She attended a full moon Meditation session with us, she also had a name...LOVE! :) Over the next 50 days, she became the centre of our attention and an integral part of our Yoga classes, as she would attend every class that Neetu taught at our Total Yoga Centre. During these 2 months, here are 5 things that I learnt ... 1) Life has Multiple Perspectives. Walking LOVE everyday, I would be surprised at what caught her attention. While we Humans are more reliant on Seeing things, Love would Smell her way, curiously discovering the neighbourhood. I quickly gathered that LIFE CAN'T BE HUMAN-CENTRIC ONLY and that even amongst us Humans, every Environment and Experience pivoted differently depending on our own interests. MY PERSPECTIVE can never be the sole one, in fact everyone sees life differently. That has helped me be more patient and inclusive in my relationships with everyone. 2) Unconditional Love! Real Love. Unconditionally. It was incredible to be welcomed with the same loving affection every single day irrespective of whether I came late, didn't walk her in the morning or didn't play with her. I experienced what is meant by 'non-judgemental', and that sort of love is what truly liberates a person in any relationship. To look into her compassionate eyes was worth much [...]

By | March 23rd, 2016|Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga|Comments Off on 5 Life Lessons my Doggie taught me …

Yoga@Workplace – The 5 Elements at work!

Good Day Morning Yogis! You have heard of the 5 Elements of Nature, also known as the Panchmahabhutas in Ayurveda. Our universe is made up of these 5 main elements and are an integral part of us. Being an integral part of us, I started thinking of how we could use these in the work environment. Using the elements of Nature not literally but adapting them to our daily working life. There are many interpretations of the 5 elements in Ayurveda, in Vastu shastra, in identifying our body types but I'm keeping it simple. Here is my take on the 5 elements at work! Air - Vayu - Breathe! Use your breath to energise yourself. Beat stress, stay calm, stay centered. Using Ujjayi breath during the day will just help you keep your wits about you and keep your nerves calm. At least once in your 9-5 work day, take 10 minutes out and do Pranayam and meditation. Sidhasana for Meditation Water - Jala - Hydrate throughout the day. Water does amazing things to your body, keeps you fresh and alert, cleanses, oxygenates. Keep a bottle by your workspace and measure how much water you drink everyday. Earth - Prithvi - At work be grounded! Be strong. Have dreams and expectations, work hard, but make sure you have your feet firmly on the ground, not floating away with your ideas. Fire - Agni -  Keep the fire in your belly burning! Have the grit and determination to go behind your goals, your dreams. Do what you think is right and to believe in yourself. You can keep the fire in your belly alive by doing 3 rounds of Agnisar Kriya every day! Be [...]

By | March 15th, 2016|Meditation, Pranayam, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yogis, Yoga|Comments Off on Yoga@Workplace – The 5 Elements at work!