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How Yoga taught me the power of mind

Hello everyone!! We all have either heard or read about the power of our mind. But, a lot of us have not used it wisely or we are still unaware about its potential. In the recent years a lot of books have been published which tells us about the power of our thoughts and our mind. So here comes another story which will reflect the power of our mind. How well do you use your mind We all face challenges with some asanas while practicing yoga. Sirsasana (Headstand) is the king of asanas and I was able to hold it, as long as there was a wall or support behind me. But, take off the support and I would topple. Manish (my teacher) told me, mind is an essential part of the training while learning inversions. All the instructions, you tube tutorials, help from my co trainees was motivating, but not helping. Aggression had not worked, thus, the next time I was trying, I took 11 deep breaths relaxed my mind. Then I affirmed that I could do it, along with more self-motivating-talk. And, that was my happy day. I was able to do a headstand, without any support. I was exhilarated!  And I learnt that relaxing helps us in being more effective.          Handstand, the posture I believed that I could not do. Because my arms are not strong enough, my neck might snap and a lot more reasons. I tried, I failed, Period. Off sheer frustration I was taking the magical 11 breaths and I whispered to myself, “You can do anything you set your heart on.” That was the day, I was able to go up, with the wall behind. It was a [...]

Healthy eating – One size doesn’t fit all

Nutrition. What is it and what does it mean for each one of us? I’m sure most of our thoughts go straight to “superfoods that must be a part of your diet in 2017”, “top five foods to help you get a beach-bod” or some variation of these fad diets. But, lets just concentrate on "Healthy eating." In my nutrition counselling practice over the last six years, I’ve come to understand that each of our bodies respond differently to different kinds of foods and diets. Much like exercise, we need to understand what works for us and what doesn’t. We need to understand that One size doesn't work for all of us!! I am a strong believer of including as much variety in the diet as possible. Not only does this ensure that we ingest a wide array of nutrients but also keeps us from getting bored of a diet. There are several nutrition tips to discuss but I’d like to elaborate on two that I think are very significant. Carbohydrates are good for us; we just need to pick the right ones. Most of the food we eat contains a large amount of carbohydrate. Fruits, many vegetables, cereals, grains, pulses, all these food groups contribute to our carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are essential for our bodies to function. Every cell in the body requires energy to keep us alive and functioning. Where does this energy come from? – glucose or sugar which is the end product of carbohydrate metabolism. Fibre content in food is what sets apart the good and bad carbs. Some examples of good carbs to include in your diet are red/ brown rice, wheat flour, millet, sweet potatoes and lentils. Keep track [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|Clean eating, Cooking and baking, Nutrition, Yogic Diet|0 Comments

Yoga trends or fads?

In 2016  -2017, we have seen traditional yoga hold steady. While many yoga fads are popping up. Latest yoga trends have included yoga with goats, beer yoga, TRX yoga, broga (yoga for men), MMA yoga, naked yoga just to name a few and you often wonder why and if they are here to stay. For true yoga enthusiasts and purists, there are plenty of classes out there to practice pranayama and asana, but for everyone else there are a lot of new choices out there. Why new trends in the Science called Yoga Much of these trends show the creativity and innovation of yoga teachers and business owners. But since people nowadays, have a shorter attention span, these new trends perhaps are merely an attempt to cover up boredom. In the past, yoga asanas and styles were invented by true masters with higher state of consciousness. Or at the very least from an incredible sensitivity to the flow of energy in the body. The new trends are usually developed over night without much thought and research or side effects considered. Yoga has developed over the last five thousand years. In the last 10 years, as yoga has become more popular, most people have been doing yoga as a quick fix, more like stretch and strengthening classes. For example, combining a physical activity like yoga with drinking a craft beer is a trend that many brewers are embracing. As it opens up their brand to new patrons and new revenue streams. So what it boils down to is the increase in revenue. In these new yoga trends, it seems like yoga couldn’t drift any further from its roots. These yoga styles are unusual and although they [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|The Fun side of Yoga!, Yoga on holiday, Yoga when travelling|0 Comments

Know your asana – Sethu bandhasana

Sethu bandhasana can be used to fire up or cool down your yoga practice. The bridge posture is great for the spine, thus the vertebrae is lengthened and strengthened. This asana can be used as a preparatory posture for Chakrasana. What is so special about Sethu bandhasana? This asana can be a restorative posture or a dynamic way to open and strengthen your body. It opens the thoracic spine (the middle and upper back) and imprints important alignment principles in the lower body. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for years, you can reap benefits from building a strong Bridge! Besides, it is a great warm up for the abdomen too. :) Chakra-wise Manipura chakra is associated with the natural element fire and directly linked to your sense of self. A healthy solar plexus ensures that you are comfortable with your own inherent power and become empowered. This energy center is associated with your self-esteem, sense of purpose, personal identity, individual will, digestion and metabolism. Benefits of Sethu bandhasana Opens shoulders and chest-  Rolling onto the tops of your shoulders, helps in opening the chest and strengthening the upper back. This pose is very restorative for anyone who notices that they droop in the shoulders – be it while standing or sitting. Opens the hip-  Bridge asana opens the hip flexors, creating length where there needs to be length, and tension where tension is needed. Great posture to be practiced, after sitting for a long time. De-stressing and calming effects- in the brain and nervous system. Aligns and strengthens the vertebrae.  Stimulates the lungs, thyroid glands and abdominal organs- while improving digestion ,circulatory system and respiration. Backbend- Sethu bandhasana is a mild backbend and tones the whole [...]

Have you taken your yoga props to work today?

Many people use props in yoga, BKS Iyengar first introduced props to the modern yoga practice to allow people of ages and abilities to benefit from yoga. Props are supportive and helpful when facing obstacles or limitations on the mat. So what are the Yoga props that you can take to your workplace to help you with your obstacles there? When I say Yoga prop, I don't mean a physical thing! Try using these props at work everyday, not just at work but in day to day living too. 1. Breath. Yoga is synonymous with Breath or prana. It is like the block that you would use to support an asana and go that extra distance. Actually, breath does take you that extra distance during practice so you don't really need the block. Using very conscious breathing during your day makes a big difference to the quality of the day you are having. Every breath is fresh oxygen to your blood, calmness to your mind, lower stress levels to your nerves. 2. Mindfulness. Using your breath will automatically bring about Mindfulness. Being mindful means being aware or focussed on the present moment. Practicing mindfulness at work, will bring about empathy, efficiency, new ideas and positive energy. 3. Posture. Yoga is all about posture. Asana practice on the mat gradually starts correcting posture through regular practice. Posture at work place is an absolutely essential for general well being but also to portray the right message across. Confidence exudes from the person who is standing tall and straight rather than sitting or standing hunched up. 4. Smile. Your most influential prop is your smile. It will brighten your face, light up your eyes and channel your positive [...]

Finding Yoga in Africa

For most of us, holidays involve a lot of travel, food and wine. It is so easy to neglect our healthy diet and fitness routine when exploring new places and having too much fun. Practicing Yoga helps improve our physical, mental and emotional well-being when travelling. Travellers practicing yoga are able to feel at home wherever they go. The first time I went to Africa, I definitely did not think I would find a yoga studio and teacher that I would fall in love with and kept returning to practice with. After a couple of 12 hour plane rides I got to Nairobi exhausted, dreaming of elephants and white sand beaches. One “Matatu” ride, a long bus journey and a boat ride later I arrived in gorgeous Lamu - a soothing sight for my travel weary eyes. I was greeted with pristine beaches, camels sunning themselves on said beaches and Masai men and women dressed in full traditional attire ambling about. I was almost sure I was dreaming up a mirage with all the travelling the last few days involved. After pinching myself a couple of times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, I got off the boat and walked through mazy pathways, the quaintest houses and curious donkeys in way of traffic to get to the place I was going to call home for what I thought was going to be a week. My yoga experience I travel with my yoga mat because, however relaxed- lazing on the beach, sipping sundowners gets me, getting on my mat brings me a sense of contentment and quiet that not much else can bring.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the owner of the place I [...]