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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 ?

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!

Trailblazers of Modern Yoga – Pattabhi Jois

“Ashtanga Yoga is 1% theory and 99% practice”.                                                                    (Pattabhi Jois)       In the popular context, yoga has essentially come to be associated with complex contortions of the body, its weight loss benefits and the elegant gymnastics. There are as many styles of yoga , as are the aspirants. However, there are some names who will forever be credited with reviving the lost ancient Indian philosophy of yoga, and introducing it to the modern world as a relevant health fitness disciple. Notable amongst these is Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, often called one of the founding Fathers of Modern Yoga. Pattabhi Jois, was one of the early students of the prolific yogi T Krishnamacharya, who presented knowledge of asana, pranayama and various aspects of ancient Indian and yogic philosophy learnt from his guru as the Ashtanga style of yoga. […]

By | June 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Trailblazers of Modern Yoga – Pattabhi Jois

Look into Life and Teaching of B.K.S Iyengar on World Yoga day

International Day of Yoga also referred to as World Yoga day is celebrated annually on 21st June, since Prime Minister Modi initiated this day on 2015. On account of World Yoga day, lets take a look at some significant figures in the field of Yoga  like B.K.S Iyengar, Baba Ramdev & Pattabhi Jois. I will be speaking about B.K.S Iyengar, who created and propagated one of the most famous style of Yoga, Iyengar Yoga. Lets have a look at his life, teachings, vision and his work in Yoga. B.K.S Iyengar  (Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja), dearly called Guruji by Iyengar yoga practitioners was born on December 14, 1918 in Karnataka. His initial few years weren't amongst his fittest as he suffered from many ailments including malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis. His father sent him to Mysore to learn Yoga from T.Krishnamacharya, also known as father of modern Yoga. T.Krishnamacharya was teaching at Parakala Math at that time, with support from King of Mysore. We all know that T.Krishmacharya trained most famous personalities in yoga; Pattabhi Jois, Indira Devi, Desikachar, A.G Mohan to name a few.      Krishnamacharya sent Iyengar to Pune to teach Yoga at age of 18 years after two years of training with him! It is said that Iyengar couldn't complete his Yoga training with his teacher & most of his teachings are from his own practice! I myself trained under one of his students in my first few years of Yoga.  He went through lot of struggle in his initial days of teaching at Deccan Gymkhana. He would practice 8 hours a day besides teaching and managing his family. 8 Hours of sadhana!! That is incredible.  “I pushed myself to the limits in my practice in order to [...]

By | June 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Look into Life and Teaching of B.K.S Iyengar on World Yoga day