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Pranayam

Pranayam (Yogic Breathing) breathing practices and benefits

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!

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

Yoga@workplace – Be a cool yogi bear at work!

Good Morning Workoholics! Every week, I will be posting some information about Yoga at the workplace to try and assist you, the office goer, money spinner, bread winner with some tips on how to use Yoga at your workplace. Summer months are upon us and it is unbearably hot by 8:00 am as you are heading to work! You get a sweat on, travelling in the heat and dust, frustrated in traffic and cant wait to get to your air conditioned office (if you are lucky to have that). Air conditioning does feel good in this heat and is a luxury a lot of us can afford these days but how do we beat the heat without it! Here are some tips that are very simple and basic to follow: 1. Yoga: At work, you can try Sheetali Pranayama. Anyone having low blood pressure should be aware that these cooling pranayamas can bring the pressure down even further. Sitting in a comfortable position at your desk, back is straight. Hands are on your palms (ideally this is done sitting in a meditative posture). Then rolling your tongue, take a breath in through the mouth for 4 counts. The breath as it goes into the body is cooled down by the tongue. Exhale through both the nostrils for 6 counts. Do this for a few rounds and slowly increase the time after practicing for a few days. Bhramari Pranayam The other variation is Sheetkari Pranayama which is also a cooling breath and Bhramari pranayama to reduce anxiety and stress that the heat may cause. Also try the silent OM chant, that brings the heart rate down and cools the mind! And fall back on the best most [...]

By | March 23rd, 2016|Pranayam, Total Yoga, Uncategorized, Yoga|Comments Off on Yoga@workplace – Be a cool yogi bear at work!

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!

Yomaste Ladakh! Yoga Adventure

Friends, it’s time you joined us on a Total Yoga Retreat ...... and this May, we're going to LADAKH! Ladakh is one of the most stunning destinations to visit worldwide. And if you live in India, then it's an absolute must-visit! As a Himalayan outpost, it is both scenic and geographically unique as well as culturally distinct. While the landscape and natural beauty is stunning, the Tibetan Buddhist culture is rich and intriguing. Doing a Yoga retreat in Ladakh is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, that too with 100 other yogis! And we've timed it so that we're in this mystical land for Buddha Purnima on May 21st! We’re hosting a 9-Day Retreat in Ladakh (May 14-22) that will immerse You into Yoga & Pranayam, Meditation (including the Full Moon of Buddha Purnima), Yoga Philosophy & Living, Internal-Cleansing Kriyas (Neti, Kunjal, Shankhaprakshalan, Trathak), Relaxation & Reflection and also Trekking, visiting Buddhist Monasteries, sight-seeing, Adventure & Celebrating(!!) We've also included a shorter (5-day) program too, in case you're only comfortable getting away for a shorter break. That would be May 18-22. Pangong-Tso-lake is one of Ladakh's natural wonders that we'll be visiting!   Why should You embark on a Total Yoga Retreat? https://youtu.be/fleDZw4Irdo (This video was shot at the our Retreat "Days of Zen" in Devbagh in Novemeber, 2014) 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. 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 [...]

By | January 17th, 2016|Meditation, Pranayam, Total Yoga, TY Events!, Yoga, Yoga Retreat|Comments Off on Yomaste Ladakh! Yoga Adventure

Every Breath You Take ….Experience it !!

Total Yogi Run Group Running is a beautiful sport because of it’s simplicity. Just lace up your shoes and run (after a dynamic warm-up, of course). There is much controversy over whether the breath in running should be just through the nose,  the mouth only or whether in patterns with your stride and so on.... if you care to take the time to read on it, the subject boggles the mind.... and I would even go as far as saying, that it could put you off a sport that is considered as one of the most simple.... particularly  if you are that type of person who follows the letter of what you read.. Since establishing my yoga practice with Total Yoga, I recounted during one of my runs, my yoga teacher mentioning Ujjai breath could be utilized  by runners, so I decided to give it a go and it worked well for me not only in my running, but I have also incorporated it into my day to day life. It is a calming breath, and the best way I would describe what it does for me, is that is takes me from the outside world to my inner being....it has taught me to let go of the past and future and stay connected in that present moment...if we can learn to do this during part of our day, we will undoubtedly feel connected with our true self... Funny, when your yoga teacher throws out a question like this : How long do you think it will take to become a yogi? Audience replies...in 10 years, maybe next year, then someone piped out, why not now ? ... Yes, absolutely.. smiles my teacher, we do it now, what [...]

By | January 15th, 2016|Pranayam, Uncategorized, Yoga for Runners, Yoga in Daily Life, Yogis-on-the-Run!|Comments Off on Every Breath You Take ….Experience it !!