Blog posts covering the not-so-serious; often comic side of Yoga!
Yoga Myths When people start thinking about yoga there are lots of thoughts/preconceived notions running in the mind. I’m sure it does for everybody, before they start. Some folks have asked me if Yoga is only for flexible people? yoga can de-stress you, but lose weight…??? Busting the common yoga myths Yoga is sneakily religious Yoga did originate from India and we have a rich background for close to 5000 years. But this does not means, it is a part of Hinduism or Buddhism. Yoga is as secular as it is. It is a life science and majority of studios and teachers default it to a practice that is focused on wellbeing. Yoga is for flexible people When I saw Neetu (yoga teacher) in the 1st class, I wondered, how on earth would I even do all the suryanamaskars………leave alone asanas. It seemed like an unsurmountable task for me. But now we all know and understand that Yoga helps one get more flexible. But, more importantly yoga helps, one find more flexibility in the mind. This makes us more loving, tolerant and flexible towards life situations. Yoga and weight-loss? The goal of yoga is not weight loss. But you’d anyway lose weight due to the asana and surya namaskars. The first Patanjali sutra explains this beautifully – "Yogaś chitta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ" Yoga is the union, balance, harmonious state of mind; bridging the different aspects of life. Yogis are vegetarians No! Some yogis try to practice ahimsa of the yamas from eight-limbed path of Patanjali Yoga. But not all practitioners are vegetarians. Yoga is for relaxation only Normally people ask me how I lost weight/maintain my weight. When I tell them it is Yoga . They are surprised as their idea of yoga [...]
The most common yoga bloopers/mistakes we make, have nothing to do with our physical alignment. It is more about our attitude and lack of awareness that dissolves the bliss of yoga practice. Eating before Yoga When doing Yoga, we want our energy to be optimised. On the other hand, if we eat anything before the practice (2-3 hours), all the energy is focused on digesting the food. And, the nausea when doing inversions or surya namaskars hampers our practice. So eat a light, easily digestible snack or fruit/nuts before the yoga session. Wearing tight fitted pants Wearing jeggings or tight yoga pants is an absolutely, NO-NO. You want your skin to breath and the blood to circulate, besides being comfortable for that one hour. Opt for clothes that allows your body to destress and breath. Listening to loud - distracting music It's motivating to have good music. But, while doing yoga we want to be mindful and relaxed. So why put on loud-distracting music? We want to look within ourselves, practice awareness and learn to sync our body and breath. Thus, leave the music for later. Sharing yoga mats This is a matter of personal hygiene. We sweat on those mats. As a thumb rule, we wash our mats once in two weeks to maintain sanitation. We don't wear our own sweaty pants twice, so think twice about using a sweaty mat forever. And, using a stranger mat is a stranger matter. Making it too serious A lot of people think, you need to be serious while doing yoga. And, there couldn't be a bigger myth. Yoga is about letting go and relax. Smile all you want to, as long as you do not spook [...]
Varicose veins can be cured with yoga asanas and pranayama. It is a condition in which the veins get enlarged and twisted and are visible just under the surface of the skin. Severe long standing varicose veins can lead to leg swelling. This ailment often affect the legs because they are the farthest from the heart and gravity makes it harder for the blood to flow upwards. Causes of varicose veins Heredity tendency, lack of exercise, standing for long duration , hormonal fluctuations, very tight clothing, obesity, repeated deliveries, constipation, wearing high heeled shoes for long duration. Symptoms Aching heavy legs, ankle swelling, cramps, burning, itching, restlessness, throbbing, discoloration around the veins. Yoga therapy Yoga therapy brings relief and also aids in correcting and restoring damaged veins to their former condition. Patients have reported great improvement in their conditions by regular practice of yoga asana and pranayama,where there's no severe damage. Extreme cases require medical consultation because blood gets collected in one spot causing clots. These clots can travel to lungs, heart or brain.Under such circumstances medical treatment is required and no yogic exercises should be practiced until doctor advice. Generally this is not a life threatening condition but it's very painful. In yoga,the asanas which allow the blood to drain back to the heart, allowing damaged veins to resume in a normal manner are beneficial .Inversions are most effective like Sarvangasana, Viparita Karani and Sirsasana. Other asanas like- Pavanmuktasana, Chakrasana, Paschimottanasana, Vajrasana, Naukasana, Tadasana, Surya namaskar and Savasana. Sirsasana by Pangong Tso Lake Pranayama Anulom vilom, Bhramri pranayam and Omkar recitation helps in relief from pain. Useful Advice Keeping legs elevated for long duration brings relief. Avoid sitting in cross legged position. Standing for [...]
There is nothing in life as contagious as laughter and good humour. And yogis are skilled at laughing at themselves. Don't' believe me. Try it for yourselves. Always find a reason to laugh, it adds life to your years. Iti Jain
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 [...]