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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

A look into Yoga Televangelists

International World Yoga day has become a buzz since last year, thanks to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative to make it an official celebration not just in India but throughout the world. With such a political figure playing such a significant part in the importance of Yoga, lets look at who else in India has had an influence in making this 5000 year old tradition more popular in the more recent times. Another Prime Minister who had a connection with Yoga comes to mind. Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had a Yoga guru named Dhirendra Bhramachary. His influence in politics grew in the late 1970s when Indira Gandhi was in power. He featured on the National TV channel called Doordarshan and would do a weekly broadcast on the benefits of Yoga. This was considered to be quite an innovation in that time. He introduced Yoga to Delhi schools and later introduced them to Kendriya Vidyalayas, which are Central government schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education. He also wrote books on Yoga, one of which was also a documentary filmed in its time "Sukshma Vyayama shown by Dhirendra Brahmachari". This covered Yoga that the general masses could do to aide them in their day to day living. Dhirendra Bhramachari Researching Dhirendra Bhramachary brings up a lot of controversial reading material, links to Politics, another other issues that I personally am not interested in. What I am impressed by is that even in the 70's this yogi has used TV and film as a medium to promote Yoga and bring it to the masses. He made Yoga popular in his time in the way he could. If you are interested in watching [...]

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Yoga@Workplace – Your morning routine!

Good day Workaholics! Here is a reference sheet for you to use to energise your mornings. Do this routine which will take you not more than 15mins and will make a difference to your day! You can click on the image and download it or print it so that you have it as a reference at home! Let me know how you go! Energise your mornings!

By | April 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Yoga@Workplace – Your morning routine!

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!

Today, I just wanted to give my Teachers’ a Big Hug !

Monday morning … No longer is there trepidation with saluting the sun with 108 – but have I learnt to do and go beyond to that place where we meet the glory of life? In this space of glory, an overwhelming feeling of compassion resides … is this love? I see it in others, I know when I am there…. Life is beautiful... In this time, today ...my arms dangled by my sides, itching to move... there was no thought, it was only my heart ... I just wanted to hug everyone, particularly my teachers …  I stalled, I didn’t, a thought came in ...  did time stop? Was I the only one feeling this? I leave class with a formal goodbye, it didn’t feel right, as soon as I’m in the car I want to rush back, but I didn’t … Now, for my long drive home … music blaring, high on life/love… this energy nurtured from my yoga practice, inside so strong… need those running shoes ... I’m stuck in the car… everything is beautiful… Then, again time stopped, I’m mesmerized by a kind face, her wrinkled skin like a walnut shell, eyes wide open, a witness to depths of life beyond what I know. She is perfectly dressed in a yellow sari, hair oiled, neat, clean, proud… I notice a loaf of bread in her hand, she stalls for her rupees...she leaves without it ... empty …I want to go to her …but I didn’t, time moves me on… What I know ...Life is about taking a risk, we all fear rejection or think we may make a fool of ourselves... but if we can stay in that present moment and be [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Surya Namaskar, Uncategorized, Videos, Yoga for Runners, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Today, I just wanted to give my Teachers’ a Big Hug !