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Yoga@Workplace – Love your work!

Good Day Yogis! "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life" - Confucius As it was Valentine's day when I wrote this, I couldn't help myself but mention about love! There are many experiences of love in one's life, from falling in love with your soul mate, unconditional love for your children, respectful love for your parents, love for siblings and friends, love for your work! And as we are focussed on the workplace, lets talk about "Love for your work"! If you are someone who loves what you do for work then you are really lucky as most of us tend to be at work for most of our life! So if you are in a monotonous job that you dont enjoy or love, how do you get into a frame of mind to love your work? Here are a few pointers: Practice Gratitude. Be grateful for all the things that you have in your life. Consider that in this economic situation, with inflation, redundancies, lack of job opportunities, you are grateful to have a job. Dont focus on the negatives, look at the positives. Make a list of what you like about your work, the hours, the people you work with, proximity to work, could be anything. Make your workspace a brighter place. Have pictures of your loved ones, inspirational sayings, a flower that brightens your day. Remove clutter, keep your desk tidy! Whatever works for you. Practice doing at least one kind deed everyday! Doing a deed for the pure pleasure of making someone else happy will brighten your day immensely. Karmayoga, is something we do often, come join us! Look at the bigger picture. It may be that [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|Total Yoga, Uncategorized, Yoga|Comments Off on Yoga@Workplace – Love your work!

Poem – Can I be a Happy Valentine?

This Valentine’s Day… ask yourself, what is that you are grateful for? Look not far… for you will see the open door, But with these thoughts… comes rushing in … things lost, hidden, misplaced, misunderstandings... Life is cruel? Hurt sweeps in.. Is it going to leave? In the mind it rings.. On this very present moment focus on that what is … real right now.. it is that breath you have …. Embrace it, focus on it …let it absorb into your very being... Think not what was or will be, with a free mind let your heart love me (yourself) This Valentine’s Day focus on what is and not what you think the future might  be ..… Give it at a go and see how  your day will be …. With these words I bid you my family, friends near and far a Very Happy Valentine’s Day!!   Author - Jagdeep Dosanjh-Badwal-

By | February 14th, 2016|Total Yoga, Uncategorized, Wordpress, Yoga|Comments Off on Poem – Can I be a Happy Valentine?

Yoga@Workplace – Stress

Good Day Workaholics! Every Monday, 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. "Tough times don't last; Tough people do" We are half way through February! Wow, where has Jan gone? How are you doing with you resolutions for 2016? Be honest? Are you still giving your fitness goals a priority? Healthy eating habits are still on going? Long work hours are slowly creeping in? Are you managing to find the work life balance you had promised yourself? I call it "Walking the tight rope", its a rope that sways and jolts and wants to drop you off it, and its very easy to fall off. How do you find the balance between giving 100% at work and also have fun in life along with exercise and healthy living. Thats an answer you have to find for yourself and prioritise what is most important for you. Burning the candle at both ends can cause tiredness which in turn can cause a lot of stress at work! It is very important to manage stress levels at work. Stress can cause health issues, ulcers, hair loss, sudden changes weight, relationship issues. How does Yoga help manage stress. Firstly lets understand stress. Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. When we practice Yoga, and holding Asana for a certain length of time, we are putting [...]

By | February 8th, 2016|Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Uncategorized, Yoga|Comments Off on Yoga@Workplace – Stress

You Rest, You Rust: Learning a New Skill

  It is third week in January and time to look at the New Year’s resolutions and assess where you stand. You have either given them up 20 minutes into the New Year or you are still hard at work and making a good progress. My New Year’s resolutions this year ended up unveiling themselves through an early morning slumber dream. As I was waking up one day over Christmas vacation, a small voice inside whispered: “Learn a new skill.” I didn’t give it much thought at first but as we geared toward 2016 and setting new goals and resolutions I remembered that little voice and thought that learning a new skill in 2016 would be a great idea. Our holidays were a mix of good food, restful time, local travel and meeting family and friends. Somewhere in between that a few electronic devices had to be taken away from my kids who spent too much time playing games and watching Netflix.  As a result we had some great times bonding, playing board games, doing a 1000 piece puzzle and going on long walks. And so it went, when my 12 year old who is currently obsessed with K-Pop and fast approaching teenage years, came and asked me to learn Korean I could not refuse. There I had a chance to learn a new language and also keep my daughter close to me for a little while longer. Learning a new language, especially at my age and not from a familiar group of Slavic and Latin languages is not a joke. Although I am multi lingual, this new adventure has challenged me to the core. At moments, I feel like giving up and fear that [...]

By | January 19th, 2016|Knowledge Articles, Uncategorized, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on You Rest, You Rust: Learning a New Skill

Awaken your Body and mind!

The Full Moon will soon shine for us on 23rd January. Full Moon nights are full of energy and are great to connect to oneself through Meditation. While Bengaluru is getting ready for bed, you can awaken your body and mind!   We welcome you to a Full Moon Yoga and Meditation session at Satori, Whitefield. As it is the Republic day weekend and the first Full Moon of 2016, we will also have a session on Yoga Philosophy, after the Yoga session. Please make sure to wear something warm , carry your yoga mat and water. When: January 23, Saturday. 7:30-10:00pm Where: Satori Space (adjacent to the Alila Hotel, opp Lake View Farm, Whitefield) RSVP: director@total-yoga.org / +91 9900097056 Ticket: Rs 500 For Total Yoga Students, Rs 1000 for non-students.

By | January 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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 !!