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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 !!

Yoga@theWorkplace – Awareness

Good Morning 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. As this is my first blog about this, I was trying to identify what it is that I would want to cover first. I am sure you have already got some sort of fitness routine covered (also check out desktop yoga), so I was thinking what is it, apart from fitness and desktop yoga, that yoga has to offer to aid you at work? Awareness is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns For me, it is Awareness! Awareness is a very powerful tool that is useful not just at work but almost every minute of the day! It can help you in identifying reactions within yourself both physical and mental which in turn helps in interactions, projects, dealing in situations. How can you use Yoga at work, to bring about awareness within yourself? 1. Breathe...: During your yoga practice, you are always told to be aware of your breath. You can transfer that practice even during your work day. Any time of stress or angst or anxiety, use your Ujjayi breath. Actually you could start this from the moment you start your journey to work! Instead of road rage, breathe Ujjayi breath! 2. Let go of struggle, find stillness within: During the yoga class, our guru always tell us, "find the stillness within, enjoy the calm". Sometimes when you are stuck at work and cant find a solution to your problem, just [...]

By | January 11th, 2016|Meditation, Pranayam, Total Yoga, Uncategorized, Yoga|Comments Off on Yoga@theWorkplace – Awareness

Top 5 Fitness Trends in India for 2016

So the New Year has come and gone, we have binged, partied, made resolutions and probably are already starting to doubt our abilities to keep those resolutions (I hope not!). Most people most certainly have fitness or some form of exercise or wellness routine included in their New Year's resolution. This brings me to the fitness trends that 2016 is likely to see! Fitness is now a mega industry and there is a lot of research going on in various parts of the world to see what is trending in Fitness. The American College of Sports Medicine has announced its Fitness trend forecast for 2016 and in pole position is 'Wearable technology'. My take on this, however, is a bit different especially for India. My top 5 Fitness Trends in India for 2016 go something like this, 5. A larger spectrum of people are Fitness and Wellness aware. Laughter Yoga club A few years ago, only the "active" spectrum of society was concious about fitness. Going to the gym, running, aerobics, zumba whatever form of exercise was mainly the jurisdiciton of people aged 25-45. However now we are seeing that more older people are getting fitness concious. The mentality of "oh I am too old for this" is slowly fading away. Senior citizens who have more time and more ₹₹ made from the days of the IT boom are spending their time and money wisely. They are moving away from Laughter clubs and on to fitness experts, personal trainers and wellness! 4. Outdoor Activities. Our very own Neetu Singh is an ACE at the Devil's circuit! The Oldies Brigade may have the cash for the personal trainers but the younger generation is looking to [...]

By | January 8th, 2016|Asana, Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Pranayam, Uncategorized, Yoga, Yoga for Sports, Yoga News, Yoga News Daily|Comments Off on Top 5 Fitness Trends in India for 2016

How to make your gratitude matter

  Our retreat to McLeodganj happened to fall on my favorite of all holidays…thanks giving. Manish and Neetu asked if I would give a little speech on thanksgiving and gratitude and I was incredibly stoked because it is such an interesting topic and I love when people get to interact on the subject. There was an article in the new york times this morning called “The Selfish Side of Gratitude” that reminded me of what we talked about nestled up in the mountains. For those of you that weren’t there I’ll do a quick recap. We say thank you a million times a day in the US and it rarely means much. #blessed has become something we throw on the end of a post that somehow takes a moment that once felt big and meaningful and makes it feel trite and self serving. I asked everyone to take a minute and think about every single thing that has had to happen in his or her life to get them to this point. How did we get to be so lucky that we were sitting in that room together about to embark on a life changing experience? Our parents held us and fed us, made eye contact with us and read to us all so our brain stem could properly develop and we can go out into the world knowing that it is a safe place full of trusting people. About a third of the population didn’t get this opportunity and now view the world with a suspicious and fearful eye. When someone smiles at them they wonder why instead of taking it as genuine kindness. So when you feel a wave of gratitude, that overwhelming [...]

By | January 4th, 2016|Meditation, Uncategorized, Yoga, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life, Yoga News|Comments Off on How to make your gratitude matter