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The 21-Day Headstand Challenge!

SIRSASANA is the most iconic and admired Yoga Asana and for thousands of years Yogis have been identified with standing on their Heads! The Headstand conjures up ideas of Mastery over the Body, overcoming Fears in the Mind and an immersion into the Meditative arts. Why Sirsasana? 5 Benefits of the 'King of Asanas!' By inverting the Body, blood flow is re-directed to the Head; thereby stimulating the functioning of the Brain. As we grow older and the neck muscles tighten, lesser Blood flows upwards and while this may be marginal - by re-directing the blood flow upwards, we ensure that brain functions like Memory, Focus & Creativity don't diminish. Sirsasana re-stimulates the functioning of the Pineal gland. This small gland calcifies once we reach the age of about 8. However, unlike the Appendix, the Body continues to nourish the Pineal gland. For a long time, Medical researchers were searching for the function of the Pineal gland. Apart from its role in Sleep, the Pineal gland is also very active in Meditation. This was seen in Electro-Encaphalogram studies of Buddhist monks while Meditating. This corroborates the Pineal gland's importance in Yogic lore - where it relates to Bindu Visarga, one of 8 chakras in some Yogic systems. It connects Man to spiritual insight. Sirsasana is not recommended for people with High BP initially, although over time and if the practitioner can rightly do Headstand, it helps alleviate the condition. In addition, it gives the practitioner a unique Confidence in his Body's abilities. We naturally walk upright but by learning to stand on our Heads, we overcome not just Fears but also various limiting conditioning of our Minds. Finally, the Core gets toned as it engages in order to raise your [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Asana, Inversions, Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga Challenge, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on The 21-Day Headstand Challenge!

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

Why I love yoga in India

India is a special place, and practicing yoga there has been an amazing experience. There are many things that make yoga in India unique and different from the states, but before I get into some of those differences, I want to start by saying that these practices can be cultivated within any culture, in any country you happen to find yourself. You do not need to travel halfway across the world to start practicing yoga everyday. You can do it in your own living room, on your own or with a small group of friends. When we set goals for ourselves that feel unattainable, it gives us an excuse to quit before we even get started. So don’t decide that India in the only real place to practice yoga, because it’s not! But there is a sense of ease and lineage that make yoga in India a thing all of its own. The two places that I have practiced most of my yoga are in India, the birthplace of yoga, and the United States, the birthplace of modern yoga. With our modern twist, we’ve picked out the parts that we like and tossed a lot of other stuff aside, for reasons that I can’t exactly pin down. I want to highlight some of the things that have made my personal experience practicing yoga in India so fulfilling, and show that they can be recreated anywhere with a little motivation and the right group of people. I am going to focus on two parts of yoga that I have found profoundly different in India: the community, and the practice itself. The community aspect of yoga in India is unlike anything I have experienced anywhere else. When [...]

By | December 26th, 2015|Asana, Meditation, Meditative Asanas, Pranayam, Pranayam, Sitting, Total Yogis, Total Yogis on the Road, Yoga, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Why I love yoga in India

Yoga, Health, Chakras in Everyday Life !!

There is more to the human body than just what you can see. Our outermost layer, the physical body, is what we tend to associate with most because it’s tangible—we can see it, feel it, and therefore rationalise. Less tangible, but no less real, is the energy that exists within and around the physical body energy centres and are very important for the bioplasmic body. The bioplasmic body explained Every person is surrounded and inter-penetrated by a luminous energy body called the bioplasmic body. Just like the visible physical body, it has a head, two eyes, two arms, etc. In other words, the bioplasmic body looks like the visible physical body. This is why mystics, spiritual seers and visionaries call it the etheric double or etheric body.The word bioplasmic comes from ‘bio’ which means life and ‘plasma’ which is the fourth state of matter, the first three being solid, liquid, and gas. Plasma is ionized gas or gas with positive and negative charged particles. This is not the same as blood plasma. Bioplasmic body means a living energy body made up of invisible subtle matter or etheric matter.It is through the bioplasmic body that vital energy ( prana )is absorbed and distributed throughout the whole physical body. There are seven main chakras in the body - each is an interface for the flow of prana.  Their  importance can be considered as as a blueprint for your own self-care, and  through your practice as the architect you could make that blueprint a reality!  The most direct way to use the chakras is to learn how each they associate with an element in nature. The first five chakras are associated with the physical elements earth, water, fire, air, and ether (or [...]

By | October 26th, 2015|Asana, Uncategorized, Yoga, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Yoga, Health, Chakras in Everyday Life !!

Yoga News Daily (5 May ’15)

Dear Yogis, we’re going to collate the most important news on Yoga every day and present it to you for easy reading. Here’s everything that we find newsworthy in Yoga today; and also a little bit of Inspirational content with an occasional Wacky story thrown in for good measure (there’s plenty of those in the modern yoga world!!) First lady of China - Peng Liyuan First lady of china practicing yoga Despite its traditional tai chi fitness practice, China is taking up yoga big time. First Lady Peng Liyuan is said to be learning and practicing yoga for sound mental and physical health. Read More>>> Yoga at a layover Yoga room to kill time at airports Travelling is stressful, so is a layover between flights. Instead of getting bored or drinking alone at a bar, you can now de-stress and make the layover pleasant by flowing into yoga sequences. Read More>>> Iraq veteran yogi sgt Nevis Double amputee, Iraq veteran is now a yoga teacher Sgt. Dan Nevins lost both his legs in the Iraq War, but refused to let that hold him back. He went on to inspire many people with disabilities who gave up shame and pooled strength to lead life in dignity. Read More>>> Tomorrow we’ll have 3 more stories on Yoga!

By | May 5th, 2015|Asana, Relaxation Asanas, Surya Namaskar, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Yoga, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life, Yoga News, Yoga News Daily|Comments Off on Yoga News Daily (5 May ’15)

YOGA TO ENERGIZE YOU by Manish Pole

ENERGY is the essence of all life. In fact Matter and Energy are the building blocks of the universe. As humans, everything that we do requires us to be energetic, and energy determines how we perceive people. For example, we say someone has good or positive energy, or someone has bad energy or negative vibes. When we are happy are energy levels are great, but when we are depressed we lack energy. In today’s world, Energy has become such a buzzword simply because there is a general lack of energy that people are facing. Whether it’s at the workplace or at home, we find people are drained and tired all the time. A combination of factors are responsible for the same – from lack of sleep, to bad eating habits, to working extremely long hours consistently, to other stresses in life such as relationship problems or financial insecurity. Always, remember that when you are stressed you cannot be energetic and spontaneous – it’s just not possible! Now that we've seen some of the reasons for low levels of energy, let’s understand Energy from a Yogic point of view. ‘PRANA’ is understood as the life-force that pervades each of us. And this Prana is maintained and enhanced through the Yogic practices of ‘Pran-ayama’; literally ‘expansion of life-energy’. All ancient holistic health and alternate medical therapies are based on the re-balancing and rejuvenation of Prana or Chi. (The Chinese system refers to Prana as ‘Chi’) Given below are a host of Yogic practices that are especially beneficial in re-energizing the practitioner. Always write to us if you have any doubts regarding the practices. YOGASANAS: The most important asana or physical yoga practice is Surya Namaskaar.  Visit www.total-yoga.org for [...]

By | April 6th, 2015|Asana, Asanas Directory, Meditation, Pranayam, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on YOGA TO ENERGIZE YOU by Manish Pole