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Yoga for Flexibility

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Know your asana- VRIKSHASANA

Travelling from the sages to the urban yogi, Vrikshasana (Tree pose) represents the grace and serenity of a tree. In the famous Hindu mythology "Ramayan", Ravana performs severe penances standing in Vrikshasana to win favours from the Gods. He stood in the posture for months with absolute determination and concentration which eventually lead to, Ravana being blessed with a boon by the Gods. What makes Vrikshasana so special? Many of the meditative asanas are seated postures. Vrikshasana is a balancing posture which is used by many sages and yogis to meditate. This is a mobile posture, it can be done anytime, anywhere for any duration!! The asana's beauty lies in its' simplicity. :) Chakra-wise Vrikshasana balances the Mooladhara chakra ( root chakra). This chakra regulates the most basic need of all living beings, that is, security and survival. The asana stimulates the energy near the coccyx and pelvic floor. This enables us to feel more safe, secure and stable. Besides building strength in the lower body, on an energy level, we are rooted with the stability of the earth . This ensures that we are more self-aware, courageous, and fearless. Benefits of Vrikshasana Tool for de-stressing- Even just a few breaths in Tree Pose help ground you if you are having a whirlwind week. It creates peace in your mind and in your body, and is a wonderful way to slow down when life gets overwhelming. Curbing anxiety and stress is just one of the emotional responses this posture encourages, and it naturally cools you off and balances the fight or flight response. Strengthens the lower body - Standing on one leg enhances the strength in your ankles and feet — which is very important for runners. Moreover it strengthens [...]

Know your asana: ARDH KAPOTASANA

A classic Yoga Asana, which is camera friendly and multipurpose. In Sanskrit, Ardha means “half” and kapota means “pigeon”.  Ardh kapotasana is named after a great master, Kapota. His yogic accomplishments are documented in scriptures such as the Mahabharata and the Kalika Purana. What makes Ardh Kapotasana so special? The posture is widely practiced by athletes, sports people, gymnasts and dancers. Yoga handles stiff hips in a variety of ways. But mostly through a family of poses, popularly called the “hip openers." Ardh kapotasana is a great backbend that strengthens the lower back. It’s fascinating to see the variations of this asana, which has been tailored for people with stiffness in different areas. Chakra-wise The posture stretches the abdominal-pelvic muscles and affects the Manipura chakra (Solar-plexus).  As the seat of digestive fire, this Chakra regulates the function of the Pancreas and digestive organs. Therefore, an active Manipura Chakra supports good health and assists in overcoming many illnesses. Benefits of Ardh kapotasana As we balance in the centre and bend backwards, the abdominal area is engaged. It is a great posture to tone up the abdomen and  the abdominal organs are stimulated.  This pose is perfect for tight hips because it stretches the hip rotators (the buttocks area) and the hip flexors. This asana increases the lower body's flexibility.  It is a great post-run stretch to relax the muscles around the thigh and groin area. This stance is useful for conditioning your thighs. It strengthens the back, while being a great stretch for the spine. It improves the posture thereby giving dancers a better stance. Prepares the body for seated postures such as Padmasana(Lotus Pose). Thereby ensuring more composure in meditative postures. Contradictions Avoid in case of knee [...]

Top 10 Fitness Trends in 2017

(>> Paraphrasing from who conduct the most extensive survey each year.) The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced its annual fitness trend forecast and, unsurprisingly, exercise pros say Wearable Technology will again be the top fitness trend in the coming year. The results were released in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017” published today in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. “Technology is now a must-have in our daily lives. Everyone can easily count steps taken or calories burned using a wearable device or a smart phone,” said Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey and associate dean in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta. “The health data collected by wearable technology can be used to inform the user about their current fitness level and help them make healthier lifestyle choices.” Now in its eleventh year, the survey was completed by more than 1,800 health and fitness professionals worldwide, many certified by ACSM, and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments. Forty-two potential trends were given as choices, and the top 20 were ranked and published by ACSM. (Yoga continues to make the Top 10 Fitness list) The top 10 trends for 2017 are: 1. Wearable Technology: includes activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices. 2. Body Weight Training: Body weight training uses minimal equipment making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness. 3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): HIIT, which involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, [...]

By | January 1st, 2017|Asana, Asanas Directory, Corporate Yoga, Knowledge Articles, Total Yoga, Weight Loss, Yoga, Yoga for Flexibility, Yoga for Sports|Comments Off on Top 10 Fitness Trends in 2017


You may practice Yoga occasionally; or you may even practice daily - but there's always a few Questions that you would like to ask. Because Yoga is such broad term and involves so many different forms and interpretations there's bound to be things that need clarification. Here's a few YOGA FAQs that I've been asked over my dozen-years teaching career. If you have more questions, please write to me. 1) Is Yoga enough for exercise? Yes. A well rounded Yoga practice will train you in Flexibility, Strength and even Cardio. While most people can immediately identify with the Flexibility training in Yoga; each of the asanas/ poses trains the Strength of individual muscles and the whole body itself. In fact the core strength training in Yoga is something that all practitioners will truly appreciate. In terms of Cardio, practicing Surya Namaskaars is one of the best whole-body Cardio exercises. So, if you're regular at Yoga, you will be fit and more importantly healthy in body and mind! 2) Can I practice Yoga and also hit the Gym? Of course you can. On alternate days you can practice Yoga and on the other days go to the  Gym or other fitness activities. And if you are a regular gym-body, then practicing Yoga even 1-2 times a week will keep your muscles stretched so that you don't end up getting stiff from all the weight-lifting. Yoga is so natural to the body that it will compliment any other fitness activity and will improve your sports performance. Most top athletes now incorporate some Yoga training in their schedules. 3) How about Running & Yoga? Is it a good combo to train for a half-marathon? Yoga is often seen [...]

Total Yoga Summer Fitness Challenge month

Summer is actually one of the best times of the year to get fit! The body asks for more fluids and less fatty foods. Also, you're able to warm up easily and hence train to tone up muscles; as long as you can avoid getting dehydrated as you exercise. May however is also the month when people slack in their fitness goals blaming the heat, kids' holidays and more. So, this May at Total Yoga we've decided to raise the ante! The TOTAL YOGA SUMMER FITNESS CHALLENGE MONTH is 1 month of enhanced fitness training where each student will work towards their individual goal! So if you want to lose weight; or tone your body; or train for a marathon - the Summer Fitness Challenge Month will help you achieve those goals! The holistic Yoga approach to FITNESS includes improving your Diet and Sleep, as the aim of the exercise is ultimately to raise overall Wellness. Dancing Natrajasana The CHALLENGE involves attending a Total Yoga class very alternate day (12 classes in the month) and also committing to practising a fixed program by yourself at home on the other days. Sharing your Diet plan with the Teachers will help you add Nutrition and eliminate those foods that are harmful to your goal. Total Yoga Bangalore, Pune & California Bangalore (Indiranagar, Whitefield, Koramangala, Lavelle Rd); Pune (Kalyaninagar, SB Road, NIBM Rd) Dates: 4 May - 31 May Rate: Standard Total Yoga fees (approx 2.5 to 3k per month) RSVP: ; +91 9900097056

By | April 22nd, 2015|The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Weight Loss, Yoga for Flexibility, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Sports, Yoga in Daily Life, Yoga News|Comments Off on Total Yoga Summer Fitness Challenge month

What is flexibility and What causes inflexiblity by Purnima Trasi

"I am tired of stretching" my supposedly very fit husband announced late one evening. This got me thinking, of how, inspite of being a regular gym goer he has always struggled with flexibility. Not just him, many of my friends who are Marathon runners, triathletes, good with regular excercise always complain of stiffness and inflexibility. What is flexibility and What causes inflexiblity? Flexibility is based on the degree to which a joint or a group of joints, moves through a full range of motion, hopefully without any pain. Flexibility is also related to muscle strength. There are various reasons for inflexibility. We have always known that age, gender, sedentary lifestyle and also excessive exercise of a certain type can contribute to inflexibility. It is a well known fact that women are more flexible than men because of joint and bone structures. Increasing age makes joints resistant to movement and deterioration in muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage can also cause hinderance in range of motion in joints. If you work in an office and are stuck at a desk all day, your hamstrings will become short and tight without regular stretching and lengthening. More recently studies have shown that genetics also play a part in flexibility. A gene called COL5A1 is linked to your hereditary level of flexibility. One version of the gene means you are inflexible and and the other version means you are flexible and will continue to remain so as you age! This same gene that makes you inflexible also makes you run fast. The old assumption, then, that running makes you inflexible may be turned on its head! Muscle fibres are like rubber bands, some are tight and others are loose. The [...]