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Yoga for Sports

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Yoga for Sports series of articles explores how yoga can help you improve at different sports.

Top 10 Fitness Trends in 2017

(>> Paraphrasing from acsm.org 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

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

Wackiest place you’ve ever done Yoga?

A few months ago, when the Bangalore Mirror newspaper wanted to highlight the odious traffic problems that we have in Bangalore; they came out with an interesting idea. What are the different things that people could actually do at a Traffic jam? Maybe play Chess? Or set up a Stall selling fashion accessories? How about shaving? And the wackiest idea of them all - how about doing Yoga on the car-tops?? We loved the idea and jumped in headlong. Of course, it's all in good humour and you're better off sticking to Pranayam and Breathing-based Meditations sitting 'inside' the car. Although the occasional Asana on roof-top never hurt anyone! :) Breathing-based Meditation at Traffic signals: This is best done at a traffic signal that has a counter so you know how much time you have! Often the eyes get really tired when driving and so start by closing your eyes. Sit straight and place your palms on your thighs. Start breathing deeply (Ujjayi pranayam if possible) while holding the breath inside for a considerably longer duration. Count down the breaths from 11 to 0. Hopefully, you've timed this well enough to finish before Red turns to Green! (Else reduce the number of breaths) And if you're worried whether the light would turn whilst you're sitting pretty with your eyes closed - no chance of that happening in India....everyone behind you will serve up a timely 'horny' reminder! :) Only, this time you'll not be stressed with all the horning noise!! Key Learning: We learnt that the roofs of almost all cars are quite flimsy and in case you ever do any asanas on top. keep both feet close to the edges of the roof! :) [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|Asana, Corporate Yoga, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Total Yogis on the Road, Yoga, Yoga Challenge, Yoga Festival, Yoga for Sports, Yoga-in-the-Park, Yogi Trek, Yogis-on-the-Run!|Comments Off on Wackiest place you’ve ever done Yoga?

Savandurga Yogi Trek Challenge

  What is Yogi Trek? The Ancient Yogis did a lot of trekking and walking in the Himalayas; however as modern yogis we find that our range of physical training is limited to Asanas. So in order to have a well-rounded natural fitness experience as well as to do Pranayam outdoors; we do monthly Yogi Treks to places around Bangalore city. We also found that Meditation happened spontaneously to students in the great outdoors  as compared to in the studio classes! At Yogi Treks, the community car-pools and reaches the base of the hill. There we practice Yoga, and then trek up the hill. On the hilltop we practice Pranayam & Meditation. And after spending time up on the hill, we trek down and then head for Brunch to a nearby Dhaba. Post-brunch, we all head back to the city. Hills that are in the range of 60kms from the city are chosen as they are both scenic and challenging to trek. Read about the previous Yogi Treks to Nandi Hills, Skandagiri and Bilekal Betta.  About Savandurga (From Wikipedia) Savandurga is a hill 60 km west of Bangalore (Karnataka, India) off the Magadi road 12.919654°N 77.292881°E, in India. The hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia.[1] The hill rises to 1226 m above mean sea level and forms a part of the Deccan plateau. It consists of peninsular gneiss, granites, basic dykes and laterites. The Arkavathi river passes nearby through the Thippagondanahalli reservoir and on towards Manchanabele dam. (Map) Join the Challenge! Date: Sat, Nov 14, 2015   Departure Total Yoga Oneness Centre (Google Maps) 6:00am - Return 1pm Schedule: 7:30am Reach Savandurga and practice Yoga 8:00am Trekking 9:30am Pranayam & Meditation on Hilltop 10:30 Trekking down 11:15 Brunch at Dhaba 1:30pm Arrival back in the City [...]

By | September 7th, 2015|Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga for Sports, Yogi Trek|Comments Off on Savandurga Yogi Trek Challenge

Himalayan Yoga Adventure Challenge #1: Savandurga Trek

The Himalayan Yoga Adventure & Retreat to McLeodganj, Dharamshala (Nov 26-29) will involve trekking to Triund Hill, McLeodganj the scenic Triund Hill right in winter! This requires a lot of training and so we'll begin with Yogi Treks around Bangalore (& Pune). Himalayan Yoga Adventure Challenge #1 kick starts this Saturday with a trek to Savandurga! What is a Yogi Trek? The Ancient Yogis did a lot of trekking and walking in the Himalayas; however as modern yogis we find that our range of physical training is limited to Asanas. So in order to have a well-rounded natural fitness experience as well as to do Pranayam outdoors; we do monthly Yogi Treks to places around Bangalore city. We also found that Meditation happened spontaneously to students in the great outdoors  as compared to in the studio classes! At Yogi Treks, the community car-pools and reaches the base of the hill. There we practice Yoga, and then trek up the hill. On the hilltop we practice Pranayam & Meditation. And after spending time up on the hill, we trek down and then head for Brunch to a nearby Dhaba. Post-brunch, we all head back to the city. Hills that are in the range of 60kms from the city are chosen as they are both scenic and challenging to trek. Read about the previous Yogi Treks to Nandi Hills, Skandagiri and Bilekal Betta.  About Savandurga (From Wikipedia) Savandurga is a hill 60 km west of Bangalore (Karnataka, India) off the Magadi road 12.919654°N 77.292881°E, in India. The hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia.[1] The hill rises to 1226 m above mean sea level and forms a part of the Deccan plateau. It consists of peninsular gneiss, granites, basic dykes and laterites. The Arkavathi river [...]

By | September 7th, 2015|The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga, Yoga for Sports, Yogi Trek|Comments Off on Himalayan Yoga Adventure Challenge #1: Savandurga Trek

5 YOGA FAQs

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 [...]