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Yoga for Sports

//Yoga for Sports

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

Know your asana: NAUKASANA

Naukasana is one of the most challenging postures on day 1 or year 10 of your practice. Naukasana or the boat posture along with its variations has made it's way into Pilates and the Gym. Moreover, want to check your fitness level, hold the posture for 60 seconds and you'll know where you stand. :) What makes Naukasana so special? The boat posture utilizes all of your muscles in one stationary pose. This asana is an abdominal strengthener and also strengthens the deep hip flexors that attach the inner thigh bones to the front of the spine. Naukasana is lovingly nicknamed "The core killer". :) Chakra-wise The asana works on your core which activates the abdominal organs and activates the Manipura Chakra. On the physical level, the function of this Chakra is similar to that of a fireplace. When the energy of our food is not properly absorbed, utilised and distributed in the Manipura Chakra we feel tired, weak and ill, but with an active Manipura Chakra the body is provided with sufficient energy. Benefits of Naukasana Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors and spine as we balance on our tail bone and push the core towards the spine. Since we engage our core, the abdominal organs are stimulated. It regulates and ensures better functioning of the kidneys, thyroid - prostate glands and intestines. The core killer helps in toning the fat around the stomach. Thereby, regular practice will keep your abdomen taut and toned. Helps to increases the circulation of blood in all the abdominal organs and maintain the sugar level. Therefore, it helps in improving digestion. While balancing in the posture, keep your legs and knees straight, thereby strengthening and toning the legs. Contra-indications Avoid in [...]

Unlearning through Yoga

"Education is a process of Unlearning and learning." Similarly, Yoga is a process of unlearning and learning afresh. Thanks to our lifestyle and occupational hazards, we have acute stiffness, pains and bad postures. A lot of the new practitioners are taught how to stand right, sit with the spine straight and breathe deep. But, this proves to be more difficult than learning asanas due to the ingrained habits. Part of the path of yoga is to learn to let go of the ego. The ego doesn’t like to be ordered around and it detests changes. Yoga as a lifestyle My journey had a lot of unlearning and letting go. There was too much effort in my postures and in my breathing. My breath was shallow and I was tensing up the shoulders and spine in every posture. Overtime with awareness, I learnt to relax the muscles and focus on a particular stretch or asana. There were a few instructions that I could not follow. But with time, practice and a lot of unlearning, I was gaining more composure in my yoga practice. As per Patanjali's Yoga sutras, " Sthira Sukha Asana" , every practitioner should be steady and comfortable in a posture. On a physical level, an asana should be held comfortably for an extended period. And when we look inside, the key is to pay attention and respond to how you feel moment to moment, rather than imposing a structure from the outside. Our fast-paced lives and the prevalence of stress-related illnesses, make it clear that we need to simplify and declutter our lives. So, let's begin with our body and mind. Many a times we need to unlearn, to improve the quality of our [...]

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