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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 [...]

Practicing Yoga in Shanghai: What experience are you seeking?

The popularity of yoga (瑜伽) in Shanghai, China has taken a great leap forward over the past five years. An initial internet search easily brings up over forty yoga studios in the Shanghai area, many with several branches, and this number is not inclusive of fitness clubs with yoga offerings on their class rosters. The rising wealth of the city and a growing focus on quality of life have opened up a huge market space for the health and wellness industry, easily visible in trends like the boom in farm-to-table restaurants and health food eateries like Hunter Gatherer and Sproutworks, wellness centers and educational collectives like Sprout Lifestyle and Octave. The yoga scene, arguably already well-established before the peak of this wellness trend, has benefitted tremendously. Even while maintaining a prohibitively high price point, the last five years have seen yoga broaden its membership from an expat niche market to a primarily well-heeled local Shanghainese base. This blog aims to provide a flavor of yoga studios in Shanghai across the broad range of offerings available here. I tried out both the large, high-end yoga chains such as Y+ and the smaller bespoke studios such as Red Door. Having moved to Shanghai after several years of living and practicing yoga in India, I admit that I initially experienced yoga culture shock. Shanghai definitely has a unique yoga culture often highly influenced by U.S. fitness focus and, perhaps more interestingly, mixed with Taoist energy practices and philosophy. Here’s my experience with four studios in Shanghai. The Big Players Y+ Y+ Yoga Studio Chain One of the most established high-end yoga chains in the city, Y+ was the first studio I tried upon arriving in Shanghai. [...]

By | May 3rd, 2016|Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga News|Comments Off on Practicing Yoga in Shanghai: What experience are you seeking?

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

Yoga News Daily – 02nd November 2015

Dear Yogis, we are 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!!) […]

By | November 2nd, 2015|Yoga News|Comments Off on Yoga News Daily – 02nd November 2015

Yoga News Daily – 28th October 2015

Dear Yogis, we are 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!!)  […]

By | October 28th, 2015|The Fun side of Yoga!, Yoga News|Comments Off on Yoga News Daily – 28th October 2015