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"Yoga is the process of uniting your body, mind and spirit so that you can be whole again." You have started doing yoga. A lot of people are practicing different genres of yoga. So how do we spot a yogi. When yoga becomes a lifestyle, a yogi can be spotted anywhere. As they practice mindfulness to their best capacity, you can hear them take deep breaths often and mostly, they are happy to close their eyes and look within! Check out the list below and see how many of these signs are true for you. 1) You Own More Than One Mat in different colours 2) You start painting the city with different asanas 3) Your holiday photos consists of Yoga poses 4) Deep breaths become a habit, especially during challenging times 5) You close your eyes to meditate, not day dream or sleep 6) It's not about six-pack, its about wellness 7) You make time for yoga practice, especially on the busy days 8) Your cupboard has more yoga pants than jeans 9) Your eating habits improve 10) Your social media contains yoga and more yoga We’re a diverse and eclectic breed. We come in all shapes and sizes. Individuality aside, you've got to agree, there are some fairly obvious signs that you are a yogi!! How many did you relate to? 0-4 Ah, well.... 5-8 It’s obvious to some people that you’re into yoga! 9-10 The ultimate yogi and people know you for your "great vibes". The light in me honors the light in you. :) Love and Light Iti Jain
"Too many cooks spoil the broth Similarly, Too many muscles spoil the stretch" When we are in Veerabhadra asana, the instructor often tells us to balance on both the legs and feel the stretch in the calves and quads. But, more often than not, we are busy adjusting the thighs and engaging the core. Thus, isolation is lost and when too many muscles are used, the effectiveness of the stretch is reduced. The asanas work the best, when.... Be mindful about the set of muscles being stretched and keep the other muscles relaxed. Focus on one set of muscles at a time. Dont hold your breath during a stretch, as this will tense your muscles. Instead, you need to relax by exhaling longer than inhaling. Hold each asana for 30 seconds. Let the muscle lengthen slowly—don’t force it. Do repetitions of the asana everyday as this strengthens and lengthens the muscles. Did you know, injuries occur more often when you are coming out of an asana. Thus, avoid bouncing back after staying in an asana. Learn to relax the set of muscles that are not being used. Asanas are most effective when the mind, body and breath work in unison. "Sthira Sukha Asana," in every asana, it is important to be comfortable and stable and let the magic begin. :) Long term improvements of the body include a happier spirit, toned muscles, better digestion, and a deeper love for your body. Yoga is an ideal practice for that looking to better their bodies and lives, and no one is happier to teach you the techniques than your local yoga instructor or fellow yogi. Iti Jain
We Humans have explored a wide variety of ideas over Millennia to craft Meditation practices. What's interesting it that right from primitive awareness techniques to highly fine-tuned methodologies, each 'Meditator' has attempted to reach a similar state. A state of Silence, Focus, and profound Clarity and Joy. Isn't that Why we Meditate? So let's explore the broad categories into which we can divide the multitudes of Meditation practices. Of course there will be many that don't fit into these categories; but even those ones will be close to one of these four. Over the course of our lives we would have experimented with each of these 4 categories. Some of them in the form of Prayer and some as Mind training. Slowly, we come to realise that one of these suits us best, and then we work on it. Once exploration matures, then comes the hard work of daily practice, often over years to keep improving the experience. 1) Awareness of a Body Rhythm/ Function as Meditation Mindfulness practices are all the rage nowadays. And they are some of the world's oldest Meditation techniques. One of the most important techniques here would be 'Watching your Breath'. Every time you tune in to a body rhythm, you become more Meditative, Grounded and very much in the 'here and now'. It's a simple technique that has huge benefits in terms of your Health and Mental well-being. Similarly you could tune in to the rhythm of your heart beat. 2) Chanting certain Words/ Syllables Since our Mind 'thinks' in words, and is always engaged in an inner conversation - using Words as a Meditative practice becomes very effective. Chanting or 'Mantra' repetition is the most common Meditation practice used by all major Religions and Spiritual [...]
Let nobody tell you that Meditation is difficult. Let nobody tell you that it requires learning complex techniques. And let nobody tell you that it requires lifetimes of practice. Meditation is your Nature - every animal, tree and rock is naturally inclined to being Meditative. So why should it be a struggle for us! And yet it is. Worldwide, people are turning to Meditation to find Peace, Balance and an Anchor in their chaotic lives. And they are doing this in the millions. So much so that, there's now a global market for Meditation! You can shop online using any number of Mindfulness Apps. Or you can read a growing array of Self-help books. Or join your neighbourhood Chanting, Philosophy, Meditation circles. And if you're more curious, then you can join the Guru du jour to learn his/her well-branded Meditation technique. Chances are you'll soon find millions of 'fellow-meditators' ('Guru Bhai's if you have the same Guru). And you'll be a part of a support structure that nurtures your Meditative practice - which is very useful at the start. Soon enough you'll be part of a whole new eco-system with new Friends et al. But was that Why you started Meditation practice to begin with? So, what can I do to get started....right here, right now? Understanding what is Meditation and the types of Meditations will help you find your own practice. You will have to experiment a bit to see what suits you. But then it's better to spend that time and create a set of practices that work for you. This is better than spending year after year with a technique that isn't Transforming you or even Inspiring you to practice it. Of course you will need a technique to get [...]
Ushtrasana or the camel pose is a backbend which also opens the heart centre. Ushtrasana is like a camel travelling through the Sahara, requiring stamina, endurance, and a commitment to inner awareness. What is so special about Ushtrasana? This asana improves the blood circulation in the abdominal region. Thus, improves the digestion. Also, the pose strengthens the lower back while opening the heart center. Therefore, Ushtrasana helps us physically and emotionally!! Chakra-wise The camel pose stimulates the Manipura Chakra which allows us to have control over our thoughts and emotional responses, set healthy boundaries, and be at peace with ourselves. Its physical association is with digestive function. Benefits of Ushtrasana Strong and flexible spine - Backbends help in restoring the natural flexibility of the spine. With consistent practice, the back becomes strong and agile. Opens the chest and shoulders - As the digital era requires us sitting in front of computers. Ushtrasana opens the shoulders and relieves stress from them. Tones us the abdomen - As the abdomen is pushed outwards, the obliques are stretched. Thereby, this helps in toning the muscles around the stomach. Improved digestion - As the blood circulation improves in the abdomen, the organs function optimally leading to better digestion. Stress relief - Our minds often follow our bodies, so by increasing the flexibility in your spine.We relieve the tension in the neck, back, and shoulders. This helps in relaxing the body and mind! :) Emotional balance - As the chest is opened, the energy in the heart center is stimulated. This helps in balancing the emotions and feelings. Thus, we feel more peaceful and centered. Extroversion in personality - As the heart center opens, it is easier for a person to express oneself and [...]
Yoga Myths When people start thinking about yoga there are lots of thoughts/preconceived notions running in the mind. I’m sure it does for everybody, before they start. Some folks have asked me if Yoga is only for flexible people? yoga can de-stress you, but lose weight…??? Busting the common yoga myths Yoga is sneakily religious Yoga did originate from India and we have a rich background for close to 5000 years. But this does not means, it is a part of Hinduism or Buddhism. Yoga is as secular as it is. It is a life science and majority of studios and teachers default it to a practice that is focused on wellbeing. Yoga is for flexible people When I saw Neetu (yoga teacher) in the 1st class, I wondered, how on earth would I even do all the suryanamaskars………leave alone asanas. It seemed like an unsurmountable task for me. But now we all know and understand that Yoga helps one get more flexible. But, more importantly yoga helps, one find more flexibility in the mind. This makes us more loving, tolerant and flexible towards life situations. Yoga and weight-loss? The goal of yoga is not weight loss. But you’d anyway lose weight due to the asana and surya namaskars. The first Patanjali sutra explains this beautifully – "Yogaś chitta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ" Yoga is the union, balance, harmonious state of mind; bridging the different aspects of life. Yogis are vegetarians No! Some yogis try to practice ahimsa of the yamas from eight-limbed path of Patanjali Yoga. But not all practitioners are vegetarians. Yoga is for relaxation only Normally people ask me how I lost weight/maintain my weight. When I tell them it is Yoga . They are surprised as their idea of yoga [...]