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Yomaste Sikkim & Darjeeling! Yoga Travel

Embark on an Adventure in the mythical, magical, mystical...Himalayas! The Himalayas have always been a whole lot more than just another Mountain range. Breathtaking beauty aside; they have since the beginning of Time been the abode of the great Sages, Gods and Yogis. Indian mythology tells stories of epic Himalayan journeys of searching and of austerities performed here. And even today, there is a certain reverence for these mountains for any spiritual Seeker. In fact, it's safe to say that it's a dream come true for all of us modern Yogis to take our Yoga & Meditation practice to the land from where... Yoga originated! Practising Yoga in the Himalayas: On the Bucket List of every Yogi in Yoga studios over the world! Yomaste! We invite you to join us to Sikkim & Darjeeling for a 7-Day Yoga, Travel and Cultural adventure! Mark your dates; from Nov 20-26th, Total Yoga & Byond Travel hosts a Retreat that will immerse You into Yoga & Pranayam, Meditation, Detox internal-cleansing Kriyas; and also Trekking through the Fambong La Wildlife Sactuary, visiting Changu Lake, watching the Sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga; visiting Happy Valley Tea Estate and riding on the UNESCO world heritage site Darjeeling Toy Train!! Firstly, why should You embark on a Yomaste Retreat?! https://youtu.be/fleDZw4Irdo (This video was shot at the our Retreat “Days of Zen” in Devbagh in Novemeber, 2014) Yomaste! Rishikesh rafting May 2015 So you’ve been learning Yoga for a while now, and you would like to take your practice to the next level – where you learn to Cleanse your body internally, and immerse yourself deeply into Asana, Pranayam & Meditation. These are practices that once learned will help you throughout life. Importantly though, you don't need to be an expert at Yoga at all; even first-timers can join us! Yomaste! [...]

By | July 3rd, 2016|Meditation, Pranayam, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, TY Events!, Yoga, Yoga Challenge, Yoga Festival, Yoga Retreat, Yogi Trek, Yomaste|Comments Off on Yomaste Sikkim & Darjeeling! Yoga Travel

What is Yoga?

As the crescendo of International Yoga Day builds up; it's worth spending awhile contemplating what Yoga really is? In it's modern-day avatar, Yoga has become a Panacea for all manner of ills. It's a Fitness regime, Stress-buster, a Holistic lifestyle, Spiritual discipline and much more. So how can a single stream of study cater to so many different human needs? At the outset, it's interesting to consider that Yoga is perhaps the most comprehensive study of a Human Being ever conducted. Both in terms of Breadth of Subject matter (body, mind, consciousness) studied and Duration of the research (5,000 years!) Yoga is an Experiment with one's Body, Mind & Spirit in the quest of Liberation and Transcendence. That's what Yoga essentially is. Since ancient times, when a Man/Woman began questioning Life and their place in the vastness of the Universe; they turned towards Introspection and Meditation to seek Answers. That process is what we call Yoga. As incredulous as it may seem, this 5000 year-old discipline has never gotten outdated! In spite of several Millennia worth of transformation; Man's essential Questions have remained the same. And hence Yoga still is relevant. In fact not only is it still relevant, Yoga is thriving like never before. From a spiritual pursuit undertaken by a few under their Guru's watch; Yoga has metamorphosed into something of a Pop-Culture phenomenon! Yoga is one of 6 traditional 'Darshans' (literally 'to see') of Indian philosophy: Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa - Uttara & Purva (also called Vedanta), Samkhya and Yoga. Yoga is the most practical of all philosophical systems in the world and has gained popularity being a holistic regime that is beneficial for body, mind and spirit. Traditionally there are 4 forms of Yoga, and based on [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga Festival|Comments Off on What is Yoga?

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?

HIMALAYAN YOGA ADVENTURE!

What's your dream destination to practice Yoga & Meditation?? .......Well for us, it's up in the Himalayas! And so, this November we're leading a Yoga Adventure+Retreat to McLeodganj (nestled high above Dharamshala), with awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped Himalayas, where you'll be trekking in the clouds and visiting the Buddhist monasteries that are the home of the Dalai Lama! Yogis, it’s time you joined us on a TOTAL YOGA Retreat! We’re hosting a 4-Day, 3-Night Retreat in McLeodganj from Nov 26-29 that will immerse You into Yoga & Pranayam, Meditation, Yoga-Philosophy, Internal-Body-Cleansing Yoga Kriyas (Neti, Kunjal, Shankhaprakshalan, Trathak…), an unforgettable experience of Trekking in the Himalayas,  visiting the Monastries of mini-Tibet and lots of Dancing (Tango), Music, Singing and Celebrating!! Why should You embark on a Total Yoga Retreat?  https://youtu.be/fleDZw4Irdo (This video was shot at the Total Yoga retreat in Devbagh, 2014. Video courtesy: Mohan Kumar) So you’ve been learning Yoga for a while now, and you would like to take your practice to the next level – where you learn Kriyas, and immerse yourself deeply into Yoga, Pranayam & Meditation. These are practices that once learned will help you throughout life. And our Retreats are never restricted to just Yoga & Meditation. They embody the principle of Celebrating Life to the fullest  –  so we ensure that there are Dance sessions led by wonderful Teachers, Musical performances, Movie/Docu screenings and other Creative activities. Whilst you enjoy community time and bonding, you'll also have lots of 'me-time' by yourself to de-clutter. And there’s always yummy food! The Kalachakra Temple in McLeodganj Then of course, there’s the need to getaway! So we’ve chosen McLeodganj – home to the Dalai Lama since 1959, and breathtakingly beautiful as an idyllic Himalayan township; while the [...]

By | September 2nd, 2015|Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga Festival, Yoga Retreat, Yogi Trek|Comments Off on HIMALAYAN YOGA ADVENTURE!

Yoga News Daily – 04 June 2015

Dear Yogis, we’re 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!!)   Ha Noi, Vietnam,  to celebrate International yoga day Ha Noi, Vietnam, to celebrate World Yoga Day on 21 June 2015 Vietnam is all set to join in the World Yoga Day celebrations  on June 21, with a record number of 500 people expected to gather  across locations in Ha Noi City to perform yoga as they celebrate the International Day of Yoga. The free event will include a live demonstration and yoga classes conducted by professionals from India and will be preceded by a series of lecture demonstrations  leading up to this event. Read more here… […]

By | June 4th, 2015|The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Uncategorized, Wordpress, Yoga, Yoga Festival, Yoga in Daily Life, Yoga News, Yoga News Daily|Comments Off on Yoga News Daily – 04 June 2015

Yoga News Daily (10 May ’15)

Dear Yogis, we’re 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!!) Yoga at Pop-up Urban Beach, Singapore Yoga will be one of the main activities that are organised for Singapore's first pop-up urban beach which is being laid out in the Marina Bay Financial Centre. The Stand-up Yoga and Stand-up paddling will be conducted in the 15m knee-deep pool of the man-made beach. It will be a part of the South East Asia Games being held next month. Read More>>>   RSS to conduct yearlong Yoga yatra In collaboration with Bengaluru-based Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Sansthan (SVYASA), the upcoming yoga campaign will see participation from at least four frontal organisations of the RSS. The focus will be on fighting diabetes. Read More>>> Cavaliers have yoga session on Saturday instead of practice It’s been an incredibly frustrating postseason for the Cleveland Cavaliers. To release some of that negative emotion and get his players some rest, head coach cancelled practice on Saturday and instead had the team do a group yoga session at its hotel. Read More>>>   Tomorrow we’ll have 3 more stories on Yoga!

By | May 10th, 2015|The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Yoga Festival, Yoga for Sports, Yoga in Daily Life, Yoga News, Yoga News Daily|Comments Off on Yoga News Daily (10 May ’15)