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Yogi Trek

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

5 things we learnt about Yoga in the Himalayas!

Every Yoga practitioner in every little studio across the world wishes to one day practise Yoga high up in the Himalayan mountains - the birthplace and eternal spiritual home of YOGA! And this is not just conjuncture, it's what I've heard yoga students tell me over my dozen-year career as a yoga teacher in India and abroad. Last week, we took 50 Yogis to the Himalayan town of Mcleodganj, also the home of the Dalai Lama. From there we trekked up to 3,000 mts and atop Triund Hill, we practised Yoga amidst the majestic Himalayas! It was for me and for many of those attending, a dream come true and a moment to cherish for a lifetime! So, what did we learn about doing Yoga in the Himalayas? For thousands of years, the Himalayan caves have been home of some of the most adept individuals to have ever lived on our planet. Yoga originated as a complete system of mind-body mastery and a search for liberation in these same mountains. So, since time immemorial Yoga practices have been designed and created keeping this weather in mind. Would Surya Namaskaar (Sun Salutation) have been such an integral part of Yogic practice if the Yogis lived in a desert?! Maybe not. Also, the rarefied air in the mountains makes Pranayam (breathing techniques) a survival technique and not only a tool for meditation. You'd better learn the Art of Breathing if you want to spend quality time in the mountains. The other intriguing thing is that as a Fitness regime, Yoga practices are Anaerobic. Yes, almost all other fitness activities like running, swimming, Zumba raise the heart rate. Yoga is the exception. It actually slows down your heart rate. Yes, in [...]

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

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!