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Mindfulness: Simple, yet not Easy

Mindfulness is the practice of training your Awareness to remain on one thing - this could be your Body, your Breathing, the Sounds that your hear, or even the Thoughts in your mind. You could become Mindful of any other aspect as well. When you train your Awareness to become one-pointed, your ability to Focus is enhanced. Mindfulness practice is extremely beneficial in managing our Stress. Origins of Mindfulness The practice of Mindfulness as a formal training finds it roots in the Buddhist traditions. These were perfected in Japan in the Zen traditions. It's interesting to note that the word ZEN was originally a mispronunciation of the word Dhyaan! As Buddhism spread to China, Dhyaan was pronounced and became 'Cha'an' and as it spread to Japan the word became Zen. Observation of Self or Swadhyaya, is a Yoga principle that that is a pillar of the Ashtanga system laid forth by Maharishi Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. In fact. Mindfulness is integral to most Meditation systems of the World. It is within the Yoga and Zen systems that is has been given special focus. Mindfulness in Daily Living Exercise 1 Often is our busy lives, it is difficult to take out 1 hour daily to practice Meditation. In such a scenario, one has to creatively place Mindfulness into one's daily routine. If you think about your daily life, you will find ways to become more Mindful. One of my favourite times for training Mindfulness is when I travel in a Taxi! I realised that I spend over an hour daily commuting in traffic. So I swapped driving my car and switched to using a taxi so that I could sit with my eyes closed and train the watching [...]

Every Breath You Take ….Experience it !!

Total Yogi Run Group Running is a beautiful sport because of it’s simplicity. Just lace up your shoes and run (after a dynamic warm-up, of course). There is much controversy over whether the breath in running should be just through the nose,  the mouth only or whether in patterns with your stride and so on.... if you care to take the time to read on it, the subject boggles the mind.... and I would even go as far as saying, that it could put you off a sport that is considered as one of the most simple.... particularly  if you are that type of person who follows the letter of what you read.. Since establishing my yoga practice with Total Yoga, I recounted during one of my runs, my yoga teacher mentioning Ujjai breath could be utilized  by runners, so I decided to give it a go and it worked well for me not only in my running, but I have also incorporated it into my day to day life. It is a calming breath, and the best way I would describe what it does for me, is that is takes me from the outside world to my inner being....it has taught me to let go of the past and future and stay connected in that present moment...if we can learn to do this during part of our day, we will undoubtedly feel connected with our true self... Funny, when your yoga teacher throws out a question like this : How long do you think it will take to become a yogi? Audience replies...in 10 years, maybe next year, then someone piped out, why not now ? ... Yes, absolutely.. smiles my teacher, we do it now, what [...]

By | January 15th, 2016|Pranayam, Uncategorized, Yoga for Runners, Yoga in Daily Life, Yogis-on-the-Run!|Comments Off on Every Breath You Take ….Experience it !!

Run-Yogi-Run a path Into Mindfulness!

My main  passion today is Yoga but my first passion was running. When I was younger, at school I secretly enjoyed those long cold cross country runs over the frost, crisp ground into fields and past hedgerow, my peers would be moaning but my heart would be pounding I couldn't wait for that feeling of freedom in mind and body..Today, on my yoga mat I relate  to this freedom to a concept of being unplugged, a practice of self love and an over powering feeling of  gratitude. 30 years on, running still has that same appeal - what is that makes it so special ? As I get into stride, I connect with my breathe, this breath connects with my mind and the mind connects with this very moment and nothing else matters... past or future; any thoughts whether they be of anger, hurt, frustration,  those unanswered questions,  the burdensome complexities of life that can shroud you like a dark cloud, intoxicating and suffocating life out, fall away piece by piece, dissolving into insignificance... then - life pours back in... Ask yourself ? Do you have a routine or practice that allows you to feel that freedom. I believe it is an an experience that takes you to your true Self, beautiful, pure, simple, its the Divine in you; its like no other, when nothing else matters other than that very moment. It is powerful, like your  going to burst out of your skin! All senses are connected... Then that thought .. its so good to be alive !!! You might relate to this in a different way, through the warmth of a passionate embrace, a soft kiss maybe analysing the beauty of a red rose... Maybe you find your path [...]

By | December 2nd, 2015|Pranayam, Yoga for Runners, Yogis-on-the-Run!|Comments Off on Run-Yogi-Run a path Into Mindfulness!

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?

Bangalore TCS Run, for a cause

Bangalore's TCS Run - the city's biggest Running event is back this year on the 17th of May with about 10-15,000 runners expected to participate! Total Yoga is proud to be associated with VIDYA Foundation that works for Women's Empowerment (by providing training for employment) and also works tirelessly towards getting children to receive an Education in School. All those who would like to be a part of this cause can kindly mail director@total-yoga.org and also cc to bangalore@vidya-india.org The categories of Running events include the World 10K, Open 10K, Majja Run 5.7K, Seniors' Run 4.2K, Disabled Champions' Run and Corporate Team Run. Most of the Yoga students could choose between the Majja (Fun) Run of 5.7K or the Open 10K Run (which will require some running training). The entry fee is Rs 600, and to register we'll need your ID proof and Photo. Message from VIDYA Foundation: If you are interested to participate and run with the VIDYA team, kindly take a print out of the application form, fill it up and submit it at our office (MALI Foundation, Navajeevana Nilaya, Kundanahalli Gate, Opp. Star Bazaar, Whitefield Road, Marathahalli Post, Bangalore – 560037) along with a passport size photograph and a govt. ID proof on or before 20/04/2015. The registration fees for the general category(Majja Run) is Rs.600/-.  Alternatively, you can log on to the above link (To run) to do the online registration and run for us.  There are also drop boxes mentioned in their website, please check it out. Kindly do whichever is convenient to you. TO DONATE    : http://www.icfn.in/tcsworld10k/Vidya/    TO RUN          : http://tcsworld10k.procamrunning.in/registration/how-to-apply/     VISIT              : http://www.icfn.in/tcsworld1    

By | April 20th, 2015|Corporate Yoga, Total Yoga, Total Yogis on the Road, Yoga, Yoga for Sports, Yoga News, Yogis-on-the-Run!|Comments Off on Bangalore TCS Run, for a cause

YOGI TREK: Bilikal Ranganatha Swamy Betta Yoga

‘Yogi Trek’ was conceptualized as an outdoor fitness cum meditative experience – to take yogis outside the Yoga studio! 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 introduced 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! This Yogi Trek we are going to Bilikal Ranganatha Swamy Betta! On Saturday April 11 , we will reach there by about 7am (through car-pooling) and then practice Yoga for half an hour before we start the trek. Once we've ascended to the peak, we will spend time doing Pranayam & Meditation. Later, on descent we'll stop at a hotel/ dhaba on the way for brunch before returning to Bangalore! Rangaswamy Betta   From Wikipedia: Bilikal Ranganatha Swamy Betta is a hill near Kanakapura town. It is located 70 km south of Bangalorecity. Atop the hill is a temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha Swamy. The temple and an adjacent quarters is housed underneath a huge granite rock. The hill is also known by the name Billikal Betta due to the whitish rocks near the summit that is visible from a long distance. The peak is at a height of 3780 feet (1152 m). Biodiversity Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta belongs to the Forest Reserve and is filled with shrub forest. Elephants and other medium sized wild-life animals can be spotted in these forest.The vegetation of the hill is typical of high hills. The vegetation is quite thick especially in post monsoon season. The [...]