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Know your asana- VRIKSHASANA

Travelling from the sages to the urban yogi, Vrikshasana (Tree pose) represents the grace and serenity of a tree. In the famous Hindu mythology "Ramayan", Ravana performs severe penances standing in Vrikshasana to win favours from the Gods. He stood in the posture for months with absolute determination and concentration which eventually lead to, Ravana being blessed with a boon by the Gods. What makes Vrikshasana so special? Many of the meditative asanas are seated postures. Vrikshasana is a balancing posture which is used by many sages and yogis to meditate. This is a mobile posture, it can be done anytime, anywhere for any duration!! The asana's beauty lies in its' simplicity. :) Chakra-wise Vrikshasana balances the Mooladhara chakra ( root chakra). This chakra regulates the most basic need of all living beings, that is, security and survival. The asana stimulates the energy near the coccyx and pelvic floor. This enables us to feel more safe, secure and stable. Besides building strength in the lower body, on an energy level, we are rooted with the stability of the earth . This ensures that we are more self-aware, courageous, and fearless. Benefits of Vrikshasana Tool for de-stressing- Even just a few breaths in Tree Pose help ground you if you are having a whirlwind week. It creates peace in your mind and in your body, and is a wonderful way to slow down when life gets overwhelming. Curbing anxiety and stress is just one of the emotional responses this posture encourages, and it naturally cools you off and balances the fight or flight response. Strengthens the lower body - Standing on one leg enhances the strength in your ankles and feet — which is very important for runners. Moreover it strengthens [...]

Unlearning through Yoga

"Education is a process of Unlearning and learning." Similarly, Yoga is a process of unlearning and learning afresh. Thanks to our lifestyle and occupational hazards, we have acute stiffness, pains and bad postures. A lot of the new practitioners are taught how to stand right, sit with the spine straight and breathe deep. But, this proves to be more difficult than learning asanas due to the ingrained habits. Part of the path of yoga is to learn to let go of the ego. The ego doesn’t like to be ordered around and it detests changes. Yoga as a lifestyle My journey had a lot of unlearning and letting go. There was too much effort in my postures and in my breathing. My breath was shallow and I was tensing up the shoulders and spine in every posture. Overtime with awareness, I learnt to relax the muscles and focus on a particular stretch or asana. There were a few instructions that I could not follow. But with time, practice and a lot of unlearning, I was gaining more composure in my yoga practice. As per Patanjali's Yoga sutras, " Sthira Sukha Asana" , every practitioner should be steady and comfortable in a posture. On a physical level, an asana should be held comfortably for an extended period. And when we look inside, the key is to pay attention and respond to how you feel moment to moment, rather than imposing a structure from the outside. Our fast-paced lives and the prevalence of stress-related illnesses, make it clear that we need to simplify and declutter our lives. So, let's begin with our body and mind. Many a times we need to unlearn, to improve the quality of our [...]

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 [...]

Yomaste Bhutan: the road to Happiness!

YOMASTE BHUTAN: Yoga – Travel – Culture Mark your dates: from Nov 1-5, Total Yoga & Byond Travel host YOMASTE BHUTAN in 'the Happiest Country in the World'. Immerse Yourself in Yoga, Meditation & Detox, Trekking up the Tiger's Nest Monastery, riverside Picnics and a whole lot of Celebrating with a group of like-minded Travellers! Join us on this Yomaste Adventure! >> Firstly, why should You embark on a Yomaste Yoga Retreat?! (This video was shot at 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! Yoga atop Mcleodganj, Nov 2015 Our Retreats are never restricted to just Yoga & Meditation. They embody the principle of Celebrating Life to the fullest  – and so we ensure that there are Dance sessions, Movie screenings, Trekking, Cultural trips, Yummy food and other activities. You’ll also enjoy community-time and bonding. And of course, there’s the need for all of us to getaway and find ourselves! Yomaste! Pangong Lake, Ladakh May 2016 In May 2015, we led a Retreat in Rishikesh – “Unplug”, which included Trekking, White-water Rafting et al. Read about Unplug in the World Capital of Yoga >> And in November 2015, we led a Yoga+Meditation retreat in Mcleodganj – “Himalayan Yoga Adventure”. Read about the ‘5 Things we Learnt about doing Yoga in the Himalayas!’ In May 2016, we led 43 Yogis to a [...]

By | June 24th, 2017|Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Total Yogis on the Road, TY Events!, Yoga-in-the-Park, Yogi Trek, Yomaste|Comments Off on Yomaste Bhutan: the road to Happiness!

#MyYogaDay 50 Days. 50 Stories of Yoga Transformation.

It's International Yoga Day on June 21st, and so we're asking all our Yoga friends: WHY DO YOU DO YOGA? Over the next 50 Days, we'll be featuring 50 Stories of everyday Yogis sharing how Yoga has Transformed them. We're looking for small changes to the most massive transformations in Life! If you would like to join us, please shoot a 1 min Video of yourself sharing how Yoga transforms You and also show us your fav Yoga pose! Mail this to director@total-yoga.org #MyYogaDay by Yogis!   Chakras Rising Tour: To celebrate International Yoga Day; we're organising a special Yoga to Live Music Experience that features Sound frequencies of each of the Chakras! Over the course of 70 minutes; we'll spend 10 mins doing the Yoga asanas, Pranayam and Visualisations that stimulate each Chakra. Join us for this amazing experience where we're partnered with Urban Yoga clothes and accessories. Here's our schedule Bangalore (June 17), Pune (June 18), Delhi (June 20) & Mumbai (June 21). Chakras Rising will start 7:45am and end 9:15am. Stay tuned for updates and register by writing in to director@total-yoga.org

By | May 1st, 2017|Knowledge Articles, The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga|Comments Off on #MyYogaDay 50 Days. 50 Stories of Yoga Transformation.

Yoga for a Great Cause!

Want to get fit, challenge yourself, inspire change and use yoga to sponsor a child through school? Head to Cubbon park on Sunday, the 26th for our Karma Yogathon.  First of all, thankyou dear yogis for coming out in hordes and supporting #Karma Yogathon 2016. It is that time of the year again and we have loftier goals this time around. We are hopeful about raising enough money to put 10 kids through a year of school at Vidya.   Vidya foundation : Vidya is an amazing non-profit NGO that specialises in the education, empowerment and transformation of lesser-privileged children and women through programs that include award winning schools, computer training, micro finance and social entrepreneurship. Founded in 1985, Vidya now offers programs in some of the poorest neighbourhoods of Delhi, Haryana, Mumbai and Bangalore creating better futures for children.    Total Yoga : Here at Total yoga, we have always been about being a socially conscious yet fun-loving band of yogis who believe in the importance of community. Being good at Yoga for us translates to being good at life and about inspiring people to take yoga from beyond the mat and into the world. Join us for a morning of 108 surya namaskars as a way to bond with the yoga community and help a great cause. Ways you can participate : This year we hope to sponsor 10 Children through a year at Vidya.  SPREAD THE GOOD WORD! Please share the event, invite your friends and Inspire your colleagues to join us – they’ll get fit as we help them train to be able to do 108 Surya Namaskaars; and they’re contributing to a wonderful cause! Do use #KarmaYogathon #108SuryasforVidya when you share socially! SALUTE THE SUN [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Pranayam, Surya Namaskar, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga, Yoga-in-the-Park|Comments Off on Yoga for a Great Cause!