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Yoga Challenge

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Know your asana- Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana

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Know your asana: NAUKASANA

Naukasana is one of the most challenging postures on day 1 or year 10 of your practice. Naukasana or the boat posture along with its variations has made it's way into Pilates and the Gym. Moreover, want to check your fitness level, hold the posture for 60 seconds and you'll know where you stand. :) What makes Naukasana so special? The boat posture utilizes all of your muscles in one stationary pose. This asana is an abdominal strengthener and also strengthens the deep hip flexors that attach the inner thigh bones to the front of the spine. Naukasana is lovingly nicknamed "The core killer". :) Chakra-wise The asana works on your core which activates the abdominal organs and activates the Manipura Chakra. On the physical level, the function of this Chakra is similar to that of a fireplace. When the energy of our food is not properly absorbed, utilised and distributed in the Manipura Chakra we feel tired, weak and ill, but with an active Manipura Chakra the body is provided with sufficient energy. Benefits of Naukasana Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors and spine as we balance on our tail bone and push the core towards the spine. Since we engage our core, the abdominal organs are stimulated. It regulates and ensures better functioning of the kidneys, thyroid - prostate glands and intestines. The core killer helps in toning the fat around the stomach. Thereby, regular practice will keep your abdomen taut and toned. Helps to increases the circulation of blood in all the abdominal organs and maintain the sugar level. Therefore, it helps in improving digestion. While balancing in the posture, keep your legs and knees straight, thereby strengthening and toning the legs. Contra-indications Avoid in [...]

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

The 21-Day Headstand Challenge!

SIRSASANA is the most iconic and admired Yoga Asana and for thousands of years Yogis have been identified with standing on their Heads! The Headstand conjures up ideas of Mastery over the Body, overcoming Fears in the Mind and an immersion into the Meditative arts. Why Sirsasana? 5 Benefits of the 'King of Asanas!' By inverting the Body, blood flow is re-directed to the Head; thereby stimulating the functioning of the Brain. As we grow older and the neck muscles tighten, lesser Blood flows upwards and while this may be marginal - by re-directing the blood flow upwards, we ensure that brain functions like Memory, Focus & Creativity don't diminish. Sirsasana re-stimulates the functioning of the Pineal gland. This small gland calcifies once we reach the age of about 8. However, unlike the Appendix, the Body continues to nourish the Pineal gland. For a long time, Medical researchers were searching for the function of the Pineal gland. Apart from its role in Sleep, the Pineal gland is also very active in Meditation. This was seen in Electro-Encaphalogram studies of Buddhist monks while Meditating. This corroborates the Pineal gland's importance in Yogic lore - where it relates to Bindu Visarga, one of 8 chakras in some Yogic systems. It connects Man to spiritual insight. Sirsasana is not recommended for people with High BP initially, although over time and if the practitioner can rightly do Headstand, it helps alleviate the condition. In addition, it gives the practitioner a unique Confidence in his Body's abilities. We naturally walk upright but by learning to stand on our Heads, we overcome not just Fears but also various limiting conditioning of our Minds. Finally, the Core gets toned as it engages in order to raise your [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Asana, Inversions, Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga Challenge, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on The 21-Day Headstand Challenge!

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?