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! [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
After the sumptuous eating during the festive season of Dussehra, it's time to get back into a healthy lifestyle. That includes committing to Yoga practice daily and making sensible choices to improve eating, rest & sleep and everything else that makes you Healthy and also Mindful! It's 1 Month of re-jigging many things in your lifestyle...to help you FIND YOUR FIRE! Starting October 26th, we're beginning a 1 Month Total Yoga challenge. As you already know, we represent a holistic view of Yoga itself and so we've divided the challenge into 4 weeks - helping with Body, Mind & Spirit. Note: Once you've done the Week 1 challenge, continue doing the same in Week 2 in addition to that week's challenge. So, by the end of 4 weeks...you'll be doing all 4 Challenges! Week 1: Practice 50 Surya Namaskaars daily! This is in continuation of our previous 21 Days - 1,080 Surya Namaskaar challenge. 50 Sun Salutations a day will help you get started on this challenge and create the Energy in you to overcome the 'Tamasic' or lethargy/ inertia in you. Week 2: Practice and attempt to master Sirsasana! Sirsasana is often called the King of Asanas and while it's not essential, it's certainly one of the most iconic yogasanas. Usually preparing for and finally being able to do Sirsasana is a memorable milestone for any yoga practitioner. It instils a sense of confidence in your body and a belief in it's ability to go beyond long-held limitations. Week 3: Practice 10 rounds of Anulom-Vilom Pranayam daily! After the preparation of the first 2 weeks, it's time to step up to training the Mind more seriously. Anulom-Vilom is the most important Pranayam technique and requires patience. The benefits to your Energy [...]
You've been practising Yoga regularly but would like to take your fitness to the next level! That's why we've come up with the 21-Day-Yoga-Challenge! This is for all regular Yoga practitioners and those wanting to jump into a well-rounded, holistic Yoga practice. The base practice is 50 Surya Namaskaars everyday; building up till the finale when we'll do 108 Surya Namaskaars on Day 21. But that's the easier part! 21 Day Total Yoga Challenge Everyday we'll also have a unique Challenge - practising an Asana like Sirsasana, or a Pranayam technique or even trekking up a Hill and practising Meditation! You'll even be challenged to teach Yoga to someone you know on one of the days! Over the course of the next 21 days you will go through the entire spectrum of Yoga practices and after this 21 Day Challenge, you can proudly call yourself a YOGI! :) Watch this space for the daily challenge and also follow the challenge on Facebook.