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10 signs that you’re into Yoga

By | October 23rd, 2017|The Fun side of Yoga!, Total Yoga, Total Yogis, Yoga, Yomaste|

"Yoga is the process of uniting your body, mind and spirit so that you can be whole again." You have started doing yoga. A lot of people are practicing different genres of yoga. So how do we spot a yogi. When yoga becomes a lifestyle, a yogi can be spotted anywhere. As they practice mindfulness to their best capacity, you can hear them take deep breaths often and mostly, they are happy to close their eyes and look within! Check out the list below and see how many of these signs are true for you. 1) You Own More Than One Mat in different colours 2) You start painting the city with different asanas 3) Your holiday photos consists of Yoga poses 4) Deep breaths become a habit, especially during challenging times   5) You close your eyes to meditate, not day dream or sleep 6) It's not about six-pack, its about wellness 7) You make time for yoga practice, especially on the busy days   8) Your cupboard has more yoga pants than jeans 9) Your eating habits improve   10) Your social media contains yoga and more yoga We’re a diverse and eclectic breed. We come in all shapes and sizes. Individuality aside, you've got to agree, there are some fairly obvious signs that you are a yogi!! How many did you relate to? 0-4  Ah, well.... 5-8  It’s obvious to some people that you’re into yoga! 9-10 The ultimate yogi and people know you for your "great vibes". The light in me honors the light in you. :)  Love and Light Iti Jain  

Too many muscles spoil the stretch

By | October 22nd, 2017|Awareness, Do's and Dont's, Motivational, Total Yoga, Yoga for Flexibility, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Sports, yoga for strength, Yoga in Daily Life|

"Too many cooks spoil the broth Similarly, Too many muscles spoil the stretch" When we are in Veerabhadra asana, the instructor often tells us to balance on both the legs and feel the stretch in the calves and quads. But, more often than not, we are busy adjusting the thighs and engaging the core. Thus, isolation is lost and when too many muscles are used, the effectiveness of the stretch is reduced. The asanas work the best, when.... Be mindful about the set of muscles being stretched and keep the other muscles relaxed. Focus on one set of muscles at a time. Dont hold your breath during a stretch, as this will tense your muscles. Instead, you need to relax by exhaling longer than inhaling. Hold each asana for 30 seconds. Let the muscle lengthen slowly—don’t force it. Do repetitions of the asana everyday as this strengthens and lengthens the muscles. Did you know, injuries occur more often when you are coming out of an asana. Thus, avoid bouncing back after staying in an asana. Learn to relax the set of muscles that are not being used. Asanas are most effective when the mind, body and breath work in unison. "Sthira Sukha Asana," in every asana, it is important to be comfortable and stable and let the magic begin. :) Long term improvements of the body include a happier spirit, toned muscles, better digestion, and a deeper love for your body. Yoga is an ideal practice for that looking to better their bodies and lives, and no one is happier to teach you the techniques than your local yoga instructor or fellow yogi. Iti Jain

The 4 Categories of Meditation

By | October 21st, 2017|Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Meditative Asanas, Pranayam, Total Yoga, Types of yoga, Yoga|

We Humans have explored a wide variety of ideas over Millennia to craft Meditation practices. What's interesting it that right from primitive awareness techniques to highly fine-tuned methodologies, each 'Meditator' has attempted to reach a similar state. A state of Silence, Focus, and profound Clarity and Joy. Isn't that Why we Meditate? So let's explore the broad categories into which we can divide the multitudes of Meditation practices.  Of course there will be many that don't fit into these categories; but even those ones will be close to one of these four. Over the course of our lives we would have experimented with each of these 4 categories. Some of them in the form of Prayer and some as Mind training. Slowly, we come to realise that one of these suits us best, and then we work on it. Once exploration matures, then comes the hard work of daily practice, often over years to keep improving the experience. 1) Awareness of a Body Rhythm/ Function as Meditation Mindfulness practices are all the rage nowadays. And they are some of the world's oldest Meditation techniques. One of the most important techniques here would be 'Watching your Breath'. Every time you tune in to a body rhythm, you become more Meditative, Grounded and very much in the 'here and now'. It's a simple technique that has huge benefits in terms of your Health and Mental well-being. Similarly you could tune in to the rhythm of your heart beat. 2) Chanting certain Words/ Syllables Since our Mind 'thinks' in words, and is always engaged in an inner conversation - using Words as a Meditative practice becomes very effective. Chanting or 'Mantra' repetition is the most common Meditation practice used by all major Religions and Spiritual [...]

Meditation is our Birthright!

By | October 20th, 2017|Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yomaste|

Let nobody tell you that Meditation is difficult. Let nobody tell you that it requires learning complex techniques. And let nobody tell you that it requires lifetimes of practice. Meditation is your Nature - every animal, tree and rock is naturally inclined to being Meditative. So why should it be a struggle for us! And yet it is. Worldwide, people are turning to Meditation to find Peace, Balance and an Anchor in their chaotic lives. And they are doing this in the millions. So much so that, there's now a global market for Meditation! You can shop online using any number of Mindfulness Apps. Or you can read a growing array of Self-help books. Or join your neighbourhood Chanting, Philosophy, Meditation circles. And if you're more curious, then you can join the Guru du jour to learn his/her well-branded Meditation technique. Chances are you'll soon find millions of 'fellow-meditators' ('Guru Bhai's if you have the same Guru). And you'll be a part of a support structure that nurtures your Meditative practice - which is very useful at the start. Soon enough you'll be part of a whole new eco-system with new Friends et al. But was that Why you started Meditation practice to begin with? So, what can I do to get started....right here, right now? Understanding what is Meditation and the types of Meditations will help you find your own practice. You will have to experiment a bit to see what suits you. But then it's better to spend that time and create a set of practices that work for you. This is better than spending year after year with a technique that isn't Transforming you or even Inspiring you to practice it. Of course you will need a technique to get [...]

Yoga cures for Migraine

By | October 19th, 2017|Alternative healing, Asana for Migrane, Awareness, Bandhas, Clean eating, Forward Bending, Inversions, Lying Down, Meditation, Meditative Asanas, Pranayam, Pranayam, Relaxation Asanas|

All about Migraine In a modern day scenario, Migraine is a common problem in all age groups. Migraine is a type of headache where there's constant throbbing and intense headache in one side of the head. Many a times, patients are not aware that they suffer from migraine. There are various factors which can trigger this headache, like, food allergy, loud noise, stress, bright lights, extreme exposure to mobiles and computer screens etc. Symptoms of migraine Neck stiffness Frequent yawning Irritability, nausea, fatigue etc. Migraines can last for a few hours or few days. Yoga cures for migrane Yoga comes to the rescue for migraine sufferers. Yoga, through the parasympathetic nervous system slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Thus, allowing the body to recover after a stressful migraine attack. Yoga therapy provides great relief for migraine patients. Asanas for migraine relief Balasana Hasta Uttanasana Paschimottanasana Jaanu sirshasana Jalandhar bandh Setu bandh asana Chakrasana Pranayama and meditation are relaxing and provides great relief as it relaxes the mind and nervous system. Besides,  increasing he  oxygen intake. A student shares his experience- "The word Migraine itself gives me a headache. I have been suffering from migraine since past 15years. Mine is what you call level-3 in terms of the intensity of the headache. Trust me when I say, it is quite chronic. The pain is quite severe with vomitting, blurred vision and there would be a complete stop to any day to day actities. Like any layman I went to the Doctor and as usual they prescribed me with heavy dose of pain killers which resulted in lot of side effects, but the headches wouldn't stop.I tried alternate therapies like Ayurveda, Accupressure and accupuncture. [...]

Ayurvedic tips for better digestion

By | October 18th, 2017|Ayurveda, Clean eating, Cooking and baking, Nutrition, Weight Loss, yoga for digestion|

The concept of agni, the Sanskrit word for "fire," is rather essential to the Ayurvedic tradition. Agni is used to refer the digestive juices. We can focus on foods and other forms of nourishment that enhance the qualities of agni or we can ingest substances and experiences that dilute and smother the sacred fire. Either way, the health of agni throughout the system will be affected. Here are some practical tips for protecting your sacred fire and improve digestion. Eat your biggest meal at lunch There’s an Ayurvedic principle that the digestion works the best, when the sun is at its highest point. That is around 12 noon to 2 pm. Thus, give your body plenty of time to fully digest the food before sunset. Stimulate the digestive fire Ghee and ginger-lemon juice are great aids for digestion. Eating raw ghee with your food or drinking 2 teaspoons of ginger-lemon juice before meals eases the digestion process. Drink buttermilk Buttermilk is perfect to soothe the stomach. The carminative properties of the spices coupled with the soothing and refreshing properties of buttermilk improve your digestion. So, if you feel a bout of indigestion coming on, try sipping on some buttermilk for instant relief. Eat only when you’re hungry The problem with eating when you’re not hungry (aside from possible weight gain) is that it leaves you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Only when your stomach is truly empty are your digestive enzymes strong enough to thoroughly break down your food. Sip on digestive teas Approximately 15-30 minutes after eating, sip on ginger, chamomile, or peppermint tea. (Yes, sipping again and not drinking.) The difference between sipping and drinking is that the former gives a kick to your digestive system [...]