Marathon Running – How Yoga Helps Improve Performance

On the face of it, running long distances seems to have little to do with yoga. However, you may be surprised to know how many marathoners and other endurance athletes swear by yoga. Not only does yoga for runners help in increasing stamina, it helps to tone and strengthen muscle groups and has other benefits. How endurance athletes benefit from yoga for runners Many spor...
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10 Reasons Why Men Should Also Do Yoga, Not Just Women

Why Men Should Do Yoga
Yoga is seen as something of a women’s pursuit these days. Most yoga classes in Mumbai are usually attended by women (though I must admit I’m seeing more and more men sign up for my classes). However, there are many reasons why men should do yoga. It isn’t just the fact that world renowned yoga experts such as BKS Iyengar and Baba Ramdev are men. It is also not the fact that mo...
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Experience Yogic Relaxation and Its Many Benefits

Yoga Nidra
One of the many benefits of yoga is relaxation – the breathing exercises, the physical poses and the stretches and the concentration all help to relax a person. A yoga class advertisement will also frequently speak about aiding relaxation along with reducing weight and improving health. So yoga is actually closely connected to relaxation and is seen to help in controlling stres...
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Ekapadasana – Varieties of the One Legged Pose and Benefits

Whether you are attending yoga class for weight loss or to increase health, relaxation and wellbeing, you are likely to have come across or performed Ekapadasana. The name of the aasan itself is suggestive of the actions required for this yoga pose – ek meaning one and pada meaning foot – the yoga aasan that is performed on one foot. Rather than one single aasan, ekapadasana re...
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How to Perform Yogic Fasting and Derive the Benefits

Yoga Fasting
Fasting is an integral part of the Indian lifestyle and religious ethos. We have all heard about the great ascetics who did yogic fasting and performed great feats of going without food and water for extended periods of time. While Hindus observe various days of the week or of the month as fast, some types of fasting are also associated with festivals. Jains also have some very...
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Yoga and the Chakras – How Are They Connected?

7 Chakras and Yoga
Chakra as we all know is the wheel – in Indian religious and philosophical thought, the chakra refers to the centre of the subtle body (as opposed to the physical body). It is the psychic energy center or the focal point of the body’s energy. Different faiths such as Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism embrace the concept of chakras and yoga though the context and the number of chak...
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Nirantar Abhyas in Yoga – Enhancing Focus

Nirantar Abhyas in Yoga
Yogis are enjoined to develop certain attitudes in life – as we learn aasans that improve our physical wellbeing, so do we hone our mental faculties to experience more empathy, to think about the needs and feelings of others, to maintain discipline and structure in life. When I teach a yoga class I find that I learn more and more about yoga all the time. I also discover more ab...
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All About Pawanmuktasana & Its Many Benefits

If you have had any yoga class experience, you would likely have performed the Pawanmuktasana. When I teach a yoga class as well, I try to make this yoga aasan a part of the routines that I create for my students. This is because Pawanmuktasana has many specific benefits. It is also relatively easy to perform which makes it a valuable part of your yoga class experience. What i...
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The Importance of Yoga in Bhagavad Gita

Yoga in Bhagavad Gita
We know the Bhagavad Gita principally for the life lessons that Lord Krishna imparts to a personally agitated and ethically troubled Arjun on the battlefield of Kurukshetra as two armies of brothers and friends face off against each other. It is more than just the lesson of dharma that Krishna imparts to Arjun. In a sense the Geetopadesh is the complete blueprint of life as it ...
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The Cat-Cow Pose – How to Perform and Its Special Benefits

Cat-Cow Pose
The Cat-Cow pose is sometimes thought of as one aasan, whereas in fact it is a combination of two aasans, namely Marjariasana (Cat pose) and Bitilasana (Cow pose).  The aasans are often performed in succession as part of a warm up routine. This is suitable even for a yoga class beginner since it is not difficult to do and is known to have many specific benefits. Benefits o...
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