Sharing Some Yoga Tips to Say ‘Shubh Deepawali’

Shubh Deepawali
Diwali is one of the biggest and most widely celebrated festivals of India; a time of celebrating the win of good versus evil and a time when we share gifts and goodies with our loved ones. As a Thank-You to all my students and to the readers of this blog, today I would like to share some tips that will help you perform yoga properly and derive the most benefit out of it. Wh...
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The Concept of Nispandbhava in Yoga

Nishpanda Bhav
Perhaps our ancient predecessors were really wise; that they realized the importance of reducing stress and maintaining mental equilibrium. Since the connection between low stress levels and physical well being were well understood at the time, various methods were prescribed for relaxation and enhancing feelings of calm repose in yoga. A yoga class advertisement will often pro...
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Yogic Challenge – Spend a Day Without Looking at the Watch

As I always maintain, yoga is not limited to just physical fitness or health; it is also about achieving mental peace, developing greater compassion and control, and the striving for evolution of the soul. One aspect of this inner evolution is to try to move away from our harried lifestyles, where we find it difficult to cope with situations and never seem to have time to do al...
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Yoga Mudras – What Are They & What Are The Benefits?

Hasta Mudras
Mudras, as many of us know, are certain symbolic or ritual hand gestures used in classical dances and so on. In Sanskrit the term mudra means gesture, mark or closure. These hand gestures or mudras are thought to either communicate certain emotions or meanings, or thought to produce specific emotions or positive impacts on the body. Some yoga mudras are practiced by all of us a...
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The Gunas in Yoga – Understanding the Significance

Gunas Food Pyramid
We understand the term ‘guna’ to mean virtue or special talent. In yoga as well, the term guna has a specific connotation: these gunas are thought to be the three fundamental forces that guide life’s journey. As usual, when I came across this concept with yogic connotations, I was immediately interested to find out more about it and share it with you all. The gunas determine p...
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Yoga Class Etiquette – A Few Pointers

Yoga Class Etiquette
When I was writing my last blog post about yoga and personal hygiene it occurred to me that yoga classes in Mumbai – and elsewhere – ought to have certain rules or accepted norms of behavior that makes class more pleasant for the instructor as well as the students. Apart from personal hygiene, there are other little do's and don'ts; yoga class etiquette and courtesies that make...
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Relationship Between Personal Hygiene and Yoga

Yoga and Personal Hygiene
We all know that personal hygiene and general cleanliness of the spaces that we inhabit is vital for good health and wellbeing. It is also true that that personal hygiene is vital for the yogi and for the proper practice of yoga. So what is the relationship between yoga and personal hygiene? How can you ensure that your yoga practice is as hygienic as possible? Yoga and person...
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Enhancing Pelvic Health Through Yoga

Pelvic Health
The human pelvis is the region connected to the bowel, the bladder, kidneys, and the reproductive organs. Pelvic health is therefore an important indicator of overall good health. Poor pelvic health and dysfunction of the pelvic organs can result in problems such as urinary incontinence, recurring constipation, infections, chronic pain and other medical issues. In the event, pe...
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Yoga Sutras – Historical Significance, Current Relevance

Yoga Sutras by Patanjali
Our ancient Indian texts are a fascinating representative of the times when they were created and an indication of the highly evolved, peaceful and healthful life that people likely lived at the time. Sutra of course means a thread or a common theme that runs through something. In the literary context the sutras are records or manuals relating to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism ...
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What Do We Understand by Kriya Yoga?

Kriya Yoga
Kriya Yoga is a somewhat more recent interpretation of the yogic system and its practice. Several great yogis explained and revealed this concept during the 19th and 20th centuries; a concept that in turn draws on the ancient texts of the Yoga Sutras of the Patanjali. The system of Kriya Yoga refers to a set of directions and ‘kriyas’ that help to enhance our spiritual developm...
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