Yoga & Gardening- similarities




Friday, December 9, 2016





After completing my morning yoga session  I was in my small yoga garden and doing little  gardening activity suddenly one thought strike in my mind about gardening and yoga relationship,I love to teach yoga as well as I also love to grow plants . I was so  surprise to  find out  how both activities have so much similarities  here I would like to share with you.
Meaning :-
 Yoga is an ancient knowledge one of its  mean is union of individual self with higher self and in regard to gardening we can say Gardening helps individual self to reunite with NATURE.You may have read various books and text such as Bhagwat Gita ,Patanjali yoga sura etc to understand  yoga and its various definitions . Today I share with you in a very simple yet effective meaning of yoga .According to me yoga is an ongoing process of cultivating good qualities & eliminating bad ones. If we see it is relation of Gardening same principal applicable, I gardener always   removing weeds and bad insects and cultivating good ones for the healthy growth of plants.
In yoga Guru guide his disciples to follow certain rule to successes in the path of divinity and in gardening a gardener help plants to grow and sustain in competitive ecology conditions.

Purpose of yoga:-
There are various yoga styles and tradition but all of them have one motivate to remove suffering and get freedom. And in gardening a gardener always tries to keep his/her plants happy and healthy by regularly watering/feeding and removing unwanted weeds. A healthy plants gives joy and happiness to his gardener as well as to visitor.(it may be the reason why we offer healthy flower to our friends who are sick or suffering) to cultivate yoga in our life we need patience, compassion, observation, and regularity. Without these qualities, progress in the path of yoga is suspicious. In yogic tradition we need to have patience for our practice to grow ,compassion for less fortunate people around us, self observation  to move in right direction(Path of Dharma) and regularity in practice to  minimize mind to move in negative   thinking Similarly  to develop a beautiful garden a gardener need to have patience for the germination of seeds and growth of plants ,compassion for nature and plants, observation eyes to rectify weeds and any other  sickness of plants and regularity to watering/feeding plants etc.
 To be a good teacher, good yoga practice and teacher training module need to following  those qualities


Timing Yoga starts when you leave class room.  You have to apply principal of yoga in your social life. Generally we practice yoga in morning hours and in the evening hours. similarly a gardener always keep his/her  eye on garden most of the  time but mainly he/she spend more time in morning hours or in the evening hours with their plants.
 It is show nice to see growth of students and plants in there life. A teacher is always happy to see progress in the life of their students and also a gardener always  feel joyful to see the result of  all his effort to cultivate  beautiful garden around .

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Before attempting Peculiar yoga poses




Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Kukkutasana

Got inspired to see peculiar poses appears in many yoga and health magazines front cover! Some of you may have already practiced those poses in your regular yoga classes or in Yoga teacher training.  .They looks fancy as well as motivational. Gives inspiration to take your practice to next level. Do you know the science behind these types of peculiar poses? How they are useful? How to accomplish them?  Do you know what are the risk factor involve in these kinds of poses? How to minimize those risk factors? Etc
      
 Today I would like to share some useful thoughts about it with you to keep moving your yoga practice to next level with keeping safety in our prime consideration.

As we all familiar that India is abode of yoga and many form and tradition of yoga have been practiced here from long time. In Hatha yoga tradition ancient yogis develop and preach balancing poses because they knew the value of balancing poses. I recognize ancient yogis as scientist .There is nothing in yoga which does not have some logic behind.  Yoga is a living science.






Science behind balancing poses:
The science behind balancing poses is to achieve equilibrium in every aspect of life. At physical level while performing these poses we are trying to achieve equilibrium on an unstable base. At mental level we are trying to achieve equilibrium between our fear and confidence. These poses are good example of body mind equilibrium. A very good example of neuro- muscular communication. Without proper communication between our muscles and senses organs it is not possible to do balancing poses. 

We can group balancing poses in two major categories

(1)Leg balances   (2) Arms balances

Tree pose



Vrscikasana




Significance of balancing asana


ü  Balancing poses strengthening the body and improving its structural integrity.
ü  These postures not only improving your physical appearance but also brings mental stability and focused attention.
ü  Balancing poses cultivate self confidence and gives sense of accomplishment.
ü  They help you to overcome fear factor.
ü  Develop patience and consistence in practice.

How to accomplish these poses and minimize risk

Ø  Training:- Adequate preparation and training minimize these risk factors.  Without proper training these postures may adversely affect your structural integrity. There are some common risk factor involve in these  kind of postures such as in leg balancing postures  strain in lower back/stress in hip/ankle/knee etc. and in arm balancing postures  significant risk  to wrist elbow neck etc.
Ø  Guidance:- Practice under the guidance of experienced teacher with regularity helps to accomplish such balancing asana.  Not merely watching videos
Ø  Preparatory practice: - Enough preparatory practices are required before attempting peculiar poses.

Ø  Awareness: another important point to keep in mind to remain aware with your breath and body.


Note:-We are yoga teacher not a doctor or therapist and we are not claiming any kind of medical assistance. This article is only  an awareness towards Balancing poses  and   that  how you can avoid injuries. it does not provide any relief from pain. We are not yoga therapist.


 If you have any concern or wants to know about courses or activities please feel free to write me any time. 
Thank you 

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Useful Dietary Tips for yoga students.




Friday, August 5, 2016


Useful Dietary Guidelines for yoga students.


 What should I eat? This is very common question in the mind of beginner yoga students & equally important  question . As many of us practicing yoga for health point of view so it is natural to know what we should eat?, when to eat?, how to eat ?etc. Today I would like to share some thoughts on useful Dietary tips for yoga students. It will be helpful to reap maximum benefits of your  yoga practice & as well as enhance your  yoga practice.
Here I am not discussing about vegetarian – non vegetarian diet. I am simple suggestion some basic guidelines to cultivate proper eating habits. Here I would like to make it clear that vegetarian diet is help full to optimism benefits of yoga at various levels (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) however it is not pre condition for beginning your yoga practice.  But I have seen many of my students after learning yoga they gives preference to vegetarian diet now.
 Today I am sharing some of the basic principles of eating .It seems funny but it is true also many of us do not take their meal properly. I was one of them. I used to read and eat same time or watching TV and consuming my meal same time. I also have bad habit to eat very fast.  But now I have changed it and have seen good result in my practice. So I am sharing few dietary  tips with you.
  • Company: - If possible try to dine either alone or with people you genuinely like. Negative thoughts /emotions are not good while eating. Even the negative thoughts of cook while cooking OR with whom you are eating can affect your digestion. .  Your thoughts can be influenced by negative minded people so avoid those people company while eating If you are stressed or have anger do not eat at that particular moment/condition.
  • Atmosphere: To enhance your eating experiences eat in quiet atmosphere; It really affects your digestion process and mood. Always eat in sitting position and avoid watching TV, reading or talking while chewing your meal. Try to pay attention on what you are eating and enjoy it.
  • Speed: - Do not eat too fast or too slow. Give enough time yourself for chewing food & to mix saliva properly .Also enjoy the process of eating. Do not over eat .Leave one third to one quarter of your stomach empty to aid digestion.  Avoid taking another meal unless previous meal has been digested.
  • Timing: - Eat at the same time every day. It optimized digestion process as body biological clock adjusts accordingly.  It is one of the difficult points I am facing due to my kids and family routine.
Note:-If you have class or practice in the evening kindly provide 3 to 4 hour gap between your meal and practice.
  • Water:-You can have few sip of water during meal.(some people suggest do not take water  during meal) Avoid taking chilled water as it slow down digestive fire. Room temperature water is fine. Avoid any soft drinks during your meal.
  • Rest:-Few minutes rest is advisable after meal Do not rush for another activity just after finishing your meal.remain quiet after eating. & say thanks to nature to provide you healthy nutritional food and also  to the person who cooked food for you. Lunch time you need to take rest after meal and after dinner you need to talk walk to digest food properly.
  •  Six taste:- Ayurveda  (an ancient system of Indian medicine) recommend to eat all six tastes every day-sweet.sour,salty,pungent,bitter,and astringent – add these tastes in your regular food items.
  • Choose Local harvest:- Eat fresh food according to season  with full of prana (energy).Try to buy local grown food as they have same air,water,sun, nutrients and sun light that you grow up. It also supports local economy and farmers. Frozen food or packed food need to be avoided as they does not have any prana(energy) value
  • Heating/left over: -Avoid over heating/ re heating food. Reheating foods changes its quality and minimize nutritional value of food. Avoid leftover food also, as it develops Tamasic gunas. Cook only how much you can eat. Do not cook too much. Avoid wasting food.
  • Yogurt, lassi ,buttermilk  etc should be avoided in the night time.

Note:-. This article is only about an awareness  that  how you can enjoy your food and gain maximum benefits for your food. this post  is inspired by ancient people's eating habits when they use to eat together  with family members and utilizes natural resources for their dietary supplements. i am not a dietitian or expert on food i am a yoga teacher and sharing my views on our eating habits.


 If you have any concern or wants to know about our yoga courses or activities please feel free to write me any time. 
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How to multiply benefits of Surya Namaskar




Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Surya Namaskar (Sun salutation)

A silent yet powerful traditional ritual of gratitude to living God Sun also consider as deity of health.This traditional set of asanas along with breathing sequence very useful for harnessing sun's life giving energy in to our life.This beautiful sequence not only enhance our physical well being but also significantly impacting our vital ,mental ,emotional & spiritual well being.

Normally  this ancient sequence  of asana is translated as sun salutation but salutation word does not  100 percent justify meaning of Namaskar . Namaskar not only meaning salutation but also refer as "to bow" to recognize and respect your whole being.
It is difficult to find out origin of Surya namaskar tradition. Often it is used in Hatha yoga tradition but we do not have any  traditional yoga text reference for this kind of yoga sequence.
Here i would like  share key component of surya namaskar. As many of us see and practice surya namaskar in most of our  yoga classes due to its  tremendous  health benefits .I am sharing some useful hints to enhance surya namaskar benefits .

Breath:-As we all know breath  play an important role in all yoga practices. so while doing surya namaskar kindly allow your breath to move your body d not practice just mechanical, while performing this nature worship ritual(surya namaskar) kindly keep breath awareness in your kind consideration.

Feeling:-Allow your self to fully contemplate, the meaning and purpose of surya namaskar with deep sense of gratitude to sun' life giving energy.
Mantra:- Mantra - a powerful tool to advance your spiritual journey  and to opening the doors of  various possibilities.Use various mantras or simple Om while practicing surya namaskar. Mantra in motion activates spiritual energies.
Exposer to sun :- It is important to do surya namaskar in the presence of sun light.Or you can  imagine sun in your heart chakra.

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How to avoid yoga injuries




Saturday, July 23, 2016


How to avoid yoga injuries

Careful adjustment  brings peace and stability in Asana ,





Adaptation of   yoga according to individual  














Yoga -a way of self realization can realize you pain and injuries if it is not done with properly. As many people are joining yoga sessions to fulfill their desire to remain healthy and healthy, there are also growing number of cases have been reported about getting injuries or pain by yoga practice.
  • Forceful adjustments,
  •  Lack of knowledge about sequencing of asanas,
  • Too much expectation or pushing too hard,
  • Lack of preparatory practices ,
  • Ignoring body limitations etc are some of the reasons to have pain or injuries .


Today I am writing to you to sharing this important information with you to avoid any injury while doing yoga.  To avoid any injury in yoga you need to develop a self respecting awareness. If you ignore signs of pain you may be harming your muscles,nerves or spinal discs. Unless you had years of experience and knowledge exactly what you are doing pushing yourself in to a painful stretch will not only court injury it will also create a state of fear and anxiety. Kindly consider Pain as a positive sign to know something is not right. Kindly analyze the nature of problem.

Here at our yoga school we are always concern about the safety of our valuable students and providing best of our knowledge and teaching. We use holistic approach of teaching yoga in our general classes or teacher training courses in Rishikesh.We believe with regular and consistent practice make a lot of changes then pushing or forcing our muscles to attain certain desired postures/asana. we need to develop right attitude towards Hatha yoga practice rather then coping some one else. yoga is more about mental flexibility  then physical.









Note:-We are yoga teacher not a doctor or therapist and we are not claiming any kind of medical assistance. This article is only about an awareness  that  how you can avoid injuries it does not provide any relief from pain. We are not yoga therapist.


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Detox nasal & respiratory system with yoga




Sunday, July 17, 2016


Hatha yoga focus on purification .for this there are 6 methods today i share one of them, 

Many of us suffer colds and have sinus or allergies problems, Yoga offers simple but effective way to prevent these problems. In Hatha yoga tradition there is a term known as     Kriyas (internal purification) ,
One of the kriya known as Jal neti (use of warm saline water) It is very useful for sinus/ allergies/ & other respiratory sickness. It clean and purify the nasal passage and brings its natural strength back.
Jal neti is an ancient technique to wash out nasal passage and to prevent cold and allergies. The nasal passages are lined with a thin layer of mucus that is one of our body’s first lines of defense against invading microbes. Neti kriya naturally cleans, refresh and protect these passages. It is all natural, non addictive and have no side effects.
With regular practice of it you can minimize the adverse effect of pollution on our respiratory system and it can be beneficial for those suffering with allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems. It helps to clean sinus and it is an aid to prevent headache.

Ingredients
·      Simple clean fresh lukewarm water

·     Little sea salt.   

·      Neti pot and tissue paper (for wiping nose)

Timing:- Morning is best time to practice it before breakfast .but it can be practices other time of the day.

Technique:-
Filled up neti pot with lukewarm water & mix little salt on it. {It should not be too salty or less salty,It should be taste like tears.Temperature of the water should be bearable.}
Tilt your head to left side and insert neti pot tip to your right nostril.(if right nostril is blocked do this process  from other side first) open your mouth for breathing purpose and allow water to flow from other nostril. In case water goes on your mount try to find out correct angel so that water does not travel to your mouth. Practice it till pot is empty then refill pot and do it again from other side. This is one round.
After finishing it make sure to dry your nostril with repaid exhale. And then rest for a while.
video

Note :-Kindly learn it under the guidance of expert yoga teacher to avoid any adverse effect.

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Yoga with Himalayan children




Friday, February 26, 2016


Yoga with Himalayan children last week i got an opportunity to share my yoga teaching with Himalayan childern .it was a fun activity with mountain children .it gives me pleasure to see smile faces with lots of energy enthusiam to learn yoga.Here i share some snaps from this event.





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Hatha yoga




Thursday, January 21, 2016


Many of  us think Hatha yoga as synonymous of asana (posture)as it is very popular yoga practice. Actually it  is not right,it is not merely about asana In hatha yoga tradition Ha represent mental energy and Tha represent Pranic energy. Process of uniting these  2 energies called hatha yoga. In more scientific way we can say that  developing equilibrium between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system is Hatha yoga.Purity,peace, equanimity and power in nervous system helps in activation  of spiritual energy Chakras. To purify our nervious system swami swaatmaram  describes 6 cleansing procedures known as shat kerya.it should be learn under the guidance of an expert. These practices helps students  to deepening there practice and brings clarity  in mind for the practice of Raja yoga.(Meditation)

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