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Building Flexibility through Yoga

In one of the previous articles, I talked about strength and how yoga helps us build strength at physical, physiological, mental and emotional levels. In today’s post, I would like to discuss one of the other commonly recognized benefits of yoga – flexibility. Again, we’ll be looking at how yoga can help improve flexibility [...]

Building Strength, a key benefit of Yoga practice

Yoga offers a multitude of benefits at all levels – physical, physiological, mental, emotional, spiritual and deeper. This article in the Yoga Journal lists 38 different ways in which yoga keeps you fit and healthy at various levels. However, most of the these benefits can be combined under these four broad categories:

Strength Flexibility [...]

21-day Yoga Challenge, March 24 – April 13, 2014

I am pleased to announce the next 21-day Yoga Challenge program. The past programs have been very well received by all the participants. For most of them, it has been truly a life-transforming experience. I invite you to join me on this exciting and deeply rewarding 21-day yoga journey. Here are the particulars:

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Workshop – Intro to Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sunday, March 2

I invite you to join me for a discussion on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali wherein I will introduce some of the key concepts of the sutras. We will also discuss how an understanding of the sutras can profoundly impact our day-to-day life in a positive way.

EVENT: Intro to Yoga Sutras of Patanjali [...]

Four attitudes that will keep your mind calm and peaceful

In the Indian culture, six negative tendencies are listed as the biggest enemies of the human mind. These are

kama (lust/cravings) krodha (anger) lobha (greed) moha (delusion/a disconnect from reality) mada (pride/arrogance) matsarya (jealousy) [...]

Pranayama/Meditation Intensive, January 29 – February 9

I am pleased to announce the next 12-day pranayama/meditation intensive.

Come and join me for this life-transforming experience where you will learn two of the most important aspects of a complete, integrated yoga practice – pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. In this program I will introduce you to many of the breathing techniques [...]

Two pillars of yoga practice – Abhyasa (practice) and Vairagya (non-attachment)

Patanjali, in the Yoga Sutras, has given us this definition of Yoga:

Yogash-chitta-vritti-nirodhah (sutra 1.2)

"Yoga is defined as the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind-complex"

In practical terms, this sutra can be translated as "yoga is the ability to stay calm in all situations in life". When we say [...]

21-day Yoga Challenge, January 6-26, 2014

I am pleased to announce the next 21-day Yoga Challenge program. The past programs have been very well received by all the participants. For most of them, it has been truly a life-transforming experience. I invite you to join me on this exciting and deeply rewarding 21-day yoga journey. Here are the particulars:

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Why do we recite Shanti three times?

If you attend any Hindu religious ritual, a Vedic prayer or a traditional Yoga class, you will find that the Shanti mantra (the peace chant) is usually chanted at the end of the ceremony or the class.

Following the tradition of Integral Yoga, the style of yoga that I practice and teach, I conclude each [...]

21-day Yoga Challenge, December 2-22

I am pleased to announce the next 21-day Yoga Challenge program. The past programs have been very well received by all the participants. For most of them, it has been truly a life-transforming experience. I invite you to join me on this exciting and deeply rewarding 21-day yoga journey. Here are the particulars:

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