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6 Yoga Tips to Overcome Stress

6 Yoga Tips to Overcome Stress

Feeling exhausted, anxious — or just not yourself these days?  You’re definitely not alone. In the words of Dr Deepak Chopra, alternate medicine advocate and best selling author “The world is confronting three pandemics at the moment – the virus, financial crisis and...

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6 Yoga Kriyas for complete purification

6 Yoga Kriyas for complete purification

Kriyas is a much-requested subject from our Samyak Yoga Alumni Community. The 6 Yoga Kriyas (Six Cleansing Techniques) are also known as Shat Kriya or Shat Karma as outlined in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. There are 6 types of Yoga Kriyas for complete purification.  As...

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6 Common Myths of Teaching Yoga – debunked

6 Common Myths of Teaching Yoga – debunked

While leading Yoga Teacher Training Courses I am often asked these pertinent questions. I’ve compiled a list of popularly asked questions that can be your point of reference when in doubt. I intend to create more such blogs in the coming months that dispel such...

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Know your chakras

Know your chakras

Know Your Chakras This blog is aimed at serving an introductory outline to the 7 Chakras present in our subtle body (unseen & untouched body). Upcoming blogs in the near future will delve into other significant aspects of Chakras which is a vast subject in itself....

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Yoga for Mental Health

Yoga for Mental Health

We live in uncertain times defined by fast-paced digital lives. Decisions are made in haste & most often than not our minds & hearts are disconnected trying to cope with external pressures & validations. If you’re experiencing one or more of these emotions...

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How to Prepare for your first Yoga Class?

How to Prepare for your first Yoga Class?

Teaching your first Yoga Class? Here is what you should know Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed your 200 Hours Teachers Training Course & the best way to begin your yoga journey is to teach as many possible hours & students as you can from day 1....

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Yoga Philosophy

History of Patanjali that every Yogi must know

The second article in the series of Exploration of Patanjali discusses the meaning of the name " Patanjali" on the basis of Sanskrit grammar and also tries to shed light on the scholarly references about the contribution of Patanjali to humanity. History of Patanjali...

What everybody ought to know about Patanjali?

Most of Patanjali’s personal history is engulfed with mystery and myth; (much like any of the world’s spiritual superheroes) the tale of Patanjali’s birth has taken on legendary dimensions. Read: A letter from Patanjali to a Yoga student Story: I - Patanjali is one of...

Your ultimate guide to the Vedas

The word ‘Veda’ means ‘knowledge’ and is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘vid’, which means ‘to know.  The Vedas are regarded as revealed scripture, self-evident, and self authoritative. It is not composed by any human authors.  Yaskaacharya, the oldest explorer of the...

Yoga is all about Ashtanga Yoga – Really?

Eightfold system / Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali is no stranger concept to Yogis today. Is Yoga all about Ashtanga of Patanjali? I had a discussion with one of the students which led me to write this article.  Ashtanga Yoga i.e. Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama,...

What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga?

  Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a subset of Hatha Yoga originated by the teachings of Yogi Vamana explained in his text 'Yoga Kuranta.' Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is not Ashtanga Yoga. Patanjali, in his Yoga Sutras first mentioned "Ashtanga Yoga" and this is a lifestyle...

9 Yoginis that everyone must know

We have just completed Navaratri, a nine days festival dedicated to Goddesses. We celebrate nine different layers of Shakti. They are as follow: "1. Shalaputri (Day -1), 2. Brahmacharini (Day - 2), 3. Chandraghanta (Day - 3), 4. Kushmanda (Day - 4), 5. Skandamata (Day...

Yoga Practice

A Beginner’s Guide to Start Asana practice

Though Yoga is for everyone, how to start my Yoga practise if I never did Yoga before? Here is a beginner's guide to starting asana practice. The below are the 10 most simple, yet highly beneficial yoga asanas that anyone can start with. This can be your first step...

Online Yoga Classes – the New Normal?

When Covid-19 hit us last year in March 2020, we did not realize its intensity. We did not see what's coming up. The entire humanity is forced to see life with a new perception. Everything we thought precious has suddenly become useless. Nature took us back to the...

5 Main reasons to start your Pranayama Practice

Pranayama simply translated means extension of breath. Let us understand a bit more about this Pranayama Practice. Prana is a general word given to anything that can be addressed as a life force. Anything that seemingly is animate has been addressed as Prani which...

Know your Chaturanga

Those who practice Vinyasa will understand what I mean. Yes, Chaturanga Dandasana is a pose in which most of us transit through a lot of difficulties. The perfect alignment is a long time goal for many students. So here I have a few tips that can help us improve our...

The Key to success in Asana Practice

Many are in search of an answer to improve the asana practice so that they can find themselves more flexible and graceful in their practice. The solution for this search lies in the Yoga Sutras. prayatna-śaithilya-ananta-samāpatti-bhyām ॥2.47॥ In the 47th sutra of the...

Recovering from Covid-19 – Breathing Issue

Recovering from Covid-19 - Breathing IssueEver since I got tested positive for Covid-19, myself & my family have gone through Google, Instagram, Facebook etc. to make me recover faster from this illness. I came across information on what to eat, on the medication,...

Yoga Teaching Resources

5 Social Media Tips for New Yoga Teachers

Intimidated by social media? The truth is you are not alone. Most yoga teachers (including me) struggle with social media & how to approach it in an online yoga world that is super competitive & ever-evolving. Navigating through the virtual world & finding...

6 Common Myths of Teaching Yoga – debunked

While leading Yoga Teacher Training Courses I am often asked these pertinent questions. I’ve compiled a list of popularly asked questions that can be your point of reference when in doubt. I intend to create more such blogs in the coming months that dispel such...

How to Prepare for your first Yoga Class?

Teaching your first Yoga Class? Here is what you should know Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed your 200 Hours Teachers Training Course & the best way to begin your yoga journey is to teach as many possible hours & students as you can from day 1....

Pre-Yoga Teacher Training checklist

You are planning to take a Yoga Teacher Training. You are excited and nervous as well. You do not know what to expect from this Yoga Teacher Training.  Here is a pre-Yoga Teacher Training Checklist before you start your first yoga teacher training. This helps you in...

6 biggest Yoga Teacher’s mistakes and how to fix them right now

Being a Yoga Teacher is more than a profession. It is a passion. However, often you might be confused why your class is not effective. Here are the 6 biggest Yoga Teacher’s mistakes in a class and how to fix them right now.  1. Thinking of Yoga class as a performance...

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is over. Am I a Yoga Teacher now?

No, you are not. 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training can be a good foundation for you to explore the practice & philosophy of Yoga if you are opting a good yoga school. It can bring out the teacher in you if they have sessions on teaching yoga every day.  But one-month...

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