Jal Neti – An important Yogic purification

Jal Neti is something that I learned in early childhood in my family seeing my uncle, father and mother performing it. With the time, it also integrated into my morning ritual. I experience the powerful benefits of Jal Neti kriya and would love to share in this post. It is not a surprise it is…

Yoga and Running – How Yoga can help runners

I have been a marathon runner and loved running in the forest of Heidelberg, cities, and fields enjoying the rhythm of my breathing. It was life changing experience. With the time, I’ve realized that my cardio got so much better, I’ve lost few extra kilos and gained my confidence back. The “high” you receive from running…

Origin of Ashtanga Yoga – Yoga Korunta

Going back in time around 1000 BCE, you would have called Ashtanga Yoga – Yoga Korunta. The method of Yoga taught at KPJAYI is that which has been told by the ancient Sage Vamana in his text called “Yoga Korunta.” Although many books on Yoga have been written, Vāmana Ṛṣi (devanāgarī: वामन ऋषि) is the…

100 benefits of Meditation

Meditation has profound effects on mind, body and emotional being. We know that the mediation is a powerful remedy for stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The list goes on and on. Meditation also improves one’s immune system and regulate blood pressure so effortlessly. Here are 100 benefits of meditation Physiological, Psychological and Spiritual benefits: Physiological benefits:…

Breathing in Ashtanga Yoga and its effects

The breath as one of the fundamental elements of any yoga practice. Breathing has an interdependency to the mind, body, and emotions, you being a movement. Through steady and correct breathing – concentration comes easily, posture becomes steady and benefits are multifold. The breathing in yoga can serve as a transformative mechanism to improve overall…

Why not practice Ashtanga Yoga on the Full Moon

We all have this question – Why not practising on the Full Moon?  In this article, I would like to shed some light for a better understanding. Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are…

The important history of your Yoga Mat

Few people know, but the yoga mat is a recent discovery in the life of yoga practitioners. People can’t imagine practicing Yoga without this plastic/ rubber carpet made in Chain – we call it “XYZ Yoga Mat”. Before all that, it was Rugs and Carpets. “I have never bought a Yoga mat in my 20+…

Tristana – The core principle of Ashtanga Yoga

The vinyāsa, the connecting movements between the postures, is composed of 3 fundamentals (Tristana) which are: The breathing (Ujjãyi Prãnãyãma) – the victorious breath The control of the pelvic floor, and abdominal ball  (Mūla Bāndha) The focused gaze (Drishti) in the postures (āsana). Ashtanga Yoga uses a three-fold approach to yoga asana called Tristana. Tristana consists…