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Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Healing Through Movement

Every person has faced some form of trauma in their lives. In one’s teenage years if a person was teased for being fat, well that’s a traumatic experience for the person being teased. Trauma can occur...

Common Yoga Injuries and How to Avoid Them

If we stumble or falter or hurt ourselves during our yoga practice, we must ask our teacher the reason why this occurred. Once armed with the knowledge of why this happened to us, we can now prevent...

Mudras for Better Sleep: Techniques to Help One Unwind and Relax

One of the most common questions directed my way by Sydneysiders via my Online Yoga Classes in Sydney is - how to achieve blissful sleep without relying on addictive pills. Sweet Sydneysiders you are...

The Role of Mudras in Meditation

Aptly also called “yoga of the hands,” Mudras are hand gestures which originate from ancient Indian yogic traditions. The word ‘Mudra’ comes from the Sanskrit term meaning “seal” or “gesture.”...

Mudras for Harmonizing  the  Elements

It’s certainly not an untruth when we hear people say that our ancestors were far ahead of their times! Our ancestors figured out routes by reading the stars and constellations. Sushruta (800BC) was...

Heart Openers: The Emotional and Physical Benefits of Backbends in Yoga

If I was really short on time, say for a fortnight, and I could only squeeze in one single posture everyday.. guess which posture that would be?I would not hesitate to say it would be a heart-opener...

Hip Openers: Releasing Tension and Finding Freedom Through Yoga Asanas

We have over 20 muscles operating in the region of the hips. These include the adductors in the inner thighs, the abductors in the outer thighs, the hip flexor muscles which move through the pelvis...

‘Sun Salutation’ or ‘Surya Namaskar’ With Posture Names And Associated Mantras.

According to Vedic tradition, the ‘Sun’ is the eternal source of heat energy and light energy necessary for life. Surya or ‘Aditya’, as the ‘Sun’ is known in the ‘Puranas’ (ancient Hindu literature)...

Yoga’s Effect on the Lymphatic System

Today’s blog is dedicated to yoga enthusiasts in Perth. Inviting you Perthians to join ‘Yoga With Sapna’ Online Yoga Classes, brought to you all the way from yogas birthplace, India. Enrol via this...

Is Yoga The Best Practice for Achieving Strong Circulation?

Someone from Washington reached out with an enquiry whether yoga would address his problem of poor blood circulation which was causing numbness and tingling in his extremities. I advised him to enrol...

How Much Stretching is Safe?

People worldwide struggle with the notion of understanding yoga. They think it’s about a bunch of asanas that can improve flexibility with stretching. I would say they aren’t wrong, but yoga is so...

Why is ‘Khechari Mudra’ called the King of Mudras?

In response to some recent queries on Online Yoga Classes from people in Perth and Washington and also queries on Yoga Mudras, I invite you to read this article and click on these relevant links...

Ways to Ease Sciatica through Yoga

A very large percentage of people worldwide are afflicted by Sciatica at some point in their lives. A lot of my own students have suffered from sciatica, a condition characterised by pain radiating...

Significance of Yoga Eye Exercises

We are often reprimanded that sitting hunched over our phone screens and computer screens throughout the day can be harmful for the spine and back muscles but we shouldn’t forget how detrimental this...

Mudras for Digestive Ailments

In modern times today it’s not uncommon to wake up feeling bloated, with an uneasy stomach from a heavy meal the night before. Don’t fall into the trap of just reaching for the bottle of antacids...

Five Mudras in Yoga for Heart Health

Today, an ever growing number of people are searching for a connection with their ‘true’ self or ‘deeper’ self. People are becoming more spiritually inclined and consequently there has been widespread...

Is Yoga Effective in Weight Loss?

Obesity seems to be a world trend. Yoga with it’s many health benefits, is proclaimed to be a preventative health practice (in modern times a curative practice as well), however our team was observing...

Why Are Yoga Balancing Postures Essential?

Whenever I observe someone hunched over their computers, or walking with their chest caving in and shoulders drooping down, I feel the urge to rush and correct their posture.  Over the years I...

20 Words of ‘Yoga Terminology’ to know

A recent subscriber to my Online Yoga Classes read my blog on Online Yoga Classes in London and queried me on various common yoga terms. This became the fodder for this blog. Yoga being so mainstream...

Ways Yoga Promotes Heart Health

Yoga is acclaimed for it’s holistic health benefits. This ancient discipline also does wonders for our heart health.We often read worrying statistics showing heart attacks occurring at a younger and...

Finding Balance in the Bay: How Online Yoga Classes Thrive in the Wellness World

Our planet is unique and gorgeous through and through. Within it, there are regions which are specially awe inspiring and I would most certainly include San Francisco in this list, for it’s bounteous...

Finding Zen at Home: The Rise of Online Yoga Classes in the Venice of Gulf

Dubai prominence is palpable in a number of areas. It’s modern futuristic skyscrapers, it’s beaches, it’s diverse culture, it’s ever increasing educational institutions, a shopping destination...

Yoga Nidra V/S Meditation: What’s the Difference?

Several modern day lifestyle practices lay the groundwork for stress, burn out and mental fatigue. Scrolling on one’s phone for hours on end, working on the computer continuously, which involves...

Hands of Healing: A Journey through ‘Hasta Mudras’ in Yoga

Being a yoga teacher, I am used to being queried on various yogic topics. One of the most popular questions asked, especially by non Indians, is, whether yoga is limited to the ‘asanas’ they see...

Yoga’s Journey to the Western Side of the World

Hello Londoners - What images are conjured up when you hear the term yoga? People often relate yoga with complicated poses and the cliched “namaste.” Yoga is most certainly much more than this. The...

Yoga for H-Town Hustle: Holistic Wellness Techniques for Busy Urbanites

Americans are surging forward in all spheres  but when it comes to prioritising their overall well-being, are they doing it right? I have many friends from the States who struggle to take time off and...

Sydneysiders – Combat Five Problems with Online Yoga Classes

Sydney is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, bordered by the pacific ocean,  with serene mountains near by, clear skies and cheerful weather. The city’s love for yoga and practice of yoga blends into these...

Exploring the Zen Side of the Big Apple: Balancing Stress and Wellness with Online Yoga Classes

When I think of the Big Apple, it evokes many fond memories. My sister lived in Manhattan and many years later, my son, after completing college at Princeton University, proceeded to live in New York...

Global access to Online Yoga from its birthplace, India

The Indian subcontinent has substantially contributed to world knowledge. India invented the number system. The concept of “Zero” was the invention of the Indian scholar Aryabhatta. “Ayurveda”, the...

Yoga – An Exercise System and a Life Philosophy

I see people doing yoga across the globe. Being an avid traveler, I have been able to witness firsthand the spread and popularity of yoga and the holistic health benefits that ensue. What today seems...

Shedding Light On the Origin of Yoga in India

Yoga is an age old tradition with its earliest mention in the Rigveda, a collection of ancient Indian scriptures dating back to approximately 1500 BCE. Within these sacred texts lie hymns and verses...

Online Yoga with Authentic Indian teachers for the Global Diaspora

I like to think of yoga as a cosmic science cum art that connects people from different ethnicities, cultures and beliefs. Several years ago, some students attending classes at my studio asked me if I...

Yoga For Busy Professionals: Finding Balance in a Hectic World

I have observed how people struggle with achieving a satisfactory work-life balance. Some people bring their work home, whereas others are desperately seeking moments of peace during their long day at...

Yoga and Mindful Eating: The Connection Between Food and Yoga

The components of our diet have an impact on every aspect of our life. Our choice of food and our relationship with our food impacts our physical health and the state of our mind and thoughts. The...

Yoga for Travelers: Staying Grounded and Healthy on the Move

How often do you travel? Irrespective of whether you are a frequent traveler or someone who travels just once or twice a year, if you consider travel an excuse for disrupting your fitness regimen...

Yoga For Weight Management: Building a Healthy Relationship With Your Body

Amidst our fast-paced lifestyle, the flurry of fad diets, intense workout regimens as well as so much diverse health and exercise related information coming at us, sculpting a sleek figure and...

Yoga and The Chakras: Understanding Our Energy Centers

Yoga is both a science and an art that has a deep, ancient history. Our ancestors had acquired a depth of spiritual knowledge that  became practically non-existent with the activity and frenzy of...

Yoga For Seniors: Practices For Age-Related Benefits

People not very familiar with yoga and curious about this deep and vast arena of overall well being, have a wide range of questions on the topic and as a yoga teacher, I am happy to answer these...

Exploring Different Yoga Styles: Which One Is Right for You?

Yoga: whichever style we adopt, offers similar benefits, because ‘yoga’ is essentially ‘yoga’. However the different styles emphasise different aspects of the practice. A Yoga Course Online in India...

Yoga and Sleep: Exploring The Role of Yoga in Improving Sleep Quality

I seem to be hearing far too often how people are plagued with insomnia. From Gurgaon’s busy corporate bees who wake up every day to live under the stress of deadlines, to students preparing for...

Empower Your Upper Body: Yoga Techniques for Banishing Arm and Shoulder Pain

Imagine this: You wake up one morning, ready to conquer the day, but as soon as you reach for the alarm clock, a sharp pang of pain shoots through your arm and shoulder. Whether it’s caused by...

The Role Of Yoga In Breathing Problems

A person I recently met and  befriended, recounted to me how she  had trouble breathing ever since she was young. She said her child-body had never cooperated with her as it should. Every breath she...

The Transformative Power Of Yoga

We have all experienced feeling ‘low’ times, without being able to put our finger on the exact cause. These feelings can be evoked due to really small reasons like hitting a roadblock in our area of...

Yoga To Alleviate The Discomfort of Cervical Spondylosis

Have you ever woken up with a stubborn pain in your neck and shoulders, thinking maybe you slept in an awkward position? You think it will ease out as the day goes on, but the ache and discomfort...

Why Should Men Opt For Yoga?

I have observed a slow and steady increase in the positive response to Online Yoga Classes For Men. That is heartening and I would like to emphasise the benefits of yoga for men so that more and more...

Benefits Of Online Yoga Classes

Have You Ever Been Stuck in a Toss up Between Studio Classes Versus Online Yoga Classes? I taught yoga from my studio for eighteen years and then during the Covid pandemic I transitioned to Online...

Is Yoga A Good Option For Weight Loss

In the Vedic hierarchy, there are four Vedas, the oldest texts of Hinduism - Rigveda, Samveda, Yajurveda, and Atharvaveda. The earliest recorded mention of the word “yoga” is in the ancient Indian...

Yoga – Truly a Transformative Practice For Mind, Body and Soul

In today's speedy world, where humanity is chasing success and glory,  what often sadly gets neglected is our physical and mental health. From ages eight to eighty, to a lessor or larger extent, we...

Yoga and Chakras: Balancing Energy Centers through Asanas and Meditation

Its imperative we realize that Yoga is more than its Westernized notion of a practice that encompasses  just physical exercise. The science of yoga deals with holistic health. Yoga Asanas (postures)...

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: Is It Worth The Hype?

Yoga and yogic practices have been an integral part of our Indian culture since pre-historic times. The Rishis and Munis of the Indian sub-continent devised yoga as a methodology to strengthen mind...

Online Yoga Classes: Is It Worth Your Time And Money?

Do you want to be part of an age old practice that has proved its worth time and again? Did you know that Yogic Practices in India started almost 5,000 years ago? According to the Rig Veda, Yoga and...

Iron Yoga: 5 Poses to Sculpt Your Arms and Back

Iron Yoga: A Passion For Extreme Fitness. A Yoga Teacher since 2000 and two years into teaching, I got this great (and I thought unique) idea that using light dumbbells along with yoga postures would...

Iron Yoga: 12 Poses to Sculpt Your Arms and Back

A Yoga Teacher since 2000 - when I was two years into teaching, I got this great (and I thought unique) idea that using light dumbbells along with yoga postures would add variety to my routines and...

Yoga Teacher Training in India- 3 Things to Consider Before Starting

Yoga Teacher Training Online Yoga, a complex practice, with thousands of years of history and the ability to transform lives, is believed to have evolved during the period of the ‘Sat Yuga’- the...

Yoga Made Easier With Live Online Yoga Classes

Everybody Needs a Little "me-time" to Recover From The Hectic and Monotonous Routine of Daily Life. Our bodies and mind do need a little more than the nourishment provided by food and sleep, to...

7 Yoga Strap Poses to Improve Posture

Modern Yoga Practices consist of various elements that assist or enhance the yoga workout. Some of these helpful agents are in the form of yoga props such as blocks, wedges, pillows, bolsters and...

Nurture Your Yoga Practice While Travelling- Experts Tell you How

Travelling the globe, meeting new people and absorbing varied cultures, is a joyful experience. If we are a devoted fitness buff, we surely want to juggle our workout routine with our travel plans...

Unleash The Power of Your Heart – 7 Heart Opening Poses

Believe it or not, our chest muscles and thoracic region needs to be regularly stretched to open up and release tension and stress in the body. By hunching over computers and laptops all day, we tend...

Expert Tips: Break Free From a Monotonous Yoga Routine

Yoga casts its charm over us with all its flexible and tranquil poses. Especially in the beginning, during our honeymoon phase with yoga,  we live in this haze of yogic enchantment. However, as it...

7 Yoga Styles, For You, To Choose From

Thinking about adding yoga to your fitness regime? If yes, then many thoughts must be flashing through your mind regarding the style of yoga that would suit you best. Well, any style of yoga can help...

Making Your Way Into Dhanurasana

“He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is unmanifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge. He is in...

Unravelling Hasta (Hand) Mudras in Yoga

Mudra is a Sanskrit word for gesture, symbol, or expression. A Mudra in Yoga is usually made by the positioning of our fingers and thumb. This creates certain neuronal connections, to impact the flow...

What’s The Difference: Yoga and Other Exercises

Yoga, in its journey from ancient times till the present day, has gained popularity amidst people of all walks of life. Yoga has been compared with many other physical fitness exercises in terms of...

Headstand (Shirshasana) and The Art of Balancing

The art of yoga is being practiced since a long time and it has earned accolades due to the health benefits that it provides. Yoga not only has healing qualities but also helps in the enhancement of...

Yoga – Origin, History, and Development

“For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.” ~~T. Guillemets ‘Yoga’, the Sanskrit word, can be elucidated in many ways. Traditionally, yoga came into being as a means to bring...

Yoga For a Healthy and Flexible Spine

As Yoga teachers, practitioners, and students we must all understand the structure of the spine. We must learn to stretch and bend it correctly as well as strengthen the muscles that support it so...

Wrist Anatomy And Yoga

Wrist pain can prove to be a serious hindrance to our yoga practice. A wrist injury may seem to be the result of our yoga practice, but often that’s not the case. Discomfort in the wrist arises from...

6 Tips For Teaching Yoga To Beginners

Teaching yoga to beginners may sound like an easy prospect as the poses one will be teaching the students will be the most basic and simple, ones. In reality, though, this is a huge...

5 Yoga Myths Debunked

Yoga, can be one of the most challenging physical exercise forms. However, it is also true that it can be tempered down and transform into the most suitable exercise for every level of fitness, and...

Yoga Headstand (Salamba Shirshasana)- Anatomy and Alignment

Salamba Shirshasana or the Headstand is widely known and praised as the “King Of Yoga Asanas”. This yoga pose is intimidating for new yoga practitioners but it is basically just a balancing posture...

The Zen of Kundalini Yoga

The power of Kundalini yoga lies in the actual experience. It connects right with our heart and extends our consciousness so we may have a wider horizon of grace and knowing the truth. Kundalini, a...

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) Demystified

‘Adho’ means ‘downward’ ’, ‘Mukha’ means ‘Face’, and ‘Svana’ means ‘Dog’. This asana imitates and earns its name from the posture of a dog stretching after a good nap. If we observe dogs we will see...

Improve Joint and Skeletal Structure With Yoga

The oldest existing body workout program Yoga, has been around for more than 5000 years, with deep mental, emotional and physical benefits. Besides mental serenity and a toned body, yoga poses work...

“Drishti”- How to Use It In Our Yoga Practice

It is not uncommon to find our mind wandering during yoga sessions. However much our Yoga Teacher asks us to fix our gaze, there will be times when our attention will waver. Our focus and attention...

Downward Facing Dog: Exploration, Anatomy, and Alignment

  Adho Mukha Svanasana or the Downward Facing Dog Pose gets its name because the posture imitates a dog which is stretching. If one ever observes dogs, we’ll see they stretch very frequently and...

A Beginner’s Guide to “Bandhas” in Yoga

Bandhas are an indispensable part of our yoga practice. If we have been attending yoga classes, we would surely have experienced holding a bandha during an asana or pranayama and harnessing the energy...

The Importance of Pranayama in Yoga Practice

Pranayama is a significant part of yoga and involves specific breathing techniques and exercises. The word Pranayama has been derived from two Sanskrit words, “Prana” and “Ayama”, where “Prana” means...

Yoga-Graphic : The Five Branches of Yoga

When we think “Yoga”, what usually comes to mind is physical postures or asanas.  Usually, yoga is recognized as merely a physical practice that involves stretches. However, this is just a glimpse of...

Fundamentals of Yoga Nidra

“Our essential nature is boundless consciousness. We are rooted in it when the mind focuses and settles.” Our minds have the tendency to remain occupied with the numerous thoughts and problems which...

The Magic Of Our Breath

Whether we are a seasoned yoga practitioner or an amateur, we all know that breath control is an essential part of yoga. In fact, being aware of the breath and harmonizing it, is what sets yoga apart...

20 Yoga Terms Every Yogi Should Know

You are new to yoga and you hear your yoga teacher instructing the class, using words that you might have heard but do not understand. You are confused and unable to concentrate on your asanas. You...

Yoga And The Anatomy Of The Lower Back

“Prayatna shaitilya ananta samapattibhyam” This means- “By relaxation of effort while in the posture, one merges with the infinite.” In all yoga postures having a strong and steady back is...

Working On Your Core Muscles Through Yoga

Our core is a complex array of muscles that extends beyond the abs. When we mention the word “core”, usually we think of our abdomen. That’s the common perception. Though the key muscles of the core...

The Eight Traditional Limbs Of Yoga

The practice of Yoga is both an art and a practical science. It teaches us to use breath and body to establish a connection between our mind, body and spirit. Yoga helps us expand our awareness and...

Harnessing Your Life Force To Succeed In Life

We all have days when we feel drained and just cannot get out of bed and other days when we feel emotional for no apparent reason. Ever wondered from where this flow of energy comes from? The answer...

The Before-Bed Yoga Sequence For A Sound Sleep

Sleep disorders are a common occurrence with people everywhere today. There could be a number of reasons for this like stress or work overload because of which we are continuously looking into our...

Control Your Mood With The Right Food

It is an established fact that there is a direct relationship between an unhealthy diet and poor physical health. Medical conditions like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure are manifestations...

5 Essential Life Lessons From My Yoga Classes

Yoga is more than just the physical practice. The more I stay with my yoga practice, the more amazed I am at how many life lessons I keep learning here, right on my yoga mat. We all should be a...

Yoga and Meditation For Strengthening The Immune System

Our immune system is our body’s natural defense mechanism that fights against health hazards. This means that it is a very crucial aspect of our being that is constantly performing the important work...

9 Common Lifestyle Habits That Derail Your Weight Loss Plans

During my 17 odd years as a yoga teacher, I have seen people taking up yoga for a multitude of reasons. It can be therapeutic reasons, strengthening, toning , gaining flexibility, stress relief, and...

One Practice That Can Change The Way You Live Each Day

Take a moment to dwell on the two life scenarios below: Scenario 1 When visiting a new city during a vacation, recall how we try to notice everything new and exciting about that place. Furthermore...

5 Chair Yoga Poses You Can Do Anywhere

From the time you wake up till the moment you close your weary eyes at night, all that you have been  is “busy”. You love yoga and perhaps before you had a job, or other commitments you practiced it...

Yoga Poses For Stress, Anxiety, And Depression

We have deadlines to meet, a difficult boss to deal with, competition from peers, expectations from family members, and sometimes, broken relationships. It does not come as a surprise that stress...

Common Injuries That Arise Due To Incorrect Yoga Technique

It is natural to start feeling  more flexible and confident after practicing yoga for a few weeks. When this happens, students, in their home practice, often push themselves harder, taxing their...

Learn Your Stress Type to Balance Life Better

A vast number of people do not truly identify with yoga or Ayurveda, calling them ancient and useful only for the lifestyle of past eras. However, people do believe their fitness trainers, when they...

Personality is False

Time and again yogi sages have explained to us that "Personality" is false. Personality is like an outer shell that we wear and is formed based on our personal life experiences, the circumstances...

Befriend Your Breath

Imagine, never landing up in an altercation. Imagine yourself always walking and sleeping with a calm, radiant face. Imagine everything around you running and working like a well-oiled machine...

Why Asanas Need Meditation and Vice-versa

What Does Meditation Mean To Us? When we think of meditation, it conjures up images of ourselves sitting in "Padmasana" (Lotus pose) or cross-legged with our eyes closed, the thought-flow of the mind...

The Role of Diet in Weightloss

Practicing Yoga without complementing it with a balanced diet, while aiming to lose weight, is fighting a lost battle. However, addressing both aspects, yoga and exercise along with sensible eating...
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