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Zubin Atré | TEDx | Yoga for aspiring Superheroes !

Who knew Zubin Atré gave a TEDx Talk?! His inspirational talk “Applied Yoga for Aspiring Superheroes” brings you 4 easy kick-starter steps on how to apply more yoga in real life. From the origins of yoga to meditation and beating that endless mental chatter, Zubin guides the audience with the help of “Yogi Frogi” to the benefits of working on the physical body for a healthier overall body and mind. And the best part about it is, you don’t have to be a Yogi to benefit from Yoga, you choose how far you want to take it! Incorporating Yoga into one’s daily life with his practical and down to earth steps inspires to get working with the body. Try it!

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8 Simple Resolutions to look into for 2018!

A brand New Year is about to start and here we are, making a list of the things we would like to see in the newer, improved version of ourselves.

The trick with the New Year resolutions is to keep them simple, so be SMART about them:

 S: Specific

M: Measurable

A: Achieveable

R: Realistic

T:Time-bound.

To avoid the so-called “false hope syndrome” and fix overambitious goals that will let you already frustrated a few months into the new year, it’s a great idea to start with small and simple resolutions. Here are 8 we have put together for you to choose from

 


1. Maintain a clean Desktop.

Einstein was well known to always have a messy desk and so did Mark Twain, so we like to associate the piles of books and mountains of papers we see in their portraits with a sign of intelligence and creativity. how organized would they be, if they had computers and smartphones? we will never know, but we know for sure how contemporary digital clutter builds up on us . start the year by cleaning the desktop.  It is a good idea to see a clean scree as you turn the computer on.

 


2. Avoid Honking

It happens so often, especially in India, to be stuck in traffic for a long time; we get so frustrated that we think honking is the solution to everything and we honk. In reality it doesn’t move a thing, but only creates more noise pollution. So in the New Year save your efforts and focus on the breath with a three-second micro meditation overtime you feel the stress is mounting. It won’t solve the traffic situation but it will certainly help you remain sane in a messy situation.

 


3. Go old school where the need is.

These days everything has gone digital. There are apps that can also control the light switches in the house! Even if technology is so developed, do we really need  to have the phone with us in the bed? if the excuse is we we need it to put the alarm, we can do with a simple alarm clock; this will improve the sleep time and quality of our sleep.

 


4. Learn to say ‘No’

Some countries, like Japan and india, have cultural traditions where people find it very hard to say No, even when deep inside they know they don’t want to do what they are asked for. this only builds up frustrations and spoils our relations with others, as those around one cannot know we are not in a position to do something if we do not tell them. Learn to politely say no.

 


5.  Gather more experiences

in 2018,make a little effort to exit from your comfort zone and do something different: learn a new skill, take a dance class or finally travel to that place you always wanted to see and never had time to visit. gathering experience will enrich the way you employ your time. it will also be a great occasion to make new friends and boost your self-confidence.

 


6. Learn a new Language

we live in a highly digital environment where everything and everyone is interconnected. yet every person and every country has different features and knowing the languages spoken elsewhere will give you a much broader understanding of others. learning languages simulates the brain too and its a tremendous exercise to keep your mind sharp and fit while enjoying yourself.

 


7. Complain less

Complaining less in stressful situation can certainly save your time and give you a calmer mind to deal with the actual challenge. complaining about everything ends up influencing the nerve paths and synopsis and you will ultimately end up seeing every situation with a negative tint. Analyze the words you use, give up  negations and negative terms while speaking and making comments.

 


8. Give up on Toxic People

This might not be very easy to achieve, but you can start by acknowledging that some of the people around you might be doing you more harm than good. In 2018 make no space for narcissist, neurotic and abusive behaviours so just get rid of toxic people.

 

 

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Let’s get limber – Yoga as flexibility training

We have all had days when we feel like each asana is a little more difficult than it was ever before. After such a yoga practice, we feel more stretched, relaxed and calm. Have you ever wondered why stretching and flexibility is critical for our proper physical and mental functioning?

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I’m sure at some point during your yoga journey, you have heard someone complain about not liking yoga because they are not flexible. It is extremely important to share with any fellow yoga practitioner or enthusiast you may know, that flexibility is not a pre-requisite for yoga but a by-product. One doesn’t begin with flexibility but over a period of continued practice, attains it. Yoga combines stretching and relaxation, which lead to flexibility.

But why do we need to be flexible, you ask?
There are many benefits of being flexible. In this blog post we will look into some of these benefits.

 

 

1. Reduces risk of injury
A flexible body is much more prepared for sudden, unexpected movements and strain during intense workouts. There is scientific evidence that the incidence of injury decreases when people include flexibility training in their routines due to the enhanced ability to move unimpeded through a wider range of motion. Spending few minutes a day on flexibility training or yoga, increase your flexibility. This leads to increased circulation to the muscles and important organs. A 2009 study in the American Journal of Physiology showed that for people age 40 and over, flexibility in the body was accompanied by flexibility in the arteries, thus reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease and even death.

2. Improves everyday functions
A flexible body will always be able to perform daily functions with more ease, such as reaching, bending, or stooping during daily tasks. An increased range of motion also allows you to perform daily functions with less risk of injury.

3. Improves posture, balance and reduces back pain
Stiff muscles can often lead to incorrect posture. A tight muscle in one part of your body may result in overexertion and pulling on another part, changing the way one holds their body in its relaxed state and placing strain on those joints. Increased flexibility in the large muscles in the lower body can help reduce stress on the lower back and reduce chronic back pain.

4. Reduces stress in intense workouts & enhances athletic performance
A well-stretched muscle will easily achieve its full range of motion which helps us utilize the full potential of muscles. This improves athletic performance and ability to do intense workouts with less strain on the joints. So a golf swing will be more effortless if the hips and shoulders are flexible and released. A tennis serve will be more powerful if there is greater range of motion. A runner will have better control of their form and gate if the muscles are limber and stretched out.

5. Mind-body connection
Some times when we engage in intense workouts or activities, we find ourselves losing track of the mind-body connection. We may be going too fast physically while the breath is not synced to the body and so the mind too gets distracted. With a flexible body, one can retain greater motor control and ability to respond to your environment. This helps us to improve the connection with the body as well as to the environment, leading to a much more aware and present existence.

 

As I tell all my students, it is easy to over-stretch so always remember, stretching should never be painful. There should never be a shooting or stabbing pain while stretching. The focus should be on bringing the muscle to a point of slight tension. It is essential that you continue your breathing pattern throughout the stretch. A great stretch is when the breath is unaffected and synced with the body.

 

To help you get more balanced and flexible, we have two exciting workshops this month.


18th November: The first workshop will be an Iyenger yoga based workshop with focus on twisting poses, which help release the back. Using props, we will learn about correct alignment and increased range of motion.
For details click here.

25th November: The second workshop will focus on improving the mobility of the shoulders and hips, through restorative yoga and static stretches.
For details click here.

 

This article is written by our head teacher Priyanjali Das. With focus on anatomy and mindfulness, her AtréYoga classes are welcoming and free of judgment & restrain. To know when she takes classes, click here to view the schedule.

 

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Surya Namaskara: Salutations to the Sun

You might have heard the story of Hanuman and Surya who initially didn’t start off on a good foot with each other. When Hanuman was very young he confused the sun (Surya) with a big mango and had nearly eaten him if it wasn’t for Lord Indra’s intervention. Long story short, in the end Surya accepted Hanuman as a student, taught him about the ancient Vedas and released his student without demanding a fee. In return, Hanuman could only offer his gratitude and namaskars (respectful greetings). And so the Surya Namaskar series was born as Hanuman’s guru dakshina to Surya.

Historically and in many other cultures, humans have been worshipping the sun, the ultimate teacher, the one who illuminates the sky and shines light into our heart and soul.

The Benefits of Surya Namaskara
Surya namaskara is one of the most complete practices of hatha yoga. The primary intention of this series of poses is to awaken the energy of the sun that normally lies dormant at the navel centre. Surya namaskara allows us to reach deep into our solar plexus and awaken and circulate the sun’s healing power to restore a radiant body and cultivate a clear, calm, and tranquil mind. With a couple of cycles of the sun salutation (traditionally 12 rounds), regularly applied, you can reap many of its benefits for body and mind:

  • Stimulate agni or your digestive fire and may aid in weight loss
  • Energize the nervous system for more clarity and focus
  • Balance the endocrine system and improves moods and emotional stability
  • Harmonize the energy flow throughout the body connecting the lower and upper extremities

 

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Like other classic yoga asanas, the surya namaskara is a way to enter the subtle body, allowing us to tap into our innate healing powers, increase vitality, and accelerate the process of rejuvenation. To derive all these benefits, however, we must take the practice beyond stretching. The spiritual dimension of surya namaskara is much more profound and fulfilling than the physical level of practice alone. When both the physical and spiritual aspects are strung together, the practice becomes Sutra Yoga – the kind of practice intended by masters like Patanjali, the compiler of the Yoga Sutra. A Sutra Yoga style of the sun salutation strings together (sutra) body, breath, mind, and soul with the healing and nurturing forces of the sun, and infuses life with serenity and inner awakening. In this way, the sun salutation becomes a complete practice of yoga, meditation, and spirituality.

This article is written by our in-house teacher Gwendolyn Wregar who has been practicing different styles of yoga on and off the mat for the last 10 years.
With her background in natural health and massage therapy she finds that yoga is a wonderful way of looking after one’s health and well-being. One of Gwen’s goals is to encourage others to find more balance in their lives, to feel more fulfilled and connected to themselves and the world around.

Join Gwen for an invigorating morning class and indulge in the glorious benefits of the Sun Salutations.

Weekdays:
Wednesdays & Friday morning: 7 – 8 am & 8 – 9 am
Thursday evening: 6-7 pm & 7-8 pm

Weekends: 8:30 – 10 am

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It takes two to yoga – first book by Zubin Atré!

Book Launch “It takes two to yoga”

It was launched at the charming Devang house cafe at Ashok hotel in Delhi this August, followed by a lively discussion on how the idea of writing a book fully dedicated to Partner yoga appeared and evolved, and what are the main aspects of practicing yoga with a partner. As a quintessence of the evening, the guests enjoyed a breathtaking performance by Sonu and Shikha from India Got Talent, demonstrating the beauty and the challenges of a partner yoga. (See photos of the event below)

“We have been offering partner yoga classes quite regularly at the AtréYoga Studio in Delhi. It started almost for fun with the students who regularly come to class, then the demand for partner yoga increased and we conceived specialised workshops entirely dedicated to partner yoga sessions. However, the idea of writing the book did not exactly evolved over time; it rather surfaced up suddenly when my editor Dharini Bhaskar, raised the idea to condense my experience with partner yoga into a manual that could allow a wider public to benefit from this amazing practice” – explains Zubin Atré.

When two people meld, the impact and the experience of their practice deepens on account of touch.

It Takes Two to Yoga moves beyond individual yogic practice and embraces the essence of yoga a term that, in fact, means a ‘union’ or a ‘yoking together’. It considers asanas that two people can practice as one whether they are colleagues, couples, parents or friends to deepen the impact of postures.

After hand-holding readers through a series of preparatory poses, this book goes on to guide partners and couples through the minutiae of more than forty two-person postures among them, ‘butterfly arch’, where two bodies curve like the wings of a moth; ‘London bridge’, where two pairs of hands knot to form an overpass and ‘flying bow’, where one of two partners seems to levitate! Besides photographs, each posture comes with detailed practice instructions; The vision guiding the pose and how best to build awareness.

What makes It Takes Two to Yoga particularly special is its emphasis on touch. By focusing on this form of non-verbal communication, the book uses yoga as a tool to establish a connection that goes beyond the purely physical, rather, couples and partners, by practicing as one, come to embrace laughter, trust, compassion, forgiveness and an acceptance of each other’s limitations.

“It takes two to yoga” is now available in the bookstores across India, as well as on Amazon and Kindle (goo.gl/Xxl2El)

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Movember is here. Is your Moustache ready ?

 

movember_logo_2-What is ‘Movember’?

A linguistic blend of “Moustache” and “November”, it refers to the campaign launched in 2004 in Australia inviting men from all over the world to grow facial hair (preferably their moustache) during the month of November to raise awareness about men health and the prevention of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and depression.

Movember is now a global movement, running campaigns in Canada, USA, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, Finland and Spain.

Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

How does it work?

It is very simple: you start with a clean-shaven face on November 1 and you no longer shave until the end of the month. The idea is to generate awareness and educate the masses in a new and fun, avatar while working towards a cause.

This year, its more about the cause, what it represents and there are various ways through which the awareness can further be spread and gain more support, for instance, practicing yoga offers a host of benefits to lead a healthy lifestyle and have a peaceful mind. It is available to one and all anytime, anywhere! So gentlemen, support the cause for men’s health, invest in a yoga practice and stay happy.

385878_2638736283148_1560637511_nZubin Atré, has been an avid supporter of the movement for years now and this time he would be hosting a session of 90 minutes at AtréYoga Studio this November. Yoga Dudes, come and sport your moustache, start a conversation and help generate awareness about Men’s health. Ladies, you too are welcomed to come along with your better halves and participate in this cause.

Movember_nailartWomen too can participate in the project by pushing their men to grow out moustaches and getting them to be active as part of Movember’s new “Move” initiative and or getting some cute nailart done and donate to the cause.

To know more about the movement, read here.

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Adam & God fist bump

MichelAngelo_fistbump   Don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway !

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Workplace Ergonomics

The term ‘Ergonomics’ refers to the study of people’s efficiency at the workplace. Working on desktops and laptops constantly in a certain posture for hours have proven to be hazardous causing pain and discomfort to oneself.  Drooped, stiff shoulders, lower back pain, strained eyes, fatigue….sound familiar?

The video below shows our current posture while using the computer and how healthy one might feel with a little awareness of basic suggestions and safety tips.  Adopting these habits will benefit adults and children alike and prevent occupational work, school or home stress or disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, hunched shoulders, when using computer devices:

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