Category: Publications

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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Yoga for Scuba Divers

For divers, yoga may be one of the best practice in order to increase ones lung capacity. Zubin Atré  teaches yogic breathing and how it can be integrated with a few postures so that more oxygen can flow through efficiently and help divers be more relaxed deep underwater.

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walaa hafez Diver Walaa Hafez breaks World Guinness Book record on June 4 2015 with longest scuba dive open salt water at Sharm El Naga, Egypt. His record time is 51 hours.24 min. 13 sec. Click the link for video

 

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Pulling Strings

Orignally published in TIMEOUT DELHI by Arunima Mazumdar

Turn up, tune in, drop out with a session of sitar yoga It’s a quiet Sunday morning at Shahpur Jat. The shops are shut and the dogs are curled up beside the roadside tea-stalls. A handful of us have assembled at Atré Yoga Studio, watching the sun rays silently forcing its way through the partly-open balcony doors, creating abstract art on the colourful yoga mats laid out on the floor. A sitar leans on a wall in one corner of the room. “Yoga allows one to handle situations effortlessly, and music is the language of emotions,” said Zubin Atré, founder of AtréYoga, explaining the concept behind his “sitar yoga” sessions. “When yoga is practised with music, it nourishes the experience and takes it beyond just performing an asana.”

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Started in 2009, AtréYoga is an initiative that celebrates the ancient art of yoga in new ways. Atré, who was introduced to yoga by his father at the age of three, has been trying to combine it with other distinct forms. It was at a yoga jam session at Atré Yoga Studio four years ago that Atré met sitar player Galen Passen. “We spoke about combining these two graceful practices together and the idea clicked,” Atré said. “We met again and practiced it together, and it took us less than ten minutes to realise that we were on the same frequency and what we were doing was making a lot of sense.”

Atré begins every sitar yoga session with the padmasana (lotus pose) and Passen settles beside him with his sitar. Atré, with his eyes closed, focuses on the lingering pulse of the sitar, which is gradually roused to life by Passen. Atré begins the warm-up stretches, before slowly moving on to the sitting asanas. Unlike other yoga classes, there are no vocal instructions. The idea is to enjoy the flow of yoga and sitar together. Thus, the mats are arranged in a way that every individual is able to see either Atré or the person in front of them. The sitar melody created by Passen miraculously appears to be in sync with the flow of body movements. The asanas rise and fall like a chain reaction in slow motion. Sometimes, the sitar catches up with the pace of the class and sometimes, it is the other way round.

The 90-minute sitar yoga session is more about wellness than fitness and Atré’s target audience is universal. “Anyone who aims to experience yoga beyond the basic asana is welcome,” he said. “We have people of all ages and from all backgrounds coming in. I would recommend the sessions for people with hectic lifestyles and urge them to take some time out to feel the wakefulness and awareness of the mind, and the relaxation of the body, at the same time.”

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Biomechanics of the Sun Salutation

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Yoga for Trekkers

Hello Yogis! Trekking can be hard on your muscles. Use this simple yoga routine to improve your strength and prevent common trekking-related injuries.
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Yoga for Climbers

Yoga helps enhance all the other practices in your life. Zubin Atré provides guidelines in The Outdoor Journal to help climbers with their practice.

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Bio Mechanics of the Sun-Salutation

Zubin Atré regularly holds workshops on Bio Mechanics of the Sun Salutation at AtréYoga Studio.This article details the minutiae of the most fundamental cycle in yoga and was first published in the Outdoor Journal.

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