January 11, 2019
Morning Yoga

Yoga in the Morning – The Perfect Start to the Day!

Yoga is booming in popularity across the world as never before. This can be attributed to the ease and flexibility that yoga provides, and the multiple benefits it brings to its practitioners. No wonder, several young and energetic practitioners are taking up advanced Yoga Instructor Certification to set up schools of their own. If you indulge in some focused physical activity in the morning – be it yoga or something else – you’re more apt to continue in a healthy vein all day long. If you cultivate it as a daily habit, you will soon notice a wide variety of changes to your body, mind, and much, much more. And what better choice than some smooth yoga poses that can help you fully wake up, stimulate the body’s blood flow, balances the hormonal system and kick start the daily detox process?! A mere five-minute training window can change your whole […]
January 8, 2019

Want to do better at work? It’s time to take up Yoga!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. For setting new goals and to create your New Year’s’ Resolution. With yet another year drawing to a close, now’s the time to reflect on the accomplishments and setbacks of the days gone by. Doing so not only helps us evaluate ourselves but also provides an opportunity to set our sails and chart a better course for the year ahead. If you yearn (who wouldn’t?) to become healthier in both mind and body, you should definitely get into yoga. A yoga teacher training can bring a number of health benefits including improved flexibility, muscle strength and a boost to the immune system. That’s not all. Experts also say yoga practice can have a positive effects on performance in the workplace. Companies are increasingly opting for yoga practice sessions at the workplace. All in a bid to boost productivity and employee morale. A […]
December 18, 2018
practice yoga

What’s The Best Time To Practice Yoga?

If you are planning to join a yoga teacher training and intend to make yoga an integral part of your daily regimen, you might well be wondering about the optimal time of day for yoga practice. The good thing is that there is never a bad time to practice yoga! What’s more important is that you practice yoga regularly — as both morning and evening practices offer a lot of benefits. Whether you do it right after you wake up or before going to bed, the time of your yoga practice is entirely up to you. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to stimulate your body before retiring to bed, so a certain understanding on which asanas to choose at what time of the day is essential. Choosing the time of day to practice can depend on many different factors. The yoga practice sessions can be planned in […]
November 29, 2018

The Spiritual Side of Yoga – What it Means and How to Achieve it

While most people take up yoga training for its physical benefits, the practice of yoga can benefit us in various other ways. Yoga is deeply rooted in spirituality and many of the postures have deeper objectives that go beyond simple stretching and strengthening of muscles. The holistic effect that is attained through yoga enables practitioners to not only improve their physical strength and flexibility, but also their emotions, mentality and concentration. This ancient science goes far beyond the mere physical aspects, by way of deepening the connection between mind, body and most important of all, the spirit. The spiritual aspect of yoga can help yogis develop integration of the inner being as well as oneness with the Supreme Consciousness. And it all starts with the body and the asanas or postures. In yoga, the nature and environment that surrounds us is essential, witnessed in the many Sanskrit and English terms […]
November 22, 2018
Practicing Yoga

Practicing Yoga – How Much is Too Much?

If you are a student of yoga who wishes to continue learning and evolve into an “advanced” yoga teacher training practitioner, the first question to ask yourselves is: “How should I do it?” One cannot have a “serious” practice by taking occasional short term classes or exploring various styles without any cohesive direction. All of us require experienced guidance taking into account our individual personalities, traits, circumstances and most importantly, our drawbacks. Only an experienced yoga guru can guide and train along a certain path that will help us achieve our desired goals, while at the same time evolving as individuals in the process. In fact in the past, gurus used to tailor the daily practice according to their students’ personal needs. This is still done at the Himalayan Yoga Institute to this day, and is a special addition on all our yoga teacher training courses. No matter where a […]
November 6, 2018
Breathing Exercise

9 Yogic Breathing Practices for Mind-Body Balance and Healing

Breathing is the very essence of life and the first thing we do when we enter this world and the last thing when we depart. In between, our bodies absorb roughly half a billion breaths. Apart from sustaining life, the mind, body and breath are so intimately connected that they deeply influence each other. The way we breathe is influenced by our state of mind, and in turn our thoughts and physiology can be influenced by our breathing. Deep breathing practices advocated in advanced yoga training can have a positive impact on our physiology, both body and mind. For thousands of years, Yoga and Ayurveda have employed breathing techniques (pranayama) to maintain, balance and restore physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It results in several physiological benefits, achieved through the control of respiration. The benefits of a regulated practice of simple, deep yogic breathing include: Muscle Relaxation Increase in energy […]
September 19, 2018

Can Yoga help improve one’s state of mind?

The field of mental health is witnessing an upsurge in popularity of various mind-body healing techniques that address issues ranging from stress relief to mood and anxiety disorders. The combination of proven western psychology and eastern mind-body practices such as yoga have become an effective antidote to emotional and psychological issues. Mindfulness skills learned in advanced yoga teacher trainings can help in recognizing mood shifts and develop coping strategies. Yoga and Meditation According to spiritual philosophy, mindful meditation is defined as that which maintains attention on something specific (say, one’s breath), with the focus on retaining beneficial (as opposed to negative) thoughts. Reduction of suffering (emotional and physical) and the increase in vitality and full life potential is inherent in the yoga philosophy. A yoga routine that incorporates meditation works on increasing one’s awareness of the present as opposed to resisting or attempting to avoid uncomfortable and negative thoughts. Meditation […]
September 5, 2018
Surya Namaskar

The Multiple Benefits of ‘Surya Namaskar’

The sun is revered the world over as a symbol of energy and vibrant life. One of the most popular routines in the advanced yoga teacher training, the ‘Surya Namaskar’ has showing gratitude to the sun as its essence. It also connects us to the solar powers within, activating piungala nadii. The Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is a graceful sequence of twelve yoga asanas (postures) performed as one continuous routine. This sequence of postures is designed to bring your body, mind and breath together to work in harmony. Commonly performed in the early morning, it works to revitalize your body and refresh your mind, leaving one feeling energetic throughout the day. The routine also helps one unwind when performed in the evening. The postures in the sequence stress on controlled breathing, exercising the spine, along-with invigorating and calming poses, thus offering many health benefits. Here are a few tangible benefits […]
August 31, 2018
Yoga Nidra

How A Bit Of Sleep Can Improve Your Overall Yoga Experience

Yoga works to not only build strength, flexibility and focus, but also brings a deep sense of calm to the body and mind. A yoga teacher training offers the opportunity to rejuvenate your mind while also adding vigour to your body. It is recommended to close your daily yoga session with a stint of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep). A valuable addition to any yoga training session, it helps you become aware of the different parts of your body while relaxing them. While a yoga session results in increased energy levels in the body, Yoga Nidra helps to consolidate and conserve this energy. This serves to relax the entire body, preparing it for meditation. Performing Yoga Nidra Lie on your back in corpse pose (Shavasana). Relax, close your eyes and draw in a few deep breaths and exhale. Make sure that your breathing is slow and relaxed. Focus your attention on […]