Nov 152015
 

SANSKRIT WORD ROOTS OF ASANA NAMES

MAKING THEM EASIER TO UNDERSTAND

Sanskrit Names for Asanas

If you are not sure what to do when the teacher calls for “Utkatasana”, or, can’t quite tell “Hasta padangusthasana” apart from “Chaturanga Dandasana”, or,  not clearly visualising “Prasarita Padottanasana”, or can’t get your mouth around “Utthitta Chaturanga Dandasaana”, here is some help! 

What is in a Name!

Two basic things make identification of asanas (poses) easier:

String of Pearls

First, you must know that those long Sanskrit words are in fact like strings of pearls. This is something peculiar to Sanskrit. For example, Paschimottanasana has 4 words in it:

  • Paschima (West or backside of the body);
  • Utt (intense)
  • tana (stretch);
  • Asana (pose).

Learning to identify the smaller words within the long name makes it easier not only to recognize but also helps to pronounce.

Common Mother Language

The second important point is that, in English (as well as other languages), we use words that are distant cousins to Sanskrit.

According to linguists, there are nineteen families of languages in the world, and the languages of the western world have developed from one original tongue. No written record exists of this mother tongue, but strong similarities between words in different western languages, called Indo-European languages, point to a common origin. With the demise of Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT), newer theories have come up, but here is an indicative chart according to accepted theories at present:

Sanskrit_Language Tree

Many opinions are afloat even about the age of the Sanskrit. The oldest form of Sanskrit is Rigvedic (or Vedic)Sanskrit; so, some estimates can be made about the age of Sanskrit from the age of Vedas. Various postulates in vogue are:

  • The modern linguists place the age of the first book of Vedas, the Rig Veda, at about 1800 B.C., placing Sanskrit at 3,800 years of age.
  • Astronomical references in the Vedas, however, provide some broad approximations that help date the beginning of the tradition. Some Vedic notices mark the beginning of the year at the vernal equinox in Orion; this was the case around 4500 B.C. This places Sanskrit at 6,500 years of age.
  • Atreya, a descendant of Hindu sage Atri, was a well-known Ayurvedic expert from 6th century BCE.  Having lived in India for many years, he stated in Practical Atreya, “Ayurveda has very old roots, long before recorded history. Hinduism is a much later manifestation of the Vedic culture. Theoral tradition states that the first of the Vedas was composed about 40,000 years ago. This comes from my personal (Atreya’s) dialogs with yogis and teachers in India.  The oral traditions are still very much alive in India, when valuable information is passed orally from teacher to student”. This account implies that Ayurveda, and Sanskrit, have existed for approximately 42,000 years.
  • Some Indian Vedic scholars believe that creation, and so, Sanskrit – the divine language, is more than 2 billion years old.

Even according to first postulate, the oldest languages of the Indo-European family are Sanskrit (1800 B.C.), Greek (800 B.C.) and Latin (500 B.C.) French is a direct descendant of Latin, and about half of English words come from French. The Anglo-Saxon side of English, related to German, is also part of the big Indo-European family. According to Indian scriptures, Vedic language, which is the mother of Sanskrit, is said to be the mother of all languages.

One day in yoga class, this very obvious link was pointed out to me. I was explaining to the students that the asana they were doing was Janushirasana, and further expanded that janu meant knee and shir meant head. One student pointed out immediately that in French, the word for knee is genou, and is similarly pronounced like janu. There are so many other similar sounding words in languages : mother is ‘matri’ in Sanskrit, brother is ‘bhrata’, mrta is Sanskrit for dead or corpse and, in French, mort means death or dead and then goes on into English to show up again in mortuary (a place for the dead). This is a long list….

The Names of Asanas

Sanskrit Alphabets

Since the late 19th century, Sanskrit has been written mostly with the Devanagari alphabets. However it has also been written with all the other alphabets of India, except Gurmukhi and Tamil, and with other alphabets such as Thai and Tibetan. The Grantha, Sharda and Siddham alphabets are used only for Sanskrit. Since the late 18th century, Sanskrit has also been written with the Latin alphabet. The most commonly used system is the International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration (IAST), which was been the standard for academic work since 1912.

Devanagari alphabets for Sanskrit

Vowels and vowel diacritics (ghosha)

Sanskrit Vowels

 

Consonants (vyanjana)

Sanskrit Consonants

 

Conjunct consonants (sanyoga)

There are about a thousand conjunct consonants, most of which combine two or three consonants. There are also some with four-consonant conjuncts and at least one well-known conjunct with five consonants. Here are some of the commonly-used conjuncts:

Sanskrit Conjunct Consonants

 

Pronunciation.

Do your best, keeping in mind that intention is important. Sanskrit is an implosive language – when you say Sanskrit words, the sound vibrations influence marmas, nadis and chakras.

Pronunciation of Sanskrit alphabets can be guttural, palatal, cerebral, dental or labial:

Sanskrit Names

Word Roots for Names of Asanas

The word-roots for names of asanas are mostly from four categories:

  1. anatomy
  2. animals
  3. sages and deities, and
  4. shapes of objects.

Additionally, names of poses are further broken down into numbers and characteristics of the pose. As we get acquainted with some of these basic translations within the asana, then the longer names of asanas start to become easily comprehensible.

Anatomy:

  1. Pada: foot/ leg (pied in French means foot, while pedestrian in English denotes someone on foot)
  2. Hasta: hand
  3. Anguli: fingers
  4. Angustha: big toe
  5. Janu: knee
  6. Shira or Shirsha: head
  7. Mukha: face
  8. Karna: ear
  9. Jathara: stomach
  10. Anga: limb
  11. Bhuja: arm
  12. Sarvanga: (sarva) whole (ang) body
  13. Shava: corpse
  14. Prana: breath/ lifeforce
  15. Pashchima: west direction (back side of body)
  16. Purva: east direction (front side of body)

Animals:

  1. Shvana: dog
  2. Bheka: frog
  3. Baka: crow
  4. Ushtra: camel
  5. Go: cow
  6. bhujanga: snake/ serpent
  7. kapota: pidgeon/ dove
  8. kurma: turtle
  9. matsya: fish
  10. shalabha: locust/ grasshopper

Sages and Deities:

  1. Bharadvaja: a sage; also the father of famous archer, Drona, who trained the cousins who would later became rivals and fight the famous war Mahabharata, of which Bhagwad Geeta is an excerpt.
  2. Garuda: was the king of the eagles; Garuda once provided transportation and carried Lord Vishnu to the aid of devotee, Gajendra who was in a life threatening situation.
  3. Marichi: son of Brahma and grandfather of Surya the sun god.
  4. Matsyendra: Lord of the Fishes; a fish heard all the teachings when Shiva was imparting knowledge of Yoga to Parvati. Shiva gave him divine form to then spread the knowledge of yoga.
  5. Surya: Sun god
  6. Virabhadra: the great warrior who sprang to Shiva’s aid to seek revenge on his father-in-law.
  7. Nataraja: one of the names of Shiva, the lord of the dance.
  8. Hanuman: chief of the monkey army; one of Rama’s greatest devotees who came to his aid. Hanuman made huge leaps across the sea- first to find Sita and then to save Rama’s brother.

Shapes of Objects:

  1. Parigha: gate latch
  2. Hala: plough, plow
  3. Vriksha: tree
  4. Tula: scales
  5. Tada: mountain or Palm tree
  6. Setu: bridge
  7. Nava: boat
  8. Mudra: seal
  9. Dhanur: bow
  10. Danda: rod/ staff/ stick
  11. Chandra: moon
  12. Vira: hero
  13. Asana: pose/ posture

Numbers:

  1. Eka: one
  2. Dwi: two, both (dwa in Polish, pronounced dva)
  3. Tri: three (trois in French)
  4. Chatur: four (cztery in Polish, pronounced ch-terry)
  5. Pancha: five
  6. Shat: six
  7. Sapta: seven
  8. Ashta: eight
  9. Nava: nine
  10. Dasha or Dasham: ten

Characteristics:

  1. Adho: downward
  2. Urdhva: raised/ upward
  3. Utthitta: extended, stretched.
  4. Parivritta: revolved
  5. Baddha: tied/ bound
  6. Supta: reclining/ sleeping
  7. Uttana: (utt) intense, (tan) stretch
  8. Sthiti: stability
  9. Upavistha: seated
  10. Prasarita: spread out
  11. Ardha: half
  12. Salamba: with support
  13. Nirlamba: without support
  14. Kona: angle
  15. Pida: pressure

These are only some of the representative root words.

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Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

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Bhangra refers to Punjabi-style dancing!

Bhangra dance is based on music from a dhol, folk singing, and chimta.Bhangra is a highly energetic dance. Dancing fiercely and with great pride, dancers typically add nonsensical, random noises to their dancing.
Bhangra dance has expanded into the world of fitness and is accepted as a form of intense exercise. It is an excellent form of exercise as well as entertainment.

Bhangra has been first known to offspring to North America about 100 years ago with the first generation of Punjabi Americans that immigrated to California. Bhangra competitions have been active in the United States and Canada for over 25 years. North America has a great history of elite bhangra competitions and bhangra teams.

In the West, unlike in the Punjab, there is less emphasis on traditional songs and more focus on the flow of a mix; many teams mix traditional bhangra music with hip-hop or rock songs.

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Jan 162015
 

Vipashyana or Vipassana or Breath Awareness Meditation

A part of Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Therapy (DSBH Therapy)

Vipashyana or Vipassana

Vipashyana, or Vipassana, or Breath Awareness Meditation, comes from the source of Yoga, the Vedas – the books of knowledge.

Rig Veda, handed over for thousands of years from generation to generation through shruti, and written in 1700 BC (?), mentions the technique of Vipashyana and is full of praise for Vipashyana in Mandala 10, Sukta 187, Rik 4 :

यो विश्वा॒भि वि॒पश्य॑ति॒ भुव॑ना॒ सं च॒ पश्य॑ति ।

स नः॑ पर्ष॒दति॒ द्विषः॑ ॥

yaḥ ǀ viśvā ǀ abhi ǀ vi-paśyati ǀ bhuvanā ǀ sam ǀ ca ǀ paśyati ǀ

saḥ ǀ naḥ ǀ parṣat ǀ ati ǀ dviṣaḥ ǁ

Yo vishvabhih vipashyati bhuvanah sam cha pashyati

sa nah parshadati dvishah.

One who practices Vipashyana in a perfect way, comes out of all aversion and anger – the mind becomes pure.

Vipashyana is a Sanskrit word. ‘Vi’ in Sanskrit is equivalent to the Latin ‘dis’.” ‘Pashya’ in Sanskrit means ‘to see’. The ‘vi’ in vipashyana may then mean to look into, look through or to see in a special way.’ The ‘vi’ can also function as an intensive, and thus vipashyana may mean ‘seeing deeply’. 

In Budhism, a synonym for ‘Vipassana’ is paccakkha (Pāli); this is a deformed sound of ‘pratyakṣha’ in Sanskrit,  which means ‘right in front of your eyes’, or, ‘what is very obvious’, refers to direct experiential perception. Thus, the type of seeing denoted by vipashyana is that of direct perception, as opposed to the knowledge derived from reasoning or argument. Its nature is a clarity of mind.

Mahatma Budha, a well-known exponent of this Yogic technique of Vipashyana, popularized this technique through his teachings. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, a Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist monk defined Vipassanā as:

Looking into something with clarity and precision, seeing each component as distinct and separate, and piercing all the way through so as to perceive the most fundamental reality of that thing”

Pranapanasmriti, or prAnapanasmriti (Sanskrit) , or Anapanasati (Pali) is mindfulness of breath. This is a core meditation practice which is simpler than, and a stepping stone to, Vipashyana. Pranapanasmriti or Anapanasmriti comes from Sanskrit word roots Prana (upward breath) + Apana (downward breath) + Smriti (memory, or to remember, or to be mindful of). So, this reminds one to focus on, and remember, or be mindful of, the breath! This is a part of most mindfulness programs based on breath awareness. But one has to practice these to derive the benefits; mere knowledge of the techniques is not enough!

More references to breath awareness meditation in Vedic literature and the importance of breath can be found here.

The Practice of Vipashyana or Vipassana or Breath Awareness Meditation

We humans are subject to innumerable limitations. We are imprisoned in the body and the stratosphere of the earth itself. We are slaves to the inevitability of sickness, age, and death – we have to face it at one or the other time. There is no-one who really controls his life fully, attains all his goals, and knows no setbacks of any kind! Meditation shows the way to self-awakening, the way to freedom from suffering and limitation.

We have lost awareness of our true Self through awareness of external objects, and become habituated, even addicted, to objective consciousness. Meditation shows us the way to remembrance and restoration. Meditation is the process of re-centering our awareness in the principle of pure consciousness which is our essential being. By focusing on breath – the meeting place of body, mind, and spirit, we can reverse our consciousness.

The breath is connected with body, emotions and mind – breath is calm when the body, emotions and mind are calm, and agitated or labored when these are agitated or labored. That is why we exhale heavily when we feel exhausted and inhale enthusiastically when feeling energized or exhilarated.

Breath exists on all planes of manifestation. Breath is external manifestation of Prana, the vital force. Breath is gross Prana. Breath is Sthula (gross), Prana is Sukshma (subtle). By exercising control over this breathing you can control the subtle Prana inside. Control of Prana means control of mind. Mind cannot operate without the help of Prana. The vibrations of Prana produce thoughts in the mind. Mind works because of Prana – it is Prana that sets the mind in motion. It is the Sukshma Prana that is intimately connected with the mind. Prana is the connecting link between annamaya kosha on one hand and manomaya kosha, vigyanamaya kosha and anandamaya kosha on the other hand, or, matter and energy on the one hand and consciousness and super consciousness on the other.

Koshas

By sitting with closed eyes and letting the mind become easily absorbed in observing and experiencing the movements of the breath, we expand our consciousness to meet the eternal Super Consciousness. We start with awareness of the ordinary physical breath, but that awareness, cultivated correctly, leads us into higher awareness which enables us to perceive the subtle movement behind the breath. Perception moves from subtle to subtler, to the subtlest.

From Consciousness to Super Consciousness

According to Yoga philosophy, all that is manifest came into being consequent to imbalance in sattwa, rajas and tamas, and Prana is the essence of all that is manifest. Prana is present all over the universe both in macrocosm and microcosm. Prana is the sum total of all energy that is manifest in the universe, the sum total of all the forces in nature, the sum total of all latent forces and powers which are hidden in men and which lie everywhere around us. Proper flow of Prana in our bodies assures their healthy state.

Prana is a subtle energy arising from rajo guna. It works as an interface between gross and subtle body, enabling all the psychophysical functions. This sometimes leads to confusion of prana with jiva. Though closely connected, prana is witnessed by the jiva which is floating in prana in the heart cavity. Prana’s movement leads to jiva’s identification with the gross body. Mundaka Upanishad says (3.1.9):

esho anur atma cetasa veditavya yasmin pranah pancadha samvivesha
pranais cittamsattvam otam prajanam yasmin vishuddhe vibhavatyesha atma

“The atomic soul can be perceived by perfect intelligence as floating in the five kinds of life airs (prana, apana, vyana, samana and udana). When the consciousness (that pervades from the soul through the entire body) is purified from the contamination of the five kinds of material airs, its spiritual influence is exhibited.”

The breath is the evolutionary force which causes us to enter into relative existence and manifest therein until we evolve to the point where we are ready to return to our original status, purified. To turn back from the multiplicity of relativity and return to our original unity we must center our awareness in that primal impulse to duality which is manifesting most objectively as the process of our physical inhaling and exhaling. These seemingly two movements are in reality one, inseparable from one another, and together are capable of leading us back to the Super Consciousness. Through our full attention focused on the entire process of inhalation and exhalation, we become immersed in the subtler levels of that alternating cycle, moving into deeper and deeper levels until we reach the originating point.

Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing – Vipashyana, or Vipasana, or Breath Awareness Meditation (BAM)

MBH breath awareness from Jitender K Sahdev

Simple and easy

Breath Awareness Meditation is simple and easy because it goes directly to the root – loss of awareness. The root cause of suffering lies in the memories of the past, or the plans of the future. Awareness of breath brings us back to the moment. Also, Breath Awareness Meditation is so natural and spontaneous that it teaches us about itself–the actual practice, its meaning, purpose and effect. The more we practice, the more our spiritual intuition comes to the fore and becomes our instructor. Breath is your teacher!

Stages of Development

  1. Bring your awareness to the upper lip or below the nostrils. 
  2. Observe the breathing in and breathing out in the fixed area of the upper lip or below the nostrils. 
  3. Maintain your attention in this area and gently bring your awareness back to this area if you are distracted. 
  4. Be a neutral observer.  Notice the temperature of the breaths, sensations below the nostrils or upper lip, and the rhythm while simply observing them.
  5. If you are not able to maintain your awareness in the fixed area, then:
    1. In the first stage, you can use counting to stay focused on the breath. After the exhale you count one, then you breathe in and out and count two, and so on up to ten, and then you start again at one.
    2. In the second stage, you subtly shift where you breathe, counting before the inhale, anticipating the breath that is coming, but still counting from one to ten, and then starting again at one.
    3. In the third stage you drop the counting and just watch the breath as it comes in and goes out.
    4. In the final stage the focus of concentration narrows and sharpens, so you pay attention to the subtle sensation on the tip of the nose where the breath first enters and last leaves the body.

The practice of Breath Meditation

  1. Sit comfortably, relaxed, with back and neck straight. 
  2. If you wear glasses, take them off.
  3. Place your left hand with palm facing up on your lap and place your right hand (palm up) on top of your left palm. Or, place your hands on your knees or thighs, palms up or down, or resting, one on the other, in your lap. 
  4. No background music – silence is the utmost important.
  5. Turn your eyes slightly downward and close them gently. Just closing your eyes reduces your brain-wave activity by about 75%, thus helping to calm the mind.
  6. Your mouth should be closed so all breathing is done through the nose. This, too, aids in quieting the mind. Mouth closed, jaw relaxed, so the upper and lower teeth are not clenched or touching one another, but parted a little.
  7. Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply three or four times, feeling the inhaling and exhaling breath moving in and out through your nostrils.
  8. Now breathe naturally and easy, keeping your awareness at the fixed spot, or on counting, as the case may be, feeling the breath as it flows in and out of your nostrils. Do not follow the breath in and out of your body, but just be aware of the breath movement sensation at the fixed spot.
  9. Keeping your awareness at the one spot, breathe naturally and calmly, observing the sensation of the breath moving there throughout all your inhalations and exhalations. This enables you to enter effortlessly into witnessing your breath.
  10. Do this for the rest of the meditation, letting your awareness rest gently on the breath at the chosen spot, and feeling the sensations of the breath moving there. After a while it may feel as though the breath is flowing in and out the spot more than the actual nostrils, or you may not feel the spot at all – just the breath moving at the location of the point. That is perfectly alright, but the focus of your attention should be only at that point–not somewhere else either outside or inside the body.
  11. Let the breath be. If the breath is naturally long, let it be so. If it is short, let it be so. If the inhalations and exhalations are of unequal length, that is just fine. Let the breath be natural and unforced, and just observe and experience it. In time, your breath will become more subtle and refined, and slow down. Sometimes your breath can become so light that it almost seems as though you are not breathing at all. At such times you may perceive that your inhaling and exhaling are more like a magnetic pull or flow in and out instead of actual breath movements. This occurs as the subtle life force (prana) that produces the breath switches back and forth in polarity from positive to negative. It is also normal for your breath awareness to move back and forth from more objective to more subtle and back to more objective.
  12. Sometimes the subtle breath is silent, but at other times you will inwardly “hear” the breath making sounds as it moves in and out. These will not be actual physical sounds, but very subtle mental sounds. They may be like the sounds made by forceful or heavy inhalation and exhalation; whatever they may be, just be calmly aware of them while staying centered on the breath.
  13. The breath is a kind of barometer of the subtle energies of body and mind. Sometimes it is very smooth, light and easy, and at other times it feels heavy, even constricted, or clogged, sticky, ragged, uneven, and generally uncomfortable and somehow feels ‘not right’. When this occurs, do not try to interfere with it or ‘make it better’. Rather, just relax and be calmly aware and let it be as it is. If you do this, the problem in the subtle energy levels which the breath is reflecting will correct itself and the breath will become easy and pleasant.
  14. In Breath Meditation we only focus our awareness on the breath at fixed spot, and not on any other point of the body. However, as you meditate you may become aware of one or more areas of your body at different times. Stay centered on your breath.
  15. Thoughts, impressions, memories, inner sensations, and the like may arise during meditation. Be calmly aware of all these things in a detached and objective manner. Let them come and go as they will, but keep your attention centered on the tip of the nose and your breath moving there. Be indifferent to any inner or outer phenomena. Breath Meditation produces peace, awareness and quiet joy in your mind as well as soothing radiations of energy in the physical and subtle bodies. Be calmly aware of all these things in a detached and objective manner–they are part of the transforming effect of meditation, and are perfectly alright, but keep your attention centered on your breath. Even though something feels very right or good when it occurs, it should not be forced or hung on to. It is not the experience we are after, but the effect.
  16. If you find yourself getting restless, distracted, fuzzy, anxious or tense, just inhale and exhale slowly and deeply a few times, feeling the inhaling and exhaling breath moving in and out through your nostrils, at the same time feeling that you are releasing and breathing out all tensions. Then resume meditation as before. Relaxation is the key to successful meditation practice.
  17. Keep in mind that Breath Meditation basically consists of being aware in a relaxed and easy manner of your breath as it moves in and out at the fixed spot.

At the end of your meditation, keep on being calmly aware of your breath moving in and out of your nose as you go about your various routine activities. In this way you can continue in the calm and clear state of meditation.

In between, in your meditation, it is good to check three things:

  1. Am I aware of the chosen spot?
  2. Am I continuously experiencing the movement or energy-flow of the breath at or in the chosen spot?
  3. Am I aware of the breath movement throughout the entire duration of each inhalation and exhalation?

These are the essential points of Breath Meditation.

Recommended Frequency and Duration:

  1. Week 1: 10 minute meditation – 2 times a day (morning and evening)
  2. Week 2: 20 minute meditation -2 times a day (morning and evening)
  3. Week 3: 30 minute meditation – 2 times a day (morning and evening)

 

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The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

Dec 092014
 

Registration Open for SAVY Chair Yoga Teacher Training

Chair Yoga Teacher Training 

SAVY Yoga Studios Proudly Announce

OPENING OF REGISTRATION

OF

SAVY Chair Yoga Teacher Training

 30 HOURS PROGRAM

WILL BE COUNTED TOWARDS RYT 500 PROGRAM

Learn and Apply it in Your Practice

World-Class Yoga teacher training in Canada

Under one of the top qualified faculty!

Join and immerse yourself in the sea of knowledge and practice!

 

Open to anyone looking to become a

Yoga Alliance Registered

RYT 500 Yoga Teacher

Or deepen their yoga practice

REGISTER NOW!

SAVY International Inc. is an RYS 200, and RYS 300 Yoga School

Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA

(We provide YTT in Yoga Retreats all around the world also)

We also offer RYT 200, Yoga Therapy, Breathing Educator and many other course.

Your Yoga Teacher Trainer – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, MBBS, Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Therapist /Yoga Teacher in London with over 38,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India, he utilizes Yoga as a stand-alone as well as complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients, for easing symptoms associated with disease, and more…. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

Join NOW and fulfill your aspirations! 

Payment plans available.

For schedule and any more details of the course, please contact Studio.

Register now!

Please click here and go to the relevant page.

Click here to learn more about choosing your Yoga Teacher Training wisely.

Click here to know about our other Yoga Teacher Training courses.

*Conditions apply.

Dec 092014
 

Registration Open for Prakriti, Doshas and Downdogs Teacher Training

 Prakriti, Doshas and Downdogs Teacher Training

SAVY Yoga Studios Proudly Announce

OPENING OF REGISTRATION

OF

SPECIALITY

Prakriti, Doshas and Downdogs Teacher Training

 85 HOURS PROGRAM

WILL BE COUNTED TOWARDS RYT 500 PROGRAM

Learn about your Constitution

And Yoga suitable for your Constitution

Apply it in Your Practice

World-Class Yoga teacher training in Canada

Under one of the top qualified faculty!

Join and immerse yourself in the sea of knowledge and practice!

WEEK-DAY PROGRAM STARTING ON

*FEBRUARY 18, 2015

Open to anyone looking to become a

Yoga Alliance Registered

RYT 500 Yoga Teacher

Or deepen their yoga practice

SAVY International Inc. is an RYS 200, and RYS 300 Yoga School

Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA

(We provide YTT in Yoga Retreats all around the world also)

We also offer RYT 200, Yoga Therapy, Breathing Educator and many other course.

Your Yoga Teacher Trainer – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, MBBS, Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Therapist /Yoga Teacher in London with over 35,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India, he utilizes Yoga as a stand-alone as well as complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients, for easing symptoms associated with disease, and more…. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

Join NOW and fulfill your aspirations! 

Payment plans available.

For schedule and any more details of the course, please contact Studio.

Register now!

Please click here and go to the relevant page.

Click here to learn more about choosing your Yoga Teacher Training wisely.

Click here to know about our other Yoga Teacher Training courses.

*Conditions apply.

Dec 042014
 

Registration Open for SAVY Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training Program

 Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training

SAVY Yoga Studios Proudly Announce

 

OPENING OF REGISTRATION

 

OF

SPECIALITY

SAVY Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training Program

 85 HOURS PROGRAM

WILL BE COUNTED TOWARDS RYT 500 PROGRAM

World-Class Yoga teacher training in Canada

Under one of the top qualified faculty!

Join and immerse yourself in the sea of knowledge and practice!

WEEK-END PROGRAM STARTING ON

*JANUARY 4, 2015

Open to anyone looking to become a

Yoga Alliance Registered

RYT 500 Yoga Teacher

Or deepen their yoga practice

SAVY International Inc. is an RYS 200, and RYS 300 Yoga School

Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA

(We provide YTT in Yoga Retreats all around the world also)

We also offer RYT 200, Yoga Therapy, Breathing Educator and many other course.

Your Teacher Trainer – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc. (Alternative Medicine), Ph.D. (Alternative Medicine),MD (Alternative Medicine), M.B.,B.S., Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher in London ON, with almost three decades of experience as a practicing Surgeon and  over 38,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India, he utilizes Yoga as a stand-alone as well as complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients, for easing symptoms associated with disease, and more…. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

Join NOW and fulfil your aspirations! 

For schedule and any more details of the course, please contact Studio.

Register now!

Please click here and go to the relevant page.

Click here to learn more about choosing your Yoga Teacher Training wisely.

Click here to know about our other Yoga Teacher Training courses.

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Dec 012014
 

SAVY Inferno Yoga

SAVY Inferno Yoga

 

LET THE TAPAS – THE INNER FLAME – FIRE YOU UP!

SAVY Inferno Yoga is the kind of intense yoga routine with advanced ‘tapas’ , which awakens fire in each muscle fiber in your body!

It joins the mind, breath, body and one can streamline a life which is mentally, physically, spiritually and socially optimum.

Inferno Yoga is the best yoga technique for the young in age and at heart since it has the ability to make one feel younger, healthier and bursting with energy!

It needs a lot of focus, energy, stamina, will power, flexibility.

Take it if you can!

With

Challenging yoga poses,

Energizing rounds of Sun Salutations,

Rejuvenating Breathing exercises,

Connecting Primordial Sound Chanting. 

Relaxing Meditation,

Awakening Yoga Nidra,

Cleansing & detoxifying Kriyas,

And more unique benefits of other Yoga elements,

This is one of the most complete & healing yoga routines on this planet!

 

 

Let this SAVY Inferno Yoga routine shows you some real stuff!!!

 

Come and check out this 100% pure Yoga routine

Learn and practice this routine and see yourself getting healthier by leaps and bounds.

Experience the grandeur, challenge, authenticity, depth and expanse of yoga

Feel the burning in your muscles, the fire in your body, and the yearning in your soul

With the spirit of Yoga totally uncompromised!

Come and witness the potential of pure yoga!

 Learn all that directly under expert guidance of one of the most qualified faculty in the world!

SAVY Inferno Yoga Workshop at South London SAVY Yoga Studio

You are most welcome to  learn this routine and stay healthy.

This series is held every month.

Here are the details of the workshop:

  • Time: On Thursday: 5:45 PM – 6:45 AM
  • Where: SAVY International North London Studio at 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9
  • Formats: 1 Class every week for One Month (4 Class package)
  • Batches: One batch per month.
  • Commitment: A commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). Missed classes will not be compensated in any way.

Please check the exact schedule and time below. 

 

Established benefits of Yoga:

  • Improved General Health
  • Longevity
  • Anxiety Relief
  • Stronger Bones
  • Healthier Heart
  • Healthy Weight
  • Lower Stress Levels
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Improved Lung Capacity
  • Improved Brain Function
  • Greater Sense of Balance
  • Better mind-body connexion
  • Better Sexual Function  & Libido
  • Lower Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetics
  • Relief from Chronic Back Pain and Neck Pain
  • Better over-all quality of life & much more…

The salient features of London Yoga Classes of SAVY Healing Yoga are:

  • Comprehensive, authentic, world class teaching and knowledge-base in all aspects of Yoga
  • Authentic Ashtanaga and Vinyasa Yoga training based on true, traditional Yoga from India
  • Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Kriyas. Chakras, Kundalini Awakening, Shatkarma, Marma, Mantra etc
  • Clear, concise, to-the-point instruction and individualized care
  • One of the most qualified, experienced, international faculty, well-trained in India with excellent teaching skills
  • Yoga School with highest ranking of RYS 500 – we train yoga teachers up to the highest rank
  • Yoga Therapy services for all diseases available
  • Wonderful, knowledgeable, stable, regular, supportive, warm, welcoming yoga community
  • Unique, specialized yoga classes – Sukshma Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Deep Stretch Yoga, Yoga for Face, Meditation Classes, Sun and Moon Salutations, Pranayama etc
  • Workshops on interesting Yoga topics from time to time
  • Delve deep into the field of Yoga – Keep learning and sharing knowledge
  • Suitable time of classes
  • Small size of even group classes
  • Small Class Yoga for smaller groups
  • Private sessions also available
  • Decent studio  and studio setting – enjoy the character and warmth of the Victorian heritage building
  • Authentic Yoga at reasonable rates

Learn all that directly under expert guidance of one of the most qualified faculty in the world!

Please fill up your Registration and Waiver Form through London Yoga Classes page.

Sign up today and live life to your full potential.

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Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

Nov 272014
 

Black Friday Yoga Sale – $99 for 99 Days

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HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY

&

HAPPY SHOPPING!

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We weren’t sure if we should do this…

But here we are doing it anyway. We must love you guys too much!

On Friday, November 28 at 12.01am we are launching a huge sale.

We know you’ve seen a lot of Black Friday sales…but this is a little different.

We’re discounting yoga classes the way that’s unheard of!

But we want to help as many yogis as possible have meaningful experience, so a Black Friday sale is a must.

And these sales are ridiculous. I’m basically paying YOU to do and learn yoga with us!

So this Friday (and Friday ONLY!) beginning at 12.01 am until 11.59 pm , we are discounting our yoga classes and teacher trainings like never before!

Yep. All of them.

  • $99 for 99 Days of Yoga (Get your ticket below)*
  • $200 off our Yoga Teacher Training (in addition to already insane World’s Most Economical Prices; get it from Studio!)*
  • $100 off our SAVY Business Bootcamp to be held in February, 2015 (Get it from Studio!)*

There are limited numbers available. So, they are available till quantities last.

So, just hurry up!

Eventbrite - Black Friday Yoga Sale – $99 for 99 Days

Practise and learn real yoga with one of the most qualified and experienced faculty in the world!

SAVY Yoga is one of the most complete, healthful and safe yoga routines on this planet!

JOIN CLASSES AT 

Serene, Calm, Quiet, Beautiful, Decent

SOUTH LONDON YOGA STUDIO 

(Lots of Free parking available)

Embrace tranquility with this offer.

Salient features of London Yoga Classes at SAVY:

  • Comprehensive, authentic, world class teaching and knowledge-base in all aspects of Yoga
  • Authentic Ashtanaga and Vinyasa Yoga training based on true, traditional Yoga from India
  • Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Kriyas. Chakras, Kundalini Awakening, Shatkarma, Marma, Mantra etc
  • Clear, concise, to-the-point instruction and individualized care
  • One of the most qualified, experienced, international faculty, well-trained in India with excellent teaching skills
  • Yoga School with highest ranking of RYS 200, RYS 300 – we train yoga teachers up to the highest rank
  • Yoga Therapy services for all diseases available
  • Wonderful, knowledgeable, stable, regular, supportive, warm, welcoming yoga community
  • Unique, specialized yoga classes – Sukshma Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Deep Stretch Yoga, Yoga for Face, Meditation Classes, Sun and Moon Salutations, Pranayama etc
  • Workshops on interesting Yoga topics from time to time
  • Delve deep into the field of Yoga – Keep learning and sharing knowledge
  • Suitable time of classes
  • Small size of even group classes
  • Small Class Yoga for smaller groups
  • Private sessions also available
  • Decent studio setting – enjoy the calm, serene surroundings
  • Plenty of Free Parking
  • Most affordable Yoga Classes

 

Terms and Conditions:  Black Friday Yoga Sale 2014 (BFYS14) not valid with any other offers. For first timers only – you’ll be considered a first timer if you’ve not attended any class at SAVY Studios in last six months. Non-refundable, non-transferable, cannot be shared. No cash-back/ credit. Please present it when you come for classes. Valid for 99 days from the date of purchase. Promotional value and Gift Certificate expire on March 8. Total value expires if registered and used even once. One buy for personal use, unlimited for gifts. Unlawful to duplicate. Valid for group (Green and Yellow) classes at specified location(s) only. Not applicable for Special/ Yoga Therapy/ Master Classes. Please register online and pre-book your class. SAVY International Inc. reserves the right to alter the terms & conditions and prices at discretion.  *Conditions apply.

Please be in time for the class.

To claim your Yoga Classes

  • Fill up Registration Form
  • Call at 519-701-2609 or email at savyint@gmail.com to pre-book your place in class.
  • Please like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/savyinternationalinc and subscribe to newsletter on website for latest updates and offers.

Book your spot for a YOGA CLASS and enjoy

See you on the mat!
HAVE A GOOD DAY!
NAMASTEY!

Merry Christmas 2014

 Promotions, SAVY NEWSLETTER, Yoga  Comments Off on Merry Christmas 2014
Nov 162014
 

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Merry Christmas

&

A Very Happy New Year 2015

in advance!

 

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Christmas Yoga Special

We, at SAVY, are celebrating our 4th Christmas with you here in London!

We thank you for all the trust and faith you have placed in us and for staying with us!

For all that SAVY has been able to accomplish with your support during these years, please check SAVY Storyline here.

Winter has set in, Christmas is close by, 2015 is just around the corner, and it is time for festivities!

And it’s raining gifts for all savvy SAVY Yogis!

SAVY, as you know well, stands for the best and the safest in the field of Yoga, Yoga Education, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Research and related fields.

With Christmas, our incomparable offers for Yoga Classes are back.

On this occasion, in line with our promise of bringing the best to you at the most affordable rates, we have kept SAVY Studios the most affordable Yoga Studios in London. Keeping our promise of providing the most economical Yoga Classes in Canada too, we have more good news for you here!

99-Yoga Classes for $99*

*Conditions apply

Available till quantities last.

So, just hurry up!

Click here to claim your Christmas Gift Certificate

We prefer cash at Studio.

Also,

You can enjoy the best in healing yoga

With our

Unlimited Yoga for 2015

at

Less than $6/ Class*

(*Conditions apply)

These are the minimum rates for the most complete and healthful yoga classes in London!

So, grab your card now!

You can also let your friends know of these unbeatable plans!

50 PLUS

We bring these specifically designed classes more suitable for the 50+ friends. Please check the details by clicking on the image. We also offer on-site classes. If you have a small group (>5) and want to be taught at your place, please contact us. We’ll make arrangements for you under the supervision of the best in the business!

Also, there is more for the Yogi who wants to go deeper into Yoga!

Yoga Teacher Training in London

SAVY International Inc. is a registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and we train aspiring Yoga Teachers up to the highest rank. For those who are interested in adopting Yoga Teaching as a career,  our RYT 200 courses are WORLD’S MOST ECONOMICAL and ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RYT 200 PROGRAMS and we are accepting registrations for all 10+ courses announced for this  and the next year, starting on November 17, 2014. Please check all the dates on the web-page. We also offer scholarships and bursaries.

 

Also, we are accepting students for DSBH Therapy Educator program, which happens to be the FIRST TRULY CANADIAN BREATHING EDUCATOR PROGRAM! DSBH Therapy Educator program is meant to provide training in DSBH TherapyBased on the science of breathing, it is a well-structured, stepped and safe program. This equips DSBH Breathing Educators with tools to impart knowledge of safe and effective therapeutic breathing exercises to those who actually need it. It is a brilliant opportunity for those who want a career in the healing sciences. This is the future of yoga, science and healing arts brought together to you today! Please click on the image to check the details of the program.

 

Also, we are accepting registration for SAVY Yoga Mentorship Program(SYMP)

and

 

RYT 500 Yoga Teacher Training programs.

There are so many beginners’ to advanced level yoga courses to choose from.

SAVY Yoga Teacher Training Courses

More Yoga Education and Yoga Therapy programs/ workshops will be announced soon.

 Breathe and Heal

This is science of the future brought to you today!  DSBH Therapy or Dr Sahdev’s Breathe and Heal Therapy is a Yoga Therapy program based on the healing effect of breathing exercises and other elements of yoga. This is the FIRST TRULY CANADIAN BREATHING EXERCISES PROGRAM!

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Our well-equipped, result-oriented Yoga Therapy program, with Beat the Beast’ workshops will take serious health issues head-on.

 

Medical research has shown that yoga and breathing exercises play a big role in controlling stress, anxiety, depression and other mental and mood disorders. All this is very well documented. Based on DSBH Therapy, we offer FREE INTRODUCTORY SESSIONS at work places, corporate offices and to any large groups. Please contact us today to book a date for a Free Breathing Exercises Introductory session at your work-place.

Fight Cancer

Recent medical research has proven the relevance of Yoga, esp. breathing exercises in Cancer management, though I have been a witness to much more profound effects of breathing exercises. Being a Surgical Oncologist in India, helping cancer patients and guiding cancer survivors has always been a passion with me! Fight Cancer is the sum total of all the experience and knowledge accumulated over the past almost three decades of dedicated work in Surgery, Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Alternative modalities of treatment. Under this and our SAVY Yoga Cancer Support Services, we are accepting cancer patients for Yoga Therapy with any stage, any type of cancer.

         

Priyanka, a fantastic Henna artist, brings you the beauty of Henna Art!   Henna is a beautiful form of body art that embodies purity and centuries of religious symbolism and cultural traditions, from many parts of the world. Lately it has been adapted as a popular substitute to tattooing, as the henna pattern will last up to a week and resemble a tattoo. Today henna is seen as a versatile art medium like any other for creative expression. Safe for your skin and soothing to your senses.  Please click on the image to get your ticket for the the Henna Event.

Also, please check the website for workshops on different diseases under Yoga Therapy and DSBH Therapy. More workshops on Breast Cancer and Diabetes Mellitus have been announced.

STRESS

Please click on this Happy Face to know more about breathing exercises for Stress and Anxiety and the upcoming workshop.

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Please click on the image to know some useful exercises for Asthma and Allergies and the upcoming workshops.

 

Please click on the icon to know about some useful exercises Cancer Care and the upcoming workshops.

We’ll be announcing some very useful and refreshing Retreats/ Workshops and more, soon.

As usual, expect a lot from SAVY.

We have added lots of new features/ programs recently and so much more is on cards. The best way to keep a tap on activities at SAVY will be to subscribe to the website and ‘Like’ the Facebook page. All the new offers and updates will be there as soon as they are available.

There is much more coming : some new courses in Yoga Education, meditation classes, Special Yoga Classes, Workshops, targeted Yoga Therapy programs, some short and long Yoga Retreats to keep you entertained and healthy. Coming days are going to witness still more activity at SAVY Studios. So, talk to you very soon again!

Please keep sending in your valuable suggestions; they help us in fine-tuning services at SAVY according to your tastes and needs.

Please spread the word about our world-class services and add your friends to our mailing list or give a reference.

Keep practising yoga and lead a healthy, happy life!

SAVY Yoga is for you!

BE SAVVY WITH SAVY YOGA! 😀

Have a nice time and see you soon at SAVY Studios!

Namastey!

Thanks and Regards,

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

D.Sc. (AM), Ph.D. (AM), M.D. (AM)

E-RYT 500 (Yoga Alliance, USA)

Member, IAYT, USA

M.B.,B.S., Fc Surgery (SASMS)

Fc Surgical Oncology (SASMS)

FPC (IMA-AKNSI)

President and Director of Teaching

SAVY International Inc

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Nov 152014
 

Beat the Beast

SAVY International Inc./ SAVY Yoga Studio has started a novel series Beat the Beast – a series of 10-day workshops, each one targeted at different major diseases as well as positive health. Under this series, we offer workshops on some very useful Yoga routines including yoga postures, breathing exercises, marma therapy, nada yoga, shithilakaran, meditation techniques, mudras, kriyas, and a lot more – all that which is specifically effective for the said  health issue and has a proven role in the care of that particular state. Participants will be required to attend 90-minute classes for the specified 10 days. 

Yoga for Diabetes Mellitus

Claiming Your Health Back from Diabetes

Beat the Beast series, based on Yoga, Pranayama, Nada, Marmas, Meditation and more, offers immense healing potential for the body, mind and spirit.

Diabetes is a long-term condition that causes high blood sugar levels. In 2013 it was estimated that over 382 million people throughout the world had diabetes. In Type 1 Diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1. In Type 2 Diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function. Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type. Gestational Diabetes, this type affects females during pregnancy. The most common diabetes symptoms include : Polyuria – frequent urination, Polydipsia – intense thirst, and Polyphagia – intense hunger. Weight gain, unusual weight loss, fatigue, cuts and bruises that do not heal, male sexual dysfunction, numbness and tingling in hands and feet are also commonly reported symptoms. In Type 1 Diabetes, if you follow a healthy eating plan, do adequate exercise, and take insulin, you can lead a normal life. In Type 2, patients need to eat healthily, be physically active, and test their blood glucose. They may also need to take oral medication, and/or insulin to control blood glucose levels.   Yoga is not just physical stretching, but it is a whole science of life! Yoga and Ayurveda offer many ways of helping in diseases. SAVY offers programs based on Yoga, Marma, Kriyas, Mudras, effective breathing techniques and other healing elements of Yoga. Validated by the stringent test of time and the millions who tried them in the past, and backed and refined by Dr Sahdev’s almost three decades of superlative clinical experience at the fore-front of main-stream Medicine, inspired by his work in Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery and other Super Specialities at premier medical institutes in India, his study and work in other Alternative modalities and Yoga, and an input of thousands of hours of educated and qualified clinical research and its deep analysis in India, these breathing and other techniques have been proved to actually deliver! Right from the day of  SAVY‘s inception, we’ve put benefits of all the advanced and superlative skills and knowledge on offer for the benefit of humanity under our Yoga Therapy programs, specifically including Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program. In a study done on effect of yoga in Diabetes-2 cases, yoga resulted in significant reduction in BMI, glycemic control, and malondialdehyde and increase in glutathione and vitamin C and helps in reducing oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes. Yoga in addition to standard care helps reduce BMI and improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients.

We offer very well-structured, effective, advanced and result-oriented programs for Diabetes care as well as other diseases. These are the methods which work at cellular level and root out any insufficiency. As studies are proving, Yoga has a definite role to play in Diabetes mellitus management.

To read more about role of Yoga in Diabetes mellitus, please click here.

The Overall and Personal Cost of Diabetes

 The out-of-pocket expenses associated with diabetes remain a substantial portion of disposable income and a barrier to the prevention of diabetes-related complications. The estimated total economic cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 in USA was $245 billion, a 41% increase from our previous estimate of $174 billion (in 2007 dollars). This highlights the substantial burden that diabetes imposes on society. Additional components of societal burden include intangibles from pain and suffering, resources from care provided by non-paid caregivers, and the burden associated with undiagnosed diabetes.

What do I learn in a Yoga for Diabetes Mellitus Workshop?

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You will be practicing a capsule of extremely useful exercises, physical as well as mental, in a time-bound manner. This program sets you on a course to perfection in body, mind and spirit! This could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you. Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned yoga practitioner, you will find this yoga workshop a truly rewarding experience physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually. You will learn, in a nutshell, about diabetes mellitus symptoms, their pathogenesis according to Modern Medicine and the Yoga/ Ayurveda perspective. You’ll also be given an overview of all major modalities of treatment available. You’ll be given an overview of the role of yoga in these diseases. Based on DSBH Therapy and Dr. Sahdev’s clinical work in India spanning over three decades, we’ll introduce you to a system of breathing retraining and routine of yogic exercises. This system has:

  • Scientific basis – based on the standard principles of yoga and breathing, guidelines of the science of breathing – Pranayama and supported by research
  • Natural – it’s all natural and no supplements, vitamins, pills are advised
  • Drug-free – categorically no drugs are involved in any form
  • Potent – as medical research into their effectivity has shown so far, these methods are quite effective and potent, and in good hands and with proper guidance, success rate is quite predictable
  • Effective – these breathing exercises significantly decrease stress, anxiety, insomnia symptoms and can be really helpful
  • Safe – we follow international best practice guidelines

 

How is it beneficial to me?

Beat the Beast – Yoga for Diabetes Mellitus workshop sets you on a course to perfection in body, mind and spirit! As the latest studies suggest, it can be useful for prevention as well as during treatment.

Here are some of the benefits of attending this program:

  • This program sets you on a course to perfection. You learn healthy habits which you can continue to follow.
  • At the completion of the program, develop an on-going daily practice of your own.
  • PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!
  • The benefits of a regular practice cannot be over-emphasised!
  • Natural weight management.
  • Develop a body that is more flexible, healthier and stronger.
  • Learn how to manage stress effectively.
  • Reduce chronic pain.
  • Develop the habit of waking up early, thus leaving much more of the day for yourself.
  • Morning yoga gives you abundant energy and vitality for the rest of the day.
  • Develop a strong will-power.
  • Detoxify and cleanse your body.
  • Develop healthier eating habits.
  • There are innumerable other benefits beyond this list.

Also, this workshop will give you an overview of  Diabetes Mellitus, symptoms, their pathogenesis according to Modern Medicine and the Yoga/ Ayurveda perspective. It introduces you to yoga and breathing re-training which is completely natural, safe, potent, effective and totally drug-free. You receive advice on management. If you are suffering from Insomnia, Panic Attacks or Sleep Apnoea the appropriate advice will be applicable to improve these specific conditions too. The Workshop teaches you strategies which help you to optimize health. The aim is to learn yoga routine to help you lead a normal healthy life again.

You’ll get guidance and aid to continue doing that after attending workshop. You can also opt for follow-up plans. All this helps you deal with the problem in a more systematic and positive way.

 

Expected Outcome

  • At cellular level, this routine will put on a road to recovery from disease and senescence
  • Significant reduction in/or elimination of stress and anxiety medications
  • Significant reduction in/or elimination of symptoms and complications
  • Symptomatic relief of other psycho-somatic disorders
  • Increased stamina and energy levels, better work performance, improved sleep
  • Decreased stress levels, increased happiness

  Who does this workshop help?

The workshop is most useful for those people who are prepared to take time and responsibility to control their problems. The workshop will be useful to anybody who can follow instructions, do breathing exercises and wants to learn more about his/ her problems and is open to newer medically-documented solutions. It is useful for people with all types and degrees of severity of stress and anxiety as well as people with other disorders such as insomnia, snoring, sleep apnoea and panic attacks. It is also effective in reducing chronic fatigue.  It works for those who are and remain willing and motivated to act upon the advice given in the workshop.

 

What does Beat the Beast workshop entail?

Beat the Beast workshop consists of 90-minute practice on each day, for 10 week – days. Clients learn yoga and breathing exercises. These exercises are known and proven to be effective and help in recovery.

 

Top Ten Reasons to attend ‘Beat the Beast’ workshop at SAVY

1. Highest standards of Professionalism, Qualifications and Experience 

It’s vital to learn correct and proper techniques for yoga and breathing exercises. Dr. Jitender K Sahdev, President at SAVY International Inc. and creator of Yoga and Pranayama programs at SAVY, has been working in India as a Surgeon for the last almost three decades, is one of the most qualified and experienced Yoga experts in the world with an E-RYT 500 from Yoga Alliance, USA, is a Yoga Therapist and a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA, and has M.D., Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in Alternative Medicine. He has worked in Neurosurgery, Surgical Oncology, Critical Care, and many other Super Specialities in India. The programs are a result of a lifetime of the most exhaustive experience in Medicine, Alternative Medicine and Yoga. SAVY International Inc. is an RYS 200 and RYS 300 yoga school. Our registered yoga teachers have the highest ranks as yoga teachers, are Yoga Therapists and are trained and experienced DSBH Educators as well.  We train yoga teachers, yoga therapists, Marma Therapists, DSBH Educators etc.

2. Pre-Workshop Consultations are free

Our 15 minute pre-workshop consultations are free. We listen to you. Book your pre-workshop consultation now!

3.Proven Workshop Formats

The workshop gives you a lot of information which is amazing in practical application. It consists of procedures and breathing exercises which are considered very useful and most are of proven value. We strive to bring the most comprehensive knowledge and proven application techniques to you.

4.Individualized approach

Because of small group size, you get individual attention and all your questions are answered and concerns addressed.

5.Competitive Cost

We offer the best value for money services. Free pre-workshop consultation, free Question-Answer sessions after workshop and training material for workshop. Under one of the most qualified faculty in the world, with one of the best programs, our costs are most competitive.

6.We Listen

Your feedback is a very important to us. We understand psychological and emotional aspects of dealing with a chronic health condition, and we use a persistent, but non-stressful, approach. Your co-operation is of paramount importance.

7.Best Support in Industry

We believe in a long and congenial Client – Practitioner relationship. All messages, emails and enquiries are answered promptly.

8.Commitment

We are result-oriented and committed to work, given the willingness and commitment on your part too.

9.We welcome a dialog with your Health-Care Provider

We understand that searching for the best available options is a goal of any chronic health condition management. Information about our programs and DSBH therapy is available on our website for your health care provider.

10.We are flexible 

We understand the demands of modern life, costs in health and disease and respect your time. We’ll try our best to be flexible and accommodate your schedule.

 

An Overview of what you learn in ‘Beat the Beast’ Workshop

This programme will give you a better understanding, a sense of control and an improved quality of life right from Day 1. Practised regularly, with commitment, what you learn here will produce improvements in every area of life.

Day 1

  • filling up of registration and waiver form
  • introduction to Diabetes Mellitus
  • understanding the problems
  • introduction to disease monitoring
  • introduction to some exercises

Day 2 – Day 7

  • introduction to and practice of fuller routines of yoga postures and breathing exercises, in a graded manner
  • the importance of, and how to maintain 24 hour nasal breathing, even during sleep
  • Introduction to basic exercises in DSBH Therapy- Module 1, and the concept of Breath Holding Time (BHT)
  • learn and practise vital breathing and  mind/body relaxation techniques

Day 8 – 10

  • practice of full routines of yoga postures, breathing exercises and other elements of yoga
  • DSBH Therapy and the concept of Breath Holding Time (BHT) in more detail
  • practise of vital breathing and  mind/body relaxation techniques
  • Question- Answer Session
  • Feedback – we check your results to make sure you are practising correctly.

Schedule The program will consist of a group-based practice led by a knowledgeable and experienced instructor. Here are the details:

  • Dates:
    • November 21 to 30, 2014
    • November 16 to 20, November 23 to 27, 2015

Please confirm final dates with the studio at the time of registration.

  • Time: On week Days: 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM
  • Where: SAVY International South London Yoga Studio at 119-D Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4
  • Formats: Two-week Format
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). To underline the importance of this, you are required to sign a form stating the same at the beginning of the program. Missed classes will not be compensated in any way.
    • At the end of the program, continue the same practice at home or sign-up for other relevant programs to make it a life-long habit.
  • Cost: Total cost is $699 for 10-day workshop.
  • Components of Program:
    • Asana (physical postures/stretching)
    • Yoga Nidra/ Shithilikaran (relaxation)
    • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
    • Mudras and Kriyas
    • Meditation
    • Self Marma Massage of important Marma Bindus
    • Nada
    • Aum Chanting
    • Energy Healing
    • Chakra and Kundalini Awakening Exercises
    • General Ayurvedic Detox Diet advice
    • Pearls of Ancient Wisdom

Daily Practice will include:

  • Asana: We will practice a variety of relevant asanas (physical postures) during this period. Even though we shall maintain the same basic pattern, each day we might either introduce a new pose or practice variations of different poses. The asana practice will improve strength, flexibility, endurance and balance in different parts of the body. Also, asanas act on different Marma points and hence on Chakras.
  • Yoga Nidra/ Shithlikaran: Yoga Nidra/ Shithilikaran (deep relaxation) helps not only relax the body but also helps calm the nerves, the mind and activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Pranayama: Pranayama is the bridge between our physical body and other sheaths. Various pranayama (breathing techniques) practices will include all or some of – bhastrika (deep forceful breathing), kapaalabhaati (breath of fire), bahya pranayama (holding the breath out), agnisaar ( belows breathing with breath holding), anulom vilom (alternate nostril breathing), many other deep breathing practices, sectional breathing, sitali (cooling breaths), breath retention (kumbhaka), bandhas (energy locks) and much more.
  • Mudras and Kriyas: You’ll receive guidance for relevant mudras/ kriyas.
  • Meditation: We shall practice a few simple but very effective meditation techniques.
  • Self-Marma Massage: Marma bindus are the energy points which connect to the chakras through nadis. Self-massage of various important marmas helps open up energy channels and balance chakras.
  • Nada: Nada (Indian Classical Music) notes have the same effect as the Marma bindu massage and help to open up and balance various chakras. We’ll be practising various notes and may even practice some compositions based on various ragas on different occasions.
  • AUM Chanting: AUM is the primordial sound and AUM chanting has a healing effect on all our sheaths. We’ll be investing some  of our time in it daily.
  • Energy Healing: Various exercises are conducive to very positive energy fields around us while practicing in a group. We’ll be doing these exercises on different occasions.
  • Chakra and Kudalini Awakening Exercises: Various procedures, chants, exercises which help balance chakras and so are conducive to kundalini awakening in the long run will also be done.
  • Ayurvedic/ Yoga Dietary Advice: Importance of diet on the basis of body type, and its role in healing will also be highlighted. You will be given a general advice on diet throughout the program.
  • Yoga philosophy: Understanding of concepts of yoga philosophy will be shared while practicing asana, pranayama and meditation so we can develop a deeper understanding of the yoga practice as well as learn more.

Strongly recommended

DSBH Therapy, full program – optional but STRONGLY recommended!

As experts, we understand the importance of full-fledged training program, follow-up, support and encouragement on the road to recovery. We are committed to providing you as much help as you need to achieve your personal health goals.

You are encouraged to register for more advanced programs and go further on the road to recovery.

We also recommend making use of other specialized services available at SAVY Studio.   In addition to committing to the yoga practice as outlined above, we would strongly urge you to commit to the following for the duration of the program:

  • ‘sattvic’, light, nutritious, VEGETARIAN food (no meat, poultry, oil, fish or eggs).
  • No alcohol, drugs, tobacco or any other item of similar nature.
  • A personal practice as recommended, especially in the early morning.

  Also, to help achieve your goals, we strongly recommend availing the following services at SAVY Studio:

  • Yoga Therapy Consultation
  • DSBH Therapy
  • Yoga Nutrition Programs
  • Marma Therapy
  • Mantra Consultation
  • Vedic Astrology Consultation
  • Ayurvedic Supplements Consultation

  How To Join the Program

  • Decide about joining the program. You can come for a 15-minute Pre-Workshop consultation.
  • Check with us, or online if the space is available for the batch.
  • Make your payment on telephone or in person at the Yoga Studio.
  • Your spot will be reserved after receiving full payment.

  *HST is charged extra on all payments.   Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises. The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

Oct 132014
 

Choose Your Yoga Teacher Training Wisely!

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Recent years have seen an exponential upsurge of interest in Yoga. Just in USA, more than 36 million people do Yoga every day! According to some estimates, almost 2 billion people in the world do yoga every day! The demand for well-trained Yoga teachers has also increased. Traditionally in India, the training of Yoga has been handed down from generation to generation through the Guru-Shishya parampara, where the Shishya used to stay with the Guru for at least 12 years to learn the basics. But a large percentage of new teachers now coming into this field have not had the benefit of that kind of training. Yoga is a life-long passion which demands dedicated and disciplined training. Though training in advanced Yoga can still be had only through Guru-Shishya tradition, some standardized training formats acceptable in the west are available in schools being run everywhere.

With so many schools popping up overnight and so many teachers of yoga with summary trainings to choose from, zeroing in on a program which gives you a sound base to accumulate accurate knowledge has become very difficult. Do you choose from what sells? Or do you want to know and learn yoga? Do you choose a program which teaches cross-training, or do you select one which introduces you to a yoga that is too complete to need any other gimmicks? Learning something which is not accurate and having to rectify that later on can only be termed a wasteful exercise! You’ll be investing a lot of time and hard-earned money in your training, so make an informed and wise choice right at the outset!

For those Yoga Teacher Trainees with time constraints, the opportunity to study online is also available, though for registration with some leading registries, a stipulated number of contact hours is mandatory. By implementing the guidelines that follow, anyone in search of the ideal yoga certification program should be able to find one.

CREDENTIALS

School

International Yoga Federation is the largest Yoga Teacher Registry in the world. Yoga Alliance, USA is one of the largest Yoga Teacher registry in the world. Worldwide Yoga Alliance, Canada is an upcoming Yoga registry with a very clear vision and direction. There are many other registries. These registries have introduced some minimum standards where none existed before. These Yoga Registries gives registration to those completing their education only in a Registered Yoga School. Look for RYS/RSY 200 and RYS/ RSY 300 designations. Don’t be convinced that you can apply for Yoga registry on your own after you complete their program. All major registries would accept training only from Yoga Schools registered with them.

To check whether the school you are interested in is registered with Yoga Alliance or not, click here. Be sure to search by typing in the city and state. To confirm registration with Worldwide Yoga Alliance, Canada (WWYA), please click here. Don’t just type in the name of the studio or you might get bogus search results.

RYS/ RSY 200 schools can train teachers up to RYT/ RTY 200 level. RYS/ RSY 300 schools can provide further training to enable you to register as RYT/ RTY 500. Advantage of an RYS/ RSY 300 school over an RYS/ RSY 500 school would be that you can complete 500 hours training in two stages: 200 hours and 300 hours. With an RYS/ RSY 500 school, you can’t break up your training into two stages.

Generally speaking, RYS/ RSY 300 or RYS/ RSY 500 schools should have more experienced teachers. In essence, Yoga is experiential knowledge; understanding of subtleties comes only with experience. If you look back and think about your own yoga practice you can discern how different is it today compared to the first day you started it!

SAVY International Inc. is an RYS/ RSY 200 and RYS 300/ RSY 500 Yoga School, with registered branches in Canada and India.

Teachers

Transmission of knowledge is not just a detached deliverance of sermons. Not every program is a quality program. Every yoga teacher training program has a primary teacher of the training, and other assisting teachers. Check out the experience of the primary and other teachers. Sound theoretical knowledge is also essential. You want a teacher who is in the know and can make you ‘teaching-ready’.

At SAVY, Director of Teaching, Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT, D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, M.B.,B.S., Fellow in Surgery, Fellow in Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Teacher with over 50,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India with almost three decades of experience in Modern Medicine, he utilizes Yoga as a complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his students, and for easing symptoms of pain and tightness associated with disease in his clients. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for over four decades. He is also a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

In addition, SAVY has four more E-RYT 500 Yoga teachers, all duly registered with Yoga Alliance, USA and WWYA, Canada. You can check the credentials of our teachers here.

You – Pre-Course Experience

Yoga comes from India and its original texts are in Sanskrit/ Vedic language. All the new terms and concepts might be overwhelming for a totally green trainee. It’s good idea to start preparing for the course in advance by attending yoga classes and reading good books in Yoga to provide you with a working terminology and base. A good program should ask you to document previous experience and/ or offer some kind of preparatory pre-course/ additional training.

Program

Yoga is too vast. It offers immense possibilities. It’s important to have a good overview of all aspects of Yoga. Choose a program which introduces you to all aspects of Yoga so that you can make an informed choice later on when you become an RYT and might choose to specialize in one aspect of teaching, like Yoga for Seniors, Teens, Athletes, Children, Pranayama, Meditation, Marma Therapy, Ayurveda or Nada etc. Your basic certification training is the time when you should be introduced to the basic concepts of Yoga.

Yoga is not another exercise form! If a yoga program teaches you that, it’s misinforming you. Yoga is science of neuro-physio-endocrinology. Studies have shown that Yoga boosts neuro-transmitter levels in brain and even modulates nerve impulses in peripheral nerves. In a basic Yoga certification program, the main focus should be on understanding basics of Yoga. Yoga is very vast in content and application. As new research is establishing with each passing day, Yoga has diverse applications. Almost all traditional methods find their roots in Yoga and Ayurveda. Does the program teach Yoga, or is the program buttressed by lots of ‘throw-ins’ like cross-fit, sauna, aroma, weight training and other stuff to cover up the lack of actual knowledge and real value of the program?

At SAVY, we introduce you to the basics of Yoga instead of burdening you with redundant, unrelated knowledge. Being a man of some qualifications and quality experience, Dr Jitender K Sahdev is very well-versed with the basics of Yoga and its neuro-endocrinological base.

Curriculum

The distribution of hours in the course should be such that it covers basics of Yoga. Curriculum of a registered program should comply with a certain standardized format. Schools registered with YA, USA have to comply with YA guidelines. Make it sure before joining the course.

RYT/ RTY 200 and RYT 300/ RTY 500 courses at SAVY are registered with YA, USA and WWYA, Canada, and comply with the prescribed curriculum. Other advanced courses are there to help you delve deeper.

Avenues for Growth

Does the school you are joining offer anything beyond the basic certification? There is every chance you might get interested in pursuing your career further in Yoga. So, choose a school which provides advanced courses and training in Yoga.

SAVY trains Yoga teachers at RYT/ RTY 200 and RYT/ RTY 500 levels and beyond. In addition, we also offer advanced courses in Pranayama, Marma Therapy, Meditation, Ayurveda, Kriyas, Yoga Nutrition, and more. Our basic program prepares you for more advanced learning in Yoga. So, even sky is not the limit at SAVY!

COST
Total cost

In the world of yoga teacher training, there are many options for schedule and format. Some are residential, some not. Some are all-in-one, some are module based.

Do your math correctly when considering module-based and residential programs . Sometimes they are designed to have a low advertised rate that doesn’t accurately reflect the actual cost of the program. Do your math before you commit.

Fair Cost

A quick web search and you’ll find a wide variety of data on this one. The cost of a yoga teacher training depends greatly on what is on offer. Some Yoga Alliance certified programs might not actually fulfill the need of minimum 200 hours. Other programs might exceed the minimum hours required.

Generally, tuition for a 200-hour yoga teacher training program ranges from $2,800 to $5,000, or even more, for a non-residential program, but because of competition, you may get some very good programs at lower prices. If you plan to attend a residential program, plan to add extra for food and lodging. Compare oranges to oranges. All RYT 200 programs have to maintain at least the required minimum standards!

In case of multiple modules, make sure you know exactly how many modules you must complete in order to get certified, and the minimum and maximum period for that. Add up the costs, or call the school and ask.  Get all the information before you take the final plunge.

Many programs have separate fees for the following:

  • Certification testing
  • Required workshops or retreats
  • Yoga class passes
  • Study material
  • Practice material
  • Supplemental support (online videos, workshops, lectures)
  • Continuing education

SAVY offers RYT 200, RYT 500 and other courses at very competitive costs. For those who can’t afford the normal cost, we also offer Sponsored courses, Scholarships, bursaries etc.

CLARITY & FIT
Graduation requirements.

Many certification programs might require you just to show up for the training, and you’re certified. While this may be appealing to some, it’s better to actually learn something meaningful that will help and inspire you be a great teacher.

A good program will measure your proficiency at what you’ve learned before certifying you, much like when you were in college or high school. A good program will test your knowledge as well as your teaching skills before certifying you.

At SAVY, we help you build your knowledge base and test it before issuing a certificate.

Absence Policy

Unforeseen circumstances may crop up and interrupt your training. Check out the policy of the school about absences ahead of time. A good program will have attendance policy clearly explained in writing.

We have a clear policy regarding this at SAVY.

Know Your Teacher

Find a teacher who can inspire you. Take at least one class with the teacher you want to train with. Be sure before you commit. A good teacher with a good base will make you ready to adapt to any teaching style. There is only one Yoga though styles may be different. All that differs in different styles is the order of yoga postures. Basics always remain the same. So, finding a good, knowledgeable teacher, and not a style, should be your priority; sticking to one style right from the beginning might be too restrictive.

COMPETENCE

Sufficient program hours to adequately cover the curriculum

Opting for a quick certification might be intense. Less than four weeks duration might make it too challenging in view of long hours you’ll be required to put in. Go for it only if you think you can work that hard. Also, some pre-course preparation will be required. If you do not give enough time for the concepts to sink in, you might be ill-prepared to teach. Choose the format and schedule carefully.

We offer different formats at SAVY.

Recognition of credentials of the program

Some yoga teacher training programs are proprietary which means that you will be branded as a teacher by the school’s brand of teacher training. The plus side of this practice is that you’ll have a good chance at getting hired at one of their studios. The down side will be that other studios may not want to hire you.

You may want to consider a yoga teacher training programs that is not franchised or limited by its brand identity. For example, in usual teacher training programs, trainees gain proficiency in the sequencing method and use of voice. These methods equip the teacher to create well designed classes that are original, effective and that transcend brand identities.  As a result, the graduates are confident to teach anywhere, in any style.

While the market is growing and more and more places are offering yoga, finding a teaching job in Yoga is no different than any other job search – it’s quite competitive. So, choose a program which doesn’t clip your wings and keeps your options wide open.

Your Options

Oftentimes, people learn about how convenient and cost-effective online learning programs are and then rule other options out. This is not a good idea. Why? Because in some situations, a traditional form of learning may be more advantageous. This can be the case in a situation where the aspiring yoga instructor is looking for hands-on experiences that cannot be offered by the online yoga program. Those who plan to become yoga instructors should also consider the value of hybrid classes in which there is a combination of online and in-person instruction. SAVY offers in-studio as well as hybrid programs.

THE ESSENCE OF THE SEARCH IS YOU!

In the last analysis, it all about YOU!

In Yoga they say you’ll find your Guru in front of you when you are ready to learn, and if you don’t have that burning desire to learn, even the most capable Guru won’t be able to do much for you! Only malleable clay can be molded into a good shape. Your dedication, devotion, desire to learn and passion will determine how much knowledge you can imbibe from your teacher. How much water you can put in a vessel will depend on the suitability and size of the vessel. You have to be thirsty for knowledge. To a person who doesn’t have appetite, even the most delicious dishes won’t have much appeal. Be interested. To succeed in anything, you have to give your 100% to it. A good Yoga Teacher Training program has to be a lot of hard work. Can you force someone to be an Olympic champion? That desire has to come from within. Are you ready to learn? Are you ready to work hard for it? Do you have that kind of devotion and dedication? Be clear about what you want from your YTT program and pay full attention to absorb all the available information.

If you are preparing to begin an exciting career in the field of Yoga instruction, you should know that doing so can help lead to a personally and professionally rewarding life. Obtaining Yoga certification from a good school is a great way to get the knowledge and experience necessary to excel in this vocational and now competitive sector. By following the guidelines outlined above, aspiring yoga instructors can make a good choice and take an important step toward attaining the education necessary to accomplish their vocational dreams.

Best of luck for your endeavour!

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

 

Sep 102014
 

Certified DSBH Breathing Educator – MBH Training

DSBH Breathing Educator Program

DO YOU WANT TO BE THE LEADER OR THE FOLLOWER?

Join One of the World’s Best, Thorough, Rigorous Breathing Educator Training Program

THE FIRST TRULY CANADIAN YOGIC BREATHING EDUCATOR PROGRAM!

This is the science of the future!

SAVY Yoga Studios Proudly Announce

OPENING OF REGISTRATION

OF

Certified DSBH-MBH Breathing Educator

 30 HOURS PROGRAM

WILL BE COUNTED TOWARDS RYT 500

AND YOGA THERAPY PROGRAMS

Learn and Apply it in Your Practice

World-Class Yoga teacher training in Canada

Under one of the top qualified faculty!

Join and immerse yourself in the sea of knowledge and practice!

Open to anyone looking to become a

Yoga Alliance Registered

RYT 500 Yoga Teacher

Or deepen their yoga practice

Or start working as a DSBH Breathing Educator

SAVY International Inc. is an RYS 200, and RYS 300 Yoga School

Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA

(We provide YTT in Yoga Retreats all around the world also)

We also offer RYT 200, Yoga Therapy, Breathing Educator and many other course.

If you have genuine interest in helping and empowering people with health issues, this program is especially for you! 

DSBH Therapy Educator program is meant to provide training in DSBH Therapy. Based on Pranayama, the science of breathing, and Dhyana, meditation, it is a well-structured, stepped and safe program. This equips DSBH Breathing Educators with tools to impart knowledge of safe and effective therapeutic breathing exercises to those who actually need it.

Based on effective breathing and other Yoga techniques, validated by the stringent test of time and the millions who tried them, and backed and refined by Dr Sahdev’s almost three decades of superlative clinical experience at the fore-front of main-stream Medicine, these breathing and other techniques have been proved to actually deliver!

This is the science of the future!

Benefits of this program include:

  • Learn Breathing and Mindfulness techniques effective in more than 90% of diseases
  • Improvement in your own health
  • Career growth – advance in your career to next levels
  • Outstanding education, training and supervision of a cutting-edge therapy in the new, growing field of breath-work
  • Availability of exclusive reading material
  • Virtual literature available for your clients
  • Access to a website master for the creation of your own website
  • Ongoing support for your professional development
  • On-going continuing education opportunities

You can register now for DBE-MBH training program.

This program is unique by virtue of its:

  • focus – which is therapeutic effect of breathing exercises and other yogic elements,
  • structure –  easy to follow, it starts with strengthening your lung capacity, immunity, neurophysiology
  • safety –  absolutely safe for just anybody,
  • depth and expanse – meant to address even the most deep-seated, intractable and chronic problems,
  • clarity – because of division into levels, all ambiguity has been done away with; you don`t go to the next level till you are ready,
  • applicability – it`s universally applicable; you go up the ladder as you advance, and
  • has a profound Yogic as well as medical base.

It contains some of the most potent and most effective therapeutic breathing exercises. Applied judiciously, this program has enormous healing potential!

Dr Jitender K Sahdev, the founder of the method, is a qualified Physician from India, has done MD, Ph.D. and D.Sc. in Alternative Medicine in India, and is an E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Therapist in North America. He is one of the very few people in the world who are experientially as well as academically so well-equipped.

DSBH Therapy Educator program is the First Truly Canadian Breathing Educator Programto train educators for DSBH Therapy – the First Truly Canadian Yogic Breathing Exercises program designed for therapy.

ENROLL NOW!

IN THE MOST THOROUGH BREATHING EDUCATOR PROGRAM

Join NOW and fulfill your aspirations! 

For schedule and any more details of the course, please contact Studio.

Register now!

Please click here and go to the relevant section on the page.

Follow the registration procedure as described.

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Jul 012014
 

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

 

A VERY HAPPY CANADA DAY to you from all of us at SAVY!

This is our 4th Canada Day together, and I thank you all for all the trust and faith you have placed in SAVY, a 100% Canadian incorporated company! We can assure you this trust is very well-placed and coming years will see the full unravelling of more layers of our sacred commitment.

With kind and loving support from Londoners, SAVY has been moving from strength to strength! SAVY has progressed from one to three Studios spread around London. For all that SAVY has accomplished during these years, please check SAVY Storyline here.

At its inception, SAVY was conceived to be an island of excellence for Yoga and esp. Yoga Therapy. In line with our ideals, perfection in whatever we offer is more of a habit than a matter of convenience or business sense. We don’t compromise on the quality of our work! Period! Perfection, by definition, is not achievable, but we have been striving hard to stand up to the highest standards of professionalism, perfection, excellence and morality; some of this excellence we have been able to put on the table, rest of it we’ll bring to your service as soon as we are able to overcome rest of the challenges by the grace of God Almighty and your kind support!

 In line with our promises, SAVY brings much more to you at the most affordable prices. Here is what all we have on offer for you:

 

Happy Canada Day

In our way of wishing you a very HAPPY CANADA DAY, we bring another incredible offer to keep you in shape. Please click on the image to find more details of this offer. This offer is open for everyone!

 

 

 

 

London's Best Yoga

 

 

 

Here is another GREAT OFFER for those who want to join Yoga for the first time. Please encourage your friends to take this offer and try yoga with us at SAVY.

 

 

 

 

50 PLUS

We bring these specifically designed classes more suitable for the 50+ friends.

Please check the details by clicking on the image.

We also offer on-site classes. If you have a small group (>5) and want to be taught at your place, please contact us. We’ll make arrangements for you under the supervision of the best in the business!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RYT200

As you know, SAVY International Inc is a registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and has the highest ranking of RYS 500, which means we can train Yoga Teachers up to the highest rank. For those who are interested in adopting Yoga Teaching as a career,  our RYT 200 courses are starting on August 1, 2014 and September 1, 2014 in a 4-week format. We are accepting students for week-end format RYT 200 also, which starts on August 1, 2014 and January, 2015. Registration is open for all these courses.

And we offer all these courses at the most economical rates in Canada!

 

 

 

 

Free Yoga Teacher Training

 

Also, we are offering 100% sponsorship for RYT 200 through FREE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING CONTEST. Please check the details to participate. Best of luck for the contest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breathe and Heal

 

This is science of the future brought to you today! 

DSBH Therapy or Dr Sahdev’s Breathe and Heal Therapy is a Yoga Therapy program based on the healing effect of breathing exercises and other elements of yoga. This is the FIRST TRULY CANADIAN BREATHING EXERCISES PROGRAM!

 

Also, we are now accepting students for DSBH Therapy Educator program, which happens to be the FIRST TRULY CANADIAN BREATHING EDUCATOR PROGRAM!

 

 

 

 

 

Medical research has shown that breathing exercises play a big role in controlling stress, anxiety, depression and other mental and mood disorders. All this is very well documented.

Based on DSBH Therapy, we offer FREE INTRODUCTORY SESSIONS at work places, corporate offices and to any large groups.

Please contact us today to book a date for a Free Breathing Exercises Introductory session at your work-place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fight Cancer

Recent medical research has proven the relevance of Yoga, esp. breathing exercises in Cancer management, though I have been a witness to much more profound effects of breathing exercises. Being a Surgical Oncologist in India, helping cancer patients and guiding cancer survivors has always been a passion with me!

Fight Cancer is the sum total of all the experience and knowledge accumulated over the past almost three decades of dedicated work in Surgery, Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Alternative modalities of treatment.

Under this and our SAVY Yoga Cancer Support Services, we are accepting cancer patients for Yoga Therapy with any stage, any type of cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

Priyanka, a fantastic Henna artist, brings you the beauty of Henna Art!  

Henna is a beautiful form of body art that embodies purity and centuries of religious symbolism and cultural traditions, from many parts of the world. Lately it has been adapted as a popular substitute to tattooing, as the henna pattern will last up to a week and resemble a tattoo. Today henna is seen as a versatile art medium like any other for creative expression. Safe for your skin and soothing to your senses. 

Please click on the image to get your ticket for the the Henna Event.

 

 

 

Also, please check the website for workshops on different diseases under Yoga Therapy and DSBH Therapy. More workshops will be announced soon.

STRESS

 

 

Please click on this Happy Face to know more about breathing exercises for Stress and Anxiety and the upcoming workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

asthma

 

Please click on the image to know some useful exercises for Asthma and Allergies and the upcoming workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click on the icon to know about some useful exercises Cancer Care and the upcoming workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

There is a lot more coming : some new courses in Yoga Education, meditation classes, Special Yoga Classes, Workshops, targeted Yoga Therapy programs, some short and long Yoga Retreats to keep you entertained and healthy, and tons more! Coming days are going to witness lots more activity at your SAVY Studios. So, talk to you very soon again!

Please keep sending in your valuable suggestions; they help us in fine-tuning services at SAVY according to your tastes and needs.

Please spread the word about our world-class services and add your friends to our mailing list or give a reference.

Keep practicing yoga and lead a healthy, happy life! Yoga is for you!

BE SAVVY WITH SAVY YOGA! 😀

Have a nice time and see you soon at SAVY Studios!

Happy Canada Day once again!

Namastey!

 

Thanks and Regards,
Dr Jitender K Sahdev

D.Sc. (AM), Ph.D. (AM), M.D. (AM)
E-RYT 500 (Yoga Alliance, USA)
Member, IAYT, USA
M.B.,B.S.,
Fc Surgery (SASMS)
Fc Surgical Oncology (SASMS)
FPC (IMA-AKNSI)

President and Director of Teaching

SAVY International Inc.

Jan 302014
 

Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Julia Chandler

 

My name is Julia Ann Chandler and I joined SAVY Yoga Studio on  January 17th 2014. 

I was practising Hot Yoga at a very prominent Hot Yoga Studio here in London for approximately 3 weeks and, a little over 10 years ago, I practised traditional yoga in California as an added weekly exercise regimen.

Julia Chandler

I regret not keeping up with my Yoga routines from back then.

Julia Chandler

Although I try to do my best to stay in shape I never seemed to get as sculpted as I once was while practicing yoga.

Julia Chandler

When joining SAVY my hopes were to focus on relaxation and my struggles with anxiety.

Julia Chandler

My expectations have been met and beyond.

Julia Chandler

In only the two short weeks that I have been practising at SAVY International my stress and anxiety is much more under control through breathing exercises and guided yoga practices.

Julia Chandler

I have even practised some of the breathing techniques I have learned at the studio on my own with great success.

Julia Chandler

Already I can see an enormous amount of improvement not only with my stress levels but my strength and toning.

Julia Chandler

My experience at the SAVY Studio has been amazing.

Julia Chandler

With the warm and inviting atmosphere I have been giving my best efforts to do a class daily.

Julia Chandler

There is no pressure or competition during practice it is much more of a healing experience.

Julia Chandler

Dr. Jitender K Sahdev is a kind hearted man with a plethora of knowledge in many areas which is an added bonus in any Yoga instructor.

Julia Chandler

 

When I first contacted SAVY International to inquire about classes and prices, Dr. Sahdev kindly scheduled me in for an hour long ‘Meet and Greet’ where he showed me around the Studio, explained his credentials and practices, as well as answering any questions I may have had.

Julia Chandler

I have noticed my flexibility increasing daily.

Julia Chandler

I now feel more in control of my stress levels through deep breathing exercises.

Julia Chandler

After a yoga class my energy levels are through the roof and a sense of calmness stays with me throughout the day.

Julia Chandler

All these improvements I’ve noticed in just two short weeks.

Julia Chandler

I cannot wait to see how I’m feeling after two months or even two years.

Julia Chandler

As I get better at my practice, the better I’ll feel overall.

Julia Chandler

Strong body mind and soul!

 Julia Chandler

I highly recommend SAVY International to anyone seeking an authentic Yoga experience! You will be amazed just how beneficial it can be for you! Whether you’re adding yoga to your exercise routine or solely focusing on yoga, it is a win win! SAVY International is a ‘go at your own pace’ studio and when you leave you’ll be feeling great wanting to come back for more!

 

A note from the President’s desk

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

February, the shortest month of the year, is here. It’s a Black History Month studded with Groundhog Day on 2nd, World Marriage Day on 9th, the day of romantic love on Valentine’s Day on 14th, Family Day on 17th, International Mother Language Day on 21st. Winter chill still continues to be biting but severity will certainly decrease. Continue your efforts to stay fit, enjoy the winter sports and keep the warmth in your hearts alive through this last month of winters. SAVY Yoga helps you stay hale and hearty in such severe weather, as in any other weather, making you almost weather-proof.

In this now very popular Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of yoga with correct techniques, have done wonderfully well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.

In this colourful month, quite warmly marked by Valentine’s Day, it’s my pleasure to introduce Julia Chandler, our new savvy SAVY Yogi  for the month of February. A curious and open person with a very inquisitive mind and blessed with a lithe and flexible yoga body, she joined SAVY Studio very recently, but we have already shared tons of information, surfacing after the barrage of questions she is ready to fire any time! Now that almost all of the 60 classes per week at the Studio have different routines and lots of classes are available at the Beginners’ and Intermediate level to all the yogis joining the Studio, she has had a chance to try many of the different yoga routines, and as is quite evident from her interest and enthusiasm, she seems to have enjoyed each single one of them, whether they were easy or challenging. She has done traditional yoga before and is enjoying her re-encounter with authentic traditional yoga at SAVY Studio. She has a very keen interest in yoga poses and is an avid learner of the newly discovered breathing exercises and what they can do for her, and works her way through the routines very dedicatedly. She is quick to learn, is bound to do great for herself and is certainly a source of enormous inspiration for others.

Keep it up, Julia! 

– Jitender

 

 

Dec 012013
 

Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Donna Hebert

My name is Donna Hebert and I joined SAVY around August-September 2012.

 Donna Hebert

 My background in Yoga was very limited – I did a little bit in my late teens and had one 8 week course in Yoga in my early 20s.

 Donna Hebert

 

Unfortunately I had not kept up with Yoga as I “aged”.  My daughter asked me last year if I would be interested in “trying Yoga” and much to her surprise I agreed and hence attended my first SAVY Yoga class in 2012.

 Donna Hebert

 

Much to my disappointment I could not even sit on the floor with my legs under me!  My strength and flexibility had disappeared over the years and arthritis was setting in. This was not good!  Would I stay with it??

 Donna Hebert

 

I decided perhaps through perseverance I may be able to make improvements in my flexibility.  So while I started off huffing, puffing and complaining I gave it a whirl!

 Donna Hebert

 

By the time January and February 2013 arrived (only a few months after I started) I took a break. I had noticed improvements in how I felt and  thought I was fine to do this.   (I am not much for going out in winter especially at the end of a work day – that is why I missed classes!).

 Donna Hebert

 

When Spring arrived ( a couple of months later) I returned to Yoga.  I realized it had not been a smart move to miss those couple of months of classes.  Arthritis had meantime reared its ugly head even further!  Since April, I started to attend classes more regularly and while I would like to attend more frequently, ( other commitments)  I can say that improvements have been made.

 Donna Hebert

 

I am back to being able to sit on the floor with my legs under me and can now hold a number of the poses for more than 10 seconds! I feel better and have noticed a great improvement in my strength in the upper part of my body!  Overall I feel physically better.

 Donna Hebert

 

It has also made me realize that no matter what is going on in one’s life, if we don’t take care of ourselves we will not be any good for anyone else.

 Donna Hebert

 

I strongly encourage those people not involved in any form of activity to try Yoga – you work at your own pace – and your movements and flexibility will improve.

 Donna Hebert

 

I know I for one will continue to stay with Yoga as ending up in a wheel chair is not someplace I want to be! Having been a working parent and raising children I also strongly emphasize to many young people to not neglect themselves – make time and give Yoga training a try.

 Donna Hebert

 

SAVY is a comfortable and safe place to receive your training and Jit is a Dr trained in India.  Although he does not yet practice medicine in Canada he certainly understands ailments and disease quite deeply.

 Donna Hebert

 

As a result any pose can be tailored to accommodate the student and as the student gains more flexibility, the pose will be improved.

 Donna Hebert

 

No one need feel intimidated!

 Donna Hebert

 

In summary, I highly recommend you give SAVY a try!! Procrastination does not exercise the body!

Donna Hebert

 

A note from the President’s desk

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

A Merry Christmas to you all in advance!

December, the first month of meteorological winter and the month of festivities, is here. December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Winters can be pretty severe and harsh in Canada, so, all the more reason to awaken to the needs of our body and intellect. Stay fit, enjoy the winter sports and keep the warmth in your hearts alive through the winters. Yoga, more than any other modality, helps you stay hale and hearty in such severe weather.

In this now very popular Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of yoga with correct techniques, have done wonderfully well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.

In this month marked by coldness, it’s heart-warming to introduce Donna Hebert, our next savvy SAVY Yogi. A yoga student with a child-like curiosity and with a huge potential, she is one of the ‘bendier‘ people at SAVY. She loves to try newer poses, especially if they are more twisting and challenging, and one has to be quite inventive to be able to keep up with per pace of learning and pick up. Waxing and waning in her bending capabilities in proportion to her periods of absence because of her commitments, she is always able to pick up from where she left, and go still a step further in her attempts. A very positive person, she is a source of constant inspiration to those awe-inspired others around her in the classes. She has done really well not only for herself, but has been constantly inspiring others too to do better and better.

Thanks and Keep it up, Donna! 

– Jitender

 

 

Nov 112013
 

Origin of World – The Creation Story

Creation Story

Where did we come from? Where did this universe come from? Why is our Universe the way we see it to be? And what will ultimately become of it? These are the fundamental questions which have long been intriguing mankind even from the pre-historic era. The journey towards understanding the creation has been long. Since the 1929 discovery that Universe is expanding, man has made some significant steps in understanding how the Universe began and how it must have evolved to be what it is today. We know this: galaxies and clusters of galaxies formed from tiny fluctuations in the early Universe. We can measure these fluctuations by mapping the cosmic background radiation and relate them to the structures which we observe today.

The picture of universe we see today is more complete and much richer. The cosmos is said to have begun 13.7 billion years ago with the big bang. A fraction of a second after the beginning, the universe was a hot, formless soup of the most elementary particles, quarks and leptons. As it expanded and cooled, layer on layer of structure developed: neutrons and protons, atomic nuclei, atoms, stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and finally super-clusters. The universe has so far been discovered to host 100 billion galaxies, each containing 100 billion stars and probably a similar number of planets. Galaxies themselves are held together by the gravity of the mysterious dark matter. The universe continues to expand and indeed does so at an accelerating pace, driven by dark energy, an even more mysterious form of energy whose gravitational force repels rather than attracts.

All this is amazing, intriguing and mind-boggling! However, we are now discovering that the concepts about origin of universe given in the old Sanskrit text Rig Veda also seem to stand the scrutiny of scientific minds. The parallels between Rig Veda Creation Story and what is being theorized by modern day physicists and confirmed by modern science are astoundingly and astonishingly similar. How and what could have led to the discovery of these scientific facts by the sages who did not even have any sophisticated instruments at their disposal except their well-developed consciousness? We need to have an honest peep into what they said and understand their way of working to get an idea of the greatness of their work and put things in the right perspective.

Rig Veda Creation Story does not talk about any external creation or creator. The universe is a result of manifestation of Para-brahman, the supreme consciousness. Hence, there is nothing externally created.

Rig Veda Creation Story professes there are times when the universe takes form and times when it dissolves back into nothingness. The in-between times are known as the days and nights of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation.

It is interesting to note that Rig Veda in its 10th Mandala explains beautifully the concept in a Suktha called Nasadiya Suktha.

Rig Veda 10:129 – Nasadiya Suktha

Neither existence nor nonexistence was there. Neither matter nor space around. What covered it, where it was and who protected? Why, that plasma, all pervading, deep and profound?

Neither death nor immortality was there. And there was neither day nor night But for that breathless one breathing on its own. There was nothing else, surely nothing.

It was darkness concealed in darkness. And an uninterrupted continuum of fluid. Out came in material form and shape. That one lying deep inside, on its own intent.

In the cosmic mind, all pervading. Desire, the primal seed made its first appearance. And the wise men, seeking deep in their heart; could see the link between ‘that is’ and ‘that is not’.

Reins of the link, a grid of crisscross lines, Holds all the seeds and mighty forces, Microcosmic forces within And macro forces out above.

Who really knows, who can declare. When it started or where from? And where will the creation end? Seekers and sought entered later – And so who knows when all this manifested?

That one, out of which the creation came, May hold the reins or not, Perceiving all from above, That one alone Knows the beginning – may not know too.

Before time began there was no heaven, no earth and no space between. A vast dark ocean washed upon the shores of nothingness and licked the edges of night. A giant cobra, Sheshanaga, floated on the waters. Asleep within its endless coils lay the Lord Vishnu. He was watched over by the mighty serpent. Everything was so peaceful and silent that Vishnu slept undisturbed by dreams or motion.

From the depths a humming sound began to tremble, Om. It grew and spread, filling the emptiness and throbbing with energy. The night had ended. Vishnu awoke. As the dawn began to break, from Vishnu’s navel grew a magnificent lotus flower. In the middle of the blossom sat Vishnu’s servant, Brahma. He awaited the Lord’s command.

Vishnu spoke to his servant: ‘It is time to begin.’ Brahma bowed. Vishnu commanded: ‘Create the world.’

A wind swept up the waters. Vishnu and the serpent vanished. Brahma remained in the lotus flower, floating and tossing on the sea. He lifted up his arms and calmed the wind and the ocean. Then Brahma split the lotus flower into three. He stretched one part into the heavens. He made another part into the earth. With the third part of the flower he created the skies.

The earth was bare. Brahma set to work. He created grass, flowers, trees and plants of all kinds. To these he gave feeling. Next he created the animals and the insects to live on the land. He made birds to fly in the air and many fish to swim in the sea. To all these creatures, he gave the senses of touch and smell. He gave them power to see, hear and move.

The world was soon bristling with life and the air was filled with the sounds of Brahma’s creation.

However, a wicked demon appeared and stole the world. He threw it far out into the cosmic ocean.

Vishnu quickly killed the demon and changed into animal form to rescue the world. Brahma was delighted at the world’s safe return from the depths, for he was then able to finish his task of forming the land and all living things.

But one day, this Universe, like all others before it, will be wiped out when Lord Shiva, the destroyer, grows angry with the world’s evil. At this time, he will dance Tandava – his ferocious dance of destruction and once again there will be a time when nothing exists but Brahman.

 

Now, let us compare all this idea in Rig Veda Creation Story with the current Cosmological findings.

 

Beginning of Time

Cosmology: There is no physics. Theory cannot account for conditions existing or not existing

Rig Veda: Neither existence nor nonexistence was there; Neither matter nor space was there;(1st two lines of 1st Verse)

10-32 seconds after Big Bang

Cosmology: The inflationary mode ends, having made the universe smooth and almost homogenous. Matter, anti-matter, and radiation are a bubbling opaque stew.

Rig Veda: And an uninterrupted continuum of fluid……(2nd line of 3rd Verse)

10-4 seconds after big bang

Cosmology: Universe expands. Matter and anti-matter annihilate each other. There is slightly more matter and this excess comprises the matter in the universe today forming galaxies.

Rig Veda: ….. Out came in material form and shape That One lying deep inside, on its own intent(Last 2 lines of 3rdVerse)

 

In the sixth verse, it says – who will know and who can declare when and where from it all started since we, the seekers were not there and also the causative forces were not present. They came later.

Even gravity broke away from the presumed unified force later. Veda makes it clear that so long you are in search of the causative forces only, you will not get the answer.

Oscillating Cosmos

There is a theory in the scientific world envisaging a cosmos that oscillates forever passing through infinite number of moments of creation in a never-ending cycle of birth, death and repetition. This has the advantage of being able to answer the question – What preceded the explosion?

Veda also says that this creation and its ending is a repetitive cycle.

End in darkness

Modern cosmology, on the basis of available evidence, envisages the end will come in darkness. Beginning follows the end.

Veda describes the beginning in the same way – darkness concealed in darkness was the state of things.

Herbert Reeves, the famous astrophysicist, after discussing about the primordial force of Big Bang and subsequent distinct forces like gravity, asks a relevant question: “Did not the universe, somewhere, aim at achieving self-awareness through the creation of human mind?” (His article in Figaro-Magazine of February 1983)

The answer is available in Rig Veda for all thinkers of all ages. The answer does not limit human beings only, but extends to all animate and inanimate worlds. The last verse is more profound in its meaning. That One, the “author” of all events should know the beginning. Veda says, “That One also may not know! That breathless One is breathing on its own. The beginning of universe, its expansion, demise and re-emergence – entire process is like involuntary inhaling and exhaling. If someone puts a question to any other one, when did you start that particular inhalation, the obvious answer will be – I do not know.

Even the “author” may not know…

It is a continuous process of which I hardly take notice of. The process is a continuum. Beginning and end are relevant to us, parts and parcels of universe. We float and sink in the ocean of time but not that continuous flow of events or its “author”.

So, according to Vedic Philosophy, the universe (or Multiverse) had no origin, but always has been and always will be, but is perpetually in flux. Space and time are of cyclical nature. This universe is simply the current one, which is in flux and constantly changing, when it finally ceases to manifest, a new one will arise. In a number of stories from the Puranas the continual creation and destruction of the universe is equated to the outwards and inwards breaths of the gigantic cosmic Maha Vishnu.

Hindu scriptures hold that Lord Vishnu, the protector and caretaker of all creation, sleeps in the middle of a vast ocean on the giant snake Sheshanaga. When the cycle begins, Lord Brahma is born out of the ‘Anda‘, an allusion to the egg which is the origin of all life. This ‘Anda’ comes from the navel of Lord Vishnu. The first sound of Lord Brahma is Om, the origin of all creation.

At first the ultimate truth “Brahman” was there, from whom came out Shiva without any birth or death. Vishnu is formed from the vaam-anga of Shiva or the left body. Shiva is the extreme male power of the universe. He is the destroyer or annihilator of the universe.

From him manifested the extreme female power of the universe, Sati.

Then the preserver of the universe Vishnu took three forms, Karnodakasayi Vishnu or Maha-VishnuGarbhodakasayivishnu, and Ksirodaksayi vishnu. Maha Vishnu has several Garbhodakasayivishnus in the spiritual sky (the ocean of Karana). Each Garbhodakasayivishnu exhales and inhales and with each breath a Brahma is born who lives for 100 Brahma years and dies with the breath of Garbhodakasayi Vishnu. Each Brahma creates a universe which comes to an end with partial annihilation.

After several Brahma years the annihilation of Garbhodakasayi Vishnu takes place and at the last stage, the dissolution of the whole Karan Sagar with Maha Vishnu by Shiva with Tandav; and this cycle begins again. This cycle of formation and annihilation is seen in Hinduism.

The puranic view asserts that the universe is created, destroyed, and re-created in an eternally repetitive series of cycles. In Hindu cosmology, a universe endures for about 4,320,000,000 years (a kalpa or one day of Brahma the creator) and is then destroyed by fire or water elements. At this point, Brahma rests for one night, just as long as the day. This process, named pralaya (Cataclysm), repeats for 100 Brahma years (311 Trillion, 40 Billion human years), which represents Brahma’s lifespan. Similarly at any given time there are an infinite number of Brahmas creating each of these universes, which are infinite in number.

Brahma is the creator but not necessarily regarded as God in Hinduism. He is mostly regarded as a creation of God or Brahman.

This ‘oscillation’ is portrayed in Hindu texts, especially in the Bhagwad Gita, as Shrishti followed by Vinaash. The period of Vinaash is one of extreme chaos where the very laws of Nature fail.

big bang

Rig Veda viewpoint of modern cosmology

This is similar to the Cyclical Universe Theory in physical cosmology. The Big Bang is described as the birth of the universe (Brahma), the life of the universe then follows (Vishnu), and the Big Crunch would be described as the destruction of the universe (Shiva).

An interesting parallel to these ideas can be found in the ekpyrotic model of the universe.

Some Hindu scholars draw metaphorical parallels between modern cosmology and the Hindu theory of ‘Srishti’. According to them, the ‘Anda’ itself resembles the hypothetical energy point from which the Big Bang and hence the Universe emerged. They also claim that the true intonation of Om is very long and drawn out, it is described as an all pervading sound. Its parallel is the cosmic background radiation, currently at a temperature level of 2.725 Kelvin, which pervades the Universe.

Some Hindus claim that even the string theory finds a place in their ancient texts. The first thing that ever was and will be is ‘Shabda’ or sound. This energy is produced by vibrations in energy produced by the powers of the Trinity (Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva). Although at a very high level, this resembles the multidimensional vibrations of the ‘Gunas’ or strings, which are said to be the basis of all creation.

The Rig Veda viewpoint of the continuous cycle of creation, destruction and rebirth is attuned to the theory of Big Bang – Expansion – Contraction – Big Crunch. If the Big Crunch happens, the movement of galaxies towards each other will produce very strong gravitational fields which may make relativistic effects perceptible at a great magnitude. The physical phenomena which we are used to may change wildly or be non-existent.

Nov 022013
 

 Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Eugene Wong Won

My name is Eugene Wong Won.
I joined SAVY International back in June 2013.
 Before joining SAVY, I was having a lot of lower back pains and my flexibility especially in my legs was not very responsive.
My doctor prescribed pain killers.
 
I am not a spring chicken, but that was not acceptable. I decided to do something about the problem.
My wife who was then doing yoga at SAVY encouraged me to join the yoga classes. And this is how it started.
 
Over the past five months, I have been going to yoga classes on the average four days per week enduring the exercises and deep stretches for one hour a day under the professional guidance of Dr. Jitender Sahdev.
Today, five months later, I am happy to say my flexibility and mobility have improved, my back pains are hardly noticeable and I no longer take the prescribed pain pills.
Your body, like a car, always need ongoing maintenance. Yoga is part of that ongoing maintenance for your body.
Definitely, for me, yoga with Dr. Jit has been a positive experience. 

A note from the President’s desk

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

November, the month of the Remembrance Day, is here. November used to be the ninth month in Roman calendar, hence its name from novem means nine; but it became the eleventh month later when January and February were added. Month long observances are held for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, COPD Awareness month, National Novel Writing Month, National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, American Diabetes Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month, National Pomegranate Month in the United States, International Drum Month, National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month (United States), Epilepsy Awareness Month, No Shave November, Movember and many more events.

November starts on the same day of the week as February in common years and March every year. November ends on the same day of the week as August every year. November starts on the same day of the week as June of the previous year in common years and September and December of the previous year in leap years.

In this now very popular Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of yoga with correct techniques, have done wonderfully well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.

In such an important month, it’s a matter of great pride for me to introduce a man of wonderful calibre as our next savvy SAVY Yogi – Eugene. He is a man with a golden heart! Not only is he a great friend and a very important member of SAVY family, but also a very helping, loving and caring person, sporty and smiling always. A man of some serious grit and determination, he keeps pushing the bar up. A lively person, he takes his yoga very seriously. Eugene and Liz, along with Marlene and Judy, are a joy to teach. His determination, regularity and progress in yoga classes has been exemplary.

Keep it up, Eugene! 

– Jitender

 

Aug 312013
 

FEATURED SAVY YOGI OF THE MONTH

My name is Pauline Donald and I started yoga with SAVY two years ago and attended 30 lessons.
Pauline Donald
After a few months break, I returned in January of this year.

I tried yoga years ago and really enjoyed it but that session was discontinued.  I tried yoga at several other places which eventually led me to SAVY.

Pauline Donald

 

   I was looking for a program that would give me enjoyment, a challenge, and relaxation.
Pauline Donald
  This yoga has gone beyond my expectations!  I have found enjoyment, on-going challenge, and relaxation during all sessions.
Pauline Donald
My favourites are the sun and moon salutation, breathing exercises and the Deep Stretch sessions on Fridays.  It is not easy but very satisfying for mind and body.
I have noticed improvement in stamina, strength especially in my arms, flexibility, concentration, and ability to relax.
Pauline Donald
I like SAVY because of the variety of movements and poses, the individual feedback to execute poses correctly, the challenge, and the warm, supportive encouragement.

 

Pauline Donald

Pauline Donald

I encourage anyone who is seeking to improve their body strength and flexibility and overall health benefits to join SAVY and discover for yourself.

 

A note from the President’s desk
Dr Jitender K Sahdev
September marks a feeling of a fresh start, turning over of a new leaf, and initiation of nesting. We continue our march into the third year with overwhelming response from savvy Londoners for their favorite Yoga Studio.
In this new series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of yoga with correct techniques, have done wonderfully well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.
With great pride and pleasure, I introduce another savvy SAVY YogiPauline Donald this month. Her zeal, zest and devotion to yoga is infectious, and the magic of her benign presence in SAVY Yoga classes is nothing less than awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, shoulder-slouching, mesmerizing and thoroughly ego-smothering experience for the rest of us. During yoga sessions, as she executes her yoga poses with complete focus, very often I catch somebody or the other looking her way with an amazed look, followed by a deep sigh, a head shake, and a semblance of an unsure resigned smile of meek submission. Her vigor and enthusiasm for greater perfection is amply bolstered by her skillful yet unattached, devoted regular practice, and her lively boy-friend, and husband, Eric. She, with her ever-present friend Mary, has come a long way in these last two years, and the ruthless, unrelenting dedication shows not even an iota of respite.
Pauline, you are amazing. Keep it up!
Jitender
Aug 252013
 

One week of Yoga Classes Free in Yoga Month

Yoga Month 2013

Yoga Month 2013

September is International Yoga Month. Yoga is considered a great force to build both mental and physical strength. In a bid to attract more people towards yoga and making them aware of yoga benefits, SAVY International Inc is celebrating International Yoga Month in September.

SAVY Studio, one of London’s most favoured Yoga Studios, offers 10 wonderful ways to one and all to celebrate International Yoga month.

#1 Take Free Yoga Classes

New students can celebrate International Yoga Month this September by receiving Free Yoga classes for One Week at SAVY Studio. If you want to give yoga a try, now is your chance. Fill up the Registration Form online now and claim your free one week of SAVY Yoga in September, and continue with wonderful promotional offers at SAVY Studio.

#2 Download free Primordial Sound Chant

Get into meditation by listening to ‘AUM’ chanting recorded in Dr Jitender K Sahdev’s mesmerizing, mellifluous and melodious voice. Download it, sit in a quiet corner, play it, sing along and experience the bliss. Register for our Primordial Sound meditation classes starting soon.

#3 Educate yourself on the health benefits of yoga

Educate yourself on the health benefits of yoga in one or more of the following ways:

  • Read articles on this website about yoga poses (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), kriyas, mudras etc and keep yourself updated.
  • Learn what the Mayo Clinic has to say on the positive things that yoga can do.
  • The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has a page dedicated to yoga.

#4 Teach someone else to do yoga

If you have already learnt the correct yoga at SAVY Studio, give back by teaching your children, a friend, another family member or a colleague.

#5 Buy a yoga gift for yourself or another

If you have not done it already, buy yourself a Yoga Class Card or Unlimited Yoga Card, or get a Gift Certificate for somebody else. Check other promotional offers for Yoga month at the studio.

#6 Give a Yoga Gift

Get a Yoga mat for yourself or someone you care about and let him/ her improve quality of life with yoga.

#7 Learn a new yoga pose (asana)

If you already practice yoga, try something different by learning a new asana. You may even find a new favorite.

#8 Deepen your yoga practice

You know yoga already but you want to learn more! Sign up for an educational course at SAVY. It’s easy with online option and payment plans. Learn more about breathing exercises by joining Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program and live life to your full potential.

#9 Try Special Yoga Classes, Workshops, Yoga Massages, Marma Therapy, Yoga Nutrition, Mantra, Vedic Astrology

Yoga is too vast. Yoga can give you whatever you ask for. Try some different Special Classes, or deepen your knowledge with workshops on special topics.

#10 Spread the word

Tell your friends about SAVY Yoga and encourage them join yoga classes. If someone in your circle has health issues, let them know about Yoga Therapy services at SAVY and the pioneering programs like Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program and Fight Cancer’ Program. These programs can help in every disease under the sun! We offer Yoga Therapy as complementary treatment.

Enjoy yoga at SAVY all September and later with these 10 wonderful ways to celebrate International Yoga Month!

Steps to claim your FREE YOGA WEEK:

  • Get your free ticket below.
  • Go to http://www.savy-international.com/london-yoga-classes/ and fill up and submit Registration Form online.
  • Check the schedule of classes on the same page. We recommend starting classes on Mondays.
  • Email/ call SAVY Studio to let us know you are coming.

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Jun 302013
 

Nabho Mudra in Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program

Nabho Mudra

Nabho Mudra

Nabho Mudra involves the tongue touching the palate and is somewhat similar to Khechari mudra in its action. Nabho mudra is mentioned in Gheranda Samhita and is practiced by meditators from various traditions. Nabho mudra is an easy form of Khechari Mudra, which is mentioned in Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and can be easily practised by anyone.

In Gheranda Samhita, Nabho Mudra is described as a practice where the practitioner turns the tongue upwards to meet the palate and then retains the breath. The text says that one can also do this during all activities like sitting, walking, etc.

Nabho Mudra or Simple/ Small Khechari – which Gheranda Samhita claims can remove all disease and suffering of the Yogi, forms an integral part of Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program, a scientifically and yogically correct and very effective breathing and meditation routine, full of possibilities. In Sanskrit, ‘Nabho’ means ‘space or heavens or sky’ and mudra means ‘posture’. So, literally it can be translated as ‘Space or Heavens or Sky Posture’. Mudras are the postures and act as smaller body locks for energy. Mahatma Budha also made use of Nabho mudra and Vipashyana, now more popular as Vipassana (Pali language), during meditation.

The breadth and depth of understanding and knowledge from the Vedas and other classical Yoga books from thousands of years ago is just astounding, overwhelming, breath-taking and divine! In this modern era, we have just begun to understand this unfathomable sea of knowledge, handed down from generation to generation in a few brief and concise verses, and experiential practices. The full potential of all this knowledge in physical, mental, metaphysical and spiritual dimensions can be comprehended by a devout, practising yoga practitioner through regular practice only.

Nabho Mudra is simple, more of a Raja Yoga practice. Khechari Mudra, a more profound, practice, done in Hatha Yoga, involves taking the tongue all the way back to reach the nasal cavity. Traditional Hatha Yoga is intended to lead to Raja Yoga, the ‘Royal Yoga’, the goal of which is the highest state of consciousness known as SamadhiKhechari is done with a lot of effort like milking the tongue and sometimes even cutting the frenulum of the tongue to free it. Once it is able to reach the nasal cavity, it can then be extended to the roof of the cavity. By stimulating certain regions of the cavity with the tongue, the yogi gets the benefit of amrita or nectar, as per Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Through this nectar, the yogi rejuvenates his body and attains long and healthy life. Whether this nectar is a physical secretion, or modulation of secretions from the master and other glands, is yet to be ascertained. 

Many masters say that cutting the frenulum for Khechari is unnecessary and the same results can be gained through constant practice of Nabho Mudra. It is said that during certain stages of meditation, the tongue automatically goes and touches the roof of the palate. By constant practice, the tongue can go further back towards the throat, till it touches the uvula at the back. Finally it can be made to enter the nasal cavity. This takes years of practice.

This mudra was kept a well-guarded secret for thousands of years, and very correctly so. Nabho and Khechari take the Yogi a step closer to gaining full control over the processes of the physical body. It is an old technique to achieve peace of mind and to facilitate a state of silent and deep meditation, and hence achieving the highest state of samadhi or contemplation.  Talavya or Talabhya Kriya (‘Talu‘ means palate; ‘Talavya‘ or ‘Talabhya‘ means related to palate) is the preparatory exercise to advance to a perfect Khechari Mudra. It must be learnt directly from a physical ‘Guru‘ and should only be practiced under direct supervision of the Guru. It takes a lot of practice to learn and to do accurately even when explained properly and correctly, and it must not be attempted except under expert guidance of a learned ‘Guru’ or teacher after understanding the procedure correctly. That is more because of what these mudras are capable of rather than just the procedures. Preliminary, preparatory procedures and training in Talabhya Kriya and other procedures are essential for serious exponents of Yoga.  Amateurish attempts at this may lead to many complications. However, very simple or initial versions can be explained and understood easily and can be taught even to non-yogis and not-so-advanced yogis.

Nabho Mudra can also be considered an easier option to the practice of full Khechari mudra. Though it remains to be documented medically, but clinically and in traditional Yoga practices, many different types of diseases, even intractable ones, have been found to resolve by the practice of this mudra. 

As a Sanskrit verse explains about Nabho Mudra:

यत्र यत्र स्थितों योगी सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा।

उर्ध्वजिव्ह: स्थिरो भूत्वाधारयेत्मवनं सदा।

नभोमुद्रा मवेदुषा योद्विना रोग नाशिनी।।

Yatra yatra sthitom yogi sarvakaryeshu sarvada

Urdhvajivha sthiro bhutvadharyetmavanam sada

Nabhomudra mavedusha yogvina roga nashini

Meaning 

The yogi, who stays constant in all aspects at all times, controls the breath

by placing the frontal part of tongue on the palate inside the mouth.

It puts an immediate stop to all mental turmoil.

All the diseases of yogi are destroyed by the practice of this mudra.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika states:

अथ खेछरी
कपाल-कुहरे जिह्वा परविष्ह्टा विपरीतगा |
भरुवोरन्तर्गता दॄष्ह्टिर्मुद्रा भवति खेछरी || ३२ ||

atha khecharī
kapāla-kuhare jihvā praviṣhṭā viparītaghā |
bhruvorantarghatā dṝṣhṭirmudrā bhavati khecharī || 32 ||

एवं करमेण षहण-मासं नित्यं युक्तः समाछरेत |
षहण्मासाद्रसना-मूल-शिरा-बन्धः परणश्यति || ३६ ||

evaṃ krameṇa ṣhaṇ-māsaṃ nityaṃ yuktaḥ samācharet |
ṣhaṇmāsādrasanā-mūla-śirā-bandhaḥ praṇaśyati || 36 ||

कलां पराङ्मुखीं कॄत्वा तरिपथे परियोजयेत |
सा भवेत्खेछरी मुद्रा वयोम-छक्रं तदुछ्यते || ३७ ||

kalāṃ parāngmukhīṃ kṝtvā tripathe pariyojayet |
sā bhavetkhecharī mudrā vyoma-chakraṃ taduchyate || 37 ||

रसनामूर्ध्वगां कॄत्वा कष्हणार्धमपि तिष्ह्ठति |
विष्हैर्विमुछ्यते योगी वयाधि-मॄत्यु-जरादिभिः || ३८ ||

rasanāmūrdhvaghāṃ kṝtvā kṣhaṇārdhamapi tiṣhṭhati |
viṣhairvimuchyate yoghī vyādhi-mṝtyu-jarādibhiḥ || 38 ||

न रोगो मरणं तन्द्रा न निद्रा न कष्हुधा तॄष्हा |
न छ मूर्छ्छा भवेत्तस्य यो मुद्रां वेत्ति खेछरीम || ३९ ||

na rogho maraṇaṃ tandrā na nidrā na kṣhudhā tṝṣhā |
na cha mūrchchā bhavettasya yo mudrāṃ vetti khecharīm || 39 ||

When the yogi now curls his tongue upward and back, he is able to, close the place where the three paths meet. The bending back of the tongue is khechari mudra and closes the three paths in akasha chakra. The yogi who remains but half a minute in this position is free from illness, old age and death. He who has mastered khechari mudra is not afflicted with disease, death, laziness, hunger, thirst and swooning. (HYP 8: 32-39)

Hatha Yoga Pradipika further says:

गोमांसं भक्ष्हयेन्नित्यं पिबेदमर-वारुणीम |
कुलीनं तमहं मन्ये छेतरे कुल-घातकाः || ४७ ||

ghomāṃsaṃ bhakṣhayennityaṃ pibedamara-vāruṇīm |
kulīnaṃ tamahaṃ manye chetare kula-ghātakāḥ || 47 ||

गो-शब्देनोदिता जिह्वा तत्प्रवेशो हि तालुनि |
गो-मांस-भक्ष्हणं तत्तु महा-पातक-नाशनम || ४८ ||

gho-śabdenoditā jihvā tatpraveśo hi tāluni |
gho-māṃsa-bhakṣhaṇaṃ tattu mahā-pātaka-nāśanam || 48 ||

जिह्वा-परवेश-सम्भूत-वह्निनोत्पादितः खलु |
छन्द्रात्स्रवति यः सारः सा सयादमर-वारुणी || ४९ ||

jihvā-praveśa-sambhūta-vahninotpāditaḥ khalu |
chandrātsravati yaḥ sāraḥ sā syādamara-vāruṇī || 49 ||

Daily he may eat the flesh of the cow and drink wine. The word go (cow) in Vedic language means tongue; eating it is to thrust it into the gullet, which produces heat in the body causing nectar to flow out of the moon (chandra nadi) situated on the left side of the eyebrow centre, also called ida nadi, and that is called drinking wine. (HYP 8: 47-49)

Gherand Samhita states:

The body becomes beautiful; samadhi is attained, and the tongue touching the holes in the roof of the mouth obtains various juices – first he experiences a saltish taste, through alkaline to bitter then astringent, then he feels the taste of butter then ghee, then of milk, then of curds, then of whey, then of honey, then of palm juice, and lastly arises the taste of nectar. (GS iii, 30-32)

 

Procedure

It must be learnt and practised only under an expert guidance. It is explained here as a reference for the benefit of those who are learning under an expert teacher.

  1. Sit in any of the Yogic sitting postures such as Padmasana, Sukhasana, Vajrasana, sitting in a chair or in stand-at-ease position. Initially, it is prudent to choose one of the sitting postures.
    padmasana

    Padmasana

  2. A correct and easy way of doing Nabho Mudra is by putting the tongue up against the palate, with the tip of the tongue touching between back of your teeth and hard palate, and tongue pressing against the hard palate, and keeping it there for as long as you can do it comfortably. More advanced techniques give access to varied functions.
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    Palate

    Nabho Mudra-Breathe and Heal

    Nabho Mudra-Breathe and Heal

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    Nabho Mudra

  3. A correct and easy way of doing first level of Khechari Mudra is to put the tip of the tongue against the soft palate, behind the hard palate. For this, the tongue has to be turned upside down, bringing the undersurface of the tongue up, and touching the tip of the tongue with the soft palate. Keep it there for as long as you can. If you feel uncomfortable or feel pain, unroll your tongue and relax for a few seconds and again resume. Build up your practice slowly. A low protein diet helps advancing in this process, as does singhasana (the lion pose).
     

    Khechari Mudra Level I

    Khechari Mudra Level I

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    Khechari

     

  4. Also, at the same time, you should be doing Shambhavi mudra – keep the eyesight in the middle of both the eyebrows, at Aagya Chakra. It’s more easily done with eyes closed. shambhavi

The correct and complete practice of Nabho Mudra is achieved only when your eyesight is between both the eyebrows, in Shambhavi Mudra, and your tongue is in contact with the palate. Both of these should be accomplished together at one time. 

Also, Nabho Mudra can be practiced with PranayamaGheranda Samhita also instructs about retaining the breath during this practice. That is optional during meditation. During meditation, the breath naturally slows down. During deeper states, one may experience natural suspension of breath for a few minutes. This is called Kevala kumbhaka. Forcing Kevala Kumbhak is unnecessary and undesirable.

Understanding the Action of Nabho Mudra

Though explanation of the full effects and the actions of this simple, and to many seemingly illogical and unscientific, yogic procedure or pose is beyond the scope of this article, yet we can make an attempt to understand basic mechanism of some of the leading physical effects of Nabho Mudra, and to some extent, Khechari Mudra.

During Nabho mudra the tongue is fixed in one spot touching the palate. When the tongue doesn’t move, the onslaught of thoughts also decreases naturally. Thoughts may still occur, but only minimally. This principle is of great help in meditation. Instead of fighting with thoughts, just use Nabho mudra to get substantial help to reduce thoughts per minute.

In Yogic terms, we understand that the cosmic or prana energy can flow through the Sushumna nadi and nourish the entire body. This flow may be interrupted at the region of the throat. The prana energy flows from Vishudhi Chakra to organs of speech.

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If the flow of prana energy is obstructed or is obliterated, this may cause or contribute towards the instability or distractibility of the mind. Nabho mudra connects that prana energy directly to the next energy centre, i.e., Aagya Chakra, through various marma points. Thus, it helps bypass the normal route and encourages freer flow of prana. Placing the tongue against the palate is one way to bypass this blockage. This reconnection tends to calm the mind and leads to attainment of eternal bliss. This depends on the point of contact – the alveolar groove, the hard palate, the soft palate, the epiglottis, the nares, etc.; the tongue gets connected to various nadis, or energy channels, by touching marma points. Just by putting your tongue up, you can use Nabho mudra to connect the front and back channels of your body which prevents build up of too much pitta or heat. Nabho mudra can also be used to passively conduct energy flow to various upper centers and marmas (bindu, sahasrara, aagya, sthapani, simanta, etc.).

When practising routines that arouse kundalini, it is one of three safety factors that prevent ‘burn out’ in the head region, while still allowing flow of cooler energy through the crown, the third eye, and all of the associated bindus. The other two safety factors are a fully relaxed jaw release, and a suspended head position, which is said to release krikatika marma.

krikatika

Medically speaking, our body responds to any kind of threat by the ‘fight or flight’ response.

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In either case, sympathetic nervous system kicks in and it leads to a rise in blood pressure, in addition to other phenomena.  Tension and stress of daily living are also perceived by the body as a danger signal and have the same physiology, and the body responds through the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system.

stress

The sensory nerves from the tongue to the brain, are branches of the trigeminal, facial, glossopharyngeal and vagus nerves; all of these, except the trigeminal, are linked to the parasympathetic component of the autonomic nervous system.

nerve-supply-of-tongue

Thus, through the practice of Nabho or Khechari Mudra, we stimulate these nerves which are concerned with relaxation and also monitor taste, secretion of the different salivary glands, respiration, and so on. Through the parasympathetic nervous system, we also gain access to the hypothalamus and the endocrine glands. A side effect of using Nabho or Khechari mudra in the quest for higher consciousness is the regulation of the endocrine system, especially the pituitary gland. Nabho or Khechari allow us to control thirst and hunger. Through more advanced practices, Yogis learn to get conscious control over regulation of brain centres for blood pressure, temperature, respiration etc.

Also, body mechanisms including Carotid sinuses help to control and regulate blood pressure.

carotid-sinus

Carotid sinuses are two remarkable organs situated at the bifurcation of the carotid artery on each side, in front of the neck and just below the level of the jaws, at the level of the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple. The carotid sinuses contain numerous baroreceptors which function as a “sampling area” for many homeostatic mechanisms for maintaining blood pressure. The carotid sinus baroreceptors are innervated by the sinus nerve of Hering, which is a branch of the IX cranial nerve . The glossopharyngeal nerve makes synapses in the nucleus tractus solitarii (NTS) located in the medulla oblongata of the brainstem. The NTS indirectly modulates the activity of sympathetic and parasympathetic (vagal) neurons in the medulla and pons through the hypothalamus. These neurons then regulate the autonomic control of the heart and blood vessels.

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The brain responds immediately to such a stimulus by adjusting the heart rate and contraction of the arterioles, thus correspondingly adjusting the blood pressure to keep it within normal range.

Thus, Nabho mudra, in very mechanistic terms, acts by virtue of the anatomical proximity of the root of the tongue to the carotid sinuses in the neck and through access to the parasympathetic nervous system through the nerves supplying tongue. The pull at the root of the tongue acts by applying a subtle drag on these sinuses in the neck, causing them to react as though they have detected high blood pressure, with the result that the heartbeat and the blood pressure decrease. This leads to relief in stress response and overall physical and mental relaxation.

These carotid sinuses as well as the sinus nerves were well known in ancient times. Shiva Samhita says: “Stop the flow of the vigyana nadis (sinus nerves) with the second fingers. This gives siddhi (power or control attained by a Yogi through practice) in the form of happiness and bliss.”

carotid-sinus

The implications of the above verses are obvious: if you gently press these carotid sinuses then you will become very relaxed and perhaps a little faint. This can help in various other yogic practices that lead to meditation. But all this must not be tried by an uninitiated person or except under  guidance and supervision.

Sira Matrika Marmas described in Sushruta Samhita correspond with the position of carotid sinuses. In the science of Marmani Chikitsa or Marma Therapy, there are five types of Marmas on the basis of consequences, in which one type is Sadyapranahara Marma, that means injury to these Marma leads to sudden death. Sira Matrika Marmas are eight in number, lie in the neck on either side of Kanthnadi between Nila and Manya Marmas, along the carotid artery. These are Sadyapranahara Marmas. 

Kalaripayattu is one of the oldest fighting systems in the world and is called the mother of martial arts. (Malayalam and Tamil, kalari: school or gymnasium, payattu: to fight or to exercise or to put hard work into. In Sanskrit, ‘Khalurika’ means parade ground or arena, and ‘payas’ means power or strength, or ‘pasi‘ meaning spear)  In this martial art, site corresponding to sira matrika is considered one of the death-causing marmani. 

In acupuncture, an offspring of Marmani Chikitsa, the point renying or Stomach 9 corresponds to the location of Sira Matrika Marma. The same point is used in acupressure also.

In Dim Mak or Kyoshu Jitsu, renying is considered one of the killer points. This point is also used to subdue the opponent in karate and krav maga

As explained in the video below, carotid sinus massage is a useful procedure in Medicine too:

Benefits

Nabho mudra is a very simple practice but it has many subtle influences on the health of body and brain. 

  • It helps modulate the parasympathetic system which leads to a state of relaxation, and results in immediate calmness of the mind and body.
  • Nabho Mudra has a profound effect on diseases of heart, lungs and brain and helps overcome insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, diseases of tongue, throat, eyes and is especially beneficial in all stress – related or psychosomatic diseases.
  • In conjunction with breathing exercises, mudras and procedures, this can influence health very positively and can help overcome diseases.
  • When the tongue is inserted into the nasal cavity in Khechari Mudra, many small nerves and glands are activated, thereby increasing the autonomous control of the body.
  • It is also said to decalcify the pineal gland, which plays an important role in spiritual awakening.

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 The Head of Faculty – Dr Jitender K Sahdev, in addition to being a Physician in Modern Medicine from India, is a Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Ayurveda Practitioner par excellence in London with over 51,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience and almost three decades of experience in Modern Medicine, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and other alternative treatment modalities. He utilizes Ayurveda and Yoga as stand-alone as well as complementary therapies for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients, for easing symptoms associated with disease, and more. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades.

Note : Yoga Therapy is best administered in an individualized manner though some generalized guidelines have been provided for all. You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new therapy or exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises or undertaking any therapy program.

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Jun 162013
 

Sukshma Yoga

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Sukshma Yoga-The Yoga for Everyone, or Subtle Yoga  is one of the most ancient and relatively little known form of Yoga. This is ‘The Yoga for Everyone’!

Sukshma Yoga can make you relax within a few minutes. Its effect penetrates subtle levels at the physical, mental and spiritual levels. This consists of gentle stretching and coordinated breathing, and breathing exercises, that result in deep relaxation. It includes easy exercises for the eyes, tongue and jaws, neck, hands, feet, knees, ankles and hips. In Sukshma Yoga the whole body, from head to toe, is treated, relaxed and rejuvenated. These exercises also stimulate, balance and energise the Marma points and Chakras. External and internal body parts undergo deep transformation in this type of Yoga. These are scientific exercises that not only make us strong and supple, but also help remove impurities from the body and improve the memory, concentration and will-power.

Sukshma Yoga routine includes more of those physical yogic movements which almost all of the people would be able to do. Hasta mudras or hand postures are also included. These classes are suitable even for those who have not done any form of yoga or exercise before and are afraid of trying yogic postures. The good thing about yoga is that there is something for everybody regardless of body weight, physical limitations/strength or flexibility. With the regular practice of those gentle movements you would be amazed to see how the yoga practice is helping you not only in making a difference in your lives but also helping in overcoming so many health issues. Regular practice of this type of Yoga ensures a long and healthy life.

People of every age, make, fitness level,belief, faith can do and receive the benefits of these exercises that can be very comfortably and safely practised. These exercises also make you ready for getting deeper into yoga and meditation in a very subtle way.

Our Beginners’ Level classes are based on Sukshma Yoga or Subtle Yoga.

You can learn Sukshma Yoga at SAVY under the most qualified and experienced faculty in London ON, and one of the most qualified and experienced faculty in North America!

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Jun 102013
 

North London SAVY Yoga – Deep Stretch Yoga

SAVY Yoga has been serving the city of London and surrounding areas since 2011 under the most qualified and experienced faculty in LONDON and CANADA, and one of the most qualified and experienced faculty in the WORLD! To serve the people of London in a better way, instead of serving some run-of-the-mill pseudo-yoga routines, we offer some very useful and healing, authentic Yoga/ Pranayama routines, ranging from gentle to very challenging Yoga, for the  beginner to the advanced student alike.

Here, we bring to you an introduction to Yoga classes being taught at our North London SAVY Yoga Studio.

Through demonstration, discussion and experiential movement, you will gain key understanding of proper postures and how to keep your body safe. As common sense dictates, one can function properly only if one is disease-free and is in a healthy state of body, mind and spirit. So, for us, your health and disease-free state comes first of all. Asanas, Pranayama, Mudras, Marmas, Kriyas, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana – our Yoga is much more than mere gymnastics and sauna! 

North London Yoga Classes at SAVY bring to you the taste, values and expertise of the true traditional Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga from India. Inspired adherence to the eight pillars or steps of yoga bestow one with a calm mind and fit body and lead one towards attaining an emancipated life. In more physical or materialistic  terms, Yoga is more than capable of keeping one physically and mentally fit and disease-free. It has become the new hot and favoured way to sweat it out for better health. SAVY Yoga is a humble step in that direction.

Deep Stretch Yoga

Ananjayesama

Deep Stretch Yoga, Ananjayesana

What is Deep Stretch Yoga

Deep Stretch Yoga includes Yoga postures for deep stretching of body combined with breathing patterns which facilitate deep stretch. It is based on classical Hatha Yoga postures and breathing patterns. 

Deep Stretch Yoga is based on the Yogic/ Ayurvedic concept of ida and pingala, or the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems in the modern science lingo – the opposite and complementary principles in the microcosm. Ida nadi represents the resting, relaxed state – the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; pingala nadi represents the fight or flight scenario, the changing, moving, revealing aspect. 

Deep Stretch Yoga has been used for thousands of years to improve meditation practices. These yoga postures, when held for a longer duration, instill deep calm and help us get in touch with the inner consciousness and manifest their benefits at the physical, mental and spiritual levels. The practice of Deep Stretch Yoga trains us in the habit of slowing down, paying attention and listening – listening to our body, to our mind, to the soothing sound of the Ujjayi breath. Deep Stretch Yoga goes hand in hand with the practice of mindfulness and helps to fine-tune the various skills that bring us back to the here and now.This routine shows the way towards gentle and prolonged stretching and coordinated breathing, and breathing exercises, that results in deep relaxation. Advanced practice stimulates, balances and energises the Marma points and Chakras and leads on to awakening of kundalini.

Deep-Stretch Yoga is a lesser known form of ancient yoga which usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine, and educates the connective tissues of the body to stretch and the mind to focus. The poses are typically held for up to five minutes, sometimes even longer, but the benefits start with holding poses for more than 70 seconds. Focus on these tissues has a better effect on stretching and exercising of the bone and joints areas of the body. 

In faster changing sequence of postures, mainly the muscles in the body are stimulated, encouraging strength and physical health. But, over time, if deep stretch is not practiced, the muscles and the joints of the body become more susceptible to injury. As one ages, a lack of flexible joints in the body increases the risk of pain and injury. Deep stretch yoga increases one’s ability to perform other forms of yoga by having better lubricated, flexible joints.

The most major difference between deep stretch and other forms of yoga is the effect on the mind. Deep Stretch Yoga creates a better sense of balance, connectedness and peace of mind.

Not all yoga postures are suitable for Deep Stretch Yoga. This is due to the fact that in Deep-Stretch Yoga, various positions are held for a longer duration.

Physiology

Muscles account for about forty percent of the resistance against the body’s flexibility, while connective tissue accounts for about fifty percent. The intensity and physical benefits of Deep Stretch Yoga practice depend on two variables:

  1. Duration of the asana, and
  2. Temperature of the muscle.

Asanas are usually held for five minutes, but can be held for longer periods too. 

Deep Stretch Yoga should be practiced when the muscles are not yet warmed up. Less elastic muscles, when cold, allow more stress to be transferred to the connective tissue. Muscles are kept relaxed to avoid muscle spasm, which could result from engaging muscles for long periods.

Who is Deep Stretch Yoga For

People of every age can do and receive the benefits of Deep Stretch Yoga. This type of practice is beneficial to a wide variety of people. In fact, everyone who wants to get deeper into the practice of Yoga should do this routine regularly. Some find holding poses for longer duration difficult, but the benefits outweigh the difficulties.

This is for you if you are tired, over-stimulated, if your energy is too erratic, your mind is overactive, you are craving for energy or you feel you have too much of it! With laptops, phones and other mobile devices bombarding our senses all the time, it’s easy to end up staying switched on all the time, with a mind that is constantly busy processing all that information that you throw at it. 

These exercises teach you how to regulate those sensory inputs. These also make you ready for getting deeper into yoga and meditation in a very subtle way. Deep Stretch Yoga is beneficial in eating disorders, osteoporosis, in-patient drug treatment centers, drug addiction rehabilitation centers, or even for those seeking pain treatment and trauma recovery.

With the regular practice of this kind of yoga, you would be amazed to see how the yoga practice helps you not only in making a difference in your lives but also helps in overcoming so many health issues. Regular practice of Yoga ensures a long and healthy life.

Principles to follow for Deep Stretch Yoga

  • Tristhana. Bandha, Drishti and Ujjayi should be adhered to.  
  • Alignment. As this is a more advanced practice, you have to be more careful about the correct alignment.
  • Be gentle. Move slowly and gently into the pose. Don’t gun for the maximum in the pose right in the beginning, and never stretch so far as to cause pain.
  • Be compassionate. Consciously try to ease into the pose, and maintain stillness. If you have to fidget or shift position too much, loosen it and take it a bit easy on you. Be compassionate to yourself.
  • Be still. start with holding a pose for at least 70 seconds and progress to 5 minutes or more.
  • Be patient. Even when the body is yearning to race out of the pose, take your time and come out of the pose slowly.

Benefits

Deep-Stretch Yoga benefits the mind, body and spirit in a variety of ways. These may include:

  • Stillness: feeling calm and balanced
  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Optimized circulation
  • Improved flexibility 
  • Deep fascial release
  • Greater joint mobility
  • Balance to the internal organs
  • Improved flow of Prana
  • Regulated energy levels
  • Prevention of osteoporosis
  • Better bone health
  • Greater strength
  • Improved overall health
  • Greater stamina for everything
  • Slowed signs of aging
  • Ease and deepening of meditation
  • Deeper relaxation
  • Improved practice of other forms of yoga

You can learn authentic Deep Stretch Yoga under the most qualified and experienced faculty at SAVY Studio.

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Dr Jitender K SahdevDesignations

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

D.Sc. (AM), Ph.D. (AM), M.D. (AM)

E-RAP 2500, E-RYTh 2500, E-RWT 500, RYBT, RWSYT, RWPYT, RWCYT (Worldwide Yoga Alliance, Canada)

E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT (Yoga Alliance, USA)

M.B.,B.S.,

Fc Surgery (SASMS)

Fc Surgical Oncology (SASMS)

FPC (IMA-AKNSI)

President and Director of Teaching

Please contact us to learn more about Yoga and Ayurveda. We would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited in courses and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So, respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming Yoga experience. 

Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

 

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