Nov 232015
 

Pranayama kosha or Energy Body

Pranamaya Kosha Taittiriya Upanishad further says: “Inside this is another body made of life energy. It fills the physical body and takes its shape. Those who treat this vital force as divine experience excellent health and longevity because this energy is the source of physical life.”

This second dimension or kosha is called pranamaya kosha, the energy body, and is the first of the three layers of the Astral Body or Linga Shareera or Sukshma Shareera.

This second kosha is composed of prana, or chi, or ka, or pneuma, or mana, or life force. It is made up of 72,000 nadis, or astral tubes, through which prana, the vital energy, flows. Prana is a Sanskrit word meaning movement, motion or vibration. It is the vital force that produces the subtle vibrations related to breath, and which are the driving force behind the physical aspect of the senses and the operation of the physical body. Prana is the universal principle of energy. It is all the energies in the universe put together, which includes the forces of nature as well as the power within us. It is the life force that enters us at birth, stays and travels within the body and leaves us when we die. Pranamaya kosha is the vital life energy which organises the body parts and provides movement for mental and physical expression. It allows the invisible indweller, our True Self to be able to animate in the external world. At the same time, however, it allows the eternally still, silent center of consciousness to be mistakenly identified as the moving, visible physical body.

Prana is in constant motion throughout life. It is manifest not only in human beings, but also in animals, herbs or trees, oceans, mountains, minerals and bacteria. Even the tiniest part of an atom has prana. This prana is both, :

  • visible, and
  • invisible.

Visible prana manifests before you – wherever there is prana there is movement, growth, change and activity, and where there is no prana there is no activity. When we die the body dissipates because it has become completely bereft of prana. Visible prana is manifest right in front of you. After death the body dissipates because there is no prana in it. Also, if pranas are agitated or there is an imbalance, there is imbalance everywhere.

Prana is responsible for the action of the karmendriyas, the organs of action. Indriya means vehicle, tool or sense. Karma means action. There are five karmendriyas:

  1. feet,
  2. hands,
  3. vocal cords,
  4. urinary and
  5. excretory systems.

Through these five karmendriyas you perform five gross actions. Prana is responsible for the action of the karmendriyas, the organs of action – Prana is the force behind them. Also, there has to be coordination between the prana and the indriyas or sense organs. If there is too much prana, then children sometimes become hyperactive. Hyperactivity in the body is due to hyperactivity of the prana. In old age, we become slow due to lack of prana. Pranamaya kosha is the energy in annamaya kosha.

As per Vedic scriptures, there are five types of Prana, located in different parts of the body that support us. These five pranas affect energy through subtle channels. There five pranas are:

  1. prana,
  2. apana,
  3. udana,
  4. samana and
  5. vyana.

Vayus

These forms of prana control various functions in the physical body. For example, urination, excretion, insemination and childbirth are consequences of apana. Then there are five auxiliary or secondary pranas. 

According to the classical tradition, prana enters the womb in the fourth month of pregnancy. When an embryo is developed in the mother’s womb, it is part of the mother’s body and prana. After the third month, the independent or individual pranas manifest in the foetus. That is, from the fourth month, the mother’s prana and the prana of the embryo become two different pranas.

For both a healthy life and the practice of meditation, it is very useful, or essential that this level of our being be trained, regulated, and directed, so that it flows smoothly. In Pranayama and meditation, we become aware of Pranamaya kosha, explore it, and then go inward, to and through the other koshas. At a more realized level, boundaries fade away; every exhalation becomes another’s inhalation and every inhalation is another’s exhalation. This prana is a part of cosmic life. Each and every creature, each and every thing in this world is a part of cosmic life. Prana is the force or energy for all kinds of motion. A Yogi who has mastered the knowledge of Prana also gains mastery over all manifestations of powers in the cosmos. 

Refinement and Development of Pranamaya Kosha

Learning to direct and regulate prana is important to maintain health. The nerves and endocrine glands are the physical correlates of the pranic body’s nadis and chakras. Ayurveda says that health issues begin at energetic levels before manifesting physically.  Prana gets its nourishment through the air we breathe as well as the food we eat. The lungs and the large intestine are connected to each other. They both supply us with Prana, the lungs because they absorb the essence of the air, and the large intestine absorbs the essence and the nutrition of food. The Prana gets nourished, which in turn nourishes both the body and the mind. It is possible to nourish Prana through the following methods:

  • Pranamaya kosha is directly influenced through practice of pranayama. It is imperative to have an impeccable technique for Pranayama.
  • Take sattvic food. It helps energize Pranamaya Kosha.
  • Practice asanas with an awareness of the breath. 
  • Releasing what you don’t need is as important as adding what you need; spend less time on the activities (or relationships) that dim your inner light.
  • Practice good intention and repetition; you can change the energy of your inner and outer environment.
  • Practice mauna (noble silence). Try making meals in silence, or while chanting or singing uplifting mantras.
  • Mudras connect different nadis; their knowledge and practice can strengthen Prana.
  • Mantras have a positive influence on nadis. Chant or sing mantras suited to your Pranic body.
  • Marma Therapy acts on marmas and can be very helpful.
  • Traatak, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana also are very useful.
 

Koshas – Yogis Sheaths of our Being

Annamaya Kosha or Physical Body

Pranamaya Kosha or Energy Body

Manomaya Kosha or Mental Body

Vigyanamaya Kosha or Intellectual or Wisdom Body

Anandamaya Kosha or Bliss

To delve deeper into this important topic in Yoga, please check different courses at SAVY. 

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Nov 162015
 

Drishti – Focused Gaze in Yoga

drishti

Control of drishti, or gaze, has been taught in Yoga for thousands of years. On a simple level, drishti uses a specific gazing direction for the eyes to control attention. Focusing gaze helps in focusing mind. In every asana in yoga, students are taught to direct their gaze to one of nine specific points, but the full meaning of drishti isn’t limited to its value in asana. 

In Sanskrit, drishti means gaze; it can also mean a vision, a point of view, or intelligence and wisdom. The use of drishti in asana serves both as a training technique and as a metaphor for focusing consciousness toward a vision of oneness. Drishti organizes our perceptual apparatus to recognize and overcome the limits of ‘normal’ vision. One of the main purposes of yoga is to bring the consciousness to one point so that it isn’t constantly wandering from one thing to another. In every posture of the yoga series there is a drishti, or gaze, so that the mind remains focused and concentrated. A drishti encourages an inward looking attitude and discourages students from looking around the room or being distracted by non-yogic thoughts.

Incorporating drishtis into every posture is an advanced practice. Students usually master co-ordinated breath and movement (vinyasa) first and then gradually incorporate more bandha and drishti work into their practice. Sometimes in meditation and pranayama practices the eyes are held half-open and the gaze is turned up toward the third eye or the tip of the nose. In the Bhagavad Gita (VI.13), Krishna instructs Arjuna, “One should hold one’s body and head erect in a straight line and stare steadily at the tip of the nose.” When using the inner gaze, sometimes called Antaric Drishti, the eyelids are closed and the gaze is directed in and up toward the light of the third eye. As Iyengar says, “The closure of the eyes directs the sadhaka (practitioner) to meditate upon Him who is verily the eye of the eye… and the life of life.”

Throughout the history of yoga, clear, true perception has been both the practice and goal of yoga. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna, “You are not able to behold me with your own eyes; I give thee the divine eye, behold my Lordly yoga” (11.8). In Yoga Sutras, the classic exposition of yoga, Patanjali points out that in viewing the world, we tend not to see reality clearly, but instead get deluded by the error of false perception. This basic misidentification is called avidya (ignorance), and its counterpart, vidya, is our true identity. In Chapter II, verse 6, he says that we confuse the act of seeing with the true perceiver: purusha, the Self. He continues, in verse 17, to say that this confusion about the true relationship between the act of seeing, the object seen, and the identity of the Seer is the root cause of suffering. His cure for this suffering is to look correctly into the world around us.

Vipashyana or Vipassana

The correct use of tristhana – breath, bandha and drishti in yoga practice is said to bring us closer to reality and unleash the power of the five elements:

  • The element of earth is activated by moola bandha, producing foundation, stability and strength.
  • The element of water is found in the fluidity of flowing posture work, or vinyasa, and in the sweat produced by the practice.
  • The element of air is linked to by the continuous and uninterrupted flow of ujjayi breath in and out of the body and the feeling of lightness created by the application of bandhas.
  • The element of fire is found by connecting to the heat of the practice, particularly at manipura chakra and throughout the body.
  • The element of ether or space is found during the postures as students seek to open up the body and find new levels of stretch and flexibility.

Yoga brings about transformation on a physical, emotional, mental and energetic level. When the above elements are incorporated into a correct practice, the process of positive change starts. The positive transformation of the body and mind by yoga is seen as the fruit of practice and a reward for working with dedication and discipline at this demanding system of asana practice.

Drishti, or focused gaze, is a means for developing concentrated intention. It relates to the fifth limb of yoga (pratyahara) concerning sense withdrawal, as well as the sixth limb (dharana) relating to concentration.

Each yoga asana is associated with a particular dṛiṣhṭi. There are nine drishtis (when you count both Parshva Dṛiṣhṭis, left and right sides, as one). The practice of drishti develops concentration—and teaches you to see the world as it really is. 

Eyes are the doors which connect the inside mind to the outside world. If the eyes are totally fixed, the mind really stops; it cannot wander. The eyes are the most delicate. That is why they can be more tense than any other part, and with the eyes in tension, the whole mind is tense. The eyes are just doors to the mind. We are predominantly visual creatures. Where our eyes are directed, our attention follows. Our attention is the most valuable thing we have, and the visible world can be an addictive, over-stimulating, and spiritually debilitating lure. When we get caught up in the outer appearance of things, our prana (vitality) flows out and gets dissipated. Allowing the eyes to wander creates distractions that lead us further away from focus.

By controlling and directing the focus of eyes, and then of attention, we can control the focus of our mind.

Besides its use in asana, drishti is applied in other yogic practices. In the kriya of trataka, the eyes are held open until tears flow. This technique not only gives the eyes a wash but also challenges the student to practice overriding unconscious urges – in this case, the urge to blink.

Our eyes can only see objects in front of us that reflect the visible spectrum of light, but yogis seek to view an inner reality not normally visible. With practice, we become aware of how our brains let us see only what we want to see. Often our opinions, prejudices, and habits prevent us from seeing the reality. Drishti is a technique for seeing correctly the world around us. Used in this way, it becomes a technique for removing the ignorance that obscures this true vision, a technique that allows us to see oneness in everything.

Drishti types

Nine Types of Drishti

Angusthamadhye

For Anguṣṭhamadhye drishṭi, meaning ‘to the middle of the thumb, the practitioner looks to the thumb.

Examples of asanas which employ Aṅguṣṭhamadhye as their dṛiṣhṭi can be found in the Surya Namaskara vinyasas.

Bhrumadhye

The Bhrumadhye drishṭi, meaning ‘to the middle of the eyebrows/brow, has the gaze set at the ‘third eye’, which is right between the eyebrows. In order to do this, the eyes are closed half way. This purportedly stimulates the olfactory and optic nerves, consequently awakening the autonomic and central nervous systems. It soothes the cranial nerves and aids concentration, and helps awaken kundalini shakti.

It is advised that caution be taken as prolonged or incorrect practice may cause problems for the eye muscles or nervous system. Initial practice is often done for only seconds at a time, but is gradually increased.

An example of a vinyasa which includes the Bhrumadhye dṛiṣhṭi in its practice is Surya Namaskara.

Nasagre

The Nasagre drishṭi, meaning ‘to the tip of the nose’, has the eyes fixed on the tip of the nose. Purportedly strengthens the eye muscles.

Keep the body pose firm, in Padmasana if possible, and centre the gaze at the tip of the nose. In the later stages, it can be practised even with the closed eyes. The process of gazing at the tip of the nose without fluttering the eyelids, helps to achieve the concentration of the mind.

While learning it can be performed even for a minute or two at a stretch. Later, it may be practised for longer duration. 

This helps achieve the concentration of the brain fast and with ease.

Hastagrahe

The Hastagrahe drishti, generally meaning ‘the taking of the hand’ or ‘the putting of the hand to’, or (in the context of dṛiṣhṭi) ‘to the tips of the hand’, involves looking at the (usually extended) tips or palm of the hand.

Utthita Trikonasana, and its twisted partner Parivrtta Trikonasana are two examples of asanas which use Hastagraha dṛiṣhṭi.

Parshva

Parshva drishti, involves looking to the left or right side.

Urdhva

Urdhva drishti has the eyes pointing upwards, to the sky.

Nabhichakre

The navel is the center of focus for the Nabhichakre drishti, meaning ‘to the (magical) navel-circle’.

Adho-Mukha-Shvanasana uses the Nabhichakre drishti.

Padayoragre

Padayoragre drishti, meaning ‘to the tips of the feet’, is gazing to the toes.

Basis of Drishti

The source of drishtis in yoga is limbs 5 and 6 from the eight limbs of yoga. The 5th limb of yoga pratyahara concerns sense withdrawal. To avoid the delusion and suffering caused by preoccupation with sense objects as described in the Maitri Upanishad, sense withdrawal is practiced in order to help the practitioner become ‘centered’. According to tantric philosophy, keeping ‘centered’ madhya will eventually suspend the mind and prana, allowing recognition of bhairava, or device consciousness.

The sixth limb of yoga dharana (concentration), includes maintaining drishti during yoga practice in order to ensure dhyana (meditation) will occur.

Variation Between Styles

There may be differences between different styles regarding how drishti is practiced and which ones are used for specific asanas, however drishti is a primary part of Hatha Yoga, Gyana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Raja Yoga traditions.

In Practice

As with many Yogic techniques, with drishti there is a danger of mistaking the technique for the goal. Dedicate your use of the body (including the eyes) to transcend your identification with it. So when you look at an object during your practice, don’t focus on it with a hard gaze. Instead, use a soft gaze, looking through it toward a vision of cosmic unity. Soften your focus to send your attention beyond outer appearance to inner essence.

In general, practitioners should use the various bahya (external) gazing points during more externally oriented yoga practices, including asanas, kriyas (cleansing practices), seva (the service work of karma yoga), and bhakti (devotion); use the antaric (internal) gaze to enhance contemplative and meditative practices. If you find yourself closing the eyes during any practice and focusing on the dramas or perplexities of life instead of being able to maintain a neutral, detached focus, re-establish an outer gaze. On the other hand, if the outer gaze becomes a distraction to your concentration, perhaps an inner-directed correction is necessary.

Constant application of drishti develops ekagrata, single-pointed focus. When you restrict your visual focus to one point, your attention doesn’t wander from object to object. Moreover, it becomes much easier for you to notice the internal wanderings of your attention and maintain balance in mind as well as body.

Drishti Gives The True View

A Yogi uses a vision comprised of viveka (discrimination between ‘real view’ and ‘unreal, apparent view’) and vairagya (detachment from a mistaken identification with either the instrument of seeing or that which is seen). Charged with yogic vision, we see our true Self. As we gaze at others, we perceive our own form, which is Love itself. We see their suffering as our own; our heart is filled with compassion for the struggles of all the souls. The yogic gaze emerges from an intense desire to achieve the highest goal of unitive consciousness, rather than from egoistic motives that create separation, limitation, judgment, and suffering.

Like all yogic practices, drishti uses the gifts of a human body and mind as a starting place for connecting with our full potential. When we clear our vision of the veils of habits, opinions, ideas, and their false projections about what is real and what is false, we gaze beyond outer differences toward the absolute Truth of internal oneness.

To delve deeper into this important topic in Yoga, please check different courses at SAVY. 

 Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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Sep 172015
 

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SAVY FACE YOGA© – 1 is based specifically on:

  • Mukha Yoga (Face Yoga) exercises,
  • Asanas (Yoga Postures),
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  • Marmas (Indian Pressure Ponts), and more, 

All these offer immense healing potential, for the body, mind and spirit.

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Jan 172015
 

Yoga Science of Hand Gestures – Hasta Mudra Vigyan

Hand PosturesMudra‘ means a seal! In Yoga, one can make mudras with hands, eyes, whole body etc. All these mudras work in harmony with other healing methods and, done regularly, can have wonderful healing effects. Therapy with mudras offers very effective results. It works through the energy system of the body – nadis, chakras, marmas. Hasta Mudras are the gestures made with hands.

 

Our hands gestures express our inner feelings and deeper consciousness.We see mudra used, though in a crude form of common hand gestures, every day: we make an ‘o’ when things are OK, or give a ‘thumbs up’ sign, and we express peace by raising the index and middle fingers, which can express the opposite if the hand is reversed! This is one of the greatest secrets in yoga, right at the tips of your fingers! You can take your yoga practice and even your health to a completely new level by touching your finger-tips in some particular way. These particular finger positions are called ‘hasta mudras’, or hand gestures, or energy seals.

Hasta Mudras or hand  gestures allow you to direct the developed awareness of the vital energy (prana) within your body. By using mudras in your yoga and meditation practice, you can facilitate healing, balance your energy levels, focus your mind, and deepen your meditation. Holding a mudra, or hand position, during an asana practice brings a powerful and profound steadiness and focus to your practice. You can even control your breath through mudras. Mudras can generate a strong psychic effect upon the inner being and facilitate spiritual advancement.

The hand and finger positions of mudras or hand gestures make important connections in the nervous system and stimulate specific energy pathways (nadis). It is also said that mudras increase energy and blood circulation to different parts of the brain, to important nerve junctions and glands.

Early yogis mapped out the hand areas and their associated reflexes which relate to the different areas of the body and brain. These areas of the hands and fingers also affect emotions and behaviors. By curling, stretching, crossing and touching fingers to other fingers and areas of the hand we can effectively communicate with the body and mind.

Certain mudras in yoga control the involuntary physiological processes and the breathing. Mudras accomplish this by uniting various marma points in the fingers that in turn activate different areas of the brain as well as the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

One example is when you join your hands together palm-to-palm in Namaste or Anjali mudra; this brings marmas together and nerve circuits in the head and the upper part of the body in the vagus nerve system are united together. This produces a physiological response that induces calmness and a deeper breath.

Your hands are essentially an energy map of consciousness. Each finger has a quality that it represents and stimulates. In traditional yoga,

  • the little finger represents tamas (inertia)
  • the fourth or ring finger represents rajas (activity, action, passion);
  • the middle finger represents satva (purity, peace)
  • the index finger represents the atma or individual soul; and
  • the thumb represents the Parmatama or Supreme soul.

The fingers also affect the elements of the body, the chakras, the major organs, and even planetary energies.

Perhaps the most basic mudra in yoga is accomplished by touching the thumb and the index finger together to form Gyan Mudra, or the seal of wisdom. You can also say that this mudra symbolizes the union of the individual soul (index finger) with the Supreme soul (thumb).

There are hundreds of mudras in yoga, yet mudras are rarely taught extensively in yoga classes. You can facilitate healing, expand your consciousness, relax your mind, and improve psychological conditions by simply touching your fingers and hands together. Mudras are easy to perform at any time, although sitting in the lotus position and focusing on the healing is desirable. Although mudras can be used for healing certain ailments, regular practise of mudras will contribute to your overall good health and can be used as a preventive measure. Continuous practice of the mudras will produce changes in your body using pulse centres on parts of your hands, which trigger certain healing processes.

Mudras are performed with both hands at the same time, unless otherwise specified. ingers should remain comfortable during the procedure and not held stiffly or tight.

The science of Mudra Vigyan is amazing. Mudras can be quite effective in some illnesses like: Shunya Mudra for ear ache, Apan Mudra for urinary infections, Mritsanjiveni Mudra for heart attack are some of the examples.

Basis

Our body is composed of five elements – earth, water, air, fire and ether (space). These five elements also form cosmos. These five elements have assigned functions in our body to keep it healthy. After intensive research, Indian sages found that Hastamudras (hand gestures) are very important, for keeping a balance in the energy the flow among the five elements. All five fingers regulate the five elements of body.

 Hasta mudras

These are as follows–

(a) Thumb – Fire element

(b) Index finger – Air element

(c) Middle finger – Space or ether element

(d) Ring finger – Earth element

(e) Little finger – Water element

Fingers in Vedic Astrology

According to Vedic Astrology, the Jupiter (index) finger, when long, indicates a love of power and command over others; when short, it denotes a dislike of responsibility and lack of ambition.

The Saturn (middle) finger, when long, indicates prudence, love of solitude and a reserved, studious disposition; when short, it denotes frivolousness and a general lack of seriousness in all things.

The Sun (ring) finger, when long, indicates a love of the beautiful, a desire for celebrity status and fame; when excessively long, the tendency towards notoriety, speculative risk-taking, the love of money and gambling; when short, it denotes a dislike for all these things.

The Mercury (little) finger, when long, indicates mental power, a grasp of languages, and the power of expression, especially in speech; when short, it denotes difficulty in speaking and expression of thoughts; when crooked, with an irregular Head Line, it denotes a handicapped mentality.

Hasta mudras are helpful in maintaining good health and getting relief from diseases. Joining the tips of the fingers or pressing by thumb, regulate and balance respective elements in the body. Its daily practice can keep oneself healthy for life. It has tremendous healing power and if practiced properly, even major diseases can be cured. It also offers happiness and spiritual attainments.

How to perform hand mudras

Mudras in general are actions of hands and fingers that can be performed at any time in any way, like sitting, standing, walking or travelling though maximum benefit can be derived by doing them in sitting posture: especially in sukhasana (easy pose), vajrasana, or padmasana. If you have time constraints, you can even perform them in installments.

Timing and duration for mudras

Initially, mudras should be performed for at least 10 minutes and then can be extended to 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Here are some guidelines for performing Mudras:

  1. Balance, Decrease, Increase :
    • Touching the Tip of the Finger and Thumb Balances the Element represented by the Finger.
    • Touching the Finger Tip at the base of the Thumb Decreases the Element.
    • Touching the Thumb Tip to the base of the Finger Increases the Element.
  2. A light contact between the tips of the thumb and the fingers is sufficient, you need not apply pressure.
  3. Fingers not actively involved in the Mudra should be straight.
  4. Whenever possible, perform the Mudra with both hands. Mudra can be performed with one hand when there is problem on opposite side.
  5. Mudras can be Practised anytime, anywhere.
  6. Mudras can be performed by anybody, facing any Direction. Mudras are universal.
  7. Chanting of Mantras [eg: Aum, Gayatri, Om Namah Shivaya] with Mudras gives better results.
  8. Suitable dietary advice can reinforce the benefits of Mudras.
  9. For therapy, the specific Mudras are to be practised for 50 minutes, followed by Prana Mudra.
  10. Prana , Apana , Prithvi and Gyana Mudra can be practised for unlimted time . Other Mudras must be practised till the problem persists.

 

Here are some representative Hasta Mudras or Yogic Hand Gestures:

Gyan Mudra or Mudra of Knowledge

Gyan Mudra

Method:

Join tips of index fingers and thumb and keep three fingers straight. Keep your hand at your folded knee, remember to keep palm facing up. Put a little pressure on joined tips and rest of the hand would be in relaxed position.

Effect:

Mudra of knowledge – it connects you with universal knowledge. The tip of thumb correlates to the pituitary and endocrine glands. When you press these centers with the index finger the two glands work actively.

Time duration:

Practice it for 20-30 minutes every day.

Benefits:

Enhances memory, sharpens intellect, enhances concentration and prevents insomnia. When practiced regularly, it will relieve psychological disorders like hysteria, anger, depression etc. It also prevents headache, loss of sleep, tension, anxiety, depression and fears. It helps in spiritual attainments.

 

Prithvi Mudra or Mudra of Earth

Prithvi Mudra

Method:

Tip of the ring finger touches the tip of the thumb with the other three fingers stretched out.

Specialty:

Reduces all physical weaknesses.

Time duration:

Has no particular time duration. You can practice it any time you want.

Benefits:

  • Helps to increase weight for weak life-force people
  • Improves the complexion of skin and makes the skin glow
  • Promotes body functionality

 

Varuna Mudra or Mudra of Water

Varuna Mudra

Method:

Tip of little finger touches the tip of thumb with the other three fingers stretched out.

Specialty:

Balances the water content and prevents all diseases which come due to lack of water.

Time duration:

Has no specific time duration. Can be practiced according to convenience.

Benefits:

  • Retains clarity in blood by balancing water content in the body
  • Prevents the pain of Gastroenteritis and Muscle Shrinkage

Vayu Mudra or Mudra of Air

Vayu Mudra

Method:

Keep the index finger on the base of the thumb and press with the thumb keeping the other three fingers straight.

Specialty:

Prevents diseases that occur due to imbalances in the air.

Time duration:

The practice of this mudra for 45 minutes reduces the severity of disease in 12 to 24 hours. For better results practice for 40-60 days.

Benefits:

  • Relieves Rheumatism, Arthritis, Gout, Parkinson’s disease and paralysis without any medicine
  • Useful for Cervical Spondilytis, paralysis of the face, and pressure on nerves in neck
  • Relieves gas pressure in the stomach

Shunya Mudra or Mudra of Emptiness

Shunya Mudra

Method:

Keep the middle finger at the mount of Venus and press with the thumb.

Specialty:

Reduces the dullness in the body.

Time duration:

One can practice this for 40 to 60 minutes daily until relieved.

Benefits:

  • Relieves an earache within 4 or 5 minutes

Useful for the deaf and mentally challenged

 

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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.

Jul 272014
 

SAVY Newsletter, August 2014

A Very Happy SAVY 3rd Anniversary to you from all of us at SAVY! We, at SAVY, celebrate our 3rd Annivarsary and we enter into our 4th year of operation together. We thank you for all the trust and faith you have placed in us and for staying with us!

This is as much your success as it is ours. We have been trying to do our best and bring the best in Yoga to you, and you have been there to recognize, accept and reward our efforts. Thanks for your patience and support! Like everything else around us, SAVY was and is just a concept, our combined expectations and efforts have helped to take it one step further towards a real shape. SAVY has been moving from strength to strength! It has progressed from one to three Studios spread around London. For all that SAVY has been able to accomplish during these years, please check SAVY Storyline here.

SAVY was conceived to be an island of excellence for Yoga, Yoga Therapy, meditation, breathing exercises, Marma, Nada and other elements of Yoga. 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, pushing the bar up a little all the time; you have had a taste of some of this excellence, more is on way.

On this auspicious occasion, in line with our promise bringing the best to you in all our attempts, at the most affordable rates, we have kept SAVY the most affordable Yoga Studio in London. Here is what all we have on offer for you:

As a token of thanks to you, and in keeping with our promises, we bring another (incredible) offer to keep you fit, healthy and in shape. At $39/ month for regular yoga at SAVY, this is the most economical plan in North America! Please click on the image to find more details of this offer. This offer is open for everyone!

Classes at South London and North London locations are on as usual. Please check  Downtown Yoga Classes page for registration of classes at downtown location.

Yoga Gift Certificate

Also, you can still get the 20-Class Gift Certificate for $99; we have some of them available for you. At less than $5 per class, does it get any better?

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!

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 starting on August 1, 2014 and September 1, 2014 in a 4-week format, and in September, 2014, in a weekend format. We are accepting students for week-end format RYT 200 also, which starts in September, 2014 and January, 2015. Registration is open for all these courses. As an extension of our 3rd Anniversary Celebrations to aspiring Yoga Teachers, we offer all these courses at the most economical rates in North America! We also offer scholarships and bursaries.

DSBH Breathing Educator Program

Also, we are now 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 gives us immense pleasure to announce opening of Registration for the First Breathing Educator program of Canada. We’ll also make a separate formal announcement for this. Registration forms for this program will be available at the Studio from 1st August, 2014

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.

 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!

 

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 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.

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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.

Also, two more teachers from Toronto are joining our team:

A celebrity Yoga teacher and a Bollywood actress, Charu Puri is a Healer, a published author, a modern day Yogi and a singer-songwriter. She trained in India. She has been guiding people from around the world to help them find their path of self-knowledge for a decade. Awaken the sleeping serpent, Kundalini (consciousness), with Charu, with chakra meditation and chakra tuning (sound healing). Awaken your self-knowledge and ignite your inner fire!

Alka Masrani is a realtor by profession but her hobbies include learning and practicing healing. She is a certified Hypnotherapist, Reiki Practioner, MPS – Micropoint Stimulation Practioner, and Emotion Code Therapist. It has become her mission to help people HEAL. She looks forward to meeting lot of different people in this field and learning and helping people.

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 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!

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

SAVY International Inc.

Jul 192014
 

What You Learn In SAVY Yoga Teacher Training Course

SAVY Healing Yoga has the goal of helping people to achieve complete emotional, mental and physical health through yoga – asanas, pranayama, marma, meditaion, mantra etc. This is Breath, Bandhas, Drishti and Alignment based traditional ashtanga Yoga – all these elements of yoga allow people to achieve balance and maintain it more easily while relaxing by building up their prana as their practice grows. SAVY Healing Yoga benefits all aspects of health and personality in totality – asanas and pranayama help one achieve a normal, and then , a more positive health. There are specific routines that are designed to focus an over-all health, and then, routines which have therapeutic effect on different systems of the body. People who are interested in achieving total health and help others achieve total health take SAVY Healing yoga teacher course.

Origin

SAVY Healing Yoga, which has very deep roots in India, has been created by me after almost three decades of study of Modern Medicine, all aspects of Yoga and Alternative Medicine. Along with being a practicing Surgeon in India, I have been practicing and teaching Yoga and Yoga Therapy, and Alternative Medicine, for the last almost three decades. Having worked in Neurosurgery and Surgical Oncology, other super-specialities and Surgery in general, gave me a deep insight and a deeper understanding into the working of human body, psyche’ and consciousness and studying yoga gave me a chance to delve deeper into and put the very deep neurophysiological concepts of the science of yoga in the right perspective. I understand it more with each passing moment! In my experience, if practised with proper understanding, it’s the most dynamic science I’ve come across, and the most practical as well, with unlimited potential and immense possibilities. I attempted to give a practical shape to these living, thriving and healing concepts of yoga in the form of SAVY Healing Yoga where we address wellness of the physical body through asanas and pranayama and the mental and spiritual body through pranayama and more advanced concepts of yoga. This is the future of health, wellness and therapeutic sciences brought to you today!

Benefits

The primary benefits of SAVY Healing Yoga are the complete healing of the mind and the body that it provides. It helps you achieve optimum health in every single dimension, and maintain it. It can be particularly effective for people who are looking to reduce stress and fatigue, and those who are trying to find means to address various health problems. It helps people recover more quickly from injury and illness, physical, mental or psychological.
It teaches how to control activation of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. With regular practice, this allows progressively increasing control of the normal nervous system. The muscles become more relaxed, blood pressure settles down, stress and anxiety disappear, immune system recovers and starts healing the body from inside, mind becomes more calm, outlook becomes more positive, you start seeing solutions to problems which seem to appear out of nowhere, focus improves and consciousness expands. That makes you more complete as a person. The more a person practices SAVY Healing yoga, the less susceptible the body will be to illnesses- psychosomatic or otherwise. It’s a great instrument to help a person achieve optimum health.

We teach you to use your body and mind as props – the best props that there can be! That is what yoga is all about – it makes you aware of the greatness of what you already possess, and learn to use your physical and mental assets to improve further. We don’t advise or encourage any external props in any form or shape. You are a self-sufficient entity, an example of perfection of God’s creations. You are your best prop! We teach you to awaken your own inner powers.

Teaching SAVY Healing Yoga

People who want to start a career as a SAVY Healing yoga teacher must first become certified. The following things are usually part of the curriculum in most classes to become a SAVY Healing yoga teacher:

  • Proper understanding of the history and philosophy of yoga
  • Learning correct yoga postures and putting their importance in the right perspective
  • Proper alignment for optimal energy flow through marmas
  • Understanding of human anatomy and physiology
  • Understanding of yoga anatomy
  • Understanding that yoga is in essence a science of neurophysiology
  • Healing effect of asanas, pranayama and meditation
  • Means to deal with emotional releases and responses during practice
  • Healthy teaching practices
  • Understanding the business of yoga

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev is the founder of SAVY International Inc. and SAVY Healing Yoga, is a Surgeon in India and an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist in Canada. He has more than 13,000 hours of teaching experience. He also designed the safe and potent therapeutic system of breathing exercises to address various health problems – Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Therapy (DSBH Therapy). At present, he lives and works in London ON.

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.

May 302014
 

Friday Yoga Classes London ON

SAVY Yoga at Waterloo Street

Downtown London Yoga Classes Schedule

 At 432 Waterloo Street London ON N6B 2P2.

(Studio entry is at the back)

Registration open for Surya Yoga class at 6.45 am.

Surya Yoga (Sun Salutations) – 6.45 am to 7.45 am
SAVY Flow – 7.45 am to 8.45 am
SAVY Strengthener – 10 am to 11 am
SAVY Sukshma (Subtle) Yoga – 11 am to 12 MD
Lunch Yoga – 12 to 1 pm
Deep Stretch Yoga – 7 to 8 pm
Yoga for Weight Loss (Sign up for package) – 8 to 9 pm

 

South London SAVY Studio

South London Yoga Classes schedule

At 119 Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4

(Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible)

SAVY Healer (Sign up for package) – 6 am to 7.30 am
Yoga for Neuro-degenerative Disroders (Sign up for package) –  7.30 am to 8.30 am
Surya Yoga (Sun Salutations) – 9.30 am to 10.30 am
Yoga Nidra (Sign up for package) – 10.30 am to 12 MD
Lunch Yoga – 12 to 1 pm
Yoga for Asthma and Allergies (Sign up for package) – 1 to 2 pm
Meditation (Sign up for package) – 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Dance Class (Sign up for package) – 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
SAVY Stregthener – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

 

SAVY Yoga at Concord Road

North-West London Yoga Classes Schedule

At 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9.

(Free Parking)

Small Class Yoga Only

(All classes available only as Separate Packages)

Breathe & Heal- 3.30 am to 4.30 am
Surya Yoga – 5.30 am to 6.30 am
SAVY Energizer – 6.30 am to 7.30 am
SAVY Vinyasa – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
SAVY Vinyasa – 6.45 pm to 7.45 pm

To see the full schedule, please click here and check schedule for different locations.

Choose your class today! Please book your spot in advance to avoid inconvenience.

Pre-registration at least one day in advance is mandatory.

Please check details with the Studio.

May 282014
 

Thursday Yoga Classes London ON

South London SAVY Studio

South London Yoga Classes schedule

At 119 Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4

(Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible)

SAVY Healer (Sign up for package) – 6 am to 7.30 am
Mantra (AUM) Meditation (Sign up for package) –  7.30 am to 8.30 am
SAVY Vinyasa- 9.30 am to 10.30 am
Yoga for Chakra/ Kundalini Awakening (Sign up for package) – 10.30 am to 12 MD
Yoga for Office-goers- 12 to 1 pm
Yoga for Neck, Back and Arthritis (Sign up for package) – 1 to 2 pm
Sense Withdrawal (Sign up for package) – 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Pre-natal Yoga – 3rd Trimester – 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
SAVY Inferno Yoga – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Kick start your Yoga Journey with Thrifty Thursday Gift Certificate!

Here are some yoga poses to keep you active on Thursdays.

Utthitta Chaturanga Dandasana (Plank): This pose will give you a toned belly, reduced back pain, flexibility, will improve your mood and gives you an improved balance and posture. Start from 30 seconds and build up.

Utthitta Chaturanga Dandasana

 Chaturanga Dandasana (Four Limbed Staff Pose): Use the strength of your whole body to do this pose. This is much more than a push-up. It strengthens arm, shoulder, and leg muscles, develops core stability and prepares body for inversions and arm balances.

Chaturanga Dandasana

Tripada Chakrasana (Three-legged Wheel Pose): Need an energy boost? Do this pose. It stretches the chest and expands lungs, strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine, stimulates the thyroid and pituitary, increases energy and counteracts depression, and is therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility, and osteoporosis.

Tripada Urdhva Dhanurasana

Halasana (Plow Pose): This pose strengthens and opens up the neck, shoulders, abs and back muscles, calms the nervous system, reduces stress and fatigue, tones the legs, stimulates the thyroid gland, strengthens the immune system and also helps women during menopause.

Halasana

Bakasana (Crow/ Crane Pose): Bakasana helps in strengthening the wrists and arms, stretches the upper back and increases the flexibility and elasticity of the spine, strengthens and tones various muscles and organs in the abdominal region, opens up the groin region, and improves the sense of balance, concentration, and co-ordination.

Bakasana

 

Ashtavakrasana (Eight-Angle Pose): This pose is dedicated to the sage Ashtavakra, the spiritual guru of King Janaka. This difficult lateral movement tones the spine by supplying the spinal nerves with a copious supply of blood. It increases gastric activity, helps to digest food and eliminate toxins. The spine is given the maximum lateral twist.

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Thursday – Relevance and History

Thursday is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Brihaspati, the Guru of gods. Hence, this day is called Brihaspativar. Thursday is also popularly known as Guruvar. Devotees listen to devotional songs dedicated to Lord Vishnu on this day.

Ritual:

Devotees adorn yellow colored clothes and offer yellow flowers to appease god Vishnu and Vrihaspati.

Fasting:

Devotees fast throughout the day and consume food only once which consists of ‘chana daal’ (Bengal Gram) and ‘ghee’ (clarified butter). The food color used is yellow. Many offer banana or plantain to god. In Bengal, they worship goddess Lakshmi and elsewhere, people also visit Hanuman temples on Thursdays. Through ‘pujas’ (worship) and ‘vrats’ (fast) on Thursdays, it is believed, devotees are blessed with wealth, success, fame, and happiness.

Folklore:

The popular myth is that Lord Vishnu once appears before a devout Hindu disguised as a beggar to test the devotee on a Thursday. Some believe it was Lord Vrihaspati. At first the devotee neglects his duties towards the holy man and denies him alms and is lethargic but later when he realizes his mistake, he observes a ritual fast on Thursdays and appeases the gods.

Color & Gem:

Yellow is the color of the day and the preferred gems are Sapphire and Pukhraj.

Celestial Body:

The planet Jupiter (Vrihaspati) rules Thursday.

 

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The salient features of London Yoga Classes at SAVY are:

  • Comprehensive, authentic, world class teaching and knowledge-base in all aspects of Classical Yoga
  • Authentic Ashtanaga and Vinyasa Yoga training based on true, traditional Classical 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

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May 272014
 

Wednesday Yoga Classes London ON

SAVY Yoga at Waterloo Street

Downtown London Yoga Classes Schedule

 At 432 Waterloo Street London ON N6B 2P2.

(Studio entry is at the back)

Registration open for Surya Yoga class at 6.45 am.

Surya Yoga (Sun Salutations) – 6.45 am to 7.45 am
SAVY Flow – 7.45 am to 8.45 am
SAVY Strengthener – 10 am to 11 am
SAVY Sukshma (Subtle) Yoga – 11 am to 12 MD
Yoga for Women – 12 to 1 pm
SAVY Flow – 7 to 8 pm
Yoga for Weight Loss (Sign up for package) – 8 to 9 pm

 

South London SAVY Studio

South London Yoga Classes schedule

At 119 Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4

(Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible)

SAVY Healer (Sign up for package) – 6 am to 7.30 am
Yoga for Immune Disorders  (Sign up for package) –  7.30 am to 8.30 am
SAVY Flow – 9.30 am to 10.30 am
Yoga for High BP, Heart Disorders, Lipid Disorders (Sign up for package) – 10.30 am to 12 MD
Yoga for Women – 12 to 1 pm
Yoga for Mood and Sleep Disorders (Sign up for package) – 1 to 2 pm
Deep Relaxation Yoga (Sign up for package) – 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Yoga for Glowing Skin (Sign up for package) – 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
SAVY Starter – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

 

SAVY Yoga at Concord Road

North-West London Yoga Classes Schedule

At 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9.

(Free Parking)

Small Class Yoga Only

(All classes available only as Separate Packages)

Breathe & Heal- 3.30 am to 4.30 am
Surya Yoga – 5.30 am to 6.30 am
SAVY Energizer – 6.30 am to 7.30 am
SAVY Vinyasa – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
SAVY Vinyasa – 6.45 pm to 7.45 pm

To see the full schedule, please click here and check schedule for different locations.

Choose your class today! Please book your spot in advance to avoid inconvenience.

Pre-registration at least one day in advance is mandatory.

Please check details with the Studio.

May 262014
 

 Tuesday Yoga Classes London ON

 

SAVY Yoga at Waterloo Street

Downtown London Yoga Classes Schedule

Registration closed for all classes

 At 432 Waterloo Street London ON N6B 2P2.

(Studio entry is at the back)

Surya Yoga (Sun Salutations) – 6.45 am to 7.45 am
SAVY Flow – 7.45 am to 8.45 am
SAVY Starter  – 10 am to 11 am
SAVY Strengthener – 11 am to 12 MD
Chair Yoga – 12 to 1 pm
Pre-Natal Yoga – 7 to 8 pm
Yoga for Face (Sign up for package) – 8 to 9 pm

 

South London SAVY Studio

South London Yoga Classes schedule

Registration closed for all classes

At 119 Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4

(Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible)

SAVY Healer (Sign up for package) – 6 am to 7.30 am
Mindful Awareness  (Sign up for package) –  7.30 am to 8.30 am
SAVY Sukshma (Subtle) Yoga – 9.30 am to 10.30 am
Rejuvenation Yoga (Sign up for package) – 10.30 am to 12 MD
Chair Yoga – 12 to 1 pm
Yoga for Stress and Anxiety (Sign up for package) – 1 to 2 pm
Sanskrit for Yoga (Sign up for package) – 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Children’s Yoga – 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Deep Stretch Yoga – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

 

SAVY Yoga at Concord Road

North-West London Yoga Classes Schedule

Registration open. Please check the new schedule here.

At 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9.

(Free Parking)

Small Class Yoga Only

(All classes available only as Separate Packages)

Breathe & Heal- 3.30 am to 4.30 am
Surya Yoga – 5.30 am to 6.30 am
SAVY Energizer – 6.30 am to 7.30 am
SAVY Vinyasa – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
SAVY Vinyasa – 6.45 pm to 7.45 pm

To see the full schedule, please click here and check schedule for different locations.

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May 242014
 

Monday Yoga Classes London ON

 

South London SAVY Studio

South London Yoga Classes schedule

At 119 Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4

(Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible)

SAVY Healer (Sign up for package) – 6 am to 7.30 am
Mind over Matter – Yoga for Super Brain (Sign up for package) –  7.30 am to 8.30 am
SAVY Flow – 9.30 am to 10.30 am
Yoga for Fibroids, Tumours & Cancer (Sign up for package) – 10.30 am to 12 MD
Lunch Yoga – 12 to 1 pm
Yoga for Diabetes, Thyroid & Endocrine Disorders (Sign up for package) – 1 to 2 pm
Sanskrit Class (Sign up for package) – 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Self-Marma Massage – 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
SAVY Starter – 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Beat the Monday Morning blues with SAVY Yoga!

Continuous yoga practice helps fight your blues as well as to explore and direct life in a better way. Time invested in practicing these yoga poses daily will set your spirits high for a lifetime. 

Here are some yoga poses to beat the Monday morning blues.

Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose): Lie down on the floor and raise legs at vertical, against a wall. Without the use of a wall support this posture looks a little like supported shoulder stand. This posture helps the mind to be in present moment which helps in coming out of foul moods and blues.

Viparita Karani

Virbhadrasana I (Warrior I): It is essentially a balancing pose which also expands the chest region and shoulders. It is a very good posture to relieve stress. Expanding chest region brings the sense of happiness, which ultimately takes you out of the gloom. Warrior II and Warrior III also achieve the same purpose.

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Adho Mukh Svanasana (downward facing dog pose): This posture works as an anti-depressant and is one of the poses in traditional sun salutation. It also frees sciatic nerve. This pose supports your head and forces you to be in present moment by engaging you on all four limbs.

Adhomukhashvanasana

Parsarita Padottanasana (Wide legged forward bend): This posture plays a vital role in calming the brain. It brings a feeling of support and lets you feel free at the same time when you feel lonely.

Prasarita Padottansana

Salamba Shirshasan (Supported Head stand): Also called the King of Yoga Poses, this is an inversion posture, where in with the support of your hands, you stand on your head upside down. This posture requires a lot of focus hence keeping the mind in present moment. It’s a therapeutic posture for mild depression and insomnia. It also calms the mind and relieves the stress.

Shirshasana

Salamba Sarvangasamasana (Supported Shoulder Stand): It is an inverted pose, and it engages all parts of the body. With the support of the shoulders the entire body from the torso is taken upwards and is balanced straight. This posture relieves stress and depression.

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Shalabhasana (Locust Pose): This pose is very interesting and challenging pose. It helps in relieving stress and uplifts your mood instantly.

Shalabhasana

Chakrasana (Wheel Pose): This is a chest opener pose. Chest opener poses helps in relieving stress, and heart is flooded with space and light, making us feel better. All we have to do is just sit the opposite way we sit when we are sad – shoulders square, chest expanded, head held high.

Chakrasana

Practice these poses regularly. 

 

Monday – Yoga Relevance and History

Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Adi Yogi or the First Yogi, who gave the gift of Yoga to humanity. On this day, he is worshipped along with his consort goddess Parvati. Though, of course, as is the custom, Lord Ganesha is venerated right at the beginning of the worship. Devotees also listen to Shiva Bhajans on this day.

Ritual:

The ‘Somvar Vrat’ or Monday fast is observed from sunrise till sunset and the devotee partakes of the food only after saying his evening prayer. Fasting on Mondays in the month of Shravan is considered even more auspicious. Hindus believe that observing a fast or ‘upvaas’ on Mondays will satisfy Lord Shiva who will grant them wisdom and fulfill all their desires. In some places, unmarried girls and spinsters keep fast to be blessed with an ideal husband.

Folklore:

This tradition goes back to Hindu mythology, though the myths vary greatly from region to region. One popular one is that there lived a very poor Brahmin who started devoting his Mondays to fasting and worshipping Lord Shiva. After a period of time, the Lord was satisfied with his devotion and blessed him with wealth. Another lore speaks of a rich merchant who begets a son after a prolonged wait but the child dies. It is only with the grace of Lord Shiva and Parvati that the son is reborn. A third story is describes a game of dice played between Shiva and Parvati that makes Monday important for Shiva.

Color & Gem:

White is the preferred color of the day and Pearl the preferred gem.

Celestial Body:

The Moon (Chandra) rules Monday.

To see the full schedule, please click here and check schedule for different locations.

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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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