Mar 112015

Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Aricia Haywood

Aricia Haywood

My name is Aricia.

SAVY YOGIBadha Parsvokonasana

I’m a 23 year old west coaster (from Victoria BC).



I have been practicing yoga on and off from about the age of 8.

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Growing up, I saw Yoga as a big part of my mother’s life.


I faded in and out of my own personal practice.

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Approximately two years ago I found a new appreciation for yoga while searching for anything that would help my anxiety and to help me with the stresses of everyday life.

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I was searching for something to calm my mind and heal myself with. I found it in yoga.

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I usually practice moderately active flow style yoga, but have experimented with hatha, hot yoga, bikram, ashtanga, kundalini and other styles.


After almost two years of practicing (almost) every day, I decided it was time to take my practice to a new level, and begin to share yoga with those around me so that I can help others find what I found in yoga.

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I flew across the country, in February, to a bitterly cold and snowy London, to attend SAVY international’s two-week yoga teacher training program to become a registered yoga teacher.


The training was fascinating, all-encompassing and in depth.


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The instruction was very encouraging, and really helped me to understand physical postures and find confidence in poses that I never thought I would progress in.


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During my training I grew to appreciate the depth of yoga, its history and philosophy.

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At the end of two weeks, exhausted, inspired and frozen solid, I dragged myself onto the airplane that would take me home, inwardly beaming at my accomplishment.




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I left SAVY feeling inspired, confident and super-excited to share yoga with those around me.


A note from the President’s desk

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

 March, the month which marks the beginning of spring, is here! The March equinox on the 20th or 21st marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. The name of March comes from Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. His month Martius was the beginning of the season for both farming and warfare. 

In this now very popular Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of true, traditional 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 marking the onset of spring, it’s my pleasure to introduce Aricia Haywood, our new savvy SAVY Yogi  for the month of March. She completed her RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training with me in February, 2015 and is a Yoga Alliance, USA registered Yoga Teacher now. She’ll be completing her DSBH Breathing Educator (DBE-I) training soon. A dedicated and devoted Yogi to the hilt with the freshness of a blossoming spring flower, a bold explorer who loves to meet challenges head on, she is blessed with a compassionate heart, a strong, sinewy, lithe, sculpted and flexible yoga body and a steely grit. She braved the merciless freezing cold and dipping temperatures to come and join us here at SAVY for Registered Yoga Teacher Training and ruffled the brutal February cold weather in London with the whiff of freshness and warmth of spring air all the way down from Victoria, BC! Always up to the demands of the rigorous, intensive training and the ruthless 16-hour routine for two weeks straight she chose to join us for, she seemed to thoroughly enjoy every moment of her encounter with the intense challenges and met each one of them head on! Her attitude, devotion and professionalism made the extreme weather conditions look like nothing more than a mere minor inconvenience. She had done traditional yoga before and enjoyed her re-encounter and rediscovery of authentic traditional yoga at SAVY Studio. She showed a very keen interest in learning new yoga poses. She is an avid learner of her new-found passion of Yogic breathing exercises and newer meditation techniques, and what they can do for her. Day in and day out, she worked her way through the routines with great dedication. She has a keen sense of inquiry, is quick to learn, came out with flying colors in the training, and is bound to do great for herself. She is certainly going to be a source of enormous inspiration for her future students.

All the best, Aricia! Keep it up.


Dec 272014
Mindfulness and Breathing Based Healing


(Mindfulness and Breathing E-Course based on Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Therapy)

Mindfulness and Healing 

We are so excited to present this Mindfulness and Breathing E-Course to you!

What is this Mindfulness and Breathing course about?

What do Mindfulness and Breathing do? As science has shown, the function of frontal cortex (FC) involves intuition, long term memory, the ability to recognize future consequences resulting from current actions, the choice between good and bad, the override and suppression of socially unacceptable responses, and the determination of similarities and differences between things or events. The frontal lobes play an important role in retaining memories associated with emotions derived from input from the brain’s limbic system and modify those emotions to generally fit socially acceptable norms.

Executive functions of optimal intelligence, functionality and wellness have been specifically linked to a highly active and energized DLPFC (dorso-lateral pre-frontal cortex, a part of frontal cortex). DLPFC, together with other connected areas of the brain, is assumed to be important in working memory and executive function, including the regulation of thinking and action: the dorsal pathway, which is primarily supported by the parietal cortex, attempts to ascertain which responses should be executed, called the how system. The ventral pathway, which is significantly supported by the temporal cortex, attempts to characterize the features and attributes of the stimuli in the environment, sometimes called the what system.

Mindfulness and Breathing-based Healing (MBH)

Practiced and perfected by Yogis in India for thousands of years, the techniques of yoga asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), dhyana (meditation) and other techniques were handed down from generation to generation. These techniques have a profound positive effect on health. Several scientific studies have already corroborated their significance and more studies are pouring in with each passing day! A recent study on effect of meditation in breast cancer patients has confirmed the effect of meditation on chromosomes.

There is a scientific, time-proven and natural way to activate, awaken, energize and sustain high cerebral as well as DLPFC functioning: this method of meditation and contemplation based on mindfulness, breathing exercises, and more, involves systematic awareness of all levels of our being, including actions/senses, body, breath, mind, finally resting in the awareness of the Self, which becomes one with the universal consciousness. This mindfulness and breathing based  ‘Breathe and Heal’ Therapy has been developed on the basis of ancient yogic wisdom combined with modern methodology of scientific research and clinical investigation. Based on proven techniques, more work is on and is being scientifically verified; it is in complete agreement with both, yoga and medical wisdom.

Based on effective mindfulness and breathing techniques, validated by the stringent test of time and the millions who tried them, and backed and refined by my almost three decades of clinical experience in main-stream Medicine, Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery and other Super Specialities at premier medical institutes in India, study and work in other Alternative Medicine 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! It is a true breakthrough course based on yoga as a neuro-endo-physiological science for integral/holistic personal transformation. Professionals experienced and well-versed in yoga resonate the same, and recognize its potential for consciousness and transformation work.


Practiced diligently, Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing e-course will take you towards complete balance in body, mind and spirit. Helping you overcome physical, psychological and mental ailments is one of the main objectives of the course; more awareness and awakened living, increased intuitive creativity and enhanced higher brain functioning can be some of the advanced benefits of this course. Eventually, this method of meditation and contemplation leads to expansion of consciousness and awakening to the ever peaceful, joyous center of your being. This can help with relationship issues, conflict, anger, PTSD, communication, addiction etc. It can help you find your voice and identify, understand and work through barriers that keep you stuck. The benefits are unlimited….

This introductory  free e-course course on Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing is designed to be the beginning of that journey, and to the fact that yoga really is the way towards greater, expanded consciousness. Some of the benefits are:

  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Stress Management
  • Better Focus, Concentration & Memory
  • Better Creativity
  • Speed Learning
  • Positive Attitude
  • Confidence Building
  • Management of Depression, other Mood Disorders
  • Energy Boosting
  • Physical Health
  • Psychic Development
  • Sleep Improvement

As a physician with almost three decades of experience in Medicine and more than that in Yoga and Yoga Therapy, I have been really impressed with the results I could get with these techniques. It’s my mission to share my experience and knowledge with one and all, especially students and also my colleagues in Health, Yoga, Holistic Health, Alternative Medicine, Mental Health, Addictions Recovery, Life Coaching and Leadership fields.

Who is this course for?

This free e-course is for everyone!

This  free e-course is designed for professionals as well as layman.

  • Yoga Teachers
  • Yoga Teacher Trainees
  • Those who are planning to opt for Yoga teaching as a career
  • Serious as well as non-serious students of Yoga
  • Health Professionals and all those related with Health field
  • Medics and Paramedics
  • Executives/ Office-goers/ Administrators
  • Students
  • Anybody interested in maintaining/ regaining good health


  • This five-hour course will be credited towards non-contact hours in DSBH Breathing Educator-MBH Program (DBE-MBH).
  • Yoga professionals can apply for a certificate for non-contact CEU’s at a non-refundable fee of $120 (+HST). For this, along with the fee, you can submit the practice sheet and a one page description of what you learned and how you will be incorporating what you learned into your life.
  • Professionals from other fields should check with their regulatory bodies first. To get a certificate they can follow the same procedure as Yoga professionals.

Joint Ventures

In the coming times, we are going to train more and more people in these Mindfulness and Breathing –based Healing techniques, set up joint ventures with yoga clinics, hospitals, studios, schools, organizations etc. If you are interested, we would love to hear from you.

Go to Free Mindfulness and Breathing – Based Healing E-Course (A part of DSBH Therapy) Page

If you would like to learn more about this healing course and the science behind it, and would consider certification, please go to the page and register.

 To participate in an In-Studio or Online Workshop of MBH/ DSBH-I, please click here

Or Contact Us

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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