Jan 172015
Bhangra Dance

Bhangra Dance in London ON


Dance your way to fitness

Next Bhangra Dance workshop in London

in February

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.

Dr Jitender K Sahdev has bagged many prizes in Bhangra competitions. He will be leading Bhangra classes here in London ON.

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  We would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have.

Space is limited and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

So respond early to participate in this exciting, throbbing experience.

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

Note : Bhangra is a physically demanding dance form. It should be treated as a very intense exercise form. 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.

Dec 132014

Registration Open for Yoga for Breast Cancer Teacher Training


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Yoga for Breast Cancer Teacher Training Program






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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. A Surgeon by profession from India, he started his Surgical career in a Cancer Hospital in India and in his Surgical career over almost next three decades, performed thousands of breast cancer and other surgeries. 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.

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Dec 092014
Chair Yoga Teacher Training

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Chair Yoga Teacher Training 

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SAVY Chair Yoga Teacher Training



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Open to anyone looking to become a

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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 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.

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Dec 092014
Prakriti, Doshas and Downdogs Teacher Training

Registration Open for Prakriti, Doshas and Downdogs Teacher Training

 Prakriti, Doshas and Downdogs Teacher Training

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Prakriti, Doshas and Downdogs Teacher Training



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And Yoga suitable for your Constitution

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*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.

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Payment plans available.

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Dec 012014

SAVY Yoga Mentorship Program

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World-Class Yoga teacher training in Canada

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Open to anyone looking to become a

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Acquire Better Teaching Skills


For Teaching Practice Hours


To deepen their yoga teaching 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, RYT 500, Yoga Therapy, Breathing Educator and many other course.

Work  with  our  amazing  SAVY Yoga Guardians who  will  lovingly  and  skillfully  help  you  develop  deeper as a  student and teacher of Yoga. You’ll receive development and mentoring support as well as learn key ways to teach from your heart, attract from your deepest intention and create a flow of well-being, prosperity and joy for yourself and your Yoga community.

SAVY International Inc. has cultivated a reputation as a centre of professional, inspiring, compassionate yoga and wellness studies. We have the best teachers who have a true love of yoga and live its teachings day in and day out.  Our teachers understand and appreciate the importance of every student and feel compelled to provide exceptional service to achieve complete customer satisfaction.

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 attend upcoming training programs!


DECEMBER 31, 2015


Program Objectives

The vision of this program is to support you in your endeavour to integrate and enhance the theory and practice of yoga as you experienced it in your teacher training. The core of the program offers you accountability, support and guidance through various assignments, tasks and responsibilities.

The Mentorship Program offers graduates of any 200-hour Teacher Training a unique and exciting opportunity to continue learning and to practice and live yoga as active members of a thriving yoga community. By joining our Mentorship Program, you will become a critical part of a practicing larger Yoga community.

You can also join optional 100 Hour Yoga Teaching Practice Package to fulfill Yoga Alliance condition to register as RYT 500 after you complete the course.


The salient points of Registered  and Inexpensive Yoga Teacher Training at SAVY are:

Join NOW and fulfil your aspirations! 

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Merry Christmas 2014

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Nov 162014
Christmas Yoga Special


Merry Christmas


A Very Happy New Year 2015

in advance!



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.


You can enjoy the best in healing yoga

With our

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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!


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)



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!


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.


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


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!


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


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)


President and Director of Teaching

SAVY International Inc


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Nov 142014
World Diabetes Day

On World Diabetes Day – Diabetes Mellitus

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14 to mark the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting of London ON, who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea leading to the discovery of insulin in 1921.

This day engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat of diabetes. It was adopted as an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world. Healthy Living and Diabetes is the World Diabetes Day theme for 2014-2016.

The logo for World Diabetes Day is the blue circle – the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign.


Diabetes Mellitus

Around 250 B.C., the name “diabetes” was first used. The word diabetes comes from Greek, meaning a “siphon”. Araetus the Cappadocian, a Greek physician during the second century A.D., named the condition diabainein. He described patients who were passing too much water (polyuria) – like a siphon. The word became “diabetes” from the English adoption of the Medieval Latin diabetes.

In 1675, Thomas Willis added mellitus to the term, although it is commonly referred to simply as diabetes. Mel in Latin means “honey”; the urine and blood of people with diabetes has excess glucose, and glucose is sweet like honey. Diabetes mellitus could literally mean “siphoning off sweet water”.

In ancient India people observed that ants would be attracted to some people’s urine, because it was sweet. The term “Sweet Urine Disease” was coined.

Key Points


  • 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.
  • As the risk of cardiovascular disease is much higher for diabetics, it is crucial that blood pressure and cholesterol levels are monitored regularly.
  • As smoking might have a serious effect on cardiovascular health, diabetics should stop smoking.
  • Hypoglycemia – low blood glucose – can have a deleterious effect on patient.
  • Hyperglycemia – when blood glucose is too high – can also have a bad effect on the patient.

There are three types of diabetes:

1) Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

The body does not produce insulin. It is also referred to as insulin-dependent diabetesjuvenile diabetes, or early-onset diabetes. People usually develop type 1 diabetes before their 40th year, often in early adulthood or teenage years. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1. Patients with type 1 diabetes will need to take insulin injections for the rest of their life. They must also ensure proper blood-glucose levels by carrying out regular blood tests and following a special diet. The prevalence of type 1 Diabetes among the under 20s in the USA rose 23% between 2001 and 2009.

2) Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus


Beta cells in islets of Langerhans do not produce enough insulin for proper function, or the receptors in the body do not react to insulin (insulin resistance). Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type. Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People with more of central obesity are especially at risk. Being overweight/obese causes the body to release chemicals that can destabilize the body’s cardiovascular and metabolic systems. It may respond to simple measures such as : loss of weight, following a healthy diet, doing plenty of exercise, and monitoring blood glucose levels regularly. However, type 2 diabetes is typically a progressive disease. Drinking just one can of (non-diet) soda per day can raise our risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is also greater as we get older. Men whose testosterone levels are low have been found to have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

3) Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Diagnosis of gestational diabetes is made during pregnancy. This type affects females during pregnancy. Some women have very high levels of glucose in their blood, and their bodies are unable to produce enough insulin to transport all of the glucose into their cells, resulting in progressively rising levels of glucose.

The majority of gestational diabetes patients can control their diabetes with exercise and diet. Women whose diets before becoming pregnant were high in animal fat and cholesterol had a higher risk for gestational diabetes, compared to their counterparts whose diets were low in cholesterol and animal fats.

Pre-diabetes Mellitus

The vast majority of patients with type 2 diabetes initially have prediabetes. Their post-prandial blood glucose levels go higher than normal, but come back to normal. Studies indicate that some damage to the circulatory system and the heart may occur even at this stage.


Doctors can determine whether a patient has a normal metabolism, is pre-diabetic or diabetic through three tests:

  • The Hb A1c test: Glycated hemoglobin (hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, A1C, or Hb1c; sometimes also HbA1c or HGBA1C) is a form of hemoglobin that is measured primarily to identify the average plasma glucose concentration over prolonged periods of time.
    – at least 6.5% means diabetes
    – between 5.7% and 5.99% means pre-diabetes
    – less than 5.7% means normal
  • The FPG (Fasting Plasma Glucose) test
    – at least 126 mg/dl (7.0 mmol/L) means diabetes
    – between 100 mg/dl and 125.99 mg/dl (5.5 to 7.0 mmol/L) means prediabetes
    – less than 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) means normal
    An abnormal reading following the FPG means the patient has impaired fasting glucose (IFG)
  • The OGTT (oral glucose tolerance test)
    – at least 200 mg/dl (11.2 mmol/L) means diabetes
    – between 140 and 199.9 mg/dl (7.8 to 11.2 mmol/L) means prediabetes
    – less than 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L) means normal
    An abnormal reading following the OGTT means the patient has impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)

Blood Glucose Regulation

Following is the list of known hormones which regulate blood glucose levels.

Hormone Tissue of Origin Metabolic Effect Effect on Blood Glucose
Insulin Pancreatic β Cells in Islets of Langerhans

1) Enhances entry of glucose into cells

2) Enhances storage of glucose as glycogen, or conversion to fatty acids

3) Enhances synthesis of fatty acids and proteins

4) Suppresses breakdown of proteins into amino acids, of adipose tissue into free fatty acids

Somatostatin Pancreatic δ Cells in Islets of Langerhans

1) Suppresses glucagon release from α cells (acts locally)

2) Suppresses release of Insulin, Pituitary tropic hormones, gastrin and secretin

Glucagon Pancreatic α Cells in Islets of Langerhans

1) Enhances release of glucose from glycogen

2) Enhances synthesis of glucose from amino acids or fatty acids

Epinephrine Adrenal medulla

1) Enhances release of glucose from glycogen

2) Enhances release of fatty acids from adipose tissue

Cortisol Adrenal cortex

1) Enhances gluconeogenesis

2) Antagonizes Insulin

ACTH Anterior pituitary

1) Enhances release of cortisol

2) Enhances release of fatty acids from adipose tissue

Growth Hormone Anterior pituitary Antagonizes Insulin Raises
Thyroxine Thyroid

1) Enhances release of glucose from glycogen

2) Enhances absorption of sugars from intestine


Controlling Diabetes

All types of diabetes are treatable.

Diabetes type 1 lasts a lifetime, there is no known cure. Patients with type 1 are treated with regular insulin injections, as well as a special diet and exercise.

Type 2 usually lasts a lifetime, however, it can be managed with or without medication, through a combination of exercise, diet and body weight control. Sometimes insulin injections are also required.

Patient has a significantly higher risk of developing complications especially if diabetes is not adequately controlled.


Complications linked to diabetes

Complications of Diabetes Mellitus

  • Eye complications– glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and some others.
  • Foot complications– neuropathy, ulcers, and sometimes gangrene which may require that the foot be amputated
  • Skin complications– people with diabetes are more susceptible to skin infections and skin disorders
  • Heart problems– such as ischemic heart disease, when the blood supply to the heart muscle is diminished
  • Hypertension– common in people with diabetes, which can raise the risk of kidney disease, eye problems, heart attack and stroke
  • Mental health– uncontrolled diabetes raises the risk of suffering from depression, anxiety and some other mental disorders
  • Hearing loss– diabetes patients have a higher risk of developing hearing problems
  • Gum disease– there is a much higher prevalence of gum disease among diabetes patients
  • Gastroparesis– the muscles of the stomach stop working properly
  • Ketoacidosis– a combination of ketosis and acidosis; accumulation of ketone bodies and acidity in the blood.
  • Neuropathy– diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage which can lead to several different problems.
  • HHNS (Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome)– blood glucose levels shoot up too high, and there are no ketones present in the blood or urine. It is an emergency condition.
  • Nephropathy– uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to kidney disease
  • PAD (peripheral arterial disease)– symptoms may include pain in the leg, tingling and sometimes problems walking properly
  • Stroke– if blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood glucose levels are not controlled, the risk of stroke increases significantly
  • Erectile dysfunction– male impotence.
  • Infections– people with badly controlled diabetes are much more susceptible to infections
  • Healing of wounds– cuts and lesions take much longer to heal


Some Facts And Myths Regarding Diabetes

Many presumed myths keep making rounds. It is important to have an accurate picture of the disease. Some common diabetes myths are mentioned here:

  • People with diabetes should not exercise– THIS IS NOT TRUE! Exercise is important for people with diabetes, as it is for everybody else. Exercise helps manage body weight, improves cardiovascular health, improves mood, helps blood sugar control, and relieves stress. Yoga has been shown to have an important role. Patients should discuss exercise with their doctor first.
  • Fat people always develop type 2 diabetes eventually– Again, this is not true. Being overweight or obese raises the risk of becoming diabetic, they are risk factors, but do not mean that an obese person will definitely become diabetic.
  • Diabetes is a nuisance, but not serious– Diabetes is a serious disease. Two thirds of diabetes patients die prematurely from stroke or heart disease. The life expectancy of a person with diabetes is from five to ten years shorter than other people’s.
  • Children can outgrow diabetes– Child-onset diabetes is almost always type 1; insulin-producing beta cells in islets of Langerhans in pancreas do not produce insulin, so they will need to take insulin for the rest of their lives.
  • Don’t eat too much sugar, you will become diabetic– A person with diabetes type 1 develops the disease because immune system destroyed the insulin-producing beta cells. A diet high in calories, which can make people overweight/obese, raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially if there is a history of this disease in the family.
  • I know when my blood sugar levels are high or low– The only way to be sure about your blood sugar levels is to test it regularly. Even very slight rise in blood-glucose levels significantly raises the risk of ischemic heart disease.
  • Diabetes diets are different from other people’s– Experts say that there is no need to buy special diabetic foods because they offer no special benefit as compared to the healthy things we can buy in most shops. Diabetics just need to eat healthy.
  • High blood sugar levels are fine for some, while for others they are a sign of diabetes– High blood-sugar levels are never normal for anybody. Some illnesses, mental stress and steroids can cause temporary hikes in blood sugar levels in people without diabetes. Anybody with higher-than-normal blood sugar levels or sugar in their urine should be checked for diabetes.
  • Diabetics cannot eat bread, potatoes or pasta– People with diabetes can eat starchy foods. However, they must keep an eye on the size of the portions. Whole grain starchy foods are better, as is true for people without diabetes.
  • One person can transmit diabetes to another person– Diabetes is not infectious or contagious.
  • Only older people develop type 2 diabetes– A growing number of children and teenagers are developing type 2 diabetes. Experts say that this is linked to the explosion in childhood obesity rates, poor diet, and physical inactivity.
  • I have to go on insulin, this must mean my diabetes is severe– people take insulin when diet alone or diet with oral or non-insulin injectable medicines do not provide good-enough diabetes control. Insulin helps diabetes control. It does not usually have anything to do with the severity of the disease.
  • If you have diabetes you cannot eat chocolates or sweets– People with diabetes can eat chocolates and sweets if they combine them with exercise or eat them as part of a healthy meal, provided blood glucose level stays within normal limits.
  • Diabetes patients are more susceptible to colds and illnesses in general– A person with diabetes with good control is no more likely to become ill with a cold or something else than other people.


 Ayurveda in Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes was known to ancient Ayurveda and Yoga experts thousands of years ago.  The Indian physician Sushruta in 400 B.C. described the sweet taste of urine from affected individuals, and for many centuries to come, the sweet taste of urine was key to diagnosis. Diabetes Mellitus is known to Indians from Vedic period onwards by the name Asrava (Prameha). Diabetes is also known as Madhumeha (means passing sweet urine) in Ayurveda. The knowledge and effectiveness of diagnosis can be understood from the fact that Ayurveda has classified Diabetes (madhumeha) into 20 different types!

Types of diabetes , Causes and Symptoms

Two types of Prameha from management point of view has been described:

  • Krisha Pramehi (Lean Diabetic), and
  • Sthula pramehi  (Obese Diabetic)

They are classified in Ayurveda on very similar grounds as Diabetics are classified in IDDM and NIDDM respectively.

On the very similar pattern we find the classification as

  • Sahaj pramehi (Congenital) and
  • Apathaya nimmitaj (due to overeating and wrong eating habits).

Ayurveda clearly defines diabetes.  Diabetes Mellitus was known to Hindu Civilization since vedic period by the names:

  • Asrava(Prameha),
  • Madhumeha, or
  • Maharoga(Major Disease),

as almost all parts of the body and every cell of human physiology are affected.

It also disturbs 5 sheaths of the body –

  1. annamaya kosha {Food sheath},
  2. pranamayakosha{Energy sheath}, 
  3. manomaya kosha{Mind Sheath},
  4. vijnana maya kosha{IntellectualSheath} and
  5. anandamaya kosha{Bliss Sheath}.

According to Ayurveda, prameha is divided in 4 major types (and total 21 types)

  • Kapha type (again divided into 10 types)
  • Pitta type (again divided into 6 types)
  • Vata type (divided into 4 types)
  • Juvenile diabetes for children (for unhealthy practices of parents and/or due to the sins of past-birth)

The main cause of prameha (diabetes) are lack of exercise and consumption of excess food having ushna, snigdha and guru nature. Foods that increase kapha, medhas and mootra are the major factors for prameha.


Yashcha kinchith vidhiranyepi sleshma medho moothra samjananam sa sarva: nidana vishesha.


Classification of Prameha (Diabetes) :

According to Ayurveda , Prameha (Diabetes) can be classified in two categories :-

1)      Apatharpana uthaja prameha describing the lean diabetic and

2)      Santharpana uthaja prameha relating the obese diabetic.


Classification according to Causes of diabetes :-

1)      Sahaja prameha (congenital)

2)      Apathyanimittaja prameha (due to over eating and poor habits)


Classification of Diabetes according to Dosha :-

According to Ayurveda, Prameha (diabetes) is a tridoshaja vyadhi.  However the predominance of any one dosha and dooshya enables its classification into

  • Vataja Prameha
  • Pitaja Prameha, &
  • Kaphaja Pramehas.

They are further sub classified into 20 sub categories according to characteristics of urine, its volume, dhatu being excreted through urine.

Normally, Prameha (Diabetes- Madhumeha ) is classified by Ayurvedic Practitioners according to dosha predominance viz.

1) kapahja,

2) pithaja,

3) vathaja,

4) kapha-pithaja,

5) kapha-vathaja,

6) pitha-vathaja, and

7) vatha-pitha-kaphaja.

Sannipatha, kevala vathaja and kapha-vthaja(to some extent) and pitha-vathaja can be considered as IDDM. And others are considered as NIDDM.


1. Sweda Profuced Sweating
2. Angagandham Foul Smell of the Body
3. Anga Shidhilathwam Looseness of the body
4. Sayyasna Swapnasukhabhishangithwam Feeling of lethargy
5. Hridayopadeham Feeling of something coated or heaviness of hridaya.
6. Netropadeham Feeling of some thing coated on eyes
7. Jhwopadeham sensation of a coated tongue.
8. Shravanopadeham Feeling of coating on ears
9. Anga ghanathwam Heaviness of body parts
10. Keshathivridhi Excessive growth of hairs
11. Nakhathivridhi Excessive growth of Nails
12. Sheetha priyathwam Affinity towards cold
13. Gala shosham Dryness of throat
14. Thalu shosham Dryness of palate
15. Asya madhuryam Sweet taste in mouth
16. Karadaham Burning sensation of palms
17. Pada daham Burning sensation of soles
18. Moothra madhuryam Sweetness of urine


According to Sushruta, Dosha predominance is the primary factor in Diabetes Complication.  According to him Malabandha (Constipation) is a complication of this disease as the patient has a concentration of Meda.  In such cases laxatives of average doses are not effective.

According to Brihathrayees, pidika (diabetic carbuncle) is a major complication of prameha (Madhumeha).

Complications as per Dosha :-


  • Avipakam– indigestion
  • Aruchi– Loss of appetite
  • Chardi– Vomiting tendency
  • Athinidra– Excessive sleep
  • Kasam– Cough
  • Peenasam– Cold with running nose


  • Vasthimehanyotoda – Pain in Bladder & urinary path
  • Mushkavatharanam – Pain in testes
  • Jwara– Fever
  • Daham– Burning sensation
  • Trishna– Thirst
  • Amlika– Acidity
  • Moorcha– Giddiness
  • Vitbhedanam– Loose Motion
  • Hridayashoola– Pain in heart region
  • Nidranasam– Loss of sleep


  • Udavartham-Upward movement of vatha.
  • Kambam-Tremor
  • Hridgraham-Gripping pain in chest region
  • Lolatha-Affinity
  • Soolam-Pain
  • Anidratha-Insomnia
  • Sosha-Wasting
  • Kasam-Cough
  • Swasam-Difficulty to breath
  • Badhapureeshathwa        –Constipation

According to Charaka.  There are three types of prameha.

  • Sadhya  – curable
  • Yapya    – Palliable
  • Asadhya – Incurable

Sadhya: Describes patients who have been diagnosed very early in the onset of prameha (Madhumeha). In this category of patients , there can be those who are sthoola  (obese) and the origin of their disease is in apathyaja (poor living habbits)

Yapya: Patients under this catagory have Pittaja prameha & certain types of kaphaja prameha.However Yapya (palliable) helps control the disease with treatment.

Asadhya: Describes the incurable version of prameha (Madhumeha) & inherited diabetes.Sahaja patients suffering from this variety are Krisha (lean)


Involvement of Ojas in Prameha (Madhumeha)

Ojas is the essence of life, an extract of the seven dhathus (Elements) Rasa(Chyle), Rakta (Blood),Mamsa (Muscles), Majja(Marrow), Asthi (Bone), Meda (Brain & Spinal Cord), Sukra (Sperm & Ovum), Ojas (Mahadhatu=Superior Dhatu) represented as bala {strength }of the body. The ojus in a healthy person determines the physical, psychic, sensory motor functions of the body. The biochemical component of the body which is reddish, white, slightly yellowish in colour residing in heart and other vital organs of the body. If ojas is distrubed, degeneration will be fast and result in decreased life span. In prameha the ojas (life essence) is expunged from the body through all navadwaras especially through urine & sweat.

Ojas gets imbalanced in prameha in two ways:

  1. Through obstruction in blood vessels (srothorodha)
  2. Degeneration of the body components is dhatu kshaya this can cause both cardiac & nervous system disorders.all this is ojakshaya meaning an imbalance in Ojus.


Management of Prameha (Madhumeha)

According to Ayurveda the line of treatment of prameha is strictly on individual’s constitution.

1)      The prakrithi of the patient

2)      Dosha predominance of disease

3)      Dooshya vitiation

4)      Obstruction in srothus

5)      Manasika Prakrithi

6)      Ahara & Vihara

7)      Samskaras or Hereditary factors etc…

In general Diabetes Mellitus (Vathaja prameha) patients are advised to have Bhrimhana medication & diet which increases dhathus in the body.

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Herbs useful in treatment of Diabetes :-

Specifications :-

Latin Name : Pterocarpus marsupium – leguminosae

Rasa (Taste) : Kashaya (Astrigent), Tikta (Bitter)

Guna (Characteristics ) – Lakhu (Light), Ruksha  (Rough)

Veerya (Potency) – Sheeta (Cold)

Vipaka (Post digestion effect) – Katu (Pungent)

Actions according to Ayurveda :-

  • Rasayana : Vijaysar rejuvenates each and every cell of the body.
  • Raktasodhana : Vijaysar purifies the blood and removes all toxins from it.
  • Krimirogahar (Antihelmenthic) : Vijaysar is very useful in disease which originate from external causes like infection, worm infestation etc.
  • Pramehaghna : Vijaysar is useful in all disease which involve discoloration of urine including diabetes (Madhumeha).

For thousands of years, ancient physicians have been successfully treating Prameha with the Ayurvedic measures and drugs. Many drugs have already been screened for their anti-diabetic property/blood sugar lowering property. The importance of diet and exercise is also stressed in Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic diet regimens and the recipes may serve as a good replacement for the Diabetic patient. Though many of the diabetic drugs that are used today have a good sugar lowering (Hypoglycemic property they essentially act only symptomatically. The management modalities can be categorized as:

  • Vyaayam (Exercise),
  • Pathya (dietary regulation),
  • Panchakarma (Bio-purification procedures) and
  • The use of therapeutic measures (Medicines).

The herbal drugs used in the management of Prameha are bitter, astringent and pungent in taste. Some of the widely used herb apart from Vijaysar for the management of diabetes is as follows:

  1. Eugenia jambolana:(Jamun beej churna) Dry seed powder of Jamun fruits have to be used in a dose of one-teaspoon twice/thrice daily with lukewarm water.
  2. Gymnema sylvestre: (Gudmar patra churna) Dry leaves of this plant have to be used one teaspoon daily with lukewarm water. The leaves when chewed render the mouth tasteless to sweet for 45 min to one hour.
  3. Pterocarpus marsupium (Vijaysar churna) Bark of this plant is available in the form of powder. Cubes or Vijaysaar glasses are also very popular & Effective.  The piece of Vijaysaar is kept in water overnight or water is kept in the glass is consumed early morning on empty stomach. One should discard these cubes or glasses once there is no color change observed in water.

4.Ficus bengalensis (Nyagrodha twaka churna) This is banyan tree bark. A decoction of bark is to be prepared and consumed twice daily in a dose of 40 to 80ml. The decoction is prepared by taking around 25-50gms of bark to which 4 cups of water are to be added. It is heated to make one cup, which has to be consumed.

  1. Shilajeet Popularly known as Rock salt, various reputed companies have Granular or powdered form of Shilajeet available. Though not very useful in reducing the blood sugar it is an excellent remedy to for loss of libido in males and in case of generalized weakness.
  2. C. Tamal (Tejpatra) This is very commonly used as a spice in preparing food products. A diabetic patient may make a point to add the leaves of this plant in his food. Also the powder of leaves may be consumed.
  3. Fenugreek seeds (Methi churna) Seeds of Methi have to be soaked in warm water overnight and chewed early in the morning with warm water. One may take powder of these seeds with warm water twice daily.  Methi powder may be added to the wheat flour to prepare chapattis.
  4. Momordica chirantia Karvellaka (Karella) Juice of Karela should be taken early in the morning in a quantity of 20 ml.  The dried whole fruit powder can also be consumed in the dose of ½ to 1 teaspoon twice daily.
  5. Embelica officinalis (Amala) When fresh Amla are available one may take Amla juice 20 ml daily or otherwise powder of Amla fruits may be taken twice daily.
  6. Curcuma longa (Haridra) Haldi powder along with Amla juice is a very good combination in patients of Diabetes. It is especially useful in prevention as well as treatment of patients of Diabetic eye disease. Haldi can be put in milk as well.
  7. Kirat tikata (Chirayata) A decoction of this plant is to be taken daily early morning. It is a very popular remedy used in all parts of the country for various skin disorders and hence forms a perfect remedy for skin infections in Diabetics .

An ayurvedic physician may advise adjuvant ayurvedic drugs. Not only do these help in lowering the blood sugar but also prevent the long-term complications of diabetes. We shall name some of these combinations/preparations:

  • Chandraprabha vati: In a dose of 500 mg twice or thrice daily. This is specially used in patients having Diabetes with Urinary tract infection or in females having leucorrhoea. This can be used along with Gorshuradi guggul in the same dose.
  • Trivang Bhasma: This is a combination of three bhasmas namely Naga, Vanga and Yashaha Bhasma. It is to be taken in a dose of 125mg twice daily available in the form of powder. It is very useful in conditions where there is excessive urination, Male sexual problems as well as to treat generalized weakness.
  • Dhatri Nisha: A combination of Haldi powder and Amla Rasa and has to be taken early morning and is especially useful in eye condition.
  • Vasant Kusumakar Rasa: A very useful tonic for diabetics especially useful in the stage of complications it has to be consumed in a dose of 125 mg twice daily. Along with having a general tonic effect it also helps in Diabetic eye condition and in preventing various conditions developing due to Nerve weakness.
  • Arogyavardhini
  • Mamajjaka Ghana vati
  • Jambvasava
  • Pathyakshadhatryadi kashaya
  • Panchanimba churna

Along with regular use of vijaysar, following herbs can also be used depending upon symptoms

1)       Diabetes with Arthritis: Yograj guggul, freshly prepared decoction of Dasamoola, Rasna saptak, a paste of sunthi or Dasang lepa may be applied on the affected joint.

2)       Diabetes with constipation: Powders like Gandharva haritaki, Isabgool, Panchaskar, Hingvastak can be used to relieve constipation.

3)       Diabetes with burning sensation in the soles and palms: this can be well managed with Mangista Ghana vati, chandrakala rasa, Chandraprabha vati, pravaal pisti, Guduchi satva etc

4)       Diabetes with cough: Diabetic patient suffering of chronic cough may given powders of Yasti madhu, Kantakari, Vasa, Shati etc. Ayurvedic cough syrups available in the market are not safe to be taken by a diabetic patients

5)       Diabetes with excessive thirst: Excessive thirst may be managed with the use of cold infusions (heema) of Dahayanak, usheera, Chandan etc. Praval, Guduchi, may also be used.

6)       Diabetes with excessive urination: excessive urination can be treated with the use of Trivang bhasma, jasad bhasma, etc

7)       Generalised weakness and fatigue are the usual symptoms that can be treated with the use of herbs like shatavari, Ashvagandha, Bala Yastimadhu. Complications like tapyadi loha, Vasant kusumakar rasa are also very effective

8)    Impotence is a very distressing symptom of a diabetic patient. By assessing the age of the patient they may be advised Ashwagandha, Kaucha beeja, musali etc.

Permitted food for Diabetics according to Ayurveda :

Wholesome diet habit for diabetes:
1. Shigru(drum stick)
2. Haridra(turmeric)
3. Amalaki(goose berry)
4. Shyamaka-Setaria italica (L.) Beau.
5. Kodrava- Paspalum scrobiculatum,Linn.
4. Yava(barley)
5. Godhuma(wheat)
6. Mudga(green gram)
7. Kulattha(horse gram)
8. Patola(snake gourd)
9. Karavellaka(bitter gourd)
10. Maricha(pepper)
11. Lashuna(garlic)
12. Jambu(blue berry)
13. Vyayama(exercise) etc

Prohibited diet for diabetics according to Ayurveda:
1. Kanda- moola (root-rhizome)
2. Ikshu (sugar cane juice)
3. Taila(oil)
4. Ghrita(ghee)
5. Guda(jiggery)
6. Kanjika/shukta(sour beverages)
7. Madya(alcohol)
8. Pishtanna(carbohydrate rich food)
9. Anupa mamsa(flesh of marshy land)
10. Dadhi (curd)
11. Navanna (new grains)
11. Divaswapna (day sleep etc)


7 Effective Home Remedies for Controlling Sugar

Ayurveda recommends many simple home remedies to keep diabetes under control. Incorporating one or two of these remedies into your daily diet plan can help you prevent or at the least manage your blood glucose levels.

  1. Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 teaspoon of amla powder + half a tablespoon of methi seeds powder in half a glass of water and take daily in the morning on an empty stomach.
  2. Mix honey with barley that is soaked overnight in Triphala decoction (available at Ayurveda stores) and have it several times during the day.
  3. Juice of bitter melon or gourd can test the toughest amongst us. But when taken on an empty stomach it works wonders at balancing our blood sugar level.
  4. Grind and mix 100gms of fenugreek (methi) seeds, 50gms of turmeric and some white pepper. Take one teaspoon of this powder with a glass of milk twice daily.
  5. Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek overnight in water and drink it with water or milk in the morning.
  6. A tablespoon of the juice of the Indian gooseberry mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice is said to enable the pancreas to secrete insulin, if it is taken daily for two months.
  7. Drink a glass of water with 10 tulsi leaves, 10 belpatras and fenugreek leaves early in the morning on an empty stomach.

Yoga in Diabetes

Effectiveness of Yoga at preventing and treating diabetes is due to its emphasis of a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as its ability to balance the endocrine system, massage and tone the abdominal organs, stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, and reduce stress. Pranayama or breathing exercises offer still greater hope.

Stress has been shown to play an important role in diabetes by elevating blood glucose levels and increasing the odds of developing certain complications, such as heart disease, stroke and infections. And having a chronic disease that requires major lifestyle changes and constant monitoring can be very stressful in itself. Research now shows that chronically elevated levels of cortisol (hormone produced by the stress response) can lead to blood sugar problems, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Yoga and meditation are the two best practices to reduce stress and yoga has been shown to dramatically lower cortisol levels in the body.

All steps of Ashtanga Yoga, viz., Yamas, Niyamas, Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhyana and Samadhi, are important and should  be adhered to in the same order. In health or disease, it’s always better to know and choose yoga postures and pranayama exercises according to the prakriti and  vikriti of the person.

In general, exercise is a highly effective part of diabetes treatment because it increases insulin sensitivity and lowers blood sugar. Many studies have reported the beneficial effect of the practice of yoga on diabetes, confirming that the practice of postures can stimulate the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Yoga has also been proven helpful for weight management, blood sugar control, as well as lowering of the dosage of diabetic medications.

Yoga Postures

Surya Namaskar
Forward bends, twists and prone (belly down) poses all compress the abdomen to stimulate the pancreas, with prone poses being the most effective. Use forward bends and calming poses to reduce stress. In addition to acting on koshas and balancing chakras, yoga postures improve lymphatic circulation and hence body immunity. Yogic postures done with focus on breath, bandha, drishti and proper alignment are meditative and help in detoxification. Two reasons that yoga is particularly great for diabetes is that it:

  • Rejuvenates pancreatic cells, through alternate abdominal contractions and relaxation, during asanas (yogic postures which produce relaxation) and breathing exercises.
  • Reduces blood sugar due to muscular exercise involved in the asanas.

Some yogic postures provenly beneficial in diabetes are:

  1. Surya Namaskar (sun salutation)
  2. Setubandhasana (bridge pose)
  3. Pavanamuktasana (wind relieving pose)
  4. Trikonasana (triangle pose)
  5. Tadasana (mountain pose)
  6. Sukhasana (easy pose)
  7. Padmasana (lotus pose)
  8. Pashimottanasana (posterior stretch)
  9. Ardhmatsyendrasana (half spinal twist)
  10. Pawanmuktasana (joint freeing series)
  11. Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
  12. Vajrasana (thunderbolt pose)
  13. Dhanurasana (bow pose)
  14. Halasana (plow pose)
  15. Naukasana (boat pose)
  16. Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
  17. Shavasana (corpse pose)
  18. Anila Asana


Practice Pranayama to increase circulation of blood, oxygen and prana to facilitate healing and for stress reduction. Ashwin, the breath, is said to be the physician of gods. According to Vedas, it heals all maladies, with a name or without it. Recent years have witnessed a rise in interest in the healing powers of pranayama and myriad of studies have proven its positive effects on health. Pranayama has immense healing potential, and in expert hands, can work wonders. Pranayama is a great way to boost immunity. It is the bridge between the physical body and spiritual body and optimizes the flow of Prana. In general, some exercises like:

  • Bhastrika
  • Ujjayi
  • Kapal Bhati
  • Anulom Vilom
  • Moorchha
  • Vibhag Pranayama
  • Mahat Pranayama
  • Sama Vritti Pranayama
  • Visham Vritti Pranayama etc.

have been shown to help in diabetes. Please check the details of some breathing exercises here.

To offer the advantages of this yogic science of breathing, SAVY launched Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program ,a stepped program based on some very safe and healing breathing exercises in 2012.


Meditation reduces stress, calms the mind and activates the body’s natural healing abilities. You can use one of the following by itself and/or at the beginning and end of yoga practice:

  • Yoga Meditation,
  • Third Eye Meditation
  • Prana Healing Meditation

Yoga Nutrition

Healthy Heat Eating

Diabetes has been linked to the western lifestyle, as it is rarely seen in cultures that consume a natural non-processed, non-refined diet. Because of the standard Western diet that is high in sugar and dead carbohydrates that turn to sugar, the pancreas becomes exhausted and the cells are overworked. A yogic diet that is high in fiber, whole grains, legumes and vegetables is recommended to lose excess weight and stabilize blood sugar levels. With the synergetic combination of yoga, regular aerobic exercise and healthy diet diabetes can be controlled and quiet often reduced or even cured.

Some studies on raw vegetarian diet claim miraculous results.

Marma Therapy

Marma Points

Marmas can also be called minor chakras; they are vital points in the body through which life energy flows. There are 108 marmas and they are classified into different groups. Some marmas are very important in diabetes, and if massaged with proper pressure/technique, order, oil, duration etc., can help a lot in prevention as well as relief. Some points for diabetes are :

  1. Indrabasti
  2. Hridaya marma
  3. Tala Hridaya
  4. Urvi Marma
  5. Stanarohita Marma
  6. Guda Marma

Activation of these and other important points by massage with specific herbal oils, medicated ghrita in a gentle manner with discrete motion is highly beneficial. All this must be undertaken under the strict supervision of a well-trained expert with actual experience.


Ayurvedic/ Yogic massage based on Marma Therapy is quite beneficial. This is done not only as a means to relieve stress but also for deeper therapeutic reasons. It assists in hormonal balance. Most masseurs are not trained in such specialized massage, so, finding a knowledgeable expert becomes very important.

Mudra Vigyan and Kriya Vigyan

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Various hand postures (hasta mudras) are said to have very beneficial effect in health and disease.

There are five hand mudras which are quite effective in diabetes. Practice for 45 minutes daily at a stretch or three times of 15 minutes each, depending on your comfort level.

1. Surya Mudra

 ‘Surya’ is a Sanskrit word that means ‘Sun’. Surya mudra is known to increase the fire within the human body that in turn ensures an optimised metabolic rate. Diabetics, in general, have poor metabolic rates which results in increased sugar levels and weight gain. Regular practice of this mudra will help boost metabolic rates, thus ensuring loss of weight and lowering of sugar levels. The mudra also helps easing indigestion and associated problems.


  1. Sit or stand straight.
  2. Stretch your hands to your front.
  3. Bend your ring finger so that it touches the root of thumb.
  4. Keep the other fingers spread out, apart from each other.


2. Pran Mudra

Known as the Mudra of Life, it helps in improving the vital force of life and activates your Mooladhara Chakra or root chakra. Thus, it empowers you wholly within. The mudra, when practiced without fail, helps in detoxifying your body. Practicing this mudra alongside Apan Mudra has been proven to offer relief to those suffering from diabetes.


  1. Sit down in a relaxed position, preferably, Padmasana (Lotus pose), with your eyes closed. Those who are uncomfortable in this position can opt for performing the mudra in Tadasana (Mountain Pose).
  2. Focus on your breathing.
  3. Keep your hands on your sides.
  4. Bend your little finger and ring finger to touch the thumb.
  5. Keep the index finger and middle finger straight.

Make sure that you perform this mudra with both the hands.


3. Apan Mudra

The mudra, also called the mudra of purification, is one of the easiest yoga mudras. It aids in striking a better balance between the elements within the human body. Thus, it ensures that the unwanted toxins are flushed out properly from your body. This mudra results in frequent urination for eliminating the wastes, thus lowering the blood sugar levels.


  1. Sit in Padmasana or Vajrasana. Those who have knee problems can opt for standing in Tadasana.
  2. Keep your hands stretched to your front.
  3. Bend your thumb, middle finger, and ring finger in such a way that their tips come together.
  4. Keep the little finger and index finger straight.

Make sure that you perform this mudra with both the hands. Combine this mudra with Vayu mudra and practice regularly for preventing and curing diabetes.


4. Gyan Mudra

Also known as Chin Mudra, it can be practiced by the diabetics to enjoy deep relaxation. It helps in relaxing the body and eliminating stress and other mind-related issues.

Method: The mudra, in general, is practiced alongside meditation poses.

  1. Choose a sitting position, such as Padmasana, Vajrasana or Sukhasana, depending on your ease of doing so. You can even choose Tadasana, if you can concentrate without any trouble. Those who find it difficult to follow any of the yoga asanas can opt for sitting relaxingly on a chair. Keep your eyes closed.
  2. Keep your back straight; head and chest should be held high. Focus on your breathing.
  3. Keep your palms on your knees. Palms should face upwards.
  4.  Bend the index finger to touch the thumb’s tip, while the rest of the fingers are kept straight.
  5. Performing this Mudra while chanting will yield more effective outcomes.


5. Linga Mudra

Lingam, in Sanskrit, means phallus – the male reproductive organ. This mudra is helpful for those who are suffering from diabetes. It helps in activating the fire element within the human body, thus generating intense heat. This, in turn, causes an increase in metabolic levels. The higher the metabolic levels, the more the chances of a person losing weight. This, automatically, lowers blood sugar levels, offering relief from diabetes.


  1. Sit down in Padmasana, Vajrasana or Sukhasana or choose to stand in Tadasana.
  2. Clasp your hands stretched in front of the body while keeping the fingers intertwined.
  3. The thumb of your left hand should point upward. Circle it with the right thumb and right index finger.
  4. Inhale and exhale normally and maintain the position for 15 minutes.



Nabho Mudra - Breathe and Heal

Nabho Mudra – Breathe and Heal

Also, Nabho mudra and Khechari mudra, when done properly along with certain Pranayamas, are said to have a curative effective.


Panchakarma requires strict supervision by an expert. Shatkarma is a set of six detoxifying procedures, viz., Neti, Dhauti, Nyauli, Basti, Kapal Bhati, Tratak, which are said to remove the toxins from the body and thus help the body recover from any ailment.



All disorders in Ayurveda have been correlated to karmic influences. Hence chanting Mantras with appropriate gestures is very helpful. The selection of Mantras and time to chant depends on the natal chart and its interpretation.

Gayatri Mantra

Mantras influence the vibratory functions of cells and help them work in specific synchronization with the brain. Over a period of time it helps to cleanse the body of toxins. These therapies must be followed with strict guidelines of diet and lifestyle.



Gemstone therapy and Vedic astrology have been shown to be useful in diabetes.According to Astrology, planetary Combinations which causes Diabetes are:

  • Two or Three Malefic Planets if posited in Watery Signs
  • Two or Three Malefic Planets posited in the 6th House.
  • Two of Three Malefic Planets posited in Libra or in 7th house
  • Moon afflicted by Sun or Mars in Watery Signs
  • Venus afflicted by Sun or Mars in Watery Signs
  • If the 6th lord is posited in 8th or vice versa

Astrologically, Diabetes can be cured by wearing two gems:

  1. Red coral, and
  2. Yellow sapphire.

There are certain rules for wearing the stone:

1. The Gemstones shall be worn in silver.
2. Gemstones shall be energized by purification.
3. The Gemtones shall be worn in right hand.
4. Gemstones can be worn in a single pendant where Yellow Sapphire shall be fitted on the right hand side and Red Coral on the left hand side.

At SAVY we offer Yoga Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus and other ailments.

Also, please look up here for upcoming workshops, or

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Learn all that directly under expert guidance of one of the most qualified faculty in the world! Your Yoga Teacher – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500 D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, is a Yoga Therapist /Yoga Teacher in London with over 37,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India with almost three decades of experience in Medicine, he utilizes Yoga as a complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients and for easing symptoms associated with disease. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

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Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev


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.

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!


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.



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.


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.


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.


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!

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.

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.


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.


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


Jan 302014
Julia Chandler

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



Jan 262014

Vinyasa Yoga Classes

Donna Hebert

This class has been structured for those who have done SAVY Yoga before and are not afraid of trying a little more difficult yogic postures. The good thing about yoga system is that there is something for everybody regardless of body weight, physical limitations/strength or flexibility. This class is about Yoga in flow! So, it is imperative that the students have learnt the routine of B II level class thoroughly. With the regular practice of those movements they would be amazed to see how the yoga practice is helping them in making a difference in their lives. This class is in 60 minute format.

This is a vibrant mix of postures aimed at gaining strength, flexibility and removing stress in the mind. SAVY provides a loving, nurturing and inspiring environment where all feel welcome and comfortable in the class. Whether you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned yogi, our class will invigorate the mind, body and soul.

Also, components in this class are : Nada, Yoga Postures, Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting, Marma therapy, Tratak
Practical class of yoga postures, pranayama (breathing exercises), visualisation, meditation etc at beginners’ level.

This will consist of a little more difficult yoga postures and breathwork. It is preferable that those desirous of attending this class should attend SAVY Yoga B II level class for some time first.

This class is available for those registering under some special cards, plans, promos etc.

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Jan 232014

SAVY Yoga for Weight Loss

Donna Hebert

New Year is here and along with it all the New Year Resolutions! In North America, 70% people have weight reduction on the list of their New Year Resolutions!

A controversy exists whether Yoga can help you achieve your desired weight loss goals? The answer is a definite YES! Combining yoga, a healthy attitude and yoga nutrition are all steps to get there with a savvy SAVY style.

There are myths that many people believe that exercising vigorously is the way to slim down and keep fit, which leaves them feeling exhausted just thinking about the arduous path to weight loss. There are unrealistic exercise routines that are out there which discourage and harm many. These irrational methods sometimes work but any exercise or dietary routine which cannot be incorporated in lifestyle in the long run, fails to achieve any permanent results. Unscientific weight loss programs and diet regimens lead to more muscle loss instead of fat loss and may lead to nutritional imbalances. So, most of even those who are able to shed some weight through a lot of effort are likely to get all that flab back with interest very fast, or land up with some nutritional or even hormonal imbalances.

Fat loss and weight reduction can be safely achieved through yoga. Beginning with an intention of exactly why you want to lose weight helps you set an awareness and direction towards your weight loss goals. Incorporating a healthy lifestyle with nutrient rich foods, plenty of sleep and yoga is the first step towards a valuable weight loss journey with permanent results.

SAVY Yoga has prepared a Weight Loss Routine that is simple, fun, light-hearted, and speeds up the body’s fat burning abilities through combining Vinyasa yoga and Pranayama, the breathing exercises, which lower stress hormone level and decrease the cortisol in the body.  This activates the body’s inherent sculpting capability to shape, tone, build muscle and balance energy so that a permanent weight loss can be achieved. Specific Yoga routines can also help you sculpt just one body part. In conjunction with Yoga Nutrition and other elements of Yoga under Dr Jitender K Sahdev‘s expert guidance, results are bound to happen!


In SAVY Yoga for Weight Loss, the only weight you lift is your own. By completing the SAVY routine of stretches, breathing, and push and pull movements between your own muscle groups, yoga encourages fantastic benefits such as:

  • Reduces stress – reducing cortisol level and promoting better metabolism
  • Optimises hormones – through more balanced secretion of hormones at central and peripheral levels
  • Improves lymphatic circulation – helping you get rid of toxins in the body
  • Improves dietary habits – optimises diet through Yoga Nutrition advice, helping you  ward off toxins from nutrition
  • Creates more awareness – making you more aware and alive to your real potential
  • Raises heart rate – turning on cardio and fat burning abilities, and strengthening heart
  • Stretches muscles – helping you squeeze toxins out of muscles and body tissues.
  • Stimulates Marma points – helping you cleanse and balance your energy channels
  • Low impact exercise – Body and muscles are used fully in a low impact form that doesn’t stress the joints and ligaments
  • Increases brain volume, function, focus, coordination and balance
  • Promotes healthy lifestyle thus leading to more permanent results

A splendid mix and a great way to achieve overall positive health and a happier, more confident and slimmer you!

Contact today to register for the program.


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Dec 012013
Donna Hebert

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
Eugene Wong Won

 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


Oct 092013
Aug 312013
Eric and Pauline Donald


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!
Aug 252013
Yoga Month 2013

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!

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Jul 012013
Happy Canada Day

Canada Day Yoga Deal – Happy Canada Day!

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Jun 102013
Deep Stretch Yoga

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


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.


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.


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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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.

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Unlimited Summer Special 2013

Unlimited Summer Special 2013

Unlimited Summer Special 2013

3 months Unlimited Summer Yoga for $149!

It’s summer time here and time for some interesting deals!

Well, SAVY Studio has always given its best to Londoners in everything – be it Unlimited Yoga, Summer Specials, Promotions, Yoga Massages, or even the sizzling hot deals. We bring to you the best in everything and offer one of the MOST COMPLETE YOGA CLASSES ON THIS PLANET! Our classes have more elements of yoga rolled in one class of 60 minutes, and all that under one of the most qualified faculty in North America!

For almost two years now, we have been fulfilling our promise of providing safe and authentic yoga to Londoners, and hope to continue serving you in coming years.

So, here’s another deal from us.

3 Months Unlimited Yoga for $149 only (+HST)

This Summer Offer will be valid for full three months – June, July and August, of unlimited yoga.

Register now and redeem before August 31, 2013. 

Location : SAVY International Inc 119-D Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4.

And to get it you without any delay, we are also posting a QR Code for the deal, so that you can claim it immediately, without any delay.

Scan this QR Code with your cell phone (you’ll need a QR Code Reader – in my experience, Scanlife for Android and Esponce for Windows mobile work well.) and you can immediately claim your offer!

qrcode.13952136- UL Summer Spl $168.37

Or, click here.

Terms : Allowed one per person, up to five for gifts. Only for newcomers. Valid only for the said duration. Dates of classes in a package cannot be changed and classes cannot be carried forward. The package expires on the date of last class of package or expiry date. Non-refundable, non-transferable & cannot be shared. No cash-back or credit. Valid only if duly authorized. Valid for routine yoga classes only.

See you soon at the studio!

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