Mar 112015

Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Aricia Haywood

Aricia Haywood

My name is Aricia.

SAVY YOGIBadha Parsvokonasana

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



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

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


I faded in and out of my own personal practice.

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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




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


A note from the President’s desk

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

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

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

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

All the best, Aricia! Keep it up.


Jan 132015
Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation

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

Primordial Sound Meditation

AUM and Primordial Vibration

OM or AUM is the most important and significant Mantra. It is considered as the root mantra of all mantras. In fact, all mantras start with OM. OM is the most often chanted sound among all the sacred sounds on earth. The one mantra you start your yoga class with and end with, is the mantra OM or AUM. It is the most important mantra of Yoga. This mantra has been handed down to us by sages; Maharishi Vishwamitra discovered this sound during meditation.

It is believed traditionally that every ‘thing’ that we see or feel, comes from Primordial Vibration, which is symbolised by AUM. This sound is considered as the sound of the existence. It is believed that the whole universe, in its most fundamental form, is made up of vibrating, pulsating energy. Vibration produces sound and AUM is considered the humming sound of this cosmic energy. AUM is said to be the primordial creative sound from which the entire universe has manifested. It is also known as the ‘Anahat Nada‘, the “Unstruck Sound“, meaning, the sound that is not made by striking of two things together. If you observe the nature of sound you’ll find that all ordinary audible sounds are produced by the striking of two objects. All sounds within our range of listening are produces by things visible or invisible, striking each other or vibrating together, resulting in pulsating waves of air molecules which we interpret as sound.

In contrast to this, AUM is the sound which is not the result of the striking of two objects. It rather emanates on its own. It is the primal sound of the universe that contains all sounds in itself. All material objects, all living beings, including each of us, all spiritual teachings, including Yoga, all languages, including Vedic language, all scriptures, including the Vedas, everything has emanated from this primordial vibration!

Human system is capable of producing only three fundamental soundsA, U and M. All other sounds are produced by permutation and combination of these three sounds. AUM is the marriage of these three fundamental sounds – A, U and M. Let’s do an experiment: Keep your tongue still – hold it with your hand. Then try producing different sounds. You’ll be able to produce only three sounds – A, U and M. Tongue is that ingenious instrument, with the help of other parts of oral cavity, which helps you produce all different types of sounds. That is why these three are called the root sounds.

Let’s do another experiment: sit down straight and chant A…, U…, and M… one by one. Do you feel any vibration anywhere when you chant them separately? A vibrates Manipura chakra (lower abdomen) to chest, U vibrates upper chest to throat, and M vibrates the whole head. This one sound AUM vibrates your whole body from inside! There are 72,000 nadis in the body and they meet 3/4th of an inch below naval. The sound of AUM produces vibration in this Manipura chakra. Each one of these sounds activates certain nadis and produces effect in certain dimension of your energy system. Vibration produces sound and sound produces creation…! Sound can create, maintain or annihilate.

Science tells us that all matter is formed of molecules, which are further made up of the smallest indivisible particles called atoms. Atoms are further made up of sub-atomic particles – electrons, neutrons, protons, pi-ons, mesons etc. Each one of these sub-atomic structures is particulate as well as wave in nature. Each sub-atomic particle is further divisible into quarks which are only wave in nature, a form of energy. So, all of us are, in the true essence, made up of energy. We are just condensed energy forms! Einstein formulated his famous equation that E = mc², where E stands for energy, m stands for mass, and c is a constant. So, this equation shows that energy is directly proportional to the mass, meaning that mass cannot be destroyed or created; it can just change from one form into another. OM or AUM symbolises that everything in any macrocosm or microcosm, is a state of energy originated from that primordial vibration.

But unlike all other mantra, there is no meaning of OM. It is actually not a word, it is a sound. As per Hindu tradition, OM is the purest name of God. It is the sound of the supreme consciousness. So when you repeat OM, you actually take the name of God. Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati was founder of the ‘Arya Samaj’. He used to write ‘ Ao3m' instead of 'Aom ‘. The ‘3 ‘ (Devanagari digit 3) between O and M is called ‘ploot’. Swami Dayanand used ‘ploot’ to emphasize long pronunciation of ‘O’. Only followers of Swami Dayanand Saraswati (members of ‘Arya Samaj’) write ‘ Ao3m' instead of 'ॐ'. The syllable that is prior to a ploot is pronounced for a longer time/period (more than double). So ' Ao3m ‘ is to be pronounced as OOOm (o…m).

Om in Sanatan Dharma. Sanatan means old. Indian mystical and philosophical thinking is impregnated with Om, mentioned widely n the Upanishads, Tantras, Puranas, Samkhyas and Yoga Vashishta. It symbolises the essence of Sanatan Dharma (the Eternal Way), commonly known as Hinduism – the tolerant and profound conglomeration of spiritual thinking and practice from which Yoga has come. Om is widely known as the ‘Mahat Mantra’ – ‘the great mantra’. Om is not directly mentioned in Rig Veda, probably because it was considered too sacred to utter or even write down. Om is first mentioned, albeit indirectly, in the Yajur Veda in verse 1:1 where it is known as the ‘pranava’ – ‘the humming sound’- or ‘udgitha’ – ‘the elevating chant’. Interestingly, no graphic representation of Om has yet been found in the extensive excavations of the so called Indus Valley civilization (circa 3000 BC, though probably much older). The reason may be either that Om was considered too sacred to be graphically represented, or that it had not yet been realised and brought into mainstream spiritual practice. The oldest direct references and descriptions of Om are to be found in the Upanishads which are considered to contain the essential teachings of the Vedas.

Om in the Mandukya Upanishad. The Mandukya Upanishad is the shortest of the Upanishads – the scriptures of Hindu Vedanta. It is in prose, consisting of twelve verses expounding the mystic syllable Aum, the three psychological states of waking, dreaming and sleeping, and the transcendent fourth state of illumination (Atyanta shunyata). This Upanishad has been greatly extolled. Muktikopanishad, says that the Mandukya Upanishad alone is enough for salvation. According to Dr Radhakrishnan, it contains the fundamental approach to reality.

The Mandukya Upanishad is exclusively dedicated to explaining the significance of Om. It says that Om symbolises everything manifest and yet it has its origin in the Unmanifest. In its analysis it writes Om as Aum with each of the three syllables having specific significance.

There are three mātrās (“letters”, syllabic instants in prosody) in the word aum: ‘a’, ‘u’ and ‘m’.

The ‘a’ stands for the state of wakefulness, where we experience externally through our mind and sense organs. The ‘u’ stands for the dream state, in which inward experiences are available. In the state of deep sleep, represented by the sound ‘m’, there is no desire and consciousness is gathered in upon itself.

But there is a fourth, transcendent state, that of one “who is neither inwardly nor outwardly aware, nor both inward and outward, nor with consciousness infolded on itself, who is unseen and ineffable, ungraspable, featureless, unthinkable and unnameable.” The fourth state (turīya avasthā) corresponds to silence as the other three correspond to AUM. It is the substratum of the other three states. It is referred to as atyanta-shunyata (absolute emptiness).

Om in Indian Classical Music.

The phonemes of the Vedic hymns and the seven fundamental nodes – Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni of the Indian classical music have originated (distinctly recognized by the Rishis) from the vibrations of the sublime sound of Om in the Nature. The Vedic quote – ‘Ekoham Bahusyami’ implies that all the sounds, all the energies, all the motions and everything existing in the universe have originated from the vibrations of this single anahata nada. This is the source of the manifestation of the Shabda-Brahm and the Nada Brahm.


Om in the Bhagavad Gita. Om is widely mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita where the mantra Om is an essential part of its teachings and practice. Krishna tells Arjuna:

‘O Arjuna, I am the taste of pure water, and the light of the moon and the sun.

I am the essential nature of the mantra Om mentioned in the holy scriptures,

the sound in ether, as well as the courage and virility of human beings.’

verse 7.8

Krishna, who symbolises underlying Intelligence or Consciousness, is the essence of Om. Om, as sound vibration, is an expression of this underlying Consciousness. Therefore, by practising Mantra or Gyana Yoga (or even Bhakti Yoga) we can trace Om back to its source. In this way, we are enabled to realise the nature of Consciousness.

Krishna talks of death and the importance of chanting Om at the time of death:

‘The mantra Om symbolises Reality. At the time of death, repeat Om and you will go forth from the body and attain the Supreme Goal.’

verse 8.13

From the Yogic viewpoint, death is not just the time of disintegration of the physical body, but also a golden opportunity of directly realising our Immortal or Deathless Essence. Chanting Om at the point of death can be a valuable part of this process.

Krishna also says that all spiritual practices should be initiated with Om:

‘Before starting sacrifices, holy practices and austerities (as prescribed by the scriptures), serious spiritual seekers should chant Om.’

verse 17.24

Indeed, this is what we often do before starting Yoga practice or Meditation – we chant Om a few time, either aloud or mentally, whether alone or in a group. Try it! It works wonders.


Symbolism of the Syllables of Aum. A, U and M, both as syllables and as sounds, as well as the silence after chanting Aum, symbolise a number of different things as follows:

Aum can be chanted by feeling the resonance of ‘A’ in the abdomen, then allowing the ‘U’ to resonate in the chest and finally, feeling the ‘M’ vibration in the head.

A = abdomen

U = chest/throat

M = head

After the sound of Aum there is silence; this symbolises that which is ‘above’ the head (i.e. beyond thinking), the ineffable: Spirit, or Consciousness.

According to the Mandukya Upanishad, the syllables of Aum represent the following realms of experience:

A = jagrat (waking state)

U = swapna (dreaming state)

M = sushupti (deep sleep state)

After chanting Aum there is silence; this symbolises the spiritually awakened state, which transcends the previous three states.

The three syllables of Aum symbolise the three levels of mind as follows:

A = conscious

U = subconscious

M = unconscious

After chanting Aum there is silence; this represents the Super-consciousness state which transcends the previous three states.

According to Yoga, Tantra, Samkhya and Vedanta, the whole of nature, including the human mind and body, is made up of the three gunas (Sanskrit, ‘guna’, qualities):

  • sattwa (harmony, clarity and light);
  • rajas (passion and dynamism); and
  • tamas (ignorance, darkness and inertia).

The three syllables of Aum symbolise these three gunas as follows:

A = tamas

U = rajas

M = sattwa

After chanting Aum there is silence; this symbolises the state of trigunatita (Sanskrit, tri, three; atita, beyond) – that which transcends the three gunas, i.e. Pure Consciousness.

The three syllables of AUM symbolise the three principles of existence symbolised by Brahma, the creative; Vishnu, the sustaining; and Shiva, the destructive:

A = Brahma

U = Vishnu

M = Shiva

After chanting Aum there is silence; this symbolises underlying Reality which is the substratum behind, and beyond, creation (Brahma), sustenance (Vishnu) and destruction (Shiva).

The three syllables of AUM symbolise the three realms of time: past, present and future:

A = Present

U = Past

M = Future

After chanting Aum there is silence; this symbolises underlying Reality which underlies and yet is beyond past, present and future; the Timeless out of which time emerges.

Beyond Aum-the Transcendental. According to the Mandukya Upanishad, the Transcendental State is called turiya (Sanskrit, the fourth) – that which is beyond and yet encompasses the three states symbolised by A, U and M. Hence, in order to discourage us from putting a concept on something which is beyond concept, it is simply and succinctly called ‘the fourth.’

Turiya can be symbolised as follows:

The circle symbolises Turiya, underlying Reality. It includes jagrat, the conscious waking state (A); it includes swapna, the dream, or subconscious state (U); and it includes and yet is beyond shushupti, the causal, unconscious state (M). Though not necessarily visible to eyes, the first three states exist in, and are part of, the manifest universe.

Turiya includes all of these three states or levels of manifest reality, and yet it is beyond them. It encompasses them and yet transcends them.

It is the unseen substratum which can only be realised when our mind dissolves into Consciousness – when, to use an expression attributed to the sage Ramakrishna, the ‘salt doll dissolves in the ocean.’

Plunging through the Centre of Infinity. There is a well-known and ancient hermetic statement:

‘Reality is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is no-where.’

There are many levels of interpretation, one of which was pointed out by Giordano Bruno. He said that whereas finite space, no matter how large it is, can have only one centre, infinite space has its centre everywhere. Mathematically, infinite space has an infinite number of centres.

One hundred years later, Leibnitz, the German mathematician, inspired by Bruno’s thinking, tried to explain the same thing with his theory of the Monad (‘monas’ is ancient Greek for ‘unit.’). Leibnitz described each centre of infinity as a ‘monad.’

Each single monad contains the reflection of the entire universe – which is in agreement with modern Quantum theory as well as many mystical systems including Yoga and Tantra.

The Hua Yen (or Kegon) School of Chinese Buddhism has tried to explain this even further with the image of Indra’s Jewel Net where there are an infinite number of jewels in each of which is reflected all the other jewels together. Also, each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel also reflects all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process going on. This gives an idea of infinitely repeated interrelationship among everything in the universe.

In Yoga, each centre of infinity is called bindu. Each monad, each particle of existence, is impregnated with energy and Consciousness. Each bindu is in intimate contact with every other bindu. Each bindu shares with the Totality and the Totality shares with each bindu. The Primordial Vibration, symbolized by Om, resonates through each of these infinite number of centres. By chanting Om (or any other mantra), we move from a state of extroversion and dissipation to a more introspective, harmonious state.

Centring ourselves in Meditation, we are able to ‘touch’ the bindu (the Transcendental Point, symbolised by the dot in the top of the Om symbol Å). Plunging through this Bindu (which exists everywhere), we can realise the nature of Reality.

The Bindu of the Human Personality. Each and every embodied being is an expression of Shiva (Consciousness; underlying Reality) acting through the medium of Shakti (Energy; the Quantum Vacuum). As we have already said, each bindu (particle) of existence acts as a conduit for the flow of creative energy represented by the raif.

But the bindu of the human personality is known as the Anandamaya Kosha, the Blissful Sheath or Causal Body. This is the nucleus of our existence as an embodied being. In Meditation, we are in contact with this level of our being, and we can be catapulted into osmotic contact and realisation of underlying Consciousness. As Eckhart, the medieval German mystic, said:

“The eye with which I see God is the same as that with which He sees me.”

That is, Reality ‘sees’ us (i.e. is in constant and intimate contact with us) through the bindu, but we can also reciprocate by ‘tuning’ into Reality through the bindu (by ‘seeing’ through the same ‘eye’). The bindu, here the Anandamaya Kosha, allows us to realise Reality. Or, more correctly, we should say that the bindu is the point through which the Cosmic Consciousness realises itself through the individual consciousness.

When we chant Om we focus on the resonance which is the raif. Our being gets absorbed in this vibration and this has the power to lead us back, via the bindu, to realise the underlying nature or Consciousness which is beyond the bindu.

All this is indicated by the symbol of Å: it is a symbol of the process of manifestation or creation, the means by which we exist as embodied beings. But, at the same time, Aum also symbolises the process of return, where through practice (Sanskrit, sadhana) we can realise our essential Roots.

The Analogy of the Lotus. The lotus flower is an archetypal symbol of the evolutionary potential and development of each human being.

The lotus has three stages of growth and can be related to A-U-M as follows:

The roots that sink deep in the mud correspond to ‘A’; the stem, as it grows through the water, corresponds to ‘U’; and the bud and the flower above the water facing the Sun is ‘M’. We are born in the womb, the matrix of matter (the roots in the mud); we grow up, developing the intellect, learning about our emotions and the ways of the world (the stem in the water of life); finally, we can blossom like the beautiful lotus flower when we realise our eternal connection with Spirit (our petals unfurl in the Sun).

Put in other terms, we can say that the lotus symbolises our growth in life as we pass through the three gunas: where we start in the mud of tamas (ignorance; identification with our physical form), pass through the waters of rajas (emotions, passion, ambition and furious activity) and finally, through refinement of our understanding (perhaps having practised Yoga or some related system), we arrive in the fresh air and clear sky of sattwa (harmony, joy and clarity). Then we are enabled to realise the Reality (the sun) which far transcends our individuality (symbolised by the lotus).

A-U-M and the lotus symbolise this whole process to supreme fulfilment of our lives.

From the Circle to the Point. During chanting, the sound of Om starts with a circle and ends with a point. During pronunciation, the lips are slightly apart with ‘A’, slowly starting to close with ‘U’ until they are completely closed with ‘M’.

There is, at first, expansion outwards and then contraction inwards. Try it for yourself.

This indicates the path of Yoga: starting from a more or less (mentally and emotionally) dissipated state (represented by the circle), where we search for meaning externally, in the world at large, we start Yoga and progressively move to a more unified state where we are centred in Being (represented by the point). Every time we chant Om we are symbolising the path towards Unity.

Om in other Mantras. Om is an integral part of most other mantras used in Yoga (Om Namah Shivaya, Gayatri Mantra, Mrityunjaya Mantra etc.). Om precedes other mantras since it symbolises Consciousness and without Consciousness, nothing can exist. Without the presence of underlying Intelligence, the mantra has no value and no power to transform; indeed it cannot even exist! Om is the very core, the bed-rock, of all sounds and all other mantras. Without that which is symbolised by Om nothing can exist, including each of us.

Om takes us Home. Our essential nature, our original home, is Consciousness. H-O-M-E is composed of OM encompassed by HE; Therefore, OM is the essence of HE (Underlying Intelligence). Chanting Om helps us to realise the roots of our Being, and in the deepest sense takes us homeward.

Om Symbolises:

  • The vibration of God.
  • Truth, the Absolute.
  • The ‘hum’ of the universe.
  • Liberation and the means to it.


Om Symbolises and Encourages:

  • The descent of Universality into the human heart.
  • The descent of the Infinite into the finite.
  • The expression of the Unconditioned into the conditioned.
  • The descent of the Formless into form.


How to chant AUM

AUM can be chanted slowly or quickly. Each method is as good as the other and you must experiment yourself to find out your own preference.

Benefits of chanting AUM

  • AUM, pronounced correctly, arouses and transforms every atom in the physical body, setting up new vibrations and conditions, and awakening the sleeping power of the body.
  • The chanting of AUM drives away all worldly thoughts and removes distractions.
  • If you are depressed, chant AUM for 10 minutes, you will be filled with new vigour and strength.
  • Chanting of AUM gives energy.
  • Continuous practice of AUM helps in improving the brain capacity and memory. Our capacity to grasp any knowledge increases. Our mind becomes more active and we are able to take decisions quickly. Chanting of AUM stimulates sleeping brain centres.
  • Just 5 minutes of AUM chanting gives calmness and relaxation to our body and mind. Chanting of AUM improves confidence level and prepares us to face the adverse circumstances of life.
  • AUM removes nervousness and fears from the mind.
  • Chanting of AUM before bed gives sound sleep. The problems of Insomnia and scary dreams are addressed by AUM chanting.


The Science behind Pranav Jaap, or Udgitha, or Primordial Sound Meditation, or AUM Chanting

How to do Pranav Jaap or Primordial Sound Meditation

Open this presentation and follow instructions. There is a practice-along video inside.


The chanting of Om and reflection on its meaning helps to bring about a transformation in our perception so that we can start to realise the meaning of the above.




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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

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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

yoga mudra

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

Contact Us


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.

Sign up today and live life to your full potential.

We provide a FREE 15- minute Consultation to dispel your doubts and answer your queries.

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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. 

May 302014
SAVY Healing Yoga Classes

Friday Yoga Classes London ON

SAVY Yoga at Waterloo Street

Downtown London Yoga Classes Schedule

 At 432 Waterloo Street London ON N6B 2P2.

(Studio entry is at the back)

Registration open for Surya Yoga class at 6.45 am.

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


South London SAVY Studio

South London Yoga Classes schedule

At 119 Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4

(Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible)

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


SAVY Yoga at Concord Road

North-West London Yoga Classes Schedule

At 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9.

(Free Parking)

Small Class Yoga Only

(All classes available only as Separate Packages)

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

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

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

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

Please check details with the Studio.

May 282014
SAVY Healing Yoga Classes

Thursday Yoga Classes London ON

South London SAVY Studio

South London Yoga Classes schedule

At 119 Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4

(Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible)

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

Kick start your Yoga Journey with Thrifty Thursday Gift Certificate!

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

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

Utthitta Chaturanga Dandasana

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

Chaturanga Dandasana

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

Tripada Urdhva Dhanurasana

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


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



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



Thursday – Relevance and History

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


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


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


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

Color & Gem:

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

Celestial Body:

The planet Jupiter (Vrihaspati) rules Thursday.


 To see the full schedule, please click here and check schedule of classes.

The salient features of London Yoga Classes at SAVY are:

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

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

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


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May 272014
SAVY Healing Yoga Classes

Wednesday Yoga Classes London ON

SAVY Yoga at Waterloo Street

Downtown London Yoga Classes Schedule

 At 432 Waterloo Street London ON N6B 2P2.

(Studio entry is at the back)

Registration open for Surya Yoga class at 6.45 am.

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


South London SAVY Studio

South London Yoga Classes schedule

At 119 Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4

(Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible)

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


SAVY Yoga at Concord Road

North-West London Yoga Classes Schedule

At 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9.

(Free Parking)

Small Class Yoga Only

(All classes available only as Separate Packages)

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

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

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

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

Please check details with the Studio.

May 262014
SAVY Healing Yoga Classes

 Tuesday Yoga Classes London ON


SAVY Yoga at Waterloo Street

Downtown London Yoga Classes Schedule

Registration closed for all classes

 At 432 Waterloo Street London ON N6B 2P2.

(Studio entry is at the back)

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


South London SAVY Studio

South London Yoga Classes schedule

Registration closed for all classes

At 119 Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4

(Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible)

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


SAVY Yoga at Concord Road

North-West London Yoga Classes Schedule

Registration open. Please check the new schedule here.

At 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9.

(Free Parking)

Small Class Yoga Only

(All classes available only as Separate Packages)

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

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

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

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


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May 242014
SAVY Healing Yoga Classes

Monday Yoga Classes London ON


South London SAVY Studio

South London Yoga Classes schedule

At 119 Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4

(Free Parking, Wheel Chair Accessible)

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

Beat the Monday Morning blues with SAVY Yoga!

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

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

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

Viparita Karani

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


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


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

Prasarita Padottansana

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


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


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


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


Practice these poses regularly. 


Monday – Yoga Relevance and History

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


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


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

Color & Gem:

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

Celestial Body:

The Moon (Chandra) rules Monday.

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

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

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


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Apr 052014
Inaugural Offer_WATERLOO

Announcing Two New SAVY Yoga Studios

Congratulations London!

With your patronage, love and kind support, SAVY Yoga has been growing from strength to strength since its inception in 2011.

Conceived to be an island of excellence for Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Therapy and related branches , SAVY has always strived to bring the best in traditional Yoga to you, in all its potential and enormity, at the South London SAVY Yoga Studio on Exeter Road.

At SAVY, Yoga is not just another exercise form; it’s a potent tool not only to stay healthy, but also to regain health if any component of health gets compromised.

We have been working hard towards that end and could introduce ‘Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program and SAVY Yoga Cancer Support Services some time back. A lot more is on way!

Now, we are making this true traditional form of Yoga available to you in our all new Downtown London and North-west London locations too!

It’s heartening to announce these two new locations for SAVY Yoga, which will be operational from April 16, 2014

First new location is in Downtown London, at 432 Waterloo Street London ON N6B 2P2.

It’s a beautiful Yoga Studio inside a Victorian heritage building with a lot of taste and character to it.

Right in the heart of London, we’ll be offering group classes at this location.

So, get ready for some real Yoga downtown!

Come and discover the new hottest Yoga in town!

You won’t need the artificial heat to sweat it out!

It’ll be fully operational from April 16, 2014.

Check details on London Yoga Classes page.

Click here to get your FIRST CLASS FREE


Get your Inaugural Offer of $14 for 14 Days of Unlimited Yoga here!



Second new location is at 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9.

In this calm, serene family neighbourhood, we are offering Small Class Yoga and Private Classes at this location.

This will also be operational from April 16, 2014.

To get your Inaugural Small Class Yoga Offer at this location, click here!


The South London SAVY Yoga Studio on Exeter Road will continue to be fully operational.

Under one of the most qualified faculty in North America, expect some real quality Yoga!

With the South London SAVY Yoga Studio and these two added locations, three locations in London in toto, we rededicate ourselves to the health and wellness of people of London ON specifically, and people of rest of the world in general!

Thank you London!










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.

Register now at the studio


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See you on the mat!


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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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Jan 112014
yoga for hypertension, heart disease, stroke

Yoga for Hypertension, Heart Disease, Stroke

yoga for hypertension, heart disease, stroke

Yoga, an ancient science of health, once viewed as only an exercise form in the west, has always been known for its efficacy in countering some of the dreaded diseases in the land of its origin-India. It is now slowly being accepted into Modern Medicine and in the west also for its health benefits. Because of the lack of the scientifically supervised research studies, the scientific community has exhibited only tongue in cheek response to its acceptance for treatment of diseases, but with more and more health centres around the globe devoting their attention to proper investigation of the health benefits of yoga, the acceptance level is slowly escalating, ranging from a silent low-keyed nod to awe-inspired, open-mouthed amazement at the success of it all. If you’re willing to dig a little deeper, you’ll discover that ancient yogic teachings on diet and lifestyle reflect a practical wisdom that modern medicine is gradually validating. From time to time, attempts at plagiarism have also been there, but that is beside the point and beyond the scope of this article.


Non-communicable diseases, chiefly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases, are the major cause of adult mortality and morbidity worldwide. Most of the non-communicable diseases, for example diabetes or heart disease, affect the person in the productive years. It causes reduced productivity and early retirement.

Also, it puts immense pressure on the public health expenditure as in most cases the treatment costs are higher compared to the communicable diseases. Preventive strategies such as yoga must be propagated for better health. Its newfound popularity could be a boon for people with all kinds of diseases – major or minor. In expert hands, with addition of Yoga Nutrition, meditation, Marma therapy and other lesser known forms of Yoga Therapy, Yoga can be a very potent therapeutic tool. Patients of high blood pressure, heart failure, and other forms of cardiovascular disease can expect amazing responses. A small but promising body of research suggests that yoga’s combination of stretching, gentle activity, breathing, and mindfulness may have special benefits for people with cardiovascular disease. Neuro-degenerative disorders like Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Ataxias, Parkinsonism, AML etc have been shown to respond to varying degrees, depending on the structure of the programs and the expertise available. Metabolic and endocrine disorders like obesity, diabetes mellitus etc., eye diseases, cancers, tumours, asthma and allergies, stress-related disorders, mood and sleep disorders and all other diseases are now known to respond to Yoga with varying degrees of success.

Yoga In Disease

The word “yoga” comes from a Sanskrit term that means ‘yuj’ or union. Its aim is to join body, mind, and spirit. Though there is just one Yoga, there are different minor or major forms of yoga, from the physically very gentle to very demanding types. Yoga’s path to balance the mind and the body involves mainly three interconnected threads: physical postures called “asanas,” controlled breathing, and calming the mind through relaxation and meditation. All three work together to attain a better optimised ‘milieu interiur’.

Getting into the various postures during a yoga session gently exercises the muscles. Anything that works your muscles is good for your heart and blood vessels. Activity also helps muscles become more sensitive to insulin, which is important for controlling blood sugar specifically, and body metabolism in general.

All Yoga Therapy programs at SAVY have Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program at its core, which revolves more around breathing exercises.


The time-tested deep-breathing exercises help slow the breathing rate. Taking fewer but deeper breaths each minute temporarily lowers blood pressure and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and calms the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for generating stress hormones. At a deeper level, breathing exercises have a much more profound effect and act by achieving hormonal balance and balance in the sympathetic and parasympathetic activities, and act by detoxifying the body. Attainment of positive and super-positive physical, mental and spiritual health is an altogether different level and dimension peculiar only to some advanced forms of yoga.

From therapeutic point of view, the postures and deep breathing offer a kind of physical meditation that focuses and clears the mind. Meditation and the mindfulness of yoga have both been shown to help people with all kinds of diseases though more work in the past has been focused on cardiovascular health.

Possible benefits

Heart disease kills far more people than any other illness, more than all forms of cancer combined. When former US President Bill Clinton mentioned in a CNN interview that he’d adopted a near-vegan diet for the sake of his heart’s health, the media went wild. Once known for his love of hamburgers and junk food, Clinton—who had bypass surgery in 2004 and an angioplasty in 2010 to remove blockages from a clogged artery—was not a likely candidate for dietary asceticism.

Yoga and Heart

But he was persuaded to make the radical change by an extensive review of the scientific evidence. And if you’re concerned about heart health, it’s food for thought that you, too, may want to consider.

The research into the connection between yoga and diseases is still in its scientific infancy. Several dozen studies have explored the possible benefits of yoga for people with diseases, but these trials are mostly small or lack the scientific stringency. Still, this body of work suggests that yoga may:

  1. reduce high blood pressure
  2. improve symptoms of heart failure
  3. ease palpitations
  4. enhance cardiac rehabilitation
  5. lower cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and stress hormones
  6. improve balance, reduce falls, ease arthritis, and improve breathing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  7. down-regulation of disease-causing genes and up-regulation of disease preventing genes
  8. detoxify body
  9. attain greater hormonal balance,

and more.

Several randomized controlled trials under way should help pin down what yoga can do for people with different diseases.

Yoga can be a useful method for coping with cardiovascular disease. Even if all of the ongoing trials provide unequivocal support for yoga, it should be kept in mind that it won’t offer magical protection against heart disease. Nutrition and lifestyle still have to be watched.

Trying yoga


Beginning yoga can be a challenge. Traditional yoga is done by slowly stretching the body into a variety of poses while focusing on breathing and meditation. Attending a general yoga class populated by fit 30-somethings who expect a good workout may not be a very encouraging introduction. Some forms of yoga like hot yoga, power yoga etc, which have been shown in the past to be very physically demanding and having physical side-effects of their own, may not be advisable to patients at higher cardiovascular risk. It is always more prudent to attend yoga classes which offer fuller package of true yoga – yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, marma and more. SAVY Yoga classes are especially suitable from therapeutic point of view as they include all the major elements of yoga and have incomparable health benefits.

People with heart disease often have other health concerns, like arthritis, osteoporosis, vascular problems, vertigo etc, that limit their flexibility and movement. A good yoga instructor creates a safe environment for his or her students and helps them modify poses to meet their abilities and limitations.

Though yoga does not count towards physical activity requirements of 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week, it has its own therapeutic effects which are unparalleled and unsurpassed by any other exercise form.

American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity

For overall health benefits to the heart, lungs and circulation, perform any moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic activity using the following guidelines:

  • Get the equivalent of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity (2 hours and 30 minutes) each week.
  • You can incorporate your weekly physical activity with 30 minutes a day on at least five days a week.
  • Physical activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week.
  • Include flexibility and stretching exercises.
  • Include muscle strengthening activity at least two days each week.

Although conventional medicine often recommends heart-pounding aerobic workouts for cardiac health, there is evidence that less-intense exercise provides major benefits.

  • Don’t over-exercise; recent studies suggest that extreme exercise, like running 10 miles if that’s not your norm, may actually promote inflammation.
  • Get 20 to 30 minutes of slow to moderate walking daily.
  • Practice gentle asanas—such as Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose); Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand) with your feet on the wall; and Savasana (Corpse Pose)—easy pranayama exercises such as three-part breathing, and meditation. Even a few minutes per day can make a huge difference.
  • When you encounter a stressful situation, the brain releases adrenaline into your system to help you either fight or flee the threat. This causes your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure increases.  While this response can help you protect yourself when facing a threat, living in a constant state of stress may wreak havoc on your cardiovascular system. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, people who are prone to stress have a higher risk for heart disease than their calmer counterparts. What we want is a nervous system that reacts to stressful situations when they happen, but then shifts back to relaxation. Yoga may help by dampening your body’s reaction to stress. A 2012 article published in the journal ‘Medical Hypotheses’ suggests yoga could prevent and treat some medical conditions, including cardiac disease, by improving stress-related imbalances in the nervous system.

How yoga helps?

Yoga can help prevent cardiac episodes. Yoga also has proven benefits for those who have faced cardiac arrest, heart attack or other heart event. Combined with Yoga Nutrition, it can totally reverse heart disease, as has been demonstrated by the medical uses of raw vegan diet also. The calming benefits of yoga may also help, and you may see benefits right away. After your first yoga class, your blood pressure will likely be lower, you’ll be relaxed and you’ll feel better. Long-term, sustained yoga may play a role in improving overall health. After 2-3 months of yoga, you may see a dramatic increase in exercise functionality, and blood pressure and cholesterol levels may decrease.

As Dr Ornish explains, “Chronic emotional stress makes plaque build up twice as fast in the coronary arteries that feed the heart. Stress also causes the coronary arteries to constrict, reducing blood flow to the heart. It makes the platelets stickier and more likely to form blood clots that may precipitate a heart attack.” Yoga is perhaps the most effective stress-reduction method ever invented. If you want to keep your heart healthy, incorporate these tips into your practice:

  • Do a yogic relaxation for at least a few minutes every day. Research suggests it can increase your resiliency to stress—and, by extension, to heart disease.
  • Balance your emotions with a regular yoga practice. Studies suggest that yoga helps diffuse emotions such as anger, hostility, and impatience that are linked to heart attacks.
  • Combat loneliness, another risk factor for heart disease, by becoming part of a community. A recent study suggests that people with spiritual practices who meet regularly in a group live longer and have fewer heart attacks.
  • Offer service (karma yoga) to those less fortunate than yourself—whether that means volunteering in a food pantry, or teaching a free yoga class in a retirement community. According to the yoga tradition, there is no better way to open your heart.

What To Eat

Diet is clearly a cornerstone of the holistic approach to heart health. We encourage a low-fat, vegetarian diet, especially according to your body type. In general, we recommend the following:

  • A wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes
  • Natural, unrefined soy foods
  • No more than one cup per day of non-fat dairy products (like skim milk)

Knowing what to eat, how to exercise,  and understanding why yoga is effective can help you avoid heart disease and enjoy life. It is highly recommend that you should go to a qualified and trained yoga instructor.

Dr Jitender K Sahdev’s almost three decades of first class extensive experience in the field of Medicine, Surgery, Yoga, Yoga Therapy and other alternative modalities in India is a huge boon to the field of Yoga Therapy.

At SAVY Studio, we offer yoga and yoga therapy routines with all the important elements of Yoga included for best health benefits. We offer group classes as well as we provide one-on-one Yoga Therapy guidance. Please check the website or contact the studio for details.

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



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