Sep 252016
 
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Anandamaya Kosha or Equanimity or Bliss

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Anandamaya kosha

The fifth kosha is Anandamaya kosha. The Anandamaya kosha or ‘sheath made of bliss’, or ananda is in Yoga and Vedantic philosophy the most subtle or spiritual of the five levels of embodied self. 

It is not possible to exactly translate the word ananda; its meaning is closer to equanimity than bliss. There is unified experience and that experience does not change. It is peace, joy, and love that is underneath, beyond the mind, independent of any reason or stimulus to cause a happy mental reaction.

Taittiriya Upanishad says:

Hidden inside it (Vigyanamaya Kosha) is yet a subtler body, composed of pure joy. It pervades the other bodies and shares the same shape. It is experienced as happiness, delight, equanimity and bliss.

It further defines anandamaya kosha as having the shape or form of a person with love as its head, joy as its right wing and delight as its left wing, bliss as its trunk and Brahman as its support or foundation.

Anandamaya kosha is the most interior of the koshas, the first of the koshas surrounding the Atman, the eternal center of consciousness. It is the subtlest of the five koshas. In the silence of deep meditation, this too is let go of, to experience the center.

This is a state of mind which does not change, despite anything that happens in life. With that state of mind you can live with all the conditions of life. You are where you are, firmly rooted in your own self, but at the same time you can interact with everyone. You can do anything, but still not be affected. Death cannot change that experience; birth cannot change it; love and hatred cannot make your experiences swing. When your mind becomes steady in experience and does not fluctuate under any condition, that is ananda. So, anandamaya kosha means the kosha which comprises homogenous experience.

Satyam Loka, the plane of ultimate bliss, corresponds to anandamaya kosha, which is none other than pure consciousness. 

The anandamaya kosha is extremely important in yoga because it’s the final and thinnest veil standing between our ordinary awareness and our higher Self.

Moksha Gita says:

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The Anandamaya Kosha or this bliss sheath is Avidya (ignorance), a modification of Prakriti (Nature). It is the effect of past deeds. It is endowed with changing attributes. It is Jada or insentient. Therefore you are not the Anandamaya Kosha. You are the witness of this sheath. Understand, therefore, that ‘I am not the Anandamaya sheath. I am Brahman.’

The Anandamaya Kosha is made of Mula-Agyana or the core-ignorance. It is the Karana Sharira or the causal body which is the substratum of all other sheaths which are external to it. Its three attributes or Dharmas are:

  1. Priya, or affection
  2. Moda, delight,  and
  3. Pramoda, , or intense happiness.

It is the indescribable, beginningless Avidya or ignorance, the nescience of the Atma, and is composed of Malina Sattva, or that state of Prakriti in which Sattva is predominated and sullied by rajas and tamas. It is inanimate, beginningless, but has an end in Atma-Gyana.

Prakriti, the cause of ignorance, is made up of three Gunas, and carries with her the reflection of that transcendent Reality, Satchidananda. This Prakriti is divided into two aspects, called Maya and Avidya:

  • Maya is Shuddha-Sattva-Pradhana or that state of Prakriti in which the principle of Purity or Sattva, predominates over the other two, Rajas and Tamas.
  • Avidya is Malina-Sattva or that state of Prakriti in which Sattva is predominated and sullied by the other two – Rajas and Tamas.

When that pure Intelligence, Chit, is reflected through Maya or Shuddha-Sattva, the reflected Consciousness is called Ishvara. It is one only, and controls Maya.
When that Chit is reflected in Malina-Sattva or Avidya, the reflected Consciousness is called Jiva. Due to the multifarious nature of Avidya, Jivas are too many, and being individualised and separated from one another, they are swayed by Avidya or ignorance. And this ignorance leads them to identification with the five sheaths and the three bodies. Thus, there is activity, pain and suffering for the Jiva.

The aspirant should endeavour to rise above the five Koshas to realise the identity with Pure Consciousness. 

From Vigyanamaya to Anandamaya Kosha

Ananda is steady state of being, no matter what circumstance arises. The state of wholeness, of integration with the moment and with yourself, encompasses the inner sheath of anandamaya. This bliss state is usually experienced in fleeting moments, but can remain for longer periods. Importantly, anandamaya is still a sheath, a layer that can be peeled back. When anandamaya is peeled away, we reach atman—our very center. Atman is our direct connection with the divine, with the essence of all that is. It is our pure consciousness.

Anandamaya pervades each of the previous outer sheaths, but is only experienced once we are able to peel the illusions of each sheath away to reveal our true nature. Anandamaya can be experienced in those moments when you are fully immersed in that which you are doing—when you no longer separate yourself from your experience.

The transition from Vigyanamaya to Anandamaya Kosha is such an important stage in the ascent of awareness that the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras has devoted an entire section to this event, when the consciousness is able to perceive the four dimensions of time – past, present, future and eternity. Patanjali has termed this event when siddhis manifest as vibhooti. He calls it the accomplishment of yoga and has cautioned the aspirant against becoming distracted by this accomplishment. It is the state equivalent to paroksha anubhuti, or awareness of only one point without consciousness of one’s own self. Deepening awareness of paroksha anubhuti leads the practitioner to aparokshanubhuti, which correlates to the bliss of anandamaya kosha.

So, Vigyanamaya Kosha may be the conduit to Anandamaya Kosha. The experience of Vigyanamaya Kosha gives you a glimpse of what is in store for you as your awareness begins to experience equanimity, but the experience again drops due to the appearance and disappearance of vikshepa (distractions) and one-pointedness of mind. All siddhas and saints must pass through this stage before they attain enlightenment. The account of the forty days and forty nights when Christ encountered temptation before he experienced God, as well as tales of Buddha, where prior to nirvana he encountered the demons and bewitching damsels, indicate vikshepa.

When there is awakening in Vigyanamaya Kosha, siddhis begin to manifest. The practitioner becomes more intuitive and telepathic. He begins to know many things about people and events before they happen. He develops the power to read others’ thoughts or he may develop healing powers. A person exhibiting such powers could easily be mistaken for God, which perhaps many did who were unaware of the manifestation of siddhis through the power of yoga when there is awakening in Vigyanamaya Kosha.

Yoga clearly tells that you are not just the body you perceive with the eyes, nor are you just blood, bones, muscles, nerves, heart, brain and other organs that keep you alive. You are much more than that. In fact, what you see with the eye is sustained by what you do not see. This unseen part of you is composed of the five koshas as mentioned above. 

In the tantric tradition, spirit is often symbolized as Shiva, the transcendent Lord who is ever immersed in divine consciousness. Matter or energy is called Shakti, the Supreme Goddess whose divine body is this entire universe. They love each other with unspeakable intensity. Their supreme love is experienced in the Anandamaya kosha, where spirit and matter embrace each other.

Reaching Anandamaya Kosha

Anandamaya Kosha is revealed when we have come through the outer sheaths and have released any form of mind control over it. Anandamaya is a deeper experience than that which can be contemplated. Striving to reach anandamaya kosha in any other way directly is a futile attempt. 

We can help awaken Anandamaya Kosha through three practices:

  1. The first is seva, selfless service. This opens our heart to our innate unity with other beings.
  2. The second is bhakti yoga, devotion to God. This opens our heart to our unity with the all-pervading Divine Being.
  3. The third is samadhi, intensely focused meditation, which opens our heart to our own divine being.

When the identification with the sheaths ceases, the self realises the Infinite Being and gets liberated beyond death.

Koshas – Yogis Sheaths of our Being

Annamaya Kosha or Physical Body

Pranamaya Kosha or Energy Body

Manomaya Kosha or Mental Body

Vigyanamaya Kosha or Intellectual or Wisdom Body

Anandamaya Kosha or Bliss

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Apr 242016
 
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To Cover or Not to Cover in Massages – That is the Question!

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IN A NUTSHELL

  • The act of lying down (for massage) decreases Core Body Temperature, irrespective of the state of dress.
  • Covering with a sheet serves many purposes:
    1. It helps preserve body heat.
    2. It provides an isolated micro-climate.
    3. It provides a cocooning effect.
  • Warming extremities, esp. feet, leads to favorable DPG (Distal-to-Proximal-Skin-Temperature-Gradient ). This induces release of serotonergic ‘happy hormones’ from the brain and helps one relax. 

Covering a person acts by raising shell temperature through cutaneous warmth, thereby immediately stimulating brain serotonergic neurons which respond by optimizing serotonin levels which can positively affect mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire and function; it even has antidepressant-like effects. Also, it can make a person feel more secure by giving an isolated micro-climate and providing a physical cocoon. It also improves cognitive functions and can play a role in control of various  mood disorders.

To cover or not to cover in massages with a top-sheet?

During massage, the client may be partially or fully clothed depending on the type of massage. In a partially or fully disrobed massage, it is generally accepted that the client will be draped for modesty and warmth. But sometimes, new clients might not be very comfortable with the idea of taking off clothes, or keeping clothes on may be requested for cultural reasons. Is there any scientific reason or explanation why a fully-clothed client should be draped? Should the client be given a choice of draping with a top sheet irrespective of the client being partially or fully clothed?

Except where it is legally mandatory, this dilemma about draping does not belong to most of the western massages as oils or lotions are used in almost all of them. However, with increasing acceptance of Yoga and Ayurveda, more and more beneficial effects of Yoga/ Ayurvedic massages are being brought to light and different kinds of massages are being introduced to the Western consumer. Whereas oily massages have to be done while unclothed to an acceptable and required level of undress, non-oily massages do offer a choice to remain fully clothed. 

Some of the more commonly known non-oily massages, Thai-Yoga Massage for example, can be done fully clothed. But in Thai-Yoga massage, a client would go through passive movements, so, a top sheet won’t stay in place. So, loose clothes, a towel or a gown will have to be used. Marma massages, those done without oil, are also becoming better known in the west. In these massages, a client does not need to disrobe and would lie down passively all through the massage. As it is a subjective matter, the final decision should rest with the client, unless it is a legal requirement. Considering that litigation-happy clients do exist, and lop-sided legal systems do not help much to keep them in check either, absence of clarity on this subject might be dangerous for some poor, unsuspecting, calm and inwardly focused Yogi masseur!

Is the tendency to cover up people, even when fully clothed, a cultural matter? Is there any scientific reason to do this? We’ll examine that soon.

I have always held that Yoga is a science, but it is an experiential science. Modern science carries the advantage of being able to explain phenomena in clear, physically demonstrable, scientific terms. So, in the absence of any clear guidelines or explanations in Yoga/ Ayurveda circles, we can make use of modern scientific research for explanations. And to the discerning, curious, analysing, right-thinking, balanced mind, science does have a lot to say!

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Roots of the answer to this question lie in observation of natural behavior of humans and animals. We often associate feeling warm with a sense of relaxation and well-being – lying on the beach in the midday sun on a Caribbean island, a few minutes in the sauna or spa after work, or sitting in a hot bath. It might come as a surprise to some that most of the people like to cover themselves while trying to sleep, even when they are fully clothed, or even when lying down just to relax! 

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An Indigenous educator who once worked in the remote Australian outback reported that he had met an elder who said to him “I’ve been here since before blankets!” (before European settlers introduced cloth blankets) and he told him of digging a shallow depression in the ground to sleep in 14.

Digging a pit to take a nap is very commonly observed behaviour in animals also. Animals huddle together or dig a hole in the ground to take rest or to sleep. Snakes like to feel the walls of a hole around their body before they go to sleep.

 

Very interestingly, when given the opportunity, animals like to even cover themselves !

In a recent, very interesting experiment, chimpanzees in captivity were provided blankets as a part of enrichments. Out of all the enrichments provided, they chose blankets more than 50% of times during their resting hours! 

Another age-old practice also gives us some indication – infants, already fully clothed, are swaddled, or wrapped  in a snugly wrapped sheet or blanket, to help them sleep better. It’s a very common North American practice 13 – 9 out of 10 infants in North America are swaddled! 

The reason might be the cocooning effect of the close-fitting blanket which may mimic the mother’s womb and help soothe baby to sleep. This practice has existed for over 4000 years 13! Probably the most famous record of swaddling is found in the New Testament concerning the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:6–2:7: “And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

In biblical times, cloth held tight by bandage-like strips was used to swaddle babies.

Interestingly, Australian Indigenous babies are often cradled in wooden bowls called coolamons 14 made from bark of trees. It is believed that swaddling, in addition to other benefits, allows infants to sleep better and longer.

 The recommendation of covering yourself with a blanket or sheet for meditation has been around from times immemorial.

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 Different schools even insist on a particular color of the blanket, depending on the intent and emotion involved for meditation. Almost all of them instruct that the blanket used for meditation be treated  as sacred and an integral part of the process.

Some schools recommend covering yourself right from head to toes while sitting for meditation, or even for studying. Many experienced meditation teachers insist on placing a folded blanket at least over your shoulders during meditation. This is said to help one get into meditative state faster and deeper. This also depends on type of meditation technique being practiced. Similar concepts are followed in other different religions and cultures too, to the same or lesser extent, for similar activities.

Incidentally, without the almost 500 km thick blanket of atmosphere that the earth wears all the time, we won’t even be alive today!

While these observations leave no doubt that most normal humans, almost all infants, and even some animals, given the choice, like to cover themselves while resting or sleeping, the question is why do we like to cover ourselves while relaxing or sleeping?

The Science behind Draping

Relaxation and Sleep

Relaxation is one of the major aims and benefits of massages, though massages are used for other therapeutic reasons also. One of the most obvious and striking features of massages is how they help the client relax, uncoil and unwind; masseurs try to artificially create conditions which help the person unwind – calming music, low-lit room and draping are just a few of them.

In the eyes of Science, relaxation and sleep are a continuum of the same phenomenon – both depend on kicking in of parasympathetic nervous system. Studies of brainwave activity also suggest similarities in relaxation and sleep cycles 15, 16, 17, 18.

Brain-wave activity slows down and we slip from awake β-brain wave activity into α-brain waves as we relax or fall into light sleep, and then into θ-brain waves in our deeper sleep. Brain activity is reduced just by closing eyes. We keep switching between REM and NREM phases of sleep, and different stages of sleep, while we sleep, jumping from  α-brain waves to θ-brain waves multiple times, and sometimes going even deeper. One thing to keep in mind is that similar brain wave patterns are seen in light sleep and relaxation.

So, same principles apply to relaxation and sleep  15, 16, 17, 18. Anything which helps you relax better and faster, helps you get into sleep faster and better too, and vice versa. 

The Act of Lying Down

The act of lying down (from standing to supine position) decreases Core Body Temperature (CBT). It prepares the body for sleep. Skin temperature increases, and core temperature decreases, prior to and during sleep onset (Van Someren, 2004; van den Heuvel, et al., 1998; Gilbert et al., 2000). 

It’s due to your body’s thermoregulation pattern during sleep or relaxation 3, 4. Thermoregulation is controlled by hypothalamus in brain. It gets feedback from blood and through various sensors in skin and other organs.

Even in humans, body temperatures are never constant and keep changing (within a normal range) during day and night, with different environments and in different seasons. Temperatures of body’s core – thorax, head and abdomen, and, shell – appendages (arms and legs) along with skin and muscles, show diurnal and nocturnal variations – they vary over a 24 hr period. There is also a gradient between core and shell temperatures 8. When we lie down to relax or sleep, the heart rate slows down, breathing becomes more calm and deeper, metabolic rate comes down, blood vessels dilate and circulation to internal organs and peripheries improves – all under the effect of parasympathetic nervous system.

 

Covering – Creating Your Own World

It is a natural instinct in humans to cover when sleeping (or trying to relax) 1, 2, 3, 14.  Many studies have been done on the subject. In addition to covering for modesty, there is overwhelming scientific evidence which supports and explains why one feels more secure, comfortable and relaxed when covered. Fighting for covering sheets in childhood is an age-old cultural meme. Covering oneself while trying to sleep, or elicit relaxation response, is more in line with natural human behavior. To preserve heat, people would normally cover themselves with blankets to create a micro-climate of 34 °C (Muzet et al., 1984), which is much warmer than the normal environment for comfort when awake (28–30 °C for a nude person).

Being under a blanket also isolates one from the surrounding environment. Significant changes in ambient temperature while you sleep can be disruptive; being under a blanket creates an isolated micro-climate that varies less significantly with ambient temperature changes. So, creating that isolated micro-climate under your blanket helps you sleep better, undisturbed and longer. 

In addition to the issue of temperature, some people feel psychologically safer inside a physical cocoon while sleeping or relaxing. Perhaps, it is also reminiscent of experience in womb and during infancy! Covering with a sheet while trying to relax might immediately reconnect us to that experience at a subconscious level.

Heavy blankets additionally provide the Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation.

Distal to Proximal Skin Temperature Gradient (DPG) and Sleep Onset

Studies have shown that we actually tend to sleep better and longer with slightly lower shell temperatures than normal 2. So, the body may lose more heat during normal sleeping hours. According to one study 2,  decreasing shell temperature by even 0.4°C led to significant decrease in early waking or frequency of waking during the night, and more time was spent in deep sleep (stage 3 and 4). It has been seen that sleep (and therefore, relaxation!) happens in close relation to changes in body temperature 1, 2, 3, 14.

If lower shell temperature facilitates longer undisturbed sleep, then why do we use blankets? Blankets keep us warmer and should interfere with sleep, but actual observation is exactly opposite!

This is because warming the skin before sleep increases sleep propensity, or in other words, aids in onset of sleep. In preparation for sleep, core temperature drops and temperature of extremities goes up. This establishes a favorable Distal-to-Proximal-Skin-Temperature-Gradient (DPG). It has been clearly established through studies done on the onset of sleep 1. It helps elicit an early relaxation response. Measures that increase skin temperature may also help people fall asleep (Van Someren, 2004), as long as the high skin temperature does not evoke warm discomfort. Providing an isolated micro-environment also helps. Somewhat similar objective is also achieved in a hole, or a depression in ground, or a coolamon, albeit only partially.

Cutaneous Temperature Manipulation

Sleep onset, sleep depth and sleep consolidation can be manipulated through cutaneous temperature manipulation. Warming extremities by 0.2 to 0.4°C is sufficient to set up favorable DPG. This can be achieved through various measures, covering extremities being the simplest of all. Artificially warming the extremities (esp. feet) facilitates a favorable DPG and is especially important to accelerate sleep onset (Krauchi et al., 1999).

The theory of Social Thermoregulation works on the same principle – by raising shell temperature through cutaneous warmth 8. A striking feature of this type of thermoregulation is its social nature: across many species, fellow animals help to warm in times of danger, disease, and distress, because the net energy cost of thermoregulation decreases when it is done through bodily contact with others. 

More recent Human studies 6 indicate that increasing physical warmth activates brain circuits associated with cognitive and affective functions, promotes interpersonal warmth and prosocial behavior, and has antidepressant effects. Consistent with these effects, preclinical studies in rodents demonstrated that physical warmth activates brain serotonergic neurons implicated in antidepressant-like effects 7.

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Schematic diagram illustrating sensory discriminative, thermoregulatory and affective/social (shown in red) pathways mediating responses to warm cutaneous temperature 7.

Practical Applications of Cutaneous Temperature Manipulation

Studies suggest that social behavior can be manipulated through cutaneous warmth – increase in brain serotonin levels with optimized cutaneous warmth can positively affect mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire and function. Affective Warmth Hypothesis conceptualizes the embodied, multifaceted, brain-body physiology of well-being, and suggests that afferent signals from the body may contribute to cognitive and emotional states. This study also claims that activating warm thermosensory pathways promotes a sense of well-being and even has a therapeutic potential in the treatment of affective disorders and major depressive disorders (MDD) 7.

Better understanding about the mechanism of sleep and its thermoregulation also has the potential for use in treatment of narcolepsy (Fronczek R, Overeem S, Lammers GJ, van Dijk JG, Van Someren EJ, 2006).

This simple fact that increasing temperature of extremities by covering with a blanket increases sleep propensity is already being promoted for treatment of various disorders:

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • All Affective Disorders (Mood Disorders)
  • Multiple Depressive Disorders (MDD)
  • Narcolepsy, and more….

Invention/ evolution of various new gadgets is based on the same and similar concepts, like:

The use of these and many more similar gadgets is being promoted for an ever-growing list of diseases.

Is This a Cultural Issue?

Is this tendency to cover up a cultural issue? This message of this whole discussion is loud and clear – tendency to cover is a matter of basic human physiology! All we have discussed here applies to all humans, everywhere. This kind of behavior is exhibited by humans and animals alike and is readily explainable on the basis of normal human sleep physiology.

How it all applies to massages

  1. Lying down for massage decreases Core Body Temperature, irrespective of the state of dress.
  2. Covering with a sheet serves many purposes:
    1. It helps preserve body heat.
    2. It provides an isolated micro-climate.
    3. It provides a cocooning effect.
  3. Warming extremities, esp. feet, leads to favorable DPG. This induces release of ‘happy hormones’ from the brain and helps the client relax. Again, state of dress does not matter.

The same principles as discussed here, based on sound scientific explanations, can be applied when trying to induce a relaxation response –  covering up a person (esp. extremities), naked, partially or fully clothed with a blanket or top-sheet makes all the sense if your intention is to help the person relax. This claim is very well supported by instinctive, experiential, age-old practices, and substantiated by modern scientific studies which confirm a legitimate physiological basis for such normal human behavior. 

Rather, the opposite of this is not in line with normal human physiology, though it might be the personal preference or personal belief of some people modified by learned adaptive behavior or a result of complex psychological phenomena. As per the available scientific data, this kind of behavior does not conform to scientific documentation of normal human physiology of sleep and relaxation! If at all, this is likely to be exhibited only by a small minority.

In my personal experience, I am still to come across a person who ever objected to being covered by a top sheet for a massage, even when fully clothed.

Legal Perspective

Draping laws vary in North America. In USA, an increasing number of massage boards (most states in USA, e.g., Oregon, Illinois, New York, Washington etc.) have it as a legal requirement to drape the client; draping is considered ‘not optional‘ there, irrespective of the state of dress or undress. In some other US states, draping may be optional if agreed to by both – the client and the therapist, but the client has to sign additional consent for this.  

In Canada, the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick have established regulatory authorities (Colleges). Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA) recommends providing non-transparent draping materials to the client, and arranging and securing draping so that only the part of the patient’s body that is being assessed or treated is exposed. Also, reasoning for removal of clothing and respect for the client’s right to decline the removal of certain or any clothing is to be explained. Use of sheets to cover themselves once they are in position for treatment should also be explained to the client. CMTO also gives directions for draping.

Carry home message for masseurs and their present and prospective clients

Drape a client, whether fully or partially clothed. Only the area to be treated should be exposed. If the client does not want to be covered, and the law of the land permits it, you may go with an undraped massage. Getting additional consent for that might be a good idea, especially if it is legally required. Massage is for the client’s benefit and (s)he has to be comfortable all through the massage. When the choice falls upon you, covering the client during massage – naked, partially or fully clothed, is always better.   

It just makes all the sense in the world! 

References

Here are some studies/ scientific articles which confirm various points related to thermoregulation in sleep (read relaxation):

  1. Cutaneous warming promotes sleep onset

  2. Skin deep: enhanced sleep depth by cutaneous temperature manipulation.
  3. Effects of thermal environment on sleep and circadian rhythm

  4. The Body’s Thermoregulation During Sleep
  5. Nighttime Enrichment Preferences of 3 Captive Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
  6. Somatic influences on subjective well-being and affective disorders: the convergence of thermosensory and central serotonergic systems
  7. Somatic influences on subjective well-being and affective disorders

  8. A theory of social thermoregulation in human primates

Here are discussion groups/ blogs which confirm that most people tend to cover themselves in sleep, or look to cuddle themselves with a partner

9. Why do we feel a need to sleep with a blanket? Is it biological or cultural?

10. that-freakin-guy explains, why do humans have such a strong desire to sleep under a blanket or sheet even when it is hot?

11. Why We Sleep Together

12. Relaxation, Stress & Sleep

13. Swaddle your baby for a better, longer sleep

14. Why do people want to put on something like a blanket while sleeping?

Neurological data on brain-wave activity, relaxation and sleep:

15. Brainwaves Overview

16. Types and Stages Of Sleep

17. What is the function of the various brainwaves?

18. Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep

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Vigyanamaya Kosha

Vigyanamaya Kosha

Vigyanamaya Kosha

Vigyanamaya Kosha refers to the intellect or wisdom. Taittiriya Upanishad says: “Deeper still lies another body comprised of intellect – separate from the self comprised of mind, and self comprised of intuitive knowledge. It permeates the three denser bodies and takes up the same form. This one is also like the shape of a person like the preceding koshas. Those who establish their awareness here, free themselves from unhealthy thoughts and actions, and develop the self-control necessary to achieve their goals.  Tasye shraddhaiva shiraha, Faith is its head; hritam dakshinah pakshaha satyamuttarah pakshaha, righteousness its right wing and truth its left wing; yoga atma, yoga is its soul, and maha puchham pratishtaha, maha its foundation.” Koshas - The SheathsThis fourth kosha is Vigyanamaya Kosha. Vigyana means psyche or knowing or intellect, the faculty which discriminates, determines or wills. Vigyana is a Sanskrit word from the prefix vi, meaning special, and gyana, meaning knowledge or awareness, inner perception or experience. Gyana means knowledge but vignana is a specific knowledge which is acquired by shraddha, dharana, manyata (beliefs) and anubhuti (experience). We know that atma is immortal, imperishable and is different than the body. It is a part and parcel of brahman who is a form of truth, mind and bliss. But we have no experience of this reality. Vigyanamaya is the determinative knowledge (Nishchaya). This determinative knowledge (Adhyavasaya) is an attribute (Dharma) of the intellect (Buddhi). It is the determinative faculty which guides the mind and comes to right conclusion or determination. Vigyanamaya kosha or pragya (wisdom) sheath is part of sukshma sharira (subtle body). It is the sheath composed of intellect, associated with the organs of perception. It is the vehicle of higher thought, vigyana — understanding, knowing, direct cognition, wisdom, intuition and creativity. During sleep it gets involution or Laya along with chidabhasa or the reflection of Pure Consciousness. During waking state it is the doer. It is an effect like a jar and is inanimate. It shines in borrowed feathers. It borrows its light temporarily from its source, just as the moon borrows its light from the sun. It is not the eternal Self. Vigyanamaya Kosha rides on the wings of vairagya and viveka, and requires ichha shakti, kriya shakti and gyana shakti to realize.

This knowledge sheath, which seems to be followed by a reflection of the power of the chitta (mind-stuff), is a modification of prakriti (nature). It is endowed with the function of knowledge and identifies itself with the body, organs etc. This knowledge sheath cannot be the Supreme Self because:

  • it is subject to change
  • it is insentient
  • it is a limited thing
  • it is not constantly present

Vigyana has two meanings: external science and also inner experience. It is the sheath of wisdom that is underneath the processing, thinking aspect of mind. It knows, decides, judges, and discriminates between this and that, between useful and not useful. It is also the level of ego consciousness, meaning the powerful wave of ‘I-am-ness’. This ‘I-am-ness’ itself is a positive influence. 

Maha loka, the plane of siddhas and saints, is the foundation or support of vigyanamaya kosha. It is from here onwards that the superstructure of heightened awareness is constructed. If the siddhis which begin to manifest become the object of focus or enjoyment, then the Yogi will surely fall back to lower planes of consciousness. However, if he does not allow them to distract the awareness, especially when he is in a state of samadhi, then ascent of awareness to higher lokas known as janah, the realm of rishis and munis, and tapah, the realm of liberated souls, the jivanmuktas and videhamuktas, is definitely assured.

When the Yogi is in the state of annamaya kosha; he considers himself based on sex, age, characteristics and others. When he reaches pranamaya kosha, his assessment is based on guna (qualities) like – I am a musician, scientist, writer, fool, intelligent, rich, poor etc. When he reaches manomaya kosha the criteria shifts to swabhava (nature) like greedy, arrogant, atheist, theist, selfish, generous etc. When our attention is focused on these, we are considered to be in the third stage of atma-unnati (spiritual progress). When the Yogi reaches the fourth level of vignanamaya kosha, he starts experiencing that he is different from the physical body; he is not what his properties and nature depict – he is a part of Ishvara and imperishable, indestructible, immortal atman.

An atma-gyani is one, who has strong vishwas (faith) and complete shraddha in his experience of being the atman. He knows for sure that he is vishudha atman and nothing else. This body is my vehicle, prana is my weapon and manas is my slave. The interests of atman are different than the interests of physical body.

A major part of sadhana, or spiritual practice, is gaining ever increasing access to this level of our being. It is the level that has the higher wisdom to seek The Truth, to go within, in search of the eternal center of consciousness.

Subjective experience is a consequence of vigyanamaya kosha. Whatever you are dreaming is a projection of vigyanamaya kosha. Vigyanamaya kosha is related to a very unknown part of the universe and it is a link or sutra between the conscious mind, the individual mind and the universal mind. Universal knowledge comes to the conscious mind through vigyanamaya kosha. Vigyanamaya kosha does not depend on time, space and causation factors.

Dimension of Intuition

Vijnanamaya kosha transcends intellect and enters into the dimension of intuition, where the mind does not work. Mind and intellect do not function in vigyanamaya kosha. Each one of us operates at the level of instinct, intelligence, intellect and intuition. Till the level of intellect you are under the influence and in the field of manomaya kosha. It is when you are able to transcend intellect that you will experience an intuitive flash about something or the other. All of us have at some time in our life experienced this intuition, which comes in flashes due to a sudden contact with the vigyanamaya kosha. But we are not able to hold on to that state of awareness and once again regress to the level of intellect and intelligence.

Focus of Yoga is to master howto connect with this level of intuition and to use it as a tools, just like intellect, mind or intelligence. The practices of yoga are designed to take you to this point. 

Refinement and Development of Vigyanamaya Kosha

Like manomaya kosha, vigyanamaya kosha can be reached with regular yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation practices. Once there, we shall experience a deeper peace that comes by way of freedom from thoughts, actions, and speech. It is highly unlikely to maintain this awareness all the time. Rather, it should come in waves and flashes, gradually increasing over time until you are much less likely to get caught up in the daily dramas. As your yoga practice deepens, take notice of the subtle changes that occur and you will notice aspects of your awareness that exemplify the development of this kosha.

Mantra meditation helps tremendously. This soothes and balances, and helps release blocks of energy. Yogis who spend a great deal of time in meditation often have very little need for sleep, in part because their mental vehicles are functioning optimally. It is possible to develop Vigyanamaya Kosha through the following methods:

  • Tantra is specifically related to vigyanamaya kosha and can be used to develop it. Vigyanamaya kosha is inherent within you but it is hidden like energy is hidden in matter. You have to separate it; you have to release your vigyanamaya kosha to experience it.
  • Vigyanamaya Kosha rides on the wings of vairagya and viveka, and requires ichha shakti, kriya shakti and gyana shakti to realize.
  • Harmonious and supportive environment is an ideal diet for this kosha.
  • Take sattvic food. It helps keep all kosha healthy.
  • Practice meditation. Pranayama, mudras, pratyahara will help tune it up for meditation.
  • Mantra meditation has a positive influence on nadis. Chant or sing mantras suited to you. Beej mantras have a profound effect.
  • Practice mauna (noble silence). Try making meals in silence, or while chanting or singing uplifting mantras.
  • Releasing what you don’t need is as important as adding what you need; spend less time on the activities (or relationships) that are toxic.
  • Practice good intention and repetition; you can change the energy of your inner and outer environment.
  • Marma Therapy acts on marmas and can remove blocks.
  • Traatak, dhyana, dharna are very useful.

 When there is awakening in vigyanamaya kosha, siddhis (special powers/ skills) begin to manifest –

  • the practitioner becomes clairvoyant and telepathic; he begins to know many things about people and events before they happen, which come to him in the form of dreams, thoughts or visions.
  • he may be able to appear at many places to many people at the same time
  • he develops the power to read others’ thoughts and also to influence them
  • he may develop healing powers. His words, touch or glance can heal the deadliest of diseases which no doctor can cure.
  • In some exceptional cases, depending on the extent of his advent into the level of vigyanamaya kosha, he may even be able to resurrect life or enter another person’s body. A person exhibiting such powers could easily be mistaken for God!

Koshas – Yogis Sheaths of our Being

Annamaya Kosha or Physical Body

Pranamaya Kosha or Energy Body

Manomaya Kosha or Mental Body

Vigyanamaya Kosha or Intellectual or Wisdom Body

Anandamaya Kosha or Bliss

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

Contact Us

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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Nov 252015
 
SAVY Inferno Yoga

South London SAVY Yoga – Inferno Yoga

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

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

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

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

Inferno Yoga
SAVY Inferno Yoga

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

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

In the true spirit of Yoga!

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

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

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

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

Take it if you can!

With

Challenging yoga poses,

Energizing rounds of Sun Salutations,

Connecting Primordial Sound Chanting,

Rejuvenating Breathing exercises,

Burning Yoga Asanas,

Relaxing Meditation,

Awakening Yoga Nidra,

Cleansing & detoxifying Kriyas,

And more unique benefits of other Yoga elements,

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

No external heat is required

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

Come and check out this 100% pure Yoga routine

Learn and practice, and see yourself getting healthier by leaps and bounds.

Come and witness the potential of pure yoga!

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

In SAVY Inferno Yoga Workshop at South London SAVY Yoga Studio

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

These special classes are offered regularly every month.

Here are required details of the classes:

  • Time: On Thursdays: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Where: SAVY International South London Studio at 119-D Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4
  • Formats: 1 Class every week for One Month (4 Class package)
  • Batches: One batch per month.
  • Commitment: A commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). Missed classes will not be compensated in any way.
  • Cost: Total cost is $72 for one month program.

Please check the exact schedule and time below.

Established benefits of Yoga:

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

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

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

Sign up today and live life to your full potential.

Call or email for any inquiries.

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

 Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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

 

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

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

 

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Nov 202015
 
Surya Namaskar

South London SAVY Yoga – Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutations

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

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

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

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

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutations

Surya Namaskar

The Sun is the source of all energy and the supporter of all life-forms. Culturally, in India, it has always been more than just a star and Indian culture respects and worships this powerful source of energy and the source of all life on earth as a deity. Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutations, an integral part of Surya Yoga, is one way Hindus have always paid respect to the “Sun god” and in turn gain enormous health benefits. Surya Namaskar, translated into English as Sun Salutation, is an age-old sequence of twelve asanas. The obvious characteristic of Surya Namaskar is the fact that it exercises the entire body. The Sun Salutation is a graceful, thermogenic, sequence of twelve postures performed as one continuous exercise. Each position is reverse of the one before, stretching the body in a different way and alternatively expanding and contracting the chest to regulate the breathing.

Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar is yoga postures, breathing, mindfulness, meditation, bandhas, gaze, alignment etc – all rolled in one!

In India, Surya Namaskar has always been considered THE MOST COMPLETE EXERCISE ROUTINE!

Benefits of Surya Namaskar

Sun Salutations or  Surya Namaskar has many benefits and if done regularly can not only help you lose flab but can also help you prevent, and even combat, diseases. Here are a few benefits of this sequence:

  • Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutations, ideally done facing the early morning rising sun, helps our body to soak in the benefits of the morning rays of the sun. Surya tratak practised at this time is most beneficial.
  • This is the best and most complete series of asanas to improve lymphatic drainage and circulation . Hence, it improves body immunity.
  • Regular practice of this series of asanas can also help you lose the excess belly fat.
  • The postures in Surya Namaskar stretch our muscles and help make our body very flexible.
  • The moves and postures of the asana help all our internal organs function better — the various poses regulate our blood flow, benefit the digestive system and makes it more efficient.
  • It helps combat insomnia as it relaxes the body and calms the mind.
  • It helps regulate menstrual cycles and makes childbirth easier.
  • This is known to facilitate blood circulation and thereby help hair growth and prevent hair problems.
  • It reduces anxiety and restlessness and enhances our strength and vitality.
  • Surya Namaskar benefits not just adults, but kids as well.
  • From a yoga point of view, it acts on Solar Plexus and regular practice of Surya Namaskar increases its size, hence increasing awareness and ‘gut feeling’ or intuition.
  • It acts on and balances all chakras and helps you achieve complete health.
  • The back and forth, up and down movements in Sun Salutations are fun and offer the opportunity to move playfully in the practice.
  • They warm up the body for the practice of more asanas.
  • Surya Namaskar improves cardiovascular function. Some studies have revealed that sun salutations provided the best overall benefit for the heart, specifically the left ventricle. For excellence of health, the left ventricle must relax very rapidly after each contraction and then again contract rapidly and forcibly, to push blood into aorta. Sun Salutations improve this function.
  • They bring the mind to a calm, serene yogic state.
  • They help to overcome motivation issues.
  • They keep your skills sharp.
  • Sun Salutation is a very complete exercise.  If you only have fifteen or twenty minutes to practice, doing Sun Salutations alone properly cover almost all the benefits of yoga postures.

The traditional format of Sun Salutations being taught at SAVY Studios helps you derive maximum benefits from this very useful yogic exercise. One feels so alive after just a few rounds of this!

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

These special classes, with one hour of just Surya Namaskar, are offered regularly every month.

Here are required details of the classes:

  • Time: On Fridays: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Where: SAVY International South London Studio at 119-D Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4
  • Formats: 1 Class every week for One Month (4 Class package)
  • Batches: One batch per month.
  • Commitment: A commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). Missed classes will not be compensated in any way.
  • Cost: Total cost is $72 for one month program.

Please check the exact schedule and time below.

Established benefits of Yoga:

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

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

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

Sign up today and live life to your full potential.

Call or email for any inquiries.

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

 Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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

 

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

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

 

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Nov 162015
 
drishti

Drishti – Focused Gaze in Yoga

drishti

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

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

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

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

Vipashyana or Vipassana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drishti types

Nine Types of Drishti

Angusthamadhye

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

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

Bhrumadhye

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

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

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

Nasagre

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

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

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

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

Hastagrahe

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

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

Parshva

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

Urdhva

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

Nabhichakre

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

Adho-Mukha-Shvanasana uses the Nabhichakre drishti.

Padayoragre

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

Basis of Drishti

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

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

Variation Between Styles

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

In Practice

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

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

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

Drishti Gives The True View

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

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

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

 Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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

 

Nov 152015
 
Sanskrit Names for Asanas

SANSKRIT WORD ROOTS OF ASANA NAMES

MAKING THEM EASIER TO UNDERSTAND

Sanskrit Names for Asanas

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

What is in a Name!

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

String of Pearls

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

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

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

Common Mother Language

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

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

Sanskrit_Language Tree

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

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

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

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

The Names of Asanas

Sanskrit Alphabets

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

Devanagari alphabets for Sanskrit

Vowels and vowel diacritics (ghosha)

Sanskrit Vowels

 

Consonants (vyanjana)

Sanskrit Consonants

 

Conjunct consonants (sanyoga)

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

Sanskrit Conjunct Consonants

 

Pronunciation.

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

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

Sanskrit Names

Word Roots for Names of Asanas

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

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

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

Anatomy:

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

Animals:

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

Sages and Deities:

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

Shapes of Objects:

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

Numbers:

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

Characteristics:

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

These are only some of the representative root words.

 Delve deeper into this and many more informative topics in Yoga.

Please check out different Yoga Education courses at SAVY.

Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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Nov 142015
 
Chakrasana

CREATING RIGHT CONDITIONS FOR YOGA

Chakrasana

Yoga is about discovering your real inner self, about re-inventing or re-designing yourself. To achieve that, right conditions for Yoga have to be there. Yoga means you are moving towards expanding your consciousness, towards connecting yourself with the Super Consciousness or Super Intelligence. You have to create the necessary atmosphere to let this happen. When you were created the first time, it was not your choice – it happened from memory stored in inherited DNA! But now that you are reinventing yourself through Yoga, you can choose to go step-by-step, moving towards how you want yourself to be.

You expand your consciousness through Yoga. I’ve been asked many times how to do that – well, you don’t have to be explained when you are ready! This is something to be experienced. When you connect with the source of creation, you practically connect with a huge source of intelligence, the kind of intelligence that you won’t think is possible, which we mortals perceive as genius. To allow this to happen, there should be no obstacles. Some of the common obstacles can be removed easily. The Yoga teachings and methodology provided here have been perfected over thousands of years not only to optimize the benefits, but also to reduce any dangers and risks associated with awakening Kundalini Shakti prematurely. This approach helps avoid many of the difficulties involved with the premature awakening of Kundalini that one sometimes comes across. Please follow the following advice and feel the difference.

 

Cold Water Bath

Before beginning your practice, especially in the morning, it is better to take a bath with cold water which is about five degree Celsius lower than room temperature. This will open up the pores of your skin. This is important for practicing yoga because we want the cellular and energetic structure of the body to be charged with a different dimension. Also, it washes away the physical and emotional negativity accumulated over the preceding time. Why one person seems to be far more alive than the other is essentially because of energy. Once you are charged with energy, youthfulness stays for a very long time.

Yoga Attire

Yoga is generally practiced barefoot. Clothing should generally be loose and comfortable. It is advisable to keep the shoulders and spine covered, so practicing without any covering the upper body is not recommended. This has to do with the awakening, flow and distribution of Kundalini via the 3 main energy channels (ida, pingala and sushumna) that lie in and along the spinal cord.

A blanket can be used to cover the body after Yoga, especially after meditation, during the relaxation period. Keep the body covered and warm. Most Kriyas are followed by a period of relaxation that is usually done in corpse pose (shav-asana) and during this time the body temperature tends to drop, so a blanket can be used to keep the body warm and comfortable.

Yoga With Full Awareness

Keep your full focus on what you are doing. Try to be as aware as possible of every posture and movement you are making during your practice. Check throughout your yoga session where your mind is; if it has wandered, gently bring it back and focus again on the poses and the breathing. This is the most essential requirement of yoga, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a master. In addition, if certain feelings or energies awaken within you, bring your attention to them and just observe them taking their course as you progress through your practice.

Breathing

There is no Yoga without Pranayama! Yoga significantly relies on the Science of Pranayama (breathing exercises). Unless specified otherwise, all breathing should be done through the nose. 

Jal Neti (washing the nostrils with saline water) is recommended for cleaning the nasal passageways to help maximize the benefits of pranayama.

Safety

Some Yoga Kriyas can be quite challenging and it is recommended to always do warm-ups first before doing these tough sets and asanas. There are several good easy kriyas and sets, which work very well as warm-ups to the tough kriyas. It is especially important to do spinal warm-ups as charging the cerebrospinal fluid within the spinal cord and brain assists in the flow of awakened Kundalini Shakti. Don’t overdo it. Try to walk the middle road. This goes for both – your overall practice and also for each kriya and asana you do. In other words, each exercise you do should not be too easy and not too hard, and your overall practice should be equally balanced, between being ridiculously ambitious or excessively easy. With regard to your practice, try to establish a steady, long-term daily practice, rather than doing 10 hours a day for 2 weeks and then nothing after that.

Use common sense. For the difficult asanas and exercises, ease off a little if you feel you are risking injury. Also, feel free to increase the relaxation time between exercises or reduce the time suggested for doing a particular exercise to suit your pace. Yoga practice is all about you and only you. It is not a competition. So, listen to your body and let your inner voice guide and direct you.

Yoga Teachings

It is immensely important to initially learn Yoga from a knowledgeable and experienced teacher, the Guru, who can ensure that the understanding is accurately disseminated. Safety is a big concern. If possible you should at least try to attend a few live yoga classes so that you can get a feel of the asanas and pranayamas. Guru is very important. Later on, in absence of Guru, the Guru within is always available to guide you.

Good literature and websites can also provide some guidance for practicing yoga.

When to Practice Yoga 

In general Yoga should be practiced in the early morning hours. Early morning is called Brahma-Muhurta in Sanskrit. It literally means ‘The Divine Time’. This is the time of the day when the spiritual energy on our planet is at its highest. The air at that time is fresh and contains the greatest amount of prana (cosmic life force). The mind is also fresh and unburdened with the worries of everyday life. This will help in the practice of concentration and meditation. This is the time of day when you are least likely to be distracted by the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The stomach is empty, which is necessary before practicing many of the Yoga asanas and pranayamas.

But if you can’t do your practice at that time, it is acceptable to practice at other times of the day as well. Choice and intensity of Yoga postures is better optimized to the designated time.

Where to Practice Yoga

It is important for the place where you practice Yoga to be neat, spacious and clean, but more importantly, it should be well ventilated. You can also use a fan to keep the air fresh, but make sure it is not pointed directly at you. Practicing outdoors is even better, although direct sunlight should be avoided.

Yoga Diet

Try not to eat at least 3 hours before doing your Yoga practice. While practicing yoga asanas, you should not only be on an empty stomach, your bowels should also be empty. Anything that is not the body should be out of the body if you want to move your energies beneficially. Though they act on the physical body, or the annamaya kosha, as well, Yoga practices are not mere physical exercises; they act at the energy bodies as well. To achieve that, nothing should be there other than your body. So, the food you put in or the waste you produced, both these things should be out.

Given that Yoga uses many different bandhas (body locks), pranayamas (breathing exercises), asanas and vigorous movement, you could be quite uncomfortable if your stomach or bowels are still full. 

Although Yoga in general recommends a Sattvic diet (foods that promote calmness and clarity), and not Rajasic foods (energetic foods that promote activity) or Tamasic foods (foods that promote heaviness and dull the mind), due to the nature of Yoga, including some Rajasic foods in your diet is permissible. Still it is recommended that the bulk of your diet be Sattvic. Sattvic foods are generally fresh and sweet such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, honey etc. Rajasic foods are generally spicy and stimulating, such as onions, garlic, eggs, fish, tea etc. Tamasic foods are fatty foods, stale food, meat, etc.

Yoga Kriyas are designed to force the organs, tissues, nerves and vessels to expel buried toxins out into the elimination systems of the body. So some time after any Kriyas or tough yoga set, one should drink plenty of water to help cleanse the body of the toxins and waste that have been released.

Keep Your Eyes Closed

Just closing eyes reduces 75% of alpha wave activity in brain. So, for us humans, shutting down the visual apparatus is quite important to quieten the mind. You see this world with your eyes, and you hold a lot of energy in your eyes. When eyes are closed, the outer world disappears. The eyes naturally close for any internal experience because the visual apparatus connects us with the outward. If you just close them, you can still hear, smell and feel, but much of the world is shut out. So, focus on internal experience happens best when your eyes are closed. When you’re doing Yoga, you want to internalize everything. So, keep your eyes closed during yoga.

Speaking

Not talking during the asana should not be just a norm in Yoga classes, it should be a rule! Asanas are dynamic meditation – because you are not yet capable of staying still, you’re doing something else to become meditative, that which is absolutely comfortable and stable is your asana. When your body is at ease, your mind is at ease and your energies flow freely, in complete vibrancy and balance. If you sit still, you are naturally meditative. To come to a state of natural meditation, the preparatory step is asana.

If you speak, many disturbances happen physiologically and energetically. You must never speak in postures because your focus, breath and what happens to your energy system are most important; otherwise you will disturb the system. If you have to speak, come out of asana and then do it. 

Using Mirrors/Listening to Music

Ideally, there should never be a mirror or music when you practice Hatha Yoga. This culture of using mirrors has come from body-building and gymnasia because, there, people want to admire their physical bodies. In yoga, that is not recommended at all. If you look at yogis, their physical structure is not like that of an athlete – they are quite ordinary; some are even plump! For Yogis, the only thing important to them is their consciousness which must grow. If you want to get the involvement of that which is the source of creation within you, your body, mind, and energy must be absolutely involved and aligned. And your mental focus is most important while practicing asanas.

Classical yoga demands aligning your body, mind and energy, and the innermost core. You have to give your one hundred percent for the source of creation, which we usually refer to as the divine, to yield. If you hold back or deviate a little, it will not be there for you.

Frequency of Practice

The Yoga Sutra says – sthira sukham asanam – an asana should be comfortable and stable. The goal of asana practice is to achieve a state where your asana is comfortable and stable; even if you remain in a posture for hours, it should stay the same, without eliciting any disturbances internally. That is when your perception starts expanding.

The intention of Hatha Yoga practice is to knead the body in such a way that we can remold it. So, whatever time you want to devote, should be done with one hundred percent involvement. In true spirit of Yoga, doing yoga every day or twice a week – that doesn’t really matter!

Human body is clay. Karma, or the established memory, makes it rigid. . It is because of this memory that the physical, physiological and psychological aspects becomes rigid. Through Yoga, we try to undo that. Then, you can shape it whichever way you want because the energies become fluid.

 Delve deeper into this and many more informative topics in Yoga. Please check different Yoga Education courses at SAVYJitender K Sahdev

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Oct 062015
 
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Sep 072015
 
Yoga Month 2015

Celebrating Yoga Month – September

Yoga Month 2015  

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

SAVY Studio, one of London’s most favored Yoga Studios, offers 12 wonderful ways to one and all to celebrate International Yoga month.

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

#8 Download free Primordial Sound Chant

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

#9 Deepen your yoga practice

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

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

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

#11 Spread the word

Tell your friends about SAVY Yoga and encourage them join yoga classes. If someone in your circle has health issues, let them know about Yoga Therapy services at SAVY and the pioneering programs like:

These programs can help in every disease under the sun! We offer Yoga Therapy as complementary treatment.

Be a SAVY Ambassador and help others more actively. Send us your details and join our team.

#12 Be a Healer Now

Are you passionate about healing others? We have so many programs to help you help others. Contact us today.

 

Enjoy yoga at SAVY in these 12 wonderful ways to celebrate Yoga Month!

Steps to claim your Drop-in Yoga Classes in Yoga Month:

  • Get your free voucher for Yoga Month below.
  • You can purchase as many classes as you want at just $5 per class. You can pay at the Studio.
  • Go to http://www.savy-international.com/london-yoga-classes/ and fill up and submit Registration Form online.
  • Email/ call SAVY Studio to let us know you are coming.

Get your FREE TICKET here:

Jul 012015
 
Canada Day Yoga Deal

Canada Day Yoga Deal – Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day Yoga Deal

 

 

Celebrate for the full month of July.

Celebrate life!

Meet the real yoga and its enormous potential!

Shoo away your stress and depression, get fitter, healthier, sharper, more relaxed, more balanced,

With an incredible  

$ 39 for Unlimited Yoga in July

courtesy SAVY International Inc.

The varied, most healthful SAVY Yoga routines are perfect for beginners and experts alike, these sessions will help strengthen and tone your body while simultaneously removing limitations. Choose from several different classes including Sukshma (Subtle) Yoga, Deep Stretch Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, and a lot more, and perfect your poses all summer long.

SAVY YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE – the novice and the expert!!!

IT’S ALL ABOUT HOW TO ACHIEVE THE ULTIMATE COMPLETE HEALTH – IN BODY, MIND & SPIRIT!

And all this with an incredible 

$ 39 for Unlimited Yoga in July!

Salient features of London Yoga Classes at SAVY:

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

Terms and Conditions: 

  • Please present the voucher when you come for classes.
  • Promotional value and Gift Certificate expire on July 31, 2015.
  • Total value expires if registered and used even once.
  • One buy for personal use, unlimited for gifts.
  • Unlawful to duplicate.
  • Valid for up to one routine group yoga class per day in South London Studio. 
  • Not applicable for Special/ Yoga Therapy/ Master Classes.
  • Please register online and pre-book your class.
  • Not valid with any other offers.
  • For first timers only.
  • Non-refundable, non-transferable, cannot be shared. No cash-back/ credit. No surrender value. Non-transferable after single use.

SAVY International Inc. reserves the right to alter the terms & conditions and prices at discretion.

*Conditions apply.

Please be in time for the class.

Redemption Instructions

  • Fill up Registration Form.
  • Print and present your ticket at the Studio(s).
  • Call at 519-701-2609 or email at savyint@gmail.com to register.
  • Please like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/savyinternationalinc and subscribe to newsletter on website for latest updates and offers.

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YOU CAN ALSO GET YOUR GIFT CERTIFICATE BELOW:

Jun 022015
 
SAVY Yoga Summer Special

SAVY Yoga Classes Summer Special

SAVY Yoga Summer Special

Summer is here!

Have been too busy before?

Here’s an Unlimited Yoga deal that will get you growing and healthy from the inside out.

$199 for June, July and August*

OR

$149 for 20 Yoga Classes*

OR

$99 for 10 Yoga Classes*

*Conditions apply

Available till quantities last.

So, just hurry up!

 We prefer cash at Studio.

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

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

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

Registered Yoga Teachers (E-RYT 500 and RYT 500/ E-RYT 200)–certified instructors teach judgment-free yoga classes that span the skill-level gamut.

SAVY Style of classical traditional Ashtanaga and Vinyasa yoga is a comprehensive system of personal development, encompassing the mind, body and spirit in the most wonderful and amazing way.

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

This is THE YOGA FOR EVERYONE!

JOIN CLASSES AT 

Serene, Calm, Quiet, Beautiful, Decent

SOUTH LONDON YOGA STUDIO

(Free parking available)

Embrace tranquility with this offer.

Salient features of London Yoga Classes at SAVY:

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

 

Terms and Conditions:  Not valid with any other offers. For first timers only – you’ll be considered a first timer if you’ve not attended any class at SAVY Studios in last six months. Non-refundable, non-transferable, cannot be shared. No cash-back/ credit. Please present it when you come for classes. Valid for the months of June, July and August, 2015. Promotional value and Gift Certificate expire on August 31, 2015. Total value expires if registered and used even once. One buy for personal use, unlimited for gifts. Unlawful to duplicate. Valid for group (Green and Yellow) classes at specified location(s) only. Please register online and pre-book your class. SAVY International Inc. reserves the right to alter the terms & conditions and prices at discretion. *Conditions apply.

Please be in time for the class.

To claim your Yoga Classes

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

SIGN UP TODAY

Book your spot for a YOGA CLASS and enjoy

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

WE PREFER CASH IN STUDIO

YOU CAN ALSO GET YOUR GIFT CERTIFICATE BELOW:

Mar 082015
 
Integrated Anatomy and Therapeutics

Registration Open for Integrated Anatomy and Therapeutics

Integrated Anatomy and Therapeutics

SAVY Yoga Studios Proudly Announce

OPENING OF REGISTRATION

FOR

Integrated Anatomy and Therapeutics

 95 HOURS PROGRAM

WILL BE COUNTED TOWARDS RYT 500 PROGRAM

World-Class Yoga teacher training in Canada

Under one of the top qualified faculty!

Understand Human Anatomy, Physiology, Energy Bodies

Range of Movements, Chakras, Archetypes, and more

Deepen your understanding of Yoga

And How it affects the Five Sheaths

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

Open to anyone looking to become a

Yoga Alliance Registered

RYT 500 Yoga Teacher

Or deepen their yoga practice

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

Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA

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

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

You’ll be training under the most qualified team of Yoga Teachers in Canada. Director of Teaching – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, MBBS, Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Therapist /Yoga Teacher in London with over 51,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India, has a special interest and a much deeper understanding of Human Anatomy and Therapeutics. He utilizes Yoga as a stand-alone as well as complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He offers Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda services in Canada.

Join NOW and fulfil your aspirations! 

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

Register now!

Please click here and go to the relevant page.

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

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

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Feb 142015
 
yoga and heart

Yoga for Heart, Stroke, Stress

Based on Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing

 yoga for hypertension, heart disease, stroke

SAVY Healing Yoga Studios

Bring to you

Yoga for Heart, Stroke, Stress

Based on Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing/ DSBH Therapy

Specific routine consisting of MOST BENEFICIAL exercises

with

Definitive role in prevention.

Especially designed to prevent stress, heart diseases, hypertension, dyslipidemias, stroke and related disorders.

More advanced individualized routines even effective for regeneration of damaged tissues available

AT SAVY – WE DELIVER RESULTS!

Heart disease and stroke remain the leading cause of preventable death for men and women in Canada, taking a life every 7 minutes. Chronic and uncontrolled stress increases one’s risk of heart disease and stroke.

What better way to regain health than through yoga?

Why Yoga?

Think prevention!

As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, yoga can help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function and heart rate, and boost circulation and muscle tone. Also, it can address any dyslipidemia issues. It can also improve your overall well-being while offering strength-building benefits.

SAVY presents Yoga classes for prevention of Stress, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Dyslipidemias, Stroke and related disorders.

Yoga acts at physical level through its effect on the limbic–hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (LHPA axis); millieu interiur, and hence, bodily functions can be controlled through Asanas, Pranayama, Dhyana, Kriyas, Mudras, and other more refined elements of Yoga. Learn all this in SAVY Yoga classes.

Join SAVY Yoga Classes and save precious time, money and lives!

Yoga Classes will include:

  • MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing)©
  • Asanas (Yoga Postures)
  • Nada Mediation
  • Mudras,
  • And more…

This routine offers immense healing potential for the heart, stroke and stress specifically, and for the body, mind and spirit in general.

It helps in prevention as well as in rehabilitation.

Confront time and become the author of your health.

Join these specialized classes NOW!

This could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you.

Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned yoga practitioner, you will find this yoga challenge a truly rewarding experience physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually.

Let’s get started! You can do this!

The program will consist of a group-based practice led by a knowledgeable and experienced instructor.

Mindfulness and breathing exercises routine will be taught incrementally in 3 sessions. To derive full benefit and to learn the routine thoroughly, please sign up for the full program.   

Here are the details:

  • Location: 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9
  • Days & Time: Every Friday, from 5 to 6 pm (total 4 classes)
  • Cost: $85 for all 3 sessions (+HST).
  • Components of Class:
    • MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing)©
    • Asanas (Yoga Postures)
    • Nada Mediation
    • Mudras,
    • And more…
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). Missed  classes will not be compensated.
    • In addition to the classes at studio, you should also follow the routine at home.
    • At the end of the one month program, continue the same practice at home or sign-up for further training. Continue this practice for better results.
  • Monitoring : To monitor improvement, you may get the following parameters checked before and after one month:
    • Blood Pressure in mm Hg
    • Pulse rate/ minute
    • Respiratory Rate
    • Weight
    • Lipid Profile :
      • S Cholesterol,
      • S Triglycerides,
      • HDL Cholesterol,
      • LDL Cholesterol,
      • INR

Please contact us to book your spot. Please book your spot at the Studio (WE PREFER CASH AT THE STUDIO); your spot will be confirmed only after receiving full payment. We would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming experience.

You can also register for Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop.

Call or email for any inquiries.

Sign up today and live life to your full potential.

Book your spot today!

Contact Us

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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

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

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

 

*HST applicable on all payments.

Jan 232015
 
Heart and Stroke Foundation

Heart Health Yoga Classes

Based on MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing)

Heart Health Yoga Classes

Heart and Stroke Foundation London

And

SAVY Healing Yoga Studio

Bring to you

Heart Health Yoga Classes

Based on MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing/ DSBH Therapy)

Specific routine consisting of MOST BENEFICIAL exercises

with

Definitive role in prevention.

Especially designed to prevent stress, heart diseases and stroke.

AT SAVY – WE DELIVER RESULTS!

Heart disease and stroke remain the leading cause of preventable death for men and women in Canada, taking a life every 7 minutes. Chronic and uncontrolled stress increases one’s risk of heart disease and stroke.

What better way to reduce stress than through yoga?

Why Yoga?

Think prevention!

As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, yoga can help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function and heart rate, and boost circulation and muscle tone. It can also improve your overall well-being while offering strength-building benefits.

February is HEART month

As a part of Heart and Stroke Foundation, London’s

Yoga for Heart Campaign

SAVY presents discounted Yoga classes for prevention of Stress, Heart Disease and Stroke

Yoga acts at physical level through its effect on the limbic–hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (LHPA axis); millieu interiur, and hence, bodily functions can be controlled through Asanas, Pranayama, Dhyana, Kriyas, Mudras, and other more refined elements of Yoga. Learn all this in SAVY Yoga classes.

Join SAVY Heart Health Yoga Classes and save precious time, money and lives!

Heart Health Yoga Classes will include:

  • MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing)©
  • Asanas (Yoga Postures)
  • Jitendra Kriya©
  • Primordial sound Mediation
  • Mudras, and more

This routine offers immense healing potential for the heart specifically, and for the body, mind and spirit in general.

It helps in prevention as well as in rehabilitation.

Confront time and become the author of your heart health.

Join these classes NOW!

This could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you.

Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned yoga practitioner, you will find this yoga challenge a truly rewarding experience physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually.

Let’s get started! You can do this!

The program will consist of a group-based practice led by a knowledgeable and experienced instructor.

Mindfulness and breathing exercises routine will be taught incrementally in 8 sessions. To derive full benefit and to learn the routine thoroughly, please sign up for all 8 sessions.

Here are the details:

  • Location: 119-D Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4
  • Days & Time: Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 5 to 6 pm, for the month of February (total 8 classes)
  • Donation: Minimum suggested donation is $108.48 ($96 + HST) for all 8 sessions or $15 drop-in (+HST).
  • Components of Class:
    • MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing)©
    • Asanas (Yoga Postures)
    • Jitendra Kriya©
    • Primordial sound Mediation
    • Mudras, and more
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). Missed  classes will not be compensated.
    • In addition to the classes here, you should also follow the routine at home.
    • At the end of the one month program, continue the same practice at home or sign-up for another month. Continue this practice for better results.
  • Monitoring : To monitor results, you may get the following parameters checked before and after one month:
    • Blood Pressure in mm Hg
    • Pulse rate/ minute
    • Respiratory Rate
    • Weight
    • Lipid Profile :
      • S Cholesterol,
      • S Triglycerides,
      • HDL Cholesterol,
      • LDL Cholesterol,
      • INR

Please contact us if you are interested, or get your ticket below. To book your spot, please deposit the minimum suggested donation online or at the Studio (WE PREFER CASH AT THE STUDIO); your spot may be confirmed only after receiving full payment.

I would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming experience.

Please click here to download tear-off Flyer.

You can also register for Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop.

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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

You can register by clicking on the button below :
Eventbrite - Heart Health Yoga Classes

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

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

 

Jan 172015
 
Bhangra Dance

Bhangra Dance in London ON

A FUN AND ENJOYABLE WAY TO EXERCISE!

Dance your way to fitness

Next Bhangra Dance workshop in London

in February

Bhangra refers to Punjabi-style dancing!

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

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

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

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

Please click here for cost and more details.

Please check the schedule here:

Book your spot NOW!

Please click here for cost and more details.

Contact us today.

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

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

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

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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

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

Jan 162015
 
Vipashyana or Vipassana

Vipashyana or Vipassana or Breath Awareness Meditation

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

Vipashyana or Vipassana

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

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

यो विश्वा॒भि वि॒पश्य॑ति॒ भुव॑ना॒ सं च॒ पश्य॑ति ।

स नः॑ पर्ष॒दति॒ द्विषः॑ ॥

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

saḥ ǀ naḥ ǀ parṣat ǀ ati ǀ dviṣaḥ ǁ

Yo vishvabhih vipashyati bhuvanah sam cha pashyati

sa nah parshadati dvishah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Practice of Vipashyana or Vipassana or Breath Awareness Meditation

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

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

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

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

Koshas

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

From Consciousness to Super Consciousness

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

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

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

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

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

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

MBH breath awareness from Jitender K Sahdev

Simple and easy

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

Stages of Development

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

The practice of Breath Meditation

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

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

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

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

These are the essential points of Breath Meditation.

Recommended Frequency and Duration:

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

 

Certification Test:

For Certificate (for CEU’s or DBE), you can apply for online Certification Test. Please contact office for the Certification Test Request Form. Completed form is to be submitted along with,

  • Certification Test Fee ($120, plus HST), and,
  • Log sheets with one week practice record.

Please download Log sheets by clicking at the links:

 

Please click here to go to Free Mindfulness and Breathing – Based Healing E-Course (A part of DSBH Therapy) Post

 

Primordial Sound Meditation

Please click here to visit Primordial Sound Meditation post.

Got a problem? – Just GROW*!

Click here to check this program.

 

To learn more about mindfulness and breathing based free e-course and the science behind it, and to attend live workshop, please contact us.

 

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

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

Jan 122015
 
Face Yoga

SAVY Face Yoga Challenge

 Yoga For Face

FORGET BOTOX, FORGET ABOUT GETTING UNDER THE KNIFE

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE NATURAL FACELIFT!!!

MAKE FUNNY FACES AND GET RID OF WRINKLES AND SAGGING

CHANGE YOUR FACE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

YOU CAN NOW REGISTER FOR SAVY FACE YOGA CHALLENGE 

NEXT CHALLENGE STARTING IN FEBRUARY!

Yoga is a process of not only keeping the body healthy but also of enhancing one’s beauty and figure. Just by devoting some time daily for a month, any person can improve his/her natural charms. Every person in this world wishes to remain young and beautiful for ever. And each one tries to improve his/her beauty through natural as well as artificial methods.

The routine of SAVY Face Yoga Challenge is easier and exercises are more enjoyable that you can do for short periods of time, so that you can gently rebuild and boost your self esteem. For your own benefit, “tune in” to your body. This is for joyful warming up, warming down, healing and recovery. Stay within your capability and personal comfort zone. Just do it every day, and your whole body including your facial tone will improve.

You will be taught exercises followed in SAVY Yoga for Face, which is a guided course for women and men of all ages. It benefits the body, the mind and the spirit.

On a physical level, it teaches to invigorate and rejuvenate the face by strengthening muscles and oxygenating tissues. It increases face firmness and elasticity, adding volume and brightness to the skin and visibly smoothens and stretches out face wrinkles. More specifically it fills and strengths lips, cheeks, cheekbones, eyes, forehead, jaw line and the neck. It visibly reduces puffy eyes, dark circles, saggy eyelids and double chin. You will achieve a full facial workout and energize the body.

SAVY Face Yoga Challenge, is based specifically on:

  • Mukha Yoga (Face Yoga) exercises,
  • Asanas (Yoga Postures),
  • MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing),
  • Nada Yoga 
  • Kriyas
  • Mudras
  • Marmas (Indian Pressure Ponts), and more, 

offers immense healing potential, for the body, mind and spirit.

It can be used as support for muscle rehabilitation, to reduce minor facial asymmetries and can be adopted as an alternative or as a supplement to plastic surgery and cosmetic medical treatments.

Confront time and become the author of your face.

Join this Challenge and see the difference for yourself!

After you complete this 30 day challenge, you will feel the change. You will feel more confident about the way you look and the way you feel.

This could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you. Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned yoga practitioner, you will find this yoga challenge a truly rewarding experience physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually.

SET ON A COURSE TO STREAMLINE YOUR FACE AND JAW-LINE IN JUST 30 DAYS

Let’s get started! You can do this!

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

  • Time: On week Days: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Where:
    • Physical Location : SAVY International South London Studio at 119-D Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4, Or
    • Online – You’ll be sent routine for each day.
  • Formats: One Month Format
  • Batches: One batch per month.
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). To underline the importance of this, you are required to sign a form stating the same at the beginning of the program.
    • Be available for photographs before and after the Challenge.
    • At the end of the one month program, continue the same practice at home or sign-up for another month. Continue this for at least 6 months.
  • Cost: Total cost is $399 for one month program.
  • Components of Program:
    • Asana (physical postures/stretching)
    • Mukha Yoga (Face Yoga)
    • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
    • Meditation
    • Self Marma Massage of important Marma Bindus
    • Nada
    • Yoga Nutrition advice based on Dosha
    • Pearls of Ancient Wisdom

The same program is also taught on one-on-one basis and online. Please book your appointment for pre-challenge consultation.

 Please check the schedule here:

Please contact us if you are interested. I would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming experience.

 Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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

 

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

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

Nov 272014
 
BLACK FRIDAY YOGA SALE

Black Friday Yoga Sale – $99 for 99 Days

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HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY

&

HAPPY SHOPPING!

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We weren’t sure if we should do this…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yep. All of them.

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

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

So, just hurry up!

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

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

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

JOIN CLASSES AT 

Serene, Calm, Quiet, Beautiful, Decent

SOUTH LONDON YOGA STUDIO 

(Lots of Free parking available)

Embrace tranquility with this offer.

Salient features of London Yoga Classes at SAVY:

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

 

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

Please be in time for the class.

To claim your Yoga Classes

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

Book your spot for a YOGA CLASS and enjoy

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

Nov 192014
 
Christmas Yoga Special

Christmas Gift Certificate – 99 Yoga Classes for $99

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Merry Christmas

&

A Very Happy New Year 2015

in advance!

 

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

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

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

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

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

99-Yoga Classes for $99*

*Conditions apply

Available till quantities last.

So, just hurry up!

 

We prefer cash at Studio.

Or

Eventbrite - Christmas Gift Certificate - 99 Yoga Classes for $99

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

Registered Yoga Teachers (E-RYT 500 and RYT 500)–certified instructors teach judgment-free yoga classes that span the skill-level gamut.

SAVY Style of classical traditional Ashtanaga and Vinyasa yoga is a comprehensive system of personal development, encompassing the mind, body and spirit in the most wonderful and amazing way.

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

This is THE YOGA FOR EVERYONE!

JOIN CLASSES AT 

Serene, Calm, Quiet, Beautiful, Decent

SOUTH LONDON YOGA STUDIO 

(Lots of Free parking available)

Embrace tranquility with this offer.

Salient features of London Yoga Classes at SAVY:

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

 

Terms and Conditions:  Christmas Gift Certificate 2014 (CGC14) not valid with any other offers. For first timers only – you’ll be considered a first timer if you’ve not attended any class at SAVY Studios in last six months. Non-refundable, non-transferable, cannot be shared. No cash-back/ credit. Please present it when you come for classes. Valid for the months of November, December, January and February. Promotional value and Gift Certificate expire on February 28. Total value expires if registered and used even once. One buy for personal use, unlimited for gifts. Unlawful to duplicate. Valid for group (Green and Yellow) classes at specified location(s) only. Please register online and pre-book your class. SAVY International Inc. reserves the right to alter the terms & conditions and prices at discretion. *Conditions apply.

Please be in time for the class.

For more Christmas offers, please click here.

To claim your Yoga Classes

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

SIGN UP TODAY

Book your spot for a YOGA CLASS and enjoy

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

 

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

  • 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

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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.

Investigations

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

Lowers
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

Lowers
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

Raises
Epinephrine Adrenal medulla

1) Enhances release of glucose from glycogen

2) Enhances release of fatty acids from adipose tissue

Raises
Cortisol Adrenal cortex

1) Enhances gluconeogenesis

2) Antagonizes Insulin

Raises
ACTH Anterior pituitary

1) Enhances release of cortisol

2) Enhances release of fatty acids from adipose tissue

Raises
Growth Hormone Anterior pituitary Antagonizes Insulin Raises
Thyroxine Thyroid

1) Enhances release of glucose from glycogen

2) Enhances absorption of sugars from intestine

Raises

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 :-

Kaphaja

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

Pittaja

  • 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

Vataja

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

According to Charaka.  There are three types of prameha.

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

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

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

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

 

Involvement of Ojas in Prameha (Madhumeha)

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

Ojas gets imbalanced in prameha in two ways:

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

 

Management of Prameha (Madhumeha)

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

1)      The prakrithi of the patient

2)      Dosha predominance of disease

3)      Dooshya vitiation

4)      Obstruction in srothus

5)      Manasika Prakrithi

6)      Ahara & Vihara

7)      Samskaras or Hereditary factors etc…

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

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Herbs useful in treatment of Diabetes :-

Specifications :-

Latin Name : Pterocarpus marsupium – leguminosae

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

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

Veerya (Potency) – Sheeta (Cold)

Vipaka (Post digestion effect) – Katu (Pungent)

Actions according to Ayurveda :-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Permitted food for Diabetics according to Ayurveda :

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

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

 

7 Effective Home Remedies for Controlling Sugar

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

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

Yoga in Diabetes

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

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

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

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

Yoga Postures

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

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

Some yogic postures provenly beneficial in diabetes are:

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

Pranayama

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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 

meditation
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.

Method:

  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.

Method:

  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.

Method:

  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.

Method:

  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.

ayurved

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.

 

NADA YOGA AND MANTRAS

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.

 

VEDIC ASTROLOGY AND GEMSTONES

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

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

Astrologically, Diabetes can be cured by wearing two gems:

  1. Red coral, and
  2. Yellow sapphire.

There are certain rules for wearing the stone:

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

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

Also, please look up here for upcoming workshops, or

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

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.

Call or email for any inquiries.

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. 

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
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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

Or

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Aug 312013
 
Eric and Pauline Donald

FEATURED SAVY YOGI OF THE MONTH

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

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

Pauline Donald

 

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

 

Pauline Donald

Pauline Donald

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

 

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

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Thrifty Thursday Half Price Gift Certificates

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Jun 202013
 
Thrifty Thursday

Thrifty Thursday Half Price Gift Certificates

Thrifty Thursday

Welcome to Thrifty Thursday Half Price Gift Certificates

Every Thursday, SAVY International and its partner businesses will be offering

5 Half Price Gift Certificates!

YOU CAN PURCHASE THEM ON THURSDAYS – 12 AM TO 11.59 PM.

Keep checking what is on offer!

Right now, we have :

FIVE

SAVY International $50 Thrifty Thursday Half Price Gift Certificates

For a price of $25.

You can use this Gift Certificate towards purchase of any Services at SAVY International Studio.

SAVY Style of classical traditional Ashtanaga and Vinyasa yoga is a comprehensive system of personal development, encompassing the mind, body and spirit in the most wonderful and amazing way. SAVY Yoga routines include most elements of Yoga : asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), pratyahara (withdrawal), AUM or Primordial Sound chanting and meditation, self-marma point massage and a lot more, all packed in a 60 minute yoga class

SAVY Yoga is the most complete, healthful and safe yoga routine on this planet!

This is THE YOGA FOR EVERYONE! 

At SAVY Studio, we offer many different routines to suit personal preferences and requirements of different individuals. But to keep it safe for everyone, we always prefer to start from the basics. In the First Free class, you will be informed about different programs and services available at SAVY, you will be given some tips for yoga, what precautions you should take, what you need to bring to a yoga class, and you  will be introduced to the 12 most important postures (asanas), basic breathing techniques and relaxation techniques. You can also learn the principle benefits of each posture and the fundamental principles of yoga by joining us at our studio.

SAVY YOGA IS ALL ABOUT HOW TO ACHIEVE THE ULTIMATE COMPLETE HEALTH – IN BODY, MIND & SPIRIT!

Meet truly traditional, unadulterated Yoga in its original form, in all its immensity under a team of Registered, qualified, talented, able and passionate yoga teachers!

In addition to SAV Yoga, we also have Yoga Therapy, Special Classes, Yoga Nutrition, SAVY Yoga Challenge Program, Pulse Diagnosis, Dosha Consultation etc.

Please click ON THE GIFT CERTIFICATE BELOW TO purchase your Thrifty Thursday Half Price Gift Certificate.

 

Gift certificate does not apply to taxes. 1 certificate per visit. Non-refundable. No cash value.

Jun 152013
 
SAVY Yoga Challenge

SAVY Yoga Challenge

SAVY Yoga Challenge

SAVY Yoga Challenge

YOU CAN NOW REGISTER FOR SAVY YOGA CHALLENGE PROGRAM

STARTING IN JUNE!

SAVY Yoga Challenge Program, based on Yoga, Pranayama, Nada, Marmas, Meditation and more, offers immense healing potential, for the body, mind and spirit.

Yoga is not just physical stretching, but it is a whole science of life! The new SAVY Challenge program includes and has ‘Mindfulness and Breathing – Based Healing (MBH)’ and Sun Salutations, the art and science of living, at its core. You will be practicing a capsule of extremely useful exercises, physical as well as mental, in a group in a time-bound manner. This program sets you on a course to perfection in body, mind and spirit!

This could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you. Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned yoga practitioner, you will find this yoga challenge a truly rewarding experience physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually.

Please check the details here.

This program sets you on a course to perfection in body, mind and spirit!

Here are some of the benefits of attending the yoga challenge program:

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

I would like you to let us know what other benefits you foresee out of this program (your own reasons for participating in the program).

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Please check other details here.

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Jitender  Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

Your Yoga Teacher Trainer – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, MBBS, Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Therapist /Yoga Teacher in London with over 37,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India, he utilizes Yoga as a complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his participants and for easing symptoms of pain and tightness associated with disease. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

 

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

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

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