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When I was writing ‘Beyond Asanas’ my aim was to write a book which would give readers insight into little known stories about the asanas. This is an aspect of yoga practice which is never emphasized, so most practitioners only understand the asanas superficially.
Little did I know that through the book I would come in direct contact with people near and far, known and unknown. People who would read my words and appreciate them. And then take the time out to give me feedback, and share my work with others. So many of you have reached out to me on social media and through other means to express your thoughts and emotions regarding my work. You have no idea what it means to me. ??????⠀
‘Beyond Asanas’ was published this year on June 21st. The publisher, Penguin Random House felt that would be the apt day to publish a book such as this. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The beautiful photos have been shot by Joel Koechlin. The insightful foreword has been written by Kalki Koechlin.
Do get your copy now, and please don’t forget to share your feedback. It helps.
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Yoga helps. It heals. It gets rid of emotional blockages and psychological pain. It brings peace. It brings clarity. We’ve all heard this at one point or another. And I’m sure we all wonder – how?
Yoga helps by teaching us how to create space. Our demons reside in our joints. Achy, stiff joints are permanent residences for the demons of our past. To get rid of these demons we must lengthen our joints. Create space so that the joints can breathe and release the demons holding them tightly together. Once these demons are gone your joints will be free to move easily and pain free.
The same applies to backbends. Bending backward is so difficult for many of us because it requires (amongst other things) flexible back and shoulder muscles as well as a flexible hip joint. For a long time I wrestled with a stiff upper back. After years of practice I’ve managed to overcome this challenge….only to realize that I’m unable to access and push the hip joint up. And this will take a few more years to overcome. The point is that the only way to let go of years of deep rooted fears and blockages is to spend years creating space between the bones and muscles so that the tightly held demons are let go.
To overcome past samskaras it is important to crack yourself in two. For instance, when doing the Urdhvadhanurasana I’m almost trying to split myself into two, body below the sternum and above the sternum. For the next couple of years it will be focusing on body below the hip joint and above the hip joint. The practice of reaching within yourself to access an area which has been ‘sleeping’ automatically infuses this place with new life…and also enables you to release the ghosts of lives past.
“And suddenly you know…It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.”
Life is continuously changing, evolving and growing. And if you’re a yoga practitioner who is also an entrepreneur then change truly is the only constant. To be honest, I’m not very comfortable with the term ‘entrepreneur’ because I see myself only as a practitioner and a teacher. I don’t consider myself a part of the energetic and pulsating Bangalore start-up/entrepreneur scene. Teaching yoga came organically to me, as it has to many who decided to make it their life’s work…but who also have to pay the rent. The philosophy and practice of yoga is ancient, mystical and vast. I would need lifetimes of study before I can bring in innovation which can be turned into a business opportunity. However, I do realize that I have been able to make a significant contribution to the lives of many individuals who have trusted me and have had faith in me to guide them through their own journeys towards holistic health.
In our closely connected world, it was inevitable that word about my work would get out and many people separated geographically from me would evince an interest in working with me to give direction to their practice. With that came the conceptualization and later the implementation of The Yoga Practice. The process unfolded at its own pace. Today this online module is a combination of what my students need and the best way for me to provide it to them.
Seeing my work and perhaps identifying with it, an old friend decided to come on board and help me structure and organize my work. Once I recognized the need and accepted the help, the floodgates opened. Mentors appeared with helpful guidance, supporters came in droves, constructive advice started pouring in…and the result is greater clarity and sharper focus.
For many years I have been designing and leading workshops and retreats, conducting group and private classes, helping people far away through online sessions, making videos etc…and now we are organizing all of these under one roof so that the message has more impact. Most importantly, our work is accessible to everyone everywhere who wants to improve their quality of life.
This website is all of my work under one roof. Here you can read my blogs, access my YouTube videos, take a look at my upcoming classes & events, see what others are saying about my work and even send me a few lines! As we get busy planning our activities for the rest of the year, we hope you will subscribe to our blog and share it with your friends too.
I sincerely hope our work adds meaning to your life.