Diwali, the Festival of Lights

In India, we celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, once every year around October and November. This is one of the biggest festivals we celebrate and everyone looks forward to it, both young and old. The word Diwali means “row of lights.” People light up their homes, gardens, and offices, and there is a celebration with lots of food, new … Read More

Top 5 Things to Look For In a Yoga Teacher Training

yoga teacher training

When I did my first yoga teacher training course in 2011 in Bangalore, India I had limited options to pick from. Not knowing what to look for, I relied completely on a friend’s review of her recent yoga course and in a week, I had signed up for my first yoga teacher training near home. Since then, a lot has … Read More

Trikonasana: What a simple triangle can do for your body and mind

trikonasana aham yoga

‘Utthita’ = extended, outstretched, ‘tri’ = three; ‘kona’ = angle, ‘asana’ = pose Benefits Stretches the muscles of the leg, especially around the knees and ankles Stretches the hamstrings and calves Relieves stiffness in the hips and stretches the groins Lengthens the sides of the trunk Strengthens and tones the arms Relieves shoulder stiffness Good for those who suffer from … Read More

Why We Love Headstand (And You Should, Too!)

headstand shirshasana by arundhati

“Shirsha” in Sanskrit means head while “asana” means seat/pose. It is a yoga posture in which one balances on the head for an extended period of time. Mastering this pose requires dedication and continuous effort from the yoga shadhaka (practitioner). Shirshasana has been labeled as the “King” of all poses. The brain is the seat of intelligence, knowledge, wisdom and … Read More

Introduction to Yoga Philosophy

Introduction to Yoga Philosophy

Last week we had a workshop that introduced yoga philosophy and the goals and evolution of yoga. Here is a brief overview of what we discussed. Thanks to all the participants for making it a lively and fun class. What is Yoga Philosophy? Yoga is much more than a physical practice alone. It is an art as well as a … Read More

WHEN SHOULD KIDS START YOGA? THE ANSWER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

My thoughts on when Kids should start yoga was published on Seattle Yoga News.  Here’s is an unedited version covering more of the physiological effects of yoga. And if you are interested in similar content, subscribe to our newsletter. It is common knowledge that yoga is great for adults. And millions around the world pursue this practice regularly. But is yoga … Read More