Patanjali’s Yоgа Sutrаѕ: Action (оr Kriya) Yоgа

Pаtаnjаlі’ѕ Yоgа Sutrаѕ is a brіllіаnt exposition оf the рhіlоѕорhісаl рrіnсірlеѕ, dеер truthѕ, аnd disciplines of уоgа. It оrgаnіzеѕ the disciplines into eight “lіmbѕ” оr саtеgоrіеѕ оf yoga practice. Sресіfіс mеdіtаtіоn techniques аrе not gіvеn; оnlу kіndѕ оf dіѕсірlіnеѕ are dіѕсuѕѕеd. 

Mаnу of іtѕ ѕutrаѕ (арhоrіѕmѕ) dеѕсrіbе and соmmеnt оn thеѕе practices. This timeless treatise by аn enlightened уоgі аddrеѕѕеѕ the unіvеrѕаl humаn соndіtіоn of арраrеnt ѕераrаtіоn from Gоd (аvіdуа, nоt knоwіng thе suрrеmе reality) and ѕhоwѕ uѕ how tо overcome the mеntаl tendencies and іlluѕіоnѕ thаt keep uѕ іn thіѕ condition. 

In vеrѕе 2.1, Pаtаnjаlі says: 

“Krіуа уоgа consists оf tараѕ (austerity, self-discipline), ѕvаdhуауа (ѕеlf-ѕtudу), and Iѕhvаrа рrаnіdhаnа (dеvоtіоnаl ѕurrеndеr tо God).” (Nоtе: Thе words іn parentheses аrе соmmоnlу ассерtеd trаnѕlаtіоnѕ оf thе Sanskrit terms.) In the “еіght lіmbеd” path, the krіуа уоgа рrасtісеѕ of nіуаmа рrесеdе аѕаnа (meditation роѕturе), рrаnауаmа (breath соntrоl), рrаtуаhаrа (wіthdrаwаl оf thе senses frоm thеіr objects), Dhаrаnа (соnсеntrаtіоn), dhyana (unіntеrruрtеd, dеер concentration), аnd ѕаmаdhі (оnеnеѕѕ with thе object of mеdіtаtіоn). 

Fоr thіѕ rеаѕоn, “krіуа уоgа” іѕ ѕоmеtіmеѕ interpreted “рrеlіmіnаrу уоgа”. Hоwеvеr, thе fіrѕt of thе eight lіmbѕ, Yаmа, consists оf five аbѕtеntіоnѕ (dоn’tѕ), аnd thе fіvе еlеmеntѕ оf niyama аrе оbѕеrvаnсеѕ (dоѕ), sо thе krіуа yoga practices оf nіуаmа can аlѕо bе іntеrрrеtеd “асtіоn yoga”, which implies dоіng ѕоmеthіng. The fоllоwіng comments frоm Govindan’s book оn the sutras contradict Yogananda.

Fоrеwоrd (XIV, XV) by G. Fеuеrѕtеіn: 

“While Patanjali’s tеасhіng hаѕ bесоmе vіrtuаllу еquаtеd with еіght-lіmbеd уоgа (аѕhtаngа уоgа), hе hіmѕеlf саllеd his path thаt of action уоgа (krіуа уоgа) in раdа 2.1.”

“The aphorisms in thе yоgа sutrаѕ dеаlіng ѕресіfісаllу wіth thе еіght lіmbѕ арреаr tо hаvе bееn quоtеd bу Patanjali оr ѕubѕеquеntlу added tо hіѕ text. There іѕ nо rеаl ѕаtіѕfасtоrу explanation fоr why Pаtаnjаlі used thе lаbеl kriya yoga fоr hіѕ teachings.” 

Intrоduсtіоn pаrt 2 (XXІІІ) by M. Govindan: 

“Feuerstein hаѕ роіntеd out, however, that Pаtаnjаlі’ѕ yoga was nоt the “ashtanga” оr “еіght lіmbеd” уоgа dеѕсrіbеd іn vеrѕеѕ 2.28 to 3.8 as hаѕ bееn commonly thоught by mоѕt translators. Tеxtuаl аnаlуѕіѕ hаѕ rеvеаlеd thаt thеѕе verses wеrе merely ԛuоtеd frоm another unknown ѕоurсе.” 

On thе соntrаrу, Pаtаnjаlі never саllеd hіѕ path that оf action (or kriya) уоgа, nоt іn verse 2.1 (раdа 2.1) nоr in аnу оthеr vеrѕе, nor dіd he ѕау іt consisted оf anything other thаn ashtanga yoga. If hе had quоtеd thе verses pertaining tо ashtanga уоgа, іt wоuld indicate that hе аgrееd wіth them. 

Thе Holy Science bу Swаmі Sri Yuktеѕwаr,

 In chapter thrее of that book, уоgа tеасhіngs that includes thе рrасtісеѕ of ashtanga уоgа аrе рrеѕеntеd, but it іѕ somewhat dіffеrеnt frоm thаt оf thе yоgа sutrаѕ and appears to rерrеѕеnt a dіffеrеnt school оf уоgа. This іlluѕtrаtеѕ that thе рrіnсірlеѕ, truths, and practices оf уоgа аrе unіvеrѕаl аnd саn bе discovered bу уоgіѕ independently оf еасh оthеr. 

Of course, twо dіffеrеnt people wоuld nеvеr perceive, саtеgоrіzе or еxрlаіn these рrіnсірlеѕ, truthѕ, аnd рrасtісеѕ in exactly thе ѕаmе wау, ѕо unlеѕѕ verses 2.28 tо 3.8 of the sutrаѕ wеrе соmріlеd frоm various ѕоurсеѕ, they аrе thе unique creation оf a ѕіnglе реrѕоn. Thаt person арреаrѕ to bе Pаtаnjаlі because thеrе is a реrfесt agreement аnd hаrmоnу bеtwееn these vеrѕеѕ and thе оthеr vеrѕеѕ in thе sutras.

What your Yoga Outfit says about you

Fashion is a big part of our everyday lives. Clothes can be used to express group loyalty, explore creative ideas or even to show part of your personal identity. With the importance of fashion, it’s not really surprising that it has become a part of the yoga lifestyle as well, with a number of workout brands releasing clothing that is specifically designed for yoga practitioners and their needs. This article will explore different yoga fashion choices and what they say about you and your yoga practice.

Harem pants and beads

You do yoga for the spiritual aspects of it. Sure, you enjoy the workout and the positive effects it has on your body and mind, but you’re far more interested in what it can do for your spiritual development.

Bright colors

You’re bright and playful and just plain enjoy yoga as well as appreciate its physical and mental benefits. You like to try new poses and new types of yoga and personal expression is just as important to you as the chance to improve your physical fitness.

Plain black yoga pants and a tank top

You’re practical and pragmatic. Black pants work with anything and you probably have a couple of tank tops of similar styles but in different colors, so that you always have clean clothes when you want to go to class. Yoga clothes, and the workout itself, is about getting the maximum benefit from the time and resources you have.

Oversized t-shirt

You might wear this every day, or just on the days when you’re busy and your workout is just another thing to cross off of your to-do list. Oversized t-shirts are comfortable and functional but not very fashionable, and they’re what you put on when you have other things on your mind.

All black

This choice is about comfort and practicality. It’s what you choose when you want to look good, but don’t have the time to worry about it or plan it. People who wear all black are often looking for simplicity in their overly busy lives, a basic choice that works and allows them to focus on what they’re doing rather than what they’re thinking.

Very skimpy clothes

You know you look good and you’re not afraid to show it, that’s what all that working out is for, isn’t it? This look is about body confidence and about being proud of all the work you have done to get where you are. Flaunt it.

A cozy jumper

Yoga is a part of how you relax and unwind, a reward for your busy day and all that you managed to accomplish. You like the comfort of the outfit and of the workout and probably stop at a locally-run, cute café on the way home for a hot chocolate.

Your yoga clothes say more about you than you might think. They can express your dedication to your practice, or your fashion preferences, and can even encourage you to keep up with your health and lifestyle goals. With all that in mind, it’s no wonder that outfits for yoga have become such a big part of the fashion and workout scene.

3 Tips to Make Yoga a Priority in the New Year

Along with a new year, most individuals are looking forward to making a few resolutions for ways to improve themselves in the coming months. Perhaps, the most popular resolution for a new year is to improve your overall fitness level. Many people will sign up for gym memberships at the beginning of the year, but it’s also a great time for yogis to find their way back to the mat after a chaotic holiday season.

Do you want to make yoga a priority this year but aren’t sure how to get started? You can strive to make yoga more important in your daily life by incorporating a few of these strategies into your routine.

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Practice yoga first thing in the morning.

Once you roll out of bed, it’s easy to allow the rest of the day to slowly slip away from you. You may get stuck at the office for a little while longer than you planned. Maybe your friends invited you out to dinner at the exact time as your usual yoga class. Excuses are bound to pop up when you wait until the end of the day to embrace your yoga routine.

You may find that yoga becomes more of a priority for you when you practice as soon as you wake up in the morning. Take a few moments to splash cold water on your face and energize yourself before you unroll the mat. Then, you have a few moments each morning to center yourself and commit to your practice before the day becomes chaotic.

Pay for classes in advance.

Some yogis simply prefer the atmosphere of an actual class instead of a home-based practice. One of the best ways to hold yourself accountable for attending a yoga class is to pay the studio for a certain number of classes in advance. Many studios will offer passes for five or 10 classes at a time. Go ahead and purchase one of these tickets and write the class schedule down in your planner.

When the money is already spent on the instruction, you’re less likely to attempt to skip class one night. You don’t want your hard-earned dollars going to waste, do you?

Place reminders of your practice around the home.

When you can see the tangible reminders of your yoga practice, you may be more likely to unroll the mat. Perhaps, you leave out an incense burner or some mala beads on the coffee table. You may simply leave out your rolled-up yoga mat in one corner of the living room. Whatever elements are most important to your practice, make sure you leave them somewhere that you will see them throughout the day.

Prioritizing your yoga practice is a great way to bring health and wholeness into the new year with you. By implementing a few of these key strategies, you may find yourself spending more time than ever on your yoga mat this year.

How to do Crow Pose

Crow pose, or bakasana in Sanskrit, is an arm balance a core strengthener. You will gain strong wrists, arms, abdominal muscles, and upper back if you practice this on a regular basis. It is a great opportunity to throw yourself off balance and have some fun. 

There are a couple of stages to this posture and you want to approach them with a fun-loving attitude and positive thoughts. 

It is an advanced pose recommended. Avoid this pose if you are pregnant or have carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Optional: Grab a yoga block to assist you with this pose. 

Prep Exercise: Practice bakasana on your back first!

1. Lay down on your mat. Bend your knees and draw them up towards your torso. Rock back and forth massaging your back.
2. Now, bring the arches of feet together and widen knees. Lift your tail bone up toward the sky. You should feel your abdominal muscles instantly engaged. Remember this sensation and action so we can copy it in the full balance pose.
3. Bring arms up and palms flex back to hold up the ceiling. Then draw your hands so that your elbows are inside your knees. It  is different so your knees might meet higher or lower arm.
4. Practice squeezing legs in towards arms while pressing arms out towards legs. Then, point toes. Breathe a few breaths and keep your neck long. Now, we will transition to the balancing version.
5. Optional Transition: Cross ankles and grab the outer edges of the feet. Keeping hands on feet, rock back and release hands. 

Here we go, let’s learn the full Bakasana now!

Grab your block. 

1. Step onto the Block.

Step onto the block with your toes like a perch. You can use your fingertips to help you balance. 

2. Recreate the Crow Position

Palms down

What we practiced on our back, bring your elbows inside your knees. Begin to breathe. Plant your palms down on the mat. Spread those fingertips wide. Draw your shoulders away from the neck and draw the navel up towards the spine.  

3. Slightly straighten the knees and walk forward on the block. 

Lift the hips.

Bring a little weight into the hands as you raise your hips, slightly straightening the legs. Take a few steps towards your hands on the block. 

4. Test where the knees meet

Keeping the neck nice and long lace your knees on the upper arm and identify where they meet on your arm. Your arms will softly bend. Leave your toes on the block. Importantly, send your gaze forward which will also help balance the weight and avoid a somersault mistake. Take a deep breath in here and then exhale release your knees and hips and come back to the first squat position on the block. 

5. Repeat with lifted feet.

Take a deep breath. Exhale and begin weight back into palms on the mat. Now, bring hips up and place your knee on the bent arms. You can explore bringing them higher up on the arm if you choose to. Breathe and lift one toe up. Exhale release to back to the block. Repeat with the other toe. Take a rest stretch the wrists.  

Then repeat the position but this time inhale and lift both toes. Exhale release back to the squat position. 

Trust yourself and have a little fun with bakasana you will surprise yourself!

Dealing With A Terminal Illness Through Yoga

Circumstances may change our outlook towards life. Our perspective changes, and we are confronted with a new set of challenges which we have no idea how to deal with. Everybody is prone to terminal illnesses, such as cancer. When we are confronted with such a challenge, it is always difficult to wrap our mind around the situation, blaming everything that comes our way. Our personalities determine how well we deal with such a circumstance. Whereas some people take weeks, months or even years trying to come to terms with what has befallen them, others take it as a part of life and embark on a personal development journey of fighting with what has happened to them.

Yoga, self-help groups, rehabilitation centers, and volunteering to noble causes combined with medical care, top the list of how people deal with such circumstances. Yoga is an ancient practice that combines movements, poses, controlled breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation aimed at self-development for both the mental and physical self. It has been around for over 5,000 years. It originated from India, spreading to the western world through devoted gurus. The most common forms of yoga are the transcendental and hatha yoga meditation.

Yoga focuses on asanas(poses), pranayama (controlled breathing) and Dhyana (meditation) which attempt to bring the body into balance. By choosing yoga as a way of dealing with a terminal illness, one can derive a lot of benefits. Research done on the practice of yoga by people who have terminal diseases has shown the following benefits:

  • Reduces Depression And Anxiety: Living with a terminal illness is a daunting task that a lot of people cannot handle. The rigorous medical procedures, the side effects of drugs, and constantly thinking of the misfortune can lead to depression. By practicing yoga, we can focus our attention elsewhere, thereby reducing the severity of the situation, and we may also be able to conquer depression and anxiety arising from a terminal illness.
  • Relief From Pain: Pain becomes a part of life when we are dealing with a terminal illness. Some forms of yoga have shown to have effects on our perception of such pains. Therefore, the practice of such types of yoga, such as hatha yoga, can dramatically reduce pain and improve our quality of life.
  • Insomnia: Practice meditation improves the quality of sleep. Some illnesses may take away our ability to have a night of quality sleep. In such cases, meditation can come in handy and can help us get good quality sleep.
  • The Quality Of Life Improves: By practicing meditation, the quality of life improves, and we can live normally. We can navigate through our daily tasks without the thoughts of rigorous medical procedures. We are also able to interact with like-minded people, therefore growing both physically and mentally.

In conclusion, yoga is very useful when it comes to dealing with a terminal illness. It helps us deal with the situation better than not taking any decision.

Swami Vishnudevananda’s Five Point Yoga System

Swami Vishnudevananda used to convey his teachings through the Five Point Yoga System. He was one of the first yogis to bring ancient Yogic traditions to West. He was called “The Aviator” because he flew over Soviet Berlin during the cold war while waving a message of peace and tolerance.

This system is not a variation on classical Yoga, but a way to help us understand it. By learning about these five points, we can appreciate how they become one.

“Yoga” means “union,” and it is the union of these five Points:

1) Asanas

Asanas are physical exercises or postures. They enhance the flexibility, strength, and toning of all parts of the body. It includes muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. It also improves circulation.

For many people, Yoga and Asanas are the same things. This misunderstanding happens only because they are not aware there are other disciplines involved.

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2) Pranayama

Pranayama comes from the Sanskrit words “Prana,” which means “vital energy,” and “Yama,” which means “control.”

Pranayama is the name given to yogic breathing. We can also call it conscious breathing.

No one needs to be taught to breathe to survive, so Pranayama is a technique used to increase energy, relieve stress, and improve sleep quality through more efficient breathing.

3) Deep relaxation

Deep relaxation is an intermediate step for meditation. It also brings incredible benefits as being more focused, and reduce stress.

To achieve deep relaxation, you need to use Pranayama. Leaving your mind blank and breathe deeply through your nose does the trick.

The most well-known asana for deep relaxation is Savasana or Corpse Posture. It is very simple at first sight because it seems to consist only in lying down, but getting your body and mind to relax fully may be challenging.

4) Vegetarian diet

Yogis practice the “do no harm” philosophy. Therefore, killing or hurting animals is not part of the Yogic lifestyle.

Adopting a vegetarian diet means eating natural foods the body can digest fast and easily. When you have a heavy meal, the body spends a lot of energy and fluids in digesting. You can feel sleepy and even sick after eating too much.

Instead of eating processed foods, meat and sauces (ketchup, mustard, BBQ, mayonnaise, etc.), they recommend using natural spices like cardamom, cumin, turmeric, and Himalayan salt. Spices both bring out the food flavors and help you heal from the inside out.

5) Positive Thinking and Meditation

Positive thinking and meditation are related, but they are not the same. Meditation is practiced a certain time a day while positive thinking should be our habitual state of mind.

It is important to have a positive mind state because it will help us relieve the stress our daily lives bring. Everything that happens has a lesson in it, we will always be grateful for new experiences and try to find the silver lining.

Do you see how these five points work together? Without meditation and deep relaxation, you will not find peace in your mind. You will get tress will make you sick.

If you don’t get more flexible and practice Asanas, your body will weaken. And if you eat processed foods loaded with sugar, your body will also get unwell.

The goal is to prepare our bodies and minds to reach enlightenment, and it can only be achieved when our bodies are clean and our spirits happy.

Developing Core Strength through L-Sit

A strong core plays an important role when it comes to fitness. It helps ease poses and movements that require the body to move itself with control. In Yoga, the core is engaged mostly during inversions and arm balances. Mastering the art of body control, knowing that a strong core can firmly hold the body, is one precious investment one can have.

Lift That Dandasana! 

Practicing L-sit is one of the most basic and most effective ways of developing a strong core. L-Sit is basically Yoga’s Staff Pose/ Danadasana but in this version, the legs and body are lifted off the floor. It does not only strengthen the core, but it also develops strong arms and tones thigh muscles. This is a movement that anyone can master if approached through an efficient set of progressions. Here’s how you can achieve your L-Sit from zero to hero in no time!

Beginner’s Tip: Some individuals may think that their arms are not long enough to lift them off the ground. Wrong! Everything that you need to master this pose is already available within. It’s just a matter of practice to discover the technique that suits your body the most. In this case, you can use Yoga blocks or a pair of the thesaurus for elevation. But be careful because the elevation may cause bad form. To avoid this, always keep the shoulders drawn away from the ears.


Tucked Lift:

Progression 1: Start by sitting on the floor and placing your hands on a Yoga block. Try lifting yourself off the floor by pushing through the shoulders while your feet are still on the ground. Practice this till you can comfortably hold the pose

Progression 2: Perform Progression 1 and hold for half a minute then lift one knee close to the chest and hold for 30 seconds. Take a rest and do the same technique on the other leg.

Progression 3: Full tucked lift. Begin in a seated position with your hands planted on an elevation. Inhale, fill your lungs and bring your knees close to the chest. Exhale then fully lift yourself off the ground while your knees are still tucked to your chest. Push through the shoulders and contract your abdominal muscles to keep yourself lifted. Become comfortable with this progression, holding the pose for 30 seconds before progressing further.

One Leg Extended

From full tucked lift, extend one leg while keeping the other tucked. Keep the extended leg’s knee locked and its toes pointed to fully engage your thigh muscles. Do the same process on the other leg. Develop the strength to hold this position for 30 seconds then you can advance to next progression.

Full L-Sit

Start by performing a tucked lift and slowly extend both legs. Make sure that your legs are parallel to the ground and the shoulders are not drawn towards the ears. Push through your shoulders, engage the core and keep your feet pointed to make sure your legs are activated. Progress holding the full pose for 10 seconds and advance to 20 seconds, then 30.

If you are suffering from high blood pressure, any heart ailment or a hernia, please refrain from doing this pose. Consult your physician before starting any physical activity. Practice with patience and consistency. Stay motivated even though some days the practice may seem impossible to do. It is during the tough times that we become stronger! Be open to your body and mind’s possibilities and surely you will be unstoppable!

Svadhisthana: Bringing Balance to the Second Chakra



If the previous first (Muladhara) chakra was all about survival and affirming our right to have, this second, Svadhisthana chakra, is all about emotions and pleasure as we progressively learn to assert our right to feel.  With its Sanskrit word standing for “the dwelling place of self”, this second chakra is located above the pubic bone and below the navel and it is the center for all emotion, pleasure and creativity related energies. When this chakra is in balance we tend to feel joy, satisfaction, wellbeing and abundance. If this chakra is out of balance however, we may feel emotional instability or numbness; sexual dysfunction, reluctance to change, addictions, or depression.

Some of the more concrete physical and mental expressions derived from an unaligned or blocked second chakra may involve lower back pain, urinary tract infections, problems in the lower abdomen or pelvis, bladder and kidney issues, impotence, ovary cysts, or other reproductive complications; addictions, repressed emotions, or lack of creativity.

Five asanas or yoga postures that can aid you with unblocking and re-aligning the Svadhisthana chakra are:

Gomukhasana or Cow Face position

Upavistha Konasana or Open Angle pose

Seated pelvic circles

Baddha Konasana or Butterfly Pose with forward fold

Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose


It is important to canalize a light of compassion and understanding while we seek to recover this second chakra; as once you start paying attention, it is easy to see how our society has unfortunately this infinite ingrained creative nature of ours under pressure and at the same time twisted our view of sexuality and pleasure. Most of us have been given perimeters in which we are constantly pushed to fit in order to gain the approval and respect of others; sadly, disconnecting ourselves completely from our own feelings and bodies, without realizing that the one and only approval and respect we need is that of our own selves. It is therefore necessary to approach this balancing of the second chakra with patience and kindness in order to start re-learning how social acceptance and respect over our own authenticity is not truly what we are looking for.

Open this chakra by honoring your body, by creatively expressing yourself in whatever way you want to without worrying about failure; as well as by working consciously on building a healthy relationship with yourself, with others, and with pleasure. Remember, building a healthy relationship with yourself involves listening to your own emotions, digesting them in a healthy way (learning the underlying lesson), and letting them go.

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Other tools that you may want to consider for when working towards aligning the Svadhisthana chakra is its corresponding sound “Vam,” its color orange; gemstones such as amber, calcite orange, carnelian, or hematite which you can place on the chakra’s region while lying down, also using essential oils like cardamom, sandalwood, or bergamot and eating orange juicy foods like oranges or mangoes, adding ginger and cinnamon to your diet, and drinking lots of water.


Get Hot with Bikram Yoga



A lot of yoga styles are about comfort. They are about relaxing into movements that require concentration and precision without causing pain or discomfort. Bikram yoga is a little different. With this form of yoga, you get hot, sizzling hot. Doing Bikram yoga is like an Australian summer, it requires that you prepare beforehand for the heat and take precautions. This may sound unpleasant, but the truth is that Bikram yoga can be both beneficial and feel amazing.

Everyone likes to take summer holidays at a beach location. There is nothing quite like being warm and in a bathing suit when everyone at home is complaining about the cold, or even slogging through the snow. We naturally seek out heat and sun and Bikram yoga takes this idea just a little further.

Bikram yoga classes are held in rooms where the temperature has been raised to between 35-42 degrees Celsius, which is about 95-108 degrees Fahrenheit, with the humidity at about 40%. The heat is said to warm your body more quickly, which means that postures are safer because muscles stretch more easily when they are warm. Students also report that they are able to go deeper into postures because of the increased temperature and humidity.

The fact that people sweat a lot in Bikram yoga is not just because of the heat. The moisture in the air, or humidity, is increased for Bikram yoga classes to increase sweating and for other health benefits. Most experts agree that humidity gives protection against colds and viruses as well as other respiratory problems such as asthma. Sweating also encourages detoxification, accelerates cardiovascular functioning, and helps increase calorie burning for weight loss.

Bikram yoga is easy to learn. There are only 26 postures plus two breathing exercises, and the focus is on working the muscles smoothly and safely. There should be the ache of fatigued muscles but no sharp pain throughout the session, and if you do feel pain it means you have gone too far.

One of the most essential elements to Bikram yoga is your water intake. You will be sweating a lot through the session, and that’s a good thing, so you must keep your water intake up. Sip, but don’t swallow copious amounts of water as it might make you sick and sit down if you feel lightheaded at any time. Make sure you also have a steady intake of water before and after your class.

The extreme heat in Bikram yoga studios can also make people feel dizzy. If this happens, sit down and breathe through your mouth and the dizziness should ease. It’s also strongly recommended that you arrive at your class half an hour before it starts so you can sit and get used to the heat.

Bikram yoga is an increasingly popular type of yoga both for its relative simplicity and for the health benefits. Although the heat might seem intimidating, the body has systems to adapt to it, and it can feel really good to be in a warm environment. Give this type of yoga a try and you may discover further depths to your practice that you never imagined.

Nourishing Your Brain With Foods

We are what we eat? The single most important organ of our body and the powerhouse controlling every other function and organ of the body is the brain. Everything we eat effects the messengers within the brain. These are called ‘neurotransmitters’. And like everything else, and more than everything else, our brain, the control center of our body, needs nourishment and the right type of foods.

The brain produces chemicals in response to different stimuli. For example, adrenaline is released when in a ‘flight and fight’ state. Serotonin is released when the body is under stress. Eating proteins can have an effect to alert the body, and eating sugars can help the brain to relax. Hence, we can see how each process in this highly differentiated and complex organ of our body is effected by what we eat.

So, what do we need to do in order to nurture, sustain and nourish our brains? Here is what we need to keep in mind when planning our meals.


Omega-3 Fatty acids

It has been shown that’s foods rich in this type of acid, which is present in ample quantity in nuts and fish such as salmon, aid in fighting depression. Many brain disorders such as schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder (ADD) can also be prevented by consuming a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Fruits and Vegetables

These natural and organic foods help in fighting toxins and maintaining a healthy weight. Obesity and toxins can affect the health and function of the brain, including a decrease in the cognitive ability of the organ. Antioxidants in fresh, leafy green vegetable such as broccoli, eggplant, and kale are especially advantageous. These are foods that help protect the function of our brains.


Several vitamins, such as vitamin B6, are important for the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. Furthermore, age related decline in the number of brain cells can also be decreased with the help of vitamin C. Similarly, thiamine and vitamin B are vital for the normal cognitive functions of the brain. These nutrients are rich in sweet potatoes, fresh fruits, vegetable and nuts.

Avoid unhealthy foods

It is not just important to supplement our diet with foods that are good for our brain, but also avoid those that cause harm to it. Foods high in saturated fats, such as red meat and man-made fats are harmful for the brain.

Check out this interesting video about Dr. Bernard and his research on power foods for the brain.


So basically, food for thought? Yes, but the right food for the ‘best thought’ is what’s best for the optimal functioning of our brains. Our brain is a miraculous organ, with infinite abilities, many of which still remain untapped. Hence it is important to be able to use this powerhouse of ours to the best of its functioning ability. Better nourishment, better brain, and of course, a healthier life! Thanks for reading!