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Life talks by Rajeshree

Shriyog Training Academy / Life talks by Rajeshree
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Yoga and Fatloss – Self Practice

Question: Why can’t we remember and repeat the asanas during self practise as we do with you in the class Answer: Before beginning the class, bring your mind to a neutral place from its sadness or hapiness. Then the memory is ready to collect impressions of body, mind and breath from the asana practise and the teachings and tips given in the class. Later during self-practice, you can rely on the memory and recollect the impressions. But usually, our mind doesn’t allow us to be in the present with our teacher in the class. It wanders around in the past and the future. We are physically following and copying the instructions but mentally we are in some far-off place. Later, our mind forms its own perceptions about...


Yoga and Fatloss – In Festive season

Question: This season there are many festivals as well as weather change, How do we approach the fat loss process this season? Answer: Winter is here and the right practice in November and December is very important as it will help us until June. You can lose both inches and fat. The right practice for you all would include: Asanas such as Purvottanasana, Setubandha Sarvangasana, Sarvangasana. These Asanas will activate our core muscles and help in proper functioning of organic  Body. Also note, core muscles are not just the "six-packs abs" often spoken about, but It's group of muscles surrounding  the abs  like lower back, buttocks, pelvic muscles. We will get our buttock muscles, thighs, lower back and abdominal muscles all involved in Asanas such as Purvottanasana, Setubandha Sarvangasana, Sarvangasana Aggressive workouts accelerate the ageing of the spine....


Women’s Health Class – self practice during Festivals

Question: How should we continue self-practice during Festivals? Answer: Festivities are definitely a time for celebration, but it is also a period of overwhelming work and exhaustion for women. Each day is different for women over 40. Tiredness can seep in without any specific reason. If we are aggressive during such times, nerves are agitated and organic body gets hurt. So festivities is especially the time to be compassionate to ourselves first, before taking care of the family. Women over 40, who are in menstruation, pre-menstrual or in menopause, should focus on - Lengthening the abdomen-  Lengthening the spine- Relaxing the pelvic region without any aggression even though legs are working in asanas like Supta Padangustasana 2Self-Practice during Festivals or engagements that keep you busier than usual - 1.    Each...


Intermediate Class – work on perception and intelligence

Question: Many times, we feel that we are aligned properly as per the teacher's instructions, yet we are unable to do the final asana. Why is that? Answer: We have to work on our perception and intelligence. Our perception about ourselves and people around us guides our decisions in life. For example, sometimes we perceive that our family needs our support and we work hard towards providing it just like the shoulders work to support the neck in Sirsasana. In the process, we might overburden ourselves and our loved ones just like many of us burden our neck and hurt it in Sirsasana. We need to step back and intelligently observe and reflect on our perceptions. What is your perception of your body and the asana? We need to...


Women’s Health Class – Inner fire

Question: Ma'am, What is the 'Inner fire' that you refer to in the classes? Answer: As we age, we tend to sag in our abdomen, especially women face this struggle. This is because the area becomes so lethargic that even our food does not digest well. This lethargy needs to be replaced with the digestive fire. Just 3 minutes of Suryanamaskar every day, the simple traditional asanas that we do in class and eating light and early dinners help us ignite the fire within and maintain our body weight. Lethargy and dullness are a trait of Tamasic nature. We must convert this into something more positive. Exhaling a bit more in our asanas help us with it. When we use our breath in asana practise, we systematically open the muscles and nerves, and this is where you...


Women’s Health – Bring stability

Question: In asana practice how to bring about stability in our body? Answer: The rainy weather may tend to make our body very lethargic. So, it’s vital to focus on flexibility and extensions with breath awareness. There are certain energy points in our body. In this weather, we focus on and activate the energy point located at the lower abdomen area by lengthening and widening the lower abdomen, and thighs. The lower body is the base of our body which helps us with grounding and stability. Our 3 organs of actions (the leg and 2 excretory organs) are located here. Dullness and inactivity disturb the balance in the lower abdomen. Any issues like digestive problems, menstrual problems, anxiety, mood swings, indecisiveness are symptomatic for unstable lower body leading to...