The Transformation of Yoga in Western Culture

This September “Canadian Yogi” is focusing on how yoga is being transformed as its popularity grows in the West. I have also put my inputs and shared my thoughts about my experience and beliefs regarding the transformation of yoga as a whole in western culture. I go in depth about the different extensions of yoga such as animal yoga, substance yoga, hot yoga etc… and shared some of my opinions and concerns regarding the growing popularity of these practices. 🧘🏽‍♀️🙏🏽 Often, the question raised is how far these new streams can depart from traditional practice and still remain yoga. Read on to see what all authors have to say and to spark your own thoughts on the changes we’re seeing.

Yoga Classes for Seniors

Yoga4U at Brampton Soccer Centre every Wednesday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Free Yoga Classes for Senior Citizens organized by GIDSS Canada.

GIDSS is a Canadian Charity working for the benefit of seniors, youth, women and newcomers – believes in Truth, Nonviolence and working to build a healthy, safe and prosperous Canada. It has been working in Collaboration with Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, City of Brampton and many business and nonprofit organizations. Special thanks to the Government of Canada and City of Brampton for the support.

These classes are designed to improve strength, flexibility and overall mobility. In this class you will have option for chair yoga as well which will help keep everyone safe and supported. Seniors yoga is very important for flexibility and to maintain mobility. Different asana’s benefit gut health, strengthen spine and exercise breathing through pranayama.

GREET YOUR DAY

Your daily ritual may involve getting up to an alarm, rushing to shower, dress and eat and then rushing to work. For a change, begin your day with the sunrise, Mother Nature’s daily expression of hope and celebration of new beginnings.

You may already getting up early enough to see the sunrise, but chances are you are busy getting ready for work. If so, try this meditation on the weekend.

Begin your day around 5:00 am. Greet the first light with prayer and meditation. Greeting the dawn is a wonderful way to begin your day – in sync with the rhythms of nature and in touch with your spirit.

Outdoor Meditation At Sunrise

Find a spot facing east and take your seat just before sunrise. Take a few deep breaths and settle into a comfortable position. Bring your attention to the sounds of the birds, the earth below you and the sky above. Feel your own energy and be conscious that you are beautiful, you are unique.

As the sky lightens in the east and the night gives way to day, let go of yesterday. Greet the morning with tenderness and feel towards yourself and others. Acknowledge your past and celebrate a new beginning.

Sit in quiet contemplation until you are ready to start the day.

How tight hips related to our emotions and how to release the tension from our body:

One of the greatest reasons of practicing yoga is that it connects us with our mind,  body and soul. 

In my yoga class, I see many students with the tight hips. With the proper yoga sequence, poses and regular practice, you can release the tightness. 

But the real problem is not our body, it’s our mind. We have a tendency of holding everything inside. We do not let things go that easily. Whether it’s physical things, emotions or grudges – we don’t let go. And it will eventually reflect on our body. 

When you find you have tight hips, that means you hold your emotions inside and you don’t let old things go. Our body is our temple. It’s our responsibility to clean our home and the same way we have to clean our body as well as clear our mind. It is so that our soul can reside in peacefully. If you see clutter in the house and if you don’t do anything to clear that clutter, you will find dust eventually. Same way if we keep grudges inside our mind, eventually there will be clutter of so many negative thoughts and emotions which can turn into tumour. 

So now the real question is how to work on this old pattern of holding emotions/grudges inside. Grab a person you see next time, tell him/her how you feel for him/her. Untie the knot without thinking of the consequences. And if the person is out of your reach, remember this person, bring him in your awareness and pray for this person to be happy, healthy and then let this person go. This is a process of letting things go from your mind from your awareness. 

We should do whatever is in our hand or in our reach to be happy and healthy. Health is not only related to the body but the biggest part is our mind our emotions.

As per Sadhguru, past is your memory, tomorrow is ur imagination or expectation, present is the real so be in this moment live in this moment.

It’s never late to start something good. 😀👍

Inverted Yogasanas

Inverted Asanas reverse the action of gravity on the body. It is refreshing and revitalizing. Inverted Asanas, improve health, reduce anxiety and stress, and increase self confidence. They also increase mental power, concentration and the capacity to sustain large workloads without strain. When we go upside down, the world appears to be inverted. The brain is flushed with nourishing blood, the mind clears, the nerves quiet down, and everything seems to become more still yet awake, offering a graceful invitation to meditation.

Inverted Yoga Poses for Beginner

Improve Circulation: Inverted Asanas encourage blood to flow to the brain, nourishing the neurones and flushing out toxins. This process nourishes the cells of the whole human organism.

Improve Balance: When you find balance in inverted asanas, will help bring balance into your life off the mat as well. Holding an inversion requires patience, practice, and being present in the moment. These all qualities will bring balance in your body and eventually in your life.

Increase Core Strength: In order to stay balanced in an inversion, you must rely on upper body strength. To hold the poses, the core muscles must be engaged while the arm muscles work their very hardest.

Increase Immunity & Energy: While the body is in an inverted asana, the breath becomes slow and deep, maximizing the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen, and generally encouraging correct respiration. Also, the abdominal organs receives a powerful massage, helping them to perform their functions more efficiently. When blood rushes to the brain, it stimulating and invigorating the entire body. This rush of blood gives the body an energy boost and also increases alertness and focus. 

Bring Relaxation: The parasympathetic nervous system is activated in inverted postures, which helps calm the body and mind and give you a sense of balance and peace.

Contra-indications: People with heart conditions, high bp, back conditions, arteriosclerosis, glaucoma, an active ear infection or any other disease of the brain, cervical problems, pregnancy and menstruation should not practice Inverted Asanas.

What to eat before and after a Yoga class

What Should You Eat Before And After Yoga?

Yoga And Diet:

If you want to succeed in your yoga practice, you need to fuel your body with the proper nutrients. Yoga will give you overall body strength, but without protein, your muscles will not develop and you will feel weak throughout your practice and daily life. 

 What To Eat Before a Yoga Class

  • If you are attending an evening class, eat a small snack 60-90 minutes before class. Make sure you’ve eaten throughout the day, but this small snack will sustain you and give you the energy you need to push through after a long day. 
  • If you are going to a morning class, eat half a banana or a handful of berries at least 30+ minutes prior. If you are looking for a quick and easy pre-yoga breakfast, a protein shake is a good option or drink a glass of almond milk or juice to give you some sugar and calories for energy.
  • Don’t eat a large meal prior to class. If your stomach is full, you will have a hard time engaging your core, poses will be harder to get into, and you risk getting an upset stomach. Make sure your last meal was at least one and half hour prior to class so your body has had a chance to digest, and choose something easy to digest.
  • Drink at least 8 ounces of water 30 minutes before class 
  • Don’t drink a lot of caffeine prior to class

1. Avocados: Leads to proper functioning of muscles and cells in the human body. Besides, avocados are easy to digest and keep you full for quite some time. The healthy fat found in avocados helps reduce bad cholesterol.

2. Bananas: Available all round the year, are cheap, rich in nutrients and an ideal pre-workout snack. You can have it with salads or use it to make yummy smoothies.

3. Fruit Smoothies: Made at home can be the ideal pre-workout food, and that holds true also for yoga practitioners. Smoothies provide adequate nutrition and hydrate the body at the same time. You may use fruits like pineapple, apple, orange, melon, and kiwi, for example. Using fat-free yogurt will be a good idea to make healthy low-fat smoothies. It is better that you do not mix additional sugar while making smoothies. The natural sugar in fruits should suffice.

4. Apples: Are alkaline fruits and help counter acidity developing in the stomach. They also contain natural sugars and lots of fiber. Eating apples also keeps your body hydrated. The vitamin C in Apple gives your body an energy boost which is ideal before a workout.

5. Yogurt: Is delicious and can be eaten in a number of ways. You can have it alone or blend with fruits to make smoothies. Some people even take it with oats. Before going for a yoga session, simply take some low fat or zero fat yogurt. This will give you the energy you need!

6. Almonds: Eating raw almonds can give you just the energy boost you need before yoga classes. You can try eating soaked almonds. Do not opt for the salted variety available in the market at any cost. Organic, raw almonds are the best option for you. Almonds contain vitamin E, magnesium and healthy fats.

7. Raisins: Taste great and offer you energy in the forms of natural sugars. 

8. Dried Fruit And Nut Bar: Ensure the bar does not have a calorie count exceeding 300. It will offer you enough energy for the session.

9. Berries: Are replete with vitamins and antioxidants. They are also rich in fiber. The natural sugar content in the fruits will keep you energized.

10. Oatmeal: Eating a bowl of oatmeal before you leave, is easy to digest and rich in fibers. If necessary, you can put in a spoon of yogurt in the bowl or drop a small amount of honey to add to the taste.

What to Eat After a Yoga Class

  • Eat a nutritious meal after class. 
  • If it was a morning session, whip yourself up a two-egg omelet with fresh veggies like tomatoes and fresh fruit. 
  • If it was an evening class, make sure you are getting enough protein throughout the day so your muscles can repair and grow.
  • Don’t eat cookies or any junk food. While sugar is actually an important thing to consume after working out (insulin aids in repairing muscles), you want to make sure you are consuming unrefined sugars, such as oatmeal. If you have a sugar craving, try a bowl of oatmeal with a drizzle of pure maple syrup, a handful of blueberries and a dash of cinnamon.

1. Water: While you will need to eat after practicing yoga, it is even more important to provide hydration to the body. You need to drink plenty of water. Plain water is the best option for this. However, for a variation, you may drink coconut water sometimes. It is also okay to add a few drops of lemon to the water for a shot of vitamin C!

2. Fresh Fruit Juice: You can enjoy a large glass of fresh fruit juice after returning from the yoga classes. It is okay to try different fruits each day for a variety. Do not use additional sugar.

3. Homemade Vegetable Soup: You have burnt a lot of calories at the yoga session and it is necessary that you offer the body with plenty of nutrients with calories like homemade vegetable soup. You can use carrots, celery, spinach or cabbages to make such soups. Pour in your favourite vegetables and add black pepper and ginger for flavour. Making soups at home is better than buying them readymade, ready to heat products sold in stores which often contain excess amounts of sodium.

4. Toast With Banana And Almond Butter: This is ideal when you need a good dose of nutrition without taking extra calories. Use whole grain toast and bake them lightly in the toaster or microwave. Spread a liberal amount of almond butter on the toast and top with banana slices. You get protein, healthy fats and fiber in this snack.

5. Whole-Grain Toast With Scrambled Egg Whites: If you practice yoga in the daytime, this can be a great post workout snack. Egg whites contain protein and no cholesterol. The whole-grain breads contain complex carbohydrates and that will ensure you stay energized for a long time. 

6. Fresh Vegetable Salad: You can have a bowl of salad of fresh vegetables after returning from yoga classes. You can use dark leafy vegetables and using organic vegetables is the best option. Use pepper powder or cilantro, chopped on top or pour a few drops of extra virgin olive oil to add to the taste.

Sources 

Radhakrishnan, Maanasi. What Should You Eat Before and After Yoga? StyleCraze. 
November 2nd2017. Web. Retrieved May 11th2019. https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/what-should-you-eat-before-and-after-yoga/#gref

Wilson, Samantha. What to Eat and Drink Before and After Yoga. YogiApproved. Web. Retrieved May 11th2019. https://www.yogiapproved.com/health-wellness/what-to-eat-and-drink-before-and-after-yoga/

Yoga Instructor Needed

We are looking for a female substitute Yoga Instructor, who is reliable, committed and can teach all levels of yoga including Pranayama & Meditation.

Class Type:Gentle, Power Flow, Core Strengthening, Detox Flow, Stretch & De-Stress, Yin Yoga.

Class time: Weekdays evening, Weekend Morning Classes 

Please email me your resume/details/Video at gpathak13@gmail.com

Yoga Instructor Needed

Hello,

We are looking for a female substitute Yoga Instructor, who is reliable, committed and can teach all levels of yoga including Pranayama & Meditation.

Class Type:Gentle, Power Flow, Core Strengthening, Detox Flow, Stretch & De-Stress, Yin Yoga.

Class time: Weekdays evening, Weekend Morning Classes 

Please email me your resume/details/Video at gpathak13@gmail.com

Prenatal Yoga Class

Yoga4U is pleased to announce that we are starting Prenatal Yoga Classes from May 1, 2019. Classes will be specifically designed and led by a Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor to ensure you feel safe and guided.

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Prenatal yoga benefits :

  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase the strength, flexibility 
  • Decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath

Classes are dedicated to strengthening your body and pelvic area. Yoga is also a great mediation and stress reliever.

Class Schedule:

Please fill out registration form & submit with payment before you start your class.

Payment options:

  1. Cash
  2. E-Transfer to gpathak13@yahoo.com
  3. Credit Card / Debit Card

Book Your Class – Book Your Class Here.