Author Archives : Dhanashree Rao

Bhramari Pranayama – de-stress & calm an anxious mind


When you want to do something to instantly calm your mind, Bhramari pranayama is your best choice. It is an excellent breathing practice to rid your mind of anger, anxiety and frustration. It is a simple, easy-to-do technique and you get hooked on to it. Bhramari is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Bhramar’, which means a black Indian humming bee.…

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Ratha Saptami – World Sun Salutations Day


Every year on the day of Ratha Saptami, my students and I practice 108 Surya Namaskaras. We get up early in the morning and practice just when the Sun is about to rise. It is believed that the exposure to the early morning sun, especially on this day rejuvenates, energizes and purifies the mind and body. The preparations start about 3-4…

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Anandabalasana – Happy Baby pose


Ever seen a baby in a pose where it’s little hands are holding its toes and flashing a smile at you? If you notice, babies are in this pose almost all the time and they do it so easily! Babies love to be in this position and for them it comes very naturally and instinctively. Ananda – Happy, blissful Bala…

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Upavishta Konasana


My first experience doing Upavishta Konasana was an unforgettable one. It was in my dance class, my instructor demonstrated this pose and we looked on with our jaws dropped. We were totally inspired to get into the split. Although at that time, I wasn’t very flexible and was struggling to get at least half way there. It was intense! He…

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That’s how we ‘Plank’ – Santolanasana


Plank is a foundational pose. It teaches you to hold yourself together – like a sturdy wooden plank- giving you the power for complex asanas and the grace to glide with ease through transitions between asanas. Plank or Santolanasana helps in building abdominal strength. If you are a beginner, it is common to see yourself shaking in this practice 😉…

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Parshvakonasana – Extended side angle pose


Standing postures are grounding and help in centering. Parshvakonasana is one such standing pose which utilises most of the muscles in the body. Utthita – extended Parshva – side Kona – angle Asana – pose This pose is a regular in most classes. Be it Hatha, Vinyasa or Power Yoga classes, it is practised in the beginning of the class…

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Lemongrass Tea


Lemongrass has an earthy-lemony flavour. It is a tall, stick-like grass that is grown in regions where there is plenty of sun. It is commonly used for making teas, oils, aromatherapy and other medicinal purposes. The aroma lemongrass produces when the tea is being brewed is so garden-fresh and invigorating. Lemongrass has been used in India and other Asian countries…

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Bend like a Bow – Dhanurasana


Dhanu = Bow Asana = Posture This asana resembles the shape of a ‘bow’ or ‘dhanush’ and therefore has been named after that. The legs and the torso represent the body of the bow and the arms, the string. It is a classical Hatha Yoga posture and is a strong backbend. It is a wonderful heart-opening asana that builds courage,…

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Sthira Sukham Asanam


If you have read any book or article on Yoga or have been going to a Yoga class, you would have come across or heard the teacher quote ‘Sthira Sukham Asanam’ at least once. Ever wondered what it meant? This quote is a sutra from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and translates as ‘Asana should be stable and comfortable’. ‘Sthira’ means stable,…

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Ashtanga Namaskara


  ‘Ashtanga Namskara’ is also known as ‘eight-limbed salutation pose’ or in more simple terms, ‘kness – chest- chin’ pose. It is a part of Surya Namaskara and is the 6th pose in the cycle. ‘Ashta’, means ‘eight’. ‘Anga’, means ‘part’ or ‘limb’. ‘Namaskara’, means ‘salutation’. It is called “ashtanga’ because, in this pose, the body touches the ground in…

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