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November 14, 20172

Correct adjustment and discussion of Parvatasana 

According to yoga, weakness of the body in any form can be removed through the practise of asanas. Patanjali says in the Yoga Sutras: „Sthiram Sukham Aasanam“. When we can hold a pose for a long period of time, without any tension or discomfort, this state is called asana.

Today, we look at Parvatasana which is also known and translated as Mountain Pose. To clarify this pose one needs to know that there are two types of Mountain Poses.

One of them is the standing Mountain Pose called Tadasana. The other one is Parvatasana, the grounded mountain, which we will discuss.

In Parvatasana our body resembles the shape of a mountain: Legs, back and arms build the sides of the mountain and our buttocks the top.

Parvatasana is often practised wrong or thought to be downward facing dog.

In this section, you will find the step by step asana tutorial for Parvatasana:

We start in tabletop position or cat and cow pose. Do a few rounds of curving your spine. Ideally, you should rotate your wrists and ankles prior to attempting the pose to prevent strain.

Step 1:

Relax your spine. Close your feet and knees together. Now adjust your hands: they should be right under your shoulders in one line.

Step 2:

On your next exhalation tuck your toes in and lift your knees off the mat. Push your buttocks up and activate your kneecaps.

Step 3:

Straighten your legs, they should be in one line. Feet and legs remain together. Now, try to reach your heels onto the mat. Keep your arms active.

Try to touch the crown of your head onto the mat.

If you cannot touch your heals onto the mat, walk on the spot and try to increase the flexibility of your calves.

This is the final pose: hold the posture for 1 minute while breathing normally.

 

Benefits of Parvatasana

  • Strengthens to muscles of the shoulders, arms, and legs
  • Increases flexibility in the spine, hamstrings, and calves
  • Tones the spinal nerves and balances the nervous system
  • Improves the blood circulation to the brain

 

Contraindications of Parvatasana

This posture should be avoided in case of the wrist, hip or ankle injury.

It should not be practised by people who suffer from spinal disorders.

 

To make sure you practise this pose correctly you can join our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India!

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November 13, 20170

Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga India Foundation

Dear November Yoga Students,

How are you doing today?

You have already been with us for two weeks and you have two more weeks to go.

Doing a 200 or 300 Hour Yoga Teacher is a big challenge on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual Level.

We have created this blog post to provide a platform for you. Please share your thoughts about your Yoga Teacher Training with us.

What have you liked so far and what have you found most challenging?

Is there anything specific you would like to learn or do within the next two weeks?

From our side, we are enjoying this month with you a lot!

Yesterday, we went to explore the mountains & waterfalls around and today we are back in class since early morning.

Thanks for choosing us!

 

Om Shanti,

Your Yoga India Foundation Team

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November 13, 20173

Hatha Yoga was introduced more than 5000 years ago in the ancient yogic texts called Vedas.
The word Hatha comes from Ha which means Sun and Tha which means Moon. Hatha yoga connects
energizing movements (sun) with relaxing postures (moon) to receive the most harmonizing and
balancing effects. When the energies are balanced one experiences good health and a happy life.
According to Hatha Yoga, our body is a highly sensitive energy system. Too little movement (tamas)
can lead to a dull mind and heavy body. Excess energy (rajas) results in a restless body and angry
mind. The state of perfect energetic well-being is called sattva: this is the goal of hatha yoga. Health
and vitality are experienced. The mind is alert and light.
Hatha Yoga is often much slower than Ashtanga Yoga which doesn’t mean that it isn’t as effective. It
is challenging, soft and stimulating. Great attention is paid to connecting the breath with the
movements.

Yoga Teacher Training

Real Hatha Yoga can only be learned in a traditional Yoga Teacher Training in India. Complete
surrender and the willpower to self-grow are the foundational stones for an individual yogic journey.
There different programs to chose from the first level is called a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
A 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is a highly intensive 4-week yoga course that will cover all
main areas of hatha yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, cleansing techniques and yogic philosophy.
You will, for example, learn about the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Sanskrit manual about Hatha
yoga, written by Swami Svatmarama.
A Yoga Teacher Training India opens the doors to a peaceful and healthy life.
Nowadays, all is going very fast. In the Western societies, we have an excess of everything. If we
don’t like something, it is thrown away and replaced. This applied to items, food, and
relationships.
A 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training can help you to value what you have already. You will
understand that the mind can never be satisfied.
By understanding the mind and its tricks, you can overcome suffering, pain and emotional
attachment.
During your Yoga Teacher Training in India, will not only learn hatha yoga but also discover
yourself new in different ways and situations.
India is a magical country. It is said to be a holy country and the birthplace of yoga,
spirituality and mental stability.
Once you complete your 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, you get to teach yoga
internationally and share your passion with others as well.

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November 10, 20172

India is the source country of all yoga forms we know today. Yoga has gained extreme
popularity in the past decade. The global offer of classes, courses, and retreats is immense.
Let’s not forget that yoga was introduced in the Vedic text in India at first more than 5000
years ago. Here, we explain the benefits of your Yoga Teacher Training in India.

1.Learn from the wisest Yoga Gurus who live Yoga by heart

In India, you will find real and very knowledgeable yoga instructors and masters who can
guide you along your journey towards self-discovery. As Yoga has arisen here thousands of
years ago, its the country that provides the best course content and teachers. Most gurus
have practiced and live yoga for many lives already. To complete a Yoga Teacher Training in
India means that you learn from the best of the best.

2. India provides a high vibrational, natural environment without the luxuries of mod. society

A Yoga Teacher Training in India covers all aspects of yoga such as yoga asana, pranayama,
meditation, yogic philosophy, and anatomy. You will learn all about the yoga lifestyle,
Ayurveda and Western life applications. India has the most peaceful and most positive
vibration worldwide. Here, thousands of Sadhus meditate on the banks of the holy river
The Ganges many hours every day. If you join a Yoga Teacher Training in India, you will be
situated in a natural space. Most likely, the view around your ashram will be beautiful and
you can listen to the birds and peacocks. Joining a Yoga in India won’t be a
luxury holiday. You will live in basic accommodations without the unnecessary comforting
details that our modern society. This can have a very grounding and balancing effect on you.

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3.The 200 Hour Certification is valid worldwide and is internationally respected

After completing your 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India, you will receive a Yoga
Alliance certification. Yoga Alliance is the world biggest yoga instructor organization. With a
Yoga Alliance certification you can obtain a career and teach yoga internationally without
any restrictions.

4. A Yoga TTC in India is cheaper than in any other country

Unlike any other country, you can find the best Yoga Teacher Training in India for the best
price. Accommodation, food and staff expenses are very little compared in Europe, Australia,
and America. For around 1500 to 2000 $ (50$ per day) you will find an excellent Yoga Teacher Training in
India including course materials, food, and accommodation. You get much more than what
you pay for. Actually, the value of what you receive out of a Yoga Teacher Training in India
cannot be calculated.