Punyah Yoga Blog


  • Post by Mavy
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  • 25 Jul 2019

Padangusthasana is one of the most popular forward fold asanas in yoga that always feels wonderful to surrender to. It is the first asana you enter to after you complete your sun salutations in Ashtanga Yoga.

Benefits of this asana: It works on loosening the hamstring and calf muscles. This asana has wonderful and beneficial effects on the digestive system. It is good for anxiety as well! The breath will get smoother and longer, which relaxes the body more and more

Let’s dive into how to correctly do this pose! Read More

What Is Dristi

  • Post by Mavy
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  • 18 Jul 2019

Dristi means 'vision' or 'insight'. In Ashtanga yoga, it corresponds both to a specific gazing point during the practice as well as the feeling or sense that accompanies the gaze.

There are 9 Dristis in asana practice, which include:

  • Urdhva (upward)
  • Bhrumadhya (third eye)
  • Nasagrai (tip of the nose)
  • Parsva (right side)
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The Practice

  • Post by Mavy
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  • 17 Jul 2019

Hemant Singh, the founder of Punyah Yoga, wants to share his thoughts on establishing one's daily practice of Ashtanga yoga for beginners.

To start, it is important that you learn and practice under the guidance of a regular practitioner. Choose one who has studied the Ashtanga method from the right source and Paramapara (which is Sanskrit for lineage).

Make it a habit of going to a yoga studio/centre near you and try to show up each and every day, regardless of how good or bad you do in the class. Ego might come faster than you think. You might want to enter into a particular pose from the first day just by looking around and seeing other regular practitioners. Read More

Yoga and 2 Different Yoga Types Explained

  • Post by Mavy
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  • 25 Jun 2019

What is Yoga?
Yoga means “yoke.” No matter what type of yoga you are practising, the definition is always rooted in the word yoke. It is a union between the mind, body, soul, and supreme higher consciousness.

An important definition of yoga was given in the Bhagavad Gita when Lord Krishna said: “Samatvam Yoga Uchyate.” which means 'The balance of our own existence is yoga'. When everything is truly in balance, not only our body but our thoughts and emotions as well, then yoga is achieved.

Lord Krishna defines yoga a second time in the Bhagavad Gita as “Yoga Karmasu Kaushalam.” Here it means 'Yoga is perfectly skilled action or behaviour'. Read More

What is Ashtanga Yoga and What is a Class Like

  • Post by Mavy
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  • 10 Jun 2019

There are many yoga studios and shalas in Rishikesh that offer Ashtanga courses. However, not all strictly teach according to tradition and lineage.

At Punyah Yoga, we are one of the few in Rishikesh that teach Ashtanga Yoga stringently as taught by Pattabhi Jois. We teach as it was taught with no modifications. We do not skip postures, nor do we change asanas.

Students of our Ashtanga classes are expected to attempt every asana - even the most difficult postures. There is also Sanskrit counting and focus is on the breath and on gazing points. Read More

Who Is Cooking Your Food

  • Post by Mavy
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  • 16 May 2019

All of our teacher training certification programs and courses come with food and accommodation included. Punyah Yoga provides two meals a day for our students: brunch and dinner. These two meals are substantial and are part of the yogic diet. We know you might have some qualms or worries about the food here, so we wanted to share more about the provided meals and about who is cooking your food.

Meet The Head Chef Who Cooks Up A Storm!
Meet Chandra Adhikari. Chandra, who commonly goes by her nickname Channa, is the mastermind behind all the culinary delights at Punyah Yoga. She learned to cook from her mother and eventually fell in love with the kitchen at twelve years old. Channa has a vast wealth of knowledge about every ingredient she cooks with... Read More

The Story Behind the name Punyah Yoga

  • Post by Mavy
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  • 09 May 2019

When the founders of Punyah Yoga decided to open a yoga shala in Rishikesh, they had quite a brainstorming session! What would be the perfect name for the shala? There were many different ideas on the table and weeks went by as they discussed the merits of different options. But when the word “Punyah” was brought up one day, it was immediately seen as the perfect fit.

In India, the word punyah is very common. Most parents will say it to their children every day. When they are going to visit a temple, or do a puja ceremony, or are fasting for a purpose - they will say that they are doing punyah karma. It can also be used while engaging in service, prayer, or charity work... Read More

Is A Yoga Teacher Training in India Right for You?

  • Post by Mavy
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  • 03 May 2019

“What should I expect?” is one of the many questions people around the world ask before booking a course with us or before coming to a class. We know that India is likely very far from your home. Australia, Russia and the United States are indeed quite far away, and it’s natural to have a lot of questions before making a commitment to coming to India.

Here at Punyah yoga, we prioritize the comfort of our students and strive to create an environment that is relaxing and serene while also stimulating the spiritual side of our students with the atmosphere and with open discussions. We want to accommodate our students who are used to western cleanliness and comforts, so our facilities are all clean and westernized, complete with hot water... Read More

Rishikesh the Yoga Capital of the World

  • Post by Mavy
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  • 03 May 2019

Rishikesh is commonly referred to as the Yoga Capital of the World. But to some, Rishikesh is just another city in India— a far-off country that can be intimidating to imagine visiting.

Some people also, when thinking of doing yoga in India, are unsure of what the teaching style will be like. They may only be familiar with yoga classes in the West with Western teachers. It can be difficult to imagine showing up in a new country, with new teachers, at a new yoga shala unsure of what to expect.

We here at Punyah Yoga wanted to share our thoughts on what yoga in Rishikesh is really like.. Read More