Self-Care in 60 seconds or Less for the Lower Body

A deep hamstring stretch can instantly change one’s state of mind to be more energetic and agile. these simple movements in the lower body may look easy but they hold potential to become your instant mood lifters. Do not miss the stretches you feel actively on other parts in the body while doing these movements. …

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Self-Care in 60 seconds or Less for Hands and Wrists

Don’t we often ignore working them out? here are some easy but amazingly effective movements for hands, wrists and arms that need no special time, clothing or props. Only an intent to be practiced as often as possible. Take a break from typing, relax your hands, wrists and arms with these movements. Like it. Repeat …

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Self-Care in 60 seconds or Less for the Back

In yoga, we learn that the back is the backbone of the human body but more often than not, people face back health issues irrespective of age. Slouching on the chair, incorrect back postures or lack of strengthening exercises for the back manifest smaller problems into big back health issues. Though, these movements are not …

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Self-Care in 60 seconds or less for Shoulders

These super quick and smooth shoulder movements are just what the doctor ordered for your busy day! Do them once, do them twice or do them multiple times – Your shoulders will not complain. Though I am highlighting the shoulders here but these stretches work wonderfully on the upper body. Don’t believe? Get off that …

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Self- Care in 60 seconds or Less for the Neck

They say neck is the power behind the head and they are not wrong! Chronic neck stiffness and pain are often due to lack of movement and wrong angles (especially while looking down at the phone for hours). I have put together these simple and easy neck movements which can be practiced anytime anywhere to …

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Self-Care in 60 seconds or less for Tired & Dry Eyes

“The Eyes are the windows to your soul” said ‘William Shakespeare’. There is no excuse to not care for these beautiful windows! In this short video (yes, it is really short!), I am sharing some #quick #eyerecharge #exercises that can be done anytime anywhere to bring relief to tired and dry eyes. Like It. Repeat …

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Say Yes to Chair Yoga During Pregnancy

In the last five years or so, I have seen considerable increase in the number of women turning to yoga during pregnancy. That is a sign of encouragement for facilitators like me 🙂 While there are many ways in which a pregnant woman can experience the practice but here I will briefly talk about chair …

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Should I or shouldn’t I practice yoga in my first trimester? and the answer is…..

Yes!** The miracle of birthing can only be experienced by a female. Doesn’t that make her the most privileged specie on this planet?  That time  in a woman’s life is the most beautiful but challenging at the same time. While she is given care and support by her loved ones, the medical team and all …

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Yoga works for polo players too

Manjeev, a professional polo player (Manjeev Natural Horsemanship), took to Yoga three years ago. His postures balancing, back pain, muscle stiffness and Sciatica issue have considerably improved. It is great to work with Polo Players, Manjeev and his wife Charlotte, who commit their faith and time but most importantly, their disciplined attitude towards bettering their …

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Top Tips for Expecting Mothers

#repost, #farmerymilk A Yoga Instructor shares her Top Tips for Expecting Mothers Farmery team caught up with Varuna Khullar, a certified Yoga Teacher, and Yogipreneur to understand the benefits Yoga can bring to expecting mothers. BONUS: Varuna shared 3 specific Yogasanas to help expecting moms in 2nd or 3rd semester. Varuna believes that Yoga deserves to …

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4 Simple Daily Mindfulness Bites

‘A yoga class at 9.30 am’ ‘Prepare morning meals before 9 am’ ‘Oh no, the phone is running out of battery, need to charge it’ ‘ Keep a close watch on the rice cooker, the grains should not be under or over cooked’ These are just a few of my interwoven thoughts every single day within …

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How to Start A Morning Yoga Routine – Guest Post

How to Start A Morning Yoga Routine Any time of day, yoga offers physical activity, reduces stress, and may help you sleep better at night. Practiced in the morning, yoga can be particularly beneficial, offering you a calming start to your day that can help you feel well centered throughout the day. Why You Should …

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A Yoga Nidra break is more powerful than a nap or a cup of coffee!

Yoga Nidra or the psychic sleep is a state between wakefulness and dream. Infact, didn’t we all do Yoga Nidra during our childhood at bedtime. In the state of half consciousness, our body used to be asleep but our mind was still caught up between the jungles and mountains of the fairy tale stories that our …

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If it doesn’t matter…get rid of it… (Part 2)

I heard the footsteps coming towards me. I knew it was her. As she smilingly opened the door, a wave of joy moved in me. I was sure of  giving her the freshest offerings. Only if my refrigerator could talk, I would have heard these words louder 🙂 De-Clutter The Fridge During my self – realization …

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If it doesn’t matter..get rid of it.. (Part 1)

Clutter! Ten years ago this word popped up images of torn or old clothes, broken household material, expired cosmetics and scrap in my mind.  I would get down to clearing them up by disposing or selling to scrap dealers and then feeling happy about it. Only that this happy state lasted for a short while …

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Destress in 30 Seconds or Less With Micro Meditation

#Destress in 30 Seconds or Less With Micro-#Meditation Sit comfortably on the chair and take a few deep ‪‎breaths, loosening up with each‪ ‎exhale‬. Think of someone who you love, and picture all of their good qualities and the reason why they make you happy. Absorb that energy and ‪happiness. Take a long breath again and …

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Have you tried the Colour Meditation yet

Red…Blue…Green..Silver..   Do you look your vibrant best in Red or does Black brings more confidence to you?  Just how deep is the ocean of colors so are its effects on us, our moods and thoughts.  Different colors have different significances and the ones that we like define our thinking or personality along with the …

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Wellness with V@Maruti Suzuki House, Gurgaon

 Juggling in a busy work life amidst the stress and performance pressures is no cakewalk. Health and well-being are so easily neglected due to lack of time and inability to follow a timed exercise regime. From a company’s point of view, it is imperative to manage the teams and their moods to ensure they are in their best …

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Have you tried Journaling for Releasing Emotional Stress?

More often than not, we have to deal with emotional stresses or negative moods due to work, family, kids, health, competition, society etc. Stress does not knock on our doors before coming however tackling it the right way, lies only in our hands.  How do we release our stresses? That is no big guess work! …

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Let Us Laugh A Little More! Celebrating the Spirit of World Laughter Day…

Celebrating the spirit of World Laughter Day! A medical doctor and the founder of worldwide Laughter Yoga movement, Dr. Madan Kataria conceptualized  the World Laughter Day on every first Sunday of the month May in 1998. Since then thousands of people across 105 countries in over 17,000 laughter clubs laugh together on this day for …

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Joyfulness Galore@adani Corporate House in Gurgaon

17th April 2016, Gurgaon: A woman is always an axis of her #home, #work, and #family. Hence her role play is multilayered and far more demanding. While it’s a tightrope walk for every working woman, taking out an extra special time for self-well-being is equally important. Women @adani Group managed to take out a time out for …

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Alum leads wellness workshop at protiviti gurgaon

I thank ‪#‎protiviti‬ – Yet Again! The whopping response and reverence I have come across during my incumbency with #protiviti was unprecedented and now this encouragement on its worldwide alumni network will be cherished forever…. Varuna joined our Protiviti member firm in Kuwait in 2012 to help revamp their marketing and communications strategy. For Varuna, it …

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V & protiviti Celebrates the Joy of Womanhood…

8th March 2016, Gurgaon: This  #women’s day was special..Though, each day is a celebration of womanhood in my opinion but few days – well you just feel like ‘earmarking’…. it was just two days before the international women’s day that I received a phone call from Bhavna – a fellow health enthusiast who requested for a …

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Becoming a Yogini on this Women’s Day:)

A YOGINI is Healthier… According to a study by North central University published in the International Journal of Yoga – Women who do yoga are healthier than the ones who don’t. This study just reinforces my own personal opinion and experience of regularly practising different aspects of Yoga since last 7 years. The Yoga Study Participants Researchers examined …

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Raahigiri makes way for Nilegiri in Gurgaon

31st Jan 2016: I believe in the fact that it only takes one person to bring a change and this belief was reinforced recently when Tarun Lakhwani from Omaxe The Nile RWA in Gurgaon contacted me for conducting a #laughteryoga session for the society residents on a Sunday morning. I was not very sure about his …

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#best of U 2nd Edition – They believed.bloomed. Will keep blossoming…

Sat, 16th Jan 2016 Gurgaon: While it saw cold winds and a thick smog to the day; 17th Jan 2016 also brought the warmth of giggles galore, group workout, creative hour and some mindfulness moments for #bestofu participants .  To add to the delight, #ClubFlorence  in Sector 56, Gurgaon perfected as the picturesque venue to hold the …

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Tanserv & Yoga with V Synergize for holistic wellness of employees

6th Jan 2016, Gurgaon: Thinking it to be yet another regular employee meet; Tanserv‘s 63 staff members reached the Pllazio Hotel Gurgaon from different parts of the country on 3rd Jan for its annual two – day (4th – 5th Jan 2016) town-hall event – ‘Synergize’. While they all were not too keen to begin the …

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Jungle Safari Session enchants Teachers during V’s Workshop

Gurgaon, 17th October 2015: “Oh, I never thought Yoga can be made so interesting”, “I cannot wait to get back to my classroom and start Yoga with my kids”, “Now, I know what will keep the children enthused for a yoga session” were just some of the candid testimonials after V’s special workshop with Pre School …

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Meet the Sheroes #Varuna Khullar.. Well, until sometime back, I was reading it and getting inspired by some courageous moves by my own community..today, I feel even more bonded with the #SHEROESIndia community..and look forward to becoming partners in bringing out the best of talents, which are often hidden somewhere under the layers of societal …

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V@Bengaluru = Health & Happiness!

August 25, 2015: The ‪#‎FIRST‬ ‪#‎International Laughter Yoga Festival @ ‪#‎Bengaluru‬ became a nexus of Cultural Diversity, Emotional Bonding, Knowledge Sharing, Exchange of Ideas and much more. While V fully capitalized on the opportunity of learning and sharing new exercises, wellness programs backed by proven scientific researches and moments of camaraderie, she also joined the IT …

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V’s Children Happiness Program in GEMS’ Schools (Punjab, India)

Yoga & Laughter joyfully blends during Yoga with V’s Sessions in Punjab Schools Punjab, 8th August 2015: The walls of #GEMS Education’s schools in Dasuya & Hoshiarpur reverberated with thousands of laughs, chants and mindfulness  moments during  Yoga with V’s  yoga sessions held from 6th – 8th August, 2015. In one-of-its-kind unique initiative, over 4,500 …

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V’s Corporate Happiness Program at Compass Point (Gurgaon, India)

Gurgaon, 5th August 2015: 60 minutes of laughing, chanting, team bonding and binding was witnessed during Yoga with V’s Laughter Yoga session held at Compass Point ‘s Gurgaon office. Yoga with V teamed up with the company’s HR with an objective of addressing a corporate executive’s alarming lifestyle issues of high – voltage stress, low …

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Parsvottasana or the Intense Side Stretch Pose

Need intense side stretching? Try the Parsvottasana. Tricky but if done with the correct technique, this is an amazing pose to stretch, relax and strengthen the body at the same time. Benefits: Improves the posture and balance Stretches the spine, shoulders, hips Makes the legs strong Calms the mind Liked the image? Download it for free …

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I love me…

When was the last time you said that to yourself?  Just the other day, I connected with a friend after a long time – A successful interior designer, good clientele, two kids, good physical health, yearly vacations, latest gadget in hand, active social life. Doesn’t it all sound perfect? It did to me until she opened …

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Saying YES to Flexi Working!

  ‘Flexibility is the new buzzword’ for the Corporate India.  Gone are the days when motherhood or a break from work meant an end to a woman’s ambitions to rub shoulders with her male counterpart. Today’s working woman is savvy, hands-on, an asset AND a mother too! From a large conglomerate to a start-up; organizations are increasingly realizing …

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Effects of Laughter Yoga on stress in the workplace

                 SVYASA RESEARCH INSTITUTE: In Bengaluru India is one of the world’s leading Yoga Research Organizations: Recognized as ‘Scientific & Industrial Research Organization, (SIRO)’ by  Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India Work includes studies on the effects of yoga on computer …

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Gunas Tripod

Have you ever paused and thought why is it that some of us are always full of energy, up for almost everything, while some of us are lazy, find excuses or procrastinate. There might be some innate body philosophy behind it. Something similar, rather a strong resemblance to the Doshas (Pitta, Kapha & Vat) are the …

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Did you know?

  The Nasagra Mudra is always made with the right hand because as per the Pranic energy level, right hand means giving and aids in controlling the breath of the nostrils while the left hand symbolizes taking or receiving the energy.

Beautiful is you!

Elizabeth Ann “Lizzie” Velásquez is an American woman whose extremely rare medical condition has led her to become an author and motivational speaker.Elizabeth Ann “Lizzie” Velásquez is an American woman whose extremely rare medical condition has led her to become an author and motivational speaker.

Top 15 fat burning drinks

Weight loss can be a long daunting process especially to those who lack patience and discipline. Sadly that’s the way to lose weight – persistence, obedience and sacrifice. But there are ‘cheats’ that can speed up weight loss; one such way is with weight loss drinks. So, try these 15 fat burning drinks, if you want to lose …

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2014. healthy. sturdy. go!

I will stop eating chocolates..got to start morning walk…Pens down at 5 pm, Come what may :)..Weekends only with family..and so on.. With new year comes new resolutions, commitments to self & loved ones.   How it happens – We begin the year on a ballistic note…start slowing down after taking the first few steps …

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tuesdays with Morrie

What a classic piece of writing from Mitch Albom. Seeing life through the eyes of a person,  moving a step closer everyday towards embracing his death.  “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live ” – hard-hitting! Isn’t it? Must read!

Running is Good – Try it!

Running is one of the most natural forms of exercise. Our ancestors did it, hunting, gathering and honing their bodies for survival. Most athletes use it to warm up before their preferred sport. And as exercises go, it’s low maintenance – all you need is a place to run, really. – Read more here 

Must see

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Am I angry today?

Is it okay to get angry sometimes? Is anger an outright negative emotion?  Should we not get angry ever? Can there be any positive effects of getting angry too? Would it not sound like a white lie if someone said that he / she never got angry over something or on a loved one? The …

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do not miss

Couldn’t help posting a word about this Delhi based NGO aiding the acid attack survivors victimized in the name of  family feuds, domestic fights, love gone wrong or simply in the heat of the moment.Take some time out to read the real life stories of acid attacked victims self-narrated in the hope of support, financial …

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so why do women carry large handbags anyway? 🙂

Phew!..how to make men understand the concept and necessity of possessing cave sized hand-bags. Every bit of reasoning in this article is like so true to the core..the writer here seems to have closely observed the evolvement of hand-bags in his wife’s closet to write this really tickling piece..worth a read! http://therodinhoods.com/forum/topics/women-large-handbags

Melody update

Very soulful and rhythmic number, hit upon me ever since I first heard it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV3mP8Lo4lU&w=560&h=315

Khalil Gibran

One has to read it to understand the meaning behind the parables and sayings beautifully illustrated through visuals. One of the finest pieces of writing that I have read lately. Free Reading Copy can be found here: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks05/0500631h.html

Oat Pot

Take a break from taking oats the usual way. Find some interesting and healthy Oats recipes here to complete the nutrition component in your diet.  

World Happiness Report

Hence Proved: A country’s GNP, higher salaries and flexible working hours may not be the only indicators of  its happiness state. USA does not even figure in the Top 10 happiest countries.. So, which are the top 10 Hahaha countries? Read the full article here http://www.miratelinc.com/blog/canada-ranks-5th-in-world-happiness-report/

It’s all the small stuff

During my recent trip to India; couldn’t help myself off the book shelf at the airport.. This one was worth the buy and is becoming hard to put down…It is actually very simple…all the simpleton things which we already know to live our lives peacefully have been simply put together by Richard but what makes …

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Just 20 minutes of yoga significantly improves brain function

WASHINGTON: A new study has suggested that doing yoga for as little as 20 minutes may be able to boost your brain power.Researchers found that subjects who participated in a single yoga session had better speed and accuracy scores on working memory and inhibitory control tests than after they tried an aerobic exercise session of …

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Beanie Bean!

  They say making others laugh is not easy but this man  was born to make people laugh and laugh more….No matter, you are in what mood, Mr. Bean will never fail in bringing that wide curve to your lips…Listed among the top 50 comedians ever by The Observer, the exuberance of Mr. Bean series …

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Take Time

Take time to THINK It is the source of power. Take time to PLAY It is the secret of perpetual youth. Take time to READ It is the fountain of wisdom. Take time to PRAY It is the greatest power on earth. Take time to LOVE AND BE LOVED It is a God – given …

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yummz

Vegetable Kathi Roll is an easy Indian food recipe prepared with whole wheat rotis and mixed vegetable filling. This works as a healthy appetizer for those suffering from hypertension. For the dough  Wheat flour   – 1 cup Salt – a pinch Lemon juice   – ½ lemon For the filling Carrots (diced) – ½ cup French beans (chopped) …

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The story of Curly Hair

What happens when a man asks a yogi to gift him a GENIE! Read an interesting story here http://www.yogalifestylecoach.com/curlyhair.html about a man, a yogi and a curly hair 🙂

Breakfast with Rye!

Breakfast is a very important meal and for me, it makes my mood for the day 🙂  I purchased rye flakes a month back and found them sadly looking at me every morning from inside the glass blue jar until one fine day, I finally decided to do something with them. Experimented something recently and …

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Yoga at your desk

      There is a solution for every problem! If you cannot bring your time to the yoga mat, take yoga to your desk.  Below exercises come handy for internet addicts or if you are sitting in your car or on your chair. Try it, you won’t regret it. Deep Breathing – While seated …

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Love Calculator

“Made for Each other”, “Oh, you are a perfect couple”, “hurray, you are in love!!”..aren’t we bored of such randomly fed answers thrown at us by numerous love meters..ya, ya…who believes in them, anyway:) How about trying a funny love calculator for a change..discover if you are a nerd coping up with a Town Goon …

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“Yoga by the beach”

A perfect Friday morning, sunny weather,  a small green grass patch overlooking the aqua blue sea which was occupied by few swimmers and surfers set the mood for the meditation by  beach session of  ‘Yoga with V’. Yoginis reached dot on time braced with their yoga mats, home made delicacies and loads of smile and …

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20 Golden Eating Habits by Swami Sivananda

 golden dietetic rules from the great Swami Sivananda. Nowhere, it is said that we need to follow all twenty all the time…Even if we can adopt a few and blend in sometimes with our detoxification routine, we will get the benefits of these golden food rules. Beware of false hunger, eat only when hungry Eat …

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Soulful Snatam!

Beautiful..soulful…sugar coated voice…Snatam’s music is indeed mesmerizing and soothing…I often play Snatam’s beautifully rendered Shabads and trance for my meditation sessions… Drop your shoes..switch off the phones and turn on Snatam’s Music next time you feel like relaxing… http://www.snatamkaur.com/

Life Changing Thoughts by Sh. Sh. Ravi Shankar

The more I hear him, less it is.. Sh. Sh. Ravi Shankar has won many a hearts around the globe with his charismatic appeal..An icon in himself; Sh. Sh’s short capsules on Mediatation, life and kriyas are truly inspiring. Luv reading his books, personal fav –  Buddha – manifestation of Silence featuring anecdotes from Buddha’s Life which helps you …

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Have you tried Meditation through Colours yet?

Red…Blue…Green..Silver.. were some of the colours which the Yoginis visualized for self healing in a recent meditation session held at ‘Yoga with V’. Yoginis imagined their favourite colours and were led by the instructor to concentrate within for deep relaxation, cleansing of chakras and recharging their bodies and souls…After the 30 minute session, while one …

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The Fakir!

During my last year’s visit to Shirdi (Mumbai, India) with friends, I accidently walked into a local library just before we were scheduled to take Sai baba’s Darshan later in the evening.  The shinning bright cover of this book and the short title caught my fascination at the first look..I drew a chair and decided …

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Ho Ho Hahaha!

Yesterday’s session at ‘Yoga with V’  was simply electrifying..roars of  ‘Ho Ho Haha’   filled the room when Yoginis tried the Laughter yoga for the first time..It was a delight to see how hesitant smiles quickly transformed into wide laughs, giggles and occasional laughter burst outs…Yoginis indulged in special exercises like Shake Hand Laugh, Milk …

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Discover your Positive or Negative score!

10-30: Oops! It feels that a rain cloud hangs over your head all day. You have gotten yourself into the habit of seeing things as your fault and you’ ve learned to give up your control in many situations. Don’t be disheartened. Follow simple lifestyle tips given in the blog and see the change coming …

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