A monograph on the much debated topic of yoga and cancer, on health, and how, awareness and education can bring health back into our lives. For a Yoga and cancer protocol, see the end of the article.

Is there a cure for cancer?

The jury, so to speak, is out on this one, and has been for some time.

In the meanwhile, using the framework of yoga, my own personal experience and the knowledge that surrounds us and has been part of human tradition since the beginning of time, here are a few thoughts.

As someone wise said, the best way to cure cancer, is to never get it. Prevention, the old English saying goes, is better than cure.

However, this is about those who have unfortunately got cancer, or who have thankfully got remission from it.

Yoga can help peop...

​​Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.

Greetings at the onset of a brand new year!

New Year?

Hmmm..

When does a new year begin?

When do we actually say Happy New Year?

To think about it, does New Year happen only on 1 January every year?

I took some time out to reflect on this whole idea of a new year, and came up with some thoughts. Here they are.

In the deep, dark forests of the Amazon and in the unexplored wilderness of Africa, the onset of the rains, or the first blossoms on fruit trees might herald a new season, and therefore the start of a new year. That could be at any time of the year, not specifically 1 January, of course.

If you lived in China, it can be a bit confusing, because there they follow the lunisolar calen...

Pranayama is beneficial for everyone, in various different ways.

Who doesn’t want high levels of energy, and high immunity? Who doesn’t want a glowing skin, and radiant health?​​

Pranayama benefits have been documented not only in ancient texts, but also by modern methods of testing and analysis, as well as practitioners all over the world.​

Pranayama is excellent for young people, in the cusp of modern life, to help achievement and productivity.

It is excellent for people in middle age, to cope with stress, and give calmness of mind.

For older people, pranayama is a boon to reduce pain and stiffness, and increase vitality and well-being.

For women, pranayama balances the hormones, helps fight obesity and reduce weight, and gives mental focus and stre...

Thinner, glowing, relaxed, pain free, light, younger, happier

Dear yoga friend and well wisher,

It is not for nothing that people have practiced yoga for thousands of years.

There are benefits.

Starting from the most basic, to the most profound.

For example.

When you (begin to) practice yoga regularly.

You start to lose weight (if you are overweight) and start to tone up. This is great because you start getting compliments. And then, with that smug smile you say– “oh I practice yoga”.

Yes, of course.

Yoga makes your metabolic activity change. It helps to increase the absorption of the good stuff, and improves the elimination of the bad stuff.

Surya namaskar improves blood circulation and increases cardio-vascular activity.

Asanas help massage the digestive...

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Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gurgaon (SYCG) is a RYS 200 and a RYS 300 Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance®, USA. (www.yogaalliance.org)

The International Yoga Teacher Training Courses conducted by Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gurgaon qualifies candidates to apply to the Yoga Alliance, USA for a RYT 200 hours and a RYT 500 hours status respectively.

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