A panacea it is !


I had this terrible ache in my right shoulder, early 1st Jan morning. It ached like I had a heart attack… Not that I have ever experienced one but I imagine it hurt just as bad. I couldn’t knead the chappati dough that morning nor pull on my socks to go for a walk…

Now everyone who knows me well knows I am not one to pop a pain killer or go to the doctor …

So my usual prying analytical brain raced with curious schemes on how to work this shoulder back to form. The growing uneasiness that I would have to miss another day of Dipti’s Yoga made me search the net for exercises to cure some form of bursitis (what I found my symptoms were)

This is what I found:


Yeah there were a few other exercises too, But this one gave me instant relief and I actually shook off the pain for good. From the very next day 2nd Jan I was back to doing 31 Suryanamaskars  don’t let that number fool you this is still meager compared to her famous 50 Suryanamaskars or the mean 108 Suryanamaskars!

What really struck me was an Asana as simple as Tadasna which Deepti manages to incorporate daily into our yoga regimes…has so many benefits. An Asana where we get the impression that we are merely standing still..cured me!

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Benefits of Mountain Pose:

Apart from curing backache and shoulder pain
Improves posture
helps rid of : hypertension,
heart disease,
Strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles
Increases awareness
Steadies breathing
Increases strength, power, and mobility in the feet, legs, and hips
Firms abdomen and buttocks
Relieves sciatica
Reduces flat feet
Develops strength and flexibility
simultaneously, especially in the spine
Relieves tension, aches, and pains throughout the body
Improves blood circulation
Encourages healthy digestion and elimination
Leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated
Expels dullness and depression
Harmonizes the body and mind
Increases energy and enthusiasm

I have been a believer in the fact that exercise has this ability to not just expand our lungs… But it gets us into the habit of breathing deeply, filling our pores nerves and blood with oxygen. In the process it helps to open blockages not only in the energy pathways of our bodies but it begins the process in our minds too!

Infact in my search for exercises for the shoulder there was one particular person who stated his experience with shoulder pain or any other pain for that matter :

“All the doctors I met of conventional medicine or alternative methods said If you just rest enough Your shoulder bursitis will go away, your back pain will go away, your knee pain will go away, your foot pain will go away .
All of it will go away if you just stopped moving
I discovered over time that resting wasn’t making things any better for me . Then I embarked on the journey of learning to heal with exercise and knowing exactly what exercise would help me”.

And Dipti has I must say made me and many other students experience just this !

I myself and many ardent students of hers have come to her class with the excruciating free giveaways of chicken gunia or other such debilitating illnesses like joint pains or immobility. She has patiently but confidentially with just simple yoga brought us each back with strength to freedom!

But in the process she has us hooked to yoga for life!

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Yoga has many benefits… many I cannot cover here..
But today I only want to draw you to the fact that it is a far better and more lasting cure than any pill we may want to pop into our mouths. This painful experience has only served to anchor this belief in me!




Not Gossiping …Just a little venting…



Women and men too talk to discuss their woes or even something that worries them about another person, only to brain storm . We think we are trying to find the best way to look at it , or get stronger .. hence we discuss. Sometimes it is just to let out that which has been tied in the mind for a while…that which has been stagnant for some time (thoughts and repeated thoughts)
Now it needs to come out in either words , tears or even anger…generally with a friend.

While venting works as a catharsis (releasing) process.. many times it has adverse effects.
Like famous Japanese author photographer and researcher Masaru Emoto proved that the words we speak affect the water which is 70% of our bodies and in turn affects us giganormously.

These are photographs of frozen water and the crystals that are formed after having repeated these words or thoughts above water :


So too whatever “WORDS” we decided to pour out to  a friend or bash it out with our spouse effects both the speaker and the listener.

Similarly Dr David Hawkins proved that the feelings we feel or carry within us INCREASES or REDUCES not just OUR energy levels but it expands outwards and affects the energy levels of everyone around us. Dr Hawkins further proves the feelings we repeatedly share to different people can uplift the energy levels of a  whole city or sink it too.

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And since we all are connected as stated and proved by neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran who nicknamed certain mirror neurons-Gandhi neurons, because they essentially link us all together. He proved that our brain is hard wired to automatically imitate, learn and imbibe just about anything that we watch or hear – habits, emotions, reactions even civilizations were created by these very neurons and their uncanny ability to mirror anything that has been observed by any of our senses! Then imagine what happens when when we hear or watch or have some feelings put repeatedly into words while venting?
What that means is that even though we are individuals, our connection to the whole is just as important to the nature of our very existence.

You can see more details in this video:

The neurons that shaped civilization – VS Ramachandran

Hence venting doesn’t heal… It leads to multiplying or spreading the problem or the challenge like a wild fire can in a forest!

Most times we discuss with a 3rd person instead of having to hash it out with the same person… This leads to a smooth uninterrupted spreading of negative energy  & vibrations and also creating an image and a platform for that person in our minds. Then any future interaction or communication you may have with this person (about whom you have discussed animatedly with someone )would take place on that very platform or background you have created in your mind’s canvas about this particular person.
Example :
If someone made a passing remark about your employee who works for you or colleague or maid-“ she doesn’t stick at a job for too long”.
Every time this employee or colleague behaves in a certain way or takes a day off, you are going to look at her/him with the information you have carefully filed away in your mind until now and it is now your platform or environment from which you will draw responses or reactions.

What if the person genuinely has a problem , or even needs our help …. but we fail to see or even understand the person in fact we are completely unable of looking at the person with new eyes as we have closed out every other possibility with the story firmly in place in our heads, a story put in by someone else.

Also when we vent we have found an easy but absolutely futile way of handling the problem. We actually fool ourselves into thinking that the problem is handled.

But has it been handled ?- NO!

Unless we speak or discuss directly with the person concerned it is not handled.
It is definitely harder speaking our minds to the person concerned. It is a humungous task for our egos too , as we may appear vulnerable or maybe even needy and some of our own flaws need to be placed on the table when we need to communicate directly with the person.

But any other way – gossiping , discussing with another friend or venting …all of these do they come anywhere close in making you or the other person stronger? Or fixing the Problem? Should we discuss and talk repeatedly of how wrong or bad things are ? or how we can make it better?What would you do starting today?



The quote sounds so good.

But how many of us truthfully know what this means?

Being unconditionally loving…

Being a parent how many times do we lose it?

Do we expect understanding
Love or respect from the child?
Don’t we momentarily hold back when it’s not there?

Being a spouse…
How much difference(our spouse being different from us) do we close our eyes to? How many times is it ok not to receive love understanding respect or patience?
And still give “love”?

Being a child how many times do we listen quietly to the tirade(lecture) … Of anger or expectation or correction…

How many friends do we honestly take on accept completely, just as they are unconditionally?

WHY must we be unconditionally loving I ask you today?

Why are we not always unconditionally loving?

Do we EXPECT love respect Understanding?

And what if the other person( your child, spouse , parent or friend) does not have it in them to give you?

So we get angry or keep a distance or even break the relationship?

To teach them to give us better ?
Can we really teach anyone?
Or is there something we need to learn?



Power and control will NEVER out weigh love – Jada Pinkett Smith


Today I decided to share this line across my groups and  asked …

Are we trying to sort something with power…
Or control. ..

Today lets look with the eyes of love…

Love doesn’t mean you are meek…
You allow everything..
You be a doormat..

Please share in your own way how
love can empower …
What love means to you…
How you can use it as a strength

oh please do read the replies they made my day!

Coming to my senses

imageHumans have a multitude of senses:

Sight (ophthalmoception), hearing (audioception), taste (gustaoception), smell (olfacoception or olfacception),and touch (tactioception) are the five traditionally recognized senses.

There are few other sensory modalities which include:

Temperature (thermoception), kinesthetic sense (proprioception), pain (nociception), balance (equilibrioception),vibration (mechanoreception), and various internal stimuli (e.g. the different chemoreceptors for detecting salt and carbon dioxide concentrations in the blood).

Some species of animals are able to sense the world in a way that humans cannot:

Dogs can hear in frequencies ranging from around 40 Hz to 60 kHz.
Humans can hear in frequencies ranging from 12 Hz to 20 kHz .The olfactory (sense of smell) cortex is 40 times bigger in dogs than it is in humans and up to 100 million times more sensitive.The human nose can sense up to 4,000 to 10,000 different smells (dogs can sense around 30,000 to 100,000).Dogs don’t have the greatest clarity of vision, but they can see motion much better than us humans. For example, dogs have been shown to be able to differentiate between their owners from distances of up to 900m. However, that’s only the case if you are moving.

some species are able to sense electrical and magnetic fields, and detect water pressure and currents.

Our senses differ with species and age. So our perception of what is real is not only different but not entirely complete or True

Günter Wächtershäuser (born 1938 in Gießen), a German chemist turned patent lawyer, is mainly known for his work on the origin of life. He stated the life form originated as 2 dimensional beings.

Imagine the restriction of perception that these beings  had of their surroundings .They would see a square while we see a cube. They would see a circle where we see a sphere (since we have 3 dimensional perception)

Few scientists like Einstein and Minkowski have proposed a fourth dimension which would throw a spanner in the works of whatever we have perceived through our limited senses… so far. I honestly can’t even imagine what it is that we would observe if we were capacitated to perceive the 4th dimension

The loss of sight in visually impaired people is compensated by other senses being heightened. A new study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, shows people who are born deaf use areas of the brain typically devoted to processing sound to instead process touch and vision. A large body of evidence shows when the brain is deprived of input in one sensory modality, it is capable of reorganizing itself to support and augment other senses, a phenomenon known as cross-modal neuroplasticity.Perhaps more interestingly, the researchers found this neural reorganisation affects, how deaf individuals perceive sensory stimuli, their perception in certain areas is far Superior to people with normal hearing.

Most of our ideas and beliefs we hold on to dearly are arrived upon, with little information most times and a skewed perception. Skewed or distorted due to our limitations of our senses.

So what if we strive to shift our focus… To see through a different vantage point, a different angle, maybe we could see something that we never saw before. Something that may surprise us pleasantly. What if we did not tie ourselves to any theory about anything no matter how “logical” our reasoning may have been to ourselves.
And most times since we have arrived at conclusions, theories or even principles we miss out on something that is in reality there but we fail to perceive!

Let look at some conclusions we arrive at or logical results we have filed away neatly in our little cabinets:

I don’t have the time.
This is too hard.
I’m tired.
I can’t swim so fast.
I can’t sleep.
I worry too much.
I hate noise.
I can’t remember names.
I can’t learn this now.
I’m only meant to do this.
I’m only meant to look after people
This is not my cup of tea

Similarly about others:
My mother in law just can’t understand
The shop keeper is definitely lying/conning me and other people
She/ he has no respect for me or other people
My child doesn’t ever listen to me
My husband doesn’t care .
My employee/ maid/ colleague just can’t do their work right.
People will fool/con me I need to be alert.
She/he is so ….

Even the ones that are not negative…
I’m beautiful.
I’m good at cooking.
I love chocolate.
I’m fast
I’m a fitness freak
I’m a cleanliness fanatic.

What if these are just limitations….
What if these labels don’t define but confine?
What if we don’t really perceive what we “truely” are… Or others are..
What if we don’t have a limit…
What if we, like the visually impaired, have to mute or tune out the information gathered by our senses to open ourselves up, so as to open our other senses up? Our other capabilities?
What if what we see feel or know Is not just “it” but “More”

Can we see “MAGIC” today?

unnamedUs walking was once a miracle our parents treasured . They waited with abated breath to watch.

So was the 1st sight of the eyes that blinked up at us in feeble recognition when our  children were born.

So were the 1st words that we spoke when we were born – heart melting.

Now where has all this magic gone? Is it all gone?

No, just considered routine..everything about ourselves and everyone we see is now considered normal and obvious.

We crave for more..

To be as good looking as her.
As prosperous as him.
More influential than her.
More sharp witted than him.

And once we arrive at the more, don’t we want more?
Some of us even gloat and show others we are better than them?

What are we taking for granted today ?

What blessing are we not acknowledging?

What are we truely grateful for today?