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!





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!

Feeling nurtured

imageThis piece has been published by Ambalika Rana from Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam.


Since Sunday evening the doctors had permitted us to take Papa on his wheelchair to the garden in the hospital premises . Having done that Sunday evening, we noticed Papa actually was feeling relieved, for someone who had not left his ICU room since10 days. We resolved to repeat the jaunt Monday evening. I returned to the hospital from office around 5pm, had a warm cup of coffee and we set out.

It was cloudy but there was not even a suggestion of a drizzle, let alone rain. Papa, Mummy and me set out ,with me ,taking Papas’ wheelchair and we rambled along the generous 2 km hospital drive way . There was a silence in the driveway except when it came alive when cars whizzed past every now and again– it was safe to walk here with the road being amply spaced. We could see the main road ahead and Pappa wanted to just nonchalantly look at the traffic for a bit…..yes, one does miss something as mundane as the traffic,when one has been enclosed in a 4 walled hospital room .

All of a sudden we saw this man walking just behind us. Papa saw him too and was a little uneasy, suspiciously asking me , “why does he walk so close to us…….” we chose to ignore him. There wasn’t any shelter along the driveway and this man just appeared out of nowhere. I forced myself not to give it another thought and continued walking. About 5 minutes later it starts to drizzle. Mummy and I looked for a tree to stop under, hoping it would stop soon, we couldn’t turn around and walk back as we had covered about a kilometre from the hospital building . It was not possible to walk back in the drizzle, especially since Papa was just recovering from pneumonia and getting him wet wasn’t a good idea . It then starts to pour – cats and dogs! We covered Papa with all the shawls and a bedcover that we had but he started to get wet and we started to panic. It was hardly 2-3 minutes of this and guess what – the strange man gets out this huge umbrella – the kind that you have in open air restaurants and he starts to walk towards us. All of us are just amazed at where he got that umbrella from? why did he think of helping us? it was just magical!

We really felt some divine force at work. I can’t even begin to tell you how I felt, but this morning I just needed to put it in words to share it with you. It was like our creator was watching over us, and came in as this unassuming man with this huge umbrella enough to cover all 4 of us including the wheelchair – so Unbelievable! Yet so comforting.

We stood there for 10-15 min and then my brain kicked in, I called the hospital to send an ambulance to pick us up. If it was not for this man, Papa would have been drenched wet and I am sure it would have led to complications just when he was getting better. I thank you God for all the care that you take of my family, my friends and me. I just cannot thank you enough. It was a small incident but has had a huge impact on me. And I had to share it.

It gives us great pleasure to share an incidence that touched one of our blog readers. She encourages us to look and see our creators magic hand in our lives too and to thank him for every little blessing in our lives daily.