Yoga for Wellness

Yoga is an integral part of our lifestyle. It removes the impurities from the level of mind and unites everything with the spirit. For instance, insomnia could be connected to stress, anxiety or depression. You have to address that issue instead of merely taking medication. This way, you have a wider perception of your own mind, body, thoughts and emotions and there’s more clarity and you are able to guide your prana (life force) in a positive way to progress in life.

One can start practicing Yoga at any given moment of time and you may start with meditation or directly with pranayama without even doing the asanas (postures). Make sure that when you practice yoga asanas, you don’t just stretch the body because the mind has to be with the body. You can’t be watching television or reading the newspaper because if your awareness isn’t there, the asanas won’t have much effect on you. But if each stretch is synchronized with the breath and awareness, your practice will become a yogic practice.

Body, mind and spirit are like a tripod – even if one aspect isn’t functioning properly, our life will not be balanced and that will lead to ill health. Yoga (a component of ayurveda) is that link which creates a harmony by aligning all the three components (body, mind and spirit) into one. This harmony, in turn exists to support life.

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I am Ankur Bhati – Believer & Practitioner of Yoga. My Yoga journey started at a really young age. As time passed, I followed other pursuits, a specialized MBA that gave me an opportunity to work in different industries. Martial Arts honed my focus, movement, and control. Yoga, however, remained a close companion right through the various adventures. I realized then how much I loved the practice and valued the power of Body, Breath, and Mind. This led me to do my Teachers Training Course under the guidance of Yogacharya Bharath Shetty in Mysore. Today as my learning continues, I am a Certified Hatha & Ashtanga Yoga Teacher from International Yoga Alliance, USA, Yoga Therapy from SVYASA and have had the honour of teaching and sharing my Yoga experience with over 400 students from across 25 countries. My philosophy is my guiding light - Yoga is a union of body, breath, and mind and everyone can do Yoga irrespective of age, body type, gender, or any other discrimination. Yoga is simply a magical way to live. This philosophy is the reason behind my comprehensive approach to Yoga – a practice much beyond Asanas alone. I combine Pranayama (Breath Work), Kriyas (Cleansing Techniques), Meditation (Yoga Nidra, Trataka, Deep Meditation), and Asanas in my teaching.