Yoga, Chocolate, Art, Music and Love

Shahpur Jat open house is here again, on September 20th starting at 10.30 am. This bi-annual festival has gained momentum and popularity with loads of stores and individual participants. So if you have no plans this Sunday or even if you do, cancel them and come join me for the Shahpur Jat open house.
Shahpur Jat open house
Start your day with Yoga with Zubin Atre of TAYS at 10.30 am. Eat at the various eateries through the day like Café Red, House of Blondie, Arte Café, The Old Town Cafe to name a few. Shop at various stores like Lila, Les Parisiennes and Olivia Dar etc. At 5pm join Atre Yoga Studio again in a jam session, followed by an Open Mike session at 7.00pm and salsa dancing at 8.30pm. I will be going and hope to see you there, so leave a comment if you want to catch up!
Yoga Choco Art Music Love

Holistic Healing

Yoga has been a fitness trend for the past few years, centuries actually if you live in India, but the world too has opened up to yoga a few years back and accepted it as a way of life. The century-old practice includes yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayamas) and meditation. Through these, the body, mind and breath come in harmony with each other and that very moment yoga happens. The practice of yoga has immense benefits for not just the body but also the mind so that you enjoy a perfect healthy state of being. The practice of Yoga has various benefits from weight loss, controlling diabetes, better time management, freedom from anger, effective communication to creativity at work. We have found a few yoga options you can try out for a healthier lifestyle.

The Atré Yoga Studio (TAYS)

Zubin Atre TAYS
TAYS is a playful laboratory where you can experiment with your breath and body. At TAYS, you get to understand your body and open your mind up under the guidance of Yoga professionals. Zubin Atre is the young and highly-motivated owner of TAYS. He is committed to the wellbeing of his students at both the physical and mental realms. A few sessions can help him identify the individual’s specific problems leading him to design tailor-made combinations of yoga postures for his students. Zubin has even shared the wonders of practicing yoga at the workplace, and regularly conducts seminars at business schools, corporate institutions, international organisations and non-governmental organisations. If it’s yoga classes that you’re looking for, then TAYS is definitely the place for you. TAYS offers tailor-made yoga programs designed to suit your specific body requirements and your lifestyle. TAYS offers a unique range of yoga services that are handcrafted and developed by the professionals for the clients, keeping in mind any special requirement you may have. One of them is a 1PM yoga session which gives Shahpur Jat employees the chance to sneak-in some yoga at lunchtime, and the other is Sitar & Yoga at The Atre Yoga Studio, where Zubin Atré silently conducts the session as participants follow the flow to music improvised by Galen Passen on the sitar. Viewers are invited to meditate in silence on the music and movement.

Yogācāra

Yogacara (1)
If you are in Mumbai, don’t fret, we have a solution for you there as well. Yogācāra Healing Arts started by Radhika Vachani in 2010 at Mahalaxmi, now expands to open a first of its kind Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Center in Bandra, off Carter Road. Yogācāra offers holistic healing solutions guided by the ancient disciplines of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Panchakarma treatments. The experience begins with Dr. Ruchi, or a Wellness Consultant who takes the time to understand your wellness and health challenges, lifestyle and needs. Yogācāra then develops a wellness plan to suit your individual needs, and provides you the needed support on a mental, physical and emotional level to help clients heal, and incorporate sustainable changes towards a happier, healthier and more balanced way of living .A very important element added to the wellness services at Yogācāra is the Ayurveda and Panchakarma section, headed by Dr.Ruchi Upadhyay MD, and on their panel of specialists, Dr. Uday and Dr. Madhura Kulkarni, respected and long time practitioners of Ayurveda and Panchkarma, and Founders of “Arogyadham”. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical Science based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, water, fire, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans as three “doshas” or energies known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurveda stresses a balance of these three elemental energies: Vayu/Vata (air and space-“wind”), pitta (fire & water -“bile”), and Kapha (water & earth-“phlegm”). When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance and disease manifests. Hence balancing these three doshas in our bodies becomes essential. Both Yoga and Ayurveda go hand in hand for a complete wellness of a person.

So if you haven’t started yet, I suggest you find Yoga at the earliest for a healthier life.

Beauty Ritual: Heavenly Spa at Westin, Mumbai

TREATMENT: Harmony Treatment, 75 mins, Rs.4,000
LOCATION: Heavenly Spa at Westin, Mumbai

Spa for most of us means a place where you get a massage. Which is actually not the case and the Westin, Heavenly Spa shows us why. The concept at Westin Heavenly Spa is to create a complete wellness experience. This is done by focussing on the body, mind and spirit simultaneously to promote longevity and good health. Even the tag line of the Spa is restore the body, expand the mind. The treatments are divided into HEAVENLY TOUCH which includes a variety of massages, HEAVENLY GLOW which includes facials and other body wraps, HOLISTIC WELLNESS which has many Ayurvedic therapies and massages, YOGIC WELLNESS where Yoga practices are incorporated to suit and compliment you body and mind. Besides this there is also a special Spa Cuisine available at Splash. As you can see the menu is vast and will take me more than one visit to really capture the complete essence of the place but I decided to go in for the Harmony massage, which as the name suggests is meant to restore balance and harmony back to the body.

Before the treatment I go in for a steam, here they have infused Eucalyptus oil into the Steam which is supposed to be great for any ailments such as cold cough and in my case my bothersome Sinus. For once I did not feel like rushing out of the steam room as I could actually feel the oil open up my sinuses and I wanted to take full advantage of that fact. From the steam I head for a quick shower and then go in for my therapy. As I had mentioned earlier, at Westin it is not just about a massage but also wellness. So my therapist starts with soaking my feet in warm water and using mineral salt to clean them, while reciting a shloka through the process. She reprimanded me for crossing my hands which I agree is a bad habit since the salt is meant to remove negativity and if you cross you your hands or legs the energy flow gets stalled.

From here begins my Harmony treatment which is basically a combination of Swedish massage and Aromatherapy. The long gentle strokes with firm kneading movements done to increase circulation, combined with the smell of the aroma oil has a very soothing effect. The therapist begins the massage with my feet and slowly moves her way upwards. As the warm oil seeps into my body I can feel my aches slowly fade away and I am entering a state of absolute bliss. This goes over an hour and she slowly kneads on my muscles combining that with gentle strokes. The last 10-15 minutes she spends massaging my face and head. More like pressing the correct pressure points and releasing stress. The treatment ends with her gently tapping a singing bowl over my body. From here I go for a shower and decide to not use any soap as I really want to let my very dry body soak in the oil. The post therapy consists of a cup of tea, with options varying from Basil to Chamomile to Green tea. I stick to the green tea and then go back very relaxed waiting desperately to get home and sleep, which I do very soundly that night.