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    From practising yoga with a stick, to holding a pose while listening to a live violin performance, trainers have a lot to offer this Yoga Day

    That the International Day of Yoga (June 21) doesn’t fall on a Sunday this year hasn’t deterred experts in  the city who want to demonstrate the benefits of this ancient discipline. Some are conducting workshops over this weekend, and  others are holding it on Tuesday, and the following Sunday. While most are open-to-all, a few groups like Smartha and Akshar Power Yoga Academy are holding ‘moonlight yoga’ class, and advanced session for its students, and patrons respectively. So carry your mats and water bottles, and join the movement.

    Power mix Anshuka2
    If you are looking for some variety, sign up for the 360 – The Wellness Festival. Starting off with a yoga class with celebrity trainer Anshuka Parwani, it will host sessions on pilates, crossfit, and belly dancing, and activities like sushi making, and painting. You can also eat millet snacks, granulo with yoghurt, and vegan cheese at the venue, and try cold-pressed juices. Known for training celebs like Kareena Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandes, and her expertise in aerial yoga, Parwani will teach yogalate — a mix of yoga (with roots in ashtanga tradition) and pilates. June 19. Tickets (`100) available at the venue. At The Collection, UB City. Details: 22711488

    Stick in hand  Yoga on Stick
    At Regeesh Vattakandy, and Mrinali Madhukar’s gathering in Cubbon Park, each participant will be given a six-foot-long bamboo stick. Vattakandy of Aayana Yoga Academy explains his ‘Yoga With Sticks’ class, “The stick will help to align yoga postures better, and stretch your body. It works well with standing poses like veerabhadrasana and trikonasana.” June 19. Entry free. 7.30 am. Details: 9035424322

    Like a Prayer Reebok
    Reebok will conduct workshops across three venues in the city, in collaboration with Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy). Sticking to the pre-defined protocol, they will begin with prayers. The participants will move on to do calana kriyas, and then a mix of standing, sitting, prone (face up), and supine (face down) postures, such as tadasana, bhadrasana, makarasana, and setubandhasana respectively. It will be followed by breathing techniques, meditation, and chanting of mantras. June 21. At multiple venues. 7-8 amDetails: idywithreebok.com

    Posture Perfect POsture Perfect
    Yana Lewis of The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet has something for dancers, and anyone looking to correct their postures. The ballet instructor combines her expertise in Iyengar Hatha yoga, understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and ballet techniques, to balance out poor body postures, therefore, minimising the risk of injuries. Walk in for garudasan,
    vrikshasan, adho mukha vrikshasan, utitha thrikonasan, and parivritha thrikonasan. June 17 & 21. At HQ Studio, Ulsoor. Entry free. 7-8 am. Details: 8088006677

    A special class Kreeda Yoga1
    Prafull Oorja, a charitable foundation, will organise yogic games for children with special needs, called Kreeda Yoga. Trainer Rachna Kothari shares, “It will include 7 to 8 games. For instance, a kid is made the leader, and others have to follow the asana he does. In the game of musical chairs, as soon as the music stops, the name of an asana will be shouted out, and others are required to get into the pose. These are designed to increase the hand-eye cordination, motor skills and body awareness of children suffering from autism, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome.” The line-up also includes 108 Sun Salutations, and a Yoga Nidra session by Swami Yogaratna from Bihar School of Yoga, for adults. June 18. At Kittur Rani Chennamma Sports Complex. 7 am. Entry free for children. Tickets (Rs 307) on eventshigh.com

    Road not taken
    Yoga On Road is exactly what it sounds like. Participants will do suryanamaskars, hatha vinyasa yoga, and a few asanas for an hour in the middle of a road in Koramangala. While the idea is to take yoga into an open space, organisers also want to challenge you to concentrate harder amidst all the ambient noise of vehicles. Parinitaa Garg, who works with  a1000 Yoga, will help you strengthen your mind-body connection, and joints. It will be hosted by Akiraa, a community that hosts outdoor-centric fitness activities. June 26. Entry free. At 4th block. 6.30 am-8 am. Details: 8861054451

    Sit stillTotal Yoga
    Celebrate both yoga and music at the World Yoga Day Festival, hosted by Total Yoga. As facilitators Manish Pole and Neetu Singh guide you through suryanamaskars, vinyasa flows, hatha yoga poses, pranayamas and meditation, violinist Aneesh Vidyashankar will fill the open air venue with Indian and Western classical tunes. The focus of Total Yoga is to prepare a yogi to get into the meditation mode. “Most people find it difficult to sit still. So while other forms end with relaxation (shavasana), we conclude with meditation,” says Pole. June 18. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. 7.30-9 am.Tickets (Rs 500) on bookmyshow.com



    Text: Barkha Kumari

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