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kaimal.manoj. After two weeks (since back injury), starting to get some malasana ent

After two weeks (since back injury), starting to get some malasana entries and exits. A decent pelvic flexion is necessary for many of the movements I practice and the squat is a benchmark. #squat #malasana #yoga #movement

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We are said to be around 60 trillion cells.. When we talk of cell we think of nucleus, protoplasm etc. The cell membrane we hold as nothing but the boundary wall. Likewise when we talk of any organ, we don’t consider the envelope of fascia as even part of it. But what if this membrane wall is the deciding feature of the cell itself. What if the other stuff grows inside the membrane due to the condensed intelligence and energy the membrane forms within its swirl? Shakti chakra is the context we are trying to explore in embodying in some of our classes. Terms of yoga philosophy says , in the unmanifest, one dot/ point ( bindu) formed. Then from this bindu (para bindu), three more points formed (para-apara bindu, para bindu, apara bindu), forming the first triangle which is said to be the womb of everything else. But all these points and triangles keep forming within tte swirl of energy termed mandala or shakti chakra. In the usual mat practice of yoga, we mainly follow this point to point pattern. Step the foot from here to there, pelvis from here to there etc. The transition movements in the conventional vinyasa too is very linear. Directions seldom is circular. So manasa yogis, let’s dive into the ever swirling circular field of energy that we are, through contemplations on the mandala teachings , and embodying through circular movement patterns on mat.And 7.30 am Friday basic class practitioners- u were awesome today. #yoga #movement #mindfulmoments #tantra #mandalas #practice #mobility #deepsquat #manasayoga

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Some of u have been inquiring about my back. Thank u so much for your kindness. Erector soinae tear is new for me. A bummer in terms of strong and progressively challenging practices. But exciting to explore how I can still move. The erector spinae right now can’t be loaded in hip flexion. So supported chair practice is in the daily menu. Today finally 90 degree hip flexion felt good. Since I hold the chair forward bend positions for 5 mts each I incorporate some shoulder mobility in it. And adding some supported lateral movement as well. Abs and hip flexor strengtheners are tricky. I maintain it within the 90 degree flexion. Overall it’s progressing well #workoutmotivation #mobilitytraining #rehabtraining #flexibilitytraining #coreworkout #absworkout #yoga #manasayoga

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In the men’s locker room at the gym, got into a conversation with a young guy as to what is yoga. I gave this short demo of untangling the tangled handsfree😊. This is yoga (substitute the cable with ‘mind’) #yoga #freedom #bondage #mind #mindfulness #awareness #manasayoga

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kaimal.manoj. Some pics from last year’s Holi. May you all have a spledrousky colour

Some pics from last year’s Holi. May you all have a spledrousky colourful day. Happy Holi #holi #colours #festivalsofindia #family #celebration #handstand

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kaimal.manoj. Today was chin ups second go. Somehow hoped that last week’s one rep f

Today was chin ups second go. Somehow hoped that last week’s one rep failure was a nervous system glitch. But today also same. 2 reps. For growth stimulus needs to put the muscle more time under loaded tension. So adding a few isometric holds and negatives. And hope for the best for next Monday chin ups #gymworkout #fitness #workout #backworkout #chinups #pullups #isometric

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kaimal.manoj. Seeing my posts about subscription to Gym, I was asked ‘ so u will do

Seeing my posts about subscription to Gym, I was asked ‘ so u will do your yoga separately?’ This is common as many people equate yoga now with a movement system done on a mat (this is not wrong but mat practice is not the only practice of yoga). . Anyway, for me, currently mat practice is difficult due to the difficulty of lying down and standing up from the floor. But that does not mean yoga is not happening. Yoga is more about context than specific content. One big context is Darshana ( insightful seeing). For example today my gym sequence is only Treadmill at 5 km per hour at zero incline for 30 mts. As this combo does not seem to strain my injured back . The yoga of the walk I put it to alternatively counting steps and breaths. The counts kept changing. But roughly at the 5 km per minute speed I am taking around 100-110 steps. Natural breaths are around 21 per minute. Deliberate breathing rounds were put around inhale for 3 right foot steps and exhale for same number of left foot steps. The breaths per minute dropped to around 8 per minute. At times this whole endeavour was so immersive that the music from tv, grunts and groans of the deadlifters and squatters almost faded out. And as I am winding down the session I consider it as much a yoga session as a treadmill session . Now as I step out, the yoga of feeling the sun light , seeing the infinite expanse of the sky, wishing maitri to fellow drivers on the road etc continues. #yoga #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamday #yogaphilosophy #mindfulness #awareness #indianphilosophy #darshana #manasayoga #treadmillworkout #gymmotivation #walking

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Early 2017 I used to do around 3-5 sets of 2-3 muscleups on top of comfortable 20 plus chin ups. So today I returned to the bar. I thought I am being humble in my decision not to attempt muscleuo. Little did I realise I am in a position where I couldn’t even do one chin up. Good lesson in humility 😊 #chinups #pullups #muscleup #gymmotivation #bodyweighttraining #bodyweightworkout #calisthenics

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kaimal.manoj. Around 2015, first time the idea of going for a six pack body formed i

Around 2015, first time the idea of going for a six pack body formed in me. Reunion of my childhood friends at Tioman, some of whom I was to meet after gap of many years was an inspiration. Egged on by close buddy @rameshkumarptp and my family @sandhyamanoj @sidharthmanojj @shivaniimanojj embarked on a journey of workouts and diet. And I think I came quite close to what I sought out for. Those years I was sensitive of the yoga teacher image. That image in my head did not have a six pack. So it was all kept within network of my close friends. Then 2017 I let go of gym subscription. But yesterday I find out that I have a torn back muscle. Plus wrist is inflamed. Overall, from what the doctor said, I feel that I should not engage in big whole body movements. But he encouraged me to keep active without straining back. So I am going back to the gym. For a 12 week subscription. So a short bye ( hopefully) to #handstand , #paschimottanasana etc and such. The yoga of #weighttraining and #walking begins. #fitness #fitnessmotivation #gymmotivation #shredded #sixpack #bodybuilding

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kaimal.manoj. Gentle restorative work plus some traction for the lower back to help

Gentle restorative work plus some traction for the lower back to help it recover #yoga #baddhakonasana #sirsasana #mulabandhasana #inversion #flexibilitytraining #hipmobility #manasayoga

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kaimal.manoj. Down with an immobilising back injury. And the Dr is on leave today. S

Down with an immobilising back injury. And the Dr is on leave today. So gently trying to do some supine movements plus some hanging to unfreeze the area. #backinjuryrecovery #movementmedicine #yogatherapy #movementtraining #doyourbest #yoga

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Second day of ‘ beyond basics’ workshop over. 3 hours of intense work. Proud of all. Thank you @dchandranayagam for the video #yoga #yogaworkshop #fitness #movement #manasayoga #floorwork

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First day of two day movement workshop was great effort and fun. Now for the second day #movement #movementculture #movementmedicine #mindfulness #yoga #yogaworkshop #fitnessmotivation #manasayoga

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You have sore wrists, shoulders and a touch of vertigo. You come to your studio space which looks all new and inviting with its new look wall and floor. U don’t know whether u should sit, lie down, move straight, or turn around... then no choice but we do all of it #movement #movementmedicine #bodyflow #movingmeditation #floorwork #yoga #manasayoga

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kaimal.manoj. Due to the increased space we would require for the ‘ beyond basics’ w

Due to the increased space we would require for the ‘ beyond basics’ workshop this weekend , we are limiting the participants to only 20. #handstand #calisthenics #mobilitytraining #cartwheel #movement #yogaworkshop #manasayoga

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Leading workshops is always a joyful privilege. However the just concluded 2 day basics workshop felt even more fulfilling as 8 certified Manasa teachers co participated in the dispensation of teachings on anatomy, biomechanics , breathing, Sanskrit name etc. Now looking forward to the next week’s workshop for intermediate students #yoga #yogabiomechanics #yogaanatomy #yogaworkshop #yogateacher #yogateachertraining #basic #movement #meditation #mindfulness #manasayoga

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kaimal.manoj. First attempt after 15 days of absolutely no work on body. Wrist and s

First attempt after 15 days of absolutely no work on body. Wrist and shoulder still not better. But just decided to softly try just one attempt of three basic Hs entries. Tuck and straddle both were good boys. They haven’t run away yet. . Only the scissor entry 😡. Hopefully I can try again in few days #handstand #handstandpractice #sportsinjury #calisthenics #gymnastics #bodyweighttraining #yoga

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A well deserved #savasana after today’s 3 hr workshop. Thanks Penny for the video. #manasayoga #yoga #yogaworkshop #yogateacher #mindfulness #movement

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