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by Suba Subramanium

Let me begin with what Artistic Yoga is, before I go on to the Founder. Artistic Yoga combines ancient yogic techniques such as asanas, pranayama, and mudras with modern cardiovascular-training that works on the individual at every level – the physical, mental and spiritual. Artistic Yoga brings about an awareness of the body and results in the complete transformation of the individual.

Bharat Thakur, the founder of Artistic Yoga, in an internationally recognized Spiritual Master who has conducted numerous meditation workshops, yoga sessions and corporate yoga workshops all over the world. His unique brand of Yoga, meditation and philosophy has benefited prominent people like Michael Douglas, Boris Becker, cricketer Shane Warne, business leaders Sunil Bharti Mittal and Ratan Tata, musician Anoushka Shankar, and also leading stars from the Indian Film Industry like Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Sridevi, Salman Khan and David Dhawan.
Bharat Thakur was chosen by his master, Sukhdev Brahmachari at the age of 4 and taken to the Himalayas. Under the guidance of his master, he studied yoga intensively. Along with this, he studied related subjects such as Ayurveda, Tantra, and Mantra. He also studied Sufism, Jainism, and Buddhism, and then returned from the Himalayas to step into normal education. Thakur completed his graduation and post-graduation in Exercise Physiology and Yoga from the Lakshmi Bai National College of Physical Education, Gwalior, India. In 2007, Bharat Thakur got married to Indian film actress, Bhoomika Chawla in a glittering function in Mumbai.

Artistic Yoga is a thoroughly researched, ground-breaking system that helps modern man effectively deal with his ‘acute stress levels, obesity and lack of energy’. Bharat Thakur introduced Cardio-vascular training and the concept of Body-Part training into his yoga. While traditional schools of Yoga repeat the same Asanas every class, Artistic Yoga classes are unique each day and focus on only two body parts in a class, thereby achieving dramatic results in body-toning and weight loss. Overall one would experience a tremendous sense of physical well-being!

At the mental and spiritual levels, it works with breath or the Pranayam and meditation or the Dhyaan, ensuring that you leave each class feeling energized, yet calmer and more peaceful within.

Bharat Thakur conducts Meditation workshops called “Tapasya”, and Stress Management programs called “Transformation” which has found great success in the Corporate world.

Bharat Thakur is the author of 8 books, Yoga For All, Yoga For Stress Relief, Yoga For Weight Loss, Yoga For The Family, Yoga for Flat Abs, Yoga for Backache Relief, Desktop Yoga and a collection of poetry titled “Truth: The Art of The Mystics”.

Currently, Artistic Yoga is taught in India in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and internationally in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Russia. You can attend Artistic Yoga Group Classes at our various studios or request individual Artistic Yoga Personal Training at your home.

Bharat Thakur is rapidly expanding operations to spread yoga to various other countries like the UK, USA and Singapore.

What they have to say

VASUNDHARA DAS – Singer / Actor

Artistic Yoga for me is an anchor in an ever changing world. Yoga is a tradition that is thousands of years old yet Artistic Yoga makes it valid today…for me it is something invaluable that I carry forward into my future – Vasundhara Das


Artistic Yoga not only helps me beautify my body but also rejuvenates and energizes me. After the workout I feel great physically and mentally. I feel Artistic Yoga should be incorporated as part of ones lifestyle. –

Eesha Koppikhar


Artistic Yoga is a more vigorous and dynamic form of the Indian Science, it has been re-modified for today’s youth. For an actor there has to be a constant as we are creative people thinking different ideas all the time. Yoga has put my thoughts together and made me focus in one direction. It has made me more controlled in my thinking and made me go beyond my thoughts –

Kareena Kapoor



Man is what he eats. According to our ancient scriptures, a person’s personality is built by three elements: his education, his environment and his food habits. And satvik ahaar is the best. In modern times also we are seeing a change in people’s eating habits. They are turning back from non-vegetarian to vegetarian.

A quiet revolution is going on throughout the world. Especially in the western countries, millions of people are becoming vegetarians. In USA alone, there are 16 million vegetarians because they care for their health and environment. A simple natural vegetarian diet will help keep our mind peaceful and pure, and our body healthy and free of toxins.

As early as 1961, The “JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION” stated that 90% of heart diseases could be prevented by a vegetarian diet. There is a popular myth that vegetarian food means boring vegetables and salads. How untrue!.

“Enjoy ….. Health is Wealth”

Buddha said:”See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?”
We can hear the echo of these words in all religious books.
• Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. – Matthew 7:120
“This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.” – Mahabharata 5,1517
• “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” – 40 Hadith of an-Nawawi 13

And these words are the essence of Lama Surya Das’ teaching.
Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost American Lamas. Born in 1950, Surya Das, is a poet, chant-master, spiritual activist and author of many popular works on Buddhism. Surya Das combines his extensive background and intensive training in Buddhist practices with his remarkable knowledge of other religions, philosophies, and psychology.
Before I move on to the excellent books written by Surya Das let me share with you some of his teachings.

The ‘bow’
Bowing is a yoga-like practice with many different levels of meaning. When we drop what we have been holding onto, which is required in order to put our palms together and bow; we free ourselves of past and future encumbrances, and our hands are more ready either to help or simply to be at rest. A lot of excess baggage falls away, which is a real relief. We get a chance to enjoy inner peace, at least for that moment.
This is a practice of what Mahatma Gandhi called “ahimsa”, which means truth in nonviolence. Bowing makes us vulnerable, humble, simplifies things and helps us arrive more fully and be centered upon the present moment. Whom then can we harm?

One thing people can do, even if they don’t believe in God or any religion is pray. Peace prayers, healing prayers, and centering prayers are all a form of meditation.
Anger and its consequence…………………..

Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. We usually don’t think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children’s lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy—and usually not for the better.

Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.

Most kids are natural yogis. Babies grab their toes; toddlers bend at the waist and put forehead to floor; elementary-school kids demonstrate an affinity for headstands and handstands — all variations on yoga poses. Young yogis tend to be more flexible, less fearful practitioners.

A few simple animal asanas that would make yoga interesting for them.

Down Dog

1. Stand with feet flat on the ground.

2. Slowly bend at the waist until your hands reach the ground.

3. Lean your body back slightly until you resemble and upside down V.

4. Bark, loudly, until the neighbors come over to find out what’s going on.


1. Sit on your legs with knees bent (basic hero pose).

2. Stick your tongue out as far as you can.

3. Breathe out with force while roaring like a lion

4. Do this several times.


1. Sit on your knees

2. Reach behind your body and grab the soles of your feet (if you can).

3. Decide what kind of noise you think a camel makes…


1. Start by sitting on the floor with the soles of your feet together.

2. Take a moment to relax all your muscles and let your knees sink closer to the floor.

3. Sit up tall, and hold your feet.

4. Begin to gently “flap” your legs up and down as if you were a butterfly. You can even pretend to be a butterfly gathering nectar!


1. Get on all fours.

2. Arch your back up really tall, as if you were an angry cat. The kids will probably enjoy hissing to complete the picture.

3. Gently let your back fall into a sway, then arch it back up again.

4. Mewing and hissing are greatly encouraged – come on, it’s too fun not to!


1. Lay down on your stomach.

2. Place your hands directly by your chest.

3. Push your upper body upward as far as you can.

4. Now pretend you are a cobra and hiss!

I’m sure kids would really enjoy these poses, they are fun and lets them use their imagination. Have fun and always remember to breathe while you’re getting into, holding or or coming out of any yoga poses.

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I’m sure you wouldn’t really have heard about Swara Yoga. One of the reasons being that this traditionally guarded science is taught between the Guru and Shishya, directly. Very little has been written about this science which literally heals and balances the prana.

Inhale, all the postivities around and exhale all that is negative, in correspondence to the sun, moon, planets, seasons, time of the day, along with physical and mental conditions of the individual performing it. For example many practice checking the flow of of the nostrils before getting out of the bed and letting the corresponding foot touch the floor, first thing in the morning. This will ensure a successful flow of energy.

Rhythmic movement of your breathing, by inhaling, retaining and exhaling, what Pranayama is all about. Though Swara Yoga too follows the same philosophy, it is more complicated and an extension of Pranayama.

Swara, in sanskrit denotes musical note, and in Yoga it is a continuous flow of air through one nostril, a practice that can take one closer to cosmic consiousness. Regularizing breath, direction of swirl, degree of coarseness along with many others come into play while changing the flow of breath from one nostril to other, balancing the entire system as it were.

In earlier times it was believed that manipulating breath and balancing it in a certain way would effect not only the way we look at our life, but also social, physical, mental and spiritual aspects. Right from winning friends to overcoming enemies, gaining wealth, prosperity, popularity and sound physical, mental and spiritual health. Though it is still though of as a belief, there is no scientific proof behind it.

Yoga for Wii Targets Specific Physical Issues
Even the Wii is jumping on the therapeutic “Yoga for Wii” incorporates specialized routines for users suffering from back pain, the common cold, headache, arthritis and other ailments. Here’s what their PR folks are saying: bandwagon. Jo Wood Productions and DreamCatcher’s ”

“Yoga” for Wii combines skillfully designed yoga routines with carefully researched information that provides an authentic yoga experience. Players will be able to participate in routines that target a specific ailment or pain. For instance, the back pain routine would consist of the following poses –the cobra, locust and corpse – all of which help strengthen back muscles. Other symptoms and areas addressed in the game include arthritis, common cold, abdominal weakness, headache and heart. Along with the pre-set routines, players will be able to explore the Yogshala and get an accurate understanding of the various techniques and benefits of yoga.
Interestingly enough, the Web site uses the word “game” as a descriptor. That’s like calling yogayoga. Still, that hasn’t stopped folks from dipping their toe in the yoga pool for help with everything from stress to anxiety to depression to back pain. exercise — it’s an unfortunate misnomer that shortchanges the true value of the practice of


Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s initiative to set up his International base on a tiny picturesque Scottish island is generating a positive response from his world wide followers.
Little Cumbrae is a small island in the Firth of Clyde, off the coast of Scotland, was bought by Sam and Sunita Poddar, ardent devotees of Baba Ramdev, for two million pounds. The Poddars, run the Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust, which is a registered charity and sister concern of Baba Ramdev’s movement in India.

Our aim is to make Little Cumbrae a worldwide destination with something for the whole family to enjoy. It could be experiencing the rejuvenating and healing powers of yoga, pranayama and Ayurveda and exploring the glory of the island, walking on its nature trails and basking in the beauty of a pristine slice of the sea,” Poddar said.
Here’s more about Baba Ramdev…………………………
Baba Ramdev is an Indian Hindu Swamiji. He is known for his efforts in popularizing Yoga as perceived by Patanjali’s yoga shaastra.Baba Ramdev - 1

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