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In the current world, with a gazillion things happening around all the time, thousand tasks to attend to , women tend to pay way less attention to their well being than they should. Yoga is not only a form of exercise but a way of life where the balance between self love and selfless that women often embody, strikes a balanced cord.
Diva yoga is a community of driven, passionate women who excel in their own fields. It is a space where yoga is translated into a lifestyle. 12 aspects of diva yoga is designed to bring out the flawless, confident lady that you are. The 12 aspects are:

  1. Awareness
  2. Flexibility
  3. Core
  4. Balance
  5. Posture Alignment
  6. Stamina
  7. Strength
  8. Healing
  9. Delight
  10. Weight management
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A woman plays multiple roles in the everyday life. A daughter, wife, mother, badass CEO, creative director and so on.

It is just endless, the hats she wears. Most important thing in such a situation is to attain awareness. Awareness of self, body, mind and soul comes through yoga. It is what makes a woman a diva that she is born to be.

Very often, we are ruled by our mind and not the other way round where the mind should be ruled by us. Hence, we become just machines who executes the command from the mind, not being completely aware and just driven by impulses. Yoga through meditation and asanas helps one to be more in tune with oneself, creating awareness of the self, body, mind, soul and surroundings. Breathing helps one be aware of the present moment and let go of all that is holding one back, making one feel lighter and more aware. When one is more aware, the decisions are made clearly, things are perceived better, thoughts become more coherent and actions become consistent.

Being aware helps shape one into a diva that they are. All the roles are played easily and in full justice. Hence, this is the first step for all our divas at Diva Yoga. To get an insight on how this is done and the process of channeling your inner diva, come by and experience it on your own only at Diva Yoga. Because, it all starts with awareness.
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A woman's role is never- ending! From a responsible daughter to a dedicated wife, a loving mother and a super working woman. Her daily clock starts ticking before everyone else's and ends after everyone's. For such a hectic schedule, to be energized and active throughout is very important. The most easy, relaxing and fuss free form to gain energy is through yoga. Yoga could done anywhere, at any point of time, contrary to popular belief. One doesn't always need a yoga retreat centre to be energized and relaxed. A few simple exercises that could be done at your desk or literally anywhere would help you make the most of the day.
Ideally, you could begin your day with a short breathing exercise called "Pranayam" which is controlling or regulating your breath. Simple form of Pranayam is to breathe in and out through both your nostrils. This would enable you to clear your head and be relaxed through the day. Start your day stress free with this simple exercise of breathing.

As you go through the day with those busy back to back meetings, stretch your back and rotate your wrists clockwise and anti-clockwise to ease the muscles and release the tension. While taking calls, walking while talking is the best form of exercise that would help you energize instantly and also keep your head free from stress and clutter.

Most importantly, keep smiling. It helps one stay positive and driven at even the most hectic and stressful situations. Breathing in and out & smiling are the best and easiest forumales to a stress free day. These simple yet effective exercises would help you unleash your fullest potential and make you the super working woman that you are!
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The need to lead a happier and healthier life is indispensable. As the pressure to become better every day increases, so does the multitude of illness that comes with negligence. That's when the alarm for attention on health, rings. If I were to tell you that Yoga can help enhance your life, you may not agree. But the truth is out and plain, when you practice Yoga it works not just on your body, but also on your mind and soul, equipping you with all the confidence and strength to tackle your everyday woes and touch the finish line towards a happier and healthier life! And here's how:
Yoga like I always say is not just an hour's practice. It combines various facets of our everyday life to enhance it for the better. Are you Breathing right? Something as normal as breathing is also regulated and set right by the daily practice of Yoga. Free tip: regulated breathing helps to think clearly, aids our decision making and makes us increasingly aware. Yoga teaches us to be in the moment, focusing on the present. In the present era, we multitask all the time. Focusing and regulating one's breath improves brain functioning and mobility which helps rational thinking and decision making.

Regular practice of Yoga increases the flow of blood through the body and to the brain. Yoga results in body mobility. As the movement in yoga asanas involve stretching of limbs and muscles, it improves flexibility and mobility. The stretching and strengthening results in the release of pressure in the joints, thus making them stronger.

Sleep is one of the most important things that both our body and mind need. 1 in every 3 individuals suffers from at least mild cases of insomnia. Complains about either lack of sleep or sleeplessness or the quality of sleep itself is increasing alarmingly. With the adequate and proper amount of sleep, one gains the capability to function to their full potential throughout the day, with a lightened mood and results in increased productivity. Better sleep also directly results in better physical and mental health. The mind thinks through the day and even more during the night. Yoga helps calm the mind and improves the sleep pattern. The meditative techniques used in Yoga help enhance sleeping patterns and ensure deep and undisturbed sleep.

Yoga is not just a healthy practice, but it is a lifestyle that helps adapt the better version of our current lives while harmonizing the body, mind, and soul. A little Yoga is necessary to keep your living enhanced and blissful!
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We all like being beautiful, don't we? All of us assume beauty is just about physical appearance, but what if I told you that beauty is a lot more than that. It is about how you feel within, how healthy you are. A lot of researches show a strong connection between physical beauty and the beauty that lies within. Beauty, as we know, is more than just skin, it is skin deep.
Practising yoga regularly gets your body all charged up that brings a healthy change to your inside and out. Here's how. Regular practice of yoga leads to better hair, nails and skin. It also gives one mental peace, harmony within themselves, changing even the things that don't meet the normal eye. Beyond yoga flawless skin and beautiful hair, yoga teaches the virtue of satisfaction which is important in order to be happy, making peace with oneself and the surroundings. Like how they say 'face is the index of the mind,' when you are content from within, it is what you reflect out, making you more beautiful.

Meditation, a simple yet effective practice that teaches a person to practise being idle yet focused, not wavering into thoughts that bring no gain. It is an excellent method to enhance inner and outer beauty. By regular meditation, the chakras are balanced, you are in tune with your inner self and stress-free, which in turn is reflected on the outside through glowing skin and a vibrant face. Regulated breathing enables proper circulation of oxygen in your body, which rejuvenates the skin and body cells, balancing your mind and enabling mindfulness. Through meditation and mindful breathing, you are empowering your body with healing energies that aid you in the journey to being beautiful inside-out.

A person who is balanced, at peace with himself and internally happy, automatically reflects it on the outside through healthier skin, hair and body. Yoga is an excellent medium to align yourself, balance your vitals and make you happier, beautiful and more peaceful.
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The Importance of Sound in Life- Introduction to S

Imagine you are in a galaxy surrounded by the most beautiful and the brightest stars. You notice how the stars twinkle and shine, the planets around you moving in their paths and all the gorgeous colors of the vast universe. 

You become aware of your breath aligning with the rhythm of the sound you hear, harmonizing your mind and body making you feel all types of emotions, transcending you to a world where you feel that you are a large part of this vast cosmos. 

Does it feel magical? Other-worldly? 

This is the experience awaiting you at a sound healing session.
What is sound healing? How is it different from other meditation sounds? Can one be healed by sound?

These are some of the questions that arise when people hear about Sound healing therapy for the first time. 

Sound healing therapy is an effective tool that uses the vibrations in order to improve physical and mental wellbeing. It is an ancient healing tool backed with numerous scientific researches. 

The communication between the neurons within our brain is the cause of our thoughts, emotions, and behavior. The synchronized electrical pulses that are created during this communication are called brainwaves. 

How do brainwaves factor in, in the sound healing process?

Each of us have five different brain wavelengths that occur called; delta, theta, beta, alpha, and gamma. 

Theta brain waves occur the most when you are in a state of sleep or deep meditation. They occur when you experience sound healing.

These waves are extremely useful in decreasing your heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension, thereby obstructing our stress response, this is when you are in a completely relaxed state. It is also known as 'Altered State of Consciousness' which is connected with creativity, cellular renewal, potassium sodium balance (which results in mental refreshment) and multiple other positive benefits. 

This state is targeted to achieve during sound healing because the absorption of the sound waves is higher when you are in a deep meditative state. 

A Japanese scientist and healer Masaru Emoto discovered how sounds affect water’s structure. He discovered that when calming sounds and prayers were played near the water, it formed the pattern of a beautiful snowflake. However, when negative or evil words were said out loud the pattern of the water was destroyed. 

The difference transpires as the sound pressure is equal to the frequency of the magnetic field of the Earth. 

Our body is made up of 60 - 75% water, our brain and heart is composed of 73% water and the lungs consists of about 83% of water, the skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are about 31% waterThis ensures that the effect of the sound waves on our body is like to the ones we see in the water. When we hear soothing sounds in a meditative state it helps realign our body patterns in a positive manner. 

Sound healing is the combination of brainwaves and the effect of the vibrations of the sound on our body. 

All types of music have a unique effect on our mind and body, but the intensity of this effect differs depending on the vibration of the sound. Sound healing has various intensities and frequencies that have different effects on us and help in healing us internally. It is more effective when a sound therapist is performing the healing process on you with focus and an anchored purpose.

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What is your Spirit Animal?

While going through millions of life experiences, we're on a continuous journey of self-discovery.

We tend to migrate towards people who are of the same frequency as ours, who help us evolve in life and at the same time play a part in our journey.

However, this bond is not limited only to people, humans share a very special bond with animals and it is nothing short of dynamic and magical. We are more connected than just coexisting and sharing a planet.

Each one of us has a spirit animal that coincides with our traits. Have you ever wondered what might be your spirit animal?

Choose ONE of these characteristics groups!

  1. Patient, Independent, Adventurous & Curious

  2. Gentle, Innocent, Graceful & Ambitious

  3. Passionate, Emotional, Driven & Free-spirited

  4. Playful, Peaceful, Strong & Cooperative

  5. Strong, Courageous, Self-confident & Powerful

  6. Tranquil, Empowered, Spiritually evolved & Loving

Scroll down and find out what is your spirit animal!

1. Cat

The cat spirit animal is symbolic of a balance between contradicting things.

The cat is your spirit animal if curiosity is in your blood if you are attracted to the unknown and are always on the lookout to experience something unique. 

The characteristics associated with a cat resembles are:

  • Patient

  • Independent

  • Adventurous

  • Curious

Your spirit animal is the cat if you are confident in yourself and have the knowledge and ability to know how to maintain your composure to act as you desire.

2. Deer

The deer symbolizes heightened sensitivity and great intuitive instincts.

The Deer is your spirit animal if you profoundly trust your gut and believe in your initial instincts. The deer is very agile on its feet, it trusts initial instincts to make decisions quickly and acts swiftly.

The characteristics associated with a deer are:

  • Gentle

  • Innocent

  • Graceful

  • Ambitious

The deer is your spirit animal if you are in touch with your inner child, trust your intuitions and have ambitions to achieve greater heights.

3. Horse

The horse is the flag bearer for strong motivation. However, the horse spirit animal is both tame and wild, you have an equilibrium between wild and tame qualities.

The characteristics associated with a horse are:

  • Passionate

  • Emotional

  • Driven

  • Free-spirited

The horse amongst all the spirit animals shows the personal drive and the fire within you, is what carries you through life.

4. Dolphin

Dolphins are intelligent mammals, they signify harmony and balance in life.

The dolphin is your spirit animal if your approach towards life is positive and joyful. The dolphin knows how to be peaceful and at the same time enjoy life to its fullest.

The characteristics associated with a dolphin are:

  • Playful

  • Peaceful

  • Strong

  • Cooperative

You strive to be happy in all situations and are a 'glass half full' kind of person!

5. Lion

The Lion is the king of the jungle and by far the most dominating spirit animal.

The lion symbolizes the fighting spirit in you, the dynamism and courage to go through life confidently.

The characteristics associated with a lion are:

  • Strong

  • Courageous

  • Self-confident

  • Powerful

The lion is your spirit animal if you boldly overcome difficulties in life and don't back down even when faced with the mightiest hurdles.

6. Swan

The Swan is a very graceful spirit animal. It symbolizes elegance and tranquility.

The swan is your spirit animal if you are comfortable in going with the flow and are comfortable in your skin.

The swan is your spirit animal if you tend to balance work and personal life well and at the same time know how to enjoy quality "me" time!

The characteristics associated with a swan are:

  • Tranquil

  • Empowered

  • Spiritually evolved

  • Loving

You know how to swiftly move through life and are not afraid to flaunt your individuality!

Which of these is your spirit animal?

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Into the world of Sound Healing

Hello Divas! The last time we met, we entered the world of Sound Healing by giving you an outlook of what it is and the effect that sound has on us. Today, let's take a step forward and look at all the ways in how sound healing actually works on us!

There are three major techniques in which sound healing affects us - mentally, physically, and spiritually. Are you ready to take a leap into the world the sound healing? Fasten your seatbelt as we're about to enter the magical realm. 

1. Brainwave Therapy

Sound healing therapy uses specially made metal bowls that increase the effectiveness of the healing rhythms on the brain. During therapy, the bowls are placed near the head to stimulate the brain into a specific state. It acts on the brain wavelengths, and the ideal wavelength is theta wherein you're in a completely relaxed state. 

The sound healing therapy specialized for the brain has a positive effect on you, it's very useful to de-stress and calm the mind. It also helps relieve headaches, enhance focus and gives you clarity of thought. 

2. Hand & Foot Reflexology

In this technique, the metal bowls are placed on the palms and touching the soles of the feet. The body absorbs the vibrations through the hand and feet. It regulates the blood flow while creating a calming effect on the body. This technique is extremely beneficial to those suffering from blood pressure and diabetes. Pressure is applied to certain regions of the hands and the feet that help in healing physical ailments. This ancient technique works wonders in detoxifying the body. It is also excellent in healing skin problems.

3. Aura Cleansing

Our 'aura' is the multi-layered energy field that surrounds our physical body. This energy field is susceptible to constant change. Which means that there is a chance of it being affected by negative energies and blockages. Sound healing for aura cleansing seeps in positive energy into your aura removing the toxins and negative energy. It cleanses, balances and energizes your chakras enabling you to have a supreme sense of well-being both physically and mentally. 

This technique of healing empowers you to have a positive perspective towards life, feeling happy, balanced and vibrant! 

Now that you know how sound healing exactly works on you and the power it holds to impact you positively, are you looking forward to experiencing it? 

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In today's world, Instagram has managed to become a part of our very being like a limb or a thought that is forever stuck in our minds. Some might even say that it almost acts as an extension of ourselves that lives in the virtual world.  A journal that we keep for all to see that notes down only our most perfect versions and actions. As we venture into this realm, the line between what is real and what is orchestrated has become blurry. 

However, it's all about the perspective! Many people view it as a tool to spread positivity and build a community of like-minded individuals. Recent trends indicate that many fitness and lifestyle pages have popped up, which provide their followers with tips for leading well-rounded, healthy lives. If you want to contribute to this flow of positivity and meaningful content on Instagram, then scroll down! If you are a fitness enthusiast, someone who wants to share his or her love for yoga or just create a cute picture for the gram we've got you covered! Here are some truly Instagram worthy yoga poses.

  1. Camel Pose:

Along with being an exceptional toning and strengthening asana, the camel pose i.e., Ustrasana looks really good on your Instagram page! This asana is known to have the ability to stretch and strengthen the shoulders and back and also relieve lower back pain! 

Here's how you do it.

Step 1: Start on your knees with legs hip-width apart. 

Step 2: Place both hands on your hips with thumbs on your sacrum.

Step 3: With a deep inhale, drop your hands towards your heels.

Step 4: Press the hands into the heels of the feet while keeping the sternum lifted.

Step 5: Lift the shoulders and lower the head and neck.

Step 6: Hold this pose for a few seconds. Release the hands from the heels coming back to starting position.

  1. Eagle Pose:

This fantastic asana is as good for your body and mind as it looks in the picture. This twisted looking pose helps you improve your balance and focus. It is the perfect pose to centre yourself and gain some calm. 

Do you want to know how you do it? Here's how. 

Step 1: Start with being in an awkward chair pose.

Step 2: Transfer your weight onto your left foot.

Step 3: Lift your right foot up off the floor.

Step 4: Cross your right thigh over your left thigh as high up the thigh as possible.

Step 5: Hook your right foot around your left calf.

Step 6: Bring both arms out in front of you.

Step 7: Cross the left arm over the right. Bend your elbows and wrap your right palm around so that it means your left palm. 

Step 8: Keep your spine perpendicular to the floor and the crown of the head rising.

Step 9: Hold 5-10 breaths.

Step 10: Repeat on the other side.

  1. Triangle pose

The triangle pose is as precise as it looks. It is a beautiful pose that works on strengthening and stretching your muscles. It is a wonderful stress reliever!

Here's how you can do it!

Step 1: Stand with feet wide apart.

Step 2: Turn right foot out 90 degrees and left foot in by 15-20 degrees

Step 3: Inhale and exhale while bending the body to the right, while allowing the left hand to come up in the air while the right hand comes towards the floor.

Step 4: Make sure the arms are in a straight line.  

Step 5: Keep your head in a neutral position or turn it to the left, eyes gazing softly at the left palm.

Step 6: As you inhale, come up, bring your arms down to your sides, and straighten the feet.

Step 7: Repeat on the other side.

Do you agree with our list? Do you want to add more? Upload an Insta-Worthy yoga pose according to you and tag us @thedivayoga! 

Until next time, namaste! 

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7 affirmations to inspire positivity

We are all living a race; some with choice, some without. In our daily lives, we come across abundant situations, bitter, sweet, sad, celebratory and some shattering. Every day there is a new emotion when you open your eyes. On some days you,d want to dance and on some, you'd just want to stay in bed. While it's completely okay to undergo such mood swings, what is the one thing that can keep you going? All through the tunnel guiding you to light.

Positivity. Yes, that's right. A rather carelessly overused word, but means every bit of it, positivity is a game-changer. It isn't something you conjure out of the blue to protect yourself from a bad situation. In fact, positivity is a requirement for everyday life, irrespective of what the situation is. It might seem hard to remain positive in situations that test your strength but is necessary in order to not succumb to the negativity.

It requires practice to stay positive. As mentioned earlier, you can't suddenly choose to be positive and imagine scenarios that are life-changing instantly. Your decision to be positive is only the start of the beautiful things that you're about to experience. It is an everyday affair. In fact, studies suggest that, if you are to repeat certain positive thoughts to yourself every morning after you wake up, it surely changes the way you counter your daily tasks. And that is how you get into 'the practice'.

Here are 7 affirmations that will help you stay positive in your high and low tides.

1. Today, I am and brimming with joy and full of energy!

Waking up with this thought every morning is a mood changer. When you say and believe that you're overflowing with energy and joy, slowly your body and mind begin to believe the same. And that is the pulse you start your day with!

2. I have a healthy body, a sound mind, and a tranquil soul.

There are times when you'd feel like you are going to fall sick or experience a low day where you cannot fathom the reason. Such mood swings are normal and are bound to occur when the subconscious is pre-occupied with thoughts. In such a case, repeating and self-affirming that you are indeed fine is required.

PS: However, if such feelings persist over a prolonged period, then medical help can be sought.

3. It is okay to say "No" when I do not have the time or inclination to act.

We often tend to subdue what our heart feels and go ahead with the mind's voice in certain situations. This act is mostly based on our prejudices of how society might see us if we say a "NO." It is essential to understand that sometimes it's okay to turn down things and put ourselves head, our peace, and vulnerability in front of societal predisposes.

4. Everything that has happened, is happening now and is about to happen, is for my ultimate good. 

This affirmation will give you the strength to take into stride everything good or bad that happens around you. It's always "hope" that will keep you going. And this affirmation gives you the hope that better days are coming your way.

5. I do not bow down to my fears.

Fear is a common disruptor. Fear of the society, fear of prejudices, fear of failure or fear of anything as simple as crossing the road! All these are just inhibitors to our success and even daily lives. The day we decide to not let our fears affect us and overtake them is the day we begin to succeed!

6. I am eternally grateful for the things I have.

It's okay to aspire, it's okay to wish for things, but it's not okay to let greed overtake you. Being content and happy with everything you possess is the key to maintaining sanity, peace, and happiness in life. Your needs will change, you might want something today and something else tomorrow, but what'll make you happy is the understanding that you can achieve or buy the things that you wish for. But if a situation arises where you cannot, then not getting dejected and counting your blessings is what makes the difference.

7. I will defeat my distractions and win my goals.

The biggest challenges on your path to achieving your goals is not the choice of path, but winning over your distractions. Repeat to yourself how important your goal and the victory is to you. Imagine you in the winning situation. The feel, the adrenaline rush etc, will make you crave victory more than ever. And at that point, tell yourself that your distractions can't deter you, believe in it and see the affirmation working it's magic!

All that said, you have to keep in mind that affirmations aren't the cure to the various mental blockages or illnesses that you might be undergoing. They are merely a facilitator to you on your path. They help you believe, tune your mind and body to your rhythm and set you on the path of your goals. From where your actions will define your way. Practicing Yoga and mindfulness coupled with these affirmations every day can work wonders for you. It'll help you channel positivity from within, boost your self-esteem such that you emanate an aura of self-confidence and poise. All ready to take over the world!

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The power of gratitude
The wise Dalai Lama once said, "The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness." This quote has the power to change your thoughts and invariably your life. And that"s why this will be our discussion today.
Gratitude, a word that is slowly picking pace. But what does it truly mean and why is it important? Let"s see.

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. It is more powerful than merely saying 'thank you' it translates and is visible in your thoughts and actions.

If someone were to tell you that gratitude can change your lives, you might just laugh it away. In reality, what was told to you is right and here's how. 

Research conducted by Robert Emmons found that Gratitude improves physical, mental and relational well-being. Additionally, gratitude impacts your overall feeling of being happy.

Paying attention to the things that matter to us, the ones that we are grateful for induces us with positivity. 

The proverb "Count your blessings and not your troubles" is a famous one, the meaning of which is not often understood by many. This proverb, in fact, is one of our early introductions to the practice of Gratitude. It simply means, when you count your blessings you have more reasons to be happy and thankful for when compared to the count of your sorrows. And that's another reason to be happy right?

Simply put, the following can be explained as the benefits of being grateful or practicing gratitude. 

Benefits of Gratitude:

  • You become more optimistic about life and all its situations.
  • It improves physical, emotional, and social well-being making you a better person altogether. Someone who values even the most minute things in life.
  • Your self-esteem increases and you are able to connect better with yourself and your feelings even during the times of adversity and coping with losses.
  • A grateful person is always beaming with a smile and heightened energy levels, carrying an aura of positivity everywhere!
  • When you are grateful, you're happy. When you are happy your body and mind are in sync and are stronger. Gratitude is a powerful mechanism. It improves your emotional and academic intelligence. It relieves you of mental decapitators like stress, anxiety, depression and more. It also strengthens your immune system, your heart and also decreases blood pressure.
  • With gratitude, you are more open to forgiving. Holding grudges and pangs of revenge are things of the past. With a thankful heart, you are more likely to have a softened heart and a stronger mind who can disregard petty issues and lead a life with vigor. 
  • Being grateful makes you value yourself more. Self-care becomes a priority and that is a plus! 

All in all, gratitude is an ability to see something bigger than what meets us on the face. It's a chance to rekindle the feeling of love, warmth, and humanity that are slowly disappearing. It also is our chance to connect better with the universe.

To describe it poetically like William Arthur Ward "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

So, it's time to give away the present we all have been holding back, knowingly or unknowingly. Let us be empowered by the power of gratitude!
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