Yoga Yajna (Yogathon) 2018

Yogathon Surya Namaskar Sun Salutations

 

Yoga Yajna - Yogathon

Yoga Yagna is a 21 day Yogathon where people practice yoga and report it to the group on their practice. This serves as a motivation for others to practice in a community setting. Yoga Bharati conducts Yogathon in Winter and summer to bring awareness about the benefits of yoga in the community.

  • Winter Yogathon - Jan 14 - Feb4th Every Year
  • Summer Yogathon - June 1st - June 21st Every Year

Note: June 21st is recognized by United Nations as International Yoga Day

Yoga Yajna consists of:

  • Suryanamaskar (SN) - Sun Salutations 
  • Shavasana - Mindful Supine Rest (Yoga Nidra)
  • OM Chanting

From Bay Area (Practice 108 SN TBD)

Yoga Yajna Milestones and Goals

Be a Sadhaka - One who yearns and works towards his/her Goal with commitment to the cause. Below are some options to choose from. You can sign up for one or mix and match in those 21 days.

  • Nachiketa Yajna -  Yogathon for busy Sadhakas- 4-12 SN, 3 min Shavasana Rest and 9-27 Aum Chantings (takes 15-20 mins)
  • Vivekananda Yajna - Yogathon for the committed Sadhakas - 12-24 SNs, 3-8 mins of Shavasana Rest and 9-27 Aum Chantings (45-60 mins)
  • Adi-Shankara Yajna - Yogathon for the striving Sadhakas - 24-48 SNs, 8 mins of Shavasana Rest and 27 or more Aum Chanting (6-90 mins)
  • Patanjali Yajna - Yogathon for the passionate Sadhakas - over 36-108 SNs, 8 mins of Shavasana Rest and 27 or more Aum Chantings (60-120 mins)

Yoga For All (Modifications for Health Conditions)

We provide different types of Surya Namaskars (SN) for people who cannot perform classic dynamic SNs in a Yajna (Marathon) setting. We have variation for shoulder/back pain and chair Surya Namaskar for seniors and people with knee pain and other conditions where they cannot practice on the mat. Scroll Down to see the pictures of these styles but please learn from teachers before practicing on your own. Contact us for details.

Yoga Yajna FAQ

Is Yoga Yajna (Yogathon) a Competition?
Yes, It is a healthy competition about how many Surya Namaskars you did per day and how many Aums you chanted per day for those 21 days. We announce winners in adults (men and women) and children's categories (6-12)

Is there a fee?
No. It is a FREE EVENT.

Do I need to practice in a class setting always?
No. You can practice at home also once you have training.

Where is the training?
We are offering training sessions for participants in Safari Kid San Jose (Cupertino Area) 1081 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA 95129 at following times. Registration online and RSVP for training sessions at workshop@yogabharati.org is a MUST.

  • Sat Jan 13th - 7.30am - 8.45am
  • Sat Jan 13th - 9.00am-10.15am
  • Sun Jan 14th - 7.30am - 8.45am


What is Pre and Post Evaluation?
We are offering participants to take self-evaluation of mind and body as a pre and post evaluation online. We also offer other yogic evaluation as a pre and post practice assessment. This is for your own use to understand how yoga helps you improve your overall health. It is optional.

I have some health conditions. Can I still participate in Yoga Yajna?
Yes, we have different variations of Surya Namaskar for various conditions. We even have Chair Surya Namaskars. We will explain this in our training sessions.

When does it end?
Your practice ends on Feb 3rd. 

What is Vegan Challenge?
Yoga teaches us to be sensitive to the needs of all creatures and mother earth. Yoga is about wanting to feel healthier, lighter and more vibrant.  You can do this by taking Vegan pledge for your health. We will give you tips on how to enjoy being vegan! We encourage you to take up the challenge of being Vegan for those 21 days. 

Benefits of Surya Namaskar

  • Surya Namaskar has a very powerful influence on all the systems of the body: nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, etc. Helps loosen the joints and muscles in the body. The combination of all asanas performed as cyclic practice has many health benefits such as weight loss, vitalizing the entire body, sharpening the mind and reaching optimal health.

  • Cyclic Practice of yogic postures in Surya Namaskar helps to loosen up joints and muscles in a short period of time.

  • Abdominal organs are alternately stretched and compressed. This ensures proper functioning of the organs.
  • Surya Namaskar removes nervous tension and anxiety due to the dynamic nature of the practice.
  • This practice also has a profound positive effect on the back as it involves alternate backward and forward bends. It also improves spinal flexibility and results in improved immunity.
  • Surya Namaskar energizes the body through a combination of stimulation and relaxation.
  •  Surya Namaskar is a very effective cardiovascular exercise and the continuous variability of muscle length during a flow of 10 postures reducing the probability of the types of injuries typically seen in other forms of aerobic activity.
  • The alternate expansion and contraction of the chest helps in regulating and deepening the breath through the practice and for a novice practitioner, it is the best way to learn the breath synchronization aspect of yoga practice.
  • Surya Namaskar enhances body awareness and improves overall quality of life.
  • Surya Namaskar practice helps immensely in developing the capacity of mindfulness in everything we do.  
  • When practiced in a community setting, the overall synergy and good will helps the entire community to bind together for a good cause and to work for the society’s well being. Need Detailed Report on Suryanamaskar Benefits and Literature ? - Read More

Benefits of Shavasana

Shavasana is a wakeful sleep called Yoga Nidra. It helps bring awareness to the body and provides complete rest to the entire body and mind with all its inner organs and faculty of thinking.

 

Benefits of Aum Chanting

  • The goal of yoga is to silence the mind. Aum is a great support to take for silencing of the easily distractible mind. Silence after Aum is the most important aspect of the practice

  • Chanting 27 rounds of Aum will be a great pranayama practice as one regulates and coordinates breath with it. Helps expand the lung capacity when practiced with deep breathing.

  • Aum is a passive syllable that does not have any emotion or meaning associated with it in the regular sense of the word. Hence it removes any thoughts and emotions of the mind.
  • Aum can be broken down into A — for resonance in the lower part of the body; U - for resonance in the middle part of the body; and M - for resonance in the head region; Thus it produces vibrations in the entire body from toe to head.
  • Mandukya upanishad associates A with wakeful state, U with dream state and M with deep sleep state. The silence after the chanting is the ultimate state called Turiya, the transcendance of body and mind.

 

Contact Us

Email: workshop@yogabharati.org

Phone: 408-341-YOGA (9642)