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Sunita Bhala

Meet Sunita Bhalla

Reach up, you have the sun and moon in you!

A yoga instructor whose mission in life is to propagate yoga to those who appreciate it in an art form and a scientific form.

I have done my yoga from 1989-1991 from foothills of Himalayas in Mantalai, Katra, and Delhi. My Guru is Dhirendra Brahamchari who also taught the late Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawarhalal Nehru and Indira Gandhi and her sons Rajeev Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi.

Having practiced yoga and held various workshops in Malaysia, Singapore and UAE,  I formed Gems of Yoga, a yoga studio and taught in the studio.

In the year 2000, I became committed to yoga full time. I was the force behind setting up prices, structuring programmes and maintaining the quality of yoga in the studio. I guided the instructors and helped them to customize their teachings according to UAE expectations. From 2000-2007, I organized various yoga workshops in hotels, clubs, and corporates. In August 2007, I actively became re-involved with yoga. Having formed the studio, the day to day activities of running the studio took me away from the very activity I enjoyed. In 2007, I reconnected back and started to actively also teach yoga again. My clients and students welcomed me back as they enjoyed my way of explanations and demonstrations and the depth of the subject.

My mentors are Guru Dhirendra Brahamchari, BKS Iyengar, Krishnama Charya, and my mom’s mom, Mrs. Dayawanti Sardana because of whom my love with yoga started at the age of five when she made sure that all her grandchildren were able to recite the mantras from Gita. She is no more but her blessings and her words.

“Dharamshetre Kurukshetre
Samveta Yuyutsva
Mamka Pandvaschiva
Kimkuruvat Sanjaya.”

Still chant in my ears and make me feel that she is smiling on me and saying, Go on Sunita, don’t stop, there is lot of work and awareness you have to do, work and spread the message till your last breath.

I will continue to do so… as a homage to my Nani and my Guru.

About  Instructor Ms. Suniita,

Dhirendra Brahmachari

Ms. Sunita is an acrredited Yoga teacher from CCRYN (Central Council Of Research In Yoga & Naturopathy) New Delhi. Her Guru at CCRYN is Dhirendra Brahamchari who taught late Prime Ministers of India, Pandit JawaharLalNehru, Indira Gandhi & her two sons Rajeev & Sanjeev Gandhi. He was assisted by Girish Jha, Dey Sir and Jha sir. The teachers were influenced by Bihar School Of Yoga tradition, the first  yogic university of India in Bihar now being called Satyananda Yoga operating from Bihar Rikia, U.K. & Australia.

Having studied for two and a half year at Mantalai in foothills of Himalaya, the abode of Shiva, Katra, the abode of Shakti and New Delhi Lajpat Bhawan and Vishwayatan Yoga Ashram with Sudha madam, Veena and Geeta madam, Ms. Sunita honed her skills in body hygiene & Physiology, Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, Shatkarma, Yoga practice, Pranayama, Samayama,Vedanta and teaching skills in an ashram setting where the day started at 5.00 am and ended at 8.00 pm away from city and distractions of modern lifestyle.

Dhirendra Brahmachari

With Swadhay she studied David Coutler, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Mukunda Stiles, Swami Rama, Dr. Nirlambkar, Swami Sivananda, Dalai Lama, Thich Nath, Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffmen, Victoria Lapage, Desikchar, Krishnamacharya, BKS Iyengar, Swami Rajneesh, Dr. David Frawley, Hikaru Hashimoto, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Aurobindo, Chinmayananda, Gurumai, Brahamkumaris, Dr. Robert Svobada, Anodea Judith, Harish Johari. She integrated the knowledge of astrology, ayurveda, naturopathy, thai Yoga, mantra, yantra and tantra yoga, Vedas and Upanishads, Buddhism studies, Jainism studies, tao philosophy, sufi philosophy, parsi philosophy to come up with yoga session comprising of yoga postures, breathing and meditation based on the individual requirement to bring growth and energyful change through the practice of her yoga. Her student taught her essence and prayers from the holy book of Quran to integrate into her practice.

Our lineage, our Guruparampara, runs in this Order: Lord Narayana, Brahma, Dakshinamurti, Dattatreya, Four Kumaras, Vyasa, Vasishta, Gaudapada, Shankaracharya, Sivananda, Omkarananda, Swami Rama, Swami J, Swami Nityananda, Kaulantak Peethadheeshwar Maha Yogi Satyandar Nath Ji Maharaj.

Our roots are in the Vedas and the Upanishads. Our Heart is Srividya; the Soul of our Being is Sri Yantra. Our Ishta Devata is Parabrahmaswaroopini Sri Mahatripurasundari. We are at the same time Siva Bhaktas and Vishnu Bhaktas because Siva and Vishnu are two of the many Faces of Parameshwari Tripurasundari. And because of our deep spirituality which is the quintessence of all religions, we belong to all religions of the world. We appreciate them, serve them, unite them and further the growth of the inner light in them.

Her schooling in convent of St. Anthony’ and graduation in foods sciences helped her to bring nutrition guidelines and drive the importance of “what we eat we become”. Having formed the first Yoga and meditation center in Dubai, UAE since the year 2000, she has been constantly involved in retaining the sancity and authenticity of Gems Of Yoga teachings of Yoga through her Sheikh Zayed center. The outreach programme of Yoga@Home has brought relief and stress release and peace of mind to a lot of signature families of Nationals of UAE and to expats of UAE who still continue to patronize Gems Of Yoga. The Blooming Of The Lotus is the outreach programmes for high stress job executives at corporates and small and medium size companies. Sunita is also available for speaking opportunities on yoga, breathing an meditation at seminars and meet ups. She has taught more than eleven thousand hours of yoga uptill now and has launched the Yoga teachers training programme from her studio Gems of Yoga. For more details visit her website at www.gemsofyogadubai.com. He blog on yoga is available at www.blogspot.gemsofyogadubai.com and her astrology blog is available at www.wordpress.gemsofyogadubai.com.

Teaching Methodology

In words of Rober Boustany,”  A system that is built from essential fundamentals to create a self consistent system for research and analysis of yoga postures, cycles of poses or processes involving several cycles.

The joints, built from bones, ligaments and muscles are the primary defining element.

Actions are secondary elements of data, and define which muscle fibers and resultant forces define these actions.

Alignment is defined as uniform pressure over the joint, in the practice of a pose. Alignment and safety are inseparable, and defined alignment arises from objective principles, that create subjective guidelines. Specifically, how close we are to precise alignment is defined by the degree of "ease" in the spine.

Pain is initially defined by the terms: compression and overstretch of a joint. Pain is evaluated to determine how to move toward alignment during the practice of a pose.

Flexibility is developed from:

First, strength of contracting muscle fibers which activates inhibiting neurons;

Second, by stretching eccentrically in most cases;

Third, by passive stretch in some muscles under specific conditions; and

Fourth, flexibility can arise by simply relaxing beyond the normal resting length.

Strength is a measure of capability, and is meaningful and safe when alignment is held in during a pose. Grasping for a pose is unproductive and often dangerous, and the goal of yoga practice is to expressed strength, and to hold a pose for a duration, and in a way that maintains alignment. When this is not possible the practice ends.

Constraints are defined limits placed on positioning during a pose. If you are in a lunge, and the knee is initially touching down, to say "lift the knee" can mean anything from coming out of the pose to a range of less drastic movements. To say: "lift the knee with the hip held in the same place" means a constraint is placed on the placement of the hip, and that more precisely defines the action.

Students often do poses without constraints, and that limits the development of poses, and can make them less safe or unsafe.

Contraindications listed are meant to define some of the conditions under which a pose should not be practiced. An exhaustive list is impossible, so contraindications are few guidelines and not necessarily the major ones. An experienced teacher is required to learn proper practice.

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