Wednesday, March 31, 2010

9 Tips for Healthy Hairs

While visiting the State of Kerala, India one hardly fails to observe the long beautifully maintain hairs of most of the women's there. Ample of time to take care was our thought for women’s in rural South India, but we were shocked when we saw it even in urban cities. What could be the reason for such long hairs has genetic to do anything with it? Can any person around the globe follow certain tips to have such hairs? Forget about long hairs, what matters more was the condition of the hairs. One needs to understand that the first thing that comes to notice about any person is one’s hairs and its condition. The need to keep one’s hairs clean and maintain is not just the requirement of women folk, but also for the men folk around.
Here are few pointers that could help you in any way:

1] Hair Wash:
 Experts recommends washing the hairs regularly, they prefer lukewarm water rather than hot water or even cold water. The temperature of the water does affect your hair roots and thus affecting the overall growth.

2] Avoid from Sun, Wind, Dust, and Cold:
 Care should be taken to keep hairs covered from excess sunlight or heat, excess wind, dust and even cold wind. Summer or winter whatever is the season it is advised to cover the hair with scarf or hat or cap at least when in open surrounding.

3] There is nothing as such as Natural Shampoo:
 Do not get fooled by the word Natural Shampoo.... When it is shampoo it has to have chemicals in it, and preservatives which can damage your hairs in long run. Do shampoo your hairs if you do not have any other alternative, but do not over shampoo them too.

4] Massage your Hairs and Scalp:
Head massage especially the scalp with coconut oil is a very important aspect of day to day life of every one in Southern India.  Coconut oil in Ayurveda is regarded a very healthy oil for hair growth. It also helps the hairs to shine a lot.

5] Avoid Spicy and Oily food:
 This is very known fact for those who take hair care as a serious topic; spicy food and oily food both consumed in excess amount can do damage to the hair follicles and roots and thus affecting hair growth.

6] Dye:
Humans have dyed the hairs from very long time. Different herbs and animal products where used for such reason in history. Unluckily synthetic dyes do not show that much mercy on our hairs. Damage done to the hairs is more troublesome than actual help. Thus it is always advised to avoid excessive dyeing of hairs.

7] Using Blow dryer:
 Avoid using blow dryer for a long time at one point of the hair. Even when drying off the hairs with towel a little gentleness is called for. It is for your hair roots rather than anyone else.

8] Herbs for you Hairs:
Two herbs are well known when it comes to taking care of hairs. Eclipta Alba also known in Sanskrit as Bhringaraj is a common component in many different hair care oils and products. It is said according to Ayurveda that this herbs nourishes the hairs as well as increases resistance to stress. Another herb that works very similarly is Brahami or Gotu Kola which is also seen in many hair products.

9] Caffeine Products:
 Excessive coffee, tea or even pop can affect your hairs in a bad way. It is thus advised to avoid excessive caffeine products or soda to have great hairs.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Balasana


Child Pose 

When it comes to restorative pose one particular asana that remains a huge favorite of many of my students is the pose known as "Balasana or Child pose". As child in mother’s womb we stay for the first 9 months of our pre-life stage in a very particular pose. This pose even after birth and many years from then is still loved by each of us because of the feel it gives to the whole body and mind. Yogis knew the importance of that particular pose and thus came the existence of “Balasana” or “Child Pose”. The word "Bal" means Child or kid in Sanskrit and thus the name of pose as Child pose.

How to do this pose?

1] This pose has a tremendous similarity to the pose that we did long time before called as Vajrasana. Actually this pose can be just seen as an extension of that pose.
2] Start the pose by sitting in kneels down position. Make sure both the big toes are touching each other. If possible make a small cross of both the big toes.
3] Rest your Buttocks on the heels of the feet.
4] Separate both the knees and keep them apart pretty much as wide as the hips.
5] Inhale in and slowly exhaling out slowly start bending in front as much as possible. This would bring your torso down between the thighs. Try to rest the torso in between your thighs.
6] Keep your hands on the side not touching the body; keep both the palms facing upward toward the sky.
7] Stay in this pose for at least 3 to 5 min. This is a resting pose so just relax as much as possible.
8] Inhale in and slowly lift your torso upward as you finish this pose.


Caution: 

1] Those who do suffer with different types of Ulcerative colitis should avoid this pose if the condition is in active stage.
2] People suffering with diarrhoea should never try this pose.
3] Pregnant women should restrain from doing this pose.


Benefits 

1] Being a stage where you rest as if you resting in mother's womb one can feel the effects both on mind and body.
2] An ideal pose to work for depression, anger and other issues of the mind.
3] Stretches the hips, thighs ankles and the arms.
4] Relives back pain, neck pain due to the stretch.
5] Decreases stress and calms down the brain.


Chakra Effect:

 This asana has its effects on "Svadhistana Chakra" .

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Friday, March 26, 2010

5 Ways to Detox This Spring

Spring is the time to Detox and the reason we all know now...If you are new to this post have a look at the following post why to detox in Spring and your doubt would be  solved. Now once we have decided to cleanse the question arises what are our methods are we going to follow to cleanse. The Market is full of hundreds and hundreds of articles and ideas to cleanse what is best for you? This question can only answered by you and your naturopath or Vaidya and the time you have and the money one can invest in such cleanse. Here in this article I try to point certain detoxification methods that are known to give us good results. Again it would be great if one take the consult of your Vaidya or Naturopath for such process...

1] Fasting:

 Fasting remains one of the oldest methods and one of the best known to detox or cleanse. Many religions have added fasting as a method not just for bodily cleanse but even as a form of mental and spiritual cleanse such is the value of Fasting as a detox. In my post Why to fast today? I have spoken about different benefits of fasting; have a peek over those benefits if you can. The idea to fast is about not depriving the body of food, but giving the body enough to sustain. Thus one meal a day can be the ideal way to fast.  One needs to do more than one such fast to get the best result.

2] Castor Oil:

Another way to detox can be through the use certain herbs that can actually cleanse your digestive system like Castor Oil. Ayurveda speaks of the benefits of this oil not just as a stomach cleanser or purgative action, but also its role in cleansing the liver and spleen. Taking the oil once every week remains very common with many health conscious people all around the world. Try having it and see the difference. Here are some of the benefits of using Castor oil pointed in one of the article.

3] The Master Cleanse:

 A very safe method to detoxify that has been a hot favourite of many people around the globe is the Master Cleanse Diet. Master Cleanse or Lemonade diet has been the brain child of Stanley Burroughs. The whole diet consists of a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water. One need to drink at least 8 litres of such water combination for a period ranging from one to three days .Not only this diet have shown good results in weight loss, but also it has shown results in increasing one's energy, decrease fatigue and increase appetite. Loss of toxins from both mind and the body are achieved from this diet too. Have a look to the actual diet on their website here.

4] Hydro-Colon Therapy:

 One of the most new coming cleanse available for many westerners is the hydro colon cleanse. Although myself I have some reservation for this type of cleanse still it remains one of the most well known and enjoyed cleanse out of all. Cleansing is achieved with the help of distilled water flowed in your rectum with the help of special machines and then thrown back while monitoring the input and output. One may require more than one sitting in certain cases.
Beware: Do get fool with coffee enemas and suppository, and unhygienic conditions.

5] Herbal Cleanser:

 Modern Naturopaths and researchers have bought together some new information’s in regards to different old herbs. Herbs that can act as cleanser for specific organ, specific condition, like the work of cilantro in metal and lead poisoning, dandelions to cleanses the liver and kidney so and so.
Specific cleanses of a organ can be suggested by your health consultant by taking such herbs or spices regularly in our diet in small or large quantity. It is important that one need to constantly re-verify and re check the actual results achieved due to such cleanses.

So what type of detox are you thinking about? Any one of the above or do you have some thing else in mind? Why do not you let others know if you are doing any specific detox this spring? 

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sugar Substitutes

Natural and Healthy 


Recent years’ sugar has been blamed for many different health conditions including diabetes, obesity. Although blamed still many agree that sugar do play a major part in our digestive system. It is the glucose the source of energy for our body that we derive from the sugar that plays the wonder role. Ayurveda classifies 6 tastes of food, out of which one is advised to eat maximum sweet taste food or Madhur Rasa. So it is very clear that our body needs glucose in high amount, then what is wrong in having sugar and if so what are our alternatives? Here are some of the natural substitutes for sugar found with Mother Nature. Have a read and see if anything that can click you and your diet.

1] Jaggery / Molasses:

One can derive very healthy sugar substitutes from the actual process of making of sugar from sugar cane. Although very different chemicals are added to actual complete that process. One such product that can be derived even before the actual adding of the chemicals is called as Jaggery or Molasses. Jaggery or Molasses is very traditional unrefined non centrifugal sugar used commonly in rural parts of India, Asia, Africa and many sugar cane growing belt. Being a concentrated form of cane sugar with no other chemicals added it contain around 50% sugar ,20% invert sugar and 20% moisture content. It may contain some ash and other protein left over. Other than all this many different forms of molasses do contain vitamins, minerals, calcium and magnesium in them.
Ancient Science of Ayurveda recommends the use of Jaggery compare to sugar or any other substitute for many different herbal preparations and for general use too.

2] Natural Brown Sugar:

 Brown sugar that you get in market can be contaminated, but Natural brown sugar is the one that one should be looking for. Natural brown sugars are the first product of crystallization of sugar cane juice. This sugar is said to be free of any additives and chemicals use later to the process of making sugar. Like Jaggery it does contain high mineral contents. In market one can look out for such Natural brown sugar in the following brand Turbinado sugar, Muscovado, or Demerara sugar.

3] Honey:

 A sweet syrup that is made by certain types of insects like bees from the nectar of different flowers. Honey thus represents the natural state of sugar found in nature and thus entitles to have maximum benefits to health. Although the properties of honey depends on the flower and the area the nectar has been collected by the bees still normally honey along with sugar do contain small amount of antioxidants, vitamin C, catalase, pinocembrin.
Honey has been known in the books of Ayurveda for many other reasons, known for its anti bacterial, antiseptic property honey has been used to heal wounds from long time. Honey also is known to be used for weight loss and an good alternative to sugar for diabetes clients.

4] Maple Syrup:

 North America and Europe are two continents that are said to be lucky to have this abundant crop of Maple trees that during spring gives a nice harvest of Maple syrup. Stores sugar of the trees in the roots pas through the inner barks of the tress upward which can be tapped and collected to give the base required to make maple syrup. No addition of sugar or any other dye or chemical is required to a get a good batch of pure maple syrup.
Pure Maple syrup is said to contain zinc and magnesium two nutrients which are in well demand in our body. Here are some the health benefits of this syrup.One can read another interesting story about further properties of this syrup in yesterday's Toronto Star. Have a look here
So what is your choice for sugar alternative? Do you eat sugar and still in control? Are you using any artificial sweeteners like aspartame?

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Savasana



Corpse Pose  
It is a moment in every one’s yoga routine when a need arises to just calm both your physical and mental body. That is the exact moments that one can try this immensely popularly pose that is called as Corpse pose of “Savasana” also known as “Mrtasana”. The “Sava” here means a dead person or corpse same is the meaning of the word “Mrta” and this names in Sanskrit as Savasana and Mrtasasana. The does tries to copy the way and feel of a dead person thus restricting the movements of both physical body and mental mind.

How to perform Savasana?

1] Lie down on your back full length on the mat. Make sure you are comfortable as much as possible. Keep your arms aside from the body, both the legs apart from each other.
2] Arms should be apart from the body and palms of both the arms should be facing upward in a very relaxed pose.
3] Make yourself as comfortable as possible; if it’s cold have a blanket or something on top of you to cover. Loosen your pants if you do wear something very tight on the waist.
4] Before starting the pose close your eyes. One can even wear eye shades or piece of cloth to keep your eyes from bright light.
5] As you starts this pose inhale in and out and make sure you are with each and every breathe.
6] Understand that you start this pose with fast shallow breathe, but slowly you would proceed in to a state of slow deep breathing. Follow that.
7] Be with your breathe all the time. Follow the rhythm!!
8] One can restrain the physical body for this part of the pose, but the hard part is to restrain the minds from moving a lot. It is common in the early phase. Try to work out on that.
To follows one breathe would be the easiest way that your mind can stay still and not think of anything else.
9] Stay in this pose for around 15 to 30 minutes.
10] It is encourage that when coming out from this pose one can slowly turn towards the side and then sit in  Padmasana full or half.

Caution:

1] The relaxing nature of the pose makes many to fall asleep in this pose. Try not to. Do not sleep!!
2] Make sure your mind does not wonder all around. Do not think too much of all the frugal topics of life.

Benefits 

1]The Oldest book of yoga Hatta Yoga Pradipika speaks about benefits of this pose as a pose to remove fatigue caused by all the other asana done before. Thus this pose remains a great pose to finish the class.
2] A really good pose to help those who suffer with depression headache and other stress disorders.
3] A good pose to lower blood pressure and other related health condition.
4] Relaxes the body and the mind.

Chakra

 A pose that works on Vissudha or the Throat chakra.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Detox

For the last couple days we here in Ontario are having a really great climate. The days starts with nice sun outside full of warmth resulting in melting of the ice. Here is the official arrival of spring here in Ontario. I am sure many areas in North America sooner or later would see such changes happening. Being a Health Practitioners come spring the first question that is pointed all the time by client’s remains what would be the best Spring Detox? Is it really needed? The question that I really look forward from people is why is the need of this detox?


Why one should Detox in Spring?

While pondering this question I came upon an article from Toronto Star a leading daily newspaper which speaks something about the need of spring detox just in very enlarge scenario. Feel free to have a look at the article here . It speaks of a theory put forward by biologist that this cleansing process is because of the primal impulse of the melatonin hormone present in our body. Large part of time during cold winters is in darkness. it is at that time melatonin hormone  governs the body , but the sun bring forward the changes in the body decreasing the effects of melatonin that makes us awakened to a feeling of muckiness. This feeling makes us to clean our house and surrounding area during such spring days, but also a need to clean our body.

Ayurveda speaks of such detox the need of hour because of the so called lifestyle that we adapt during the cold winter months. Remember due to the coolness in the atmosphere we tend to have a great appetite making us eat a lot. It is the need of the season that we indulge in eating rather than diet during such month. Another factor that comes during those months are different celebrations all around the world, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Diwali {Festival of Light} and many more bring a lifestyle where we are bound to indulge in food that we normally would have restricted.

According to the Science of Life:  Ayurveda  its all due to particular  food we consume and  lifestyle maintain one tend to increase one’s Kapha Dosha. The height of accumulation of this dosha is reached during the months of spring. And then due to the warmth of the sun and the surrounding weather one can find the accumulated Kapha dosha showing its presence in some form of illness or so during the spring months. Have a history of Asthma, sinusitis, Arthritis and see that sometimes it gets flared up during these early months of spring. It is the due to this imbalance of the Kapha dosha that can be seen here in our body, not just for sick individuals, but also in each and every individual.
Ayurveda speaks that it is wise to let go of this accumulated Kapha to enjoy the maximum benefit of life and thus suggest different Detox or Panchakarma or PK during such days.

Healthy or Unhealthy it is the need of the hour to detox and that is the truth of this lovely season. So get up and ask your naturopath or Vaidya for a nice detox that can help you have a nice spring detox. What do you say?

Do you have thoughts to share on the same lines? Let us know in the comment section... Your comments are always welcome!!!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Maple Syrup

8 Health Benefits of Maple Syrup

Last Sunday we had a chance to the visit the local Maple Syrup Festival in Warkworth, Ontario, Canada. The arrival of spring brings the harvest of Maple trees in North America and many European countries. Maple syrup is basically a viscous amber liquid with very earthy sweet taste is basically made from the sap of sugar black or red maple tree.
I have not read a lot about this sap in any of Ayurvedic books, but for sure many Natives have been using this syrup in some sort of medicinal use for sure.  How is Ayurveda going to view this syrup?  Here are some the known medicinal properties of this syrup.


1] One thing is very clear that this syrup is one of the natural states of sugar to be found in Mother Nature. Although concentrated this syrup can be a healthy alternative for sugar. The processing of this syrup hardly requires any chemicals including preservatives and thus this natural sugar form could be at its very natural state.
2] Original known by the local natives of North America this syrup has been known to have properties that can work on liver and kidneys.
3] Research is still under way about the known benefit of this syrup on pancreas. It is said that maple syrup contain polyphenols as well as phytohormone known as abscisic acid which helps pancreas in producing insulin. So yes it can be consumed by diabetic individuals too.  
4] It is known that it contains manganese an important co-factor in energy production and antioxidant defense in our human body.
5] Zinc is yet another nutrient found in maple syrup which has many functions for healing our body.  Zinc supports our reproductive health with special benefit to males.
6] It is well known that low level of zinc in prostate is a warning for facing from prostate cancer. Thus consuming this syrup one nourishes ones body with zinc and their prostate in a way.
7] The syrup is also known to decrease the progression of atherosclerosis due to zinc present in it. Thus can be really a boon for heart patients.
8] Endothelial damage caused by oxidized LDL cholesterol and other oxidized fats can be prevented by consuming the syrup as it contains zinc.

In my practice I have started using this syrup basically as an catalyst to give herbs especially when it comes to treat clients with issues of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis. May some other time I would write more in detail why I am using it in this way.

Any thoughts how you use Maple syrup? Have you used this syrup other than cooking as a form of medicine in any condition? Are you a diabetic using this syrup for a long time? How do you feel then using it?  Please feel free to share. May be your information might be very useful for others.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Utakatasana

  
Chair Pose

Today we take a small break from all the balancing poses and just do a very simple pose that would help us lot. It is a sheer mistake that I missed this pose before all the balancing poses especially those where we balance in standing position as this pose really works on strengthening our ankles and thighs. The pose that we are going to learn today is called as Utakatasana or Chair pose. The word “Utakat” means Powerful or fierce in Sanskrit which is name for the benefits that this poses gives for the doer. The English name is pretty much because of shape the body undergoes when doing the pose like a chair, thus the name Chair pose.

How to do this Utakatasana?

1] Start this pose by standing in Tadasana.
2] Inhale in and slowly lift both your arms so they are perpendicular to the ground above your head. The palms of the hand are facing each other and connected as if forming the namsate symbol on the top of your head. Keep the arms as straight as possible.
3] Now inhale and exhale and slowly try to bend you knee joint as much as you can without lifting heals from the floor.
4] Your torso may lean forward a little bit, but keep your abdomen inside and the back straight.
5] Hold this pose for 3 to 4 breaths and then coming back repeat the steps again for some time.

Caution

Personally I feel this pose can be done by every single person and with no restriction. Some teachers do suggest a word of caution for those who suffer with low blood pressure and insomnia. One is completely free to try this pose and then decide for them self for what they feel I may add up.

Benefits

1] This pose remains the best for working in Flat feet.
2] Stretches the Achilles tendon and strengthen the thigh muscles.
3] Tones and strengthen the muscles of the back
4] Good for those women who are pregnant.
5] Aids digestion and elimination.
6] Promotes body ailment and good posture.


Chakra

This asana works on the Muladhara Chakara or the Base Chakara.


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Friday, March 12, 2010

Diet Review : The G.I Diet by Rick Gallop

Last month on this blog I wrote a review about a Weight Loss Diet Book called as The Mayo Clinic Diet a very popular diet book in the market. I am sure many would have enjoyed that review. Following that same tradition of reviewing some weight loss diet or book, today I bring forward yet another weight loss diet book review.  “The G.I Diet” written by Rick Gallop ex president of Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, I hope that might help you in one way or another.

Short History

This book and diet is the search of one man's journey for freedom from weight loss. It was a journey where Rick have tried and tested many different types of diet and routines to lose weight with results that were not that charming. His journey took him to one diet book called as “The Zone” by Dr Barry Sears based on the principles of the Glycemic index invented by Toronto based doctor named Dr David Jenkins, professor of nutrition at the University of Toronto. Not only this concept and it is practical use did magic with the author a feeling of satisfaction also arouse from him leading him to research more and work on this diet.

Basic Fundamental of the Diet

Glycemic Index is the measure of the effect of Carbohydrate on blood sugar. The digestion of carbohydrate leads to formation of glucose which is then seen in our blood level. According to this theory of Dr Jenkins some carbohydrates do gets digested quickly leading to high blood sugar means higher G.I index, while some other carbohydrate would get digested slowly leading to lower G.I. This principle remains true with all the groups of food .

Understanding G.I Diet in Practice

 To follow this diet one does not require any information about the actual G.I of each and every product. All is sorted out for you in the book. The Author mentions of two basic phases in the book, the first phase with very strict set of rules, while in the second phase some rules are relaxed. Charts with options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks are all described in this book for the easiness of the reader.
The whole diet and recipes revolves around low fat, low G.I food items which remains blessing for many. Some pointers in regards to exercise, different nutritional medication is something that is an add on to this book.
Have a visit to the G.I Diet website here

Cons of the Diet

1] In the words of the writer "The G.I Diet is simple and concise, with very little scientific jargon" which sums it all.
2] No mention of the word calories can come as a surprise to many individuals who can be a little sceptical of that word in general.
3] Alcohol included in that later phase remains a blessing for many in this diet.
4] It is pleasant to find out what can one eat while choosing Fast food with such type of diet.

Pros of the Diet

1] It is funny that although being the ex-president of Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario the diet gives an ok for Aspartame products.
2] Very limited recipes at hand in the original book, one need to buy yet another for some more recipes.
3] One of the biggest factors in regards to diet that is the human mind has been not even touched. What happens if I could not control my portion size? How to work on my cravings even if they are high on G.I?

Ending Notes:

 I am myself in love of this diet for the sheer fact that even Ayurveda speaks about certain carbohydrates being healthier than others. Ancient Grains like Millet's, Kamut, Quinova are thus very famous to help people lose weight even then and now...
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rest For Thy Ears !!



Walking down town Toronto one could not fail to observe the amount of people walking with ears plugged with music. In many cases one can even hear music from the ipods of passer-by, so high is the volume. The question that arises when watching all those is it safe enough to have this going on 3-4 hours a day. Do our ears get tired listening to such loud noise? Do they need rest?

Journey of Sound

Human ears can hear and understand sound due to the vibration it creates. As sound is collected by the external pinna or ear, it is then passed to the middle ear where due to the vibration on the ear drum is recorded. Vibrations are converted to chemical signals and then send to brain, thus evaluating the sound.


Normal and the Abnormal

Human ear can hear in the frequency from 20 Hz TO 20,000Hz. Normally one speaks or converse at around 60 db. While one do hear music on Walkman or iPod at around 94 db if the volume is kept at level 5 out of level 10.
Ears if exposed for long time with sound frequency of 90-95 db can cause hearing loss in an individual. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, more than 15 minutes of exposure to 100 decibels is unsafe. So are we at a risk of a big epidemic of hearing loss then?

Not just hearing loss but many researchers does agree that hypertension and many other physiological difficulties can relate to high sound exposure. 


How to Rest our Ears then?

1] Keep the volume of your ipod or mp3 player to bare minimum.
2] Avoid constantly having those devices in your ear. Give them and your ears some rest.
3] For a minute or two keep your ears closed.  Enjoy the emptiness, the same feeling that one can feel when underwater.
4] Ayurveda prescribes different herbal oil for your ears to keep them healthy. Ask your Vaidya or Ayurvedic Consultant for more help.

Do you have anything to add?  Do you know any person around you who have turn deaf due to the excess usage of iPods and mp3? Any suggestion how to keeps ears trouble free even with using modern technology?

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Virbhadarasana-3

 Warrior Pose-3
While doing some of the standing poses we have encountered and learned two different variation of the Warrior pose or known as Virbhadarasana. Today in this pose we would take a closer look on doing another variation of the same pose with a just small amount of balancing involved.

How to do Virbhadarasana -3?

1] Follow all the steps required to come to the stage where you are in a position of Virbhadarasana -1. At this movement one has kept one leg in front bend in the knee joint, while the other leg is straight. Both the arms are perpendicular to the ground and the palms are touching to each other. One has the vision looking in front and breathing in and out. This remains the pose where one is said to stay in the first pose of Virbhadarasana-1.

2] Now slowly inhale in and exhaling bend forward from your hips so that your torso, arms comes parallel to the ground. Keep your one leg extended and firm on the ground. Try not to lift the heel of that extended leg from the ground.
3] Now slowly inhaling in slowly shift the body weight on the leg with the bend knee joint. The knee joint is still a little forward in this case. As you shift the body weight lift the extended leg up from the ground to balance it on the leg with the forward knee.
4] Slowly bring the leg with knee joint forward to be perpendicular to the ground, while the other leg that is in air to be parallel to the ground. Thus now you are holding your whole body weight on one foot.
5] Balance the pose either with keeping your eyes and head facing downward or if comfortable maintain and eye to eye contact with a point in front of you which every works.
6] Hold the pose for 2 to 4 breaths and see how you feel.
7] One can slowly come down and do it on the opposite side too...

Caution: 

 
1] Those suffering with high blood pressure should try to avoid this pose.
2] Those suffering with ankle joint injury should also be careful while doing this pose.
3] The position of the head and the eyes during the end stage of this pose completely depends on how comfortable one is with the eye contact. But maintain concentration while doing this poses especially with the eyes to keep the balance.
4] Some teachers recommend the opening of the arms instead of keeping the arms straight in front... Again see what comforts you and try it.

Benefits


1] Improves the sense of balance and posture.
2] Strengthen the muscles of the thigh, and the ankle joint..
3] Strengthen the back muscles.
4] A good pose to tone the abdomen.

Chakra:


This asana is known to stimulate the Third Eye or the Ajna Chakra.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Eat Less and Live Longer !!

Since ages we humans have been looking for answers on how to stay longer. Different Civilizations in the olden days had their own traditions and rituals that they thought might promote one to live as long as possible. Scientists have been working on the same notion too following different research on that line. The first success came in the research with rats where it was seen that those rats that where feed less calories than other increase lifespan. In very recent development Time magazine ran another important article in their health section speaking about this same topic. The story speaks about a research that is undergoing called as Comprehensive Assessment of Long Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy {CALARIE} at Tufts University in Boston. One theory why one lives longer because of eating less states that the state of slight hunger act as a mild but constant stressor that makes an organism stronger and more resistant to ills of aging.

Now what interests me is something else in that whole concept which I am trying to put forward in front of you. Yes we all knew about this, what do you say? Since ages we have been advised by our mothers and elders in the house about how much to eat. If I recollect my mom constantly spoke about eating a little less than what one can eat. In Japan the concept that is part of the society is to eat only 80% of what one can eat. 

Classification of Stomach According to Ayurveda

Similarly in Ayurveda we speak about dividing the stomach in three parts. It is said that to have a healthy lifestyle one should divide the stomach in 3 parts. Half of the stomach should be full with food, while quarter would be full with water and keep the rest quarter empty for the food and the water to mix together. Isn't it a very nice concept?

So Friends if you want yourself to stay healthy and live longer try to cut down your meal a little. Feasible right... what do you say?


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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

10 Home Remedies to Cure Constipation

 

The fast paced world has bought one thing to change its course and that is our bowel moments. The more and more one gets involved in the new ways, the more and more of one might see facing this dreadful health conditions called as Constipation. It is also well known that in different health conditions like Cancer one may see Constipation as one of the symptom. Infrequent bowel moment, sometimes difficulty during defecation, and in some cases sensation of incomplete bowel evacuation remains some the chief conditions when facing Constipation. To have a descant bowel moment remains the prime motto for many facing with such issues.

Here in this article I like to present 10 simple ways that can trigger a health bowel moment.


1] Get Moving:
Sedentary lifestyle is one the most important cause of Constipation. Hence get up from your chair and just walk a while.. One may see amazing results with walking either outside or even in your own office. Get moving to have a bowel moment!!

2] Hot water:
 Elders in India would often suggest one simple home remedy for constipation. Drinking Hot water!! Try couple of sips in the morning and one may see amazing results. Heat is said to increase peristaltic movements of the intestine thus recommended.

3] Work Out:
Exercise is known to remove toxins both physical and mental body. Thus the best way to have a nice bowel moment would be after having a nice work out session. Try Gym, cardio or even swimming or cycling, any of those activities done according to your age group can help one out.

4] Massage the Abdomen:
 If you are in rural India many would suggest a small nice massage on your abdomen stimulate a healthy bowel moment. Try it yourself  life on your back and with your own hand with circular motion going clockwise massage a little bit on the belly and see the difference. If possible apple some warm oil on the abdomen too.

5] Yoga:
 Many asana in yoga where one have to work on the stomach as in forward bend can really help if suffering with constipation. Asana like Padangusthasana, Paschimottasana,Bhujangasana Take a look and try to do those asana to get relief from the issues.

6] Prunes /Black Raisins/Figs:
 Have your every tried soaking some prunes or black raisins and then consuming them in the morning. Both prunes and raisins have properties that might help from constipation.

7] Dandelion Tea:
 The property of the roots of dandelion to work on the liver and flush the toxins also makes it helpful to clean your bowel moment. Try having a hot dandelion tea when facing constipation.

8] Flax seeds:
High dietary fiber is the main reason why this seeds are so famous for their use for constipation. Try having some handful of them in your cereal for your morning breakfast or have some flax seeds oil in your diet.

9] Psyllium
 Psyllium husk is yet another fiber that one can keep in our diet to get relief form constipation. It is not just for dietary fiber, but also because of the property of this seeds to increase mucilage content which works as stool softener helping to have a good bowel moment.

10]Castor Oil:
One of the commonest remedy used in most of the countries in the old days to get relief from this condition was Castor oil . Even today this oil proves to be a boom for those who suffer regularly with this condition. Castor oil not just provides the lubrication in the colon, but also it increases peristalsis movements thus inducing bowel.

Do you have any more ideas to cure constipation with simple home remedies I would love to hear them... why do not you write in the comment section to share..




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Monday, March 1, 2010

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana


Extended Hand to Big Toe pose 
Our search for more and more balancing poses takes us to another interesting pose called as “Utthita Hasta Padangustasana” or Extended Hand to Big Toe pose. The basic of this pose remains very similar to the poses that we have done earlier namely Garduasana or the Eagle pose and the Tree pose or Vrksasana. “Utthita” or Extended in Sanskrit while the word “Hasta” means hand, “pad” means foot and “angusta” means toes thus the name of the pose as “Utthita Hasta Padangustasana”.

How to do this Pose?

1] Stand in Tadasana and feel the surface properly under you feet.
2] Inhale in and slowly bring your left knee closer to your stomach.
3] With your left hand catch hold of your left big toe or the foot. In the very early stage one can use straps instead of hand to get comfortable with this pose.
4] For the standing leg make sure your leg is strong to bear the weight of the whole body now. Fix it to the ground; adjust the way the right leg now stands.
5] Slowly extended your left knee and your hand so that you can reach the actual position. Breathe in and out slow and steady.
6] Hold this pose for 2 to 4 breathes in the beginning and then slowly increase it.
7] Bring the left foot on the ground and now do it for your right foot.

Caution:

1] If one suffers with ankle and low back injuries make sure to avoid this pose.
2] As I have always said with balancing poses make sure one concentrate towards a point in front and then try the whole pose, it gets easier to balance.
3] One might wanted to take help of the wall or something while doing this pose for the very first time.

Benefits:

1] Improves Balance of the body and the Mind.
2] Give strength to the legs and the thighs.
3] Strengthen the lower back.
4] Increases concentration in the doer.

Chakra:

This asana is known to stimulate the Third Eye or the Ajna Chakra.

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