Monday, May 31, 2010

Parsva Halasana

The Twisted Plough Pose 


The Plough pose or Halasana is such a pose that many modifications can be done in that pose making it the base pose in a certain way. Here in today's article we would try to have a look at yet another modification. Modifications are not just to make a pose easy for the doer, but also do have a meaning in its own way. A pose modified might be useful for some completely different reason than the original one as in the case of this pose. Have a look yourself a this pose named as "Parsva Halasana" or Twisted Plough Pose. The word Parsva does means sideways, but for a doer and the seer the pose does also look like one have to twist and thus the name.

How to do Twisted Plough Pose?

1]To start this pose one need to come to end of Halasana pose where both your legs are behind and above your head, while the hands hold the lower back.
2] Slowly move both the legs now to one side as far as possible either to your left or right.
3] Make sure you tighten the knee joint and keep the legs straight as possible.
4] Try to inhale in and exhale out and hold the pose for 1-3 breathe.
5] Now move both your legs to the opposite side and hold it for some time, just move the legs and not the hands.
6] One needs to be in comfort when being in this pose, so try to achieve it as much as possible.

Caution:1] All the cautions of Halasana remains true with this pose too.
2] It is always advice to perform this pose with an expert if one is doing it for the first time.
3] Be gentle on the body.

Benefits: 1] The movement of the spine laterally make them more elastic which remains the first advantage of this post.
 2] This same movement causes the abdomen to be compressed and massaged in a way, thus this pose works really well for those who face constipation. In an healthy individual this pose for sure brings a nice detox in  a way or so.
3] Other organs of the abdomen like the kidney are also worked on during this pose.

Chakra Effect: This pose works on two chakras one on the Throat Chakra or Visudha Chakra
 and the Manipura Chakra


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Different Variations of Halasana or Plough Pose :

Ear Pressing Pose or Karna Pidasana 
Supta Konasana -2
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Friday, May 28, 2010

Eat Slowly !

7 Reasons to Eat Slowly ?

Once in a while I do take the liberty to enjoy some fast foods, let me be very frank with you. The experience is always rewarding in couple of ways when it comes to the point of learning new things. Now in my recent visit I suddenly observed something very unusual; both me and my wife finished the whole meal in hardly 10 minutes. We soon found out it is not just me but many customers ate their meals at a great pace. Is that healthy?  I remember my grandmother speaking about eating each morsel 32 times so that each tooth gets its share of chewing. The whole idea was to make us eat slowly, and then what happen to us suddenly. But then is it healthy to eat slowly, looking carefully on this topic here are some reasons why to eat slowly and what are its benefits?

Why to Eat Slowly?

1]  To Chew Your Food Properly :
 Although this a reason for small kids it is true to the fact , that as you eat slowly you tend to chew each and every morsel of your food properly so to start the digestion process properly. Chewing is an action where saliva is added to the food particle which makes the food eaten a little moist for further digestion.

2]  To Digest Well:
   The mechanism of digestion starts in mouth and if you are one who eats fast one often tends to engulf a large amount of air as you eat. This air that is engulfed is going to create trouble in your body and thus affect your digestion with bloating and other issues. To avoid this why not slow down your meals.

3] To Savour the Food well:
 Hey I know we all love our mother's meal or we do like to enjoy once in a while a nice meal at a very expensive exotic restaurant. Here to enjoy the food we try to eat slowly to enjoy the food. We try to savour it, taste it well, and keep it in memory. Why not each and every day meal? Try to enjoy your meal.

4] To lose Weight:
Do you know that it takes 20 minutes for our brain to register that our stomach is full. And now if we eat fast how are we going to register that. More and more studies have shown this amazing result that as we eat slowly we tend to eat fewer calories and thus end up losing weight. It is said that one can lose around 20 pounds in one year simply by eating slowly.

5] To avoid Heart Burn :
Researchers have linked gastroesophagul reflux or in lay man terms heart burns in healthy individuals due to fast eating lifestyle. Then why do you need Rantac or thumbs or any other over the counter medicine for heart burn. Just try to eat slowly and see the results.

6] Zen meditation: 
 Why to take a separate time off for every day meditation in this busy fast paced world. Zen eating or mindful eating would be a good way to do a nice meditation session every day. To eat mindfully one need to eat slowly and enjoy each and every morsel of food. This could be one reason why one was not allowed to chat during a family days in few cultures.

7] Prevention from Diabetes, Heart Diseases:
 Researchers in Japan have confirmed that eating very rapidly could increase insulin resistance of the body. It means that one is more vulnerable to face diabetes in such conditions. Same is seen true with heart diseases and other metabolic syndromes like high cholesterol, high blood pressure. 

So can we slow down our eating speed? What can be done to slow down our speed, let me know if you know some ideas to eat slowly? I would love to hear back from you all. One Indian saying makes it very clear how to do it, it says “Drink you food and chew your drink". I am about to do that, how about you?

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

5 Fruits to Eat This Summer

For the last couple of days we in Ontario are enjoying a very nice sunny days. Although being nice and hot for a change still some times the heat does bothers. Hydration of the body is must all the time and when Ice cold water is somewhat restricted to drink for health {Read here why},what are the options for nice cooling snacks. One tends to look out for nice delicious juicy fruits that out in nature exactly made to be at this right time of the heat. Fruits that can quench our thirst hunger and cool us. Here are top 5 fruits that should be consumed during such warm days.


Water Melon:
  • Known all over the world for its water content, this fruit remains an ideal choice for snacks in summer. It contains around 92% of water by weight, which proves very nice for quenching the thirst.
  • Watermelon contains high amount of beta carotene and Vitamin C.
  • In Africa this fruit has shown the potential to improve nutrition, boost food security and foster rural development all by itself.
  • The fruit can act as a diuretic in some cases.
Grapes:
  •  Since ancient times grapes are known to quench hunger and thirst. According to Ayurveda grapes do have property to act as blood cleanser.
  •  In tribal medicine grapes have been used for different respiratory conditions and for vocal cord issues.
  •  Since time long grapes has been known for their aphrodisiac powers.
  •  According to modern literature grapes do contain resveratrol a phytochemical known to inhibit different diseases like cancer, heart conditions and degenerative nerve disease.
Pineapple:
  • This fruit works contains an enzyme called as bromelian that digest both proteins and fats. Thus this fruit remains a choice of fruit on our BBQ platter, to digest that extra meat and fat.
  • Pineapples have known for their actions on the intestines and different disorders of the intestines.
  • In tribal medicine this fruit is known to induce child birth, while in Philippines even today many use this fruit for its anthelmintic property.
  • The same enzyme bromelian is known for its anti inflammatory properties thus known in herbal medicine for different inflammatory conditions like arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome.
  • One cup of pineapple provides around 73%of daily recommended dose of manganese. This mineral is present in our bones and connective tissues and thus to have healthy bones pine apple would be an ideal fruit for consumption.
Mango:
  • Although a fruit from the tropic, this fruit is known to be the king of all the fruits in India.
  • Mango does contain a very high amount of Iron, which is why this fruit is a boon for those suffering with anaemia.
  • Ayurveda recommends this fruit to fight acidity and also its raw form is known to increase appetite.
  • This fruit also contains selenium a nutrient known to help those who suffer with heart conditions.

Berries:
  • Most of the berries do tend to show common properties thus it would be recommended one to have different berries during the summer time. Strawberries, cranberries, blue berries and many more.
  • All of them do have antioxidants in them and thus are very nutritious for once health.
  • A study published in Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found out that blue berries juice enhanced memory and learning in older adults. They also concluded that blueberry juice reduces blood sugar and symptoms of depression.
  • All berries are known to work on Urinary tract infection especially that of cranberries and blue berries.

One can see many different types of fruits in nature other than those listed above. Of course are always the first choices when it comes to Ayurveda to snack during such hot climates. So what are you waiting for grap a quick bite of a fruit to quench your thirst this summer?

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Supta Konasana-2

 Reclining Angle Pose -2

Today we are going to read and do another interesting pose which is also an advance stage of Plough Pose or Halasana.
We would try doing the Supta Konasana-2  or The Reclining Angle Pose -2.  The first Konasana we did was the Baddha Konasana and the second one was the Upavista Konasana.

The word "Supta" means reclining or lying down while the word "kona" means an angle, As the body in this pose forms an angle in lying down position thus the name of the pose as "Supta Konasana".

How to do Supta Konasana?
1] This pose being a further variation of Halasana, try to work out all the steps till you come in the Plough pose.
2] Further follow the steps up to Karna Pidasana or The Ear Pressing Pose. Hold yourself at this point.
3] Slowly inhale in and spread both the legs as far apart from your head.
4] Tighten your knee joints and if required raise your trunk.
5] Hold the right toes with your right hand and the left toes with left hand. This would give you a nice stretch.
6] Stay in this pose for at least 3 breathes when doing it for the first time. One can increase the timing as you go in advance stages.

Caution:
1] All the cautions forHalasana are similar to this pose, so do keep that mind.
2] This is an advance pose so do not try this pose without any expert guidance.
3] A slight bend of the spine is OK and it is rather necessary.  Mind that too...


Benefits:
1] This poses works as a great toner of the legs.
2] One can feel the contraction that this pose brings on the abdominal muscles.
3] The asana works excellent for the ligaments of the neck region and thus helps them.
4] Also because of its work on the region of the neck, this pose works in balancing the thyroid glands.

Chakra:
This pose is great for Throat Chakra.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Ancient Grains : Amaranth

Globalization has done one good thing and that is the know-how and exchange of good and healthy food crops all over the world. Grains, vegetables that are available in one part of the world are now easily available all over the world. It is a completely different topic if it’s healthy or unhealthy to eat such products that are grown on a complete different part of the continent.  Still one thing is very clear that one have many choices when it comes to eating healthy if they choose too due to such globalization. In today's post we would have a look on one such grain that has been known for a long time in one part of the world, but unknown in other. Let have a look and know more about Amaranth, its health benefits and how to use it in our kitchen today.


 Amaranth

Amaranth Grain is a well known staple food of the pre-Columbines Aztecs, and even today very famous in Mexico, Chile and other South American countries. Even in India this grains has its present since long time and known as "Rajgeera". The actual word Amaranth hails from the Greek word "never fading flower" which is true to its fact in this case. This plant is not a true grain but an annual herb, a relative of pig weed. It is said that this plant can grown in any conditions with no difficulty. Even you can put some grains on the soil and add some water on a regular bases and one can have Amaranth trees.

1] In the current time this grain is known for its high protein value present in it compare to any other grains, around 12-18%. Not only it contains high protein it does contain those types of amino acids which are very rare in any types of grains lysine and methionine.

2] Amaranth do not have a gluten in it and thus an excellent grain for all those who needs a gluten free diet like autistic individuals, and people suffering with Irritable Bowel syndrome.

3] As a grain Amaranth is said to have two times more calcium than milk. Quarter cup of these grains supplies around 60% of recommended dietary allowance of Iron. This may be the reason that Ayurveda have recommended this grain for pregnant and lactating women. Government of India in some parts have used this grain in mid-day meal program for poor kids because of its nutritious benefits.

4] Ayurveda approaches this grain as a very light to digest grain which is very healthy and nutritious. Amaranth is recommended according to Ayurveda to all those who do have blood disorders and are anemic.

5] Researchers have also found that these grains contain toctrienols a form of Vitamin E which is known for its cholesterol lowering activity in humans.

How to Use this Grains:

"The Early Aztecs used to eat this with human blood made from a special sacrifice, we do not ask that from you to use this grains".
In the current time many cultures use this grain by boiling a cup of seeds with 2 to 3 cups of either water or milk for around 18-20 minutes until the seeds get tender. One can cut also add apples or dried raisins or cranberries and some honey and sugar to make a nice healthy breakfast. 

One can also use this seeds in form of pasta and add some nice chopped mushrooms and tomato with some more greens. Let the chef in you tell you what to add and see the results.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

10 Things to Know about Afternoon Naps!!!

Summer comes with increase heat and extended day light which do cause humans to reduce one's sleeping cycles. A need for an afternoon nap is always welcome all over the world. Should one nap in the afternoon? Is that a good thing or bad? How long should be a nap in such cases? Let have some more thoughts on that line.

1] The word Nap is basically referred to a short period of sleep in the day time usually afternoon time. In Sanskrit it is known as "Vama Khukshi" while the most common name more famous in European region is the word Siesta spoken in Spanish. Siesta a word that has its origin from Latin word hora sexta or the sixth hour.

2] People all over the world do enjoy afternoon naps for different reasons since ancient times, but one of the primary reason for having nap after meals was to keep away from the hot sun.

3] Naps are classified further as Power nap that is of 20 minutes, Mini nap that is of 5-20 minutes, micro nap which ranges up to 5 minutes and lastly a nano nap of just few seconds.

4] Ayurveda recommends one to have afternoon naps only in the Grishma Ritu that is the summer season of the year. An healthy person is recommended not to nap during other seasons unless having some health conditions.

5] Ayurveda recommends having naps while sleeping on the left side.  It is said that napping on the left side helps digestion and also keeps the right nostril working which is said according to yoga to increase hunger and heat up the body.

6] Only person who are ok to have afternoon naps according to Ayurveda are those who work night shifts or work in crazy hours, who are weak or tired with fatigue and those who are geriatric.

7] Naps according to Ayurveda are bound to increase Kapha dosha and thus good for those who is Vatta Prakruti. Those people who work more physical are always good candidate for afternoon naps.

8] Those who are obese, diabetic, depressed, suffer with insomnia are refrained from having an afternoon Nap. As nap is said to increase Kapha dosha, one can see the increase of kapha leading to gain in weight and all those conditions related to it.

9] Afternoon Naps are known to refresh the mind and improve overall alertness. It can also boost one's mood and productivity. In a study conducted for six years in Greece it has been clearly noted the health benefit of napping for the Heart.

10] Even though it is said to be afternoon nap, Ayurveda recommends one to sleep not on full stomach immediately. Try to walk a little and then have the quick power nap. This might help digestion and refresh one's body better.

So do you like Napping? If you do how little is your nap? Do you enjoy it or not?

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Karnapidasana


 The Ear Pressing Pose

In today's article I would like to present a pose that is a small variation of the Plough pose or Halasana. It may not be a variation as such because I personally think it to be a little advance than the actual Plough poses. It would be nice if you give it a try and let me know about this pose called as Karna Pidasana.

Karna pidasana also known in English as The Ear Pressing Pose is known because of the way the body takes the shape in this pose. The word "Karna" means ears while the word "Pida" means Pain or discomfort or pressure. One can see how this pose can give a little pain to the ears as we do this pose.

How to do Karna pidasana ?

1] First we come to the point where we do Halasana or The Plough Pose, this would be the point where one makes a further way to do the next pose. Be comfortable in the pose and then go further.
2] Now slowly flex your knee joint in that pose, bring the right knee closer to the right ear and then left knee near the left ear.
3] Both the knees should now be resting on the floor near the sides of respective ears.
4] One can keep the hand on the back or the lower ribs or interlock them stretching away from the body.
5] Keep the toes stretched out and keep both heals together.
6] Remain in that position for at least 4 to 5 breathes as a beginner. One can choose to stay longer if comfortable.

Caution:

1] All the cautions that are known for the pose of the Plough are similar to this pose too.
2] Try to do this pose with the help of your teacher or guide when doing for the first time.

Benefits:

1] An excellent position that can help stretch the spine.
2] Increases the circulation of blood around the waist line, thus a great pose for many conditions around that area.
3] Increase of appetite, good digestion and excellent bowel moments can be seen after one does this pose.

Chakra:

This pose is great for Throat Chakra.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Ice Cold Water

This post is all because of a simple question asked by one of my regular reader; an honest commenter and a great online friend of mine Ralph. On the post of Lemonade Ralph inquired about why is Ice or Ice Cold water not good? This question ignited my own thoughts in my mind as knowingly unknowingly I have been advising many clients to avoid Ice cold water and never thought of reasoning it. To bring those thoughts out I would love to thanks Ralph before I start this post.

So is Ice Cold Water Really Bad for you?

If you try to search this subject online one can find difference of opinion clearly in different forums. Not a single research or scientific group has clearly showed either the benefits of Ice cold water or its disadvantages. But it is very clear that ice cold water according to most of the alternative practitioner is said to be unhealthy. So why is it so? Here is some food for your thoughts.

How our body does react to ice? This would be the question that I would like to start with. Being very cold in temperature ice normally condenses or constricts the surrounding area which comes in contact with it. Thus we have been applying ice on sprains and bruises so that we do not suffer with heavy internal bleeding. Ayurveda speaks of the property "sheet" or cold in Sanskrit as one which condenses when in contact which is exactly shown by ice.
But ice cold water does not stops here, after the initial shock of condensation, one can see that to melt that ice the body reacts with increase blood flow to melt it down or make the body temperature at that area again the same. Meaning one can see increase blood flow at that area more than the normal.

Now when one is drinking 24/7 ice cold waters every day what would happen with our body's reaction.  Imagine yourself standing in Ice 24/7 you are bound to face cold sores right then what about drinking ice cold water every day. One is bound to face some consequences to this way of living. Yes the body is going to increase the body heat by restricting perspiration or body fluid loss.  Fluid loss either in the form of urine or sweat is not just water loss, but it also means less toxic removal from the body. Does that make sense that as spring comes we all look out for spring cleanse to clean all those stored toxic.
Now come back to our subject of drinking ice cold water, it is clear that it would lead eventually to less urine output or sweat and thus less toxic removal. What do you think; I am right in saying this?
As I write this I do recollect many of clients that I have seen who faced kidney issues often having one of the chief lifestyle habits of drinking either ice cold water or eating frozen berries or fruits. I could correlate now easily with this thought.
Again the whole article is just my thoughts no research has been done on this theory .I would love to hear from you all what you have to say on the above post. Do you have any more to add, I know you are smart enough to add your thoughts on this..

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

9 Ways to Boost One's Brain Every day


The month of May is well-known as the month of "Mental Health Awareness Month". Ayurveda has always given equal weight to both mind and the body when it comes to health and healthy living. One of the approaches that Ayurveda always takes is how to be healthy, rather than being disease as one can see from its goals. Mental health issues are known to disturb the life of not just the person who suffers but also all those who are in constant touch with the person. Thus although not a life threathing crisis still it is important for one to know how to keep the brain or the mind healthy.
In this article I would like to speak some of the simple ways of keeping the brain healthy and active, thus preventing different mental health issues like Alzheimer’s.

1] Reading:
Books that would encourage your mind to think about right or wrong, books that give a different perspective to a problem, books that can give morals are great to keep our mind healthy. It really does not matter if it is nonfiction or fiction, spiritual or comic, as long as the book does not projects negativity would be a great choice of read.

2] Listening:
Since beginning of mankind humans have been in a constant look out for sound. The chirping of the birds would glow one’s mood while the blowing of the horn would make one angry. Different sound waves would have different effect on our mind.
If we know that then why not utilize the power of music for our benefit. Good old classics like Mozart’s, Indian classical, bhajans, carols, and hymns are some of the ways to listen and boost one’s mind. Feed your brain every day some nice music to cheer it up!!

3] Watching:
One can even work out one’s brain with some nice movies. Choose movies that can feed one’s mind with nice thoughts, movies that would encourage one to think and understand something new. Once it makes one do this think understand that one is working and keeping the mind healthy.

4] Learning:
 To Learn every single day something new was the motto of one of the greatest industrialist of India.  Not only one person can know more and more from learning, but in a way of learning one is going to sharpens one's mind.

5] Play:
 Games like Chess are known to work your mind and brains. It is said that playing such games teaches you to look outside the box which is very important thing in current competitive field. Why not keep our self healthy mentally by playing such simple games.

6] Eating:
 Food have magic powers on our body, and so do they have on our mind too. Eat an almond a day and keep your brains fit is a very common notion in most South East Nations. Almonds, Cow's Milk are some of the dietary food that are known by Ayurveda to keep our mind healthy.

7] Writing:
As humans we are faced with emotions. Good or bad both, but it would be the bad emotions that can really make it worst. It is said that writing all such emotions and letting it go can make a big difference. To open such emotions and thoughts is like throwing away clutter from the mind and thus keeping it healthy.

8] Breathing:
 Since ancient times Yogis have known the power of Deep breathing or Pranayama. One of the important benefits of deep breathing is the increase of blood flow to the mind or the brain which works in a good way. Know more about more benefits of deep breathing in this article.

9] Solving:
 Most of the books that speak about healthy mind and ways to maintain it, speaks about one simple work out. I myself have been a follower of this method. It is the method of doing some sort of simple basic arithmetic problems daily. Do some additions randomly or do some multiplications. Simple stuff like such calculation are said to boost one’s mind and thus keep it healthy.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Halasana


The Plough Pose 

Today we do something that is a little advance for many of the readers. Even after doing yoga for many months I would say it would be nice to do these pose with a bit of caution?
It is not that this is a hard pose, it is more to do that this pose is always suggested to advance students only. One could often see many kids doing this pose very easily, but again we are not kids so our body is not that flexible.

Today we try to do the “Halasana” or also known as “The Plough Pose”. The word "Hal" is the Sanskrit word for Plough. It is mere the way one does look in this pose as a plough is the basic reason to name it in that way.

How to do it?

1] For this pose we continue to give you instructions from the part where we stopped in the position of “Salamaba Sarvanagasana”. Our whole body from the torso has been lifted upward, our hands touching the lower back for support. And we are slowly breathing in and out.
2] Now slowly start lowering the trunk moving the arms and the legs over the head. Slowly rest the toes on the floor.
3] Tighten the knee joints and try to raise the trunk.
4] Now stretch the arms on the floor opposite to the direction of the legs. The legs and the arms stretching in opposite direction make a nice stretch for the back.
5] Maintain the pose for some breathe in the start, as you get adjusted one can hold the pose for at least 2 to 5 minutes.
6] Coming back slowly come to the Salamba Sarvangasana and then come back to the normal pose as slow as possible.

Caution

1] All the cautions in regards to Salmbha Sarvangasana remain the same for this pose.
2] The most important of course would be people who suffer with diarrhea, women are who are menstruating, and pregnant should not do this pose.

Benefits

1] This is a good pose if done under experts for those who suffer with different conditions of the spine. The stretch increases the blood flow to the spine hence capable of working for different conditions.
2] Increase blood flow to the brain, makes it calmer after doing this pose.
3] Stimulated the abdominal organs and the thyroid glands.
4] Good for backache, headaches, hypertension, infertility, sinusitis.


Chakra:
This pose is great for Throat Chakra.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Autism: Ayurvedic Apporach


In the second part of the series on Autism Awareness we would speak about different therapies that could compliment the normal medical follow through for an Autistic individual. Last week we had a close look on what is Autism and how is this condition conceived by science of Ayurveda. Let us speak more about different thought process behind certain approaches.

 Balancing the Vatta Dosha 
 
  Basti or Medicated Enema :
 In Ayurvedic literature one of the best ways to treat anyVatta disorder is by giving different herbal and medicated enema. The procedure is called as Basti. These are the procedures that have to be only done by your Ayurvedic Vaidya or Therapist. As we have seen in our posts on Vatta dosha that it predominantly shows it work in the abdomen area or the intestines. Enema or Basti is known to work on those same intestines thus helping in balancing the Vatta dosha.  Speak with your Vaidya or Ayurvedic Therapist to know more about this concept.
  Working on Digestive Tract:

 As we saw that normally an autistic individual might suffer with slow colon or constipation, normally what a Vaidya can sense in such cases is basically a very dry Colon. Thus lubrication is the need of the digestive system. One can also notice lot of bloating and gaseous in such individuals. Here are some recommendation to Increase digestion and work on the dry colon:

 a] Take 1 or 2 tsp of Flax seed oil daily .
 b] Add spices likeasafoetida, cumin, garlic in the diet to work on metabolism.
 c] If possible under expert guidance once can even take castor oil on weekly basis.
 
Increasing the Immune System:

It is well known that the immune system of an autistic person is always low and thus in constant threat of different contagious diseases. Here are some the ways to work on increasing the body immune system:

 a] Every day massage of Sesame seed or Almond Oil  can work magic in increasing immunity. Read more about it here.
 b] Different herbs that are known by world as Immune booster like Amala or Indian Goose Berry,Goji Berries should be part of the diet of the person.
 c] 1 to 2 tsp of Chavanprash can be a very effective way to increase immunity.
  Working on the Mind:

 The mind is the main area where one needs work as we all are aware in this scenario. Here are some simple tips on how to work on the Human Brain:
 a] Classical Music, different Mantras can work really magic due to the known healing power of vibration of sound waves.
 b] Energy Healing: Have a nice session once a month may be with a energy healer like Reiki or Pranic healing or Touch therapy. 



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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lemonade



The Magic of "Nimbu Pani"  

We in Canada are still enjoying the nice spring weather with cool wind and some rain, unlike some other countries in the World. The southern states of America, Mexico, India, Africa and many other tropical countries are facing the sun's heat. Heat tends to make more and more individual look out for cooling drinks like pop, juices, ice cold water. In India one can see at each and every corner the Nimbu Pani vendor during such months. So is this site of lemonade stall even on the busy streets of New York. Why is this simple juice so famous during such hot days? The answer is not just in its cheap availability, but lies somewhere in the actual contents and its properties. Let us read more about it ...

What is Nimbu Pani or Lemonade?

A simple mixture of water, lemon juice, salt and ice in some cases is what called as "Nimbu Pani" or Lemonade. Although the recipe may be different all over India as some may add different types of herbs like mint, rock salt to vouch for their customer. Even here in North America it is pretty much the same style of lemonade that one can get. Early Natives here used to make a potion called as pink Lemonade made with the help of red sumac berries fruits of a local species Rhus typhina. But whatever it is the urge to grab lemonade remains the same.

Why Lemonade or Nimbu Pani?

Summer is a season that is known to have certain effects on the human body. A person tends to drink large amount of fluids as he loses a lot due to perspiration or sweating, due to that intake many would see decreased appetite. The heat, the dehydration all makes one to reduce once efficiency to work making a person face fatigue very easily.



The need of the hour is basically to rehydrate the body quickly, not just hydrate but also nourish the body with needed nutrients and lastly something that would cool the body off.


Lemonade or Nimbu Pani luckily offers all the three requirements stated above. It can cools one body easily, the lemon juice in it provides a lot of Vitamin C thus refreshing a person very quickly. Water drank in such a way thus can be a great elixir for a fatigue individual. 
According to Ayurveda lemon juice is known for its power to increase appetite and digestion. Makes sense of having it when our appetite is really low do not you think?


Sweating would make one lose lot of sodium from the body, so as water. The salt and water are something in this combination that keeps the balance of sodium and water in the body.


Lastly the best way to boost one when having low energy is by boosting with some glucose which is provided in this combination with the help of sugar. Maple syrup/Honey is something used by the Natives too in this combination.


Lastly according to Ayurveda the three tastes that provides the utmost nourishment to the body as Sweet taste {Madur ras}, Sour taste {Amla ras} and Salty taste {Lavan ras}. Sugar in the lemonade represents the sweet taste, lemon represents sour taste while the salt represents the salty taste.
 Thus one can say this is one of the best remedies for a person to nourish the body instantly, it is like Gatorade in the good old days for many...

What not to have in Lemonade?



If all this is good in this amazing combination, the 21 century has added certain things that can make the combination unhealthy like adding Ice. Avoid ice if possible to your Lemonade.  It is a topic in itself but ice can actually make a person thirstier than just normal water. Thus avoid it as much as possible.


Water from earthen pots covered with soaked cloths are still used by many vendor in India to keep the water cool. Check those out for a nice Nimboo Pani for all those who stay in India. For others prefer just cold waters but no ice in it for more benefit. 

So this summer make sure to have some nice lemonade if you are really thirsty or fatigued and be aware of the fact why you are drinking it. 

Posted by Sudeep

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Laughing Yoga

Hasya Yoga
Up till today many of you including your truthfully had a concept that yoga is something that has to be done with very seriousness. Then why I am here suddenly writing about Laughing Yoga and what has Laughter to do with yoga. The primary reason for this is because yesterday the whole world celebrated The World Laughter day. An event started in India basically on 11 Jan 1998 by Dr Madan Kataria founder of the Laughing Yoga Moment.  What is Laughter Yoga and how mere processes of laughing can be incorporated in Yoga. Here are some interesting thoughts on that line.

Laughing Yoga

“Hasya Yoga” is the actual terminology in Sanskrit used for this type of yoga where “Hasya” means Laughing.  A concept developed by Yoga guru Jiten Kohi , while made very popular  and bought in lime light by the Laughing Doctor namely Dr Madam Kataria from Mumbai. According to Yoga guru Jiten Kohi the word "Hasya" is wrongly interpreted in English as just laughter. According to Sanskrit the word Hasya represents energy of humans, while yoga means union or addition. Thus this is yoga where mind body and soul are bought together in a distinct direction by generating inner spirit of laugh. A general feeling of love and affection can thus be felt.

Actual Class

 A group of any number of people come together to start this yoga where the only requirement of the class is to laugh and move. Laugh in such a way that one stimulates different moments of the body including eye staring. Not only does one starts laughing but soon it spread as a wild fire all across the area. {Personally I got influenced with this yoga just as bystander at first and then I hardly realize when I was in the group of people doing laughing yoga}. The whole class can be from around 30 minutes to around 1 hour.

Can Laughter really help you?

This was my first question that I asked myself when I first witness Laughing Yoga. I have seen people crying and opening with their emotions, white collar folks who do not cry that often or those who are really great in handling stress and keeping it to them self. Then what made them tear up after doing laughter. The answer is here...
 First of all understand that the body cannot differentiate between a real laugh and a fake one. Thus whatever benefit a person gets with just regular laughing would be the same benefit that one does get with such fake laughing.
Secondly according to University College of London where scientists have proved that laughing reduces the level of all stress hormones such as Epinephrine, Cortisol and Dopa.
Laughing is not a mere action of the body, but it is an action that gives exercise to all the muscles, increases the blood circulation and lastly it is a action that increases the blood oxygen level by itself. No need of an oxygen chambers in the recent times.
Other than these entire benefits one can find many more benefits on the site of Yoga guru Jiten Kohi site and Dr Madan Kataria Laughing Yoga site.

How can you do Laughing Yoga?

 Common on you are not serious that you need my help to laugh. Get together some day on a nice beach or on the back of your own house with friends and family members. Get into a circle as one could easily access each other. Start with some easy ways to laugh, mere smile can start the whole class. Look into each other’s eyes make funny faces, makes some moments of your hands , face and the whole body and just let it go with the flow and see how you do Laughter yoga.

Read more about Laughing Yoga in around Toronto in this article.

Posted by Sudeep


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