Wednesday, September 29, 2010

And we are Nominated!!!



We've Been Nominated! 2010 Best of Canada natural health awards
 Friends ,Readers, Admirers and helpers  to all those who have made this blog a success including all my faithful readers here is something for you e-swastya has been nominated for the 2010 Best of Canada Awards by NHC readers in the category of National Health Resources: Social Media. Here is the link for that category http://awards.naturalhealthcare.ca/leaders.phtml?vl=28
This nomination comes at great junction for me. After one and half years of blogging on this website I was a little perplexed if I am doing the right thing or not. Yes I got my answer now that yes I am doing the right thing by writing articles for all my readers and humanity.


Simple Request:
For all my regular readers and also to all those who stumbled on this post, I have a small request. If you think this is a great place to come to read for health resources especially in the field of Ayurveda, Yoga and other holistic science. Then it would be nice to show your gratefulness by giving your valuable votes.


Here is how to Vote:

1] Go to this Link here http://awards.naturalhealthcare.ca/leaders.phtml?vl=28
2] On the right upper most area is the log in link.
3] As you would not have an account you need to create one with your email id.
4] A password would be send to your email in just one minute.
5] Use the link from your email and log in.
6] Go to category National Health Resources: Social Media and then yes do give a vote to e-swastya.
7] If you like and enjoy feel free to vote others in various categories that you may like.


I hope all the votes would give me a boost to work on the principles of Ayurveda and spread the vision towards Healthy Universe.



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Monday, September 27, 2010

Mayurasana


The Peacock Pose

 
Yoga takes the help of different forms in nature so that we humans gain strength both physically and mentally. Animals have been one of the most favorite characters for different yogic asana. May it be how a animal stand or sit, it still provides an ideal exercise for us humans. Here in today’s asana we would be having a look at one such beautiful pose which is adapted from one such magnificent bird the Peacock. In Sanskrit peacock is called as “Mayur” hence the name of the pose is “Mayurasana” or Peacock pose.

How to do Peacock pose?

1] Start the pose with kneeling down on the floor , pretty similar to Vajrasana or Thunder bolt pose. The only difference in this starting pose is that we keep our palms touching the floor, in front of our knee joints in such way that the fingers are pointing inside and not outside.
2] Hold your elbows as close as one can and start leaning forward on your hands.
3] As you lean forward start bending the elbows at a right angle and slowly slide the knees outside of your arms.
4] Rest your abdomen on the elbows and your toes for a while. Making the abdomen well rested on the elbows slowly lean more forewords so your face moves downward a little bit and one can easily lift the toes above the ground.
5] Keep the legs straight and maintain this position for the first time just for one or two breath and then slowly increasing the span.

Caution:
1] People those have health conditions of wrist joint, elbows and arms should avoid this asana.
2] This remains an advance pose, so for all beginners this might be difficult. It takes long patience and practice to do this pose. So do not be hard on the body. Take guidance from the experts if needed.

Benefits:
1] Gives strength to the wrist arms and the shoulder muscles.
2] Tones the abdomen
3] A pose that also works on concentration.

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

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Astringent Taste

 
Kashaaya Ras
Now in all the flavors the one taste that is hardly known to the new generation is the Astringent taste. Although the food that taste astringent are very common but the actual taste is much unknown which makes this taste unique in itself.

What is Kashaaya Taste?

“Kashaaya Ras” or also known in English as Astringent flavour is a taste which is very unique in itself. As one eats any of the food products which have this taste would notice a immediate dryness and heaviness on the tongue and overall oral cavity. The dryness also applies to all parts where this taste is in contact with.

Food Group that taste Kashaaya Ras?
In the whole food groups not a single food presents itself as a complete Astringent tasting food. Thus all the examples here do have some amount of Kashaaya Rasa in them enough to show its properties:
1] One of the best examples of Astringent is Tea leaves or Black tea. In many tribal areas in South East Asia they are the first weapon of choice to stop bleeding where first aid is not around.
2] Most of the bean including Lentils is normally astringent in flavour.
3] Vegetables like Cauliflower, Cabbage, and broccoli do have this taste too.
4] In spices Turmeric is a spice that is dominated by this taste, which explains the actions of wound healing and blood coagulation.


Benefits of Kashaaya Ras:
1] One of the important phenomena that is caused by this Rasa is that of constricting the mucous glands and all the secretion, which remains a blessing in itself.
2] Overall this Rasa decreases the Pitta dosha and also destroys all the bonds of increased Kapha dosha decreasing it too.
3] In Ayurveda this Taste is said to be Rakta shodak which means blood cleaner. It also can act as wound cleaner and healer.

Excessive Consumption:
1] Decrease secretion caused by this Rasa can bring dryness over all over the body which further leads to Vatta Imbalance.
2] Increase thirst, lose of weight, and even constipation due to decreased frequency of bowel moments
3] According to Ayurveda excess consumption of this Ras can be one of the cause of decreased sperm count in males. .
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lice : Facts and Herbal Remedies


New school season have just started and one thing that any mother would hate to hear would be an outbreak of Lice infection in schools. If one kid face this issue it would hardly take few days to spread to each and every kid in the school and then in the neighborhood. Such is the nature of devastation that this little creature can bring in the society. What are this creature and how to keep our kids away from such nasty creature? Know more all about that in this post.


Basic Facts about Lice?
It is said that in US alone between 6 million to 12 million people are affected with head lice each year. The most common being the kids of age 3 to 11. These small wingless creatures live on the hairs and feed on the skin and blood of the victim. Lice are about the size of sesame seed which makes them hard for identification and removal. A typical lice attack would cause excessive itching on the scalp, irritation and may cause bacterial infection due to over scratching.

Conventional Remedies:
Conventionally different types of pesticides or insecticides you may say are used and recommended to use. The most popular ones are namely


Now the biggest concern that is face in the recent time is most of the recent lice attacks have been seen immune to such type of drugs. Over use is one of the major cause for such results.

Home Based Remedies:

1] Tea Tree oil:
Studies on larger population are still required but The U.S. National Institutes of Health reports that tea tree oil may be effective as a treatment for lice. Applying this oil in dilution of just 10 percent of the final oil mixture might be enough to kill lice. Studies also show that tea tree oil contains “Monoterpernoids” that disrupts the nervous system of the insect thus killing it.

2] Neem and Turmeric:
The combination of these two Native herbs from India is known to be lethal against lice since ages. Neem or Azadirachta indica a tree which leaves have a powerful insecticide property, while turmeric or Curcuma longa roots have the same property. Mix together it gives the final punch to the lice.
To use it against lice one need to make a paste of turmeric and neem leaves and then apply on the affected part. Allow it to dry and then wash it off. Results are on your way.

Other than this many other anti lice herbs are known in the know-how of home based remedies. This includes olive oil, coconut oil which has been recommended by a study in Israel University. Here in North America Vinegar, mayonnaise is also well known to work against lice.

A Word of Advice:
One cannot prevent one’s kid from nasty lice attack but it does not mean to expose them with heavy insecticides which are all chemical based. Try to work on simple home remedies, may be consult your doctor or physician and see what they say on home based treatments.

Website to recommend
http://www.lice.ca/

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Vasisthasana

 
The Inclined Plank Pose
Last week we saw how to do the Upward Plank Pose or Purvottanasana. Simple poses like Plank pose often would have variation that can be complex. The whole point is to give a small amount of challenge not just for you, but also for your body. Here is yet another variation of that simple pose known as Vasisthasana or The Inclined Plank pose or Side Plank pose as some speaks.

This pose being known in Sanskrit as Vasisthasana is named in the honour of one of the most honoured sages during the Vedic time known as Sage Vasistha. The name itself “Vasistha” means “the most excellent or best”.

 
How to do Vasisthasana or Side Plank Pose?

1] Start the pose with how one starts for Plank pose. Come to a point where we are in plank pose or Chaturanga Dandasana .
2] Now slowly rotate your entire body to the right. This would bring the weight of the whole on the left flank of the left foot and the left palm.
3] Raise your right arm so that it becomes perpendicular to the ground below. Keeps it straight and extended with fingers pointing high up in the sky?
4] Make sure the whole body is lined properly from the head to the hip and to the end of the left foot.
5] Balance in this pose for a while may be 3 to 4 breath and then come back to Plank pose.
6] Try to do this pose now on the other side.

Caution
1] For all those who have issues with feet, ankles, wrist should avoid or try to do this pose with proper guidance.
2] In this pose it’s important to have the alignment properly. The hips should not drop from that line.

Benefits
1] The first and foremost benefit of this pose is that it strengthen the arms and the wrist joint.
2] It also stretches the back of the legs
3] Gives and improves the sense of balance in the doer.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Pungent Taste

Katu Ras

This is a taste that is much loved in Tropical countries like India, Thailand, parts of Africa rather than here in North America. Chillies or Spicy is something that is known to be integral part of one’s diet in those countries. Why is this taste so important in those countries and food? Here is some information about pungent taste and its importance.

What is Katu Ras?

In Ayurveda this taste is known as Katu Ras or Pungent Taste in English also known as spicy taste. One of important sign that tells you that one is eating this taste is burning sensation on the tip of the tongue and palate. Eyes, nostrils, and even in the mouth one can feel the burn resulting in excess salivation or tears or excess mucous secretion.

Food groups that are Spicy in Taste:

Well this group is obvious to all, spicy chillies peppers right, we all know!! Most of the group of peppers end in this taste. Jalapenos, black peppers, chilli peppers all those are spicy in taste. Asafoetida an important spice in Indian cooking is also spicy to taste.

Health Benefits of Spicy Taste :

1] The spicy nature  is known to increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach thus increasing the digestive fire which further increases the  metabolism
2] According Ayurvedic physiology Pungent taste is known to reduce excess kapha in the body. It also helps the body to break down excess “khled” .The role of this taste in keeping the weight in control is well known.
3] This taste is known to stimulate the taste buds thus helping them to re-boost the tastes.
4] It is also known to dissolves bonds between tough food materials in the system thus helping in the process of metabolism.

Excessive Consumption:

Excess consumption of this taste group can be dangerous for the body. Here are some of issues that the body can suffer.
1] Because of over indulgence in pungent taste the Vatta dosha might get aggravate causing increase sensation of thirst due to dryness.
2] It is said that although pungent taste stimulates sexual activity, excess use can actually reduce sperm count and vigour.
3] Long term this taste can cause tremors and convulsions too if eaten in excess.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Buttermilk

Health Benefits: How to Use it ?

Buttermilk a product made by simplification of the house hold milk is widely  misunderstood. Known just for few recipes and for very few palates I feel some times proper justice not be given to such a product that has high medicinal values. The value of this product is confirmed when it is known as the Elixir of Life for humans on Earth in many different ancient Indian texts. This article might help you understand why buttermilk is so important.


What is Buttermilk?

Buttermilk as the name suggest is a product traditionally made from milk. Yogurt formed from the milk is then churned with equal proportion of water to form a liquid just like milk with cream on the top. The creamy layer is butter which is removed carefully leaving the rest which is Butter Milk. Most of the fats in the milk are removed by this way in form of butter while the fat free part is the buttermilk.

{Note: This photo shows how traditionally butter milk is churned in porcelain pots even today in Indian}

Misconception about Butter Milk:

The biggest misconception about this liquid is that it contains fats. Luckily if you know how buttermilk is prepared it is very clear that all the butter is removed out from the milk to get buttermilk. Thus it is clear that buttermilk has very few traces of fats. This  misconception has not just been conceived in the rest of the world but even in the modern Indian society unluckily.

Health Benefits of Butter Milk


1] According to Ayurvedic physiology butter milk is known to reduce excess Vatta  Dosha and Kapha Dosha. Being Kashya or Astringent and Amala or Sour to taste buttermilk also is very easy digest.
2] Being easily to digest this liquid is also known to increase digestive fire helping the body to increases one’s appetite.
3] Buttermilk is well known for its role as a elixir when it comes to any disorder of the duodenal or Grahani. Thus one of the most troubled diseases of the modern lifestyle Chronic Colitis, Ulcerative colitis, and Irritable Bowel syndrome has its solution in buttermilk.
4] As an important diet of any person suffering with disorders of the rectal tract buttermilk offer a lot help. Haemorrhoid's, Fissures, Fistula suffer with them buttermilk remains your big time friend at meals.


How to use buttermilk at your own home

My favourite recipe of buttermilk is very simple and easy to make and yes lovable even by kids. Mix half a cup of water with half cup of butter milk. Add some fresh chopped cilantro or coriander, ginger, some cumin seeds, black salt and sugar to taste. All of this and make sure you sip this concoction as you eat your meal for best results.

It is for a reason why this liquid is known as the elixir of life and it’s because of its magic properties to heal different issues of the digestive tract. Such drinks should not be kept away from our diet especially in the 21 century.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Purvottanasana



Upward Plank pose

Couple of Months ago I wrote about Chaturanaga Dandasana or Plank pose or also known as Four Limbed Staff pose. In today’s article I would write about a small variation of this pose called as Purvottanasana or Upward Plank pose.

The word "Purva" in Sanskrit means East side as in direction but in other way it also means the front side of the body. The word "Purvottan" here means extensive stretch in the front side of body thus the name as Purvottanasana or Upward Plank Pose.

How to do Purvottanasana or Upward Plank Pose?

1] Sit on the mat with your spine straight and erect while both your legs are in front. The arms are on the side of the body and rested. This pose is also known as Dandasana .
2] Both the palms are rested just aside the hips with your the fingers pointing straight.
3] Now inhale in as deeply as possible and then slowly raise the hip and chest as high as you can. As you do those make sure you keep one extending the legs. While doing that the keep the feet on the ground and may be keep them pointing forward.
4] Now your whole body remains balanced on your palms on the side and your feet. The head is been dropped a little bit to relax the neck.
5] Hold this pose for 2 to 4 breath as you start practising and then slowly try to hold.
6] Slowly come back to the main start pose to relax.

Caution:
1] As the whole body gets balanced on your wrist and the feet thus it remains important that those who suffer with any issues with wrist and the ankle joint should avoid this pose.
2] Same remains true with neck injury , one need to balance the neck properly if they suffer with conditions of neck.

Benefits:
1] A great pose to give strengthen your arms wrists and legs.
2] Stretches the shoulder chest thus remains a great asana for those who suffer with conditions of the lungs.

Chakra:
A great pose that stimulates the Manipura Chakra

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