30-90 minutes practice of Sivananda yoga which includes the 12 basic poses or asanas are much more than just stretching. They open the energy channels, chakras and psychic centers of the body while increasing flexibility of the spine, strengthening bones and stimulating the circulatory and immune systems. Along with proper breathing or pranayama, asanas also calm the mind and reduce stress. With regular practice one can ensure overall physical and mental health and the possible prevention of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. In time, performing the poses slowly and consciously, becomes a mental exercise in concentration and meditation.
The Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)
In Hindu mythology, the sun god is worshipped as a symbol of health and immortal life. The Rig Veda declares that "Surya is the Soul, both of the moving and unmoving beings". The Sun Salutation originated as a series of prostrations to the sun. The logical conclusion is that the sun is the life or energy source for this planet and is an element in everything we eat, drink or breathe.
The Sun Salutation, or Surya Namaskara, is a Yoga practice comprises a sequence of 12 yoga postures, best done at sunrise. If done fast, it provides a good cardiovascular workout. If done at a slower pace, these postures help tone the muscles and can relax the system and meditative. Each pose coordinates with your breathing: Inhale to extend, and exhale to bend.
Regular practice of Sun Salutation improves the functions of the heart, liver, intestine, stomach, chest, throat, and legs – basically, the whole body. The process purifies the blood and improves blo…
Everyone wants clear flawless skin, but some daily regular care can
help you with the trick of good spotless skin in a week naturally. Follow these simple daily skincare home recipes of cleaning, moisturizing and DIY Face Mask for acne to get Flawless Skin!
1. Tomatoes/Tomato Pulp: The acidity in tomatoes helps skin dry up acne.
Not only this, but inside of the tomato are vitamins (A,C and K) and lycopene,
which can be found in many acne healing medications. For a simple take on the
tomato for clear flawless skin, slice one tomato and simply place it on the problematic
areas of your face. You can also grind or mash up the tomato into a pulp
consistency and apply like a diy face mask for acne, repeating the process regularly and
you'll see the difference. 2. Honey and Cinnamon: Honey is an unprocessed antibacterial agent that
kills bacteria and eliminates acne breakout. Cinnamon has beneficial properties from
essential oils in cinnamon bark, allowing it to be an anti-clotting and
Reasons for Fast Weight GainHere are 8 major factors that are leading causes of weight gain, obesity and metabolic disease, many of which have nothing to do with willpower.Ageing: As one ages the metabolic rate decreases leading to weight
gain. This type of weight gain is observed in people in their late 30s. Underactive thyroid. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) means your thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormones, which play a central role in regulating your metabolism.DiabetesPolycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)Lifestyle Issues: Stress and low mood, Insomnia, DepressionWrong Combination of FoodsFluid RetentionThe metabolic rate and psychological aspects also contribute to weight gain.
Now lets understand what is metabolism or metabolic rate?
It is the rate at
which our body will use energy, better known as burning calories. If your body
can burn calories faster then there is no excessive weight gain.
BMR or basal metabolic rate is the rate at which your body
As per Ayurveda, drinking water at the end of a meal is akin to drinking poison. It kills the Jathaaragni (that aspect of prana or energy which enables the body to digest food) thereby making the food rot inside the system instead of getting digested. This in turn leads to excess acid and gas being produced in the system and a very vicious cycle starts. Maharishi Vagh Bhatt has identified 103 ailments that occur as a result of drinking water after having eaten food. The minimum gap between food and water should be between 1.5 to 2.5 hrs. This also varies based on geographic and other conditions and the duration is higher in the mountains and lower in plains and hot areas. This is because the body’s ability to digest food varies with the ambient conditions.Water drunk before food should be drunk at least 40 minutes before eating food.To clean the mouth and throat after food only one or two sips of warm/gunguna water can be taken.If really thirsty, one can have fresh juice of seasonal f…
Storing water in copper and silver pots for purification of water finds mention in ancient texts of Ayurveda.The storage process is known to kill all the microorganisms that includes virus and bacteria. Thus making it perfectly fit for the drinking purpose. Water stored in a copper vessel is good in many ways for our health and well being. It stimulates the brain, promotes bone strength, aids in digestion , regulates body fat, acts as anti-carcinogenic, regulates functioning of thyroid gland, prevents joint pain, aids in hemoglobin synthesis, maintains acid-alkaline balance in body, helps in improving fertility and conception, prevents white patches on skin, helps in healing of internal wounds and slows down aging due to its antioxidant property.
Even if you do not have a copper vessel or copper container at home. You can just start with copper tumbler. This way, you can get slowly introduced to the properties of drinking water from copper containers.