Thursday, July 23, 2009

Asana - 16. Bhujangasana

Cobra pose:

Benefit of this Asana:

* The arching of the spine increases flexibility and strength
* Rejuvenates spinal nerves enriching them with a rich blood supply
* Improves flexibility and tone of spinal muscles, massages, works and tones back muscles
* Helps relieve and prevent lower backache
* Helps cure or relieve lumbago, rheumatism, arthritis and menstrual problems
* Helps cure loss of appetite

Asana - 15. Sit-up

Benefit of this Asana:

* Strengthens and tightens the abdomen
* Open mouth exhalation stimulates diaphragm and eliminates toxins from lungs

Asana - 14. Pavanamuktasana

Wind removing pose:

Benefit of the Asana:

* Massages ascending, descending and transverse colon
* Regulates and normalises hydrochloric acid levels in stomach
* Improves and may cure conditions of constipation, flatulence and hyperacidity
* Relieves lower back pain
* Improves flexibility of the hip joints
* Firms and tones muscles of the abdominal wall, thighs and hips
* Increases peristalsis in the gut

Asana - 13. Savasana

Corpse pose:

Benefit of the Asana:

* Returns cardiovascular circulation to normal
* Slows heart rate, reduces blood pressure
* Teaches complete relaxation
* Stills and focuses the mind

Asana - 12. Padangustasana

Toe stand:

Benefit of this Asana:

* Creates balance and focus in body and mind
* Strengthens stomach muscles
* Strengthens joints (hips, knees, ankles and toes)
* Helps relieve arthritis in all leg joints including hips

Asana - 11. Tadasana

Tree pose:

Benefit of this Asana:

* Assists in correcting bad posture
* Increases hip and knee flexibility and mobility
* Stretches spine
* Releases abdominal tension
* Relieves lower back pain
* Tightens gluteal muscles
* Good for circulatory problems, arthritis and rheumatism

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Asana - 10. Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana

Standing separate leg head to knee pose:

Benefits of this Asana:
* May be good for depression and memory loss
* Reduces abdominal obesity
* Good for diabetic conditions
* Balances blood sugar levels
* Assists in regulating pancreas and kidneys
* Works endocrine, digestive and reproductive systems

Asana - 9. Trikanasana

Triangle pose:

Benefits of this Asana:

* An excellent cardiovascular workout
* Intensely stretches each side of the body
* Opens and increases flexibility of hip joints
* Reduces saddle bags
* Good for kidneys, thyroid and adrenal glands
* Opens shoulder joint, good for frozen shoulder
* Strengthen and tones legs and buttocks
* Helps regulate hormone levels

Asana - 8. Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana

Standing separate leg stretching pose:

Benefits of this Asana:

* Increases circulation to the brain and adrenal glands
* Centres nervous system
* May be good for depression
* Good for constipation
* Helps reduce abdominal obesity
* Helps with diabetes and hyperacidity
* Releases lower back
* Exercises muscular, adrenal and reproductive systems

Asana - 7. Tulandandasana

Balancing stick pose:

Benefits Of This Asana:

* Increases cardiovascular circulation, especially to heart blood vessels
* May help clear blocked arteries
* May help prevent future cardiac problems
* Creates a total spine stretch Relieves stress from spine
* Good for varicose veins
* Builds strength in legs

Asana - 6. Dandayamana Dhanurasana

Standing bow pulling pose:

Benefit of This Asana:

* Stimulates cardiovascular system
* Increases circulation to heart and lungs
* Opens diaphragm
* Opens shoulder joint
* Helps frozen shoulder conditions
* Improves spine elasticity
* Improves strength and balance
* Reduces abdominal fat

Asana - 5. Dandayamana Janushirasana

Standing head to knee pose:

* Builds mental strength
* Improves concentration
* Unifies mind and body
* Uses all major muscle groups
* Exercises digestive and reproductive organs
* Good for diabetes
* Strengthens back muscles

Monday, July 20, 2009

Asana - 4. Garurasana

Eagle Pose:

Benefits Of This Asana:

* Works into twelve major joints of the body
* Good for central nervous system
* Facilitates lymphatic function, improving immune system
* Improves mobility of hip joint
* Improves balance
* Strengthens legs
* Good for varicose veins

Asana 3 - Utkatasana

Awkward pose:

Benefits Of this Asana:

* Improves overall body strength
* Opens pelvis
* Strengthens and tones leg muscles
* Relieves menstrual cramping
* Reduces fat pocket under buttocks
* Aligns skeletal system

Asana 2 - Ardha Chandrasana with Pada Hastasana

Half moon pose with hands to feet pose:

Benefits Of This Asana:

* Works into the whole skeletal and circulatory systems
* Opens shoulder joints
* Good for frozen shoulder
* Reduces or eliminates pain in the lower back
* Good for abdominal obesity

Asanas - To Follow In Our Daily Life

Asana I: Pranayama

Standing deep breathing

Benefits Of This Asana:

* Good for lungs and respiratory system
* Helps with mental relaxation
* Helps high blood pressure
* Relieves irritability
* Good for detoxification
* Exercises nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Live longer and happier

1. Think of others before yourself. Give thought to how your actions will affect others.

2. Make sure you are always breathing deeply and long.

3. Watch your speech. Do not gossip or talk ill of others or yourself.

4. Watch and control what kind of thoughts you are having. Positive, ambitious, self loathing, angry, selfish, inclusive etc.

5. Control your actions and make sure most of them are positive, selfless, inclusive and aware.

6. Be free of religious, political, sexual, race, nationalistic, patriotic, biases leading to limited separatist thoughts or actions.

7. Cultivate habits which bring about health in mind and body. Sleep early, eat early, don’t over talk, fast time to time and sit in silence for some time each day.

8. Be aware of what you put importance or effort into as this will bring you much pain or joy in the near and far future. Our karmic energy and destiny will be affected by this.

9. Control your senses by avoiding any excess, so they don’t end up controlling you. This will help control your nervous system and your entire health.

10. Cultivate a healthy practice of yoga, meditation, reading and other spiritual endeavors to bring about a higher consciousness towards all living beings. This will help each person to know their purpose in this life time.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Everyday Stretches

Reduce Hypertension - Pose 2 - Shoulder Stretches

Steps to follow:

1. Sit in any comfortably erect position. Hold the strap and straighten your arms forward. As you inhale, move your arms up until they are overhead, and exhale as you bring them down behind you.

2. Coordinate this movement with your breathing, making the movement smooth. Make sure the strap is sufficiently long and your hands sufficiently far apart, so that you can keep your arms straight. If you cannot keep your arms straight, lengthen the strap.

3. The idea is to circumscribe as large a circle as possible with your hands as they go up and over. Therefore, at every given moment you are stretching outward through your arms in the direction they are pointing.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Natuarl Spices _ To lead Healthy Life


You must do a self-massage using mustard oil every morning. Just take
a little oil between your palms and rub it all over your body. Then take
a shower. This is especially beneficial during winter. You could also
mix a little mustard powder with water to make a paste and apply this on
your palms and soles of your feet.


If you have a regular migraine problem, include five almonds along
with hot milk in your daily diet. You could also have a gram of black
pepper along with honey or milk, twice or thrice a day. Make an almond paste
by rubbing wet almonds against a stone. This can be applied to forehead.

Eat an apple with a little salt on an empty stomach everyday and see
its wonderful effects. OR When headache is caused by cold winds, cinnamon
works best in curing headache. Make a paste of cinnamon by mixing in
water and apply it all over your forehead



Turmeric can be used in treating arthritis due to its
anti-inflammatory property. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes
to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per
cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local


Turmeric lower cholesterol and by preventing the formation of the
internal blood clots improves circulation and prevents heart disease
and stroke. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes
to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup
of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.


Turmeric can be used to relieve digestive problems like ulcers,
dysentery. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to
dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per
cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local


Mix 1 teaspoon honey with ? teaspoon cinnamon powder and have at night.


Take a warm slice of lemon and sprinkle salt, sugar and black pepper
on it. The lemon should be eaten until the hiccups stop.


In 1 glass of water, add 2 tbsps of coriander/dhania seeds and bring
to a boil. Let the decoction cool for some time and then strain. Drink
this mixture two times in a day. OR Sunflower seeds are extremely
beneficial, as they contain linoleic acid that helps in reducing the cholesterol
deposits on the walls of arteries.


Radish juice should be taken twice a day, once in the morning and
then later in the night. Initially drink about ? cup of radish juice and
then gradually increase it to ? cup. OR Soak 3-4 figs in a glass of water.
Keep it overnight. Consume the figs on an empty stomach, the next day
in the morning


Take 2 cardamoms/elachi and roast them on a dry pan (tava). Powder the
cardamoms and thereafter add a tsp of honey in it.. Consume it
frequently. It serves as a fabulous home remedy for vomiting. OR In
the mixture of 1 tsp of mint juice and 1 tsp limejuice, add ? tsp of
ginger juice and 1 tsp honey. Drink this mixture to prevent vomiting. OR
Limejuice is an effective remedy for vomiting. Take a glass of chilled
limejuice and sip slowly. To prevent vomiting, drink ginger tea. OR In
1 glass water, add some honey and drink sip by sip.


Apply castor oil daily over the problematic area. Continue for
several months. OR Apply milky juice of fresh and barely-ripe figs a number of
times a day. Continue for two weeks. OR Rub cut raw potatoes on the
affected area several times daily. Continue for at least two weeks. OR
Rub cut onions on the warts to stimulate the circulation of blood.. OR
Apply milk from the cut end of dandelion over the warts 2-3 times a
day. OR Apply oil extracted from the shell of the cashew nut over the
warts. OR Apply Papaya juice OR Apply Pineapple juice.


In 8 oz of water, put ? tsp of baking soda and drink it. OR Drink
plenty of water, as it aids in flushing out the waste products from the body.
OR Drink Cranberry juice. You can also add some apple juice for taste.


Mango serves as an effective home remedy for preventing the frequent
attacks of sinus, as it is packed with loads of vitamin A. OR Another
beneficial remedy consists of consuming pungent foods like onion and
garlic, as a part of your daily meals. OR Fenugreek/methi leaves are
considered valuable in curing sinusitis. In 250 ml water, boil 1 tsp
of Fenugreek seeds and reduce it to half. This will help you to perspire,
dispel toxicity and reduce the fever period. OR Tie a tsp of black
cumin seeds in a thin cotton cloth and inhale.


Take a fresh lemon and squeeze it in a glass of water. Add 4 tsp of
honey and ? tsp of salt in it. Drink it slowly sip by sip. OR Milk has
proved beneficial in treating tonsillitis. In 1 glass of pure boiled
milk, add a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder. Drink it every
night for about 3 days.


Mix a gram of dalchini/cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey to
cure cold. Prepare a cup of tea to which you should add ginger, clove, bay
leaf and black pepper. This should be consumed twice a day. Reduce the
intake as the cold disappears.


Ginger tea is very good to cure cold. Preparation of tea: cut ginger
into small pieces and boil it with water, boil it a few times and then
add sugar to sweeten and milk to taste, and drink it hot.


Add a gram of turmeric (haldi) powder to a teaspoon of honey for
curing dry cough. Also chew a cardamom for a long time.


For blocked nose or to relieve congestion, take a table spoon of
crushed carom seeds (ajwain) and tie it in a cloth and inhale it.


Add a tea spoon of cumin seeds (jeera) and a few small pieces of dry
ginger to a glass of boiling water. Simmer it for a few minutes, and
then let it cool. Drink it twice daily. This will cure cold as well as
sour throat.

Boil ajwain in water and inhale the steam.


Rub ginger paste on the backache to get relief.


Have 1-2 pod garlic (lasan) first thing in the morning with water


Mix 1 table spoon and 1 table spoon ginger (adrak) juice, 1 table
spoon of crushed cumin seeds (jeera), and have it twice daily.


For the cure of migraine or acute cold in the head; boil a tablespoon
of pepper powder, and a pinch of turmeric in a cup of milk, and have it
daily for a few couple of days.


A tablespoon of amla juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd
(karela) juice and taken daily for 2 months reduces blood sugar.


For any cut or wound, apply turmeric powder to the injured portion to
stop the bleeding.. It also works as an antiseptic. You can tie a
bandage after applying haldi/turmeric.