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Watch your Weight with Yoga this Festive Season

Sep 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM PST

It’s that time of the year again. Time to celebrate, party, and gorge on sweets!

Diwali is just round the corner. Excitement is in the air. And it’s a typical scenario in any festival. The same story every year – new clothes, holidays, family visits, and mouth-watering sweets and savouries to feast upon. But once the festive mood is over, tension starts mounting. The after-effects of every delicacy that you indulged in start showing up in the form of extra pounds on the body.

But what to do? It’s festival time after all and it’s …

9 Yoga Tips to Overcome Anxiety disorder

Sep 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM PST

 

Stress, fear, anxiety – if we start counting all those instances in life when we experienced these emotions, we may just lose count! Anxiety about the result of a Board exam or the reaction of our parents to the report card; nervousness about the first date or a job interview – we all would have lived through these moments. A little bit of fear is normal; in fact, just like salt in the food, it is needed so that we remain disciplined, focused and dynamic.

The problem starts when this fear becomes persistent …

Yoga Poses for a Better Posture

Sep 16, 2013 at 7:24 PM PST

 

Did you know that a correct body posture can make you look tall, slim and, most importantly, confident? And yet, something as simple as a right posture is what most of us lack today. Today’s modern lifestyle has strained the spine by keeping it curved for a long time. Sedentary jobs, long working hours and excessive use of gadgets make our body more slouch and hunched.

We are so engaged in these activities that we forget the way we sit, walk or, for that matter, the way we sleep! And that’s …

Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique (Nadi Shodhan Pranayama)

Aug 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM PST

A beautiful breathing technique that helps keep the mind calm, happy and peaceful. A few minutes of Nadi Shodhan pranayama in a day is best to de-stress the mind and release accumulated tension and fatigue. The breathing technique is named Nadi Shodhan, as it helps clear out blocked energy channels in the body, which in turn calms the mind.

(nadi = subtle energy channel; shodhan = cleaning, purification; pranayama = breathing technique)

How to do Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhan Pranayama)

  1. Sit comfortably with your spine erect and shoulders relaxed. Keep a gentle smile on your face.
  2. Place your left hand on the left knee, palms open …

Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana or Virabhadrasana)

Aug 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM PST

This pose strengthens the arms, shoulders, thighs and back muscles, all in one go. This pose is named afterVeerabhadra, a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The story of the warrior Veerabhadra, as all stories from Upanishads, has a moral that adds value to our life.

Veera  vigorous, warrior, courageous; Bhadra  good, auspicious; Asana – Posture

The asana is pronounced as Vee- Ra- Bha- Dra-aasana.

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How to do Warrior Pose (Veerabhadrasana)

Veerabhadrasana or Virabhadrasana is one of the most graceful yoga postures and it adds beauty and grace to one’s yoga practice.

  1. Stand straight with your legs wide apart by a distance …

Standing Spinal Twist (Katichakrasana)

Aug 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM PST

The name of this yoga posture, Katichakrasana, literally means rotation of the waist. It gives a nice stretch to the waist and helps in making it more flexible and supple. It takes very little time to do the stretch and it benefits your body in many ways. A simple yet very effective yoga posture, Katichakrasana carries the power to heal constipation if practiced regularly and accurately. Pronounce the name of this yoga posture in Sanskrit as Ka-tee-Cha-KRAAHS-un-uh.

Kati = Waist; Chakra = Wheel, Circular Rotation; Asana = Posture, Pose

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How to do Standing Spinal Twist (Katichakrasana)

  1. Stand up straight with your feet together.
  2. As you breathe …

Cat Stretch (Marjariasana)

Aug 20, 2013 at 3:03 PM PST

Even pet cats can teach us lessons in yoga! With a keen eye, the yogi absorbs ideas from the world around. Marjari asana, or the cat stretch, incorporates the excellent feline stretch in the yoga workout.

Marjari = Cat; Asana = Posture or Pose

How to do Cat Stretch (Marjari asana)

  1. 1149Come onto your fours. Form a table such that your back forms the table top and your hands and feet form the legs of the table.
  2. Keep your arms perpendicular to the floor, with the hands directly under the shoulders and flat on the ground; your knees …

Yoga for Working Women

Aug 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM PST

How the downward dog pose can help you juggle boardroom meetings and household chores

You may never have seen this job advertisement before but there are millions of women like you who lovingly and devotedly play this role everyday.

A tough job!

  • Job Title: Superwoman
  • Job Conditions: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Job responsibilities: Manage a demanding career, nurture the home, take care of the family (including in-laws and outlaws), balance budgets, handle household operations, be the perfect hostess, and be an intelligent and interesting person
  • Key skills expected: Perfect execution in …

    Upward Plank Pose (Poorvottanasana)

    Aug 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM PST

    The literal meaning of this asana (posture) is to stretch towards the east. However, this has nothing to do with stretching in the east direction. Poorvottanasana specifically refers to the flow of pranaic subtle energies in the “eastern” frontal side.

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    Poorva = east + uttana = maximum stretch + asana = corporal position

    This pose is pronounced as poorvah-uttanah-sanah

    How to Practice the Upward Plank Pose

    1. Sit up with the legs stretched out straight in front of you, keeping the feet together and the spine erect. .
    2. Place the palms on the floor around the waist or …

    Ardha Chakrasana (Standing Backward Bend)

    Aug 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM PST

    Ardha Chakrasana (Standing Backward Bend)

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    Ardha= Half; Chakra= Wheel; asana= Pose

    Pronounced: ardhah-chak-rah-asanah

    How to do Standing Backward Bend (Ardha Chakrasana)?

    • Stand straight with feet together and arms alongside the body.
    • Balance your weight equally on both feet
    • Breathing in, extend your arms overhead, palms facing each other.
    • Breathing out, gently bend backwards pushing the pelvis forward, keeping the arms in line with the ears, elbows and knees straight, head up, and lifting your chest towards the ceiling.
    • Hold. Breathing in, come …