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